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10 Ways to Repurpose a Wedding Dress

posted by Andrea | 04/29/2016 | 43 comments
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May is often considered the start of “wedding season” here in West Michigan — so since May is almost here, I thought it might be fun to share a whole bunch of ideas to repurpose your wedding dress.

I’m also sharing some oldie-but-goodie pictures from Dave and my wedding… almost TEN years ago already!

3 Reasons Homemaking + Parenting is Easier Today Than Ever Before

posted by Andrea | 04/27/2016 | 12 comments
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Homemaking and parenting has never been (and will never be) “easy”, but with a little extra support, some helpful modern conveniences, and a boatload of useful resources, it’s getting EASIER!

Today, I’m sharing one of my most favorite and most useful homemaking + mothering resources with YOU!

My Quickest ‘Quick-Tip’ to DeClutter Your Inbox

posted by Andrea | 04/26/2016 | 13 comments
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Although I rarely do massive amounts of deep cleaning at any point in the year, I find that almost every April, I get fed up with ALL paper clutter — physical paperwork, digital paperwork, and even emails!

This year, I’ve been especially ruthless with email clutter — and today, I’m sharing one quick-tip that has greatly reduced the time I spend checking emails!

7 Reasons I Don’t Sell Our Clothes

posted by Andrea | 04/18/2016 | 36 comments
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Due to my frugal nature, my love of buying and selling on Craigslist, and the fact that I purge regularly, I’m often asked about how and where I sell my clothing and our kid’s clothing.

Most people are surprised when I explain that I don’t sell any of our clothes… and today, I’m sharing why!

How We Organize ALL Our Paper Clutter

posted by Andrea | 04/15/2016 | 16 comments
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Over the years, I’ve written dozens of posts about paper organization… and while I can ALWAYS come up with more tips, tricks, and ideas to simplify and organize those dreaded paper piles, I thought I would take the opportunity to summarize many of my paper organizing posts I’ve already written in attempts to create an “at-a-glance” reference for most of your paper organizing needs.

Simple Tips to Extend the Life of Your Paint Brushes

posted by Andrea | 04/14/2016 | 12 comments
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The cost of paint and painting supplies has gone up a lot over the past 10 years — I was shocked to see how expensive my favorite paint brushes were the last time I was at the hardware store.

So, since we’re ramping up for another spring and summer of house projects in the Dekker home, I thought it was a good time to share a few simple ways I try to extend the life of my paint brushes.

Why I’m {still} Not Sorting Laundry

posted by Andrea | 04/5/2016 | 35 comments
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Over the years, I have frequently mentioned that I don’t sort my laundry — like for real, I wash all colors and all fabrics together.

Recently, however, I have switched up how I do the laundry. I’m still not sorting colors, but this new method is saving me a boatload of time folding and sorting our clean laundry!

Cute Clothes… Without The Clutter

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2016 | 21 comments
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Many of you know that I don’t necessarily love shopping, and I don’t like cluttering up my closet up with lots of “extra” stuff.

Thanks to LeTote.com, I have been “renting” a variety of cute clothing items to wear for a short time, and then swapping them out for new cute clothes… all without adding any clutter to my closet! I know… it almost sounds too good to be true!

5 Choices When You’re Short on Space

posted by Andrea | 03/29/2016 | 23 comments
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Since it’s the time of year when we’re all trying to clean up and declutter our homes and lives, I thought I would share my thoughts about 5 choices you have when you’re short on space.

If you’re feeling short on space (and slightly overwhelmed), try one of these ideas and just get started.

Preserving Your Memories Just Got SO Much Easier!

posted by Andrea | 03/23/2016 | 22 comments
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One of the Christmas gifts we gave my parents was an empty box… and you know what, they LOVED it! That’s because the empty box was a “Legacybox”… which they could fill with all their old photos, VHS tapes, and other memories to be digitally preserved.

If you would love to digitally preserve your old memories but you just don’t have the time, energy, or tools, Legacybox might be your answer too!

A-Z Uses for Your Dishwasher

posted by Andrea | 03/17/2016 | 55 comments
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I’ve had a dishwasher for as long as I can remember — and you better believe that I use it for everything I possibly can!

If you’re looking for a few more ways to better-utilize your dishwasher, here’s a fun “A to Z list”!

A Deeper Reason for Disorganization

posted by Andrea | 03/15/2016 | 22 comments
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If you have been striving to get more organized, simplify your life, or increase your productivity… but for whatever reason you just never make any progress, I would highly encourage you to read through today’s (somewhat lengthy) post.

It might just shine some light onto a deeper reason for your disorganization.

A Big-Boy Bed for Simon

posted by Andrea | 03/10/2016 | 13 comments
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Now that Simon is officially 2 years old, we have started to talk about transitioning him into a “big boy bed”. We’re not planning to rush into anything, but we did want to get the bed all set up and in place so we’re ready when HE is ready.

Today, I’m sharing the new Leesa mattresses we got for Simon’s bed (and I have a great coupon code for anyone looking to purchase a new mattress!)

Save Time (and your sanity) By Determining Your Bare Minimum

posted by Andrea | 03/9/2016 | 23 comments
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The other day, as I was quickly wiping down the bathroom counters and swishing some bleach around in the toilets, I realized that I have yet to share one of my MOST time-saving, sanity-saving tips here on the blog!

Today, I’m sharing my “bare minimum” lists for various aspects of my life… and boy have these mental lists saved me so much time, energy, and sanity over the past few years!

My Top Tip for a Tidy Home

posted by Andrea | 03/4/2016 | 31 comments
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Today, I’m sharing one of MY top tips to keep my home neat, clean, organized, picked-up and tidy almost all the time.

It’s such a simple concept and will most likely take less than 5 seconds to implement… and you might be surprised how much of a difference it will make in your home.

10 Simple Ideas To Baby-Proof Your Home

posted by Andrea | 03/2/2016 | 12 comments
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Now that James is inching closer to 8 months old, he is crawling all over the place, trying to pull himself up on furniture, and grabbing anything and everything he can grab. I have no doubt that he’ll be taking his first few steps in no time — which means it’s time to put a few more baby-proofing precautions in place!

Today, I’m sharing 10 simple ideas to keep your house safe for young children… and save your sanity in the process!

The True Cost of Our Stuff

posted by Andrea | 02/29/2016 | 35 comments
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Have you ever stopped to think about the true “cost” of something before you buy it and bring it back into your home?

I love “free” stuff as much as anyone, but I also know that even inexpensive (or free) items usually come with hidden costs that might end up being a burden later on.

My Simple Tip to Eliminate Lone Socks

posted by Andrea | 02/26/2016 | 14 comments
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With all the teeny, tiny infant and toddler socks I’ve washed over the past few years, it might seem miraculous that (to the best of my knowledge) I have never lost one of them!

Today, I’m sharing my super simple (and frugal) laundry tip that has the potential to completely eliminate any lone socks around your home as well!

A Complete List of Plants in Our Landscape

posted by Andrea | 02/25/2016 | 8 comments
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I’ve been asked over and over and OVER again if I would share a “Master List” of all the trees, shrubs, and perennials we planted… and since that would actually be really helpful for me to look back on as well, I figured it was time I compiled a list.

So, since spring is practically just around the corner (wishful thinking, maybe!) I’ve decided to share that list today!

How I Use Templates To Simplify My Digital Photo Books

posted by Andrea | 02/22/2016 | 29 comments
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Since many people know that I make digital photo books, I get lots and lots of questions about how I do it, how long it takes me, if I think I’ll be able to keep it up as we continue to have more children, etc. etc.

So, I thought it might be time for a blog post detailing exactly how I’m able to simplify the often overwhelming project of organizing photos into a book by using a few templates.