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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).

DIY Granite Countertop Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 10/9/2018 | 33 comments

When our granite counters were installed in our kitchen, I was shocked to find out that I couldn’t use vinegar to clean them (the acid can etch away at the finish). I searched for a DIY granite cleaner I could make at home.

It didn’t take me long to find several different recipes — and today, I’m sharing my simplified DIY granite cleaner that takes all of 10 seconds to mix up and costs pennies!

50 Things You Can Better Organize in Under 10 Minutes

posted by Andrea | 10/3/2018 | 12 comments

I realize every little individual cleaning or organizing task will not drastically improve the state of your home or instantly simplify your life… BUT OVER TIME, you will not only declutter, better organize, simplify, and clean your home; you’ll also develop the habits of utilizing your time efficiently and always looking to better your spaces (2 invaluable habits in my opinion). 

Read today’s post for 50 ways you can better organize your home and simplify your life in 10 minutes or less!!

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!

My Complete List of Cleaning Products

posted by Andrea | 09/14/2018 | 43 comments

Over the years, the types and brands of cleaning products I use has morphed and changed due to several factors… and since I’m often asked what type and brand of cleaning products I use, I thought I’d compile all that information into one post!

I’d also love your opinions on a “perfect” vacuum for our current needs!

Our New Farmhouse Half Bath! (Before + After)

posted by Andrea | 09/11/2018 | 34 comments

Come tour our newly-renovated half bathroom off the kitchen… yes, it’s FINALLY finished after many so delays!

We are all SO thrilled with how everything turned out! Not only is it much more private, it also feels huge compared to the previously very cramped laundry room, and it fits in with the rest of our farmhouse decor! 

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!

Bathroom Update: Phase 2 is (Almost) Complete!

posted by Andrea | 08/31/2018 | 31 comments

Although it took significantly longer than we anticipated, we are essentially finished with phase 2 of our 3-phase bathroom/laundry room renovation, and our new half bathroom is now usable!

I’m extremely happy with how the room is coming together so far, and although I still have several finishing touches to add, I wanted to share our progress on the blog today!

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

posted by Andrea | 08/23/2018 | 17 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!

Our “Better Than Nothing” Vegetable Garden

posted by Andrea | 08/10/2018 | 13 comments

I almost didn’t plant a vegetable garden this year because I didn’t think it was worth the effort for a “small garden”. However, over the last 2 months, our vegetable garden has gone from drab to fab… and I’m so glad I planted the garden even though it’s not perfect or all that pretty.

If you’ve been putting off a particular project because you’re not sure you can do it perfectly, I hope today’s post will offer a little motivation and encouragement to help you just get started!

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!

DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 07/17/2018 | 23 comments

When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? If you can’t remember — it’s probably about time!

Today, I’m sharing my favorite DIY makeup brush cleaner I’ve been using for years. There are only 2-ingredients and it takes less than 5-minutes!

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!

We Bought a Pool… Here Are My Thoughts!

posted by Andrea | 07/12/2018 | 26 comments

Since the day I first shared a picture of the pool we bought at Costco this spring, I have been inundated with questions and requests for a blog post about our pool — so that’s what I’m sharing today.

If you’re in the market for an inexpensive, temporary above-ground pool, I hope today’s post will be helpful for you. If not, I hope you enjoy the cute pictures of my kids!