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Amazing Attic System

by Ivory Soap Simplify

A little over a year ago, I was nesting.  I was looking for organization books at Barnes and Noble and the lady helping me gave me the best tip!  I can’t remember what book it was from, but it’s revolutionized our attic. Here’s what you do. Get a bunch of the same size boxes.  We […]

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Simplified Household: Calendar-in-a-Box

by Ivory Soap Simplify

Do you have weird school papers strewn all over the house?  A calendar that is so cluttered with information that you can’t hardly read it?  Did you forget pajama day at school AGAIN this year?  How long has it been since you went to the dentist? Well, this is an old homeschool trick that I […]

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Meal Planning for Spontaneity

by Ivory Soap Simplify

If you’ve known me for more than a month, you know I can’t stick to a schedule.  Every month I find a new and different way to plan something that I then end up disobeying.  I love to stitch, but if I make a*goal* to stitch so many times a week, I WILL NOT HAPPEN. […]

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Wall-Mounted Clothes Rack

by Daisy DIY

With preschool and primary school-age kids, I struggle to organize their clothes.  I thought about taking a picture of the laundry room floor before I cleared it up, but nobody would believe it was really that bad so I am sparing you the image.  Suffice it to say, I was repeatedly heard to say to […]

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5 Simple Rules to Reduce Child Laundry

by Ivory Soap Simplify

With six people in one house, I am lately obsessed with reducing laundry.  A few month ago, I reported in THIS POST that I was trying a new laundry experiment.  I reported the results HERE and then my new shoe shelf innovation HERE.  After months of experience, I feel I have arrived at a realistic child laundry philosophy.  (P.S. […]

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Shoe Shelf Weekly Clothing Organizer

by Ivory Soap Simplify

  I officially have TOO much closet space.  I even stuck the kids’ chest of drawers in there to take up some room.  The fun part is, the chest is EMPTY.  It’s ready to be filled with all that nonsense kids collect: gum wrappers, beads, string, little pieces of paper and tape, etc. What you […]

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Organizing Failure: #1 Mistake

by Ivory Soap Simplify

You’ve cleaned the closets, the pantry, and set out a gorgeous workout schedule and meal plan.  And it all works…for three days.  Then it all falls apart and you’re back to your old habits.  What happened? Some would say that it takes two weeks to start a new habit.  Just gut it out.  As a […]

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Summer Laundry: The Results Show

by Ivory Soap Simplify

A few weeks ago, I reported in THIS POST that I was trying a new laundry experiment.  Here are the results. 1. Resolve to do laundry once a week. Kid you not.  This is the best thing ever.  I do three loads a week! 2.  Remove out of season clothing. No more sweaters in the […]

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10 Ways to Simplify Summer Laundry

by Ivory Soap Simplify

Summer is a great time to simplify your closet since there’s less requirement to wear something different all the time and the temperature isn’t hopping around on you. So, here’s my favorite 10 ways to simplify summer laundry. 1. Resolve to do laundry once a week. This eliminates the need for 17 pairs of undies […]

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10 Things You Should Know Before Making Homemade Laundry Detergent

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

I have spent HOURS on the this database researching all of the possible chemical formulations of laundry detergent, and like dishwasher detergent, it has completely CHANGED how I make homemade laundry detergent! Cleaning Power 1. NO commercial detergents contain BORAX and WASHING SODA together. It’s an either/or.   Powder is washing soda.  Liquid detergents have borax, usually […]

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3 Steps to Simplify DIY Stain Removal

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

1.  Reality Check Do you really treat stains?  I don’t.  I NOTICE stains after they’ve been through the wash.  If you aren’t an avid stain treater, you really only need a bar of soap and a faucet.  Here’s my REAL stain routine: Shoot, there’s a stain on the shirt I just put on! Can I […]

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3 Steps to Simplify Your DIY Cleaning Products

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

  1.  Learn About T.A.C.T T.A.C.T. stands for Temperature, Agitation, Chemistry, and Time.  It means, the hotter the water the better it cleans.  The more elbow grease you use the better it cleans.  The stronger the chemicals are, the better it cleans.  The longer you let it soak or sit, the better it cleans. Now […]

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Organized Homeschool

by Ivory Soap Simplify

Those three half-filled crates are my whole homeschool this year!  Kindergarten, second grade, and third.  No teacher crate.  No hidden stash of books that appears (except on Sundays, but I’ll get to that).  If you had told me last year that I could be this organized, I’d have called you a liar.  We were a […]

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4 Best Family Games

by Ivory Soap Simplify

photo by MaryMerry Games are our main form of indoor entertainment. In it’s most unhealthy form, we’d all be on our own digital screens, but thankfully, board games are king in our house. The kids would rather play a board game with us or each other than watch TV alone. Don’t get me wrong, they’re […]

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How to Clean an Attic

by Ivory Soap Simplify

Apart from my Finished Room Over the Garage (FROG), my attic covers my entire house.  It’s a little house, but that’s still a lot of attic!  Yesterday it was stuffed to the gills with CRAPOLA.  Now, look at it! (Pictured above.) Look again from the other direction! Oooo, it’s so pretty!  And the box springs […]

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Save Money with a Supply Journal

by Ivory Soap Simplify

I’m so jealous when I watch Jane Austen-ish movies and Father furrows his brow and says something like, “We won’t have enough to buy coal through the winter.  We’ll be out by December.”  Huh? How does he know that?  And the general store managers on pioneer shows that know exactly how many bootlaces Mr. Smith […]

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The Cup

by Daisy Simplify

I have certain items which, when lost or broken, I have difficulty replacing. I’m specifically thinking now of items in my kitchen drawer, aka The Drawer.  For example, I’ve needed a new set of measuring cups for literally YEARS now and only recently got them. I limped along with a one cup measure with a […]

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Must-Own Children’s Booklist

by Ivory Soap Simplify

I don’t know about you, but I don’t really enjoy reading lame-o literature to my children.  I LOVE reading the GOOD stuff, though.  In the whirlpool of the “At least they’re reading!” market, it’s now getting really hard to remember what quality children’s literature looks like. So this is my list. It’s not a list […]

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