Organizing

The 16-Week Full-House Purge (+ FREE printable!)

posted by Andrea | 09/10/2019 | 19 comments

Exactly 1 year ago, I shared my personal challenge to complete a full-house purge BEFORE the New Year (along with several posts regarding my purging progress). 

This post series was so popular last year, with many of you completing your own full-house purge, that I thought it would be fun to try again… I even have a FREE printable this year!

Fit. Feel. Flatter. My Wardrobe Simplifiers

posted by Andrea | 08/30/2019 | 28 comments

Today I’m sharing how focusing on “fit, feel, and flatter” has helped me realize when I’m hanging onto clothing out of guilt and/or sentiment, or if I actually like the item and will wear it on a regular basis.

It’s a fairly simple concept that I think (or at least hope) will help you pare down your closet so you’re left with only the things you love and feel great wearing!

My 7-Day Housekeeping Guide

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2019 | 15 comments

Over the years, I have gotten so many question about when, where, and how I tackle all those little projects and tasks that need to happen “sometime”, but don’t necessarily have a deadline and seem to hang out on our to-do lists forever and ever.

I thought more about how I could simplify and consolidate these to-dos, and I came up with a 7-day Housekeeping Guide that encompasses most of “extra things” I do every week.

What I Keep on My Kitchen Counters

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2019 | 67 comments

Today’s post is an updated version of a post I shared a couple years ago… with new pictures and an up-to-date record of what exactly I keep on my kitchen counters.

As you might notice, I’m not a minimalist, however, I do not keep any appliances in plain sight 🙂

Our Boys’ Farmhouse Bedroom Tour

posted by Andrea | 08/21/2019 | 24 comments

I had SO much fun decorating the boys’ bedroom for our most recent “mini makeover”! I tried my best to tailor it to the boys’ personalities, likes, and interests — and I must have done a pretty good job because they were THRILLED when they saw their finished space. 

This room has odd sloped ceilings and some other challenges to work around, but thanks to some creative storage and “out of the box thinking”, I was able to create a fun and functional farmhouse bedroom for our boys!

Our Girls’ Farmhouse Bedroom Tour

posted by Andrea | 08/13/2019 | 27 comments

I’m SO excited to take you on a tour of our girls’ “new” bedroom! And yes, it’s a VIDEO tour!

Come see how we changed our kids’ bedrooms around (again) and how we transformed this room for roughly $40!

How I Maximized Our Storage in a Closet with Sloped Ceilings

posted by Andrea | 08/7/2019 | 12 comments

Living in a 130+ year old farmhouse has been my dream for as long as I can remember… despite the fact that they are filled with crazy sloped ceilings, unique bump-outs, and weird closets that can make organizing a bit more frustrating!

One of the crazy closets in our house is in the boy’s new shared bedroom upstairs. I recently gave this closet a mini makeover and fully maximized the space! Come check it out!

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! 

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!

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.

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!

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!