A Day with California Closets

A few days ago, I lived my dream day and I am so excited to be sitting down now to tell you all about. Why was it so dreamy? Well, it involved playing around in the most beautifully organized and constructed closets with California Closets. Need I say more?

When I found out they opened a brand new showroom in Burlingame, I had to go check it out—and let me tell you, it was well worth the visit. Not only is the surrounding neighborhood so cute (we’ll get to that later in the blog post, don’t you worry), but the showroom itself was so inspiring.

I probably could have stayed in the showroom for hours on end because there was just so much to take in. From media centers to closets, this place had it all. When I say I touched and analyzed just about every corner in the showroom, I am not exaggerating. And while it was all incredible, some of the highlights for me were:

  • The “Tiffany” closet, with its pretty turquoise walls and frosted glass cabinets.
  • The woven textured finish on the walls of their biggest closet installation. That, coupled with the mirrors and sleek nobs, was a real winner in my book.
  • The interactive design studio where you can project a 3D rendering of your space and interact with it—how cool!
  • The finishes wall with boards imported from Italy.

After playing around with every detail in the showroom (case in point up top) and getting allllll of the inspiration for my future custom closet, I ventured out into the neighborhood to explore. The showroom is located right in the thick of it all—there are tons of shops and restaurants to pop into.

I had the most delicious lunch from Limon Rotisserie and made the prettiest bouquet at Fiori. There was so much more I wanted to explore, so I will definitely be back!

Hope you enjoyed this guide to the best spots in Burlingame, and can’t wait to hear what you think of the California Closets showroom!

Top 5 Organizing Rules

I’m such a sucker for a good “top 5” list—whether it’s about beauty or cleaning or cooking, I am exponentially more likely to click on something when I know it will be broken down into bite-sized chunks. Hopefully you’re like me in that sense and will therefore enjoy what I’ve put together below: the top 5 organizing rules, according to moi.

Rule 1: Everything in its place. In order for your home to be as organized as it can be, you need to make sure that everything has a place at the end of the day.

Rule 2: Put things away in the moment. So often, friends and clients tell me that organizing is not in their DNA and they’ve come to accept that they’ll always have piles of clothes in their bedrooms. My answer? Try putting things away in the moment so you never build a pile! Even though it may add five minutes to your getting ready routine, I promise it will be worth it.

Rule 3: Cleanse and edit often. We all have a tendency to collect things over time, which is totally fine so long as you make it a point to regularly review all that you have. For instance, I do a closet purge roughly twice a year during which I review everything that I have and pick pieces out for donation or selling.

Rule 4: Group items by type. While this rule may be most easily understood in the context of a closet, it applies to every room in the house. Simply by organizing by like items (ie: jeans with all other jeans, books with all other books in the living room, meats will all other meats in the refrigerator), your home will appear instantly more organized.

Rule 5: Create a routine that works for you. All of us are unique in our own ways, and that directly carries over into our organizing habits. Because of this, don’t try to force someone else’s routine onto you just because it works for them. Instead, develop a plan that is personalized to you and your schedule. After all, if you come up with a plan that works, you’ll stick with it!

Wish List: Clear Console

An acrylic console table first caught my eye a while ago and I haven’t been able to shake it ever since. I just love how it can both blend in as well as make a big, bold statement at the same time.

Thankfully, this piece may not stay on my wish list for much longer—we have the perfect place for it right under the windows in our living room. If and when we do make the purchase, I’ll be sure to update you with photos!

Photos from: Pinterest

Tricks of the Trade: Planner Organization

I’ve confessed just how much I love my planner before, but I’ve never really shown you a glimpse into how I functionally use it. But today, that changes! Keep reading to find out how I plan to perfection.

Before I really get into it, I should let you know that I use my planner to capture every little task or thought that I have. For me, it’s so therapeutic to know that everything is written down in one spot and that I don’t have to bother keeping it all stored in my head.

Because I write so much down in my planner, I need a system to distinguish between different tracks of work and to-do’s. What’s that system? So glad you asked!

Everything I write down in my planner falls into 1 of 5 categories:

  • Social: Weekend plans, important dates (ie: birthdays, anniversaries, etc.), travel plans
  • To-do’s: Various chores that I need to take care of
  • Work: This includes all things business, from my day job to my finances
  • Gym: The classes that I sign up for go here
  • Blog: Any and all work I need to do for The Tidy Corner 🙂

 

To make the categories super clear and distinct, I use colored erasable pens. Yes, you heard that right! There are erasable pens out there and they are an absolute must because plans always change and you’ll certainly need to move things around from time to time.

At the start of the year, I went through my planner and added in several items under the “social category,” namely friends’ and family’s birthdays, as well as travel dates I’ve already booked. Then, as a new month begins, I always reflect on what I need to do and what I’ve already committed to and enter it into my planner. This does wonders in helping me feel like the month ahead is on track and my life is in order!

I hope you found this planner tutorial helpful, and if you have any tips for how you organize your own, please do share in the comments!

A Sunny Winter

During the holidays, I took a week off work to spend time with family friends in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Going home for an extended period of time is always so restorative for me—especially when the sun is shining.

Here’s a look into some of my favorite photos (and memories!) that I snapped while home.

{Malibu Pier}

{Griffith Observatory}

{West Hollywood}

{Venice Canals}

{Rose Café}

{Melrose Place}

{State Street}

{The Blue Door}

{Around Santa Barbara}  

{Lucky Penny}