Right now there are dishes that need washing, clothes that need folding, counters that need wiping, carpets that need vacuuming, garbage that needs dumping and food that needs cooking. There are a lot of things that need to be done, but sometimes the best thing I can do for me and my family is to just go to sleep.

No sleep makes mama a grumpy lady and if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.

There are 4 weeks left (or less) until the birth our newest family member. I’m cleaning, washing and sorting in eager anticipation of welcoming BabyFish into my home.

I am in full-on nesting mode. I remember doing this before KidFish was born, but this time is SO different. Last time, I collected clothes, blankets, diapers, books, toys, gear, furniture, etc. I collected any and every thing that seemed remotely useful for me or a new baby. This time, however, I’m not collecting. I’m purging and simplifying. Not just baby stuff, but my stuff, kitchen stuff, household stuff, stuff in storage…everything.

Why?

In the past 4 years, I’ve learned that kids (and I) don’t need much. At least, I don’t need nearly as much as I’ve collected over the years. In fact, I’ve learned that too much stuff actually stresses me out.

I’ve learned that the things I need most aren’t things at all. I need love. I need hugs. I need laughter. I need space to be creative. I need to explore. I need to go outside and soak up sunshine. With this knowledge, I gladly let go of my unnecessary possessions to take hold of the things I (and BabyFish) need more.

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The Great Purge of 2015

Over the past few months, PapaFish, KidFish and I have been getting rid of our belongings like it’s going out of style.

Here is a partial list of things that we’ve either sold, given away, donated or trashed:
– 1 large metal filing cabinet
– 2 desks
– 2 floor lamps
– half my wardrobe
– kitchen gadgets
– 3 boxes of books
– window curtains
– exercise equipment
– kids clothes & toys
– 4 large boxes of miscellaneous household items
– art/craft supplies
– 3 boxes of old paperwork
– expired pantry items
– old magazines

It’s been a month, and to be honest, I don’t miss any of it. In fact, I’m really enjoying the space, both physical and mental.

I used to think that I needed more space for my stuff, but now I know that I need less stuff for my space.

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I’m a big fan of tips that make everyday tasks easier, faster and more efficient (a.k.a. life hacks).

Here are three of my favorites. Enjoy!

A better way to tie your shoes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAFcV7zuUDA

How to dry your hands

A simple, clean way slice a bell pepper

3 homes in 3 years. It took a few moves, a few homes and a whole lot of living before I learned the difference between a house and a home.

When we moved into our first place, I thought mostly about paint colors and furniture. I watched a lot of HGTV and flipped through countless interior design magazines.

When we moved into our second place, I spent a lot of time decorating, organizing, and making the place comfortable.

The third time we moved, I finally learned my lesson. We had a huge garage sale and donated truck loads of stuff.

After 3 homes, this is what I’ve learned about turning a house into a home: stuff doesn’t make a home, love does. Laughter does. Life does.

If you want to turn your house into a home, try doing these things more often…

Hug. Laugh. Apologize. Forgive. Encourage. Help. Play. Share. Dream. Pray. Celebrate.

How do you make your house into a home?

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The Simple Life

I love December. It’s the month I get to slow down and reflect on the year that past and prepare for the year to come.

2013 was a year of living with less (less shopping, less eating out, less commitments) so that I could have more (more time with Jesus, more time with family, more time establishing a home).

2014 is the year that I move even closer to the life I want.

A simple life filled with passion and purpose.

How do I do that? Here’s my simple plan:

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