Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Lumber In My Minivan!! We hope you all have a wonderful day.

And Happy Mother’s Day especially to this lady. Your granddaughters and I love you very much!!

We will resume regular posting schedule on Tuesday.

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A new Facebook page!

As you know, I have recently changed the name of my blog. I have been able to successfully change the name of all other social media accounts EXCEPT Facebook. I have now tried three times to change the name, been turned down, AND have appealed the process three times. I have also sent and re-sent the required documentation THREE times.

Facebook continues to deny my appeal, despite my providing what they asked for several times. There is no other option but to create an entirely new page and delete this one.

So, that being said, please like and follow my new page at https://m.facebook.com/lumberinmyminivan/

Thanks so much!! I truly appreciate it!

What’s Happening at Lumber in My Minivan?

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Recently, we made the decision to change both the niche and the name of our blog. I still love organizing and simplifying, but I want to write about so much more than that. Since we’re not quite on regular schedule yet, and it’s been a while since I posted, I decided I’d write a short post catching you up on our comings and goings. I know a lot of you also follow me on social media, so some of this will not be news to you.

This girl got older. I’m not going to tell you how old, but I’ll give you a hint. I’m 25…with nine years of experience 😀

My birthday gift to myself was my first ever Tarheel Ten Miler. It was a challenge! I didn’t think I could do it, but I did. I even ran faster than I thought! I loved the race so much I have already signed up for next year!

Yeah, I’m dealing with some rough stuff right now. But my two baby girls make me smile and keep me going. ❤️ They will turn eight and four this year and they’re both sweet, cuddly little balls of energy.

And as for the hard stuff- Everybody go to counseling. Even if you think you think you don’t need to. I have been going weekly for a few months now and I’ve learned so much about myself and what I need. I recently saw a quote that mentioned how we go to the doctor for check ups to keep our bodies healthy, so why not do the same for our mental health? It makes sense!

And as for the blog: what I want to do with it is feature a DIY, something hone related and something family related each week. Basically, not a huge amount of changes but enough to keep it interesting.

Here’s to new adventures! Thanks for supporting us along this new journey.

 

State of the Blog Address 2019

State of the Blog Address 2019…or something.

 

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By now, most people have realized I don’t post here a lot anymore. I recently did post and let you all know that things in our lives have been difficult lately, and we are dealing with a lot. Work has also been crazy busy!

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I have also been unsure of what direction I want this blog to go, and as much as I love organizing and making a home more functional, it seems as though I run out of ideas after awhile. I thought about changing my niche, and expanding my content a bit. I still want to write about home decor, DIY and parenting, but I want to write less about organizing and getting simplified.

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Sure, I’ll still occasionally share tips for organization and simplifying your life, but it won’t be my main focus.

After all, one can only write about cleaning out their closet so many times, right? That being said, my blog is not only changing directions, but changing names.

So…starting next Saturday, Organized and Simplified will become Lumber in My MiniVan!

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Thanks for supporting us on this new journey!!

Getting organized: tips for a more organized home

Getting organized: tips for a more organized home

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It’s that time again- spring time. The time when flowers bloom, everything is green and fresh, there is pollen all over everything…and some of us engage in a little yearly tradition known as spring cleaning.

I don’t know about you, but my house needs some extra TLC, and I can’t always get to those extra things during the school year. Like many others, I choose to spend a few days in the spring giving my house some extra cleaning and organizing. Today, I’d like to share some tips for getting your house cleaned and organized but in a simple and timely manner.

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1. Give your closets some TLC 

One of the first things I tackle are our overflowing closets. and donate what I do not need, throw away what is damaged, and organize and put away anything else. You can read all about how to keep your closet cleaned here.  You can read about how to organize your child’s closet so that it grows with them here. 

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2. Clean your kitchen: clean your cabinets, fridge, freezer, and pantry.

Give your fridge a good cleaning before cleaning out your pantry and cabinets.

Remove any expired foods or unneeded kitchen items from your pantry. 

Use cabinet organizers to keep your needed items within easy reach. 

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3. Organize your bathroom!

Organize your linen closet by donating items you don’t use anymore, and throwing away expired items. 

Use drawer and cabinet organizers to keep everything in easy reach. 

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4. Organize your playroom

Get rid of any broken toys and donate or give away anything your kids have outgrown.

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5. General cleaning

I also like to do some extra cleaning, such as moving furniture and cleaning under or behind it, or cleaning our blinds. We also pressure wash the sidewalks, porch furniture, and outside of the house. We also take down the curtains and wash them.

What spring cleaning tasks do you do?