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How We Care for Our Bestway Pool

posted by Andrea | 07/22/2019 | 3 comments

Last spring, we purchased a 9′ x 18′ Bestway Pool from Costco… and ever since I shared news of our tiny pool on my blog, I have gotten questions, questions, and more questions regarding everything and anything having to do with our little pool! 

I’m hoping to answer most of those questions today (with the help of Dave)!

My “Quantity over Quality” Quick-Cleaning Tips

posted by Andrea | 07/19/2019 | 28 comments

Although there are times when deep cleaning or hiring a professional are necessary, I will be the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I am a “QUANTITY over QUALITY” type of cleaner.

Today, I’m sharing 5 of my “quantity over quality” quick-cleaning tips that have saved my sanity and allowed me to accomplish so much more around the house.

10 Uses for Glad Press ‘N Seal Plastic Wrap

posted by Andrea | 07/12/2019 | 50 comments

We always have at least 2 or 3 rolls of plastic wrap in the house as I’ve found it comes in handy SO often (and not just in the kitchen).

Today, I’m sharing 10 different uses for my favorite type of plastic wrap (Glad Press ‘N Seal wrap).

Why We Turned Our Cell Data Off for 3 Weeks

posted by Andrea | 07/11/2019 | 36 comments

Last month, Dave and I got a notification from Verizon saying we only had 10% of our data remaining — even though we were only a few days into our month! 

As as result, we decided to turn our cell data OFF for the rest of the month, both to avoid being charged extra and as a fun (and eye-opening) summer experiment for us! 

A Look At Our Outhouse Shed (5 Years Later)

posted by Andrea | 07/10/2019 | 17 comments

Since our yard is very large, it is nearly impossible to share a “before and after” post about the entire yard — it would take you 2 hours to read! 

Instead, I’m planning to select a few different areas to showcase throughout the rest of the summer and fall months. First up is the west side of our yard with the cute little outhouse shed!

Our Garage Renovation: a 6-Year Update

posted by Andrea | 06/21/2019 | 7 comments

It’s been exactly 6 years since we completely overhauled our main garage with the fabulous organizational system and epoxy garage floor coating… and it honestly looks as good today as it did 6 years ago!

We have enjoyed our renovated garage immensely over the past 6 years — I’m sharing some updates (and lots of photos) in today’s post! If you’re contemplating a garage renovation, you’ll want to check out this post!

5 Questions I Ask When I’m Purging

posted by Andrea | 06/18/2019 | 45 comments

I’m often asked if I have a “method” for purging or a pattern that I follow each time to make it a more routine process — and as I thought more about how exactly I motivate and encourage myself (and others) to purge, I realized that there are certain questions I came back to time and time again.

Today, I’m sharing those questions!

Our Completely Ridiculous-Looking Plan to Keep Weeds Out of Our Garden

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2019 | 38 comments

For the past 5 years, we have had ONE nice-looking vegetable garden — the others have been completely covered with weeds by fall. 

This year, we’re trying something new to (hopefully) help us keep the weeds down– boy does it look ridiculous! I’m almost a little embarrassed to share pictures on the blog! 

6 Reasons A Capsule Wardrobe Might NOT Work for You

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2019 | 31 comments

If you’ve spent any amount of time reading blogs or browsing social media, you’ve probably heard a lot about “Capsule Wardrobes”.

I’m always so intrigued by the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but I also realize that for the majority of people, it’s not the most realistic wardrobe plan… today I’m sharing a few reasons why.

How to Remove Sticky Tree Sap from Skin, Hair, Clothes and Toys

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2019 | 29 comments

Back when we purchased our house, we cut down roughly 35-40 very tall, very old, very scraggly looking pine trees that dripped sap EVERYWHERE.

Since it’s the time of year when trees are REALLY sappy, I thought it might be a good time to share the quick tip we use (regularly) to remove sticky tree sap from hands, clothing, hair, yard toys, and more!

Our Updated Pantry + How I Store Our Bulk Food

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2019 | 21 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.