Organizing

Our Updated Pantry + How I Store Our Bulk Food

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2019 | 19 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!

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!

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.

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.

How Much Is Too Much? (my 2-part formula)

posted by Andrea | 04/24/2019 | 15 comments

Over the years, I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve been asked: How much is too much _______________________ (toys, clothes, shoes, bags, books, electronics, kitchen gadgets, tools, etc.)

Unfortunately, I don’t have the perfect answers for every situation… but I DO have a really simple 2-part “formula” that has worked well for my own home and life, and I have a feeling it just might work for you too!

The Difference Between Purging and Organizing

posted by Andrea | 04/19/2019 | 17 comments

An experience I had in college helped me realize, for the first time, the huge difference between “purging” and “organizing”, and the fact that being organized isn’t necessarily the most important factor in simple living. 

I’m sharing more today… along with a simple “assignment” for you that SHOULD help declutter your home and simplify your life!

My Super Simple, Super Frugal, Quick Fix for Faulty Technology

posted by Andrea | 04/18/2019 | 29 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!

Why I Don’t Buy Kid’s Clothing in Advance

posted by Andrea | 04/16/2019 | 39 comments

When it comes to kid’s clothing (and adult clothing) I truly do not store much of anything outside the clothing we actually wear right now. I don’t buy ahead, I purge once they outgrow an item, and we don’t rotate clothing based on the season.

I explain more in today’s post!

How I Store, Organize, and Track our Gift Cards

posted by Andrea | 04/5/2019 | 42 comments

Dave and I always have several gift cards to various places around town… some of which we buy ourselves during the special holiday gift card sales and promotions!

I have a super simple method to keep track of all our cards, which I’m sharing today. It’s a method I’ve been using for about 15 years and I’ve never ONCE lost or misplaced or forgot about a gift card!

How to Thoroughly Declutter Your Closet in 5 Simple Steps

posted by Andrea | 04/2/2019 | 19 comments

If you’ve ever wondered “How would Andrea organize my closet?” the simple steps in this post should basically answer that question!

Happy purging!

My Quickest ‘Quick-Tip’ to DeClutter Your Inbox

posted by Andrea | 03/21/2019 | 31 comments

Although I rarely do massive amounts of deep cleaning, I do find that around this time every year, I get fed up with ALL paper clutter (photos, files, piles, books, magazines, emails, etc.)

I am always especially ruthless with email clutter — and today, I’m sharing one quick-tip that has greatly reduced the time I spend checking emails!

A Different Perspective (That Time My Child Out-Organized Me!)

posted by Andrea | 03/14/2019 | 23 comments

Many of my pervious in-home organizing clients told me that the most helpful part of working with a professional was having a different perspective to help them “see” simple storage solutions that were literally right in front of them… but yet not “visible” for whatever reason. 

I understood what they were saying (and I know it’s true) but I honestly never experienced it in my own life until a recent situation when Nora out-organized me!! 

How I Store and Organize Everything In Our Kitchen

posted by Andrea | 03/8/2019 | 29 comments

Soon after we finished our massive kitchen renovation in 2012, I shared detailed pictures of the insides of all our cabinets and drawers.

Since then, we’ve added several more children to our family, I’ve changed so much of how I cook and bake, and we have different storage needs for older kids, school lunches, different snacks, etc. etc. So… I decided it was time for a (very long and detailed) updated post! 

How We Make Space For Our Kids’ “Treasures”

posted by Andrea | 02/25/2019 | 19 comments

Even before having children of my own, I was adamant that I could have BOTH a large(ish) family AND a clean home without spending hours every day picking up after people. 

So far, I’ve been able to keep our house neat and organized enough for my standards with minimal effort, while letting my children display, collect, save, cherish, and sometimes “hoard” their most favorite trinkets and treasures!

A Different Perspective on ALL Our Stuff

posted by Andrea | 02/21/2019 | 70 comments

Consider how you might feel with less stuff to store, less stuff to organize, less stuff to clean around, less stuff to buy, and less stuff to think/worry about. Then consider how much of your stuff you truly NEED.

Today I’m sharing a different perspective on all our STUFF… I’d love to hear your thoughts!

An “APPLE” a Day Keeps The Clutter Away

posted by Andrea | 02/18/2019 | 11 comments

Over the years, I’ve joked about the fact that the old saying holds true for me, “An Apple A Day Keeps the Doctor Away” as I’m a HUGE apple-lover, and I’ve been blessed with extremely good health for my entire life. 

More recently, however, a reader shared a clever little acronym with me — regarding APPLES and how they help her keep clutter under control!!

How We Use Vertical Space to Maximize Storage

posted by Andrea | 02/13/2019 | 19 comments

Although purging is the BEST way to make more space… there are plenty of other ways to maximize the space you have.

Using vertical space is one of my favorite “tricks”, and today, I’m sharing how we maximize our space (and in a sense, make more space) by utilizing as much vertical space as we can!