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How I Declutter My Inbox With Gmail Filters

posted by Andrea | 03/23/2017 | 23 comments

Due to my blog and all the different virtual assistant jobs I’ve had over the years, I currently have a very long list of email addresses that all go to one Gmail Inbox… even still, my Inbox almost always has less than 5 emails when I “close up shop” for the night.

I keep my Inbox organized and decluttered by setting up filters to automatically file my incoming emails to the appropriate folders. If you’ve never tried filters before, I’ll show you how to quickly set them up and start de-cluttering your own Inbox today!

A Few Perks of Having Less Stuff

posted by Andrea | 03/21/2017 | 11 comments

Although I personally have no desire to become a true minimalist, there are many situations when I definitely prefer “less” over “more”.

Today I’m sharing a handful of tangible benefits I feel are a direct result of having less stuff.

5 Areas I Don’t Often Clean (+ fun new cleaning products)

posted by Andrea | 03/15/2017 | 17 comments

I’ve never been big into “spring cleaning”, but I will admit that the onset of the Spring season gives me a renewed energy to spruce up my home and give a bit more attention to certain areas I may have neglected to clean on a very regular basis.

Today I’m sharing 5 specific areas I often forget to clean — as well as a fun bundle of freebie cleaning products available to anyone who sets up a new account with Grove (one of my favorite online companies!)

Seven Ideas to Sort Through Sentimental Stuff

posted by Andrea | 03/10/2017 | 18 comments

Although I am almost always in favor of purging, I’m also not a total scrooge… so I don’t expect everyone to be able to easily part with all their sentimental or emotional clutter, just because I say so!

Today, I’m sharing 7 ideas to help you sort through, purge, and repurpose some of your sentimental stuff!

How We Purge

posted by Andrea | 02/27/2017 | 23 comments

Last week, I talked a bit about why I’ve never been one to participate in “purging challenges” — and after publishing that post I figured if I was going to explain how I DON’T purge, I should probably take the time to share exactly how I DO purge the things we no longer need or want in our home!

I’m sharing our super simple system today!

The Point Of Purging – And Why I Don’t Do “Challenges”

posted by Andrea | 02/21/2017 | 17 comments

Over the years, I have been asked time and time and time again why I don’t ever blog about any type of “purging challenge”, and why I don’t do any type of purging challenge in my own life.

I get it… I can definitely see the motivational factor of being involved in a fun purging challenge, but they’ve just never been something I’m excited to promote, and today, I’m sharing why!

Why We Didn’t Build A True “Master Bath”

posted by Andrea | 02/20/2017 | 22 comments

Over the past 6 years of sharing various home renovations, I have been asked SO many questions about Dave and my bathroom, and (more specifically) why we didn’t re-work our plans to create a true en suite with the master bath directly off our master bedroom.

Today, I’m sharing the main reasons we chose to keep our bathroom separate from our bedroom.

A Simple Way to Extend The Life of Your Furnace (Plus Free Filters!)

posted by Andrea | 02/16/2017 | 12 comments

After almost 11 years of being a homeowner, I have learned a thing or two about home maintenance. Namely, that a little bit of maintenance can go a LONG way in preventing big huge expenses…

Today I’m sharing one very simple maintenance task that can save you a bunch of money by extending the life of your furnace!

5 Decisions That Can Lead to More Clutter

posted by Andrea | 02/6/2017 | 25 comments

A clutter-free home and life is not always as simple as making a few wise choices… but I do think that if we get in the habit of making better choices on a regular basis, our efforts to declutter and simplify will be THAT much easier.

Today I’m sharing 5 decisions that could cause excess clutter in our homes… as well as a few better decisions to make instead.

5 Ways I Find Free (and Frugal) eBooks

posted by Andrea | 01/25/2017 | 14 comments

I realize there are literally hundreds and hundreds of online resources for free and frugal eBooks, but since I like to keep things super simple, I’m sharing MY top 5 today.

And of course, I’d love to know what your favorites are too!

Why Every Household Needs An Important Information Binder

posted by Andrea | 01/24/2017 | 32 comments

Several years ago, I put together a large binder filled with ALL our important documents and information — basically a handbook for anyone who might need to step in and “run our lives” if we were unable to, for whatever reason.

Today, I’m sharing how I put this binder together, how I keep it updated… AND a free printable worksheet so YOU can get your important papers in order too!

Post-Holiday Cleaning + 1 Chore My Kids LOVE + A Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 01/18/2017 | 53 comments

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve never been one to do tons of deep cleaning BEFORE the holiday season. I like to wait until the dust settles and then do my version of deep cleaning after the New Year.

Today, I’m sharing a bit more about my post-holiday cleaning, one of my kids’ favorite ways to “help” me clean, and a fun little giveaway with some of our favorite cleaning products (plus a Visa gift card!)

How I Organize Our Van

posted by Andrea | 01/16/2017 | 15 comments

I’ve officially been driving a minivan for a full year now — and yes, I still love it!

Since we’ve had a full year to use our van and assess our storage needs, I thought it might be a good time to share a bit more about how I’ve organized the interior of the van.

Our Current Laundry System

posted by Andrea | 01/10/2017 | 46 comments

For the past year or so, I have felt like our laundry system could be simplified… but I wasn’t exactly sure how. I didn’t want to lock myself into a strict laundry routine or system… but I also didn’t want to constantly feel like I should throw another load in.

While I would never claim to be any sort of laundry expert, I am excited to share our current laundry system because I feel like I’m finally 100% on top of our laundry every week, with very little extra effort on my part.

How We Manage and Organize Our Electronics

posted by Andrea | 12/19/2016 | 27 comments

I am often asked to share about how many electronics we have in our house, how we organize them, and how we handle our kids using electronics… but I’ve never felt like I had a lot to say about these topics since our kids are still relatively young and really have no idea how to use any of our electronics.

So today, I’m sharing a bit about how we manage our electronics, in hopes that those of you with older children (or no children) share what works for you too!

Our “New” Indoor Play Space!

posted by Andrea | 12/15/2016 | 14 comments

One of the least favorite spaces in our home has always been the “blue bedroom” upstairs… however, we recently transformed this space into a “kiddie wonderland” complete with an elaborate road system for our Little People cars, a cubby for our baby dolls, and a fabulous walk-in closet devoted to our growing collection of dress-up clothes!

We didn’t spend one penny transforming our ugly spare bedroom into the perfect indoor play area for the upcoming winter months!

10 Ideas to USE UP Kid’s Artwork

posted by Andrea | 12/13/2016 | 24 comments

Although we are just in the beginning stages of dealing with kids art, I do feel like we have lots of simple systems in place to not only enjoy the artwork from our 3 budding artists, it but also USE IT UP (you know, so we don’t have to keep it forever and ever!)

I hope a few of our ideas work for you too — and I’d love to hear other ideas you use!

3 Steps To Organize Digital Photos

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2016 | 38 comments

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.