Let Me Straighten Up a Little First

Note: This is that out-of-order post I warned you about on Friday. I’m working on my book edits this week, so I’m just glad I had this post “in the can” to use while I shut out the world and try to make my upcoming book the very best it can possibly be. Sorry for any redundancy!

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People coming over, kids included, means I like to take advantage of the fact that we have two dining areas. Even without an official Children’s Table, the split naturally happens. I love having adult conversation while I listen to the laughter coming from the other room. (The other room with a table, so there’s no reason for kids to “need” to eat on their laps in my living room).

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But my second dining area, my breakfast nook, is a beautifully hidden spot. Seriously, real life friends who have watched some of the videos of me decluttering it have asked to see it. These are people who have been in my kitchen many times, but this connected area somehow escapes their notice.

And that is one of the reasons I like the layout of this house . . .

But in anticipation of the table-splitting, I straightened my breakfast nook. Straightened. Which meant some throwing away, some moving of randomly-placed stuff to its home eighteen inches away, and such.

Here you go. So not perfect, but so much better.

When you only have time to straighten, better is so much better!!!


Several have suggested removing the decorative items (giving up on the dream that this will be a place to display anything) and using it only for its real-life purpose of holding various kitchen things.

I like that idea, and totally plan to act on it one day. I just find myself moving this space down the priority list since it’s so rarely seen!

But seriously, y’all, doesn’t straightening make an amazing difference?

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Do You Pre-Cook and Freeze Your Meet in Bulk? Tell Me Your Experience!


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Dana is in the last weeks of writing her book. And she needs YOU, her “Slob Club,” to help her out! If you have discovered the thrill of streamlining your meal planning and getting supper on the table for your family by pre-cooking, big-batch-cooking, freezing your chicken and ground meat, would you please tell her about it?

You can fill out the handy form below (or click here to go straight to it) and let her know how it’s changed your life. Or simplified your life. Or improved your quality of life. Or whatever. Your words and testimony are what she’s looking for, and they may end up in her new book or other projects!

Feel free to state your name as anonymous. “Nony” totally understands.

Freezer cooking isn’t your thing? That’s okay. We’ll have new and exciting posts coming out for you soon. Would you like to learn more about how pre-cooking her meat has changed Dana’s life? Check out the posts below!

One Big Mess Instead of 8

How to Package and Freeze Chicken Purchased in Bulk

Freezer Cooking

Speeding Up Supper Prep – Chicken

Freezer Cooking for Breakfast

Easy Dinner Ideas w/ Precooked Ground Beef Podcast

Meal Plans – Freezer Cooking Podcast

Do you have other challenges and victories to share? We’d love hear!  Click here for more questions in the “Share Your Experience” series.

When You Have to Run It Anyway

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I don’t make a decision about running the dishwasher every night. I can’t. I don’t trust myself to make the right one.

Removing this decision means I view those leftover spots in my not-quite-full dishwasher differently. They’re not reasons to not run it (because I don’t get to make that decision). They’re reasons to look for other things to stick in there since I’m going to run it anyway.

Usually, it’s full or overfull after another visual sweep of the kitchen or the rest of the house. I’ve usually forgotten something, and I usually end up with a very full dishwasher after 24 hours of a family of five eating a few meals and not using disposable products.

But when there’s a space, and there are really, truly no more dirty dishes to fill it, I can still find something. Like dusty blue vases displayed above my kitchen sink.

I grabbed the only one I could reach, put it in for the run, and the next morning it was back to the shiny blue that makes my heart sing.

I’m focusing on that instead of on the now-significantly-more-noticeable-dustiness of the other blue glass.

Oh well.

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