Organizing

A Doable Plan to Complete a Full-House Purge Before the New Year

posted by Andrea | 09/6/2018 | 25 comments

It’s roughly 16 weeks until the start of another New Year — which is often the time of year everyone wants to “get more organized”. 

However, wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could dedicate a chunk of time, every week from now through the end of the year, to complete a full-house purge BEFORE the New Year?!?! I’m sharing my simple plan today!

Our Digital Photo Books (everything you ever wanted to know!)

posted by Andrea | 08/23/2018 | 15 comments

Over the past 8 years, the number of questions, comments, and requests I’ve gotten regarding my digital photo books is CRAZY!

So, in honor of the fact that James’ 2-year photo book just arrived, hot-off-the-press, and the fact that my photo book posts are some of the most requested posts on my blog, I’m compiling all the information I have on my blog, to-date, in one concise post! 

Everything You Need to Start Your Own Important Information Binder!

posted by Andrea | 08/21/2018 | 6 comments

As part of my summer blogging break, I was planning to share 1 week of re-posts in June, July, and August… however, I’m switching things up for the month of August. Instead of sharing a week of reposts, I’m sharing a week of “compilation posts” where I compile all the information I’ve shared on a specific topic into one post for easy reference.

Today, I’m sharing everything I’ve written over the past 8 years regarding our Important Information Binder!

A Life of Moderation (home, food, technology, life)

posted by Andrea | 08/20/2018 | 2 comments

As part of my summer blogging break, I’m sharing a week of “compilation posts” where I compile all the information I’ve shared on a specific topic into one post for easy reference.

I have a fun line-up of compilation posts planned for the rest of the week, but I wanted to kick off the week with the topic of moderation — especially considering it’s one of the main simple-living principles that guides the course of my entire life!

Do Your Spaces Serve YOU and YOUR Season Of Life?

posted by Andrea | 08/17/2018 | 6 comments

Over the years, I’ve frequently stressed the importance of “regular maintenance” in order to keep a space organized for the long-term.

However, another super important part of the organizational “puzzle” is to consistently re-evaluate and re-work your spaces so they SERVE YOU WELL. That’s what I’m sharing more about today!

8 Specific Ways to Simplify in 2018

posted by Andrea | 08/6/2018 | 22 comments

As I was thinking about different posts I’d still like to write over the summer, the idea came to me to share some simple, specific, doable ways we can ALL simplify various parts of our homes, schedules, lives, etc. in the remainder of the year.

I originally wanted to share 18 tips (for 2018) — but that seemed a little overwhelming! I settled on 8 instead!

6 Tips to Handle Your What-If-I-Need-It Clutter

posted by Andrea | 07/23/2018 | 10 comments

I’ve always joked that there are basically 2 kinds of clutter — Sentimental / Emotional clutter and What-If-I-Need-It clutter!

I’ve shared some about sentimental and emotional clutter over the years… but today I want to focus on your What-If-I-Need-It clutter. If you have trouble purging your What-If-I-Need-It clutter, I hope today’s post will help!

Six Super Simple Reasons to Get More Organized

posted by Andrea | 07/16/2018 | 18 comments

When it comes to the benefits of organizing your home and life, I think I could talk until I was blue in the face! However, even if I had unlimited hours to devote to writing content for my blog, I probably wouldn’t do it — because I think you already KNOW most of what I write… it’s the implementation where some of us fall short 🙂

If you have put off your decluttering and organizing, I hope the SIX SUPER SIMPLE reasons in today’s post will motivate you to get a little more organized!

What Is Your Motivation To Get (and Stay) Organized?

posted by Andrea | 07/3/2018 | 5 comments

Over the past 8+ years of sharing my passion for simplifying, streamlining, cleaning, organizing, decluttering, and improving the look, feel, and function of a home, I have noticed something fairly interesting about motivation.

If you’re struggling to get AND stay more organized, I hope today’s post offers a little more clarity (and hopefully a little more motivation too!)

A New Craft Area for Our Kids (total cost = $0!)

posted by Andrea | 06/20/2018 | 23 comments

If you have a space in your home that isn’t functioning well for your current stage of life, I hope today’s posts encourages you to think “outside the box” a bit and put some effort into creating a new space that will work better for you.

I recently did this with our kids’ crafting space… and I was pleasantly surprised with what we came up with!! 

How The 80/20 Rule Helps Me Simplify My Home

posted by Andrea | 06/8/2018 | 16 comments

The 80/20 rule states that we use and wear 20% of our things about 80% of the time — which means we rarely use and wear the other 80%. But don’t worry, I’m not going to persuade you to purge it all!

However, I do think there is A LOT we can learn by taking a closer look at the 20% of things we regularly use — and then utilize that information to help us declutter and simplify our lives.

Progress is Progress… even if it’s only 5 minutes

posted by Andrea | 05/24/2018 | 56 comments

Today’s post is an updated version of a post I originally published almost exactly 4 years ago… however, it’s something I need to remind myself of almost every day of my life!

I figured a few of you might appreciate the “reminder” as well — after all, ANY progress is still progress!

How I Store and Organize Spices and Seasonings

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2018 | 27 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.

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 | 33 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 | 66 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…

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!