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What Simple Living Means for Me

posted by Andrea | 02/27/2015 | 17 comments
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Small, scarce, serene, systems, schedules, storage solutions, and speaking up — what do all those “S-words” have to do with Simple Living?

Keep reading to find out :)

How Flickr Helps Me Organize My Photos

posted by Andrea | 02/23/2015 | 12 comments
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I realize that I’ve talked a lot about digital photo storage and organization — and I know I’ve mentioned Flickr before. But I don’t think I’ve ever gone into detail about how Flickr truly does make my photo organization SO much simpler and easier.

So that’s what I’m going to talk about today — and for the record Flickr offers tons of safe, online photo storage to everyone totally FREE!!

10 Non-Dish Uses for Dish Soap

posted by Andrea | 02/10/2015 | 22 comments
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Dish soap is one household cleaner that I have not been able to replace with a natural or DIY homemade cleaner — and I don’t think that will change for a while.

You see, along with washing our dishes, we use dish soap for SOOOO many different tasks in and around our house. If you’ve never tried using your dish soap for anything other than dishes, you’re totally missing out!

Our Home Office (The Updated Tour)

posted by Andrea | 01/16/2015 | 28 comments
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It’s been over 3 years since I last shared any update on our home office renovations… and we’ve made a fair amount of changes over those 3 years. So, I figured it was time for another Home Office Tour.

I can’t wait for you to see the transformation!!

How I Save Time, Space, and Money on Kids Clothing

posted by Andrea | 01/12/2015 | 44 comments
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Even before we had kids, I was no stranger to the fact that kids clothing was a large source of clutter in so many homes. And while I understand why parents choose to hold onto their baby and kid clothing, I personally have tried extremely hard to limit the amount of clothing I store AND the amount of clothing I let myself buy in the first place.

Today, I’m sharing 8 tips I’ve used save time and money buying, sorting, washing, and storing kids clothing.

5 Habits of Organized People

posted by Andrea | 01/7/2015 | 28 comments
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If you’re the type of person who doesn’t necessarily love cleaning and organizing… but still wants a neat and organized home, you’ll definitely want to read these 5 simple habits I’ve learned to help prevent clutter build-up in my home.

It might not seem like much now, but these simple habits have completely transformed the way I live my life and how I feel about my space.

9 Reasons I Don’t Read Magazines Anymore

posted by Andrea | 12/19/2014 | 87 comments
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Many of you might be surprised to know that over the last year, I have canceled every single one of my magazine subscriptions (even the free ones) and I don’t plan to subscribe to anything else in the near future.

I’m sharing 9 reasons why in today’s post!

3 Steps To Organize Digital Photos

posted by Andrea | 12/15/2014 | 30 comments
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Since I get SO many questions about how I store and organize my digital photos, and since most people take a bazillion photos over the holiday season, I figured it was time for a blog post dedicated to digital photo organization.

Today, I’m sharing my relatively quick and simple 3-step process to store, organize, and backup all my digital photos.

A Few Things to Consider Before You Donate

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2014 | 32 comments
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Although the holiday season is often filled with consumerism and spending money, there is also a HUGE amount of charitable giving that takes place this time of year.

Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on a few recent conversations with donation centers and volunteers… definitely something to consider the next time you’re ready to head to your local donation center or food pantry.

Giveaway: Personal Planner!

posted by Andrea | 12/3/2014 | 31 comments
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Since it’s almost that time of year, I’m sharing my new planner today — and offering a couple great giveaways from Personal-Planner.com!!

Making An Entrance

posted by Andrea | 11/20/2014 | 23 comments
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It’s official, my friends… after over 2 years of living with a front door that opens directly into a wall (and creating a very awkward situation for all our guests) we FINALLY have a front door that opens the right way!

Not to mention, no more fancy glass or brass accents!

What To Do With Old Holiday Cards

posted by Andrea | 11/17/2014 | 64 comments
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In the next couple of weeks, Christmas and other holiday cards will start filling up our mailboxes… but what will we do with those cards in another couple months, when the holidays are over?

Today, I’m sharing what I do with our holiday cards, and I’d love to know if you have any simple ways to reuse holiday cards.

Let’s Talk About Carpet

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2014 | 21 comments
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Even though I don’t particularly love carpeting, I get SO many questions about the “best” way to care for carpeting, how to clean it, how often to clean it, what type of carpeting to buy, etc. etc.

So while I’m not an expert on carpet, I thought I’d share what I know and how I care for my carpets… and then leave the comments open for you to share your carpet tips and knowledge.

Trash Buddy Giveaway (6 winners!)

posted by Andrea | 11/13/2014 | 2 comments
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Dave and I have been using the Trash Buddy for the last couple of months — and I’m so excited to share it with you in today’s giveaway!

The Trash Buddy is a super simple solution to messy trash spilling out of your trash can or recycling bin… and let me assure you, your neighbors will appreciate that :)

How I Organize My e-Statements, Receipts, and Bills

posted by Andrea | 11/7/2014 | 13 comments
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Over the past 4+ years, as I’ve shifted much of my shopping online, I’ve had to come up with a functional way to organize all my e-statements, receipts, and bills.

Today, I’m sharing my extremely simple system that took me all of 5 minutes to set up and has been working well for me for a couple years already!

Farmhouse Blueprints

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2014 | 8 comments
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A few weeks ago, I shared a photo tour of our house… and over and over again, I got requests for a bird’s eye view and/or blueprint of our house.

So today, I have blueprints for you! I don’t guarantee they are 100% to-scale, but they will hopefully give you a better idea of how our house is laid out.

DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 10/27/2014 | 18 comments
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When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? If you can’t remember — it’s probably about time!

Today, I’m sharing my favorite DIY makeup brush cleaner I’ve been using for years. There are only 2-ingredients and it takes less than 5-minutes!

Our Summer of Landscaping (Round 2)

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2014 | 16 comments
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We wrapped up all our 2014 landscaping projects almost 2 months ago… so I figured it was time to finally share the official before and after photos from the work we accomplished this past Spring and Summer!

Simplify Your Shopping with ePantry.com (plus $10 off and FREE Mrs. Meyers!)

posted by Andrea | 10/22/2014 | 23 comments
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I’m excited to gush about one of my new favorite online shopping destinations that has helped me simplify my busy life and keep my home clean — ePantry.com.

Oh yeah… and they are offering free goodies to ALL of you!

How We Prepare Our Home and Yard for Cold Weather

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2014 | 4 comments
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After our end-of-summer party last week, Dave and I are in full-on “Fall Mode”. We’ll be outside almost any chance we get raking and mulching leaves, dead-heading flowers, splitting perennials, draining hoses, cleaning yard tools, emptying flower pots, and preparing our home for the COLD Michigan winter that is just weeks away.

Today, I’m sharing a few simple and frugal ways we’re preparing our home and our yard for cold weather.

My Answers to Your Clothes Clutter Questions

posted by Andrea | 10/13/2014 | 16 comments
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About 5 weeks ago, I shared a week-long series about clothes clutter here on my blog. I was thrilled that the overwhelming majority of response were extremely positive.

However, along with all the excitement came lots more questions. Not bad questions or rude questions — just questions. I’m answering many of those clothes clutter questions in today’s post!

Our Farmhouse Tour

posted by Andrea | 10/3/2014 | 57 comments
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Over the years, SO many of you have asked for a full tour of our farmhouse — so since we’re well over half way through renovating our house and yard, I thought now would be a good time to give you a tour!

Welcome to our farmhouse… established: 1890.