Breakdown: Color Coordination

Color Coordination

I often write about color coordination, be it for bookshelves or closets, and the reason is because I absolutely love organizing by color. There’s something about the fade from the light to dark and the grouping of like colors and items that appeals to the senses and makes you feel excited to get dressed. Since I’d love for all of my readers to share in this feeling, here is a breakdown of how to go about color-cording your closet.

Breakdown

First, you’ll want to divide your clothes by type. Think: Sleeveless blouses with other sleeveless blouses, short sleeved blouses with other short sleeved blouses, and finally long sleeved blouses with other long sleeved blouses. Repeat for all items in your closet, include short skirts, long skirts, sleeveless dresses, sleeved dresses. Ok, you get the picture!

Light to Dark

Next, you’ll want to arrange each sub-division by color. For instance, here I’ve started out with sleeveless blouses. I go ahead and group them together and then begin to arrange by color. Since I don’t have any red sleeveless blouses, I started with creamy peach tones and worked my way through the rainbow, from light –> dark.

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Finally, you’ll want to repeat this process for all items in your closet. In the above photo, you can see that my long sleeved shirts are all grouped and color coordinated, starting with a peachy button down and ending near the black polka-dot printed blouse.

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Bay Area Exploring: Hayes Valley

Hayes Valley

Slowly but surely, I’m seeing more and more of the Bay Area. From trying out all of the restaurants and coffee shops in my own area to making my way through San Francisco, no weekend is without 100 possible things to do.

A few weekends back, I had the opportunity to explore an area that I hadn’t yet before – Hayes Valley in San Francisco. Hayes Valley is kind of like The Mission, but a little more upscale. With a park just up the hill to relax on a sunny day and a plethora of delicious restaurants to choose from – including Monsieur Benjamin, where I ate – this neighborhood definitely tops my list.

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No Clutter

Zero ClutterThe main reason why many people have trouble with organization is that they surround themselves with clutter. Whether it’s 50 pairs of shoes or books on a shelf that weren’t even enjoyable the first time around, it can be very easy to let things build up.

While it is definitely not impossible to reverse the clutter damage – and I hope that my tips and tricks in this post are helping you to do so – I am a huge advocate for doing all that you can ahead of time to not let it get to that place. A very easy way to do this is to assess what you have two or three times a year, once during Spring, once during Summer, and once at the start of the New Year. That way, you’re always in check with what you have, what you don’t need, and what you can get rid of.

Because I live in a small space, I do this slightly more than three times a year, as when I buy something new I have to immediately think where I have room to store it. For me, this is a great way to prevent clutter (and to save money!) because I simply don’t buy things that I cannot house. Though for those of you with large basements or extra storage rooms, I encourage you to check in every few months and donate/sell that which you don’t need.

Dreamy Tablescapes

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I’m always on the lookout for beautiful tablescapes from which to take inspiration. While I typically don’t throw large dinner parties, when I do, it’s always nice to have some inspiration to pull from to spark a creative drive.

I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to gorgeous table settings, but here are some of my absolute favorites.

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