Hi, I’m Laurel, and I was raised by wolves. Of course, that’s not really true. I’d be much more civilized if I’d been raised by wolves. My eight siblings and I (I’m No. 6) were really raised by two mostly absent parents in an itty-bitty house filled with utter chaos. After spending decades continuing that life-style (the chaos, not the nine kids) I want to take my own  little house from chaotic hoard to charming cottage. This blog is to chronicle that process, get some help and support along the way, and perhaps offer hints and humor to others in similar situations.