10 Books That Will Help You Toss That Clutter


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Sometimes what you need to kick start your decluttering is a good book. I am serious! I once read a book on decluttering that was so good I had to put it down when I was only halfway done because it was creating such an urge inside me to toss stuff I just had to get started. And I didn’t stop tossing until I had sent three truck loads to the thrift store.

That book and nine more are on this list of 10 books that will help you toss that clutter!

10 books that will help you toss that clutter. Get the motivation and help you need to declutter your home and life.

10 Books That Will Help You Toss That Clutter

1. Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight: The Six-Week Total-Life Slim Down

This book is my most current read on decluttering. I found it really interesting how the author of Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight was able to prove a direct relationship between the excess in our houses and that on our hips.

2. Make Room for What You Love: Your Essential Guide to Organizing and Simplifying

What I really liked about Make Room for What You Love is how the author mentions several times in the book that decluttering for good is a gradual room by room process–finally a realistic timeline for decluttering.

10 books that will help you toss that clutter. Get the motivation and help you need to declutter your home and life.

3. Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind and Soul

If you need to declutter more than just your closets Unstuffed can help. The author goes beyond discussing how to deal with household clutter, discussing schedule clutter, emotional clutter, and relationship clutter.

4. The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own

If you know you should declutter your home, but you just can’t seem to find the motivation or the know how The More of Less is the book for you. I really like this author’s tips for dealing with items you’re not really sure if you should keep or toss.

10 books that will help you toss that clutter. Get the motivation and help you need to declutter your home and life.

5. The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful

This book inspired me to make a plan to do some serious extreme decluttering when I get home from the RV trip I am currently on with my family. The Nesting Place is a decorating book and not a decluttering book, but the tips within it will help you clear out the clutter to expose the beauty of your home.

6. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

The truth is I don’t agree with everything within the pages of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. For instance, I don’t think my socks have to be folded just so or they will feel neglected –my socks don’t have feelings, so as long as they fit into the space I provide for them all is well. However, the author does share more good decluttering wisdom than just plain weird stuff and adhering to her rules (the non-weird ones) can help you conquer clutter.

10 books that will help you toss that clutter. Get the motivation and help you need to declutter your home and life.

7. Clutter’s Last Stand: It’s Time To De-junk Your Life!

This is the book that I mentioned in my opening paragraph. Clutter’s Last Stand is an oldie but a goodie. It will have you tossing clutter by the truck loads. If you can’t get your hands on a copy, any of the author’s other clutter titles are just about as good, although Clutter’s Last Stand is my personal favorite–it is my decluttering motivation weapon of choice.

8. Smart Organizing: Simple Strategies for Bringing Order to Your Home

In Smart Organizing you will learn a simple three step decluttering method that you can apply over and over again to any room that you want to dig out from under clutter. This book is also full of ideas from real life people who are winning the clutter battle.

10 books that will help you toss that clutter. Get the motivation and help you need to declutter your home and life.

9. 31 Days To A Clutter Free Life: One Month to Clear Your Home, Mind & Schedule

Do you just want someone to hold your hand and walk you through how to declutter each room of your home step by step? If so, 31 Days To A Clutter Free Life is a great read for you. I personally couldn’t see doing that much decluttering in one month, but you of course could easily slow down the plan to suit your own personal comfort level.

10. Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living

Go beyond decluttering your home and create a simple life–that is the essential message of Organized Simplicity. The book will help you look beyond the surface of why you need to declutter to what you want from a clutter free home.

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Do You Feel Like You Just Don’t Have Time To Declutter?

Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings

Feel like you would love to get rid of the stress your cluttered home is causing you, but you simply don’t know how you could squeeze time to declutter into your already cram packed life?

I recommend taking Make Over Your Mornings and/or Make Over Your Evenings. These are 15 day, video driven courses that come with a workbook for you to complete. Each day’s lesson consists of a five minute video, five minutes of reading and a five minute workbook activity.

The information I learned in the Make Over Your Evenings course gave me 30 minutes each and every morning without getting up earlier. The Makeover Your Mornings course is just as full of great time saving advice that can help you carve out time to rid your house of clutter and finally make your home the haven you know it could be.

You can Outsmart Clutter.





RV Trip Update Week 21: Kolob Canyon, Red Cliffs, Bryce Canyon, Red Canyon, and Estes Park


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There will be just two more trip updates, one for our next full week of travel and then a “we’re home” post. How is that possible? My heart feels so torn; I miss my friends, but I am loving the growing family bonds. I miss my comfy couch, but I love the views we are seeing each day. I miss my shower, but I love how quick and simple housework is when you live in 300 square feet. I miss my bedroom door, but I love seeing the sleeping faces of my beautiful children as I try my best to make my morning cup of coffee without waking them.

This experience has been such a blessing. I know one thing for certain and that is the travel bug is alive and well within me and I seriously doubt we will ever go a year without traveling somewhere.

Now on to what we saw this week.

Kolob Canyon: Seen during week 21 of a 22 week RV road trip.

Sunday we arose early once again to avoid the Memorial Day weekend crowds and the heat. In fact, we have gotten up between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. all week long except travel day to avoid both crowds and heat. We are spending our afternoons at the campground–doing school and work in the cool of the travel trailer. I thought the kids would revolt when we first suggested this change in routine, but they all seem to be okay with it.

On this particular morning we headed to Kolob Canyon. We started out by driving to the very top and taking the short, one mile hike out to the view point of the area. Such amazing views of red rocks sticking out from blankets of green trees.

Red Cliffs Desert Reserve: Seen during week 21 of a 22 week RV road trip.

It was still early and not too hot when we finished exploring Kolob Canyon so we decided to hit Red Cliffs State Park near the campground area where we heard there was a beautiful hike. However, when we arrived there were no parking places left.

Instead we headed to Red Cliffs Desert Reserve just up the hill from downtown St. George, Utah. My husband and I had explored the red rocks of the area on our anniversary date and we knew our two teens that love to climb would enjoy exploring the area. They did love it, but we all lasted less than a hour in the afternoon sun.

We ended the exploring part of our day at a frozen yogurt place–a welcome treat after climbing rocks in the heat.

Red Canyon: Seen during week 21 of a 22 week RV road trip.

Monday we headed out of Zion and over to Bryce Canyon. On our way there we came across this area of deep red rocks that caught our attention–Red Canyon State Park.

That very evening before even exploring Bryce Canyon we headed back to Red Canyon to get closer to the red rocks we admired on our drive. One unique feature of the area are the tunnels carved in the rock to make way for the highway.

Bryce Canyon: Seen during week 21 of a 22 week RV road trip.

Tuesday we got up really early–as in 4:45 a.m.–so that we could take in the sunrise over Bryce Point. It was a chilly morning and we all stared at the sun coming over the rocks as our teeth chattered, but the beauty of the sun hitting the rocks made the early rising and the cold temperatures worth it.

After taking in all the view points along the 18 mile drive through the park we headed to Sunset Point where we began our hike down into the hoodoo filled canyon. Things got hot very quickly as we hiked a three mile loop back around to where we started.

The views in the canyon were stunning! By the time I had finished our loop I had paused to examine the canyon’s beauty more times than I can count.

Hoodoo's in Bryce Canyon: seen on week 21 of a 22 week RV road trip.

On our second day of exploring Bryce Canyon National Park we hiked the eight mile Fairyland Loop trail. This canyon is full of these castle like rock formations that seem to contain doors and sometimes windows. It doesn’t take much imagination to see why they called the canyon Fairyland.

Week 21 of a 22 week road trip: Bristlecone Pine in Bryce CanyonOne thing I was fascinated by in the Bryce Canon were the  Bristlecone Pine trees. My picture doesn’t do their beauty justice. Such exquisite trees growing in an area that you wouldn’t think anything so large could grow. The canyon area also contained many different types of flowers that added touches of color everywhere you looked.

Week 21 of a 22 week road trip: Sand Bench rest area, Utah.

One thing I learned during our time in Utah is that even the rest areas are places to explore the beauty of the state. Pictured is the Sand Bench rest area that we came across as  we drove out of Utah and into Colorado.

Week 21 of a 22 week road trip: Ariel Tramway in Estes Park area, Colorado.

We have been in Colorado since Thursday afternoon and I have been feeling short of breath since we arrived. We are staying in the mountains and my body is simply not used the elevation. My husband is experiencing similar symptoms. We are trying our best not to allow them to effect our exploring time in the State.

Saturday we went to the Estes Park area and rode the Tramway. As I explained on Facebook, riding the tram made me a bit nervous since I don’t enjoy small spaces, but I am so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and did the ride with the family–the views were amazing. I did say to my husband once or twice, “How come we have nine people in our tiny car and they have just five? This car is too crowded.” So I think I still have a bit of work to do on my dislike of small spaces.

Week 21 of a 22 week road trip: Views from the top of the Ariel Tramway in the Estes Park area, Colorado.

Here is just one sliver of what we saw from the top of the mountain once we got off the tram ride. Tomorrow (Sunday) we plan on exploring the area further and I am really looking forward to it. I love mountains just as much as I love the ocean. The two are so wild, so bold, so confident and free.

Memory board hung in a travel trailer: Highlights of a road trip.

With just over a week left our memory board in the travel trailer is getting pretty full–and it contains just a small sampling of all we have seen on this trip. But more important than the sites is the family bonding that has gone on. In the little moments I see it–we have grown closer as a family. The memories are great, but the hearts that have grown closer to each other–that is the real treasure we will take from this trip.

Are You Planning A National Park Adventure?

Check out my post, 10 Things To Bring When Exploring The National Parks.

Come back next Monday to see what we got up to this week.

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Five Ways To Save Money In College


College is an exciting new stage of life—well, until you realize independence means buying most of your own textbooks and supplies. It’s hard to save money when books are expensive and your friends want to go out to eat all week. However, as a class of 2017 graduate, these are five ways I saved money in college on everything from textbooks to soap!

5 simple ways to save money in college that can really add up to BIG savings.

Five Ways To Save Money In College

1. Textbooks

Textbooks are pricey if you don’t qualify for book scholarship money at your college. To get the best prices go to Slugbooks! Slugbooks.com gives you comparison prices for Half.com, Chegg, Amazon and more. Look up the ISBN numbers (It’s usually listed in the details and description of the book) for your books and type them in Slugbooks’ search bar. It will display your most recent searches even when you put in a new book, so you’ll see all your books listed on one page. Since you’re searching by ISBN, you will always get the correct edition. You can search by title, just make sure you check the edition.

I would also contact the professor to ask for the syllabus early. You might find some of your books are additional reading and not truly necessary.

If you want to get all your books from one place, I recommend Amazon or Chegg, plus Chegg packages come with a few freebies. I’ve gotten Red Bull, sample size packages of Tide pods and dryer sheets!

Save Money on Soap in the Shower and Sink!

2. Soap

This might seem odd, but my mom made me laundry detergent every year when I went to college. It is simple and takes up little space. She made me one container and it lasted the entire school year when I averaged one load of laundry a week!

You only need three ingredients and you can typically find them all in Walmart or other stores.

You need:
1 bar of Fels-Naptha soap

1 Cup of Super Washing Soda

1 Cup of Borax

(These can all be found in the cleaning and laundry aisles.)

Grate the soap into a bowl and add the borax and super washing soda. If you want the mixture to be well blended, throw it in a food processor or blender! It won’t hurt the appliance since it’s soap. I store mine in a small plastic container meant for storing sugar or flour that came with a tablespoon sized scoop. I put one to two scoops in each load and like I said—it lasted me August to May every school year!

This detergent works in High Efficiency machines and while my family has issues with skin sensitivity to detergents and softeners, none of us has issues with this kind. I find it works well on my clothes.

Some dorms have community bathrooms, but my school had one bathroom per suite and it accommodated five people. We were responsible for soap, toilet paper, hand towels and cleaning supplies.

Typically hand soap is an easy buy since you can get it cheap from any store. However, if you want a nicer soap, get to Bath and Body Works when they have the June Semi-annual sale. They often have hand soaps for 75% off as well as shower gels, scrubbies, even nail files. It’s worth stocking up on a few favorite scents and your roommates and suitemates will love that it’s one less thing to buy!

Five Ways To Save Money In College

3. Food

Don’t overdo it buying food for your room you think you’ll eat. You’ll let a lot of food rot because you forgot it or it didn’t sound good and the frozen stuff isn’t healthy anyway. Most schools now require a meal plan of some kind and even though it isn’t the best tasting food sometimes, it’s still the lowest cost.

If you do buy food, try eating a little healthier than Ramen every night. Buy two cans of chicken, a jar of salsa, a small bag of shredded cheese and a bag of tortillas or chips. For a little less than $10, you can make several chicken quesadillas or tacos! If you do quesadillas, put a tortilla on a microwave safe plate, add chicken, cheese and salsa, put another tortilla on top (or fold the single tortilla over for a half size) and microwave for about one minute. Throw a damp paper towel on top of the tortilla to keep it soft. If you’d rather tacos, just mix all the ingredients except tortillas and heat them in a bowl. Load up your tortilla and there you go! It’s filling and simple and you can get friends involved. Have each person bring one of the ingredients to share and a plate, then make up a meal and turn on some Netflix or study.

The more creative you are with food, the happier you’ll be. When I would debate eating out instead of the cafeteria, I learned to save by being creative. I figured out how to make grilled cheese by getting bread and butter from the salad/PB&J area, cheese slices from the sandwich bar, then putting the sandwich on one of the sandwich presses to heat it. I mostly did this when we had tomato soup. Challenge your friends to see who can find a more creative food fix when the fun of the cafeteria wears off.

If you do go out to eat—and we all end up going more than we should—several restaurants offer 10% off for students when you have a student ID, so keep yours handy to show the cashier at Subway, Wendy’s and even some Chick-fil-a restaurants. Several Moe’s Southwest Grill locations offer a student night where you can get a burrito or bowl, fountain drink and chips for $5.99, which is a steal for a Moe’s lover. If you download their app, you can scan the receipt barcode to earn points that will earn you a free meal.

Some great apps that will help you save money on groceries

  • Ibotta
  • MobiSave Enter the referral code OGHHUVPZ into the promo code area.

Five Ways To Save Money In College

4. Spotify

If you are a music lover this is an easy way to save money on something you probably already have. College students can get Spotify for $4.99 a month with a student email. If you don’t have an .edu email, you can email them proof you’re a student—like a copy of your class schedule—and you’ll get the deal. I don’t use Spotify, but several of my friends at college did this (with their .net emails) and loved it.

Five Ways To Save Money In College

5. Amazon Prime For Students

Amazon Prime for students is a great deal. It starts as a six month free trial and just like Spotify you can get it without an .edu email address if you email them a picture of your schedule or something similar. I sent them my acceptance letter. I heard back in less than 24 hours and signed up. You get access to Amazon Prime textbook rentals, two-day free shipping (handy when you need textbooks and school supplies ASAP!), Amazon Video and Amazon Music. You even get Prime Pantry. After the six months it’s $49.99 a year, which is half the price of regular Prime. I use Amazon Music instead of Spotify and save money that way as well.

Five Ways To Save Money In College

Bonus Discounts

Hopefully these five tips help you save money. Just don’t forget to keep your student ID handy to prove your student status. Below are just a few places that offer student discounts!

  1. Apple
  2. J. Crew
  3. New York Times
  4. Sam’s Club
  5. Wall Street Journal
  6. Many insurance companies offer a discount on student drivers with a B average or higher, so check with your provider to find out what they offer!

This guest post was written by Leah Kahkola, a class of 2017 college graduate who freelances writing and editing. She’s an avid reader and is always open to new opportunities. Leah is currently trying to plan a wedding on a thrifty budget.

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