Clean and Organized, Home & Family, Homemaking

5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

5 tips on how to beat the winter blues!

Does winter get you down? Check out this post for tips on how to beat the winter blues and keep your house cozy all winter long!

The average temperature in my area of Wisconsin during the winter is around 30 degrees with about 10 hours of daylight a day. Needless to say, if you spend too much time in the house you will go a little stir crazy. Outdoor winter activities are great, but the long dark winter can get to you.

The air in the house gets stale and stagnant and you long for spring days of warm sunshine and refreshing breezes. But it doesn’t have to be that way!! I have five ways you can keep your home cozy and inviting this winter. read more

Clean and Organized, Homemaking

DIY Laundry Detergent

Powder laundry detergent can help you slash your budget! 

Laundry is an endless chore in any house. This method for DIY laundry detergent will change the way you do laundry. Click here for recipe!

Since I became a homeschool mom, I have done some weird things to save money: we have totally cut out cable tv, I learned how to make my own yogurt, and I did something I never thought I would do, I don’t buy laundry detergent. I make our own!

The idea of making our own detergent never occurred to me because I was only familiar with the liquid kind. That wouldn’t work for our family because we don’t have the space for it. I could never fit put 4 gallons of laundry soap in my 10 square foot laundry area. It wasn’t until I discovered homemade POWDERED laundry detergent, that I knew I had to try this frugal hack! read more

Clean and Organized, Home & Family, Homemaking

5 Easy Ways to Make a House a Home

A 5 Step Plan for Making a House a Home

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When I first saw the photo of our house while house-hunting in 2005, it was probably my last pick of the bunch. It just didn’t look like home. But when we first visited the inside of the house, I knew this was a place we could call home. I just had that feeling. A place where we could raise our future children and a neighborhood we wanted to live in. All these years later, we are still perfecting how to make our house into a home.

How to Make a House a Home

Family Meeting

First things first, you need to have a family meeting. We are a family, and I value what my husband has to say about the state of our home. I may be the homemaker, but I want our home to be reflective of both of our styles and comfort levels. You may think your husband does not care, but I bet he has some thoughts on what would make his house feel like a home. read more

Clean and Organized, Home & Family, Homemaking, Parenting Tips

KonMari Folding with Kids

I tried the KonMari folding method with my kids. Here is how it turned out!

Want your kids help with the laundry? Do your kids take FOREVER to fold their clothes? Try KonMari folding with kids as a solution! Click here for more!

Laundry is an endless task. Whether you have 10 kids or 2, it always seems like there are clothes, sheets, and towels to wash. I am lucky in that I don’t mind doing laundry, (my DIY laundry detergent really helps this!) but I don’t want my kids to grow up never having done laundry. Everything from washing and drying to folding and putting away.

But let me tell you, it’s much easier than it sounds. It would be so much faster and less stressful if I just did it myself!! Why do my children fight me so much on such a simple task?! Enter the KonMari method. read more

Clean and Organized, Home & Family, Homemaking

How to Clean the Inside of Your Dishwasher

Clean the inside of your dishwasher to keep it running longer!! 

How to Clean the Inside of your Dishwasher

In my previous life as a deli worker, I washed a lot of dishes. Needless to say, I don’t like washing dishes 😉 When we purchased our home in 2005, the first appliance we bought was a dishwasher. I clean the inside of it which has been the key to keeping our dishwasher running so long.

The dishwasher works by spraying the bits of food off the dirty dishes. Small particles go down the drain while the chopper and filter break down bigger pieces. Cleaning the inside of the dishwasher ensures the parts do not get clogged and broken by any food debris. read more