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    July 18, 2014 by Brandy Vencel

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    On Decluttering: I’ve seen a lot come up in my feed reader about this topic lately. You know what works for me? Our twice annual massive local consignment sale. I both sell and volunteer at this event spring and fall every single year. It works out great. Twice per year, I tear up my entire house. If it can’t pass inspection at the sale, it goes into the “donate” bag. If it isn’t worth donating, it goes in the trash.

    But I don’t declutter the rest of the year. The children will come to me and say they are done with this whatever-it-is and can they please get rid of it? I always reply that they need to wait until time. It works out great for us. And I love not needing to think about it most of the time, while really clearing out junk on a regular basis.

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    On Costco: Seriously? Have you been there lately? Last year, I thought their back-to-school section was blah. I suppose if I really wanted to buy an expensive backpack, it’d be nice to find it cheaper at Costco. But this year I got great deals on notebooks with waterproof covers and 1.5″ binders. If I needed a globe, I’d buy one at Costco. Less than $20 and in pretty muted browns. Goes perfectly with the library chic look I’ve got going on.

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    On Visible Air: So, my husband broke down and bought an air purifier. I was a little annoyed at first because I didn’t think it was that big of a deal that our air was something we could actually see. I mean, yes, we live in one of the dustiest places on earth and, yes, it is even dustier than usual due to the drought. But do we really need an air purifier?

    Um. Yes. Yes we did.

    This thing is amazing. You know what is awesome? Now, when I dust something, you can actually tell, five minutes later, that I did in fact dust! You can even still tell the next day. The first thing I did after my beloved UPS delivered it was to dust my buffet in the dining area. Usually, it takes approximately five minutes for new dust to settle down in the old dust’s place. This time? It looked clean for five whole days!

    And in the office, when the sunlight is streaming in the window, I still can’t see the air. I had no idea this was possible.

    And maybe I won’t die of lung cancer after all.

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    On the Conference: TOMORROW! Tomorrow is the big day! It’s really hard to believe. This is our fourth annual, and definitely the best I think we’ve planned in terms of variety of speakers.

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    On Scholé Sisters: We’re heeeeeerrrrreeeee! Our normal posting won’t be near like our launch period, but to kick it off we’re posting lots of stuff {stuff is a technical term, ahem} for two weeks.  We’re doing a series called You’re More Classical Than You Think and it is going to be great.

    Have I mentioned how excited I am? Because I’m really excited.

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    On School Planning: It is almost time for me to get started, and I admit to being a little nervous about having four students this year. O-Age-Five is only doing kindergarten, but he’s truancy age, which means I can’t do my usual, casual kindergarten. By casual I mean intermittent. Cough.

    I have to take it Seriously. Sigh.

    In case you’re wondering, he’s a very, very young first grade age, so we held him back for kindergarten, which is pretty normal to do with boys, I think, and really that is his maturity level anyhow.

    This week, I read this post by Nicole on scheduling that was oh so fabulous I wanted to clap my hands and jump up and down. Some of it, I was already doing. Some of it, I hadn’t thought of ever. Plus her process let me think of some more efficient ways of working my own scheduling method. If you have children in multiple forms or grades, you’ll definitely want to check it out.

    The link to her post is going out in my Sunday links autopost, but I couldn’t wait until then to share it.

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    On Book Buying: Don’t you just love this time of year? When UPS knocks on your door every single day, handing you packages full of beautiful additions to your library? Buying for Year Seven was especially fun, and I landed so many gorgeous hardbacks that I’m tempted to just sit and look at them. Maybe I’ll post a photo.

    That’s not a promise. You all know I’m bad about that. But still. Maybe.

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