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My Complete List of Cleaning Products

posted by Andrea | 09/14/2018 | 41 comments

Over the years, the types and brands of cleaning products I use has morphed and changed due to several factors… and since I’m often asked what type and brand of cleaning products I use, I thought I’d compile all that information into one post!

I’d also love your opinions on a “perfect” vacuum for our current needs!

Our New Farmhouse Half Bath! (Before + After)

posted by Andrea | 09/11/2018 | 32 comments

Come tour our newly-renovated half bathroom off the kitchen… yes, it’s FINALLY finished after many so delays!

We are all SO thrilled with how everything turned out! Not only is it much more private, it also feels huge compared to the previously very cramped laundry room, and it fits in with the rest of our farmhouse decor! 

A Doable Plan to Complete a Full-House Purge Before the New Year

posted by Andrea | 09/6/2018 | 25 comments

It’s roughly 16 weeks until the start of another New Year — which is often the time of year everyone wants to “get more organized”. 

However, wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could dedicate a chunk of time, every week from now through the end of the year, to complete a full-house purge BEFORE the New Year?!?! I’m sharing my simple plan today!

Bathroom Update: Phase 2 is (Almost) Complete!

posted by Andrea | 08/31/2018 | 31 comments

Although it took significantly longer than we anticipated, we are essentially finished with phase 2 of our 3-phase bathroom/laundry room renovation, and our new half bathroom is now usable!

I’m extremely happy with how the room is coming together so far, and although I still have several finishing touches to add, I wanted to share our progress on the blog today!

Our Digital Photo Books (everything you ever wanted to know!)

posted by Andrea | 08/23/2018 | 17 comments

Over the past 8 years, the number of questions, comments, and requests I’ve gotten regarding my digital photo books is CRAZY!

So, in honor of the fact that James’ 2-year photo book just arrived, hot-off-the-press, and the fact that my photo book posts are some of the most requested posts on my blog, I’m compiling all the information I have on my blog, to-date, in one concise post! 

Everything You Need to Start Your Own Important Information Binder!

posted by Andrea | 08/21/2018 | 6 comments

As part of my summer blogging break, I was planning to share 1 week of re-posts in June, July, and August… however, I’m switching things up for the month of August. Instead of sharing a week of reposts, I’m sharing a week of “compilation posts” where I compile all the information I’ve shared on a specific topic into one post for easy reference.

Today, I’m sharing everything I’ve written over the past 8 years regarding our Important Information Binder!

A Life of Moderation (home, food, technology, life)

posted by Andrea | 08/20/2018 | 2 comments

As part of my summer blogging break, I’m sharing a week of “compilation posts” where I compile all the information I’ve shared on a specific topic into one post for easy reference.

I have a fun line-up of compilation posts planned for the rest of the week, but I wanted to kick off the week with the topic of moderation — especially considering it’s one of the main simple-living principles that guides the course of my entire life!

Do Your Spaces Serve YOU and YOUR Season Of Life?

posted by Andrea | 08/17/2018 | 6 comments

Over the years, I’ve frequently stressed the importance of “regular maintenance” in order to keep a space organized for the long-term.

However, another super important part of the organizational “puzzle” is to consistently re-evaluate and re-work your spaces so they SERVE YOU WELL. That’s what I’m sharing more about today!

Our “Better Than Nothing” Vegetable Garden

posted by Andrea | 08/10/2018 | 11 comments

I almost didn’t plant a vegetable garden this year because I didn’t think it was worth the effort for a “small garden”. However, over the last 2 months, our vegetable garden has gone from drab to fab… and I’m so glad I planted the garden even though it’s not perfect or all that pretty.

If you’ve been putting off a particular project because you’re not sure you can do it perfectly, I hope today’s post will offer a little motivation and encouragement to help you just get started!

8 Specific Ways to Simplify in 2018

posted by Andrea | 08/6/2018 | 22 comments

As I was thinking about different posts I’d still like to write over the summer, the idea came to me to share some simple, specific, doable ways we can ALL simplify various parts of our homes, schedules, lives, etc. in the remainder of the year.

I originally wanted to share 18 tips (for 2018) — but that seemed a little overwhelming! I settled on 8 instead!

6 Tips to Handle Your What-If-I-Need-It Clutter

posted by Andrea | 07/23/2018 | 10 comments

I’ve always joked that there are basically 2 kinds of clutter — Sentimental / Emotional clutter and What-If-I-Need-It clutter!

I’ve shared some about sentimental and emotional clutter over the years… but today I want to focus on your What-If-I-Need-It clutter. If you have trouble purging your What-If-I-Need-It clutter, I hope today’s post will help!

DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 07/17/2018 | 23 comments

When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? If you can’t remember — it’s probably about time!

Today, I’m sharing my favorite DIY makeup brush cleaner I’ve been using for years. There are only 2-ingredients and it takes less than 5-minutes!

Six Super Simple Reasons to Get More Organized

posted by Andrea | 07/16/2018 | 18 comments

When it comes to the benefits of organizing your home and life, I think I could talk until I was blue in the face! However, even if I had unlimited hours to devote to writing content for my blog, I probably wouldn’t do it — because I think you already KNOW most of what I write… it’s the implementation where some of us fall short 🙂

If you have put off your decluttering and organizing, I hope the SIX SUPER SIMPLE reasons in today’s post will motivate you to get a little more organized!

We Bought a Pool… Here Are My Thoughts!

posted by Andrea | 07/12/2018 | 25 comments

Since the day I first shared a picture of the pool we bought at Costco this spring, I have been inundated with questions and requests for a blog post about our pool — so that’s what I’m sharing today.

If you’re in the market for an inexpensive, temporary above-ground pool, I hope today’s post will be helpful for you. If not, I hope you enjoy the cute pictures of my kids!

Fourth of July Flowers and Festivities

posted by Andrea | 07/4/2018 | 12 comments

Happy 4th of July!

Instead of a normal post, I wanted to simply pop in to share a few pictures of our landscape today — complete with almost 700 red, white, and blue annuals!

What Is Your Motivation To Get (and Stay) Organized?

posted by Andrea | 07/3/2018 | 5 comments

Over the past 8+ years of sharing my passion for simplifying, streamlining, cleaning, organizing, decluttering, and improving the look, feel, and function of a home, I have noticed something fairly interesting about motivation.

If you’re struggling to get AND stay more organized, I hope today’s post offers a little more clarity (and hopefully a little more motivation too!)

Our “New” Basement Laundry Area (plus free laundry goodies!)

posted by Andrea | 06/26/2018 | 25 comments

Dave and I are currently in the process of renovating our laundry room and bathroom. The first part of this project was to reconstruct a little laundry space in our basement so we wouldn’t be without a washer and dryer ALL summer long!

Our new laundry area is NOT glamorous, it’s NOT Pinterest worthy, and it’s really NOT even all that cute. However, it IS functional and (much to my surprise) it’s actually quite practical for our family’s current laundry needs!

A New Craft Area for Our Kids (total cost = $0!)

posted by Andrea | 06/20/2018 | 23 comments

If you have a space in your home that isn’t functioning well for your current stage of life, I hope today’s posts encourages you to think “outside the box” a bit and put some effort into creating a new space that will work better for you.

I recently did this with our kids’ crafting space… and I was pleasantly surprised with what we came up with!!