Hudson Valley Parent

HVP August 2019

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Page 10 of 31 n Hudson Valley Parent 11 Settle in with a good book This month, readers at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Library will gather to discuss Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Adults meet the third Monday of every month as part of the Book Discussion Group at this Sullivan County Library. In August, transport to a suburb in Cleveland to follow as artist and single mother Mia Warren and her teenage daughter disrupt the seemingly picture-perfect Richardson family. Bestselling author Celeste Ng explores secrets, identity and the pull of motherhood in this beautifully done novel. Reserve your copy of the book at the library so you can join the Book Discussion Group. Staying organized means staying stress-free I have to say, organization has never been my strength. I rely on the calendar on my phone and the white board on my fridge to remind me of appointments and sticky notes are scattered all over my desk and notebooks with little reminders. Living in clutter stresses me out and I knew I would have to get serious about organization so that everything stayed calm in my new home. It all started in the closet. My husband and I both love to shop for clothes and are pretty obsessed with shoes. This doesn't really work when sharing a closet! When we moved in, I bought inexpensive, plastic drawers to sit on the floor of the closet. This left the floor space in our bedroom free from clutter and made sure our excess of sweaters all had a home. We installed shelves above our clothes to hold shoes and my handbag collection and bought special hangers to hold scarves and belts. These helpful hacks gave us more room and made it so we weren't squeezing clothes into the closet. Bins and other organizational tools made their way into the other parts of my home as well. We turned a wooden crate into a great place for our snacks and even put all of our cat's toys in a small pink basket. Staying organized means that I don' t get overwhelmed with the clutter. home & hearth Simple crates work great to hold snacks.

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