Organizing

The Questions That Helped Me Purge 75% of My Clothes

posted by Andrea | 08/20/2014 | 34 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…

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!)

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

My Organized Days Start with Organized Nights

posted by Andrea | 05/2/2014 | 33 comments
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One of the questions I’m asked on a very regular basis is how I seemingly stay so organized and “on top of things” with a toddler, an infant, lots of home projects, and an at-home business.

I’ve been thinking a lot about that question these past few weeks… and I’m sharing my answers today on the blog!

How We Store It

posted by Andrea | 04/11/2014 | 18 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 | 43 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.