Keeping a Simple Home

I like simple. I don’t like clutter. Here is my list of things I think you should have in every room of your home along with a few room decoration rules that I try to follow.


  • Make it cute, but functional
  • Have a focal point
  • Hide the icky, the extra and the sticky (meaning messy)
  • Carry through color
  • Make it you, let your personality show
  • Always have extra… but don’t let it perplex ya (I know, I’m a dork)
  • Large trashcan on each floor
  • One “donate” container on each floor
  • One portable cleaning bucket/station

In every room you should have: 

  • Plants or fresh flowers (or you can settle for fake flowers)
  • Special memory
  • Book
  • Clock
  • Candle

Entry way / mud room

  • Keep most worn shoes and coats in a warm room no matter what

Living Room (where your main TV is located)

  • Adjustable lighting options (twinkly romantic lights, blinds to open, floor lamp and ceiling light)


  • Sheet sets that match (then get rid of all the other random sheets)
  • Nice matching hangers
  • Blanket boxes/bins


  • White towels
  • White shower curtain


  • Family yearbook
  • Matching waterproof containers with easy to read labels

More tips to come!

  • Garage
  • Basement
  • Office
  • Emergency Kit
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Room

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Hi, I’m so excited your here! My name is Amanda. Welcome to my blog Dishes and Denim! Writing is my outlet. It grounds me. So, I decided to start a blog where I can share my life with you! I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. My son Bradley was born April 1st, 2018. He is my entire world. Simple is my specialty. I don’t have a lot of extra time and the time I do have I want to spend with my family. I love cooking, cleaning, photography, writing, sewing and running. Maintaining an organized and clutter-free home is a priority. I have a mild obsession with buying photography props, notebooks, coffee mugs, and pens. If there was an award for overanalyzing – I would win every year. I’m a hopeless romantic. My favorite color is turquoise. My perfect day includes waking up to a clean house and having a Starbucks Skinny Vanilla Latte and fresh fruit waiting for me…followed by a long hot shower then bumming around town in comfy jeans and a perfectly fitting white tee and my denim jacket (taking pictures and visiting antique shops). For dinner, I would request a cheeseburger (red onions, pickle, and ketchup) with a side salad (Balsamic, no tomatoes) Then end the day relaxing on my patio with twinkle lights, a glass of Entwine Cabernet and my family (bonus points for a campfire and S’mores). If you want to know more about me you can either invite me out for a glass of red wine or check out some of my blog posts!

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