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  • Is Your Stuff Heirloom-Worthy?

    I recently read two articles that got me thinking about minimalism and my attitude toward stuff. The first was this Cracked article (warning: salty language) on the five useless products no one can bring themselves to throw out. The last item on the list was items that might be useful some day. The author...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Wed, May 28 2014
  • I Have Discovered the Secret to an Organized Kitchen

    I feel like someone on an infomercial. You know how infomercials show you just how hard the lives are of the poor, beleaguered shmoes without Product Shiny to simplify things? And then once they have been given Product Shiny, those shmoes start smiling the crazy-eyed smile and telling the audience "It's...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Fri, Apr 18 2014
  • TDS Recommends...Ideas for Organizing a Small Kitchen

    In the spirit of spring cleaning, we also wanted to highlight organizing...particularly in the kitchen! And when we found this great post from Maggie over at Squarepennies , we had to share. She highlights ten different ideas for organizing a small-space kitchen. From using canisters to wall racks, she...
    Posted to Weblog by TDSPaige on Wed, Apr 9 2014
  • TDS Recommends...The Spring Cleaning Checklist

    Here at TDS Recommends, we are always on the lookout for great ways to stay organized, and we've definitely found a gem for spring cleaning! Our friend Erin Huffstetler over at My Frugal Home has put together an amazing and comprehensive checklist perfect to put on the fridge and check off as you...
    Posted to Weblog by TDSPaige on Thu, Mar 27 2014
  • TDS Recommends...Tips to Get Organized in Just Minutes a Day

    Spring is almost upon us, and with it comes plans to organize, clean out, and clean up. So when we found this fantastic post from fellow bloggers over at Two Kids and a Coupon , we wanted to share it! The post has some great tips for staying on top of home organization, by breaking it down and taking...
    Posted to Weblog by TDSPaige on Wed, Mar 12 2014
  • The Frugal Olympics 2nd Event: Refrigerator Organization with a Leftover List

    Before we begin today's event, I must apologize for the week's worth of radio silence from a certain Mensch. Unlike Sochi, Lafayette, Indiana has been receiving record snowfall, freezing temperatures, and general discontented misery recently. Unfortunately, windy misery fronts cause school cancellations...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Wed, Feb 19 2014
  • There Will Be No Unauthorized Charges or Fees On My Watch

    When I got my first credit card back in 1999, I made a habit of saving every receipt from my credit card transactions in my wallet until my statement came in. At that point, I would double-check my statement against my receipts, using a highlighter to cross off each charge. Once I had done all that,...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Wed, Feb 5 2014
  • Organizing My Spice Cabinet

    Or, How I Got Overwhelmed By a Huge Bunch of Trees and Wondered Why Everyone Was Blathering About Something Called a "Forest" Several years ago, LO got hold of a permanent sharpie and had a grand ol' time creating a mural on our dining room wall. Since we generally use our dining room for...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Tue, Jan 14 2014
  • The Weirdest Scam I've Ever Come Across

    Image courtesy of Paul Keller One of the benefits of being 9 months pregnant is the nesting. My house has never been cleaner or more organized than it is right now--and I'm still finding myself drooling over drawer organizers, closet solutions, and organization pin boards on Pinterest. Nesting is...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Tue, Sep 3 2013
  • I Paid WHAT For a Planner?

    Image courtesy of Fluff I've mentioned before that I am something of a calendar aficionado. (Although that term would suggest that there is some sort of expertise on my part in knowing what kind of calendar will work for me, which is sadly not the case). Basically, I am always on the lookout for...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Thu, Aug 22 2013
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