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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!

Fourth of July Flowers and Festivities

posted by Andrea | 07/4/2018 | 12 comments

Happy 4th of July!

Instead of a normal post, I wanted to simply pop in to share a few pictures of our landscape today — complete with almost 700 red, white, and blue annuals!

What Is Your Motivation To Get (and Stay) Organized?

posted by Andrea | 07/3/2018 | 5 comments

Over the past 8+ years of sharing my passion for simplifying, streamlining, cleaning, organizing, decluttering, and improving the look, feel, and function of a home, I have noticed something fairly interesting about motivation.

If you’re struggling to get AND stay more organized, I hope today’s post offers a little more clarity (and hopefully a little more motivation too!)

Our “New” Basement Laundry Area (plus free laundry goodies!)

posted by Andrea | 06/26/2018 | 25 comments

Dave and I are currently in the process of renovating our laundry room and bathroom. The first part of this project was to reconstruct a little laundry space in our basement so we wouldn’t be without a washer and dryer ALL summer long!

Our new laundry area is NOT glamorous, it’s NOT Pinterest worthy, and it’s really NOT even all that cute. However, it IS functional and (much to my surprise) it’s actually quite practical for our family’s current laundry needs!

A New Craft Area for Our Kids (total cost = $0!)

posted by Andrea | 06/20/2018 | 23 comments

If you have a space in your home that isn’t functioning well for your current stage of life, I hope today’s posts encourages you to think “outside the box” a bit and put some effort into creating a new space that will work better for you.

I recently did this with our kids’ crafting space… and I was pleasantly surprised with what we came up with!! 

Our 3-Phase Bathroom + Laundry Room Renovation

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2018 | 29 comments

A couple months ago, I asked for any brilliant ideas and/or opinions about how we should renovate the full bathroom off our kitchen — and wow, did you respond!

SOOOOOO many fantastic ideas, suggestions, opinions, etc. Dave and I actually went back to the “drawing board” and ultimately ended up changing our plans for this space, thanks in large part to some of your suggestions! Today I’m sharing the “official” 3-phase plan!

How The 80/20 Rule Helps Me Simplify My Home

posted by Andrea | 06/8/2018 | 16 comments

The 80/20 rule states that we use and wear 20% of our things about 80% of the time — which means we rarely use and wear the other 80%. But don’t worry, I’m not going to persuade you to purge it all!

However, I do think there is A LOT we can learn by taking a closer look at the 20% of things we regularly use — and then utilize that information to help us declutter and simplify our lives.

5 Things I Do (Almost) Every Day To Keep Household Messes at Bay

posted by Andrea | 05/30/2018 | 33 comments

If you’d like a few more of my “secrets” to keeping my home fairly neat and organized without a ton of effort, today’s post is a good place to start!

Progress is Progress… even if it’s only 5 minutes

posted by Andrea | 05/24/2018 | 56 comments

Today’s post is an updated version of a post I originally published almost exactly 4 years ago… however, it’s something I need to remind myself of almost every day of my life!

I figured a few of you might appreciate the “reminder” as well — after all, ANY progress is still progress!

How I Store and Organize Spices and Seasonings

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2018 | 27 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.

8 Tips to Speed Up Your Weekly Cleaning Routine

posted by Andrea | 05/10/2018 | 60 comments

Although I truly don’t mind cleaning (most of the time!), I’m not willing to spend long hours just to get a clean house.

I’m always looking for little ways to speed up my weekly cleaning routine, and today I’m sharing a few of my quick-cleaning tips with you!