Posts Tagged ‘purging’

How I Keep Up With Regular Purging

posted by Andrea | 01/9/2018 | 16 comments

Since we have so much more coming INTO our home these days, I really have to practice regular purging to keep things from getting too out of control.

I don’t have a fancy system or cute donation bins… but so far, the simple system I’ve been using for years and years continues to work well for us, even as the volume of things entering our home continues to increase.

The Point Of Purging – And Why I Don’t Do “Challenges”

posted by Andrea | 02/21/2017 | 17 comments

Over the years, I have been asked time and time and time again why I don’t ever blog about any type of “purging challenge”, and why I don’t do any type of purging challenge in my own life.

I get it… I can definitely see the motivational factor of being involved in a fun purging challenge, but they’ve just never been something I’m excited to promote, and today, I’m sharing why!

Purge Like You’re Moving

posted by Andrea | 07/6/2016 | 17 comments

Someone recently asked me for my best tip to encourage more purging. Without much hesitation, I responded with one simple phrase…

Today, I’m sharing that one simple phrase in hopes that it will encourage you to part with a few more things you don’t need, use, want, or love!

Love It, Use It, or Lose It – My Own Guidelines for Purging

posted by Andrea | 05/20/2016 | 31 comments

In my opinion, there are no hard-and-fast rules for exactly what you should and should not purge.

Instead, I ask myself 2 simple questions to determine if an item should stay or go — today I’m sharing those questions…

22 Tips to Get Organized for Spring

posted by Andrea | 04/12/2013 | 18 comments

It’s almost spring — which means warmer weather, pretty flowers, busy schedules, AND spring organizing! While I try to keep things pretty organized all year long, there’s just something about spring that pushes me into high gear and motivates me to organize and purge everything! If you’re feeling the same way, here are 22 simple ideas to get you started! 1. Initiate monthly purges. This list is not in any specific order; however, I did put Monthly Purges first for […]

10 Excuses We Make to Keep Our Clutter

posted by Andrea | 03/11/2013 | 44 comments

When it comes to the clutter in our homes and lives, it’s often much easier to make excuse after excuse, listing all the reasons it might actually be best to KEEP our clutter than to actually make work of getting rid of those things we no longer need, use, want, or love.

Sound familiar? If you’ve been making excuses to keep your clutter, I hope that today’s post might be the “wake-up call” that motivates and encourages you to clear some of the clutter from your home and life!

Christmas Storage + A Tour of All Our Basement Storage

posted by Andrea | 01/8/2013 | 32 comments

As I was packing up our Christmas decorations I thought, “I bet people would like to see some pictures of our basement and how I store our extra stuff.”

So, for those of you who’d like to see what the basement of a 120 year old farmhouse (with a cray organizer living upstairs) looks like… here you go!

Craigslist 101: 3 Tips To Sell Your Items ASAP

posted by Andrea | 10/16/2012 | 26 comments

I get lots of questions from readers who are having trouble selling things on Craigslist in a timely fashion. Sometimes they say it takes them weeks and months to sell one small item — and in my opinion, that’s just not worth the time and effort.

If you’re wondering how to sell your stuff ASAP, I’m sharing three tips that have been helping me to sell my items FAST (usually in less than 48 hours!)

Do You Have a Space Budget?

posted by Andrea | 10/10/2012 | 18 comments

I’m a huge advocate for budgeting because I’ve seen first-hand how living within a budget helps us to simplify and organize our lives (not to mention stay out of debt).

And today, I’d like to talk a little bit more about budgeting — but this time, I’m going to focus on creating and using a budget to manage your space.

Why I’m NOT Purging

posted by Andrea | 03/20/2012 | 22 comments

Yes, you read the title of this post correctly; I really have NOT purged much these past couple of months — and it’s not because I’m too busy, too lazy, or any other excuse!!

The reason I haven’t been purging is because I haven’t been bringing more stuff into our home.

See how we’re managing to keep the clutter out and save time, space, and money in the process!

Lighten Your Home for Spring

posted by Andrea | 03/10/2012 | 4 comments

I know it’s not officially spring yet, but the beginning of March always makes me “think spring”! And without fail, every spring, I have an EXTRA urge to purge!

I’ve already done a few extra organizing/cleaning projects to lighten our home this past week, and am excited about upcoming projects on my list! If you’re not feeling the urge to purge just yet… or if you just need a little motivation to get started, here are a few posts that might do the trick

Clear Your Clutter… with a Clothes Basket

posted by Andrea | 01/9/2012 | 4 comments

As you can probably imagine, January and February are busy months for anyone involved in the “organizing industry”. Just think about how many people made a New Year’s resolution or goal to “get more organized” this year!

And even though I’m normally quite organized, I find myself with an even stronger urge to purge at the beginning of a new year. If you’ve had this same urge lately, I’ve got a really SIMPLE tip that always seems to help me get rid of even more stuff around our house.

What Will You Purge First?

posted by Andrea | 12/29/2011 | 9 comments

If your holiday parties were anything like ours, you probably left with a lot more stuff than you arrived with.

And even though I took my own advice and got rid of a bunch of stuff BEFORE the holidays, we’ve gotten rid of even more since then… I’m guessing you might be able to purge a few more things too!

If so, then I have a few tips and a bunch of resources to help you get started… what will you purge first?

Clearing Your Clutter BEFORE The Holidays

posted by Andrea | 11/3/2011 | 9 comments

Christmas is just over 7 weeks away — are you getting excited yet?

As I set out to prepare for the upcoming festivities, one thing I almost always do is declutter my home to make room for all the extra “stuff” that seems to accompany this time of year!
No matter how ruthless you are about bringing things into your home, I can almost guarantee you’ll end up with more stuff and less space after the festivities are over… see what I’m doing to plan ahead and declutter this year!

Ask the Readers: Clothes Clutter

posted by Andrea | 08/4/2011 | 8 comments

source: I’ve received an overwhelming number of emails asking about closet and clothes clutter. It seems you all have “too little closet space” — or MAYBE, you just have TOO much stuff!! Either way, I’m thinking it might not be a bad idea to do a few different posts about clothes clutter. And I’m planning to start off by bringing you on a full-blown tour of our FINISHED master bedroom closet. {You can read about the closet system installation here}.   This […]

I’m Purging My Food Storage Containers

posted by Andrea | 07/26/2011 | 18 comments

I’ve wanted to write a post about getting rid of old, nasty, food storage containers for several weeks now — but I figured that I should probably “practice what I preach” before I preach it!! And since my food storage containers were getting  a little bit out of control, I decided to quickly tackle that project this weekend — and honestly, it only took me about 30 minutes from start to finish {including the time I spent taking pictures!} So […]

Craigslist 101: What You Need to Get Started

posted by Andrea | 07/8/2011 | 5 comments

source: I’ve received a lot of positive feedback from the first few posts in my Craigslist 101 Series; but I’ve also received even more questions! One of the questions I’ve gotten a few times is, “What do I need to get started selling my stuff on Craigslsit?” My answer is, “Not Much!” That is the beauty of Craigslsit! What You Need to Get Started:: 1. TIME: If you don’t have the time to post your items, the time to respond to emails and questions, […]

My Summer Organizing Projects

posted by Andrea | 07/7/2011 | 5 comments

Summer is in full swing, and depending on where you live, it might just be too hot to venture outside during the middle of the day. We’ve had several hot, humid, summer days already and the weather forecast shows several more to come over the next few weeks. So I’m taking advantage of my time indoors {with the air conditioning on} to tackle a few organizing projects this summer. Here are a few projects I’ve already finished or still plan […]