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My Quickest ‘Quick-Tip’ to DeClutter Your Inbox

posted by Andrea | 03/21/2019 | 31 comments

Although I rarely do massive amounts of deep cleaning, I do find that around this time every year, I get fed up with ALL paper clutter (photos, files, piles, books, magazines, emails, etc.)

I am always especially ruthless with email clutter — and today, I’m sharing one quick-tip that has greatly reduced the time I spend checking emails!

3 Reasons We Hire Professional Carpet Cleaners

posted by Andrea | 03/15/2019 | 33 comments

I know it might seem odd that my frugal, DIY self would want to pay someone else to clean our carpets every year… but there are just some things Dave and I feel are worth paying the pros for — carpet cleaning is definitely on that list!

Today, I’m sharing why!

A Different Perspective (That Time My Child Out-Organized Me!)

posted by Andrea | 03/14/2019 | 23 comments

Many of my pervious in-home organizing clients told me that the most helpful part of working with a professional was having a different perspective to help them “see” simple storage solutions that were literally right in front of them… but yet not “visible” for whatever reason. 

I understood what they were saying (and I know it’s true) but I honestly never experienced it in my own life until a recent situation when Nora out-organized me!! 

My 7 Laundry Don’ts

posted by Andrea | 03/12/2019 | 123 comments

I don’t hate doing laundry by any means, but it’s certainly not a priority over family, work, or free time, so why make it any more challenging or labor-intensive than it has to be… right?

Today, I’m sharing 7 of my “laundry don’ts” — all in an effort to simplify and streamline this (never-ending) weekly chore!

How I Store and Organize Everything In Our Kitchen

posted by Andrea | 03/8/2019 | 29 comments

Soon after we finished our massive kitchen renovation in 2012, I shared detailed pictures of the insides of all our cabinets and drawers.

Since then, we’ve added several more children to our family, I’ve changed so much of how I cook and bake, and we have different storage needs for older kids, school lunches, different snacks, etc. etc. So… I decided it was time for a (very long and detailed) updated post! 

How We Make Space For Our Kids’ “Treasures”

posted by Andrea | 02/25/2019 | 19 comments

Even before having children of my own, I was adamant that I could have BOTH a large(ish) family AND a clean home without spending hours every day picking up after people. 

So far, I’ve been able to keep our house neat and organized enough for my standards with minimal effort, while letting my children display, collect, save, cherish, and sometimes “hoard” their most favorite trinkets and treasures!

A Different Perspective on ALL Our Stuff

posted by Andrea | 02/21/2019 | 70 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… I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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!!

How We Use Vertical Space to Maximize Storage

posted by Andrea | 02/13/2019 | 19 comments

Although purging is the BEST way to make more space… there are plenty of other ways to maximize the space you have.

Using vertical space is one of my favorite “tricks”, and today, I’m sharing how we maximize our space (and in a sense, make more space) by utilizing as much vertical space as we can!

9 Tips for Working Parents to Make the Most of Their Time at Home

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2019 | 42 comments

While I know my own life experience doesn’t qualify me as an “expert” on today’s topic, I have worked with enough busy families and working parents to come up with a fairly long list of tips, ideas, and suggestions. 

If you work outside the home and struggle to find enough hours in your day to keep your home (and life) in order, I hope today’s post will help!

Goals and Dreams: 2 Decades in the Making!

posted by Andrea | 02/7/2019 | 18 comments

Over 2 decades ago (back in middle school) I decided on a few goals and dreams for my “someday adult life”.

Now, 20+ years later, I realized that after years and years of thinking about and working towards those goals and dreams, I’ve actually been able to see them come to fruition in my own life!

5 Habits of Organized People

posted by Andrea | 02/6/2019 | 72 comments

I’m often asked for my “secrets” to enjoying an organized home with little kids home with me all day long. Unfortunately, I don’t have magical powers or a super special secret to share with you… just a few habits I’ve learned over the years that make it possible to keep my home neat and organized every day with minimal effort.

It might not seem like much now, but these simple habits have completely transformed the way I live my life, and how I feel about my space.

5 Decisions That Can Lead to More Clutter

posted by Andrea | 01/29/2019 | 37 comments

A clutter-free home and life is not always as simple as making a few wise choices… but I do think that if we get in the habit of making better choices on a regular basis, our efforts to declutter and simplify will be THAT much easier.

Today I’m sharing 5 decisions that could cause excess clutter in our homes… as well as a few better decisions to make instead.

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!

How We Deal with Half-Dirty Clothes

posted by Andrea | 01/8/2019 | 31 comments

I’m still committed to “only” doing laundry twice a week (a system that’s been working really well for me for over 2 years), and since I don’t want to do 10 loads of laundry on those 2 days, I’ve come up with a few different methods of dealing with what I consider “half-dirty clothes” — clothes that have been worn but aren’t worthy of washing just yet!

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.