Purging

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!

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.

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!

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!

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!!

50 Things You Can Purge Right Now!

posted by Andrea | 01/18/2019 | 33 comments

When it comes to clutter in our homes, the biggest stumbling block is often our own brains! We make it out to be this HUUUUUUGE issue, and instead of just getting started, we continually put it off because it just never seems like the “right” time.

Sound familiar? If so, grab a trash bag and a donation box, read today’s post, and purge something RIGHT NOW!

My Full-House Purge (The Upstairs)

posted by Andrea | 01/4/2019 | 24 comments

Now that the New Year is finally here, I’m happy to report that I did successfully purge every single room, closet, dresser, cabinet, and shelf in my home over the past 16 weeks. 

Honestly… I got rid of SO MUCH MORE than I thought I would, and I’m sharing the final update on the blog today!

To Sell or to Donate: That is the Question

posted by Andrea | 12/20/2018 | 62 comments

Over the past few years, I’ve talked a lot about selling our unneeded items. However, what I might not have said in so many words is that I most definitely do not SELL everything we purge. In fact, the majority of it is donated on a regular basis as I just want to get it out of our home ASAP!

Today, I’m sharing my opinions on when to sell and when to donate…

READER QUESTION: What To Do When Decluttering Feels Wasteful

posted by Andrea | 12/14/2018 | 39 comments

I’ve always been a perpetual purger as I know I MUST stay on top of the clutter to prevent it from spiraling out of control. Sometimes I do feel a little wasteful — purging, trashing, and recycling things so regularly; but I just don’t have the extra energy required to deal with so much stuff. 

If you’ve ever felt wasteful after a good purge, I think you’ll relate to this Reader Question. 

My Full-House Purge (the 10-week-update)

posted by Andrea | 11/16/2018 | 18 comments

Roughly 10 weeks ago, I shared a “fun” challenge here on the blog — the opportunity to complete a FULL HOUSE PURGE before the New Year even began!

Since then, I’ve been diligently working through one room per week, and the results have paid off! I even surprised myself with the amount of stuff we purged!

9 Questions To Help Declutter Your Life

posted by Andrea | 11/5/2018 | 13 comments

While it would be fantastic if I could work individually with each one of you to help you clear the clutter from your home, the lack of hours in a day and my hatred of travel make that idea completely impossible.

One way I can tailor my advice to each one of you, however, is to share open-ended questions YOU can ask YOURSELF when YOU purge YOUR home. By asking yourself these 9 questions (and honestly answering them) you will equip yourself with the ability to purge necessary items from your home and life! 

My Full-House Purge (the 5-week update)

posted by Andrea | 10/12/2018 | 32 comments

Just over 5 weeks ago, I shared my plan to complete a full-house purge BEFORE the New Year, and since then, I’ve completed 5 rooms in our house.

I’m sharing my progress in today’s post, as well as a little motivation and encouragement for those of you who are following along with my one-room-per-week plan (or for those of you who want to get started).

Is Guilt The Cause of Clutter In Your Life?

posted by Andrea | 09/27/2018 | 23 comments

Keeping things because of guilt is a vicious cycle that will not eliminate the presence of guilt in your life — if anything, you might feel MORE guilt for hanging onto things you don’t use, things you don’t have space for, and for the amount of clutter and stuff piling up in your home.

If this sounds like something you can relate to… today’s post is a must-read!

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

posted by Andrea | 09/6/2018 | 29 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!

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!

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!