Bouncing Back After a Long Weekend

posted by Andrea | 05/31/2011 | 3 comments

source I often find that after a long, Holiday weekend away from my “regular routine”, it’s more difficult for me to buckle down and get back on track. Can you relate? Dave and I got SO much accomplished this weekend and crossed a bunch of things off our very long to-do lists. However, this morning, I just wanted to keep painting and working on different house projects because that’s way more fun than my normal routine! It’s so easy to […]

Blogging Conference, Organizing Bags, and a Baby Bump

posted by Andrea | 05/21/2011 | 17 comments

This weekend I’m attending and speaking at Gleek Retreat — a blogging conference right here in West Michigan — and I’m so excited for everything I’m going to learn and for all the amazing blogging friends I’ll FINALLY get to meet “in real life”. I’ll share more about the blogging conference next week, but I just wanted to show you the fun new organizing utility tote bag I got from my cousin {and it’s PERFECT for this conference}   Not only […]

D.I.Y. Junk Mail Removal

posted by Andrea | 02/16/2011 | 10 comments

According to, the average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail every year! Can you believe that? My first thought was that 41 pounds seems like an awful lot of junk mail…but after collecting all our junk mail for the past several weeks, I would now say I completely agree! We have gotten SO much junk mail lately {see picture above} I can’t stand it. Our influx of junk mail is partially because we not only get our junk mail, but also the […]

How Donation Centers Use Your Cast-Offs

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2011 | comment

How many times have you stopped by your local donation center to drop off a bag {or 12} of your unneeded items? Probably more times than you can remember, right? Each time you declutter, you have to bring your unwanted stuff somewhere…so where do you bring it? I hear a lot of negative talk about the larger donation centers; and while I personally try to bring our donations to locally based charities, I don’t have anything against these “big-box” donation […]

Christmas Storage Solution + Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 12/28/2010 | 115 comments

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. A winner has been chosen and notified. Christmas Day has come and gone; and if you’re like me, you’ll be taking down your Christmas tree and packing up all your fun holiday ornaments with in the next week or so. It’s a sad day…but it has to be done. For me, this day involves putting my ornaments in a big cardboard box and hoping they don’t break as I try to shove them all […]

Organize Your Holiday Receipts

posted by Andrea | 11/30/2010 | 10 comments

How many gifts have you purchased this holiday season? I’m guessing some of you are already finished with your holiday shopping, while others don’t even realize that Christmas is only 25 days away! Wherever you fall in that spectrum, you are bound to end up with a pile of receipts that will probably turn into a jumbled mess at the bottom of your purse, in your car, in an array of shopping bags, or in the trash. Then when it’s time to return […]

Organizing on a Budget

posted by Andrea | 11/29/2010 | 12 comments

Are you in the process of getting organized or thinking about your next organizing project? Great!!! First things first, you need a plan — and a budget. And from my experience, the plan comes quite easily; it’s the budget that can sometimes hold me back! Can you relate? Recently, I’ve received several emails asking for simple ways to get organized on a budget — it looks like you CAN relate! So fortunately, I’m not only organized but also very frugal and have a […]

Purse Organizers + Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 10/27/2010 | 74 comments

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Tracy — please contact me to claim your prize! I carry a big,  slouchy bag-type purse — which is great for carrying LOTS of stuff, but it can get really disorganized if I don’t make an effort to keep it organized. Oh, and I have a few fun purse organizers that help me to keep everything in order! I’m a big fan of ALL organizing products —  but purse organizers are some of […]

Clutter-Free Gift Wrap — 90 Days and Counting

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2010 | 3 comments

Don’t you just love looking through magazines and seeing gorgeous pictures of perfectly organized spaces like this amazing Gift Wrapping Station featured in Country Home Magazine?? Talk about eye candy! Photo: Country Living OK, so maybe your gift wrap isn’t so creatively organized — {but isn’t it lovely!} I suppose it wouldn’t be difficult to create a gift wrapping station like this; however, it would require that you have an extra room {or at least a spare wall} in your home — and I know […]

Quick Tip: Buy Containers Last

posted by Andrea | 09/9/2010 | 2 comments

I get lots of emails, comments, and questions from readers and clients asking what type of storage containers they should buy for their organizing project. Now, you all know I LOVE fun storage containers, however, my answer to this question is… “Don’t by ANY storage containers until your project is finished.” Sorry if that upsets you…but here’s why: You don’t know what storage containers you’ll need until the END of your project. There is no use wasting time and money […]

Favorite IKEA Products

posted by Andrea | 09/6/2010 | 72 comments

One of my most Frequently Asked Questions is, “What are your favorite organizing products and tools?” I’m not sure I have a single all-time favorite product {although I do love baskets} but this past weekend, Dave and I went to IKEA for the day. Now I remember why I LOVE that store — they have so many great storage solutions! I wanted to buy everything in the store, but I have pretty good self control {and a really small car} […]

Creative Storage Ideas

posted by Andrea | 08/31/2010 | 10 comments

I’m all about functional storage — it needs to be practical; but I also want it to look nice. That’s reasonable, right? While I don’t pride myself in being the most creative gal around, I am extremely motivated when it comes to clearing the clutter in my home, and I’ve managed to come up with a few creative storage ideas that work for me. Magazines and Newspapers: I use an old wooden ladder to store our magazines and newspapers. We can […]

Ten Favorite Organizing Tools

posted by Andrea | 08/23/2010 | 22 comments

Photo Credit: Simplify 101 I am often asked what my favorite organizing tools are…and let’s face it, there are SO many great tools to pick from! And since I’m a total organizing junkie, I thrive on finding the right tools for each of my clients! By faithfully using a few of my favorite tools, I’m confident you will be able to simplify, organize, and enjoy your home and your life just a little bit more. 1. Planner/Calendar: There are SO […]

Baskets {My go-to Organizing Tool}

posted by Andrea | 07/22/2010 | 16 comments

I often receive questions about the organizing tools I use in my home. While I don’t shop at one specific store, I do have one “go-to” tool that I love using whenever possible — baskets! Baskets are a great organizing tool because they come in so many shapes, sizes, colors (and prices)! I guarantee you can find one — or five — to fit your needs. Here are 10 ways I use baskets around my house. Most of them are from Goodwill […]

Donate your Unused Items

posted by Andrea | 06/8/2010 | 1 comment

If you are anything like me, there are several items around your home that you no long use or need. They might be perfectly useful to someone else but there they sit, cluttering up your home and robbing valuable space from other, more important things! Many of my clients tell me that they don’t know what they can donate or where to bring their things… so I’ve put together a general list of suggestions for the next time you want to […]