August, 2010

Saturday Stumbles: Design Inspiration

posted by Andrea | 08/13/2010 | 5 comments

This week was one crazy week! On top of doing everything I normally do each week {which is already a lot}, I decided that it was time to redecorate our living room and our office. It’s been 4 years now and I keep pushing it off in hopes that we might move out of our suburban ranch into an adorable  farmhouse in the country. Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s going to happen for a few more years, and I’m fine with that. […]

Pack-rat, Perfectionist, or Procrastinator

posted by Andrea | 08/13/2010 | 8 comments

I’ve worked with a lot of people and pitched a lot of clutter over the past few years; it’s been a blast! However, it can be challenging to help so many different people find the best way to organize and manage their space; especially since their “P tendencies” always seem to get in the way. Confused? I’m talking about Pack-rats, Perfectionists, and Procrastinators — which one are you? We are all plagued with one {or more} of these ‘P tendencies’ […]

The ABCD’s of Money Management {For Kids}

posted by Andrea | 08/12/2010 | 4 comments

How often do you talk to your children about finances…and I don’t mean casual statements like, “we can’t afford that”? Statistics show that 75% of adults say it’s important to educate children about finances, but only 36% of them do so! I know my parents did a great job of teaching and explaining the basic concepts of saving, spending, and investing at a very young age. I had a savings account by the time I was 6 and I was […]

My Shed {Frugal and Functional}

posted by Andrea | 08/11/2010 | 13 comments

When we bought our house over 4 years ago, my dad promised to build us a shed “someday”. Well, someday happened last Fall. He finally had the time to build it and I got to customize it! I still have a ways to go with the outside, but the inside is super organized! I wanted to make it functional for all our storage and gardening needs but not go crazy, spending money on expensive storage. Here is what I came […]

Free Printable Jam Tags

posted by Andrea | 08/11/2010 | 4 comments

You know how much I love to can jam…any kind of jam…right? Well, I do! I also love to give jam {and other foods I preserve} as fun gifts for Christmas, birthdays, teacher appreciation, etc. When I give canned food as gifts, I like to pair it with homemade bread, pita chips, crackers, etc. and use fabric toppers and fun tags to decorate the jars. It’s just a simple step that I feel makes the whole gift look more “thoughtful” and pulled […]

I’m Purging!

posted by Andrea | 08/10/2010 | 10 comments

I’ve been in the mood to purge lately. Maybe it’s because Fall is right around the corner and we’re getting ready for back-to-school. Or maybe it’s because yesterday, I posted a reader tip — Save Time; Donate Now — and it really got me thinking about how many items I wanted to purge. Or maybe it’s just because I practice what I preach! Whatever the reason, I cleaned out my closet today…and it feels great! Here are a few of […]

Simple Silver-Shining Solutions

posted by Andrea | 08/9/2010 | 6 comments

Do you have tarnished, grubby-looking silver pieces hiding in drawers, closets, ceder chests, and other areas of your home? If you’re like most people, you rarely ever use your good silver because of all the work involved in polishing it, right? I have a few pieces of silver but I always felt the like the time and cost involved in polishing them wasn’t worth it {plus I actually like the look of a little tarnished silver in the mix of my creamy white […]

Chicken Vegetable Stir-Fry

posted by Andrea | 08/9/2010 | 7 comments

Our garden has been mass producing the last few weeks! We are finally starting to reap the benifits of all the work we’ve put into planting, weeding, and watering over the last several months. It’s exciting, but also a bit overwhelming — because now I have to come up with ways to use all the veggies before they go bad {which would be a complete shame!} As you can see, this Chicken Vegetable Stir-Fry is a great way to use […]

Top 10 Ways to Reduce Clutter

posted by Andrea | 08/7/2010 | 15 comments

Over the past 3 years, I’ve worked with a variety of people — myself included — who struggle to keep their homes clean and organized {see you’re not the only one!} Many of them simply want to lighten their load and reduce the amount of clutter that drags them down each day. Can you relate? If you’ve tried, and failed, to eliminate clutter from your home — don’t get discouraged. Maybe you just haven’t found the right system that works […]

Create A Holiday Planner

posted by Andrea | 08/5/2010 | 3 comments

I know, it’s only August, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead towards the upcoming holiday season. OK, well maybe it is a little early…but the Fall always seems to fly by so quickly, I usually wish I had started earlier. So learn from my mistakes and start now! One organizing tool that has worked wonders {and saved my sanity} is a holiday planner. A holiday planner could be as simple as a binder filled with paper, or […]

Homemade Granola

posted by Andrea | 08/4/2010 | 22 comments

We are huge fans of homemade granola over here. Mainly because the taste is far superior to store-bought granola, but also because the homemade version is cheaper, healthier, and did I say it was delicious? Win, win, win! The ingredients really couldn’t be any simpler; all you need are old fashioned oats (not quick oats), pure maple syrup, and whatever flavors you want to add. Here are the ingredients I use: {printable recipe} 4 1/2  c. uncooked oats 2 c. chopped nuts (I used […]

Go Paperless

posted by Andrea | 08/4/2010 | 3 comments

source We are a society of digital technology. So you would think, with all our technology, we could also figure out a way to be a paper-free society — right? I like to think that we are a paper-free house, but unfortunately that’s not always true! Even though I would say I’m pretty ruthless when it comes to paper, we still end up with a few stacks of paper on our kitchen counters, on my desk, in the newspaper pile, […]

Free Christmas Cash

posted by Andrea | 08/3/2010 | comment

I can’t believe it’s August. Did I miss something — like half the summer? By now, you are probably stocking up on school supplies and gearing up for the start of a new school year! However, you know that once the kids go back to school, the holidays {and holiday shopping} are right around the corner. I’ll admit, I already have a few gifts stashed away; but this year, I’m planning to do a good amount of holiday shopping with gift cards […]

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

posted by Andrea | 08/2/2010 | 4 comments

Whenever I wash my sheets or organize my linen closet, I remember the time I watched Martha Stewart demonstrate how to fold fitted sheets on live TV. I thought it was silly at the time, but I soon realized fitted sheets were problematic for many people, including many of my clients. The whole process is very simple, but I figured it would be more fun to watch a few video demonstrations! Here are the 3 most-viewed U-tube clips for your educational enjoyment. […]