Organizing

Get Organized For The Start of Summer

posted by Andrea | 05/22/2015 | 17 comments
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The start of summer is officially less than ONE month away — yay!

Although this is often a very full and busy time of year for many of us, it’s also a great time to put a little effort into getting organized BEFORE summer starts. Today, I’m sharing some of the things we do to get organized for the start of summer.

How the 80/20 Rule Helps Me Purge

posted by Andrea | 05/19/2015 | 13 comments
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Four years ago, I wrote a post about The 80/20 Rule for Your Closet, and honestly, I think about that post almost daily.

In almost every aspect of my life, the 80/20 rule rings true — and after realizing this, I have started to use the 80/20 rule as a great “tool” to help and encourage me to purge more than I otherwise might.

6 Reasons A Capsule Wardrobe Might NOT Work for You

posted by Andrea | 05/5/2015 | 25 comments
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If you’ve spent any amount of time reading blogs or browsing social media lately, you’ve probably heard a lot about “Capsule Wardrobes”.

I’m always so intrigued by the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but I also realize that for the majority of people, it’s not the most realistic wardrobe plan… today I’m sharing a few reasons why.

6 Steps to Simplify Moving

posted by Andrea | 04/28/2015 | 18 comments
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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!

The 5-Minute Home Makeover

posted by Andrea | 04/20/2015 | 10 comments
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I realize many of you might be thinking the title of this post is a joke… but I’m serious.

Yes, I know you can’t literally “make-over” your entire home in 5-minutes — but you CAN make-over one drawer, one shelf, one cubbie, or one small section of your house in 5 minutes.

Why I DON’T Use A Label Maker

posted by Andrea | 04/15/2015 | 37 comments
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If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me what label maker I use, or what label maker I would recommend… I would have A LOT of nickels!

And while I completely understand why I’m asked these questions, I have to admit that I do NOT use a label maker. Today, I’m sharing the 2 main reasons why…

Declutter Your Closet in 5 Simple Steps

posted by Andrea | 04/10/2015 | 13 comments
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If you’ve ever wondered “How would Andrea organize my closet?” the simple steps in this post should basically answer that question!

Happy purging!

How I Store, Organize, and Track our Gift Cards

posted by Andrea | 04/7/2015 | 16 comments
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Dave and I always have a good amount of gift cards to various places around town… some of which we buy ourselves during the special holiday gift card sales and promotions!

I have a super simple method to keep track of all our cards… and I’m sharing that today. It’s a method I’ve been using for about 10 years and I’ve never ONCE lost or misplaced or forgot about a gift card — so it works!!

Our Favorite Kids Kitchen Gear and How We Organize It

posted by Andrea | 04/6/2015 | 1 comment
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When I was pregnant with Nora, I never even thought about registering for any “kids kitchen gear”. Fast-forward almost 4 years and our kitchen is now full of various “kids kitchen gear” as I call it.

Today, I’m sharing some of our favorite kids kitchen gear items — as well as how we organize it all within our kitchen!

How I Keep My Clothes Wrinkle-Free Without an Iron

posted by Andrea | 03/27/2015 | 24 comments
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Although I work from home, I do get dressed up for church, I occasionally attend special events that require a dressier wardrobe, and even when I am home, I don’t necessarily want to look frumpy every day.

That said, I never EVER iron… and I can guarantee my clothes are NOT full of wrinkles either. Today, I’m sharing my 2 simple tips that practically eliminate all wrinkles from our clothing!

Go-Organize.com Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 03/19/2015 | 6 comments
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With the first official day of Spring just hours away, I figured many of us would be interested in a giveaway that will help us to better organize our homes!

Come enter to win a couple $50 gift cards from Go-Organize.com!!

5 Questions I Ask When I’m Purging

posted by Andrea | 03/16/2015 | 34 comments
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I’m often asked if I have a “method” for purging or a pattern that I follow each time to make it a more routine process — and as I thought more about how exactly I motivate and encourage myself (and others) to purge, I realized that there are certain questions I came back to time and time again.

Today, I’m sharing those questions!

6 Things I Do EVERY Day to Simplify My Home

posted by Andrea | 03/9/2015 | 32 comments
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As someone who spends many MANY hours at home each week, I can confidently say that these 6 simple tasks have greatly improved the overall feel and mood of my home!

And honestly, even if you aren’t at home all day, every day, I can’t imagine you would NOT benefit from implementing some of these simple tips into the time you do spend at home.

How Flickr Helps Me Organize My Photos

posted by Andrea | 02/23/2015 | 16 comments
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I realize that I’ve talked a lot about digital photo storage and organization — and I know I’ve mentioned Flickr before. But I don’t think I’ve ever gone into detail about how Flickr truly does make my photo organization SO much simpler and easier.

So that’s what I’m going to talk about today — and for the record Flickr offers tons of safe, online photo storage to everyone totally FREE!!

How I Save Time, Space, and Money on Kids Clothing

posted by Andrea | 01/12/2015 | 44 comments
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Even before we had kids, I was no stranger to the fact that kids clothing was a large source of clutter in so many homes. And while I understand why parents choose to hold onto their baby and kid clothing, I personally have tried extremely hard to limit the amount of clothing I store AND the amount of clothing I let myself buy in the first place.

Today, I’m sharing 8 tips I’ve used save time and money buying, sorting, washing, and storing kids clothing.

5 Habits of Organized People

posted by Andrea | 01/7/2015 | 28 comments
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If you’re the type of person who doesn’t necessarily love cleaning and organizing… but still wants a neat and organized home, you’ll definitely want to read these 5 simple habits I’ve learned to help prevent clutter build-up in my home.

It might not seem like much now, but these simple habits have completely transformed the way I live my life and how I feel about my space.

3 Steps To Organize Digital Photos

posted by Andrea | 12/15/2014 | 30 comments
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Since I get SO many questions about how I store and organize my digital photos, and since most people take a bazillion photos over the holiday season, I figured it was time for a blog post dedicated to digital photo organization.

Today, I’m sharing my relatively quick and simple 3-step process to store, organize, and backup all my digital photos.

A Few Things to Consider Before You Donate

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2014 | 32 comments
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Although the holiday season is often filled with consumerism and spending money, there is also a HUGE amount of charitable giving that takes place this time of year.

Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on a few recent conversations with donation centers and volunteers… definitely something to consider the next time you’re ready to head to your local donation center or food pantry.

Giveaway: Personal Planner!

posted by Andrea | 12/3/2014 | 31 comments
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Since it’s almost that time of year, I’m sharing my new planner today — and offering a couple great giveaways from Personal-Planner.com!!

What To Do With Old Holiday Cards

posted by Andrea | 11/17/2014 | 64 comments
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In the next couple of weeks, Christmas and other holiday cards will start filling up our mailboxes… but what will we do with those cards in another couple months, when the holidays are over?

Today, I’m sharing what I do with our holiday cards, and I’d love to know if you have any simple ways to reuse holiday cards.