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A Clutter Lesson from 10 Pairs of Socks and Underwear

posted by Andrea | 01/17/2018 | 22 comments

For the majority of my life, I’ve had drawers stuffed full of socks and underwear — not because I necessarily NEEDED that many pairs, but simply because I had them.

However, 4 years ago, I purged my huge stash down to only 10 pairs of socks and underwear, and I’ve learned a few “clutter lessons” as a result!

A Clever Way To Organize Medicine When You’re On The Go

posted by Andrea | 01/12/2018 | 24 comments

Last month, I shared a few simple tips and tricks to quickly organize your medicine cabinet at home… however, for those of you who are regularly away from home, I thought it might be helpful to share a super simple and extremely clever way to keep your meds organized on-the-go.

How I Keep Up With Regular Purging

posted by Andrea | 01/9/2018 | 14 comments

Since we have so much more coming INTO our home these days, I really have to practice regular purging to keep things from getting too out of control.

I don’t have a fancy system or cute donation bins… but so far, the simple system I’ve been using for years and years continues to work well for us, even as the volume of things entering our home continues to increase.

Get More Organized in 100 Days!

posted by Andrea | 12/22/2017 | 6 comments

As we near the end of December, I can’t help but get excited for a fresh start at the beginning of the New Year — especially since the New Year is often prime time for organizing and decluttering (2 of my favorite hobbies!)

If you don’t share my love for organization and would love a little extra help in this department, the resource I’m sharing today might be just want you need to transform your home and life in just 100 days!

3 Steps to a Squeaky Clean Dishwasher

posted by Andrea | 12/21/2017 | 31 comments

If it’s been awhile since you cleaned your dishwasher (or if you didn’t even know you could clean your dishwasher), I’d suggest giving this SIMPLE 3-step process a try… you might be surprised how much better your dishwasher runs as a result!

A Simple Way to Store Extra Sheets

posted by Andrea | 12/15/2017 | 21 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 | 21 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!