Organizing

How We Store It

posted by Andrea | 04/11/2014 | 17 comments
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I’ve gotten so many random questions about how we store various items in and around our house… so today, I’m sharing a post about how we store “IT”.

Obviously, what works for me, for my family, and for our home won’t necessarily work perfectly for you — but maybe it will spark a few ideas for how you might be able to better store and organize your stuff.

My Top 10 Favorite Organizing Posts

posted by Andrea | 03/17/2014 | 8 comments
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As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging.

Today, I’m sharing some of MY favorite organizing posts — there were so many to choose from, I just HAD to include a few extras!

Why I’m NOT A Minimalist

posted by Andrea | 02/26/2014 | 32 comments
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When people learn what I do for a living, they often assume I’m a “minimalist” and can’t stand any amount of STUFF in my home and life. However, that is absolutely not true at all.

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on minimalism and why I’m NOT a minimalist.

Managing Virtual Clutter

posted by Andrea | 02/21/2014 | 22 comments
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When I talk about “clutter,” 9 times out of 10 people will automatically think of Physical Clutter — but Virtual Clutter is often just as overwhelming as Physical Clutter (sometimes more overwhelming)!

Today, I’m sharing a super LONG post filled with tips and tricks to organize various forms of virtual clutter.

Living Simply With Lots of Extra Space

posted by Andrea | 02/7/2014 | 36 comments
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Over the last few years of sharing pictures of our home and yard, I’ve received many emails from readers asking how we organize all the extra spaces we currently aren’t using on a daily basis — and not just let them get all cluttered up with junk.

So today, I’m sharing some tips that have been helpful for us as we’ve tried to live simply despite our extra space.

How to Tackle Projects that Seem Overwhelming

posted by Andrea | 01/31/2014 | 15 comments
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Over the past several years, one of the MOST common complaints I hear from others is, “it’s just so overwhelming… I don’t know where to start.” Can you relate?

I know I can certainly relate to feeling totally overwhelmed when certain projects are hanging over my head — so today, I’m sharing 3 really simple tips that will hopefully help you to finally tackle those projects that seem so overwhelming!

How We Handle Clothes Clutter

posted by Andrea | 01/27/2014 | 9 comments
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As many of you probably already know, clothes clutter is a HUGE issue for so many of us.

So since we’re still in the first month of a New Year — and since winter is a great time to stay inside purging your closets — I thought I’d answer a few of the questions I get regarding my own clothes clutter and share a bit more about the process I went through to get to this point.

Our 2013 Digital Photo Albums + Q&A

posted by Andrea | 01/24/2014 | 39 comments
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They’re here! Our 2013 photo albums are “hot off the press” as of last week — and Nora and I have looked at them at least twice (in their entirety) every single day since then!

Today, I’m answering a bunch of questions I’ve gotten about these books, as well as sharing a bit more about my thoughts on digital books.

Nora’s New Closet + How I Organize Toddler Clothes

posted by Andrea | 01/22/2014 | 17 comments
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Last week, I shared all about Nora’s new big girl room makeover — but I sneakily withheld any visible images of her closet area as I wanted to save the whole “clothes organizing” deal for a separate post.

So as promised, I’m sharing all the goods on her new closet today (as well as how we’re organizing all her cute little toddler clothes!)

To Sell or to Donate: That is the Question

posted by Andrea | 01/20/2014 | 32 comments
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Over the past few years, I’ve talked a lot about selling our unneeded items on Craigslist. However, what I might not have said in so many words is that I most definitely DO NOT sell everything we purge. In fact, the majority of it is donated on a regular basis as I just want to get it out of our home ASAP!

Today, I’m talking about the question of when to sell and when to just donate…

My Favorite (and very few) Cookbooks

posted by Andrea | 01/17/2014 | 26 comments
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Over the years, I’ve amassed TONS of different cookbooks (usually as gifts or for free from friends and family). However, it didn’t take long to realize that I rarely used many of them on a regular basis as I prefer to find most of my recipes online.

After many purges over the past 4+ years, I’ve whittled down my cookbook collection to just a very few favorites — all of which I’m sharing with you today!

Why I Almost Never Buy Storage Containers

posted by Andrea | 01/10/2014 | 20 comments
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You might think that someone in my line of work would have a serious infatuation with all types of storage containers… but in my case, you would be wrong.

You see, I almost never buy storage containers — and today, I’m sharing why… as well as some of my thoughts on various storage containers.

How We Pared Down Our Paper Clutter

posted by Andrea | 01/6/2014 | 9 comments
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Last month, I shared our new filing cabinet makeover — as well as how I pared down our paper piles from 4 large filing drawers down to 2 much smaller filing drawers (with room to spare!)

Today, I’m sharing more about that “paring down” process… and how we’ve drastically reduced our paper clutter.

Our New Play Room

posted by Andrea | 12/11/2013 | 25 comments
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When we first purchased our home, one of the areas I was most excited about was the large landing area at the top of the stairs. And since we’re in the process of renovating Nora’s new “big-girl bedroom” upstairs, we decided that it was also a good time to transform this landing area into the playroom we envisioned when we first moved in.

After a little paint, carpeting, and a bunch of toys, this is what we ended up with!

TRIO Binder Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 12/10/2013 | 475 comments
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Are you looking for a fun and functional way to organize various papers, recipes, photos, craft projects, tax documents, warranties, etc?

Today’s giveaway (the TRIO Binder) is one of the coolest paper organizing products I’ve ever used. Dave and I have been using these binders for over a year now — we love them and I think you will too!

Our Filing Cabinet Downsize, Upgrade, and Makeover

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2013 | 23 comments
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Over the past few years, I’ve been on a mission to use and store less paper.

So I’m supper happy to announce that we recently switched from a MASSIVE 4 drawer, big, bulky filing cabinet to a much smaller, shallower, 2-drawer filing cabinet… with room to spare!

Dear Well-Meaning Relatives: Please respect our request of fewer gifts for our kids.

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2013 | 46 comments
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Since I get SO many emails from overwhelmed parents asking, “how can we ask our well-meaning relatives to PLEASE stop giving our kids so much stuff?” I thought I’d write up a response in the form of a letter.

This post is intended to be humorous, so I certainly hope it doesn’t come off as offensive, rude, or disrespectful — and it is in NO WAY directed towards Dave or my relatives. :)

Nora’s New DIY Play Kitchen!

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2013 | 55 comments
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It’s official — Nora’s new play kitchen is finished! I’m super happy with how the finished product turned out — so much cuter than I ever thought, and so much like a real kitchen.

I had so much fun working on this project and I’m super excited to share the before / after photos with you today!

Our New Craft Corner

posted by Andrea | 11/8/2013 | 20 comments
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Over the past several months, it’s become very apparent that Nora LOVES doing crafts… so last week, I decided that my old method of storing and organizing our limited craft supplies needed a toddler-friendly update.

Within 45 minutes, I created a new (and very simple) craft corner in our kitchen — perfect for doing crafts at the kitchen table!

You Asked, I Answered: Should I Hire a Professional Organizer?

posted by Andrea | 11/4/2013 | 9 comments
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A couple weeks ago, I shared my answers to the question, “How Can I Stay Organized?” — and today, I’m sharing my thoughts on another question I get quite regularly: “Should I Hire a Professional Organizer?”

And even if you’re not interested in hiring an organizer, I’ve included several links to posts I’ve written about how I organize different spaces in our home — so there should be something for everyone in this post!