Misc.

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 We’re Preventing Pests This Year

posted by Andrea | 04/10/2017 | 9 comments

Over the past few years, Dave and I have dealt with our fair share of pest issues — everything from bats and bees to moles and mice. However, THIS year, we’re taking some preventative measures that will hopefully keep the pests out all spring and summer long.

I’m also sharing how the act of “prevention” has helped me to simplify and de-stress my life!

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.

My 7-Day Housekeeping Guide

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2016 | 9 comments

Over the past few months, as I thought more about how I could simplify and consolidate all the various things I do each day and each week to keep our house fairly organized and clutter-free, I realized that there are 6 main categories I try to focus my attention on each week.

I added in one day for extra projects (or for rest) and I came up with a 7-day Housekeeping Guide that encompases most of extra things I do every week. I hope some of my ideas will help you too!

One Less Thing To Forget + FREE Furnace Filters!

posted by Andrea | 08/16/2016 | 17 comments

I’m a huge advocate for automating as many things as possible — banking, bill pay, grocery deliveries, and even furnace filters! For the past year, I’ve been using FilterEasy’s fabulous filter delivery system, which means I never have to think about changing furnace filters again!

If you’d like to automate one more thing in your life, I’d encourage YOU to jump on board with FilterEasy because they are giving away FREE filters to ALL my readers (along with a chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card!)

3 Reasons Homemaking + Parenting is Easier Today Than Ever Before

posted by Andrea | 04/27/2016 | 17 comments

Homemaking and parenting has never been (and will never be) “easy”, but with a little extra support, some helpful modern conveniences, and a boatload of useful resources, it’s getting EASIER!

What are your thoughts on parenting and homemaking today versus in past generations?

Simple Tips to Extend the Life of Your Paint Brushes

posted by Andrea | 04/14/2016 | 12 comments

The cost of paint and painting supplies has gone up a lot over the past 10 years — I was shocked to see how expensive my favorite paint brushes were the last time I was at the hardware store.

So, since we’re ramping up for another spring and summer of house projects in the Dekker home, I thought it was a good time to share a few simple ways I try to extend the life of my paint brushes.

10 Simple Ideas To Baby-Proof Your Home

posted by Andrea | 03/2/2016 | 12 comments

Now that James is inching closer to 8 months old, he is crawling all over the place, trying to pull himself up on furniture, and grabbing anything and everything he can grab. I have no doubt that he’ll be taking his first few steps in no time — which means it’s time to put a few more baby-proofing precautions in place!

Today, I’m sharing 10 simple ideas to keep your house safe for young children… and save your sanity in the process!

Yes… We Have a WHITE Couch!

posted by Andrea | 01/11/2016 | 13 comments

Over the past 5 years, the number of questions, comments, and emails I’ve gotten regarding our white couch still amazes me!

So…I thought it might be time for a post detailing exactly what I do to wash and dry our slipcovers (and why on earth I still have a white couch with 3 little kids!)

How We “Winterize” our Home and Yard

posted by Andrea | 10/7/2015 | 14 comments

If you live in (or travel to) the Midwest, you know how beautiful our fall weather is. However, there is also a lot of work to do in the fall.

Today (by request from a few readers) I’m sharing a rundown of what Dave and I do to “winterize” our home and yard for the Fall and Winter months ahead.

When Was the Last Time You Changed Your Furnace Filter?

posted by Andrea | 09/10/2015 | 42 comments

For some reason, changing our furnace filters is a seasonal task that I either forget to do, or put off doing because our furnace requires a really random size filter that is not readily available at most home improvement stores.

However, I recently found FilterEasy, an online air filter delivery service — and I’m so excited to share more about it with you. Oh yeah, and there’s a fun giveaway!

10 Uses for Glad Press ‘N Seal Plastic Wrap

posted by Andrea | 07/10/2015 | 28 comments

We always have at least 2 or 3 rolls of plastic wrap as I’ve found it comes in handy SO often (and not just in the kitchen).

Today, I’m sharing 10 different uses for my favorite type of plastic wrap (Glad Press ‘N Seal).

6 Steps to Simplify Moving

posted by Andrea | 04/28/2015 | 20 comments

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 | 23 comments

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!

Trash Buddy Giveaway (6 winners!)

posted by Andrea | 11/13/2014 | 2 comments

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 We Prepare Our Home and Yard for Cold Weather

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2014 | 4 comments

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.

Our Kitchen Renovation: My Thoughts 2 Years Later

posted by Andrea | 08/8/2014 | 17 comments

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.