Storage

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!

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.

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 Clever Way To Organize Medicine When You’re On The Go

posted by Andrea | 01/12/2018 | 24 comments

Last month, I shared a few simple tips and tricks to quickly organize your medicine cabinet at home… however, for those of you who are regularly away from home, I thought it might be helpful to share a super simple and extremely clever way to keep your meds organized on-the-go.

A Simple Way to Store Extra Sheets

posted by Andrea | 12/15/2017 | 22 comments

Four years ago, I shared a post about why we didn’t need extra storage for linens — mainly because we didn’t have any extra linens! We had a fabulously minimalistic system that worked well for us for several years. However, 4 years (and 3 more children) later, we have a little bit different system.

We now have 2 sets of sheets per bed — but we still don’t need a linen closet to store the extra set. I’m sharing our super simple sheet storage system today!

Our New Storage System for Games and Puzzles

posted by Andrea | 09/14/2017 | 10 comments

One of the mini projects we worked into our summer schedule was to transform the closet under our stairs into a much-needed storage space for our rapidly-growing collection of games, puzzles, DVD’s, CD’s, photo albums, and other things the kids want access to on a regular basis.

The space turned out so well, it provides so much useful storage, and it was essentially a freebie makeover since we used leftover materials we already had on hand!

ONE Tip That Can Eliminate Your Clutter

posted by Andrea | 08/14/2017 | 18 comments

One of MY personal goals is to break down and simplify the often overwhelming task of decluttering our homes and lives — because I’m 100% confident anyone can be more organized if they put in a little time and effort up front, commit to doing regular maintenance, and monitor what they bring into their homes. 

Today, I’m sharing my #1 tip to virtually eliminate all clutter — it might not be ‘easy’ but it sure is SIMPLE!

How I Get and Keep My Kids Organized With Simple Systems

posted by Andrea | 07/24/2017 | 28 comments

I’m convinced our home is more user-friendly, more functional, and (best of all) STAYS more organized if I simply put a little extra thought into how I set up my kids’ closets, toys, crafts, and anything else they access on a regular basis.

If you currently struggle to get your children to stay somewhat neat and organized, I’m confident some of the ideas in today’s post will be helpful for you! And yes, these ideas work for teens and adults too!

Why I Don’t Save and Repurpose Everything

posted by Andrea | 06/6/2017 | 28 comments

Do you feel like your home is packed full of things you hope to sell on specific websites, give to specific people or organizations, bring to specific donation centers or recycling facilities, or just things you are saving because you might have a chance to use them again someday?

If so, I hope this post is the motivation you’ve been waiting for to finally lighten up your home!

How Much Is Too Much? (my 2-part formula)

posted by Andrea | 04/18/2017 | 13 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!

How I Store and Organize my Scarves

posted by Andrea | 12/8/2016 | 17 comments

Scarves are my most favorite accessory… and over the past 5+ years of wearing scarves almost every day, I’ve come up with a fairly simple system to keep them neat and organized.

It takes up very little space in my closet, it costs almost nothing, and it requires very little (if any) tools to put into place!

Temporary Tattoos and Our Weird Storage Solutions

posted by Andrea | 11/7/2016 | 27 comments

After a recent conversation about our kids’ temporary tattoos, I started thinking about all the things we store in weird places throughout our home.

I’m sharing a bunch of those weird storage solutions today — and I’d love to know if you have any crazy weird storage solutions too!

How I Handle Hand-Me-Downs

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2016 | 25 comments

Since I am regularly asked about how I handle kids’ clothing (specifically hand-me-downs) I thought the back-to-school time would be a perfect time to share the questions that help me control the amount of clothing my kids have without being super minimalistic or feeling like I have to do laundry every other day.

And I’d love to know how YOU handle hand-me-downs as well!

It’s Not a SPACE Problem, It’s a STUFF Problem

posted by Andrea | 07/12/2016 | 29 comments

Over the course of my life, I can not even begin to count how many times I’ve heard someone “complain” or bemoan their lack of storage space… but you know as well as I know that SPACE is not their main issue.

In my experience, the more space you have, the more stuff you’ll fill it with — unless of course, you set SPACE LIMITS!

5 Choices When You’re Short on Space

posted by Andrea | 03/29/2016 | 23 comments

Since it’s the time of year when we’re all trying to clean up and declutter our homes and lives, I thought I would share my thoughts about 5 choices you have when you’re short on space.

If you’re feeling short on space (and slightly overwhelmed), try one of these ideas and just get started.

A Different Perspective on ALL Our Stuff

posted by Andrea | 02/19/2016 | 54 comments

Consider how you might feel with less stuff to store, less stuff to organize, less stuff to clean around, less stuff to buy, and less stuff to think/worry about. Then consider how much of your stuff you truly NEED.

Today I’m sharing a different perspective on all our STUFF… and I’d love to hear your thoughts!

How We Use Vertical Space to Maximize Storage

posted by Andrea | 02/2/2016 | 9 comments

Although purging is the BEST way to maximize your space… I also know that many of you live in very small spaces or share space with lots of other people.

So, I figured it might be fun to share how we maximize our space (and in a sense, make more space) by utilizing as much vertical space as we can!

Why I Almost Never Buy Storage Containers

posted by Andrea | 01/21/2016 | 39 comments

You might think that someone in my line of work would have a serious infatuation with all types of storage containers… but in my case, you would be wrong because I (almost) never buy storage containers. Today, I’m sharing why.

I’m also sharing my favorite types of storage containers (for when I actually do buy them!)