Living Well

Tips for Living the Good Life with Less!

Lazy Girl’s Guide to an Awesome Garden 

If you’ve got the urge to grow things but need some serious short cuts that will get you beautiful flowers, plants, and even vegetables without a lot of work or hassle then you’ve come to the right place! I’ve got 5 of the top gardening tips so you can enjoy an awesome garden in less time than you think! Spring and summer in Wisconsin bring out the gardener in me! And when I say gardener, I mean the person who wants to have beautiful flowers, fresh tomatoes, crispy lettuce and savory herbs ready to be picked and enjoyed. Full disclosure –  I’m not so big on the planting, watering, weeding, worrying about pests, etc. part of all that. My husband teases that we just need to get a house next door to a botanical garden so that I can walk through it…

If Marie Kondo’s Method Doesn’t Work for You…

What to do when the Marie Kondo Method doesn’t work for you… If you’re at all interested in cleaning and decluttering and you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few years, it’s likely you’ve heard of Marie Kondo and her KonMari Method of decluttering and organizing your home.  Her books are so popular they’ve sold millions of copies in several different languages. In 2015 Time Magazine put her on its list of the top 100 most influential people. She’s become such a cultural icon that she’s even got her own Netflix series.  I’m always looking for easy ways to keep my house clean and clutter-free and the fact her title has the phrase “Life-Changing Magic” in it made me REALLY want to love her ideas and her method and go all-in for it…

7 Smart Actions to Take When Things Go Wrong

Let’s face it, life doesn’t always hand us a free ticket to the beach and an ice cream cone and say, “Hey, you’re awesome! Take the day off!” But you don’t have to take life’s blows sitting down. Here are 7 smart actions to take to make life better when things go wrong! Have you ever had one of those days (or weeks!) when everything just seems to go wrong? You don’t get the job you thought you had nailed the interview on, or you try to complete a project on time and totally miss the deadline because of circumstances beyond your control, or you get snowed in AND your back goes out, or the refrigerator dies or your car breaks down, or you end up spending 45 minutes stuck in traffic behind an accident and miss…

10 of the Best Bathroom Cleaning Hacks!

The self-cleaning bathroom! It’s a dream I have. If you hate cleaning the bathroom like I do it may be a dream of yours as well.  That’s why I’m sharing 10 of the best bathroom cleaning hacks that will keep your bathroom clean with as little work as possible.   You don’t need to spend $370+ dollars on a self-cleaning toilet (although seriously, I may have to get one of these someday!).  Or remodel your entire bathroom so you can just spray it down with a powerful hose when the family’s done using it! (Also, a thought I have had.)  There are quick and easy ways to keep your bathroom clean with a minimal amount of work on your part.   BONUS! At the end of this post there is a link to a set of FREE printables with the recipes for my 6 favorite…

Declutter Your Work-Life & Improve Your Productivity!

It’s time to focus on decluttering your work-life and improving your productivity! Here at Easy Simplicity we focus a lot on decluttering and simplifying your home life. But most of us spend many hours of our day at work. It would be silly to ignore that aspect of our lives in our quest for simplifying and living the good life for less!    So how’s your office or workspace looking?    Would it benefit from 10 minutes of decluttering? Is one of your desk drawers starting to look like that dreaded kitchen junk drawer – holding a bunch of odds and ends that you will probably never use – or things that you would use if you remembered they were there and could find them?    Do you have 15 used pens sitting in a drawer – 5 of which don’t even work?    Spending 10 minutes decluttering your workspace could…