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What a Difference One Year Makes

posted by Andrea | 06/26/2017 | 9 comments

Last spring, I transplanted lilies from my Great-Grandparents’ dairy farm… and they didn’t look so great. This year, however, they are thriving with huge blooms and an amazing scent that fills our yard!

It’s amazing what a difference just one year makes — with our flowers, our children, our careers, our own personal lives, etc. etc. Read more of my thoughts in today’s post!

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…

Why I Don’t Save and Repurpose Everything

posted by Andrea | 06/6/2017 | 28 comments

Do you feel like your home is packed full of things you hope to sell on specific websites, give to specific people or organizations, bring to specific donation centers or recycling facilities, or just things you are saving because you might have a chance to use them again someday?

If so, I hope this post is the motivation you’ve been waiting for to finally lighten up your home!

A Nice Change of Pace

posted by Andrea | 06/5/2017 | 10 comments

Although I love schedules, I thrive off regular routines, and I really enjoy finishing up a big project, there is just something to be said for tossing the to-do list every once in awhile! Don’t you think?

Today I’m sharing how our long Memorial Day weekend turned into just the right “change of pace” we needed to take a break from construction and focus on other things.

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!

My Mini Maintenance Mode (week 1)

posted by Andrea | 05/31/2017 | 20 comments

Since I am regularly asked to share more about the organizing projects I do around my home, I thought it might be fun to start a series of posts dedicated to the various different projects I do to KEEP my home organized.

Most of these projects will be relatively small projects — so I’m starting today by sharing the Mini Maintenance Mode projects I tackled last week… at least the ones I remembered to write down!

Happy Memorial Day + Spring Landscape Photos

posted by Andrea | 05/29/2017 | 14 comments

I usually don’t share many spring photos of our landscape because everything is still so small and uncolorful… but after planting a bunch of annuals 2 weeks ago, so many of you have asked for pictures!

Although the plants are all still very small and the annuals need to fill in A LOT, I figured it might be fun to share a handful of spring pictures — and then follow up with the same areas later this summer or fall to see how much bigger everything got!

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!

My SIMPLE Tips to Organize Any Space

posted by Andrea | 05/11/2017 | 17 comments

After 7 years of blogging and 2000+ published blog posts, I was shocked when I recently realized that I’ve NEVER shared my most favorite super simple tips for better organizing almost any space in your home.

So… today is the day when I finally share my tips with you! If you are trying to better organize any space in your home, I feel confident these “SIMPLE” tips will help you!

How We Keep Our Construction Mess to a Minimum

posted by Andrea | 05/8/2017 | 14 comments

I’m often asked how we contain our construction messes and prevent them from traveling into every other space in our house (especially since we have always lived in our house during our renovations).

And since we’re currently in the middle of a VERY messy house project, I thought this would be a perfect time to share how we keep our construction mess to a minimum!

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!

A More Detailed Look at our Important Info Binder

posted by Andrea | 05/2/2017 | 28 comments

Ever since I first shared our Important Information Binder, I have gotten so many questions, comments, and emails asking for more specific information about what exactly we keep in our binder — what documents, what information, etc.

At first, I didn’t want to answer these questions as I felt they were too personal — but then I realized that my main goal for sharing our binder was to help others get their information as organized as possible. So today, I’m sharing exactly what we keep in our important information binder.

3 Myths from Popular Home Organizing Shows

posted by Andrea | 04/28/2017 | 35 comments

Although I love a good home organizing show, I do think they have the potential to make real life organizing projects in our own homes seem out-of-reach and overwhelming for us normal people.

If you’ve ever felt completely overwhelmed with the thought of everything you need and want to do around your home, I hope today’s post offers a few helpful suggestions and ideas.

The 5-Minute Home Makeover

posted by Andrea | 04/20/2017 | 17 comments

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.

How Much Is Too Much? (my 2-part formula)

posted by Andrea | 04/18/2017 | 11 comments

Over the years, I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve been asked: How much is too much _______________________ (toys, clothes, shoes, bags, books, electronics, kitchen gadgets, tools, etc.)

Unfortunately, I don’t have the perfect answers for every situation… but I DO have a really simple 2-part “formula” that has worked well for my own home and life, and I have a feeling it just might work for you too!

How We’re Preventing Pests This Year

posted by Andrea | 04/10/2017 | 9 comments

Over the past few years, Dave and I have dealt with our fair share of pest issues — everything from bats and bees to moles and mice. However, THIS year, we’re taking some preventative measures that will hopefully keep the pests out all spring and summer long.

I’m also sharing how the act of “prevention” has helped me to simplify and de-stress my life!

How I Declutter My Inbox With Gmail Filters

posted by Andrea | 03/23/2017 | 25 comments

Due to my blog and all the different virtual assistant jobs I’ve had over the years, I currently have a very long list of email addresses that all go to one Gmail Inbox… even still, my Inbox almost always has less than 5 emails when I “close up shop” for the night.

I keep my Inbox organized and decluttered by setting up filters to automatically file my incoming emails to the appropriate folders. If you’ve never tried filters before, I’ll show you how to quickly set them up and start de-cluttering your own Inbox today!

A Few Perks of Having Less Stuff

posted by Andrea | 03/21/2017 | 11 comments

Although I personally have no desire to become a true minimalist, there are many situations when I definitely prefer “less” over “more”.

Today I’m sharing a handful of tangible benefits I feel are a direct result of having less stuff.