Well-Planned Hoarding

I read minimalist blogs.  I have for a long time. One of the many reasons I love writing Topiwo is because it gives me perspective.   It’s the same with reading about minimalism, it reminds me to be intentional with what I have. There’s a post by The Minimalists that I haven’t been able to get […]

Taking Back The House

  Drat, this video will only embed with autoplay so now that it’s not at the top of the blog, I’m adding it as a link. Watch the video here, it’s fun, it’s worth it. Just like that episode of The Middle, most of us need to take back the house.  But not necessarily from […]

Progression of Thought

Our laundry room. When we first moved in four years ago, our laundry room looked like the photo on the left. That was me trying to compensate for a boring room in a rental home with my addiction to accessories. The next picture is phase two: me undercompensating with accessories.  I had just finished reading […]


  In my last letter I asked Topiwo what his name means, he said it means “to wake up“.  1. Who names their child that? 2. OH MY goodness is that not exactly what he has done for me?  When I read what he said his name meant I went in the bathroom and cried.  […]

31: Question Everything

I’m a decorative pillow-aholic. I love a great pillow.  Some women spend their extra money on shoes, I want decorative pillows.  And lamps.  And iced coffees. But the scales fell off my eyes this summer and I saw our bedroom as if for the first time.  If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m no […]

31 Days :: Nobody’s Dream Job

  Hello.  Nice to meet you! What do I do?  Oh, I’m a Stuff Manager. Gosh, no, I don’t really like it but, isn’t that what everyone does? My daily routine involves looking through my stuff, putting stuff away, organizing stuff, feeling guilty because I haven’t organized other stuff, fussing at my kids because their […]