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August 23, 2017

LEARNING TO LOVE TO CLEAN - nesting

I know what you're thinking, love to clean?  Maybe I should re-title that to - Learning to appreciate the feeling that having a clean and organized home provides and how that lets me do the fun stuff like bake and decorate and take off on a fun shopping day with friends and even leisurely enjoy tea and a magazine without guilt.  But that's a little long for title, don't you think?

organization, cleaning

I hear from women all the time that they don't like cleaning and they don't want to squander what little free time they have doing something they don't enjoy.  I hear you, I have felt the exact same way.  I have always wanted to have a clean and organized home but my best intentions were met with distraction and lack of motivation.  And so I would put it off until I had a free day or next weekend or before the next gathering in my home and by that time it was so overwhelming that I hated and resented every minute of it.  Sound familiar?


I'm hoping to convince you that routinely spending a few extra minutes everyday tackling some of the big stuff in small increments will leave you plenty of free time to do the stuff you love and also provide your family with the feeling of a well loved home.  A home that's ready to welcome a friend at a moments notice without panic or embarrassment setting in.

dollar tree, organization

But before we can get to the few extra minutes part we need to establish order and that means assessing what we have, need and use in our lives right now.  Not someday in the future or what was in the past, but right now.  How do I live my life?  How and who do I feed, entertain and want to make comfortable?  And then we systematically go room by room and assess our stuff, purge, clean and organize what stays and dispose of by donation, sale or trash what goes.

With the holidays coming I can think of no better time to start.  What do you say?  Are you with me?  Let's make September the month to reclaim our homes and even if we don't learn to love to clean, at least make it the month that we learn to love the feeling having a clean home provides.

Mrs. Meyers, Grove Collaborative, Cleaning

Gather your favorite cleaning supplies, a few empty boxes and let's get started.  I will be going step by step both here on my blog and by video on YouTube.

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Trust me the work will be worth it come the holiday season and you're house is ready to decorate and enjoy without the frenzy of having to clean it first.

Let's do this together!

xo, Patty

You might enjoy my posts on cleaning routines and loving our homes that speak along these same lines.

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August 21, 2017

FINDING YOUR PURPOSE - STEPPING OUT IN FAITH

Reclaiming, striving, working, living, learning, loving, becoming...these are the words that resonate through my head in the middle of the night as I pray and wonder what my message is.  What call to action do I feel led to proclaim?

You see, it is my belief that we all have a purpose.  We all have a message to share.  We are all here as ambassadors of God.  But knowing that in my head and walking it out in my heart are two totally different things.


Given the state of our world I believe the call we have as women to love, nurture, teach and lead by

August 17, 2017

HOW TO ESTABLISH A CLEANING ROUTINE - nesting

I know every spring everyone talks about the urge to clean and purge but I think I'm so busy in the garden that the thought of giving up that precious outdoor time to come inside and get organized just passes right by me.


For me that feeling hits somewhere around August when the back to school supplies hit the stores and

August 14, 2017

NOURISHING FRIENDSHIPS - FINDING YOU TRIBE

Hello Monday!  It was a busy weekend around here.  I had both grand boys on Saturday and at three and nine they sure do give me a run for my money.  I adore having them around, the constant buzz and easy laughter, but when bedtime rolls around I'm not sure just who's going to crawl in first, me or them.


I uploaded a video to my YouTube channel on Saturday chatting about sustaining friendships with

August 11, 2017

HOW TO PUT TOGETHER A GIFT BASKET - creatively inspired

I love putting together gift baskets for friends birthdays or other special occasions.  They are so easy to tailor make just for the individual and it's easy to tuck in a couple of handmade items which is something I love to include.

coffee basket

I will usually start with a theme for the basket and then start shopping from there.  Once I have the

August 9, 2017

GARDEN CLEAN UP AND AGING - gardening

Every year when August rolls around I know that my garden is going to need a major clean up.  I had every intention of getting my entire backyard perennial bed trimmed and weeded last weekend but was clearly (and not so subtlety) reminded that I am not as young as I used to be.  Most of the time I'm not a big age kind of person.  Don't get me wrong I am not at all thrilled when I look in the mirror or in the replay of a video and see the tell tale signs of my mid century modern self but I'm not that thrown off by it.

What does drive me crazy is how long it takes me to do what I used to in no time at all.

cleaning out the garden

It seems like just yesterday when I was able to work a full time job away from home, clean the entire

August 7, 2017

LOVING OUR HOMES - Cottage Style

I've been on a renewed mission to learn to love my home again.  I seem to go through spurts where I dream of selling our house and everything in it and searching for our  perfect "dream home".  But then reality (with all it's budgets, work locations and the physical labor of packing up our current place) sets in and I start to think of ways I can make changes to have this home a place I truly love being.


I will usually start out making a list of what I'd like to have and then I'll walk through each room in