Home Management

My 2017 View of “Homemaking”

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

For me, “homemaking” in 2017 looks quite a bit different than it did years ago… and while I probably wouldn’t ever introduce myself as “Andrea Dekker, a homemaker” I’m also not ashamed to consider “homemaking” as a large and important part of what I do every day.

After reading this post, I still don’t expect you to love it as much as I do — but maybe you won’t hate it!

A Simple Way to Extend The Life of Your Furnace (Plus Free Filters!)

posted by Andrea | 02/16/2017 | 12 comments

After almost 11 years of being a homeowner, I have learned a thing or two about home maintenance. Namely, that a little bit of maintenance can go a LONG way in preventing big huge expenses…

Today I’m sharing one very simple maintenance task that can save you a bunch of money by extending the life of your furnace!

Why Every Household Needs An Important Information Binder

posted by Andrea | 01/24/2017 | 32 comments

Several years ago, I put together a large binder filled with ALL our important documents and information — basically a handbook for anyone who might need to step in and “run our lives” if we were unable to, for whatever reason.

Today, I’m sharing how I put this binder together, how I keep it updated… AND a free printable worksheet so YOU can get your important papers in order too!

One Less Thing To Forget + FREE Furnace Filters!

posted by Andrea | 08/16/2016 | 17 comments

I’m a huge advocate for automating as many things as possible — banking, bill pay, grocery deliveries, and even furnace filters! For the past year, I’ve been using FilterEasy’s fabulous filter delivery system, which means I never have to think about changing furnace filters again!

If you’d like to automate one more thing in your life, I’d encourage YOU to jump on board with FilterEasy because they are giving away FREE filters to ALL my readers (along with a chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card!)

3 Reasons Homemaking + Parenting is Easier Today Than Ever Before

posted by Andrea | 04/27/2016 | 17 comments

Homemaking and parenting has never been (and will never be) “easy”, but with a little extra support, some helpful modern conveniences, and a boatload of useful resources, it’s getting EASIER!

What are your thoughts on parenting and homemaking today versus in past generations?

Save Time (and your sanity) By Determining Your Bare Minimum

posted by Andrea | 03/9/2016 | 24 comments

The other day, as I was quickly wiping down the bathroom counters and swishing some bleach around in the toilets, I realized that I have yet to share one of my MOST time-saving, sanity-saving tips here on the blog!

Today, I’m sharing my “bare minimum” lists for various aspects of my life… and boy have these mental lists saved me so much time, energy, and sanity over the past few years!

The True Cost of Our Stuff

posted by Andrea | 02/29/2016 | 35 comments

Have you ever stopped to think about the true “cost” of something before you buy it and bring it back into your home?

I love “free” stuff as much as anyone, but I also know that even inexpensive (or free) items usually come with hidden costs that might end up being a burden later on.

How We “Winterize” our Home and Yard

posted by Andrea | 10/7/2015 | 14 comments

If you live in (or travel to) the Midwest, you know how beautiful our fall weather is. However, there is also a lot of work to do in the fall.

Today (by request from a few readers) I’m sharing a rundown of what Dave and I do to “winterize” our home and yard for the Fall and Winter months ahead.

My “Quantity over Quality” Quick-Cleaning Tips

posted by Andrea | 07/17/2015 | 21 comments

Although there are definitely times for deep cleaning, I will be the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I am most definitely a “QUANTITY over QUALITY” type of cleaner.

Today, I’m sharing 5 of my “quantity over quality” quick -leaning tips that have saved my sanity and allowed me to accomplish so much more around the house.

What Being a Homemaker Looks Like for Me

posted by Andrea | 04/24/2015 | 23 comments

While I realize that many of you might not share my ultra-enthusiastic views of homemaking, I DO think that every one of us wants our home to be a place we enjoy spending time with our family and friends. For some of us, it just takes a little extra motivation and willpower to get there — and that’s OK 🙂

Today, I’m sharing what being a “homemaker” means for me — as well as some great resources for those of you looking for a little of that motivation!

What I Do (and Don’t) Love About My Kitchen Appliances

posted by Andrea | 04/16/2015 | 25 comments

Now that we’ve been living with our new kitchen for a couple of years, I’m starting to get lots of questions about what we do and don’t love about our appliances and other parts of the kitchen.

So although we love almost everything, I’m sharing all the “pros” and “cons” about our kitchen appliances in today’s post!

Simplify Your Shopping with ePantry.com (plus $10 off and FREE Mrs. Meyers!)

posted by Andrea | 10/22/2014 | 23 comments

I’m excited to gush about one of my new favorite online shopping destinations that has helped me simplify my busy life and keep my home clean — ePantry.com.

Oh yeah… and they are offering free goodies to ALL of you!

The Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle

posted by Andrea | 04/23/2014 | 5 comments

By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

Bought separately, these resources would cost $698 (not including $200+ in bonuses). However, from now through April 28, they are available for just $29.97!

Why I’m NOT A Minimalist

posted by Andrea | 02/26/2014 | 34 comments

When people learn what I do for a living, they often assume I’m a “minimalist” and can’t stand any amount of STUFF in my home and life. However, that is absolutely not true at all.

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on minimalism and why I’m NOT a minimalist.

Linen Storage: Why I Don’t Need It

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2013 | 80 comments

What would you say if I told you we only have 1 set of sheets/blankets per bed — and (get ready to be shocked) only 2 bath towels and 1 hand towel for each of us?

Today, I’m sharing my minimalist approach to linens, and how it saves us TONS of storage space.

5 Fabulous “Homemaking” Resources

posted by Andrea | 01/28/2013 | comment

One of my main goals for this blog is to help busy moms, dads, and families to simplify and get more organized — easier said than done, right! And while I hope SimpleOrganizedLiving.com has turned into a valuable resource for many of you seeking a simple, organized life, there are also SO many other fabulous resources available on the web… including the 5 eBooks into this week’s eBook Bundle of the Week.

Fall Maintenance Around our House

posted by Andrea | 11/5/2012 | 4 comments

Every fall, about this time, Dave and I start to feel overwhelmed with all the home maintenance projects that need to happen before winter arrives. I’m sure all homeowners can relate!

Here are some of the projects we’re hoping to tackle this fall…

What Will You Do With Your Extra Hour?

posted by Andrea | 11/3/2012 | 8 comments

Normally, we all get 24 hours in a day — no more, no less. However, today is the one day each year when we squeeze out an extra hour — thanks to the end of Daylight Savings!

So what will you do with your extra hour?