Have You Benefited From This Blog?

posted by Andrea | 05/19/2012

Two years ago (May 2010) I got the “crazy” idea to start a blog about simple organized living. I knew that I had PLENTY to say, but I had no idea if anyone besides Dave and my mom would read what I wrote.

However I made up my mind… and after about 4 months of hashing out design details, adding content, and uploading images, SimpleOrganizedLiving.com was born in September of 2010.

At the time, my main motivation behind this blog was to provide an online resource for my organizing clients, coaching clients, and all the women who came to my workshops and speaking engagements.

This blog was supposed to be a TOOL FOR MY BUSINESS… but it ended up BECOMING MY BUSINESS!

I now work full-time on my blog and as a virtual assistant for a few other blogs.

I’ve had the privilege of sharing my life with you and getting to know many of you on a very personal level… some even “in real life”! I’ve enjoyed sharing hundreds of tips, ideas, photos, recipes, printables, giveaways, and so much more. 

I feel blessed to do something I love… but even more blessed to know that there people (besides Dave and my mom) who actually read my blog on a daily basis, implement my ideas, and are committed to creating a simple, more organized life!

Can you believe that over 2 MILLION people have visited Simple Organized Living!

Yeah, Nora is really excited about that too :)

To date, I’ve been able to offer every bit of information completely FREE… and I plan to continue doing so, thanks to my amazing sponsors and advertisers.

Free is good… right!

However, over the past several months, I’ve received quite a few emails from loyal readers asking if there was any way they could donate a small amount of money to show their appreciation for the tips, ideas, and advice they’ve gleaned from SimpleOrganizedLiving.com. Some were so persistent that they actually mailed me gift cards or sent money to my personal PayPal account!

Thank you, THANK YOU!

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So, as Simple Organized Living continues to grow, and as I continue to incur more and more expenses, I’ve decided to set up a “Show Your Support” page for anyone interested in supporting SimpleOrganizedLiving.com (via monetary donation, advertising, promotional opportunities, or even just a kind note of encouragement).

This is by no means a “request” for donations, but rather a place for anyone who is interested to show their support. If you’ve benefited from my blog in any way, please click over to my new Show Your Support page to discover all the many ways you can help to support me (most of which won’t cost you a penny).

At the very least, I’d love for you to leave a comment with one tip, idea, recipe, project, etc. that has helped you to simplify and organize your life. And of course, you may feel free to leave any suggestions for future blog posts too :)

Thanks so much for your continued support!

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43 comments

  1. Thrifty Mom in Boise

    05/21/2012

    I discovered your blog last fall and I fell in love with it immediately. In fact your blog encouraged me to start my own this past November. It was an idea I’d been kicking around for a long time so I took the plunge and it has been so much fun.

    I check in on your blog every day and I hope I am half as successful as you are with mine in the next year or so. Your tips and ideas are terrific. Keep up the great blogging!!!

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  2. Melissa

    05/21/2012

    Your blog has helped me simplify our home in many ways. It has helped inspire me to tackle one area of our home after another as we had acquired a lot of clutter were in need of many purges and organizing projects! I didn’t always choose to make time to tackle these things but reading your blog over the past few months has helped me WANT to make time for these activities and I actually HAVE made time for them. Over the past few months I have purged our master closet, my bookshelves, and various spots in our kitchen. Actually after reading your weekend giveaway post on Friday, I was inspired to sit down on Saturday morning and empty our entire kitchen gadget drawer and to get rid of about 1/3 of it’s contents. That made this weekend’s cooking endeavors go a lot faster! There’s no doubt that your tips, tricks, and inspiration have helped me become a better home manager. With both my husband and I working outside of the home these are skills that have really come in handy and have returned a little more calm to our busy lives. Thank you!

    Also, I tried your recipe for pizza pasta on Friday night. Delicious! That one is definitely going into our regular dinner rotation. Next time I will make a double batch so that we have one tray to freeze.

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  3. Raquel

    05/21/2012

    I too am a loyal follower! I click on your site every weekday and have enjoyed following you through your pregnancy and now your beautiful growing family! Although, I am in a very different place in my life (kids are in college) I share the love of organizing with you. I enjoy your tips on saving money and may I say that your cheesy bread recipe is the BEST EVER! Congrats on your Blogversary!

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  4. Trish Magdaleno

    05/21/2012

    Your essage about what you do and don’t spend time on…. really hit home with me.

    The section on volunteer work was very powerful. As I look for ways to free up my time to make room for my health and my business, I realized, I need to make a few changes.

    I am happy to report, because of you, I did resign from several committments and the change has been a benefit.

    I love your blog and am grateful for you, the content and new found knowledge.
    Trish

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  5. Beth

    05/21/2012

    I love your blog and it is one of the ones I read daily! Reading your blog actually inspired me to take the plunge and start my own! I’m loving it! Hoping to meet you soon at the West Michigan Blogging group meeting! :)

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  6. Cathleen

    05/21/2012

    Your website has a great look – you have obviously put a lot of thought into the design and layout. Do you have any saved screen shots of your blog when you first started? It would be a blast to see a few nostalgia images!

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  7. Hana

    05/21/2012

    I just discovered your blog a few weeks ago and it has already made such a difference in my life! Actually I’m taking a short break right in the middle of organizing some spaces in my kitchen. I purged and organized my master closet and dresser a few days ago, and organized under my kitchen sink the next morning. So simple, easy, and it has already made such a difference. Now I have a few things to donate, and some to sell on craigslist. I’ll also be selling some of my clothes at a local consignment store, since they’re “fashionable” and in good condition.

    Your blog has really inspired me to keep my home neater and simpler, without feeling overwhelmed. Part of me wants to attack the whole house, but just doing these little projects has made a huge difference for me, and I know I can get to the other things in the future. Amazing what fifteen to thirty minutes can do!

    I’m quite busy with school and other activities, but when I have a block of time to spare, I just come to your blog, look at posts relevant to the area of the house I want to tackle, and then I’m so inspired I just dive right in! It’s such a feeling of accomplishment and it really gives me more peace of mind to have that section of my house de-cluttered!

    Thanks so much for sharing your great tips and tricks!

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  8. DEBBIE

    05/22/2012

    I am a new fan now. Have been reading everyday for about 2 months.
    I love it and have started orgainzing our home and feel great!
    Thanks and keep up the good work. I made the pizze pasta dish and its a new
    favorite in our house!

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  9. Pamela

    05/22/2012

    I love your blog, so many inspirational tips, esp. the time management. I made your baked sandwiches for a get together during football season. Huge Hit!

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  10. Elena

    05/22/2012

    Andrea,

    I love your blog! I love that your positive, that you share great ideas/recipes and that you always include wonderful pictures (especially those of Nora:)) with all your posts.

    I always look forward to reading your new blog entries and appreciate all that you share with us.

    One of my favorite recipes is the one you shared for granola bars…yummy!

    Thanks!!

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  11. Brooke W.

    05/22/2012

    I have been a reader of your blog for about a year now. And, honestly, each post every day, never disappoints.
    I admire and adore your honesty, (sadly, there aren’t enough blogs out there where women actually say, “yes, being a mom is tough, brutal at times…”, and “no, I can’t do it all!”).
    You have given me great ideas in regards to scheduling my time, organizing our home (ok, still lots and lots of work to do on that front!), awesome family friendly recipes… and most recently I have referred to your easy maintenance gardening/yard space post.
    This is my first year attempting to plant much, (yes, even flowers that just hang out in pots!)… and we are temporarily in a rental home, but you have definitely given so many great ideas for things that are inexpensive and/or easily moved for when our house is ready!
    Thank you for all of your hard work! And, it is hard work… mothering, being a wife, a family member, a friend, a blogger, a stay at home working mother… and the best part of your blog, is you don’t try to hide behind the “superwomen/supermom mask”…. Keep up the awesome work!

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  12. deborah

    05/23/2012

    Wow! I am so happy for you that your blog has done so great! Yay! Blogging takes time!

    The picture of you and Nora is so, so good!

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  13. Chalyse Meiklejohn

    05/24/2012

    Andrea – THANK YOU!! This website has totally transformed the way I look at life!
    I just got married in August of 2011 and found your blog a few months after that. Now my house is always clean, organized and simple! You’ve helped me to save tons of money and relieved a LOT of my stress!
    I love your recipes, couponing skills, list making and organizing ideas. This blog is really a life saver!
    When my husband and I lost our first baby on November 29th (I was 8 weeks along) I started cleaning like crazy to help keep my mind distracted. I enjoyed looking at all of your posts of Nora – they really made me smile! Your blog helped keep my spirits up by giving me something new to organize and make better, and your adorable daughter really gave me joy while I was mourning the loss of our first child.
    Well – I am pregnant again – 14 weeks!!!! – and have been stalking your baby board on Pinterest and your post about how to have a baby for under $300 and Raising An Infant On a Budget! It really has helped so far!
    So, thank you for this blog. You are truly inspirational and have helped make my life much more simple! God bless you and your family!

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    Chalyse Meiklejohn Reply:

    Oh – and our baby is due November 20th – right around the time Nora was born! :)

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    Andrea Reply:

    Wow thanks Chalyse!
    That means a lot — and a HUGE congrats on your news. How exciting!

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  14. Kristine

    06/01/2012

    I love your blog! I have it tagged on my tool bar and I visit often! You have such great ideas. Your thoughts and ideas on organizing and time managment are amazing! I also love your tips on money! Saving, not spending on things…being thrifty! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Congrats! Also, hats off to you for being so open and honest about your first baby and all that that entails! I have 4 now, everyone different…it is so exciting!

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  15. Vesna

    04/17/2013

    Dear Andrea,
    I am from Serbia (South of Europe). I am a proud mom of a 3 year old boy and I’m expecting another one in September. I have a day job at the University administration and an evening job in a small school of aikido (my husband and I opened school almost 13 years ago).

    I found your blog accidentally ten days ago and it was “love at first sight”. I started to read it every day. It is so amazing when you see that far, far away, across the ocean, there are moms like me – working, babysitting, trying to organize life in a simple but efficient way. We live in so different societies with so different way of life, but still we have the same problems and same wishes. Thank you for showing me that I can do everything I planed or wish for, and all I have to do is to believe in myself. Yes, I agree with you – I can have it all (my kind of “all”).
    Thank you for your tips for blogging. Now I have everything I need to finally start my own blog instead to write for others. I had a support from my husband and my friends, but I never had a strength to actually do it. Until now. Maybe it will last long to begin, to prepare everything before start, but like you said – it is a marathon not a sprint!

    Sorry for my bad English, but I hope that you can understand what I am trying to say.

    Thank you for changing my life!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks for the kind words Vesna — so glad to have inspired you.

    Good luck as you consider starting your own blog :)

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