About Erin Henry

Since its founding in 2015 by suburban mother Erin Henry, Suburban Simplicity has provided an outlet for like-minded women to connect and share their methods for a serene and simple home life. It has become a trusted resource for advice on simple, modern homemaking, appearing on Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Buzzfeed, MSN and Yummly.

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  1. Casey Capra says

    Wow, I really like your idea of checking for birthdays at the beginning of the month and buying all the gifts/cards once! Haven’t thought of that! (And I’m so bad at remembering birthdays!)

    • Erin says

      Little things like this make a big difference! I seem to be forgetting more and more, so tips like this help and make the rest of the month go much smoother. Thanks for stopping by, Casey!

  2. Pili says

    That’s a great list, Erin. I still struggle with #5, and now in the middle of a move I’m getting crazy. I hope to be able to start at the new house.

    Thank you so much for sharing it at Sweet Inspiration party!

    • Erin says

      It totally builds up fast. Between mail, kids papers and whatever else makes it way through the door, it’s a lot! Shredding is such a good idea because of security concerns, too.

  3. Nikki Frank-Hamilton says

    There are so many tips here that I need to implement. Especially shredding the junk mail! It lays on the counter forever until we get rid of it, and it drives me crazy! This step alone would go a long way in helping our home look and function better!

  4. Abigail says

    Wonderful tips. I so have to have the calander thing or I get nothing done. My hubby brings in the mail and always leaves it laying around, drives me nuts! I guess I ‘ll just have to take up shredding too. lol

    • Erin says

      My husband brings in the mail, too, and he always needs a little reminding about the “system” we have for mail 🙂 Shredding is important for security, so think about getting one!

  5. Erin says

    I love this Erin! Paperwork is one of my downfalls! It was before I had kids and it hasn’t gotten any better. I need to implement the “touch once” rule. I also really love your birthday card tip here, what an amazing time saver!

    • Erin says

      Me too until we implemented some of these strategies after we moved last year. With four kids, there always seems to be paperwork from school that I now have a system for as well.

  6. Lara says

    Great tips! Junk mail is the one that always gets me…. they send so much of it!If I don’t handle it right away, it gets out of hand quickly. Love the once a month birthday card idea, that would simplify things a lot. <3

    • Erin says

      I know! The junk mail piles up and piles up. Touching it only once forces you to be more intentional about it! Thanks for coming by and reading the post, Lara!

  7. Lorelei says

    I recently started processing my magazines like #6. It’s so nice to have all the best tear sheets in page protectors in a binder. No more mountain of magazines on my desk!

    • Erin says

      Yes, magazine tend to pile up, so this tip really helps. Then you can go bak and read at your leisure. Thanks for coming by, Lorelei!

    • Erin says

      It was a big help when my kids were little. Now everything is gift cards…let me know how it goes! Thanks for coming by, Emma!

  8. Kathryn says

    This is a great list, Erin! I do #2 with recycling. It makes it easy to keep junk out. I need to do the birthday and gift card ones. I’m terrible about remembering birthdays until the day before.

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