Home Management

What I Do (and Don’t) Love About My Kitchen Appliances

posted by Andrea | 04/16/2015 | 25 comments

Now that we’ve been living with our new kitchen for a couple of years, I’m starting to get lots of questions about what we do and don’t love about our appliances and other parts of the kitchen.

So although we love almost everything, I’m sharing all the “pros” and “cons” about our kitchen appliances in today’s post!

Simplify Your Shopping with ePantry.com (plus $10 off and FREE Mrs. Meyers!)

posted by Andrea | 10/22/2014 | 23 comments

I’m excited to gush about one of my new favorite online shopping destinations that has helped me simplify my busy life and keep my home clean — ePantry.com.

Oh yeah… and they are offering free goodies to ALL of you!

The Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle

posted by Andrea | 04/23/2014 | 5 comments

By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

Bought separately, these resources would cost $698 (not including $200+ in bonuses). However, from now through April 28, they are available for just $29.97!

Why I’m NOT A Minimalist

posted by Andrea | 02/26/2014 | 36 comments

When people learn what I do for a living, they often assume I’m a “minimalist” and can’t stand any amount of STUFF in my home and life. However, that is absolutely not true at all.

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on minimalism and why I’m NOT a minimalist.

Linen Storage: Why I Don’t Need It

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2013 | 80 comments

What would you say if I told you we only have 1 set of sheets/blankets per bed — and (get ready to be shocked) only 2 bath towels and 1 hand towel for each of us?

Today, I’m sharing my minimalist approach to linens, and how it saves us TONS of storage space.

5 Fabulous “Homemaking” Resources

posted by Andrea | 01/28/2013 | comment

One of my main goals for this blog is to help busy moms, dads, and families to simplify and get more organized — easier said than done, right! And while I hope SimpleOrganizedLiving.com has turned into a valuable resource for many of you seeking a simple, organized life, there are also SO many other fabulous resources available on the web… including the 5 eBooks into this week’s eBook Bundle of the Week.

Fall Maintenance Around our House

posted by Andrea | 11/5/2012 | 4 comments

Every fall, about this time, Dave and I start to feel overwhelmed with all the home maintenance projects that need to happen before winter arrives. I’m sure all homeowners can relate!

Here are some of the projects we’re hoping to tackle this fall…

What Will You Do With Your Extra Hour?

posted by Andrea | 11/3/2012 | 8 comments

Normally, we all get 24 hours in a day — no more, no less. However, today is the one day each year when we squeeze out an extra hour — thanks to the end of Daylight Savings!

So what will you do with your extra hour?

Weekend Giveaway: All In Good Time Book

posted by Andrea | 04/13/2012 | 363 comments

I’m really excited about today’s giveaway — partially because it’s a great book that totally fits with my quest for simple, organized living… but also because I know BOTH of the authors!

I’ve worked closely with Mandi from Life… Your Way and Tara from Deal Seeking Mom for the past 2 years and can attest that they are both amazing moms, wives, business women, bloggers… and just really fun ladies!

Simple Projects for Christmas Break

posted by Andrea | 12/26/2011 | 4 comments

Yes, I know — you’re not supposed to be “working” on Christmas Break. However, if you are anything like me, you LOVE to take advantage of any spare time you have and fit in a project or two!
So while I completely intend on relaxing and enjoying my Christmas Break, I’m also planning to tackle a few simple projects as well — especially since Dave has almost two weeks off from school and can help with Nora.

Here are some of the projects I’m doing over break:

Weekend Giveaway: Energizer Smoke Alarm Prize Pack

posted by Andrea | 10/21/2011 | 23 comments

Do you have a smoke alarm in your house at this very moment? Are you positive that it actually works?

Did you know that nearly 38% of fatal fire injuries occur in homes without working smoke alarms, while 24% occur in homes in which at least one smoke alarm is present but fails to operate?

Come learn a little bit about smoke alarm safety and enter to win a fun Energizer Prize Pack!

Keep Your Heating & Cooling Systems Trouble Free

posted by Andrea | 07/25/2011 | 1 comment

Here in West Michigan, the past 10 days have been absolutely sweltering — with heat indexes above 100*F, and humidity in the 70-80%. We are SO thankful that our old farmhouse has a good air conditioning unit — and that it works! However, if you have not been so fortunate with your heating and cooling systems, the following post, written by Abby Snyder from FurnaceCompare.com, will offer you some helpful tips. source: Many people give little thought to their heating and cooling systems unless they encounter […]

How I Remember…Seasonal Home Maintenance

posted by Andrea | 06/3/2011 | 13 comments

Have you ever wondered… “When was the last time I changed my toothbrush?” “How long has that food been in the freezer?” “Does my car need an oil change?” “Do I need to change the furnace filter?” Me too! After we got married and were “out on our own” there were so many little home maintenance chores that we honestly never even thought of. I think we went almost a year before realizing we should change our furnace filter {seriously!}. And I […]

Favorites New 2011 Housewares Products

posted by Andrea | 03/14/2011 | 18 comments

Last week at this time, I was in Chicago for the 2011 Home and Housewares Show. I was there to learn all about the new Hoover products, but I also had plenty of time to brows through the THOUSANDS of other companies and products. There are SO many cool new products hitting the shelves this spring — I can’t wait to try them all out. In the meantime, I’ll just tell you a little bit about my favorites…and let you […]

Simple Ways to Prepare Your Home for Fall

posted by Andrea | 10/18/2010 | 6 comments

It’s that time of year again… time to start preparing my home and garden for cold West Michigan winter. This is not necessarily something I look forward to — but it saves me lots of time the following spring when I want to get outside and start planting flowers. The whole process really isn’t THAT bad, and we spread it out over a few weekends. Need a few ideas to get started? Here are a few things we do to prepare […]

Creating a Home Inventory — Protect Your Assets

posted by Andrea | 10/13/2010 | 1 comment

Things have been pretty crazy around the Dekker house lately. To make a VERY long story very short — we’re moving! I’ll share more about the old, OLD farmhouse we’re buying later! I’ve never really moved before…this is totally new territory for me. I lived in the same house my entire life. Sure, I “shuffled” a few of my belongings to and from college each semester, but I never moved. Even when I got married, we hardly had anything to move. However, […]

Seasonal Changes

posted by Andrea | 08/20/2010 | 3 comments

It is still SO hot and muggy in West Michigan…however Fall is almost here. I can feel it,  I can smell it — I can’t wait! I’m ready for cooler temperatures, more rain, and the structure provided by my Fall routines. I’m ready to get out my Fall decorations, roast a bunch of meat, make big batches of soups and stews, bake lots of fresh bread, and start preparing for the upcoming holiday season. If you’re craving change, too, here […]