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April 20, 2011


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So glad to hear you and your family are fine; I worried about you when I heard about the tornados. Totally agree with you about the important things not being things at all! Old La Leche League mantra was "people before things" and it has stuck with me all these years.


Glad to hear you and your family are all safe and also good to hear that school was not in session when the tornado hit. Thanks for sharing so many great tips! I too have been working on cleaning and clearing and it's nice to have some great reminders.


first of all, scary for you!! Wow. that is too close to home. It does make one realize priorities for sure. I think I may print this post because I love your simple yet effective house cleaning routine.


SO much goodness here!
*You and your family are safe and sound! *The focus on relationship instead of stuff! *All of your awesome organizing/cleaning tips! Who couldn't benefit from all that you shared? *Reading your voice! Have a wonderful holiday my friend!!


I'm impressed how calmly you speak about the tornado. I'd be a wreck. I'm glad you and your family are ok. I like your cleaning tips and will pick up some Method. I've been looking for a good cleaner. I've been joking with myself that the cleaning lady comes every other Friday morning. It makes it easier for me to do it all at once quickly. My friends all have cleaning ladies everyother week so I thought I'd try scheduling myself. At least I have a chuckle as I clean.


So glad that you are all ok - how scary, but sometimes things like that do remind us of our blessings.
I love your post and how it is filled with great ideas to keep our lives less cluttered so we can focus on the things that matter.
Thank you for sharing.
Warm wishes, Tonya

Meg Evans

I'm so glad you and your family are okay! I followed the link to the article, and it was very thought-provoking. I am still picking up throw pillows and blankets on a daily basis. I'm trying to decide where the line is between cozy and nuisance! And one of my/our biggest clutter problems is "things that have no home". It's mostly things that come home from school that end up living on the kitchen counter until I can't stand it. Laundry is an almost daily thing around here. I prefer to do a load or two a day rather than knock myself out with a marathon day.


I'm glad you are all safe. We have been doing a lot of paring down and cleaning out and trying to be as clutter free as possible.

Love all your cleaning advice, thanks for sharing.


Good to hear that you and your family are safe. I liked reading about your cleaning routine. I definitely need to simplify. I think it would make things much eaiser.


OMGosh Larissa i am so thankful your family is okay. When i started reading this post it took my breath away. We heard about the terrible weather on our news, prayers to all those who are suffering. Life can change in a second and this i know personally. I SO agree with everything here, family, health and safety are the most important things and stuff well it's just stuff. I have spent the last couple years myself decluttering and donating things we dont use. I try recycle, reduce and repurpose as much as possible. A simplified life leaves so much more room for joy :) i think anyways. Have a wonderful weekend!


I'm glad you are all safe and sound. Scary stuff -- those tornadoes. I have just finished super-Spring-cleaning my house. Top to bottom. No surface left untouched! I feel like I could abide by your simple rules for the summer -- it would make my life much simpler. That's a good thing.

dani@little fists

I'm so glad that you and your crew are safe and sound. *sigh of relief*

I use similar tricks to stay on top of housework. I have to. My time is so limited and I hate to spend all weekend cleaning.

The kids' rooms are another story. I have waved the white flag where The Boy is concerned and told my Mr. that he is now in charge of making sure the mess does not reach unhealthy proportions. I am in charge of helping The Girl with her room organization. It's all my blood pressure can handle.

Laundry. I have no trick. I have resigned myself to the fact that I will NEVER be caught up on laundry unless we go the nudist route or until all children leave the house.


So glad you were all okay. Enjoy the last few days of school. Then you can relax and enjoy your kiddos.


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