How Many Sheet and Towel Sets Should You Have?

It was 5:30 this morning, and I was trying to fall back to sleep after  a restroom break. But I was distracted by an 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 […]

9 Habits of a Successful Homemaker

Reasons not to do the housework. We all have them. “I don’t have time.” “I don’t mind the clutter.” “It’s too hard to keep the house clean with little children.” “I hate cleaning.” “A clean home is not really that important.” The truth is that those reasons are just excuses in disguise, and excuses will […]

Menu Planning Made Easy in 3 Simple Steps

There are three things that make me feel like a successful homemaker: making my bed cooking dinner and keeping a tidy home. I’ll share my secrets to keeping a tidy home next week. Today, we’re going to talk about what it takes to get dinner on the table, meal planning. As I thought through the way […]

The Household Routine That Will Simplify Your Whole Week

I’ve discovered something about myself…it’s not Fall I dread, it’s Back to School.  T.V commercials and advertisements start announcing Back to School in July, just when I’ve settled comfortably into my favorite season. And they lump it together with Fall. This makes me anxious, very anxious. Despite all of the distractions, I do my darndest to finish Summer […]

My 6 Dollar Secret to Success

“I love supporting people’s dreams,” I shared with Nicole as I told her I wanted to visit her friend’s new restaurant. I think that supporting-people’s-dreams seed was sown twenty-three years ago on my drive to work each morning. I would look over at the drivers sitting next to me at the red light and notice what seemed like a […]

Family Command Center Organization

Do you know how many times I’ve emptied the command center with hopes of fixing what wasn’t working? At least a handful, probably more. There was the time that I didn’t want a clunky old desktop computer and printer taking up all of the desk space, but the printer never found a home. And the time that […]

7 Tips for Creating A Successful Household Routine

I grew a little emotional this past weekend as I grieved over the hobbies and activities that I no longer have the physical ability to pursue. I miss gardening. I am eager to pick up my paint brush. I wish that I could keep up with my household routine and that I had the energy to complete […]

7 Tips for Creating a Practical AND Pretty Kitchen

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kohler. All opinions are 100% mine. As I have been going about assessing the purpose and practicality of my home, I’ve discovered that you really can have a room that is both practical and pretty. For me, that meant breaking one of my own […]

My New and Improved Morning Routine

“Wash face and take care of skin” has been one of my New Year’s resolutions for several years running now, but with no success. This year was suffering the same fate until I asked myself why…     Tip: be a student of your natural habits and routines.   I realized that part of my […]

His and Hers Bathroom Cabinet Organization

I took a little bit of a different approach to organizing our bathroom cabinets this time around. While I did sort like things together, I separated them by use as well as taking into account our individual organizing personalities to create a His and Hers Bathroom Cabinet Organization system. Mr. Hines likes to keep his […]

My Weekly Household Routine

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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 […]

Clever Cloth Napkin Storage

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 serves […]

Recommended Reading: It’s Sophisticated

  I mentioned in my best of 2014 post that I’d grown more comfortable being me.  Part of that was settling into my decorating style…and as I did, I realized that my decorating style is a reflection of me… and that this year would be about manifesting that into all areas of my life.   If […]

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 […]

Master Closet Organization

  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 […]

7 Ways to Organize with Trays

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 […]

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 space.   Bathroom   […]

10+ Clever Storage Ideas

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 […]

Organization 101: How to Organize Your Home

  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 […]

5 Expert Tips on How to Get Organized

  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 […]

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

  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 it is […]

DIY Wooden Label Tags

  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 […]

The Only Daily Planner That Works

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 […]

4 Creative Jewelry Organizers

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 […]

5 new uses for tin cans

One of my daughter’s chores is unloading and loading the dishes, and every time she notices a tin can in the dishwasher she says, “Mom, we don’t have room for this,” with great teenage exasperation. Needless to say, she’s grown a little weary of my growing tin can collection.  But, I love having tin cans […]

Recommended Reading – On Getting Organized

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This week’s Recommended Reading is all about organization.   One of my favorite rooms to organize is the kitchen.  It took me a few years to get our kitchen organized in a way that made sense for the way I use the space, which is I could relate to The Nester  in her post, “The […]

Five 15 Minute Meals

Today, I’m taking the stress out of dinner time by sharing 5 meals that are not only simple to prepare but are ready in 15 minutes or less.   My daughter and I love this recipe for Tilapia Scappoline. ~Suggested Sides: roasted asparagus and a salad.   Fish tacos are a fun way to eat fish […]

3 Reasons Why You Should Menu Plan

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. […]

Word of the Year for 2014

Word of the Year…are you familiar with this practice? I first heard of the idea when reading an interview with author Debbie Macomber.  She said she chooses a word every year that gives direction and focus to her personal goals.   One evening while I was in the shower ( don’t we all do our […]

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 plan: […]

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 […]

Setting Goals

When I first started the 31 Days to Finished series, I set out to finish my Command Center, the laundry room and a few other unfinished DIY projects. But, I just had an epiphany. As I answered someone on what my series is about, it occurred to me that DIY projects aren’t the only things […]

Quality Time vs. The To-Do List

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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 […]

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 […]

DIY Personal Planner

A couple of points from Susan’s podcast: “How to Beat Procrastination and Become a Finisher” really resonated with me. Finish one project before moving on to the next one. Dig deep to find out why you procrastinate, and then address those reasons. Since starting the 31 Days to Finished series, I’ve identified a few reasons why […]