Over the past few months, as I thought more about how I could simplify and consolidate all the various things I do each day and each week to keep our house fairly organized and clutter-free, I realized that there are 6 main categories I try to focus my attention on each week.
I added in one day for extra projects (or for rest) and I came up with a 7-day Housekeeping Guide that encompases most of extra things I do every week. I hope some of my ideas will help you too!
It’s been just over 2 years since we finished our glorious mudroom addition between the back door of our house and our garage… and we have used and loved this tiny space every single day.
Since then, we have changed a few things and made a few tweaks to help the room function better for our growing family. Nothing too crazy or dramatic, but since I always love seeing how other people utilize their mudrooms, I figured it might be time for an update!
Today I’m sharing how focusing on “fit, feel, and flatter” has helped me realize when I’m hanging onto clothing out of guilt and/or sentiment, or if I actually like the item and will wear it on a regular basis.
It’s a fairly simple concept that I think (or at least hope) will help pare down your closet so you’re left with only the things you love and feel great wearing!
Today’s post has been in my drafts for months and months, but I never took the time to snap all the photos I wanted to share (despite unending requests to see the shed!)
Now I have the photos, and I’m finally sharing a mini tour of our shed, almost ONE FULL YEAR after we actually built it — better late than never right? 🙂
I’ve written at length about how I organize our photos, how I create our digital photo albums, how I edit our photos, and how I back up our digital photos… but I’ve never shared MY thought process for taking certain photos in the first place.
If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by all your photos, or wished you would have taken more photos, I think my “monthly photo checklist” might be helpful for you!
As I’m sure you can imagine, I know so many people who hang onto boatloads of stuff because they worry they might need it again soon after they purge it… I call this “What If I Need It Clutter”.
If you’re looking for a little motivation to purge your “what if I need it clutter”, I hope today’s post will help!
In a world of quick-fixes, diet pills, and DIY manuals that promise to solve all our problems, it’s easy to forget that the key to most of our problems is simply hard work, determination, and baby steps in the right direction.
It’s not magic… it’s maintenance!
Since I am regularly asked about how I handle kids’ clothing (specifically hand-me-downs) I thought the back-to-school time would be a perfect time to share the questions that help me control the amount of clothing my kids have without being super minimalistic or feeling like I have to do laundry every other day.
And I’d love to know how YOU handle hand-me-downs as well!
If you’re like most people, you have gotten sucked into buying a full set of something just to get the few pieces you really want or need… yes?
Today I’m sharing how I save so much space by purging items I don’t need, use, or want (even if they are part of a set!)
Way back in the beginning of April, Dave and I excitedly prepared a large chunk of ground for the biggest vegetable garden we’ve had since we moved into our farmhouse… almost 6 years ago.
We had 3 goals for our garden… today I’m sharing 2 of the goals we nailed, and another one we fell quite a bit short on! Plus, lots of pictures of our garden!
Both Nora and Simon’s bedrooms are upstairs — right off the playroom. We keep most of the toys in the playroom, but it’s nice to be able spread out into their bedrooms for more playtime fun.
Dave and I both thought it would be nice to create more floor space in their bedrooms… and thanks to an hour of moving furniture around (and out of) their rooms, we now have LOTS of extra room to play!
I’m a huge advocate for automating as many things as possible — banking, bill pay, grocery deliveries, and even furnace filters! For the past year, I’ve been using FilterEasy’s fabulous filter delivery system, which means I never have to think about changing furnace filters again!
If you’d like to automate one more thing in your life, I’d encourage YOU to jump on board with FilterEasy because they are giving away FREE filters to ALL my readers (along with a chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card!)
Last week, I shared our COMPLETELY FREE master bedroom mini makeover and this week, I’m sharing James’ mini nursery makeover.
Just like our bedroom makeover, it was also completely free, and it made his tiny room feel SO much bigger!
Dave recently helped me move almost ALL the bedroom furniture in our entire house… which means all 4 bedrooms got a mini makeover without spending a dime!
Today, I’m so excited to share our (completely free) Master Bedroom Mini Makeover!
Dave’s parents’ wedding anniversary is coming up later this month and as an early “anniversary-type gift”, we digitized hundreds of old family pictures (something his mom has wanted to do for years) with the help of Legacybox.
It has been fun to look through Dave’s old family photos — and I’m excited to offer all of you a fabulous discount to help preserve YOUR memories!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!