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The Questions That Helped Me Purge 75% of My Clothes

posted by Andrea | 08/20/2014 | 37 comments
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Last week, Dave and I went through all our clothes (closet and dresser) and purged — sort of a grown-up version of getting organized for back-to-school.

All together, 9 stuffed-full bags of clothing left our closet and dressers, and it all started by asking ourselves a few questions…

How To Eliminate and Prevent Stinky Towels

posted by Andrea | 08/15/2014 | 29 comments
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Based on the number of email questions I get, I’m assuming stinky towels is a pet peeve (or at least mildly annoying) for many of you.

Thankfully, I’m a semi-obsessive towel-washer with an acute sense of smell — so I have a BUNCH of ideas for those of you with not-so-nice smelling towels!

2 Reasons I Don’t Do Massive Purges

posted by Andrea | 08/14/2014 | 13 comments
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Would you believe me if I told you the last big purge I did was over 7 months ago?

Today I’m sharing 2 reasons I’ve been able to avoid massive purges and still keep my house relatively clutter-free (it’s really simple… I promise!)

Our New Mudroom: The Full Tour!

posted by Andrea | 08/12/2014 | 24 comments
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The mudroom is officially finished and we couldn’t be happier! We have plenty of storage for all our seasonal gear and lots of room to grow.

Come take the full tour!

Our Kitchen Renovation: My Thoughts 2 Years Later

posted by Andrea | 08/8/2014 | 15 comments
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When we purchased our home 3.5 years ago, we figured the kitchen would be one of the last projects we tackled — but as many of you know, our plans changed!

We renovated our kitchen 2 summers ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long already) and today, I’m sharing some answers to commonly asked questions I get regarding our massive renovation.

How to Clean a Stroller

posted by Andrea | 08/6/2014 | 16 comments
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It is no secret that almost everything I buy is used — and since the items can often be dirty, I always wash everything before I use it.

I was originally intimidated by washing larger items like strollers and bike trailers — but I soon realized these items were super easy to clean up. And they honestly look brand new when I’m finished!

Our Deck: The Official Before + After Pictures!

posted by Andrea | 07/31/2014 | 27 comments
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For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you probably saw that we FINALLY put the finishing touches on our new deck this past weekend… and today, I’m sharing ALL the before and after photos!

It’s a pretty amazing transformation, and I still can’t get over how much more use we’re getting out of our back yard because of it!

What To Do When Your Stuff Doesn’t Sell

posted by Andrea | 07/28/2014 | 24 comments
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If you’ve ever struggled with holding onto items you weren’t able to sell at a garage sale, consignment store, Craigslist, Ebay, etc. etc. this post is a must-read.

Hopefully it will give you the motivation to get those unsold items out of your house ASAP!

Our New Outhouse Garden Shed

posted by Andrea | 07/22/2014 | 18 comments
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After months of searching Craigslist, we finally broke down and built our own outhouse garden shed.

I’m SO happy with how it turned out — and there’s actually a really cool story behind the wood we used for the shed!

Our Deck Project: Out With The Old, In With the Trex!

posted by Andrea | 07/3/2014 | 13 comments
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We started working on our new Trex deck last week Friday… and as of today, we’re ALMOST finished!

I can’t show you the official before and after pictures yet as we’re not finished, but I will share some of the “progress” photos as well as a little more information about our old deck demo + the new deck installation.

How The 80/20 Rule Helps Me Simplify My Home

posted by Andrea | 06/26/2014 | 15 comments
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The 80/20 rule states that we use and wear 20% of our things about 80% of the time — which means we rarely use and wear the other 80%. But don’t worry, I’m not going to persuade you to purge it all!

However, I do think there is A LOT we can learn by taking a closer look at the 20% of things we regularly use — and then utilize that information to help us declutter and simplify our lives.

DIY Laundry Detergent That Actually Works

posted by Andrea | 06/23/2014 | 72 comments
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Over the past 3+ years, I’ve shared a number of DIY cleaning products here on the blog; however, I’ve never shared a recipe for DIY laundry detergent because I couldn’t find a recipe I actually liked.

That all changed a couple months ago — so today, I’m sharing my new favorite DIY laundry detergent. It works fabulously, it’s really easy to make, it’s quite frugal, and it makes a huge batch!

A Clutter Challenge: What Will You Purge First?

posted by Andrea | 06/20/2014 | 19 comments
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Today’s post is short and to the point… but not because I don’t feel like writing. I’m hoping you take the extra few minutes you would have spent reading a longer blog post to purge a few items you don’t need, use, want, or love.

What better way to “celebrate” the first official weekend of summer than with a mini purge!

Our New Trex Deck Project

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2014 | 22 comments
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Last week, I shared some of the progress (and the plans) for our mudroom project. We still have several things to cross of our “mudroom to-do list”, but we’re already gearing up for our 2nd project of the summer… a new deck!

Or maybe I should say, “replacing our old, tiny, unusable deck with a brand new, much larger deck”. I’m sharing those plans today!

DIY Garbage Disposal Cleaning Tabs

posted by Andrea | 06/11/2014 | 14 comments
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Have you ever noticed a gross smell coming from your sink — or, more likely, from your garbage disposal?

Today, I’m sharing a SUPER simple recipe for garbage disposal cleaning tabs that’s basically free and uses ingredients you most likely have in your pantry!

We’re Ready for Some Mud… Literally

posted by Andrea | 06/5/2014 | 21 comments
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Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared bits and pieces of the progress we’re making in our new mudroom — but today, I’m sharing a lot more details, photos, plans, etc. Aren’t you excited? :)

Right now, we’re waiting for the drywall guy to come and “mud” the seams — then it’s ready for us to paint, trim, and lay new floors!

Closet Organization for When Your Weight is Changing

posted by Andrea | 05/29/2014 | 15 comments
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Over the past 3 years, my weight has gone up and down and then up and (part of the way) down with my 2 pregnancies. And although I resisted the urge to buy too many new items to accommodate my changing size, my closet still felt like it was bursting at the seams.

Thankfully, I have recently taken a few steps to control my closet clutter — even as my body size, shape, and weight continue to fluctuate.

What We’ve Been Up To: House + Yard Projects 2014

posted by Andrea | 05/26/2014 | 8 comments
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Dave and I usually wait until school is over to start our house/yard projects for the year — but this year, even with a new baby, we were BOTH itching to get started.

Since it’s a long holiday weekend (and I have a feeling many of you are joining Dave and I in some sort of home or yard project) I figured it would be a good time to share an update on all our latest projects.

5 Tips to ‘Do It Now’ When You’re Super Busy

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2014 | 17 comments
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Several weeks ago, I shared a post about my time management rule of “doing it NOW”. That post generated a lot of emails questioning how I could possibly “do it now” all the time with a toddler, an infant, and an at-home business.

Today, I’m sharing my answers to those questions.

Q+A: Our Butcher Block Counter

posted by Andrea | 05/12/2014 | 9 comments
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Ever since we finished our kitchen renovation I’ve gotten lots of questions about our butcher block island counter top.

So after almost 2 years of caring for our butcher block counters, I feel like I’m finally able to answer some of those questions.

My Favorite DIY Cleaners

posted by Andrea | 05/8/2014 | 15 comments
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For those of you who like doing a big deep-clean in the Spring (or for those of you who don’t necessarily “like” it but do it anyway) here are a few of my favorite homemade DIY cleaners.

They are all super easy to make using simple ingredients you most likely have in your cabinets right now.

Progress is Progress… even if it’s only 5 minutes

posted by Andrea | 05/6/2014 | 35 comments
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Over the past few weeks, Dave and I tackled a VERY overwhelming yard project that we thought would take forever.

Obviously, since we finished, it didn’t take forever. However, it definitely reminded me that progress is still progress — even if it only comes in 5-10 minute intervals!