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As one might imagine, moving two times in eleven months is not conducive to staying very organized. All our worldly possessions lived in and out of boxes during our move and our time renting. When we bought our house, we initially found temporary homes for all our stuff and boxes, but the process has been very slow. However, since we moved, and particularly since the beginning of spring, we have been on an organizational tear. From craft supplies to tools, spices to paperwork, Bart and I have been taming the beast and getting back to an efficient and functional household.

One of my ongoing projects is dealing with all the paperwork. Starting a new job, registering cars in two states, and buying, selling, and renting homes generates a mountain of paperwork that piles up in the blink of an eye. I managed to stay afloat until we made our final move, but was clear that our files needed a major intervention. My method of filing paperwork for many years was to use hanging files in a dedicated file drawer. I had a folder for each utility and financial account and for other categories like health records, receipts for big purchases, and school info. This worked pretty well, but with a big life change some of the files were a bit outdated–for instance, we have new utility providers and I no longer am in school–and it was time for a refresh.

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June is already here, and it is already shaping up to be a busy and eventful month. May went slowly and quickly at the same time. Initially, I didn’t have a grand plan for a May monthly challenge, but it ended up being a month for wrapping up a ton of projects that we’ve had on our agenda for quite a while. From putting the final touch on our room renovation to installing a spice rack, we made significant and satisfying progress on our to-do list. It’s still half a mile long, but progress nonetheless.

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As you can probably tell, I am fond of cooking. Over the years, my recipe repertoire has expanded, causing me to expand my collection of various spices. While I don’t have anything terribly exotic, having a variety of options begins to add up, and spice bottles can begin to overtake the pantry. When we got married, I was gifted a spice rack, which seemed like a great idea at the time. However, it had a rather large footprint and didn’t hold many spices at all for the square footage it took up in the pantry or on the counter. Eventually, I began hatching a grand plan for functional and hyper-organized herb and spice storage.

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Happy Memorial Day! We’re so thankful for those who have served and do serve in our country’s military in order that we may enjoy our freedoms–life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Let’s make this day more than just about cookouts and summertime…thank a vet or active enlisted today (and everyday)!
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Everything vintage seems hot these days. Maybe it’s “Mad Men,” but the forward-looking mod styles of the 50s and 60s are becoming very popular again. Emulated by current furniture designers or sought after at estate sales or antique stores, it’s easy to find mid-century inspired furniture and accessories these days.

We spent quite a few months and a lot of effort bringing an old bedroom into the 21st century. However, it seemed appropriate that, when we decided to purchase a new piece of furniture for the room, we tip our hats to our 1961 traditional ranch house by incorporating of this old-become-new fashion into our modern makeover.

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After six months, I’m finally calling it. Stick a fork in it, because I’m declaring the Spare Room #1 renovation D-O-N-E.

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It is absolutely pouring this morning. My drive into work was even more stressful than those I had to do in ice and snow this winter; I had my windshield wipers on full-blast the entire way, and that wasn’t overkill. Water was pouring off overpasses, and the curbs in town were rushing rivers of water. Fortunately, I made it to work safely, if a little soggy. I don’t have a lot of years of local experience to compare this one to, but it seems that this spring is extraordinarily wet. This isn’t the first crazy downpour I’ve seen since March, and I’m willing to bet it won’t be the last.
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Despite nearly three solid days of rain (one afternoon of which, as much as it galls me to recount, was actually snow), Bart and I were amazingly productive this weekend. Our goal for the weekend was to construct the baseboard heater cover for the spare bedroom–the last project remaining before touching up paint and calling it D-O-N-E. But we did pretty much everything but that.

Hey, whatever works. If putting one single task on our to-do list results in knocking off fifteen that have also been languishing there, then I guess it was a worthy trade.

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