Simple Ideas for Controlling Clutter

Simple Ideas for Controlling Clutter

 

Clutter is like that last Christmas party guest that won’t leave.

They’ve eaten your cheese dip and knocked an ornament off your tree and ensconced themselves in a chair telling you about their trip to the grand canyon for the fifth time.

You look longingly at the door.

Leave clutter, leave, you tell yourself.

But it never does.

Take charge.

Take control.

Take over….

….and show that cheese-eating, ornament-knocking, grand-canyon visiting clutter to the door.

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Hand Lettering Layout Ideas and Two Free Months With Skillshare

Hand Lettering Layout Ideas and Two Free Months With Skillshare

 

disclosure:  this post is sponsored by Skillshare.

When I first started this blog there were so many things I didn’t know.

Like how to take pictures.

Or how to take pictures with a blurry background.

Or how to add an arrow to a photograph or title a picture or style a room for photos or how to paint a wooden sign…

…or how to hand letter.

And now, five years later and hours and hours and hours of practice….

….I’ve figured out most of those things by myself.

But every now and then I need a little professional help.

That’s when I’m glad I’m friends with Skillshare.  Skillshare is an awesome community full of more than 15,000 online classes on skills that are just waiting to be learned.  Classes on photography and crafting and creating and designing and blogging and so much more.

And now?

In super exciting news….

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Love is a Painted Door

Love is a Painted Door

 

I live life on the edge when it comes to DIY.

I paint signs in dresses wearing red lipstick.

I stain frames in a ruffled shirt and chandelier earrings.

I laugh in the face of spilled paint or a runaway river of stain or splotches of splattered glue or glittered fingertips or layers of dripping glaze.

You’ve got this, I tell myself as I throw my head back and laugh with abandon.  Show that DIY you’re the boss.  Don’t ever let a few drops of paint get the best of you.

And then.

Last week it happened.

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How to Make Money Blogging (part 2)

How to Make Money Blogging (part 2)

 

This is the second post of a mini-series on how to make money blogging.

Super mini

There are only two posts.

Let’s review what we’ve already talked about in case you missed the first one (which you can read here).

1. Blogging is hard work.

2. You can make money (that’s the best part of the entire article).  Yes.  Yes, you can.

3. All clicks on ads are not created equal.

4. Working with brands involves networking and relationships.

5. Keep pushing your snowball.

All caught up?  Oh, good.

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Bathroom Organizing Ideas

Bathroom Organizing Ideas

 

disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Kirkland’s.

When I was younger I thought that organizing was super-overrated.

“Why would anyone want to be organized….when they could live like this,” I’d say to my piles of clothes draped over chairs in my room.

“I know right where everything is anyway,” I’d whisper to the closet floor.

“I’m organized in my mind,” I’d tell the stacks of papers on my desk.

But now?

I love organization.

Especially when it starts with 2017.

You, too?  Oh good. 🙂

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How To Make Money Blogging (part 1)

How To Make Money Blogging (part 1)

 

I have written this a post about how to make money blogging in my head about 5,327 times.

I’d start it and a story would pop into my head.

Or a DIY.

Or a dining room with a faux parquet floor and smocked burlap curtains.

And I’d get all distracted and chase rabbits and realize I needed to apply more red lipstick.

But this is a new day.

A new year.

And I thought that many of you might have added blogging to your resolution list.  Or maybe you have a hobby you want to turn into a business.  Or maybe you have created something that you want to share with the world…

…and getting paid for that blog or that hobby or that product might be fun.

But you wondered if it was even possible?

You wondered if you could actually make money?

You wondered how and why and when and where and IF.

And the answer?

It’s a wonderful, incredible, amazing, resounding YES.

Why yes….yes, my friend…..YES YOU CAN. 🙂
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January Fresh Start with a FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Kit

January Fresh Start with a FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Kit

 

My heart is longing for clean.

It can’t help it…

…it’s missing Christmas lights.

My house and I are at that awkward stage where you’ve cleaned up all the tinsel and put away the jingle bell garland and the tiny red car with a tree on top and now instead of twinkles everywhere, it all just looks kind of empty.

But sometimes empty isn’t so bad.

It can be a blank slate and full of possibilities and classic and cleansing and cathartic.

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How to Get Organized After Christmas

How to Get Organized After Christmas

 

This is what I wish my front entry looked like right now.

But, it doesn’t.

Not even close.

It’s auditioning for an episode of entry ways gone wild.

There are bit of paper and ribbon and tags and empty stockings and a reindeer wearing a party hat and sunglasses.

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