Organizing

My 7-Day Housekeeping Guide

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2016 | 7 comments
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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!

A Mudroom Update

posted by Andrea | 09/20/2016 | 12 comments
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It’s been just over 2 years since we finished our glorious mudroom addition between the back door of our house and our garage… and we have used and loved this tiny space every single day.

Since then, we have changed a few things and made a few tweaks to help the room function better for our growing family. Nothing too crazy or dramatic, but since I always love seeing how other people utilize their mudrooms, I figured it might be time for an update!

Fit. Feel. Flatter. My Wardrobe Simplifiers

posted by Andrea | 09/16/2016 | 10 comments
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Today I’m sharing how focusing on “fit, feel, and flatter” has helped me realize when I’m hanging onto clothing out of guilt and/or sentiment, or if I actually like the item and will wear it on a regular basis.

It’s a fairly simple concept that I think (or at least hope) will help pare down your closet so you’re left with only the things you love and feel great wearing!

My Monthly Photo Checklist

posted by Andrea | 09/12/2016 | 19 comments
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I’ve written at length about how I organize our photos, how I create our digital photo albums, how I edit our photos, and how I back up our digital photos… but I’ve never shared MY thought process for taking certain photos in the first place.

If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by all your photos, or wished you would have taken more photos, I think my “monthly photo checklist” might be helpful for you!

5 Reasons I Don’t Keep “What if I Need It Clutter”

posted by Andrea | 09/7/2016 | 49 comments
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As I’m sure you can imagine, I know so many people who hang onto boatloads of stuff because they worry they might need it again soon after they purge it… I call this “What If I Need It Clutter”.

If you’re looking for a little motivation to purge your “what if I need it clutter”, I hope today’s post will help!

It’s Not Magic… It’s Maintenance

posted by Andrea | 09/2/2016 | 27 comments
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In a world of quick-fixes, diet pills, and DIY manuals that promise to solve all our problems, it’s easy to forget that the key to most of our problems is simply hard work, determination, and baby steps in the right direction.

It’s not magic… it’s maintenance!

How I Handle Hand-Me-Downs

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2016 | 23 comments
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Since I am regularly asked about how I handle kids’ clothing (specifically hand-me-downs) I thought the back-to-school time would be a perfect time to share the questions that help me control the amount of clothing my kids have without being super minimalistic or feeling like I have to do laundry every other day.

And I’d love to know how YOU handle hand-me-downs as well!

Save Space by Separating Your Sets

posted by Andrea | 08/25/2016 | 20 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!