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What I Keep on My Kitchen Counters

posted by Andrea | 09/19/2017 | 42 comments

I was recently asked what I have sitting out on my kitchen counters — and I thought it would make a good blog post (especially since I’ve been asked this question many times over the years).

Our New Storage System for Games and Puzzles

posted by Andrea | 09/14/2017 | 10 comments

One of the mini projects we worked into our summer schedule was to transform the closet under our stairs into a much-needed storage space for our rapidly-growing collection of games, puzzles, DVD’s, CD’s, photo albums, and other things the kids want access to on a regular basis.

The space turned out so well, it provides so much useful storage, and it was essentially a freebie makeover since we used leftover materials we already had on hand!

How We Think Through and Execute our Many Home Projects

posted by Andrea | 09/11/2017 | 1 comment

I often get questions about how we do so many house projects, how we meet our deadlines, and how we do it all without going crazy or filing for divorce!

We might be crazy (in a good way) to do everything we do, but we really do enjoy the whole process! Today, I’m sharing the steps we take when thinking through and executing our many home projects. 

How We Keep Our Vehicles Neat and Clean Almost All The Time

posted by Andrea | 09/7/2017 | 17 comments

Besides some sand, dirt, and a few cracker crumbs, the insides of our vehicles are almost always very neat, tidy, and organized — even with multiple children, snacks, drinks, blankets, diaper bags, craft supplies, tissues, wipes, etc.

Today I’m sharing 3 simple, but specific, things we do to keep our car neat and clean (almost) all the time — and I promise, they really take very little effort on our part!

How To Quickly Declutter 100 Things From Your Home

posted by Andrea | 09/5/2017 | 16 comments

When it comes to decluttering, the hardest part is often JUST GETTING STARTED!

If you’d like to get a little more organized, clear some of your clutter, and whip your home into shape — but you just don’t know where to start — I think today’s post might be just what you need!

What We Decided For The Landing Area!

posted by Andrea | 08/21/2017 | 29 comments

I’m back with the finished landing area — and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

There’s a good chance this space will continue to change and evolve over the next several years… but I honestly think this mini makeover fits our family’s needs perfectly right now!

ONE Tip That Can Eliminate Your Clutter

posted by Andrea | 08/14/2017 | 18 comments

One of MY personal goals is to break down and simplify the often overwhelming task of decluttering our homes and lives — because I’m 100% confident anyone can be more organized if they put in a little time and effort up front, commit to doing regular maintenance, and monitor what they bring into their homes. 

Today, I’m sharing my #1 tip to virtually eliminate all clutter — it might not be ‘easy’ but it sure is SIMPLE!

What Should We Do In Our Former Playroom?

posted by Andrea | 08/7/2017 | 42 comments

Now that we’ve finished renovating all our kids’ bedrooms, we are left with a completely empty “playroom”. Dave and I are both lacking inspiration… but we’d love to do something fun (and frugal) in this space.

I know there are so many ideas we just aren’t thinking of, so I’d love it if you helped us out a bit and shared YOUR ideas!

What Simple Living Means for Me

posted by Andrea | 07/31/2017 | 19 comments

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 🙂

The Boys’ $5 Shared Bedroom Makeover

posted by Andrea | 07/28/2017 | 29 comments

Simon and James have officially been sharing a bedroom for almost a month now — and it’s going really well.

Today I’m sharing a tour of their “new” bedroom — and I’m extra excited because I made this transformation happen for less than $5!! Everything in this room was either repainted, repurposed from something we already had in the house, or simply rearranged — and I honestly feel like the room looks and feels so different.

How I Get and Keep My Kids Organized With Simple Systems

posted by Andrea | 07/24/2017 | 28 comments

I’m convinced our home is more user-friendly, more functional, and (best of all) STAYS more organized if I simply put a little extra thought into how I set up my kids’ closets, toys, crafts, and anything else they access on a regular basis.

If you currently struggle to get your children to stay somewhat neat and organized, I’m confident some of the ideas in today’s post will be helpful for you! And yes, these ideas work for teens and adults too!

Why We DON’T Budget for House Projects

posted by Andrea | 07/21/2017 | 27 comments

Over the last 6.5 years, Dave and I have spent a considerable amount of money fixing up, renovating, remodeling, and decorating our home… and since I share the renovations on my blog, I’m regularly asked how we budget and plan for all our home projects.

I’m guessing many of you would be shocked to know that Dave and I actually DON’T budget for house projects… that’s what I’m talking about today!

4 Steps to a Clutter-Free Closet

posted by Andrea | 07/19/2017 | 11 comments

If you’re the type of person who struggles to purge your clothing, I hope today’s post will be just the motivation you need to finally clear the clutter from your closet, lighten your load, and speed up your morning routine!

Doesn’t that all sound amazing!

A Super Simple Way to Dye Fabric

posted by Andrea | 07/17/2017 | 13 comments

Last week, I shared Nora’s bedroom makeover — along with her super cute loft bed with “secret” play area underneath.

Today, I’m sharing how I dyed the curtains for her secret play area — and if you’ve ever been intimidated by using fabric dye (like I was), I hope this post will lay it all out step-by-step to show you how simple it really can be. Just think of all the things you could refresh with a little fabric dye!

A Tour of Nora’s New Bedroom

posted by Andrea | 07/12/2017 | 26 comments

Yay — I’m so excited to finally share the full tour of Nora’s brand new bedroom!!

This room was a labor of love. It was such a huge project that started with a complete gut job — new electrical, new insulation, new drywall, new doors and windows, new… EVERYTHING!

Home Renovations and Newborns

posted by Andrea | 07/10/2017 | 17 comments

After 6.5 years of continual house projects, pregnancies, and newborns, Dave and I will both say that all our house projects and all our babies have required more work, time, patience, and energy than we originally envisioned… but both the house projects AND the babies have most definitely been worth it all!

In fact, as I thought more about it, I realized that home renovations and newborns surprisingly have many similarities!

Our Favorite Inside Toys

posted by Andrea | 07/7/2017 | 21 comments

I know it might seem weird to do a post about inside toys in the middle of the summer, but here in West Michigan, it can get REALLY hot and humid in the summers, so we often play outside in the morning and inside in the afternoon, where the air conditioning keeps things very pleasant!

The toys listed in today’s post are things ALL 3 of our kids (ages 5, 3, 2) play with and enjoy almost every single day!

How I Clean and Protect My Stone Surfaces

posted by Andrea | 06/28/2017 | 4 comments

Over the years, I have gradually switched to using more natural (often homemade) cleaning products throughout my home. I love how frugal these products are — and that they are often safer and gentler than many store-bought cleaners.

HOWEVER, there are times when my homemade cleaning concoctions just don’t cut it, and I choose to use more powerful cleaning agents… I’m sharing some of those products today!