Automatic Door Closing Hinges are a Thing. Who Knew?

Automatic Door-Closing Hinges (Who Knew?) at

I’m taking the summer off from blogging, but had to share this thing I didn’t even know existed until yesterday.

Did you know there are hinges that make doors automatically close?

We were spending the day at my best friend’s house yesterday and with 8 kids running around, the doors to the outside were constantly opening.

Pretty normal, right? But . . . get this . . . they also closed. Like, every single time.

I had no idea that you can buy hinges for doors that will make them automatically close!! So, of course, I took a picture and am now sharing an Amazon affiliate link to one with good ratings.

It’s called a “spring hinge.” Click here to see one.

They got theirs at Lowe’s. They used two, one on the top hinge and one on the bottom.

Yay for moms solving one more brain-exploding problem!! Yay for not paying to air-condition the neighborhood! Yay for kids not being raised in a barn!! Yay for not letting bugs in!! Yay for all sorts of other phrases moms won’t have to repeat over and over!!!



Getting Back into the Rhythm After Vacation

Me Doing Laundry on my Vacation

We had a glorious time up in cool, crisp Canada last week. This week, we’re back in Texas where I’m most definitely not hanging beach towels on the line without streams of sweat pouring off my face.

Vacation recovery week is always interesting. I’m working to get back into the routines I need so badly to survive around here. I’ve run the dishwasher every day, done loads upon loads of laundry (adding sweatshirts and jeans back to my summer laundry takes much more time!), and trying to pick up.

Not that you’d think I’d done a single thing if you walked into my house right now.

But I know how much worse it could be.

Oh boy. Do I ever know.

Survive (the gloriously routine-free) Summer! Free Printable Checklist at


It’s SUMMER!!!

I love this fun and crazy and unscheduled time of year with my kids, but the lack of routine sends my house into chaos!

For the summer, I’m focusing on the four simple habits that will keep (or bring) any home out of Disaster Status.

Here’s how we did:

Do the dishes

Sweep the kitchen (Nope. Didn’t even think of this one til I read it here. On MY OWN list. That I created. Ugh.)

Check bathrooms for clutter

Do a five-minute pick-up


Our extra task for today:

I’m kind of combining three days into one here, but I’ve been doing laundry for all of those three days.

How did you do today?

Share your own success and failures in the comments!
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If you’re completely overwhelmed at even the thought of the four habits listed here, don’t worry! I totally understand! I recommend my e-book, 28 Days to Hope for Your Home, which is a step-by-step guide to getting your home out of Disaster Status.

If it’s your first time at, welcome! Right now, we’re totally focused on helping our homes survive the gloriously routine-free summer! Regular blogging will resume when school starts in August! Until then, find out what goes on around here the rest of the year by checking out my decluttering strategies (based on WAY too much personal experience) and my free printable checklists. See my advice on getting started.

And if you’re worried about whether you’ll fit in here, read this.


See all my e-books (including Drowning in Clutter? and Teaching Kids to Clean) here.



Vote for Your Favorite #TruCareForTroops Story

This is a sponsored post for an awesome cause!


I shared recently that TruGreen is donating up to $10,000 to Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. For each new like to the TruGreen Facebook page they’re donating one dollar, and for each uplifting story that was shared by the family member of an active duty or veteran member of the military they donated $100.

It’s now time to go vote on your favorite story. The entrants of the top five most voted on stories will receive gift card prizes!

If you’re a regular reader, you know how much I love storytelling. Give me statistics and data and I’ll stare at you blankly.

But stories capture me and connect me to the heart of the people who make up the statistics.

It’s one thing to hear what the “troops” are dealing with, but it’s another to read the personal experiences of fathers and mothers who are parenting their kids, managing their homes, and loving one another while one parent is serving the country full time overseas.

I feel it’s my job to pass on the family stories to my own children that help them understand the realities of families whose loved ones fight for the country. I re-tell my own parents’ engagement tale. My mother and father married before their last year of college specifically so they’d have a year to be guaranteed to be together. The draft was in full force and men were being sent to Vietnam as soon as they graduated. That’s the reality of serving the country. Life paths shift and change.

I’m honored to be working with TruGreen to get these inspirational stories out for people to read.

Go to TruGreen’s Facebook page (remember that for each new like they’ll donate $1) and vote for the stories that make you understand the hearts of these heroes.

To participate in the TruGreen campaign for Children of Fallen Patriots, please go to:

Participants can engage on social media using the hashtag: #TRUCARE4TROOPS


About Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Established in 2002, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is dedicated to providing college scholarships, supplemental grants and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Since its inception, Fallen Patriots has extended over $6.5 million in grants that have been awarded to more than 400 children attending universities throughout the United States.


About TruGreen

Memphis, Tenn.-based TruGreen is the nation’s largest lawn care company, serving more than 1.7 million residential and commercial customers across the United States with lawn, tree and shrub care. Your lawn and landscape need ongoing attention to stay healthy. That’s why TruGreen provides science-based solutions tailored to meet your specific needs. When combined with proper mowing and watering techniques, these services can maximize your lawn’s potential. As the leader in the professional lawn care industry, TruGreen is committed to responsible lawn care, including offering and promoting the use of natural, organic services and sustainable practices. Today, there are approximately 250 TruGreen branches in the United States and Canada, including about 35 franchise locations. Go to or for more information about TruGreen.





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