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How I Store and Organize Spices and Seasonings

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2018 | 26 comments

When we renovated our kitchen several years ago, we had a little space to play with on the wall with our stove. We decided to install a tiny pull-out spice cabinet and wow, have we gotten our use out of that small space!

Today, after many years, I’m finally sharing my very simple method of storing and organizing our spices and seasonings.

8 Tips to Speed Up Your Weekly Cleaning Routine

posted by Andrea | 05/10/2018 | 60 comments

Although I truly don’t mind cleaning (most of the time!), I’m not willing to spend long hours just to get a clean house.

I’m always looking for little ways to speed up my weekly cleaning routine, and today I’m sharing a few of my quick-cleaning tips with you!

10 Reasons I Think It’s Important to Pull Everything Out

posted by Andrea | 05/8/2018 | 7 comments

When it comes to organizing projects — either big or small — there is one thing I (almost) always do every single time… I pull everything out.

Today, I’m explaining why!

My (NOT) Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe

posted by Andrea | 05/4/2018 | 25 comments

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m most definitely NOT a minimalist in any area of my life — except maybe my schedule!

That said, when it comes to what I wear, I NEED to keep things simplified and streamlined, otherwise I struggle from decision fatigue and just end up wearing the same 3 or 4 things over and over and over again.

Today I’m giving another peek into my closet so you can see what a fairly large capsule wardrobe looks like for me!

My Mini Maintenance Mode

posted by Andrea | 04/27/2018 | 18 comments

Almost a FULL YEAR ago, I shared the first post in what I hoped would be a series of posts about all the simple home projects I do on a daily and weekly basis to keep my home neat enough, clean enough, organized enough, and efficient enough for my family and myself to enjoy spending the bulk of our time at home each day.

It was such a fun post to write and I was excited to write more… but then I didn’t write anything more… until today!

Why I DON’T Use A Label Maker

posted by Andrea | 04/19/2018 | 65 comments

If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me what label maker I use, or what label maker I would recommend… I would have A LOT of nickels!

And while I completely understand why I’m asked these questions, I have to admit that I do NOT use a label maker. Today, I’m sharing the 2 main reasons why…

A Bit of Housekeeping (Literally and Figuratively)

posted by Andrea | 04/16/2018 | 12 comments

I switched up my post for today as there are several little things I’d like to share with you (some of which are time-sensitive) so I thought we’d do a little “housekeeping” on the blog today!

Hope you have a fantastic start to your week!

What Should We Do In Our Bathroom?

posted by Andrea | 04/13/2018 | 132 comments

After over 7 years living in our farmhouse, we are FINALLY going to tackle one of the rooms I wanted to renovate many years ago — the bathroom off our kitchen. However, we still aren’t 100% sure what we want to do with this space.

So… since you have given us really great renovation ideas in the past, I’m bringing our bathroom quandary to the blog as one last “Hail Mary” effort to see if any of you have a super fantastic idea we haven’t thought of yet!

You Can’t Want “it” For Someone

posted by Andrea | 04/10/2018 | 35 comments

Today’s post is a little heavier than my normal tips, recipes, and cute baby photos — but it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately and I wanted to share.

I hope it gives you something to think about, and maybe the freedom to just step back, let go, and move on (at least for now).

How to Instantly Update a Sweatshirt (no sewing required)

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2018 | 25 comments

Last week I purged my closet, picked up a few new finds from a local thrift store, and updated several items already in my closet — a few of which were super quick “sweatshirt updates”.

As I was cutting up my sweatshirts, I realized I had to share this on the blog — there is absolutely NO sewing required, and with a few quick snips, you can give almost any sweatshirt a brand new look!

The 3 Daily Routines That Keep My Home Clean and Decluttered Enough

posted by Andrea | 03/22/2018 | 11 comments

If I really had to estimate how much time I spend keeping my home clean and organized enough for my family and I to feel comfortable and happy living here, it would be fairly minimal.

In fact, the more I’ve though about this over the past few years, the more I realized I basically utilize 3 simple daily routines to manage the inside of my home.

My Crazy ‘Should I Buy This?’ Decision Process

posted by Andrea | 03/13/2018 | 10 comments

As many of you know, I try to be mindful about what I bring into my home — thankfully, I’m not a big shopper, so it’s relatively easy for me to resist impulse purchases!

However, when I DO purchase something, I mentally think through several questions before bringing the item home. Today I’m sharing those questions, and how they help me resist extra clutter in my home!

Organization Is NOT My End-All Goal…

posted by Andrea | 03/12/2018 | 15 comments

The main goal of my blog is to help anyone who reads it to simplify and better organize at least one small area of their home or life… however, I feel I should clarify that in my own personal life, organization is NOT my end-all goal.

If you completely despise the acts of cleaning, purging, simplifying, and organizing… today’s post is for YOU! If I can’t motivate you today, I’m not sure what my next move will be!

We Played Musical Bedrooms… again!

posted by Andrea | 02/27/2018 | 38 comments

Remember this past summer, when I spent hours upon hours (while 7-8 months pregnant) painting, moving furniture, installing closets, hanging decorations, and sewing bedding in an effort to transform our upstairs bedrooms for our kids?

Well, it only lasted about 5 months before the kids decided they ALL wanted to share a bedroom… today I’m sharing how we rearranged things to make that happen (and what we’re doing with the extra room in our house!)

How and Where I Store My Cleaning Products

posted by Andrea | 02/23/2018 | 17 comments

I’ve never been one to want or use tons of different cleaning products — I sort of stick to the basics to prevent the need to organize my cleaning supplies (which seems like a funny concept to me!)

So today, after 8 years of blogging about cleaning and organizing, I’m finally sharing how and where I store my cleaning products!

Don’t Worry About Perfection… Just Move Forward

posted by Andrea | 02/21/2018 | 19 comments

Our 2017 photo book arrived last week, which got me thinking about all the times people have told me they “wish they would have started making digital books when their kids were born”.

The point of today’s post is NOT that everyone should create digital photo albums. Rather, I hope to encourage you to stop worrying about doing everything perfectly, and instead, focus on what you can do right now and just MOVE FORWARD!

If I Could Pay Someone To Do One Chore For Me…

posted by Andrea | 02/16/2018 | 46 comments

I was recently joking with a friend about how I’d love to pay someone to do all the food preparing and cleanup for me everyday — seriously, do you know how many extra hours I would gain each day! 

I’m sharing a bit more about this today — and I’d love to know what chore you’d would most like to pay someone else to do for you!

Are You Organized for the Unexpected?

posted by Andrea | 02/15/2018 | 84 comments

There are many situations where someone else might need to step in and run your home, pay your bills, care for your children, or manage your life… and if your home is completely unorganized, there’s a good chance the people who are trying to help won’t be able to.

Today I’m re-sharing part of a post from 3 years ago, as well as my own thoughts to hopefully encourage and motivate you to be a little more diligent with your organizing efforts.