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Our Updated Pantry + How I Store Our Bulk Food

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2019 | 19 comments

Over the past 18 months, my cooking style has drastically changed and as a result, we’re buying most of our pantry staples in bulk.

I feel like I finally have a really good storage solution for all our bulk pantry staples — which is what I’m sharing today, complete with my first-ever chalkboard label project!

Our Braided Rugs

posted by Andrea | 05/20/2019 | 25 comments

I’m honestly not sure if braided rugs are in-style, trendy, or even remotely popular right now, but I really like the look of them in my home! They fit my semi-primitive-country-farmhouse style and they add a nice pop of color to my otherwise very white spaces! 

Since I get SOOOOO many questions (and compliments) about my rugs, I thought it was time for a full-length blog post! 

A Tell-Tale Sign Your Storage Solution Isn’t Working

posted by Andrea | 05/17/2019 | 7 comments

Have you ever wondered why certain items are ALWAYS sitting out, creating visual clutter, cleaning obstacles, and “dust catchers”?

You might joke and say it’s because you’re lazy, or because you have _____ number of children, or because this is a busy time of year for you… and while those factors might play a part, I can almost guarantee there’s something you haven’t considered yet!

My Favorite DIY Cleaners

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2019 | 33 comments

While I am far from an “all-natural” person, I do gravitate towards “simple” and “frugal” — and for the most art DIY cleaners are simple and frugal.

If you’d like to try a few DIY cleaners but don’t know where to start, I hope this post is just what you’re looking for!

How We Store Our Kids’ Clothing

posted by Andrea | 05/14/2019 | 15 comments

A few weeks ago, I shared why I don’t buy kids’ clothing in advance, why we purge outgrown clothing immediately, and why I don’t rotate clothing out by season. 

As a follow-up on that post, I thought it might be helpful to share how we store the kids’ clothing we DO keep — everything that actually fits and that they wear right now! 

The 5-Minute Home Makeover

posted by Andrea | 05/8/2019 | 22 comments

I realize many of you might think the title of this post is a joke… but I’m serious.

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.

A 3rd Shower or A More Spacious Laundry Room… Help Me Decide!

posted by Andrea | 05/3/2019 | 130 comments

Almost exactly 1 year ago, I came to you all with a question about what we should do with our current laundry room and “kitchen bathroom” (a.k.a. the fairly awkward full-bath off our kitchen). You offered so many fantastic ideas that we actually ended up changing our plans and going with some of your ideas instead!

We finished our half-bath renovation last fall, but we still need to tackle the new laundry room this spring/summer… which is why I need your help again!

3 Myths from Popular Home Organizing Shows

posted by Andrea | 04/30/2019 | 64 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.

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

posted by Andrea | 04/24/2019 | 15 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!

The Difference Between Purging and Organizing

posted by Andrea | 04/19/2019 | 17 comments

An experience I had in college helped me realize, for the first time, the huge difference between “purging” and “organizing”, and the fact that being organized isn’t necessarily the most important factor in simple living. 

I’m sharing more today… along with a simple “assignment” for you that SHOULD help declutter your home and simplify your life!

My Super Simple, Super Frugal, Quick Fix for Faulty Technology

posted by Andrea | 04/18/2019 | 29 comments

Over the years, I have learned one super simple, super frugal, quick fix for faulty technology that has worked over and over and over again for me…

It might not work for every tech issue you encounter — but considering it’s completely free, super easy to do, and only takes a few seconds, it’s probably worth a shot the next time you experience an issue with your technology!

Why I Don’t Buy Kid’s Clothing in Advance

posted by Andrea | 04/16/2019 | 39 comments

When it comes to kid’s clothing (and adult clothing) I truly do not store much of anything outside the clothing we actually wear right now. I don’t buy ahead, I purge once they outgrow an item, and we don’t rotate clothing based on the season.

I explain more in today’s post!

How I Store, Organize, and Track our Gift Cards

posted by Andrea | 04/5/2019 | 42 comments

Dave and I always have several gift cards to various places around town… some of which we buy ourselves during the special holiday gift card sales and promotions!

I have a super simple method to keep track of all our cards, which I’m sharing today. It’s a method I’ve been using for about 15 years and I’ve never ONCE lost or misplaced or forgot about a gift card!

How to Thoroughly Declutter Your Closet in 5 Simple Steps

posted by Andrea | 04/2/2019 | 19 comments

If you’ve ever wondered “How would Andrea organize my closet?” the simple steps in this post should basically answer that question!

Happy purging!

My Year-Round Approach to Home Management

posted by Andrea | 03/29/2019 | 33 comments

Last fall, I shared a my personal plan to purge every single space in my home before the New Year. My little “project” went so well that I decided to continue it year-round!

However, I also added in a few new components which have allowed me to slowly deep-clean, purge, and organize my way through our entire home 3 times every year (with very little extra effort)!!! I can’t wait to share the details with you!

My Quickest ‘Quick-Tip’ to DeClutter Your Inbox

posted by Andrea | 03/21/2019 | 31 comments

Although I rarely do massive amounts of deep cleaning, I do find that around this time every year, I get fed up with ALL paper clutter (photos, files, piles, books, magazines, emails, etc.)

I am always especially ruthless with email clutter — and today, I’m sharing one quick-tip that has greatly reduced the time I spend checking emails!

3 Reasons We Hire Professional Carpet Cleaners

posted by Andrea | 03/15/2019 | 33 comments

I know it might seem odd that my frugal, DIY self would want to pay someone else to clean our carpets every year… but there are just some things Dave and I feel are worth paying the pros for — carpet cleaning is definitely on that list!

Today, I’m sharing why!

A Different Perspective (That Time My Child Out-Organized Me!)

posted by Andrea | 03/14/2019 | 23 comments

Many of my pervious in-home organizing clients told me that the most helpful part of working with a professional was having a different perspective to help them “see” simple storage solutions that were literally right in front of them… but yet not “visible” for whatever reason. 

I understood what they were saying (and I know it’s true) but I honestly never experienced it in my own life until a recent situation when Nora out-organized me!!