6 Steps to Simplify Moving

posted by Andrea | 04/28/2015 | 20 comments

Although Dave and I are oddballs and moved into our house the week before Christmas (yes, in frigid West Michigan), spring is actually the peak “moving season” in most parts of the country.

If you have plans to move this spring or summer (or if you’re dutifully helping friends or family move) here are 6 tips that should simplify and streamline the moving process!

What Being a Homemaker Looks Like for Me

posted by Andrea | 04/24/2015 | 23 comments

While I realize that many of you might not share my ultra-enthusiastic views of homemaking, I DO think that every one of us wants our home to be a place we enjoy spending time with our family and friends. For some of us, it just takes a little extra motivation and willpower to get there — and that’s OK 🙂

Today, I’m sharing what being a “homemaker” means for me — as well as some great resources for those of you looking for a little of that motivation!

Trash Buddy Giveaway (6 winners!)

posted by Andrea | 11/13/2014 | 2 comments

Dave and I have been using the Trash Buddy for the last couple of months — and I’m so excited to share it with you in today’s giveaway!

The Trash Buddy is a super simple solution to messy trash spilling out of your trash can or recycling bin… and let me assure you, your neighbors will appreciate that 🙂

How We Prepare Our Home and Yard for Cold Weather

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2014 | 4 comments

After our end-of-summer party last week, Dave and I are in full-on “Fall Mode”. We’ll be outside almost any chance we get raking and mulching leaves, dead-heading flowers, splitting perennials, draining hoses, cleaning yard tools, emptying flower pots, and preparing our home for the COLD Michigan winter that is just weeks away.

Today, I’m sharing a few simple and frugal ways we’re preparing our home and our yard for cold weather.

Our Kitchen Renovation: My Thoughts 2 Years Later

posted by Andrea | 08/8/2014 | 17 comments

When we purchased our home 3.5 years ago, we figured the kitchen would be one of the last projects we tackled — but as many of you know, our plans changed!

We renovated our kitchen 2 summers ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long already) and today, I’m sharing some answers to commonly asked questions I get regarding our massive renovation.

Why I’m NOT A Minimalist

posted by Andrea | 02/26/2014 | 36 comments

When people learn what I do for a living, they often assume I’m a “minimalist” and can’t stand any amount of STUFF in my home and life. However, that is absolutely not true at all.

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on minimalism and why I’m NOT a minimalist.

You Asked, I Answered: Our Reclaimed Barn Wood Floors

posted by Andrea | 01/13/2014 | 46 comments

Our reclaimed barn wood floors are one of my favorite things about our house — and one of the things I get the MOST questions on from blog readers and random internet browsers.

So today, I’m sharing the answers to many of these questions along with loads of gorgeous photos of various reclaimed barn wood flooring!

Location, Location, Location… 3 More Reasons We Love Our House

posted by Andrea | 07/3/2013 | 10 comments

In case you didn’t know, we really like our farmhouse 🙂 Yes, there are so many things that still need to be fixed and updated and so many crazy “why the heck did the previous owners do that?” questions.

But among other things, there are 3 huge reasons we fell in love with our house… Location, Location, Location!

Expired: Homemaking eBook Sale

posted by Andrea | 05/1/2013 | 3 comments

I’ve been sharing lots of eBook deals lately, but that’s because ebooks are a fabulously frugal (and clutter-free) way to read.

If you’re new to eBooks, or if you’d like to quickly build your virtual library, then keep reading! Today, I’m sharing a special deal on 97 ebooks (plue over $140 in bonus gifts) for less than $30!

Weekend Giveaway: The Paint Brush Cover

posted by Andrea | 08/31/2012 | 244 comments

It’s Labor Day weekend — and that almost always means some sort of painting project for the Dekkers. This year, we’re painting our kitchen walls, trim, and ceiling, as well as our front entry way.

If you are planning any upcoming painting projects, you’re going to love today’s giveaway. The Paint Brush Cover is a really simple concept — but boy do they save your brushes. Oh, and I’m giving away 25 of them today!

Weekend Giveaway: $100 American Express Gift Card

posted by Andrea | 02/17/2012 | 453 comments

I’m a big fan of gift cards — especially American Express gift cards that spend like cash!

And thanks to my partnership with Apartment Guide, they have generously offered to giveaway a $100 American Express gift card to one luck Simple Organized Living reader!!

An Update on My Ideas Book

posted by Andrea | 10/17/2011 | 9 comments

It’s been almost a year since I first blogged about my Ideas Book. And ever since then, I still get a couple emails or comments each week asking about my Ideas Book, what I put in the Ideas Book, how I organize my Ideas Book, etc. etc. I even get comments on other posts referencing my Ideas Book!

So, I figured it was time I revisited this topic… especially since I’ve significantly updated the way I keep track of all my ideas!!

Weekend Giveaway: Mr. Beams Wireless Lighting Kit

posted by Andrea | 09/9/2011 | 89 comments

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Catherine: catherineh_78@… I will email you today to get your shipping information! As many of you know, Dave and I live in a 120 year old farmhouse — which means many of the rooms are lacking in electrical outlets {I’m sure those of you with older homes can relate!} And even though we did install a bunch of extra outlets in the rooms we renovated, we still have several places where it would be […]

Craigslist 101: How We Sold Our House!

posted by Andrea | 07/27/2011 | 42 comments

Today I’m continuing my Craigslist 101 series to {hopefully} answer some of the many questions I get, asking how we sold our house on Craigslist. Yup, that’s right — Dave and I sold our first house on Craigslist… by owner… and got THREE offers… in only THREE days! And no, we did NOT know what we were doing and had no experience selling a house! Oh, and did I mention that Michigan has been in the middle of a HUGE […]

Keep Your Heating & Cooling Systems Trouble Free

posted by Andrea | 07/25/2011 | 1 comment

Here in West Michigan, the past 10 days have been absolutely sweltering — with heat indexes above 100*F, and humidity in the 70-80%. We are SO thankful that our old farmhouse has a good air conditioning unit — and that it works! However, if you have not been so fortunate with your heating and cooling systems, the following post, written by Abby Snyder from FurnaceCompare.com, will offer you some helpful tips. source: Many people give little thought to their heating and cooling systems unless they encounter […]

We’re All Moved In — Kind of

posted by Andrea | 12/21/2010 | 4 comments

Whew…we’re all moved in! Well, actually, our stuff is all moved in {a.k.a. dumped in piles all over the new house} and we stayed with my in-laws for the evening! It was a LONG day of moving and I assume the next few days will be LONG days of unpacking, sorting, organizing, arranging, rearranging, etc. But we’re up for it…I think! I’m exhausted! And due to the whole “changing utility companies” issue, we’ll be without internet for the next day or two […]

Stress-Free Moving Tips

posted by Andrea | 12/20/2010 | 8 comments

We’re moving…TODAY!!! And since I’ll be just a little busy, I have an amazing guest post from Leslie over at One Day Before Yesterday. Leslie is sharing her advice for stress-free, clutter-free, organized moving — how perfect!! She actually sent me this post a couple of weeks ago so I had a chance to look over her list before I started packing, which was very helpful. So far, I’ve taken all of her advice — and I DO feel like thinks are as […]

A Peek Inside our 120 Year Old Kitchen!

posted by Andrea | 12/17/2010 | 5 comments

By now, it’s no secret that I am obsessed with old farmhouses! I can’t help it, I just love the character and charm that come with old homes, especially old farm homes. I suppose complications and craziness often accompany the character and charm…but I just love thinking about what the homes looked like “back then.” So we got the keys to our farmhouse on Friday, and by Saturday I was already cleaning — we started in the kitchen. And can you imagine […]