Organizing

How I Store and Organize Spices and Seasonings

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2018 | 26 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 | 25 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 | 65 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!

Organization Is NOT My End-All Goal…

posted by Andrea | 03/12/2018 | 15 comments

The main goal of my blog is to help anyone who reads it to simplify and better organize at least one small area of their home or life… however, I feel I should clarify that in my own personal life, organization is NOT my end-all goal.

If you completely despise the acts of cleaning, purging, simplifying, and organizing… today’s post is for YOU! If I can’t motivate you today, I’m not sure what my next move will be!

Don’t Worry About Perfection… Just Move Forward

posted by Andrea | 02/21/2018 | 19 comments

Our 2017 photo book arrived last week, which got me thinking about all the times people have told me they “wish they would have started making digital books when their kids were born”.

The point of today’s post is NOT that everyone should create digital photo albums. Rather, I hope to encourage you to stop worrying about doing everything perfectly, and instead, focus on what you can do right now and just MOVE FORWARD!

Are You Organized for the Unexpected?

posted by Andrea | 02/15/2018 | 84 comments

There are many situations where someone else might need to step in and run your home, pay your bills, care for your children, or manage your life… and if your home is completely unorganized, there’s a good chance the people who are trying to help won’t be able to.

Today I’m re-sharing part of a post from 3 years ago, as well as my own thoughts to hopefully encourage and motivate you to be a little more diligent with your organizing efforts.

Quick Tip: Increase Productivity by Turning Notifications Off

posted by Andrea | 02/13/2018 | 15 comments

I know smartphones get a bad rap for being time wasters, productivity zappers, and life distractions… and I suppose they can be. However, one thing I’ve done for years and years (but only recently realized how beneficial it is for my life) is to turn off all notifications. 

It only took a few seconds to turn off my notifications, and I’m 100% positive it helped to increase my productivity and decrease the number of times I get distracted or pulled away from what I was supposed to be doing.

Trash Or Treasure… something to think about before you donate!

posted by Andrea | 02/9/2018 | 34 comments

After many years of working with in-home organizing clients (and many years purging my own home), I know all too well how alluring it can be to “donate” something instead of dumping it in the trash. After all, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”… right?

Today, I’m sharing why some of our “trash” is just “trash” and not worth donating!

2 Super Quick Ways To Clear Closet Clutter

posted by Andrea | 02/8/2018 | 19 comments

In my experience helping other to clear the clutter in their homes, I can confidently say the two most challenging areas to purge are memorabilia and clothing.

If you are struggling to purge your closets, try one of my 2 super simple, super quick solutions to clear closet clutter… you might find it’s easier than you thought!!

What I Keep In Our Diaper Bag for 4 Kids

posted by Andrea | 02/5/2018 | 5 comments

A couple weeks ago, I decluttered, cleaned, and simplified the contents of my diaper bag… and as crazy as it might sound, we actually keep LESS in our diaper bag with 4 kids than we did with 2 or 3.

Today I’m sharing exactly what we keep in our diaper bag, and several of my favorite diaper bags!

Our Master Bathroom Purge

posted by Andrea | 02/2/2018 | 26 comments

Ever since Christmas break, I’ve been slowly working my way through various rooms of our home and essentially purging and/or cleaning every single drawer, shelf, closet, cabinet, etc.

I shared my kitchen purge last week, and today, I’m purging more about that in this post.our master bathroom.

My Big Kitchen Purge!

posted by Andrea | 01/23/2018 | 25 comments

The week after Dave’s Christmas break, I did a Big Kitchen Purge — resulting in a HUGE donation pile, an over-flowing bag of trash, and a whopping FIVE empty shelves + TWO empty drawers!!!

I’m sharing more about this purge today, as well as how I repurposed several unneeded containers to better organize other areas of my home!

How I Clean our Secondhand Treasures

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

It’s no secret that we LOVE buying used and secondhand items whenever we can. Of course, buying used items means I will need to thoroughly wash everything before we use it!

If you’re new to buying thrift store items or if you’re interested in how exactly I clean our thrift store finds, I will hopefully cover most items in this post!

Organizing In Plain Sight… Why I Don’t Always Put Everything Away

posted by Andrea | 01/19/2018 | 43 comments

I’m definitely an advocate for creating a “home” for all my things — and then putting my things back in their home when I’m done using them. But I do believe there are some items that just need to be sitting out in plain site in the name of practicality. 

Today, I’m sharing one example from my own home and life!

A Clutter Lesson from 10 Pairs of Socks and Underwear

posted by Andrea | 01/17/2018 | 26 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!