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Seriously. If you have Netflix and haven't heard of Marie Kondo I am shocked! I had read her book a few years back and attempted to put her practices into my life, but it only lasted about one load of laundry.

Over winter break and many times of feeling guilty telling my girls to clean their rooms, when I knew mine was not clean,  I was scrolling through Netflix and stumbled upon her new show, Tidying Up.  I had just purchased a new to me bedroom set and felt like this was the perfect time to go for it!  

I literally took every piece of clothing out of my closet and drawers and piled it in the living room (I can't believe I didn't take a picutre, I will be honest it was a little embarassing.) Once I piled everything in the living room I grabbed boxes and bags, boxes for our local consignment shop and to give to a clothing drive at church and bags for clothes that needed to be turned to rags.

After almost 2 days of going through EVERYTHING in our bedroom we moved the new bedroom set in and loaded up SEVERAL bags and boxes for donation.  I will be honest, I didn't really "talk" to each piece of clothing, but I did "let go" of some things I was keeping just out of good times or memories that I thought of when looking at the item. 

I vowed to make our bed each morning, fold our t-shirts in tiny little rectangles, and be a good role model for our girls.  Yes, mom, you read that I vowed to make my bed each morning (I was taught how to make my bed, honestly just never did it.) Now, as I sit here on day 18 of operation restful bedroom that doesn't cause anxiety, I am so happy that I was reintroduced to Marie!

Have you watched Marie's new show or read her book?  What are your thoughts on her methods?


Wreck this what?

Looking for a gift for that creative child, young adult or adult in your life?  Check out Wreck This Journal.

One of the many pages that the girls have created.

My daughter LOVES her Wreck This Journal, so much she has more than one.  She has been working in the same journal for over two years and continues to work in it, add new things, and change the cover of it often.  Seriously, every time I see it laying around it has a different look on the cover!

Here are several reasons you should order one today:

  1. It provides cheap entertainment for kids, literally, they run around the house looking for scraps, fruit stickers, used stamps, and gum to put in the journal.
  2. It keeps kids busy for minutes, half-hours, hours and days at a time.  Who doesn’t need an activity like that when it is 3* Farenheit?
  3. It sparks creativity in all ages!  I have watched my girls create things with their imaginations and sometimes wonder how they even thought of the things they wrote in their journal.
  4. It’s inexpensive for the amount of fun that is to be had with the book.

The girls and I would love to hear how you or the recipient of a Wreck This Journal liked the gift, comment below and tell us all about it.

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