How to Have a Perfectly Clean House

Tips on how to have a perfectly clean home?! uhh, is this too good to be true...

Today I'm sharing my secret of how to have a perfectly clean house. If we can do it with four small kids under the age of five and in a house with 1200 square feet, you can do it too.  If people followed these steps they would have a perfect house just like us. What are you waiting for?! You won't believe how simple these seven tips are.   Here are the steps to have a perfectly … [Read more...]

How to Declutter Your Closet

Ahh, I need this! How to declutter your closet and stop letting clothes consume you.

Clothing is one of the toughest things to declutter. It is a basic necessity but also a burden. Clothes saved for years just because, shirts with tags sitting there taunting us, and stained shirts. I'm going to show you how to declutter your closet by sharing the simple system I use. When I was in college, my mom counted over 200 t-shirts in my closet. And that was just t-shirts! This is my … [Read more...]

What to Do With Your Stuff

great post!! a list of what to do with stuff you are decluttering.

As part of our 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge I have had many people ask me: so when I fill my bags with stuff, what do I do with them? This is a very good question, and the answer is actually going to vary from person to person. What you do with your stuff depends on YOU, your situation, and the stuff you are decluttering. As for me, I use all of the methods below depending on the item and … [Read more...]

Areas in Your Home to Declutter

want to clean your house but don't know where to start? Here are 78+ possible spots to declutter.

If you are working with us on the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge, you might be looking for suggestions of places in your home to clean. I've compiled this list of 79 areas and will add to it as we think of more. Think of it as your go-to checklist when working on your 40 Bags (or more or less). If you can think of more ideas, list them in the comments! Want to join in on the challenge? Find more … [Read more...]

40 Bags in 40 Days 2014 Decluttering Challenge

join the decluttering revolution! Challenge yourself to simplify and get rid of 40 bags in 40 days. #40bagsin40days

Are you guys ready?  Ready for what, you ask?  Ready to completely change your life. Ready to declutter and simplify your life. Ready to get rid of emotional clutter. Ready to figure out how to get a handle on all of the things holding us back.   What is 40 Bags in 40 Days? A forty day period in the spring (coinciding with the 40 days of Lent) where you focus on cleaning one area per … [Read more...]

How to Keep the Toys from Taking Over

tips on toy organization and storage in a small home. Written by a mom of four young kids. MUST READ!

One of the questions I get asked a lot is "where are all of your toys?!" Maybe you've been thinking it. Sometimes I shove stuff out of the picture (all bloggers do), but for the most part, we have the toy situation figured out. Toy storage, organization, decluttering, decrapifying, simplifying, it can all be tricky. But once you figure out what works in your home and for your family, you can … [Read more...]

Summer Simplify Decluttering Series


I have thinking a lot about simplifying lately. Maybe it's just me nesting (I'm 33 weeks pregnant, due July 24th), or maybe it's all the stuff I've been dragging in from garage sales. Something about the simple life has always intrigued me and while I definitely wouldn't call myself a minimalist, I want my home to have a clean vibe. A place for everything. Only keeping things that I love. … [Read more...]

40 BAGS in 40 DAYS 2013 Wrap Up

great words to live by! via @whbsblog

Today is the Saturday before Easter and technically the last day in the 40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS challenge. If you made it this far, congratulations! If you feel like this was just the beginning, then congratulations to you too. :) Sometimes starting is the hardest part and if this challenge helped you to get in a decluttering mindset, than I think you're on the right path.   This year … [Read more...]

40 BAGS 40 DAYS Progress

40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS, declutter your home one small spot at at time

I bet you thought that I gave up in the war against clutter. Not so my friend, not so. I tackled most of my small areas in the beginning, so all that remains are the big ones: the tool and paint section of the basement, basement toy storage, the garage, the attic (dun dun dun). and like it sometimes does, life gets in the way! It is freezing out and the attic and garage have had to wait. I got … [Read more...]

40 BAGS 40 DAYS Week Three Progress


This week I focused on two spaces that needed a large burst of energy rather than a quick clean up: the kids’ room and clothing and craft storage. I also cleaned up my purse and a nightstand, and focused on keeping the laundry going and keeping things put away. Shortly after I wrote last week’s progress post, I got to work cleaning out the kids’ room: their closet, drawers, room, and bins in … [Read more...]