Handmade Ladder

Handmade Ladder

Photo of my handmade ladder being used in my new apartment in May 2016. This post below was written by me in February 2015 on my private blog and brought over to my public blog in May 2016: Handmade Ladder Many, many years ago{2001}, I purchased a 5′ decorative ladder from Scarborough Fair in Cambridge, MD. I’ve used the ladder for all sorts of things throughout the years (drying herbs, jewelry, magazines), but most recently, I’ve been using it for a super handy purpose – to hang my once worn clothes that I’d like to wear again during the week and not throw them into the hamper. My husband does the same thing with once worn clothing, however, his clothes stack on top of the hamper which makes it difficult to get things into the hamper and it doesn’t look as tidy. I’ve wanted to get him a ladder and I just haven’t found one out anywhere, so I finally purchased the materials last month to make him one! I measured my ladder and then adjusted the measurements for a 6′ ladder. Today, I sanded the 6′ x 2″ x 1″ posts with sandpaper blocks indoors, cut the 4 pieces of 4′ x 3/8″ dowel rod down to 12 pieces of 12″ long dowel rod being very careful on the kitchen table, drilled 3/8″ holes while using the paint cans as supports off the floor, and then glued it all together with fast-tack super-strong wood glue. This would normally be a project for outside, but it is cold and I didn’t want to mess up the snow. :) The garage could have worked but it is cold out there too and the project worked out okay in the kitchen – such a multipurpose space. It will dry overnight and maybe I can paint it tomorrow along with my ladder. I’ve been wanting to paint mine for a while and I have paint left from when I was going to paint the kitchen cabinets many years ago, so I don’t need to buy anything. Yay! I just LOVE using some/all of my surplus materials on these project. Great sense of...

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A Review: Clutterfree with Kids by Joshua Becker

A Review: Clutterfree with Kids by Joshua Becker

Between his blog, BecomingMinimalist, and his books, Joshua Becker is a wealth of knowledge about minimalism, simplifying, and decluttering through his own experiences and the shared experiences of others. Clutterfree with Kids goes far beyond what the title suggests. It delves into clutterfree in all aspects of your life, gives practical advice about reducing kid clutter and just about any other type of clutter you can think of, and really gets you thinking through the questions posed. If you feel like your stuff is getting the best of you -or- if you’ve been organizing and no matter how much you organize, you never get ahead, this book is for you. I’ve been there – through the organizing and reorganizing just to finally realize things had to go away and my space needed to be decluttered. When my spaces became decluttered, I found I enjoyed intentionally living with less – and a minimalist was born. Joshua Becker is one of the people to thank for that realization. Open spaces are not to be feared. Less stuff is freeing. Joshua Becker’s new book will help you declutter all of the spaces in your home through relatable stories, simple steps, and thought provoking questions. Personally, I am not a parent, however, as someone who wants a child one day, I am trying to learn all I can about keeping things simple before that day comes. One of my favorite sentences of the book and indicative of Joshua Becker’s inspiration: “We ought to strive to be the best possible versions of ourselves—not only for our own selves, but for the benefit and contribution we can offer to others.” This book could be the first step or next step for anyone looking to free their home & mind of clutter. To Note | Please see my other reviews at: Twitter, Pinterest, and Amazon. I reviewed on Facebook too, however, my profile is private, so only friends and family are privy to that review. Thank you for understanding. I received an advance copy of Joshua Becker’s new book to review, however, receiving the book in no way influenced my review. These words are all mine (minus the quote above) and I have been a fan of Joshua Becker’s works for quite some time. I am honored I received the privilege to review Clutterfree with Kids and to be part of the launch that made his book the #1 Parenting and #1 Self-Help book on...

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