Organizing

Save Space by Separating Your Sets

posted by Andrea | 08/25/2016 | 18 comments
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If you’re like most people, you have gotten sucked into buying a full set of something just to get the few pieces you really want or need… yes?

Today I’m sharing how I save so much space by purging items I don’t need, use, or want (even if they are part of a set!)

Wedding Anniversaries… and More Memories Preserved

posted by Andrea | 08/3/2016 | 18 comments
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Dave’s parents’ wedding anniversary is coming up later this month and as an early “anniversary-type gift”, we digitized hundreds of old family pictures (something his mom has wanted to do for years) with the help of Legacybox.

It has been fun to look through Dave’s old family photos — and I’m excited to offer all of you a fabulous discount to help preserve YOUR memories!

It’s Not a SPACE Problem, It’s a STUFF Problem

posted by Andrea | 07/12/2016 | 23 comments
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Over the course of my life, I can not even begin to count how many times I’ve heard someone “complain” or bemoan their lack of storage space… but you know as well as I know that SPACE is not their main issue.

In my experience, the more space you have, the more stuff you’ll fill it with — unless of course, you set SPACE LIMITS!

Purge Like You’re Moving

posted by Andrea | 07/6/2016 | 17 comments
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Someone recently asked me for my best tip to encourage more purging. Without much hesitation, I responded with one simple phrase…

Today, I’m sharing that one simple phrase in hopes that it will encourage you to part with a few more things you don’t need, use, want, or love!

A Clutter Challenge: What Will You Purge First?

posted by Andrea | 06/9/2016 | 17 comments
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As we embark on summer vacation, I’d like to encourage and motivate you to continue (or to finally start) purging and clearing some of that clutter from your home and life.

If you need a place to start, try asking yourself a few of the questions in today’s post — and be honest with your answers. You might just be surprised how quickly you clear your clutter!

Our Kitchen Linens

posted by Andrea | 05/31/2016 | 36 comments
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I realize a post about kitchen linens might seem somewhat odd, but surprisingly, this is something I’m asked about very regularly!

So today… I’m sharing just about everything anyone could ever want to know about our kitchen linens!

Secondhand Shopping Made Simple

posted by Andrea | 05/26/2016 | 25 comments
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For as long as I can remember, I have always hated shopping for clothes. All of that changed, however, when I stumbled upon thredUP soon after Nora was born.

Over the past 4 years, thredUP has become my top resource for clothing for my children AND for myself. I’m excited to share more about this today — and offer a fabulous discount to anyone who has yet to try thredUP!

Love It, Use It, or Lose It – My Own Guidelines for Purging

posted by Andrea | 05/20/2016 | 27 comments
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In my opinion, there are no hard-and-fast rules for exactly what you should and should not purge.

Instead, I ask myself 2 simple questions to determine if an item should stay or go — today I’m sharing those questions…

10 Ways to Repurpose a Wedding Dress

posted by Andrea | 04/29/2016 | 51 comments
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May is often considered the start of “wedding season” here in West Michigan — so since May is almost here, I thought it might be fun to share a whole bunch of ideas to repurpose your wedding dress.

I’m also sharing some oldie-but-goodie pictures from Dave and my wedding… almost TEN years ago already!

My Quickest ‘Quick-Tip’ to DeClutter Your Inbox

posted by Andrea | 04/26/2016 | 13 comments
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Although I rarely do massive amounts of deep cleaning at any point in the year, I find that almost every April, I get fed up with ALL paper clutter — physical paperwork, digital paperwork, and even emails!

This year, I’ve been especially ruthless with email clutter — and today, I’m sharing one quick-tip that has greatly reduced the time I spend checking emails!

7 Reasons I Don’t Sell Our Clothes

posted by Andrea | 04/18/2016 | 36 comments
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Due to my frugal nature, my love of buying and selling on Craigslist, and the fact that I purge regularly, I’m often asked about how and where I sell my clothing and our kid’s clothing.

Most people are surprised when I explain that I don’t sell any of our clothes… and today, I’m sharing why!

How We Organize ALL Our Paper Clutter

posted by Andrea | 04/15/2016 | 16 comments
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Over the years, I’ve written dozens of posts about paper organization… and while I can ALWAYS come up with more tips, tricks, and ideas to simplify and organize those dreaded paper piles, I thought I would take the opportunity to summarize many of my paper organizing posts I’ve already written in attempts to create an “at-a-glance” reference for most of your paper organizing needs.

Why I’m {still} Not Sorting Laundry

posted by Andrea | 04/5/2016 | 39 comments
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Over the years, I have frequently mentioned that I don’t sort my laundry — like for real, I wash all colors and all fabrics together.

Recently, however, I have switched up how I do the laundry. I’m still not sorting colors, but this new method is saving me a boatload of time folding and sorting our clean laundry!

Cute Clothes… Without The Clutter

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2016 | 25 comments
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Many of you know that I don’t necessarily love shopping, and I don’t like cluttering up my closet up with lots of “extra” stuff.

Thanks to LeTote.com, I have been “renting” a variety of cute clothing items to wear for a short time, and then swapping them out for new cute clothes… all without adding any clutter to my closet! I know… it almost sounds too good to be true!

5 Choices When You’re Short on Space

posted by Andrea | 03/29/2016 | 23 comments
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Since it’s the time of year when we’re all trying to clean up and declutter our homes and lives, I thought I would share my thoughts about 5 choices you have when you’re short on space.

If you’re feeling short on space (and slightly overwhelmed), try one of these ideas and just get started.

Preserving Your Memories Just Got SO Much Easier!

posted by Andrea | 03/23/2016 | 22 comments
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One of the Christmas gifts we gave my parents was an empty box… and you know what, they LOVED it! That’s because the empty box was a “Legacybox”… which they could fill with all their old photos, VHS tapes, and other memories to be digitally preserved.

If you would love to digitally preserve your old memories but you just don’t have the time, energy, or tools, Legacybox might be your answer too!

A Deeper Reason for Disorganization

posted by Andrea | 03/15/2016 | 22 comments
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If you have been striving to get more organized, simplify your life, or increase your productivity… but for whatever reason you just never make any progress, I would highly encourage you to read through today’s (somewhat lengthy) post.

It might just shine some light onto a deeper reason for your disorganization.

How I Use Templates To Simplify My Digital Photo Books

posted by Andrea | 02/22/2016 | 29 comments
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Since many people know that I make digital photo books, I get lots and lots of questions about how I do it, how long it takes me, if I think I’ll be able to keep it up as we continue to have more children, etc. etc.

So, I thought it might be time for a blog post detailing exactly how I’m able to simplify the often overwhelming project of organizing photos into a book by using a few templates.

A Different Perspective on ALL Our Stuff

posted by Andrea | 02/19/2016 | 53 comments
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Consider how you might feel with less stuff to store, less stuff to organize, less stuff to clean around, less stuff to buy, and less stuff to think/worry about. Then consider how much of your stuff you truly NEED.

Today I’m sharing a different perspective on all our STUFF… and I’d love to hear your thoughts!

10 Things that Should NOT Be in Your Closet

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2016 | 47 comments
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In my own experience, having a neat and organized closet not only makes it MUCH more fun and enjoyable to get dressed each day, it also saves me time searching for items I can’t find, and it keeps my clothing looking nicer because it’s not all jammed in and wrinkly.

If your closet could use a little makeover, I’d recommend removing all the many things that should NOT be in your closet!