Organizing

5 Steps to Quickly Clear Your Closet Clutter

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2019 | 10 comments
5 steps to clear closet clutter

Over the course of my life, I have implemented many different clutter-busting strategies. However, today’s tips to quickly clear your closet clutter remain at the very TOP of my list.

If your closets could use a little TLC, give my simple 5-step process a try. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you see results with this simple clutter-busting technique!

Our Kid-Friendly LEGO Storage System

posted by Andrea | 11/15/2019 | 31 comments
kid friendly lego storage system

If you have LEGO-loving kids (or husbands) you’ve probably wondered how to store and organize LEGOs… right? Well, just about a year ago, I was stuck with those same questions!

It took me a few months to figure out the best kid-friendly LEGO storage solution for our family, but we finally have a super simple system that works. The best part is that our kids actually use the system and put the LEGOs away! 

Laundry Balls: How I Wash Without Detergent

posted by Andrea | 11/13/2019 | 37 comments
laundry balls how I wash without detergent

For almost 2 years now, I’ve been using laundry balls to wash ALL our clothing — no detergent at all.

I get SO many questions about how to use laundry balls that I decided it was finally time to answer them all in one post. Come read more about one more way I simplify our laundry routine!

3 Areas to Downsize to Enjoy a Simpler Life

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2019 | 12 comments

Does your home feel cluttered and chaotic? Does your schedule feel jam-packed? Does your life feel like it’s spiraling out of control?

If so, keep reading for 3 areas you can downsize to enjoy a simpler life!

How To Organize Kids’ Winter Gear Quickly and Easily

posted by Andrea | 10/24/2019 | 20 comments

Do you struggle with the best, most functional and practical ways to organize winter gear?

If so, you’ll definitely want to read my tips on how to quickly and easily organize kids’ winter gear — including one fantastic realization that made our mudroom so much more functional for our entire family! 

5 Reasons I Don’t Keep “What if I Need It Clutter”

posted by Andrea | 10/3/2019 | 61 comments

Do you have trouble purging when you think you MIGHT need something again in the foreseeable future?

I call this ” What-if-I-need-it-clutter” and I hope today’s post will give you the motivation you need to purge it once and for all!

My Monthly Photo Checklist

posted by Andrea | 09/24/2019 | 39 comments

I’ve written at length about how I organize our photos, how I create our digital photo albums, how I edit our photos, and how I back up our digital photos… but I’ve never shared MY thought process for taking certain photos in the first place.

If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by all your photos, or wished you would have taken more photos, I think my “monthly photo checklist” might be helpful for you!

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

posted by Andrea | 09/10/2019 | 21 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 | 32 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!