8 Tips to Help Manage the Chaos of Living in a Small Home

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Who else has had the luxury of living in a small home? My home is not small enough to be considered a “tiny home”, especially when it was just the 2 older girls and myself in the past. I mean with 1100 square feet we had plenty of room for all of our things. Now that the family has grown from 3 people to 5 people (6 including my step-daughter, when she visits), things are cramped, to say the least. Especially for those of us who really do need more privacy and space than others! Today in this post, I am providing you with some tips that I have learned over the years to make things a little easier on everyone!

ORGANIZATION : First and foremost, organization is key. Without this, you will he loving in an anxiety induced chaotic mess!! Everything you own must have a “home”.

DECLUTTER : Do not fill spaces with random things. Yes they look nice and that little nic-nac is too cute for words, but come on. Do you REALLY need it on your life? Take a look around, if you have things that do not serve a purpose, most likely, it needs to go. It’s nice having collections, and presenting things that are adorable and what not, but when you live in a small home, it’s honestly just wasted space. Be sure to keep on top of this. In my home, things seem to pop up and “appear” haha (I mean yes I do have those weaknesses in the store of “I gotta have that” (doesn’t everyone???). So, to keep things from piling up and creating a mass amount of clutter, you must DEclutter in this manner, regularly.

CLOSET ORGANIZATION : This one is rough for me sometimes. I am super busy ALL. THE. TIME. so keeping the house clean is one thing, but the closets, that’s another. I mean, when you are in a hurry and cleaning it’s so simple to just shove stuff in the top of your closet or the back of it or the corner. Or let the top of your pantry build up with things you are ‘storing’ up there for that ONE time you will maybe need to use it. Well, most likely, those things you may use just once every other year, not worth keeping. So, get rid of it…..sell it…..try to make some money off of these things you no longer need in your life.

INVEST IN STORAGE : speaking of wasted space, when you are purchasing your furniture, opt for the ottoman that has inside storage, or the coffee table that has storage. Ok you get the point, when shopping for furniture, always think -STORAGE.

KEEP THINGS SIMPLE : Speaking of furniture, another thing to keep in mind is the patterns. Try to not go for that crazy, busy print. Lean more towards simple and light looking furniture. You do not want things looking so busy in a small home, that screams chaos. The more simple, calm places your eyes have to rest from the busy world, the better. ☺

MIRRORS : Beleive it or not, adding MIRRORS to your wall space helps in multiple ways. It creates an illusion your place is a bit bigger. It lightens up the room, especially, if placed near a window where it can bounce the light into your home. Try this trick out, I just love it!

TAKING THE SMALLER ROOM : If you have children, you know, they take up a lot of space with their mass amount of toys, and messes galore! They have a lot of stuff right? So this only makes sense, plus they need this extra room to play 💕 I have found that giving my children the master bedroom, really minimizes the toys that pile up in the living room.

GO EASY ON BIRTHDAYS AND HOLIDAYS: Instead of buying a mass amount if toys on Birthdays and Holidays, opt for other choices. These toys will only pile up after being played with for a few weeks, most likely. Purchase only the toys you know will get the most love for the longest period of time.

Choose to have a birthday bash at their favorite place- and ask your guests to give money instead of presents 🙂 (this year we did this for our girls, and now they have a bulk amount saved to spend on fun activities for themselves over our Holiday vacation!) This also helps teach responsibility in the long run when handling money. On holidays choose to take a vacation! (This is our plan this year) Instead of spending so much on presents, spend that money on making me.ories instead- Take a vacation!

Alright there it is! There are definitely more than 8 tips to help, but these are the simplest that I have found to help with my own personal experience 😉

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Ok so Life can be crazy right? We ALL know that! Well let me tell ya, homeschooling the girls is just one of the things that has left very little ‘extra’ time in our household. I am definitely learning more and more everyday how to make things a little less hectic around here.

Beginning homeschooling when there is a baby under 1 in the house, really was the first real struggle. Now, throw my battle with insomnia in with that, and beginning a new blog all while ALREADY running on a jam packed full schedule. Things really started to temporarily lose their structure. Over the past almost year, I have come across quite a few things that help to make our life less hectic. Here are a list of the CURRENT most helpful things in our home.


Ok, so I’ve always enjoyed online shopping. Who doesn’t?! But, it wasn’t until this past year that I actually began using it to help keep things less chaotic so we don’t have to run around so much.

Let me tell ya! Online shopping is so quick and easy, as long as you order the correct items to begin with, that is. The downfall is, if you do accidentally order the incorrect items, it can really be a pain in the butt to return things. Other than that, I get things done so quickly, with so much less fuss, and there is no dragging the munchkins in so many stores searching for that one particular item. Or waiting for someone to watch them for us so we can birthday shop, or Christmas shop, or just plain old enjoy shopping with out being asked to purchase everything they see. <—I can’t be the only one who experiences this.

Considering that we homeschool, there aren’t many opportunities to sneak in a quick run to the store before they get out of school. Now, I have to admit…online grocery shopping still makes me nervous and I haven’t worked my way up to trying it just yet. I’ll keep ya updated 😉


This I have attempted so many times and always would get lazy with it, or life would get in the way. Trust me, this one, it’s a big help on not only keeping the chaos level down through out the week, but it’s also definitely a big money saver !! Plan your meals guys, and write your grocery list according to those meal plans, and I promise you success 🙂

Meal planning is a big one. It makes grocery shopping with 3 kids (sometimes 4 including my stepdaughter) a lot easier!! I even bought a weekly white board for the fridge and include each day’s meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) when writing the weekly schedule on there. You wouldn’t BELIEVE how many times I get asked what our plans are, or whats gonna be for dinner. So now, my hubby, who I have been teaching some of my mad cooking skills to, is now able to start cooking dinner if the girls and I aren’t home in time 🙂 How awesome is that?


Here is where I am lacking for SURE! Since beginning homeschooling, I have been on the hunt for the perfect planner, which I have yet to find. 🙁 I do, however, have a pretty sweet system going on between my multiple calendars, and multiple pads of paper (LOL). Yes you read that correctly multiples of each!!

The only way I am successful with all this is by spending a little extra time (which is pretty difficult to find) making sure everything flows nicely together. Taking the obligations/appts for each day and lining them up with our school day, and meal planning, being sure the type of dinner matches up with the day….obviously, on the day of dance and skating class, we are gone from 2pm and don’t get home until after 7pm, it would make sense to plan an easy simple meal right?? Yep!

On that note, I am going to tell you, I rarely have extra time. And by rarely, I seriously mean RARELY. So the way of scheduling I have right now works….but let me tell ya, once I do find that one amazing planner chocked full of awesomeness, I know it’ll make this part of my life a breeze!! Everyone’s way of planning is different. I think that is why it is so hard to find what I am looking for. Hopefully I’ll find one soon, and if not I may be creating my very own!! We shall see…..

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7 Things Our Homeschool Cant Live Without

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Hey guys! Ok, so officially we haven’t even been homeschooling an entire year yet, but it didn’t take too long to realize what we couldn’t live without!

Let me just start by saying, where we live, homeschooling seems to not be talked about much at all. So around here, when you make the transition from public school to homeschooling, and have no background or history with homeschooling yourself…let me tell ya, you are in it alone. We live in a rural area 30 mins from the nearby town. I searched and searched and read SO MUCH info, just looking for some sort of direction……

So listed below, in no particular order, are 7 things we have found, so far, that we absolutely need in our lives.


Until we were able to ease our way into some local homeschool groups, we started off with being regulars at our local library. Every visit we arrived in the middle of the school day, with fingers crossed, hoping we would meet another local homeschool family. no.such.luck. Regardless, we kept going for our own benefit, new resources, and just plain ole’ we-need-to-get-out-of-this-house!

We may not live in a big city, but are SUPER lucky to be able to have a choice of 3 local libraries to choose from! Can we say #bookworms ?? We visited all of them before quickly realizing which is our favorite! The library we settled on being regulars at, has SO MANY activities available both during the day and in the evening….and get this ——> ALL FREE!! Definitely a major bonus in my book!!


After not needing to work so many crazy hours every day, my coffee habit seemed to diminish for the most part and had gotton replaced with calming hot teas (which, by the way, I still consume regularly before bedtime). After almost a solid year of homeschooling, it seems that coffee has crept its way back into my life. What had begun with one cup of coffee has quickly turned into at least a half of a pot! Each delicious mug of hot creamy smooth goodness, brings me closer to a focused mind for the day!! After beginning my THM (Trim Healthy Mama) journey, I realized that I needed to adjust my sugar intake through my morning Joe’s. Finally, I have adjusted my taste buds and am able to enjoy my ‘go juice’ sugar free. YAY!!


Finding time for myself is EXTREMELY rare, yet VERY important. I definitely have always been someone who needs to recharge their battery with a little down time. Now that I am a homeschooling mama of 3, I am finding that having this special down time for myself has never been as important as it is now, yet at the same time, its harder than ever to fit into my schedule. Even if only for 30 mins, a few times a week, this is definitely a necessity.

My older 2 girlies are blessed with wonderful grandparents who take them for overnight visits at least once per month. When this happens, I definitely take advantage of the smallest girlie’s nap time 🙂

No matter how bad of a night I have had battling insomnia, I have found my day starts off so much better when my alarm is set promptly at 5:30 a.m. (I often sleep through my alarm a few times a week haha). This gives me plenty of time to spend the first 15 minutes of rolling out of bed and stumbling out to the coffee maker (yes 15 entire minutes, cut me some slack– our cosleeping toddler often keeps me locked in awkward positions most of the night….). So before our earliest riser sneaks out of her room in the morning, I have most likely had time to fully wake up, and a little time relaxing with 1 solid cup of coffee. My tone for the day is set 🙂 That spells success in my book!


I am a planoholic. Period. Our schedule is constantly changing from week to week, it is difficult to keep up with mentally. So on that note, I must have a planner…..or should I say multiple planners. As of now, I have not been able to find an all-in-one planner that fits my specific needs. So I have settled with one planner for homeschooling, one planner for bills/events/work/etc., and multiple pads of paper for my miscellaneous lists throughout each week. My goal is to obtain that one perfect dream planner, or create my own. I’ll keep ya posted!


Who doesn’t learn better with hands on activities?? Honestly, I consider myself a pretty creative individual. However, there are those certain topics or just moments I need some inspiration. This is where Pinterest comes into play! I can’t even tell you how many pins I have pinned or boards I have created…..If you know nothing about Pinterest, I urge you to head over and check out the variety of ideas available. You will be hooked in no time! Feel free to follow me on there as well! ://www.pinterest.com/OurLilMtnTribe

Having hands on activities throughout the week really helps prevent what I call “burn-out”. The girls always appreciate any creative activity, and of course it also helps retain new information easily. #momwin


Speaking of “burn-out”…..Days off is a definite requirement in our homeschool, especially during the winter months. For the most part we have school year round. We have fallen into a plan of an average of ‘4-6 weeks on/1 week off’ schedule, with taking a month and a half off during the crazy holiday months and about a month off during summer time. This allows us to meet our requirement of 180 day school year. I absolutely love this schedule!! It allows us for so much flexibility and works well with our unit study curriculum 🙂 Of course, there are plenty of extra days worked in for flexibility when it comes to sick days, birthdays, and plain ole bad days.


Ahhh…..the mental break from such focused minds…..It’s a nice release! And let me tell ya, pre-teen girls need to have that escape. This keeps us all from going crazy, and being so irritable with each other. Of course “P.E” comes in so many forms, so the choices are endless, keeping everyone on their toes with excitement.

Well there it is. There are definitely more things we really enjoy having as a part of our homeschool, but to us, these are our top picks! So whether your a veteran at this homeschooling thing or a fresh newbie, I would love to hear what you consider to be on your list of top picks for your homeschool.

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