• Natural - Simple

    21 Easy Ways to be More Eco-Friendly and Reduce Waste at Home

    Over the last few years I’ve become really aware of all the waste that’s produced from the average household. It’s been a mission of mine for us to make changes towards helping us reduce waste at home and just have a more eco-friendly lifestyle. One thing I want to mention is that these changes have been slow, one thing at a time. I often talk to people who are overwhelmed about making a bunch of changes at once to be more conscious, but you don’t have to switch the way you do everything in one day, one month or even one…

  • Simple

    10 Ways to Unplug: Simplify Your Digital Distractions

    Digital distractions. Ugh. I dream of the days when I was a kid and I just freely went about my day without worrying about where my phone is or having the ability to look up trivial information rigththissecond. Even when I’m using it, I hate that I’m using it. But it’s hard when everything happens through your phone: people communicating with you, news, work, photos, etc. It just does too much, am I right? It’s so silly. Just have some discipline, right? But unless you try really hard it can easily become your lifeline, your brain and your connection to…

  • Home - Simple

    Quick & Simple Cleaning Routine + FREE Printable Schedule

    Keeping your house clean doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. I was your average messy teenager, but somehow as I became an adult I realized I like things tidy. I found out that keeping my house clutter free and relatively clean made me feel less stressed and let me focus on other things in my life. I find that when my house feels messy, I have trouble concentrating on work or getting anything else done so keeping it tidy is key to my sanity. Can’t wait and need to download the printable now? [mailerlite_form form_id=14] I’ve kept a…

  • Simple - Uncategorized

    How to Declutter Your Closet

    Over the last couple of years I have really been working on paring down my wardrobe. I had a full closet plus a dresser that was always overflowing, yet I never knew what to wear. Decluttering your closet can be overwhelming so I’m going to share my favorite way to simplify your wardrobe below. Most people will tell you to take out items you haven’t worn in 6 months or a year, etc. but I find that emptying my closet and starting fresh works best for me. You will need to set aside a couple of hours to do this,…

  • Goals - Simple - Uncategorized

    Declutter 500 in 2014 Update + Join Me!

    I’m so happy to report that things are going really with with my Declutter 500 in 2014 challenge! I wrote about it at the beginning of the year in my goals for 2014 and I’m going strong. My updated numbers are below, but I just wanted to give an update as to how I’m feeling about getting rid of so much in one year. Our decluttering really started probably about two years ago. Blaine and I have both seen our parents get buried in stuff (not literally) after a lifetime of accumulating. We both agreed that we didn’t want to…

  • Life - Simple - Uncategorized

    Always Decluttering

    If you’ve been around this blog or following me on social media for a while you know I am always decluttering. It’s borderline addiction. I’m sure my family thinks I’m broke and can’t afford groceries because otherwise why am I constantly selling stuff on our local facebook classifieds group and having yard sales? But take a moment to think about it. We are constantly bringing new items in. The mail, the groceries, the nail polish from target, the top your mom/bff gave you, that random cute thing you bought from that one place but you’re not sure what you want…

  • Life - Simple - Uncategorized

    Spring Cleaning My Life // Update

    I did it. I simplified and have figured out what commitments to clear and what to keep. To be quite honest, I didn’t get rid of much, but it’s a start. Non-negotiable Life by Aileen (this blog) Freelance Design Marley’s Mutts part time job In the middle Miss-E.biz Miss Tightwad Vlog Marley’s Mutts puppy fostering Marley’s Mutts volunteering Amazon selling Ebay selling Say buh-bye Vlogging everyday in 2014 MissTightwad.com I’m saying goodbye to vlogging daily and my Miss Tightwad blog. With vlogging daily I had so much fun, but didn’t consider the time commitment to editing and uplaoding vlogs each…

  • Life - Simple - Uncategorized

    Spring Cleaning My Life

    I’m a serial entrepreneur. An over-commiter and a wannabe overachiever. Or just scatterbrained with a love for business. The main thing is I like to (or just tend to) over commit. I can’t help it. I’m always thinking up new businesses, blogs, projects, hobbies, you name it. You might think work at home life is leisurely getting up at 9, having some breakfast, working for a few hours and them retiring for the day when my husband gets home. Care to know what my days are really like? Getting out of bed around 7 or 8am, immediately letting puppies out,…

  • Life - Simple - Uncategorized

    Declutter 500 in 2014 Challenge Update

    One of my goals for 2014 was to declutter 500 items as I mentioned in my post at the beginning of the year. Almost everyday we bring more items into our homes without putting much thought on what needs to leave. Every day we clean, move and plan around items that are just kind of in the way and not of much use. This year I want to get 500 of those items out of my house! As of February 8th, I’ve decluttered 116 items! A large part of that was due to a yard sale. It was cold and…