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5 Steps to Quickly Clear Your Closet Clutter

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2019 | 10 comments
5 steps to clear closet clutter

Over the course of my life, I have implemented many different clutter-busting strategies. However, today’s tips to quickly clear your closet clutter remain at the very TOP of my list.

If your closets could use a little TLC, give my simple 5-step process a try. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you see results with this simple clutter-busting technique!

Our Kid-Friendly LEGO Storage System

posted by Andrea | 11/15/2019 | 31 comments
kid friendly lego storage system

If you have LEGO-loving kids (or husbands) you’ve probably wondered how to store and organize LEGOs… right? Well, just about a year ago, I was stuck with those same questions!

It took me a few months to figure out the best kid-friendly LEGO storage solution for our family, but we finally have a super simple system that works. The best part is that our kids actually use the system and put the LEGOs away! 

Laundry Balls: How I Wash Without Detergent

posted by Andrea | 11/13/2019 | 37 comments
laundry balls how I wash without detergent

For almost 2 years now, I’ve been using laundry balls to wash ALL our clothing — no detergent at all.

I get SO many questions about how to use laundry balls that I decided it was finally time to answer them all in one post. Come read more about one more way I simplify our laundry routine!

3 Areas to Downsize to Enjoy a Simpler Life

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2019 | 12 comments

Does your home feel cluttered and chaotic? Does your schedule feel jam-packed? Does your life feel like it’s spiraling out of control?

If so, keep reading for 3 areas you can downsize to enjoy a simpler life!

10 Life-Changing Tips When You Are Overwhelmed With Laundry

posted by Andrea | 10/25/2019 | 39 comments
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Maybe my use of the words “life-changing” is slightly dramatic. However, I know so many people who are completely stressed out by their laundry situation that I believe their lives would be completely changed if they adopted many of my tips. 

It won’t happen overnight, but I’m confident this never-ending chore will feel significantly less overwhelming by implementing these 10 life-changing laundry tips!

How To Organize Kids’ Winter Gear Quickly and Easily

posted by Andrea | 10/24/2019 | 20 comments

Do you struggle with the best, most functional and practical ways to organize winter gear?

If so, you’ll definitely want to read my tips on how to quickly and easily organize kids’ winter gear — including one fantastic realization that made our mudroom so much more functional for our entire family! 

My Slightly More Ergonomic Office

posted by Andrea | 10/10/2019 | 18 comments

After suffering from mild to moderate lower back and neck pain for the majority of my adult life, I FINALLY started to see a chiropractor a few months ago… and I’ve made a couple really SIMPLE changes in my office space to make it slightly more ergonomic!

I still have a LONG way to go to heal my back, but I’m taking small steps in the right direction!

10 Ways We Prepare Our Home and Yard for Fall

posted by Andrea | 10/4/2019 | 18 comments

Now that October is officially here, Dave and I have started the process of cleaning up the outside of our home and yard.

I often feel overwhelmed with everything we “need” to do… but then I remind myself to take a deep breath and “chilax” (as Dave says) because I know we will get it all done eventually!  Here are a few of the things we do before cold weather and snow hit.

5 Reasons I Don’t Keep “What if I Need It Clutter”

posted by Andrea | 10/3/2019 | 61 comments

Do you have trouble purging when you think you MIGHT need something again in the foreseeable future?

I call this ” What-if-I-need-it-clutter” and I hope today’s post will give you the motivation you need to purge it once and for all!

How To Make Bunk Bed Quilts from a Full Size Comforter

posted by Andrea | 09/27/2019 | 10 comments

Two years ago, we moved Nora out of a full-size bed and into bunk beds (that she will eventually share with Clara). Since we loved her current comforter so much, I turned it into 2 bunk bed size comforters instead!

The whole project took me around 15 minutes, it didn’t cost me a dime, and it turned out so cute! I’m sharing this simple “how-to” in today’s post!

My Monthly Photo Checklist

posted by Andrea | 09/24/2019 | 39 comments

I’ve written at length about how I organize our photos, how I create our digital photo albums, how I edit our photos, and how I back up our digital photos… but I’ve never shared MY thought process for taking certain photos in the first place.

If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by all your photos, or wished you would have taken more photos, I think my “monthly photo checklist” might be helpful for you!

An Update On Our Crazy Method To Prevent Weeds In Our Garden

posted by Andrea | 09/13/2019 | 26 comments

Earlier this spring, I shared our “new-to-us” crazy plan to keep weeds out of our vegetable garden…

I said I would come back with an update to share how it worked for us… and that’s my big news today! 🙂

The 16-Week Full-House Purge (+ FREE printable!)

posted by Andrea | 09/10/2019 | 21 comments

Exactly 1 year ago, I shared my personal challenge to complete a full-house purge BEFORE the New Year (along with several posts regarding my purging progress). 

This post series was so popular last year, with many of you completing your own full-house purge, that I thought it would be fun to try again… I even have a FREE printable this year!

How We Hung A Shower Curtain with Sloped Ceilings

posted by Andrea | 09/6/2019 | 20 comments

Our old farmhouse has crazy sloped ceilings in every room upstairs — including the bathroom. We have sloped ceilings in the kids’ bathtub/shower area and although it wasn’t too much extra hassle, we did have to think through things a bit before we decided on the best way to hang the curtain in their shower.

Today I’m sharing our simple solution!

Fit. Feel. Flatter. My Wardrobe Simplifiers

posted by Andrea | 08/30/2019 | 28 comments

Today I’m sharing how focusing on “fit, feel, and flatter” has helped me realize when I’m hanging onto clothing out of guilt and/or sentiment, or if I actually like the item and will wear it on a regular basis.

It’s a fairly simple concept that I think (or at least hope) will help you pare down your closet so you’re left with only the things you love and feel great wearing!

My 7-Day Housekeeping Guide

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2019 | 15 comments

Over the years, I have gotten so many question about when, where, and how I tackle all those little projects and tasks that need to happen “sometime”, but don’t necessarily have a deadline and seem to hang out on our to-do lists forever and ever.

I thought more about how I could simplify and consolidate these to-dos, and I came up with a 7-day Housekeeping Guide that encompasses most of “extra things” I do every week.

What I Keep on My Kitchen Counters

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2019 | 67 comments

Today’s post is an updated version of a post I shared a couple years ago… with new pictures and an up-to-date record of what exactly I keep on my kitchen counters.

As you might notice, I’m not a minimalist, however, I do not keep any appliances in plain sight 🙂

Our Boys’ Farmhouse Bedroom Tour

posted by Andrea | 08/21/2019 | 24 comments

I had SO much fun decorating the boys’ bedroom for our most recent “mini makeover”! I tried my best to tailor it to the boys’ personalities, likes, and interests — and I must have done a pretty good job because they were THRILLED when they saw their finished space. 

This room has odd sloped ceilings and some other challenges to work around, but thanks to some creative storage and “out of the box thinking”, I was able to create a fun and functional farmhouse bedroom for our boys!