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February 2011

02/26/11

Like with Like

I love the nuggets of wisdom I’m getting from my organizing guru. My favorite to date is the simple concept of putting like things together at the beginning of cleaning and decluttering. “Like with like.” Simple. In practice, given a minor to mass mess, it’s about taking the time to separate things out—paper clips with paper clips, toiletries with toiletries, toys with toys, etc. – then putting collections of items back in their places in one-way swoops. Such as taking all of the office items to the office. The toiletries to the bathroom. The toys to the toy box… This is opposed to my former method of putting things together at the beginning of cleaning and decluttering. A method I’ll call… “the big dump.” Also simple. But… Instead of...

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02/23/11

Other People's Children

That's an eye-catching title, isn't it! Well, it's the name of a book by Lisa Delpit, an award winning author and researcher, who spoke last night at a lecture presented at the University of Tulsa. I just bought the book last night, so I'm not able to give a book review yet... but by the buzz after Dr. Delpit's presentation, and a quick glance at the history of the book on the internet, I am pretty certain that it will be a thought-provoking read. I did get a chance to read the intro to the book last night before nodding off. A lot of important things were written in those pages, but the main thing I remember was that Dr. Delpit wrote Other People's Children WHILE A SINGLE MOM OF A FIVE YEAR OLD! Amazing! Check it out if you can: Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict...

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02/05/11

Dress me up and Call me Superman

If you’re in the Tulsa area, you know that there is way more snow outside than was imaginable even a week ago (btw...last Saturday, I took a brief roadtrip wearing a t-shirt and some yoga pants, playing reggae songs over the radio with the windows down.… Today, I cannot see the road for it is covered in snow, you couldn’t pay me to go outside without tundra gear on, and I’m thinking of slipping a Tony Bennett-Does-Christmas record into the cd player). With all this newfound time inside, my son and I have been discovering new ways to have fun with “around the house” materials. Because I quickly ran out of ideas, I went to a “play and learn” book I had on my shelf for some inspiration and found this completely simple and sensible recipe for a dress up party....

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