Want A Home Management System That Doesn’t Add to Your Clutter?

Want a Home Management System That Doesn't Add to Your Clutter? {review of Paperless Home Organization by Mystie Winckler} | RaisingArrows.net

I wish I could find the words to tell you just how much reading Paperless Home Organization by Mystie Winckler has changed my life and household management!  It has been such an exciting transformation and came at a time when simplifying was much needed.

I knew I needed to do something different because the clutter of my notes and binders was overwhelming and not functional in the least, but I had no idea how to make it work any better.  In fact, my binders were literally collecting dust on top of the refrigerator.  The only household binder that saw regular use was my Blogging Notebook, and even that I was finding increasingly useless.

When Mystie contacted me about reviewing her ebook Paperless Home Organization, I thought it was definitely worth it to look into something else.  Little did I know how much it would revolutionize the way I manage my home!

The ebook opens with these words:

“I have put together at least three household management binders in my 11-year career as a homemaker to date.  All three times I thought it through, made it well, and used it
for about 2 weeks.”

Mystie goes on to say how paper never stays pretty in her home and she hated to give up space to a binder (in my case, several binders).  She had me nodding my head and anxious to keep reading to learn the secret of making a functional binder.

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Before I go any further, I want to be completely upfront and honest.  I did not implement everything Mystie suggested nor did I end up using every program she used.  What Paperless Home Organization taught me were the skills I needed to take her method and make it my own.

For instance, it taught me how to make Gmail work more efficiently.  For years, I’ve had people tell me I needed to set up filters, mark my emails, and organize them accordingly, but no one told me how, and no one had instructions and specific steps I needed to take to make this work as a homemaker.  With Mystie’s guidance, I finally got my email under control!

She also taught me how to organize Evernote so it made sense and worked for my homemaking needs.  I’ve been using Evernote for quite a while, but I wasn’t proficient at it.  I knew I was missing a big chunk of what it could do, but I didn’t know how to remedy that.  Paperless Home Organization answered that for me!

It also made sense of Google Calendar.  I was randomly inputting things in my calendar, but once again, never using it the way it was meant to be used.  Boy, was I missing the amazing power of this tool!

And finally, it gave me the confidence to step out on my own and make these online tools work for me as a streamlined home management system!  I made meal plans that can be archived and revisited instead of the endless pieces of paper I was throwing away week after week.  I link my menus to the actual websites where the recipes are and have those menus available from my computer, iPad, and phone.  I set up folders for all the Trim Healthy Mama recipes I find on Facebook and through friends that are not pinnable to Pinterest.  When we were house hunting, I compiled everything in Evernote as I browsed from my computer at home and made them available to my husband on his phone via the Evernote app.  I share my calendar with my husband and kids, and I have created reminders to keep me on track.

I am still tweaking and I have revisited Mystie’s ebook several times along the way, but I finally feel like I have a system that works for me.  Mystie is the first one to admit this way of managing your home isn’t frilly and pretty, but it also isn’t collecting dust the way my frilly and pretty binders were.  I’d encourage you to check out Paperless Home Organization today and consider if this is something that would help out your homemaking!

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Manly Christmas Mantel

I shared with you our manly autumn mantel earlier this year.  Well, as we were taking it down to do our Christmas decorating, my husband asked if I would put together something using the antlers for Christmas too.

Last year, we attended a family Christmas party as a cousin’s house that was decorated with a beautiful array of burnt oranges, golds, and pheasant feathers.  I’ve wanted to recreate that all year, but wasn’t sure I could pull it off.  But, with my husband blessings and a trip to Hobby Lobby, I managed to pull together something that incorporated the wildlife my husband enjoys and the beauty of the season!

At Hobby Lobby, I bought 2 groupings of burnt orange poinsettias and 2 groupings of gold with berries and pinecones.  I also bought several pheasant feathers.  My husband cut all the poinsettias from their stem so I could easily work with them.  I had this oval basket on hand and liked how it went with the colors in the arrangement.

Above the fireplace, I took what poinsettias I had leftover from the basket along with a few pheasant feathers, a bit of garland, and an antler or two to make a simple display.

As you have surely noticed from other photos, I have a very 60′s mantel with 3 stairstep stones jutting out of the wall.  While this is not your ordinary mantel, you could most definitely incorporate this look into a traditional mantel quite easily.

Even though not every man is into hunting the way my husband is, I’d encourage you to find a way to incorporate the uniqueness of your family into the decor of your home.  If you are looking for some ideas on how to do this, I have a series of posts about creating beauty in your bedroom and brainstorming how to combine your tastes with your husband’s tastes that can help you decorate throughout your home.

The New House Tour {Welcome Home Link Up}

front porchSeveral of you have asked, so I thought for this week’s Welcome Home Link Up, I would share my new house with all of you!

This is the first thing you see when you walk in the front door.  It is so open and wonderful that I don’t even notice how tiny my kitchen is. (off to the left in the photo)

dining room

The next photo is our sitting room and where most of the school day takes place.  It is a cozy room located just behind the wall with the fireplace.  Where I am standing to take this photo is where the bookshelves you can see in this post are located.


sitting room

In our basement is another much larger living space with another fireplace.  This is where we watch movies and have family worship time.

A couple of the floors in the house were handpainted by the owner who is an artist on the side.  This is a photo of the boys’ floor.  The three oldest boys share a large room together, but it still feels chaotic in there since the move, so perhaps another time I will share the entire room.  For now, you get their floor!


The girls room feels less chaotic.  Not sure why.  Baby sleeps in with them for now because they are quieter than the boys at night.  We’ll probably move Garin into a toddler bed soon, but for now, he is contained. ;)

girl's roomAnd finally, one of my favorite places…the arbored patio.  This was a dream come true!


Sorry, no photos of my kitchen, but you can meet my oh-so-retro stove in this post.

Hope you have enjoyed the tour!

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The next two weeks I’ll be talking large family homeschooling here on Raising Arrows.  However, you don’t have to have a large family to get some goodie out of these posts.  Remember, adopting a large family mentality is great for any family size!

Topics that will be covered are:
Avoiding Chaos
Affording the Large Family Homeschool
Organizing the Large Family Homeschool
Keeping Track of Everything
The One-Room Schoolhouse Model
Sometimes School Doesn’t Look Like School {giveaway!}
Feeding the Crew
Caring for Yourself
The Rewards of Homeschooling Any Family Size

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