Kids Stuff

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 | 36 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 | 6 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 | 23 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 | 25 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!

7 Reasons I Don’t Sell Our Clothes

posted by Andrea | 04/18/2016 | 36 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 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!

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 🙂

Get Organized For The Start of Summer

posted by Andrea | 05/22/2015 | 17 comments

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.

Our Favorite Kids Kitchen Gear and How We Organize It

posted by Andrea | 04/6/2015 | 1 comment

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 Save Time, Space, and Money on Kids Clothing

posted by Andrea | 01/12/2015 | 44 comments

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.

Kids Clothes 101: How we save, sell, store, and more!

posted by Andrea | 09/10/2014 | 19 comments

I can’t do a full week of clothes clutter posts without dedicating one (LONG) post to kids clothes!

Yes, their clothes are small — but boy can they quickly get out of control and consume massive amounts of storage space in our homes if we don’t have some sort of system in place.

Thankfully, I have lots to say on this topic as well 🙂

Nora’s New Closet + How I Organize Toddler Clothes

posted by Andrea | 01/22/2014 | 17 comments

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!)

Our New Play Room

posted by Andrea | 12/11/2013 | 31 comments

When we first purchased our home, one of the areas I was most excited about was the large landing area at the top of the stairs. And since we’re in the process of renovating Nora’s new “big-girl bedroom” upstairs, we decided that it was also a good time to transform this landing area into the playroom we envisioned when we first moved in.

After a little paint, carpeting, and a bunch of toys, this is what we ended up with!

Dear Well-Meaning Relatives: Please respect our request of fewer gifts for our kids.

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2013 | 47 comments

Since I get SO many emails from overwhelmed parents asking, “how can we ask our well-meaning relatives to PLEASE stop giving our kids so much stuff?” I thought I’d write up a response in the form of a letter.

This post is intended to be humorous, so I certainly hope it doesn’t come off as offensive, rude, or disrespectful — and it is in NO WAY directed towards Dave or my relatives. 🙂

Nora’s New DIY Play Kitchen!

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2013 | 61 comments

It’s official — Nora’s new play kitchen is finished! I’m super happy with how the finished product turned out — so much cuter than I ever thought, and so much like a real kitchen.

I had so much fun working on this project and I’m super excited to share the before / after photos with you today!

Our New Craft Corner

posted by Andrea | 11/8/2013 | 20 comments

Over the past several months, it’s become very apparent that Nora LOVES doing crafts… so last week, I decided that my old method of storing and organizing our limited craft supplies needed a toddler-friendly update.

Within 45 minutes, I created a new (and very simple) craft corner in our kitchen — perfect for doing crafts at the kitchen table!

4 Reasons I Purged Almost All Our Baby Clothes

posted by Andrea | 07/17/2013 | 77 comments

Back before I was pregnant with Nora, I would frequently organize for families with young children — and often times, a huge source of clutter for these families was all their out-grown baby clothing.

After seeing this time and time again, I decided that I would purge the majority of my out-grown baby clothing unless I had another baby who could wear it immediately after. Today, I’m sharing 4 reasons why.

How I Store and Organize All Our Baby Clothes

posted by Andrea | 02/25/2013 | 40 comments

About 18 months ago, I posted pictures of our soon-to-be-baby’s closet… and all the cute baby girl clothes inside. It was neat, organized, and everything was in its place — obviously, because there was no person to wear the clothing or mess anything up yet!

Well, fast-forward a little over a year and although it’s not quite as organized, we still have a pretty good system for storing and organizing Nora’s clothes.