Kids Stuff

A New Nursery for Our New Little Miss

posted by Andrea | 10/5/2017 | 47 comments

I’ve been waiting (not so patiently) to share Clara’s mini nursery makeover on the blog… and today’s the day!

I’m thrilled with how this room turned out — especially since I only had to buy 2 things to pull it off! Everything else was reused or repurposed from somewhere else in our house!

Our New Storage System for Games and Puzzles

posted by Andrea | 09/14/2017 | 10 comments

One of the mini projects we worked into our summer schedule was to transform the closet under our stairs into a much-needed storage space for our rapidly-growing collection of games, puzzles, DVD’s, CD’s, photo albums, and other things the kids want access to on a regular basis.

The space turned out so well, it provides so much useful storage, and it was essentially a freebie makeover since we used leftover materials we already had on hand!

How We Keep Our Vehicles Neat and Clean Almost All The Time

posted by Andrea | 09/7/2017 | 17 comments

Besides some sand, dirt, and a few cracker crumbs, the insides of our vehicles are almost always very neat, tidy, and organized — even with multiple children, snacks, drinks, blankets, diaper bags, craft supplies, tissues, wipes, etc.

Today I’m sharing 3 simple, but specific, things we do to keep our car neat and clean (almost) all the time — and I promise, they really take very little effort on our part!

How I Get and Keep My Kids Organized With Simple Systems

posted by Andrea | 07/24/2017 | 28 comments

I’m convinced our home is more user-friendly, more functional, and (best of all) STAYS more organized if I simply put a little extra thought into how I set up my kids’ closets, toys, crafts, and anything else they access on a regular basis.

If you currently struggle to get your children to stay somewhat neat and organized, I’m confident some of the ideas in today’s post will be helpful for you! And yes, these ideas work for teens and adults too!

A Tour of Nora’s New Bedroom

posted by Andrea | 07/12/2017 | 26 comments

Yay — I’m so excited to finally share the full tour of Nora’s brand new bedroom!!

This room was a labor of love. It was such a huge project that started with a complete gut job — new electrical, new insulation, new drywall, new doors and windows, new… EVERYTHING!

Our Favorite Inside Toys

posted by Andrea | 07/7/2017 | 21 comments

I know it might seem weird to do a post about inside toys in the middle of the summer, but here in West Michigan, it can get REALLY hot and humid in the summers, so we often play outside in the morning and inside in the afternoon, where the air conditioning keeps things very pleasant!

The toys listed in today’s post are things ALL 3 of our kids (ages 5, 3, 2) play with and enjoy almost every single day!

One of My Favorite Ways to Display Artwork and Pictures

posted by Andrea | 06/14/2017 | 13 comments

One of the questions I get most often (outside of clothes clutter questions) is how I display kids artwork and snapshot photos.

Over the years, I’ve personally tried many different ways to display photos and artwork, but time and time again, I always end up reverting back to my most favorite (super simple) way…

2 Super Simple Ways We Save on Kid’s Clothing

posted by Andrea | 06/2/2017 | 26 comments

I’m often asked for good money-saving tips, so I thought I’d share 2 of the simplest ways we save on kids clothing. They don’t involve scouring garage sales, using coupons, or reselling things at consignment stores — they are both much easier than all of that!

I know my ideas and tips won’t work for every family… but they’ve been working really well for us for the past 6 years!

How We Organize Our Outdoor Tools and Toys

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2017 | 22 comments

This time of year, I often get questions regarding how we store and organize all our outdoor gear — hand tools, lawn tools, toys, lawn furniture, kiddie pools, play equipment, mowers, fertilizers, hoses, etc. etc.

Although our storage and organizational needs are always changing, we do have A LOT of outdoor gear, and today I’m sharing how we organize it all!

7 Reasons I Don’t Sell Our Clothes

posted by Andrea | 05/3/2017 | 56 comments

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 kids’ clothing.

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

10 Ideas to USE UP Kid’s Artwork

posted by Andrea | 12/13/2016 | 24 comments

Although we are just in the beginning stages of dealing with kids art, I do feel like we have lots of simple systems in place to not only enjoy the artwork from our 3 budding artists, it but also USE IT UP (you know, so we don’t have to keep it forever and ever!)

I hope a few of our ideas work for you too — and I’d love to hear other ideas you use!

3 Steps To Organize Digital Photos

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2016 | 38 comments

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.

Our Boy-Girl SHARED Bedroom

posted by Andrea | 11/15/2016 | 39 comments

At the end of the summer, Nora and Simon unanimously decided they wanted to share a bedroom. I wasn’t so sure it would work, but 3 months later, they still LOVE sharing a room!

Today I’m sharing their super cute, boy-girl shared bedroom “makeover” using only things we already had in our house!

Craigslist 101: A Quick Tip To Sell Clothing

posted by Andrea | 10/4/2016 | 7 comments

Over the past 10 years of selling things on Craigslist, I have gotten SO many questions about the best, fastest, easiest, most efficient way to sell kids clothing… but since I personally don’t sell much kid’s clothing, I’m never quite sure how to answer.

However, as I was scrolling through Craigslist the other day, I stumbled across a very clever idea that seemed to be a very fast, easy, and efficient way to sell kids clothing online.

How I Handle Hand-Me-Downs

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2016 | 25 comments

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!

Secondhand Shopping Made Simple

posted by Andrea | 05/26/2016 | 26 comments

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!

An Update on How We Store and Organize our Toys

posted by Andrea | 12/11/2015 | 13 comments

Just over 3 years ago, I shared a post about how we sort, purge, organize, and store our various toys. As you can imagine, A LOT has changed around our house since then — including how we store and organize our growing number of toys.

Today I’m sharing how we store and organize all our various toys, books, games, crafts, and other kid items.

A “New” Nursery for James

posted by Andrea | 07/27/2015 | 6 comments

I’ve gotten lots of requests to see the new nursery — so that’s what I’m sharing here today.

You might notice that it looks awfully similar to Simon’s nursery tour from last year — but there are a few special additions for baby James 🙂