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It’s Not a SPACE Problem, It’s a STUFF Problem

posted by Andrea | 07/12/2016 | 23 comments
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Over the course of my life, I can not even begin to count how many times I’ve heard someone “complain” or bemoan their lack of storage space… but you know as well as I know that SPACE is not their main issue.

In my experience, the more space you have, the more stuff you’ll fill it with — unless of course, you set SPACE LIMITS!

Purge Like You’re Moving

posted by Andrea | 07/6/2016 | 17 comments
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Someone recently asked me for my best tip to encourage more purging. Without much hesitation, I responded with one simple phrase…

Today, I’m sharing that one simple phrase in hopes that it will encourage you to part with a few more things you don’t need, use, want, or love!

Red White and Blue: Our Patriotic House

posted by Andrea | 07/4/2016 | 34 comments
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When we first moved into our farmhouse, one of the first neighbor families to introduce themselves to us mentioned that they called our house the “patriotic house” because of the red, white, and blue bunting on the front porch.

Since then, I have managed to incorporate quite a bit of patriotic items into our decor… and I’m sharing all our red, white, blue, stars, and stripes on the blog today! Happy 4th of July!

My Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Yearly Cleaning Routines

posted by Andrea | 06/24/2016 | 21 comments
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Today I’m sharing a LONG post detailing our current cleaning schedules and routines — specifically how often we do various household chores.

I’d love to know what type of cleanings schedules or routines works for you.

Chicken Wire and Chippy Paint

posted by Andrea | 06/21/2016 | 15 comments
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I’m often asked about my “decorating style”… and the truth is, I’m not exactly sure what my style really is — or even if I have an actual “style”. I just know what I like when I see it.

That said, today, I’m sharing 2 of MY favorite ways to add a little farmhouse feel to my home… chicken wire and chippy paint!

A Clutter Challenge: What Will You Purge First?

posted by Andrea | 06/9/2016 | 17 comments
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As we embark on summer vacation, I’d like to encourage and motivate you to continue (or to finally start) purging and clearing some of that clutter from your home and life.

If you need a place to start, try asking yourself a few of the questions in today’s post — and be honest with your answers. You might just be surprised how quickly you clear your clutter!

My Outdoor Decorations

posted by Andrea | 06/3/2016 | 42 comments
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Now that we essentially have our yard set up the way we want it and our planting beds arranged accordingly, the next thing on my “to do someday list” is to add a bunch of decorative elements to our landscaping.

I realize it might sound a little crazy to “decorate our landscape” but as you’ll hopefully see by the pictures in this post, a few non-plant elements really add A LOT to the look and feel of our outdoor spaces.

Our Kitchen Linens

posted by Andrea | 05/31/2016 | 36 comments
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I realize a post about kitchen linens might seem somewhat odd, but surprisingly, this is something I’m asked about very regularly!

So today… I’m sharing just about everything anyone could ever want to know about our kitchen linens!

Secondhand Shopping Made Simple

posted by Andrea | 05/26/2016 | 25 comments
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For as long as I can remember, I have always hated shopping for clothes. All of that changed, however, when I stumbled upon thredUP soon after Nora was born.

Over the past 4 years, thredUP has become my top resource for clothing for my children AND for myself. I’m excited to share more about this today — and offer a fabulous discount to anyone who has yet to try thredUP!

Love It, Use It, or Lose It – My Own Guidelines for Purging

posted by Andrea | 05/20/2016 | 27 comments
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In my opinion, there are no hard-and-fast rules for exactly what you should and should not purge.

Instead, I ask myself 2 simple questions to determine if an item should stay or go — today I’m sharing those questions…

My Favorite Weed-Fighting Tips and Tools

posted by Andrea | 05/12/2016 | 22 comments
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I’ve come to accept that a few weeds will ALWAYS be lurking in our planting beds; however, after 4 LONG summers of intense landscape renovations and lots and lots of weeding, Dave and I finally feel like we have a pretty decent system for dealing with the weeds we have AND preventing the majority of “weed seeds” from germinating.

Today, I’m sharing my favorite weed-fighting tips and tools!

My Favorite DIY Cleaners

posted by Andrea | 05/9/2016 | 24 comments
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Last week I shared 8 tips to simplify my weekly cleaning routine — and as a follow-up, I thought it might be fitting to share several of MY favorite homemade DIY cleaners.

They are all super easy to make using simple ingredients you most likely have in your cabinets right now!

8 Tips to Speed Up Your Weekly Cleaning Routine

posted by Andrea | 05/3/2016 | 42 comments
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Although I truly don’t mind cleaning (most of the time!), I’m not willing to spend long hours just to get a clean house.

I’m always looking for little ways to speed up my weekly cleaning routine, and today I’m sharing a few of my quick-cleaning tips with you!

10 Ways to Repurpose a Wedding Dress

posted by Andrea | 04/29/2016 | 51 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 | 17 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!

What are your thoughts on parenting and homemaking today versus in past generations?

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 | 37 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!