• GARDENING

    growing your own

  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

    photo credit: bohomisfit on flickr
  • RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

Diary of a New Homemaker

May 8

A Stroke

It occurred in early December.

Nov 24

In Which I Am Burned Out of My House

On November 13th, at 2:30 in the morning, we ran for our lives from my home of 27 years.

Newest Article

10 Truly Multi-Purpose Kitchen Tools For A Clutter-Free Kitchen

If you're looking around and wondering how you wound up with 15 spatulas, 12 wooden spoons, eight or so ladles and six kitchen electronics (half of which you have no idea what they do), then it's time to break open some drawers, clear off some shelves and take your kitchen down to its useful and clutter-free basics.

In our kitchen, which is comfortable for one person but a tight squeeze for two, we've narrowed it down to tools -- outside of essentials like pots, pans and mixing bowls, of course -- that are not only used on a regular basis, but serve at least two purposes, if not more.

Autumn and Back to School

From House to Home 9/26/07

  • Learn a new sport, even if a spectator; you can buy a book, tapes or take a class to hone your skills.
  • Check your property for dead trees and foliage. Take down old greenery, then plant some new items to fill in where it's bare.
  • Cover a bulletin board with special photographs and illustrations that typify your lifestyle such as quotes from a magazine or funky cartoons.

Click through for more early fall ideas!

From Our Archives

Where Do I Start?

Is your house cluttered? If you answered "are you kidding?" you're not alone. I have what I call a horizontal filing system--stacks of papers, magazines, photos, lists, and catalogs that cover almost every table and countertop in my house. It's a constant battle, and it's one I wage in minutes stolen between naps, meals, and play. If you're not sure where to start in your home, try one of these quick ways to battle the clutter.

How well does it really work?
Readying your family for whatever comes
First steps in encouraging kids to help clean up