My Weekly Household Routine with Free Printable Charts

home organization, household tips, weekly planner, free printables, household planner

Back to School has always been like my new year, first as a teacher then as a parent. As much as I love Summer, I do look forward to the structure and household routine that comes with Fall and the Back to School season. Now that my daughter has started school, (She's a junior in high school and drives herself to school!) I've been easing back … [Read more...]

Clever Cloth Napkin Storage

cloth napkin storage 5

Oh how I wish that we still gathered together for dinner in the dining room every evening, Downton Abbey style... Complete with footmen, silver trays, candelabras, stemware, silverware, cloth napkins...a sideboard filled with all the necessary accoutrements. But, we don't. At least, not in the Hines house. Most of the time, our dining room … [Read more...]

Grace in the Dirty Dishes and Other Home Organization Tips


My Christmas decorations have been strewn all over the kitchen island for nearly a week. And, since my island is covered in nutcrackers and ornaments, I didn't cook last week...except for the night I made Sloppy Joes from Manwich sauce which I don't think can really count as cooking. As I stare at a pile of dirty dishes, rolls of toilet paper … [Read more...]

The Home Management Binder Experience


Yesterday, we talked about the importance of taking care of our needs so that we can be our best and do our best. Today in the "Love the Home You're With" series, we're going to talk about meeting the needs of our family. I LOVE what Helena said in her post, Home Management or House Management,   "Home Management goes beyond mowing the … [Read more...]

Master Closet Organization

shoe shelves

  When we first moved in to this house, I was so glad that the builders had installed shelving.  I had just spent the past few years adding shelving to my last master closet and didn't want to spend the time or money doing that again. But with all of those shelves, I didn't have room for folded clothes, drawers or a hamper.   And no … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Organize with Trays

tray plate

So far in the Love the Home You're With series, we've been busy organizing and putting things back where they belong. But, there's just some stuff that belongs out in the open; within easy reach, like nail clippers and guitar picks and blankets.   And sometimes, you want a convenient place to store your favorite earrings so you can … [Read more...]

How to Organize (Almost) Every Room in Your Home


As Geralin mentioned in our interview the other day, it is a good idea to get inspiration from others.  So, today I'm sharing several rooms that will hopefully give you some home organization ideas for your own space. Each room title links to a Pinterest board filled with inspiration for that particular … [Read more...]

10+ Clever Storage Ideas

master bath4

So, now that we've decided what to keep, it's time to put it all back.  But, first, let me share some clever storage ideas:   ~Do sort like items together.  Hair products, paper products, medicines, makeup, baking pans... ~Don't buy any containers until you determine what type of containers you need. Do that by taking inventory of … [Read more...]

Organization 101: How to Organize Your Home

desk after

  I love organizing!  Even so, I have problem areas in my home, the behind-the-closed-door areas, that I'm still working on. And those areas, without a doubt, cause stress, duplicate purchases, missed deadlines...all the things Geralin mentioned the other day. In fact, before I cleared off my desk the other night, I broke two light … [Read more...]

5 Expert Tips on How to Get Organized

ge lighting

  I believe getting organized is the first step to creating a beautiful home. And, it's difficult to love a cluttered home.  So, I've asked professional organizer, Geralin Thomas, to share her tips on how to get organized.     Here's our interview:   Q. How does organization, or lack of, affect us in our … [Read more...]

Mrs. Hines and the Ordinary, Beautiful, So Good, Smart Lighting Day

ge lighting 2

  This shop has been compensated by #Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.   All opinions about the beauty of ordinary days, the extraordinary taking care of itself and the convenience of smart lights are mine alone.     Do not ask your children 
to strive for extraordinary lives.
 Such striving may seem admirable,
but … [Read more...]

DIY Wooden Label Tags

laundry storage

  I set out to makeover my laundry room over 3 years ago.   I collected inspiration,   made a shade out of a shower curtain, and hung it on a DIY curtain rod.   I added shelves, changed out the storage baskets and made label tags for them.     I also shopped the house for a rug to soften up the … [Read more...]

The Only Daily Planner That Works

planner notebook 4

One thing I've discovered over the years is that my life doesn't fit into little boxes, and so all of my little computer created calendars ended up in the trash. Oh, I'm still a planner, always have been. In fact, lesson planning was my favorite part of teaching.   I think it's because I spent 18 years in a classroom that my year starts with the … [Read more...]

4 Creative Jewelry Organizers

jewelry organizers2

I love accessories.   Scarves, belts, shoes and especially jewelry.    My everyday look is earrings, studs or hoops, and a bracelet or two. I love stacking bracelets. On dressier occasions, I ditch the dangly earrings for studs and wear a statement necklace.   Statement necklaces make me feel so sophisticated. But where is a jewelry … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Why You Should Menu Plan

tin cans 3

Hi friends!  It's the 4th Monday of the month and that means that our Contributor, Laura from Inspiration for Moms, will be sharing with us today. Today she is sharing 3 Reasons Why You Should Menu Plan. Hi Everyone! Mrs. Hines asked me if I would chat with you today about my meal planning technique. Of course, I had to say yes … [Read more...]

A Filing System that Works


A filing system isn't a system if  you never file anything.  {click here to tweet it! }   I've let papers accumulate in my "to-file" basket for months, or longer.  It's the one remnant of the "before" state of my command center, and I'm determined to tackle it once and for all. Here's my … [Read more...]

Grocery Shopping Made Easy


  I'm not really sure why I put off grocery shopping.   But, I do.   You know the routine...make a mental list of  what food is left in the house,  realize that you can get through one more day if you use a little less milk in your cereal at breakfast, have half a pb&j on that heel of bread  that you're now so grateful you … [Read more...]

Quality Time vs. The To-Do List

at home spa day:

Thursday was porch and yard day.... ~clean the porch ~sweep the sidewalk ~refinish the front door ~decorate the porch for Fall ~ spread compost in flower beds   And I got most of it done, but dark settled over my lawn before I could finish spreading the compost and put a coat of poly on my front door, which made Friday … [Read more...]

Control Paper Clutter at Home in 3 Easy Steps


Jerry the mailman came at the same time every day. As soon as my siblings and I heard the stop and start of the mail jeep, we'd run outside to greet him, four voices talking at once, eager to share the latest news.  We grabbed the mail out of the mailbox as soon as Jerry drove away. Excited, we would start looking through the stack of mail to … [Read more...]

A Balanced Life

home decor, how to decorate a bookcase

    I meant to take time to read during the day yesterday, but it just didn't happen. After everyone went to bed, the house was quiet and the living room was lit by the warm glow of the fireplace.  It seemed like the  perfect time to read. Just a few chapters, I told myself.  Sixteen chapters and several hours later, I finally made my way … [Read more...]

Over 140 Brilliant Organizing Solutions

mixing bowls, sliding drawers, kitchen, cabinet organizers, organization

I truly believe that a beautiful home starts with organization. I also believe that an organized home is a necessary step to creating success at home. The idea of organizing can see overwhelming. Where do I start? How do I start? These 5 Expert Tips on How to Get Organized will help. The good news is that once you get started, you'll gain … [Read more...]

We Need to Talk

windows 3

  I hear a lot of: "I'm so busy." "I don't have enough time to do it all." "I can never get anything done."   And, I'll tell you what, it sounds an awful lot like whining.  You know what I say to whining? Stop it.   "Did she just tell me to stop it?  I can't believe she just said that.  I don't think she … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Being More Efficient in the Kitchen


Is your kitchen just a room that you pass through? Are you intimidated by the thought of cooking? If you answered yes, then I'm here to help with 10 tips for being more efficient in the kitchen. ~Organize your kitchen Set your kitchen up in zones to save you time while cooking.  For example, a prep zone, a baking zone, etc. Having an … [Read more...]

What’s on My Vanity?

repurposed home decor, home decor, bathroom decor, bathroom accessories, bathroom vanity

For years, I've wanted my very own, real live vanity tray.  Like the one I bought Mrs. Hardy, my first grade teacher, for Christmas. So, I've waited and waited to find the perfect tray.  Then, one day recently, as I was taking down a picture that I no longer wanted, it dawned on me that I could repurpose it as a vanity tray. I quickly filled … [Read more...]

Garage Organization Ideas

home organization, Restorganize

In the five years we've lived in this house, the garage has never been organized. For the first year we lived here, we couldn't park either of our vehicles in it. It was easy to forget about as I went about my day inside. But, every time I walked into the garage, I felt put upon. At was if the weight of this disorganized mess rested on my … [Read more...]

Every Cook Needs an Organized Kitchen

kitchen, organization, storage

To me, my house feels most like a home when I'm cooking. If you love to cook like I do, then you know how important it is to have your kitchen organized. We've lived in this house for a little over five years now, and I'm finally getting things situated.  Of course, Mr. Hines doubts that.  He's so used to going to the silverware drawer only to … [Read more...]

Simple New Uses for Jars

ball jar, upcycle, home decor, DIY, change jar

To me, the beauty of a jar is in its simplicity, A simplicity that beckons me to slow down, and enjoy life's simple pleasures. Yes, the beauty of a jar is in its simplicity. Until next time, Sharon … [Read more...]

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Tips for Successful Time Management

tips on time management by

Have you heard the expression, "work smarter, not harder?"  Today, I'm going to share some tips for doing just that.  Whether you are in corporate America, running your own business, managing a household or some combination of these, you have no doubt felt the burden of  "doing it all."   First, let me encourage you with this great quote that a … [Read more...]

Dear Teachers,

back to school letter to teachers by

It was the summer of 2008 as I sat and cried all through the church service.  Not just tears, but the gasping, heaving, ugly cry. A dear friend couldn't help but notice that I was in distress as we were filing out of the pews after the service.  She responded, "I'm going to call you this afternoon." "O-o-ooo-kaaaay", I cried. My cries had … [Read more...]

How to Tackle the Big Projects

home improvement, home decor, DIY

With Pinterest, Houzz, Pottery Barn Catalogs, Home Decor Magazines and Bloggers, the inspiration is endless! How many of you find your mind just spinning with inspiration?  Better yet, how many of you feel that you have more inspiration than time? … [Read more...]

Copycat Challenge: Kitchen Storage


  I wasn't quite sure what my copycat project was going to be until a few days ago when Peggy @ The Decorating Files shared a post entitled "5 Stylish Kitchen Storage Ideas."   Better Homes and Gardens Taking a perfectly pretty door off of the cabinet was a bit out of my comfort zone... But, it was a good excuse to finally get … [Read more...]

Managing Your Time While Working From Home

With tootsie rolls in my pocket, a glass of sweet tea in one hand and my book in the other, I climbed the winding staircase to the roof top deck.  As I stood up on the deck, breathing the fresh air rolling in off of the Pacific Ocean, I thought to myself, "This is the life." It was vacation, and I had nothing to do but sit out on that deck, read … [Read more...]

Creating a Cleaning Schedule that Works

babies don't keep then

We all have moments in life that we wish we could "do over". I could have you rolling on the floor laughing about the time last summer when I was so engrossed in the dollar section at Target that I chose to ignore the fact that I needed to go the restroom. I put it off so long that I "messed" my pants! But, that's too embarrassing to relive. We … [Read more...]

How Many Sheet Sets and Towels Should You Have?

towels 4

It was 5:30 this morning, I had just laid back down after a restroom break and was trying to fall back to sleep.  But I was distracted by this onion-y smell.  Then I realized, "that's my sheets!"  :( I started trying to think back and remember the last time I washed our sheets. I didn't think it had been all that long ago...but I guess … [Read more...]