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A Simple Way to Store Extra Sheets

posted by Andrea | 12/15/2017 | 19 comments

Four years ago, I shared a post about why we didn’t need extra storage for linens — mainly because we didn’t have any extra linens! We had a fabulously minimalistic system that worked well for us for several years. However, 4 years (and 3 more children) later, we have a little bit different system.

We now have 2 sets of sheets per bed — but we still don’t need a linen closet to store the extra set. I’m sharing our super simple sheet storage system today!

Our Christmas Decor – 2017

posted by Andrea | 12/12/2017 | 14 comments

For the past several years, I’ve displayed fewer and fewer Christmas decorations — partially because our home is naturally “festive” with all the red and white I decorate with year-round, but also because it’s a big pain with little kids!

However, a few weeks ago, I let the kids decorate the tree all on their own (it was crazy) while I put a few more festive decorations up. It’s not magazine worthy, but it’s good enough for us this year!

3 Tips to Organize Your Medicine Cabinet

posted by Andrea | 12/8/2017 | 19 comments

One of the mini organizing projects I like to tackle this time of year is to weed through, purge, restock, and better organize our medicine cabinet. I did this a few weeks ago and ironically, 4 of the 6 of us have been sick over the past week (Clara and I have been spared so far!)

Today I’m sharing 3 of my tips to help you quickly get your medicine cabinet organized!

How I Organize and Keep Track of My Digital Receipts

posted by Andrea | 12/4/2017 | 21 comments

If you do the majority of your shopping online like I do, you probably get what feels like 10 million emails regarding your various online purchases — when the orders are places, when they are processed, when the products are shipped, when the orders are delivered, etc. etc. etc. 

It can feel overwhelming if you don’t have a system. Thankfully, you do NOT need a fancy system to track your digital receipts — I’m sharing my super simple system today!

Ideas to Organize and Repurpose Holiday Cards

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2017 | 17 comments

As I’ve mentioned before, I really enjoy the whole process of sending out holiday cards — and of course, I love receiving holiday cards from others too. However, there is always the question of what to do with all those cards AFTER the holiday season is over. 

If you can relate, I hope today’s post offers a few ideas to help you organize and repurpose your old holiday cards! 

How I Pared Down My Gift Wrapping Supplies

posted by Andrea | 11/17/2017 | 16 comments

From Thanksgiving week through New Year’s Day, Dave and my immediate families celebrate 6 birthdays and attend 4+ Christmas parties.

It’s a fun (and busy) time of year, and it always gives me a great opportunity to do a quick purge and reorganization of my gift wrap!

Reader Question: How Do You Handle Kids and Technology?

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2017 | 34 comments

I’m back with another reader question… all about Kids + Technology!

I don’t have much perspective on this topic because of the age of my children — however, I KNOW so many of you with older children have great ideas, and I’d love it if you would share those ideas in the comments so we can all benefit from your wisdom!

2 Indirect Benefits of Being Organized

posted by Andrea | 11/10/2017 | 24 comments

Over the course of my life, I have reaped many DIRECT benefits from my organized nature. However, over the past few years, I have noticed a couple really fantastic INDIRECT benefits of being organized.

Today, I’m sharing 2 of my favorite indirect benefits of being organized.

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

posted by Andrea | 11/8/2017 | 26 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!

I Clean It When It’s Dirty Enough to Bother Me!

posted by Andrea | 11/3/2017 | 26 comments

One of the more common requests I get from readers is to share a detailed list of my regular cleaning schedules. However, I’m often leery of sharing my “cleaning routine” because it is always changing and evolving.

Plus, more often than not, I usually only clean when something is dirty enough to bother me!

An Updated Tour of our Farmhouse

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2017 | 19 comments

It’s been 3 years since my first farmhouse tour post; and as many of you know, we’ve made LOTS of changes and updates in the last 3 years!

So today, I’m sharing an updated tour… welcome to our farmhouse!

Easy Spots to Clean When You Physically Can’t Do As Much

posted by Andrea | 10/16/2017 | 9 comments

For the last 3 weeks since Clara was born, I’ve forced myself to take it easy as much as possible as I physically can’t (and shouldn’t) do as much while I recover.

If you’ve ever found yourself in a situation where you physically can’t do as much, I hope today’s posts offers a few very simple ideas of ways you can keep up with your house cleaning with minimal effort and energy.

A New Nursery for Our New Little Miss

posted by Andrea | 10/5/2017 | 47 comments

I’ve been waiting (not so patiently) to share Clara’s mini nursery makeover on the blog… and today’s the day!

I’m thrilled with how this room turned out — especially since I only had to buy 2 things to pull it off! Everything else was reused or repurposed from somewhere else in our house!

What I Keep on My Kitchen Counters

posted by Andrea | 09/19/2017 | 45 comments

I was recently asked what I have sitting out on my kitchen counters — and I thought it would make a good blog post (especially since I’ve been asked this question many times over the years).

Our New Storage System for Games and Puzzles

posted by Andrea | 09/14/2017 | 10 comments

One of the mini projects we worked into our summer schedule was to transform the closet under our stairs into a much-needed storage space for our rapidly-growing collection of games, puzzles, DVD’s, CD’s, photo albums, and other things the kids want access to on a regular basis.

The space turned out so well, it provides so much useful storage, and it was essentially a freebie makeover since we used leftover materials we already had on hand!

How We Think Through and Execute our Many Home Projects

posted by Andrea | 09/11/2017 | 1 comment

I often get questions about how we do so many house projects, how we meet our deadlines, and how we do it all without going crazy or filing for divorce!

We might be crazy (in a good way) to do everything we do, but we really do enjoy the whole process! Today, I’m sharing the steps we take when thinking through and executing our many home projects. 

How We Keep Our Vehicles Neat and Clean Almost All The Time

posted by Andrea | 09/7/2017 | 17 comments

Besides some sand, dirt, and a few cracker crumbs, the insides of our vehicles are almost always very neat, tidy, and organized — even with multiple children, snacks, drinks, blankets, diaper bags, craft supplies, tissues, wipes, etc.

Today I’m sharing 3 simple, but specific, things we do to keep our car neat and clean (almost) all the time — and I promise, they really take very little effort on our part!

How To Quickly Declutter 100 Things From Your Home

posted by Andrea | 09/5/2017 | 16 comments

When it comes to decluttering, the hardest part is often JUST GETTING STARTED!

If you’d like to get a little more organized, clear some of your clutter, and whip your home into shape — but you just don’t know where to start — I think today’s post might be just what you need!