A Fresh Home

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A few weeks back, I shared my tips and tricks for a keeping a home nice and tidy, but how about keeping it fresh and airy? Sure, ensuring your home is dust bunny free is a great first step in this direction, but there’s a lot more to it. Since I absolutely hate feeling claustrophobic, I pay close attention to the airy quality of my apartment.

Here’s what you can always expect when you walk through my doors:

Open windows: Even during the colder months, I like to keep a window cracked to let fresh air to circulate through my apartment. During the warmer months, you better believe I have nearly every window open.

Fresh smell: Through a combination of room sprays, delicious candles, diffusers, and soaps, my apartment always smells pretty nice. I am currently loving the red currant Votivo room spray, and love to stock my apartment with Voluspa and Coqui Coqui candles.

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Ample greenery: You can’t achieve a fresh and airy quality without natural elements in your home. So ditch those fake flowers and add succulents, an orchid, and any other plant/flower that makes you happy. You’ll feel fresher in no time.

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Tricks of the Trade: Organizing Papers

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As we move in an increasingly paperless direction, it can at times be difficult to figure out where to keep individual papers. So, I thought I’d share my tips for what to hold onto, what to get rid of, and how to store all those papers that collect in random parts of your home.

First things first, do a cleanse. Do you need that manual for the microwave you bought five years ago? Probs not. I like to hold onto boxes for big purchases for a few months and once the item proves it’s not going anywhere anytime soon, I get rid of it, along with the dozens of papers it came with. The only thing I hold onto is my receipt—and if you paid for it with a card, you don’t need to hold onto anything.

IMG_5472 IMG_5474  Now that you’ve done a nice cleanse, you should have a much lighter stack of paper with which to work. Let’s hope so anyway. What I like to do is group all my papers together by category and store them in folders. For instance, I have the following folders:

  • Medical: Where I house all of my medical documents, proof of insurance, etc.
  • Professional: Where I house past offer letters, contracts, and the like.
  • Bills: Here, I keep really big invoices as well as my rental agreement.
  • Finances: This folder holds important bank statements, financial goals, 401k information, and my checkbook.
  • Important documents: Where I keep some miscellaneous yet super important papers, such as my college transcript, birth certificate, etc.

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Once you’ve created and filled your folders, I’d recommend reviewing their contents every few months. You’d be surprised to find what you don’t need anymore each time you do so.

Sweet Tooth: Blondies

First ImageSince brownies are so played out right now, I opted for blondies instead. And while that totally was a joke, I really do love blondies because they’re basically chocolate chip cookies in brownie form. Aka more cookie per bite and I’m all for that.

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To whip up my delicious blondies, I followed this recipe. My apartment smelled like freshly baked goodies for hours and my boyfriend was basically salivating as he watched me shoot this post. I’ll definitely be making these again soon. IMG_5856 IMG_5859

Tricks of the Trade: Maintaining a Clean Home

First ImageAfter a long day, there’s no worse feeling than opening the door to your home only to find that a mess awaits you. Sure, sometimes there’s no way to avoid this—like if you had a really late night or had a friends over—but as often as possible, I strive to keep my apartment feeling fresh and clean. Here’s how I do it:

  • Set a cleaning schedule: A few months back, I shared my cleaning checklist that I follow religiously. Just pick a day that works best for you and deem it your cleaning day. Turn on your favorite music, buy some colorful cleaning products, and tidy away.
  • Be open to touch-ups: Maybe you spill some milk on your counter or you go to the beach and leave your entryway all sandy. Whatever the case, your home is likely to need some touch-ups here and there between your weekly clean day. Typically, I vacuum my entryway, sweep my bathroom, and wipe off my countertops and kitchen table once between clean days. I know, I know—you’re thinking, ‘ugh, more cleaning?’ But trust me, this will only make your once weekly cleaning day easier!

So go ahead, give it a try, and let me know how you like it.