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Forum: Learning at School   02-03-2010, 06:25 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 8,787
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It was a nice break but we are ready to get back...

It was a nice break but we are ready to get back to homeschooling this fall! Actually we've already started doing some online classwork afterschool that we'll add to over the summer and fall. My...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-08-2010, 02:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,303
Posted By The Hidden Life
Our $40 knife block set from Target has lasted...

Our $40 knife block set from Target has lasted 15 years and still kicking with some occasional maintenance. We used to take the carving knive to the meat department at the grocery store to have it...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-08-2010, 02:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 617
Posted By The Hidden Life
Well, shoot, that must have been disappointing....

Well, shoot, that must have been disappointing. I wouldn't want to sit and be grilled like I was defending my master's thesis about my life either. Hope your next presentation goes better!

What...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-07-2010, 04:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 848
Posted By The Hidden Life
Ah, that makes more sense; you are moving. Your...

Ah, that makes more sense; you are moving. Your plan sounds like a good one. Happy sewing! http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-07-2010, 12:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 753
Posted By The Hidden Life
All our Christmas stuff is stored in two larger...

All our Christmas stuff is stored in two larger plastic tubs and two shallow plastic tubs.

Big tub #1: five strands of lights, stockings, electric candle thingy for window, stuffed Santa doll,...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-07-2010, 12:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 617
Posted By The Hidden Life
It's kind of odd that a church group doesn't...

It's kind of odd that a church group doesn't want to hear about the spiritual aspect of simplicity, isn't it?

I would want to hear about Luke 3:11 and how I can apply that to my life. (John the...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-07-2010, 12:27 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 14,402
Posted By The Hidden Life
Reducing material goods is my passion right now....

Reducing material goods is my passion right now. Why am I doing it? To make my life simpler. To have less to clean. To have more space to do other things, new projects. To have more visual peace. To...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-07-2010, 12:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 848
Posted By The Hidden Life
Is it just guilt that you have so much? Or that...

Is it just guilt that you have so much? Or that you want space? Or that you feel like these aren't the right toys?

I like Waldorf dolls as much as the next crunchy mama...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-07-2010, 12:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 494
Posted By The Hidden Life
We have 8 place settings of Corelle in the...

We have 8 place settings of Corelle in the cupboard for our family of six, plus four more settings in the box in case we break one or have a lot of guests (not very often). We use every dish, every...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-04-2010, 02:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 712
Posted By The Hidden Life
Tons and tons of 75% off Xmas stuff at the local...

Tons and tons of 75% off Xmas stuff at the local Target and the store was really empty. Also about ten or twelve racks in the women's dept of clothing 50-75% off. I the only thing I bought was a...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-02-2010, 09:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,577
Posted By The Hidden Life
Year-round I have two rolls of wrapping paper:...

Year-round I have two rolls of wrapping paper: one giant roll from Costco that is Christmas theme on one side and reversible to plain red. The other is ivory with gold cherub designs that is useable...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-02-2010, 08:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,499
Posted By The Hidden Life
I look forward to the day when just a couple...

I look forward to the day when just a couple hours' work gets my house into that kind of shape. I'm still a couple of stages off from that though! I am also working on my bedroom this week. I'm...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-01-2010, 04:17 PM
Replies: 1,297
Views: 42,510
Posted By The Hidden Life
http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smili...

http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif I just took 10-12 bags to Goodwill plus some furniture, so let's see, if that's about 20-40 items per bag, I am at least a couple of...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   12-31-2009, 03:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 566
Posted By The Hidden Life
I haven't tried a kindle yet, so I don't know...

I haven't tried a kindle yet, so I don't know the quality, but I would think anything that was photo or picture heavy I would keep on hand in paper. Also, anything that I would be reading aloud to...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   12-30-2009, 07:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 642
Posted By The Hidden Life
Now that you've already invited the guests, you...

Now that you've already invited the guests, you really can't do anything about the gifts they may bring, unless you want to tell them any gifts brought will be re-routed to charity (and your child...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   12-30-2009, 06:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,361
Posted By The Hidden Life
We don't have Little People any more, but...

We don't have Little People any more, but Playmobil is a similar problem where you have buildings, people and lots of pieces (OK, a gazillion tiny shards of plastic!). With four kids we probably own...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   12-30-2009, 03:17 PM
Replies: 9
  Mantle
Views: 281
Posted By The Hidden Life
I keep our one mantle as empty as possible....

I keep our one mantle as empty as possible. Right now it has the nativity scene on it. Usually it changes with the season and has just two candles on it. I keep two woven bowls, sort of cereal bowl...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   12-29-2009, 05:20 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 13,725
Posted By The Hidden Life
We spent most of the week (when not celebrating...

We spent most of the week (when not celebrating Christmas) decluttering and moving furniture. Shifted all the kids' beds around and now the arrangement is finally as I want it--with one completely...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   12-21-2009, 03:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 597
Posted By The Hidden Life
I am constantly getting things like programs...

I am constantly getting things like programs from my 5th grade band concert or drawings I did as a 9-year-old from her and my mother too. I once used to think I would combine all this stuff into a...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-18-2009, 06:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,034
Posted By The Hidden Life
...because few people have access to new sources...

...because few people have access to new sources of credit right now. So if it is your only source of credit, they are figuring you will take your lumps to keep the account open. If not, and you...
Forum: The Mindful Home   12-16-2009, 02:48 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,786
Posted By The Hidden Life
I like folkloric patterns and clean surfaces. In...

I like folkloric patterns and clean surfaces. In my kitchen the general color scheme is "red with white and stainless steel." I'm striving for a more minimalist look, although not in a modernist way.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-15-2009, 04:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,213
Posted By The Hidden Life
A bottle of wine! Or else a Snuggie! Cheap,...

A bottle of wine!

Or else a Snuggie! Cheap, tacky but oh, so popular! Almost everyone will know someone who gets one this year. Why not your friend?...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   12-15-2009, 04:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 495
Posted By The Hidden Life
Box either whatever you already have or whatever...

Box either whatever you already have or whatever they receive on Xmas all up and save for later. Keep some of it at grandparents' house. But I hear ya! I groaned when I heard my older two daughters...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   12-15-2009, 04:42 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,091
Posted By The Hidden Life
With four children, we have plenty of toys in...

With four children, we have plenty of toys in our house! But the mix of toys has gotten different over the years. My older two were really into Barbies, then American Girl or Littlest Pet Shop. My...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   12-15-2009, 02:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 797
Posted By The Hidden Life
Quote: Originally Posted by Aeress...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aeress http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/14800413)
Was there anywhere to eat? I like a table to...
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