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How to Remove Sticky Tree Sap from Skin, Hair, Clothes and Toys

posted by Andrea | 05/25/2015 | 11 comments
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Back when we purchased our house, we had about 35-40 very tall, very old, very scraggly looking pine trees that dripped sap EVERYWHERE.

With 2 little people who are experts at figuring out how to get that sticky sap all over everything, I quickly found a few simple sap-removing remedies that work extremely well… and I’m sharing them with you today!

Get Organized For The Start of Summer

posted by Andrea | 05/22/2015 | 17 comments
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The start of summer is officially less than ONE month away — yay!

Although this is often a very full and busy time of year for many of us, it’s also a great time to put a little effort into getting organized BEFORE summer starts. Today, I’m sharing some of the things we do to get organized for the start of summer.

How the 80/20 Rule Helps Me Purge

posted by Andrea | 05/19/2015 | 13 comments
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Four years ago, I wrote a post about The 80/20 Rule for Your Closet, and honestly, I think about that post almost daily.

In almost every aspect of my life, the 80/20 rule rings true — and after realizing this, I have started to use the 80/20 rule as a great “tool” to help and encourage me to purge more than I otherwise might.

How to Clean Hair Brushes and Combs

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2015 | 9 comments
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When was the last time you cleaned your hairbrush or comb? If it’s been a while, you might be surprised how much gunk and grime is caked onto the bristles.

You might also be surprised how SIMPLE it is to quickly clean them!

It’s Project Season… Here’s what we’ve been up to!

posted by Andrea | 05/13/2015 | 16 comments
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The last 2 weeks have been a crazy whirlwind of hustle and bustle around the Dekker house as we have officially kicked off our 2015 “project season”.

It’s a bit earlier than we normally start working on projects, but with a new baby due around the end of June / early July, we felt the need to start early. Today, I’m sharing our plans (and some of our progress)!

6 Reasons A Capsule Wardrobe Might NOT Work for You

posted by Andrea | 05/5/2015 | 25 comments
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If you’ve spent any amount of time reading blogs or browsing social media lately, you’ve probably heard a lot about “Capsule Wardrobes”.

I’m always so intrigued by the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but I also realize that for the majority of people, it’s not the most realistic wardrobe plan… today I’m sharing a few reasons why.

6 Steps to Simplify Moving

posted by Andrea | 04/28/2015 | 18 comments
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Although Dave and I are oddballs and moved into our house the week before Christmas (yes, in frigid West Michigan), spring is actually the peak “moving season” in most parts of the country.

If you have plans to move this spring or summer (or if you’re dutifully helping friends or family move) here are 6 tips that should simplify and streamline the moving process!

What Being a Homemaker Looks Like for Me

posted by Andrea | 04/24/2015 | 22 comments
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While I realize that many of you might not share my ultra-enthusiastic views of homemaking, I DO think that every one of us wants our home to be a place we enjoy spending time with our family and friends. For some of us, it just takes a little extra motivation and willpower to get there — and that’s OK :)

Today, I’m sharing what being a “homemaker” means for me — as well as some great resources for those of you looking for a little of that motivation!

The 5-Minute Home Makeover

posted by Andrea | 04/20/2015 | 10 comments
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I realize many of you might be thinking the title of this post is a joke… but I’m serious.

Yes, I know you can’t literally “make-over” your entire home in 5-minutes — but you CAN make-over one drawer, one shelf, one cubbie, or one small section of your house in 5 minutes.

What I Do (and Don’t) Love About My Kitchen Appliances

posted by Andrea | 04/16/2015 | 21 comments
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Now that we’ve been living with our new kitchen for a couple of years, I’m starting to get lots of questions about what we do and don’t love about our appliances and other parts of the kitchen.

So although we love almost everything, I’m sharing all the “pros” and “cons” about our kitchen appliances in today’s post!

Why I DON’T Use A Label Maker

posted by Andrea | 04/15/2015 | 36 comments
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If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me what label maker I use, or what label maker I would recommend… I would have A LOT of nickels!

And while I completely understand why I’m asked these questions, I have to admit that I do NOT use a label maker. Today, I’m sharing the 2 main reasons why…

Declutter Your Closet in 5 Simple Steps

posted by Andrea | 04/10/2015 | 13 comments
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If you’ve ever wondered “How would Andrea organize my closet?” the simple steps in this post should basically answer that question!

Happy purging!

How I Store, Organize, and Track our Gift Cards

posted by Andrea | 04/7/2015 | 16 comments
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Dave and I always have a good amount of gift cards to various places around town… some of which we buy ourselves during the special holiday gift card sales and promotions!

I have a super simple method to keep track of all our cards… and I’m sharing that today. It’s a method I’ve been using for about 10 years and I’ve never ONCE lost or misplaced or forgot about a gift card — so it works!!

Our Favorite Kids Kitchen Gear and How We Organize It

posted by Andrea | 04/6/2015 | 1 comment
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When I was pregnant with Nora, I never even thought about registering for any “kids kitchen gear”. Fast-forward almost 4 years and our kitchen is now full of various “kids kitchen gear” as I call it.

Today, I’m sharing some of our favorite kids kitchen gear items — as well as how we organize it all within our kitchen!

How I Keep My Clothes Wrinkle-Free Without an Iron

posted by Andrea | 03/27/2015 | 24 comments
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Although I work from home, I do get dressed up for church, I occasionally attend special events that require a dressier wardrobe, and even when I am home, I don’t necessarily want to look frumpy every day.

That said, I never EVER iron… and I can guarantee my clothes are NOT full of wrinkles either. Today, I’m sharing my 2 simple tips that practically eliminate all wrinkles from our clothing!

Our Epoxy Garage Floor Coating: How It’s Holding Up After 2 Winters

posted by Andrea | 03/23/2015 | 1 comment
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Two summers ago, we did a pretty major garage renovation — part of which included having an epoxy floor coating professionally installed. We were THRILLED with the results, but since then, I’ve gotten so many questions about our flooring.

So, since it’s THAT time of year when people are heading outside and itching to get their garage neat and organized again after a long winter, I figured it was a good time for an update on how our floor coating is holding up.

Go-Organize.com Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 03/19/2015 | 6 comments
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With the first official day of Spring just hours away, I figured many of us would be interested in a giveaway that will help us to better organize our homes!

Come enter to win a couple $50 gift cards from Go-Organize.com!!

5 Questions I Ask When I’m Purging

posted by Andrea | 03/16/2015 | 34 comments
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I’m often asked if I have a “method” for purging or a pattern that I follow each time to make it a more routine process — and as I thought more about how exactly I motivate and encourage myself (and others) to purge, I realized that there are certain questions I came back to time and time again.

Today, I’m sharing those questions!

6 Things I Do EVERY Day to Simplify My Home

posted by Andrea | 03/9/2015 | 30 comments
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As someone who spends many MANY hours at home each week, I can confidently say that these 6 simple tasks have greatly improved the overall feel and mood of my home!

And honestly, even if you aren’t at home all day, every day, I can’t imagine you would NOT benefit from implementing some of these simple tips into the time you do spend at home.

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 :)