Tricks of the Trade: Hanger Placement

Whenever people come over, one of the very first things they want to do is see my closet in real life. And sure enough, one of the first things they say once they’ve opened the door is, “Wow, you place your hangers backwards!”I guess you could say that I was destined for a career in closets because ever since I was a little girl, I’ve placed hangers this direction. Now, many years later, I can’t shake the habit and have arranged all of my closets in this way.

When I organize a client’s closet, I always give them the option of which direction they’d like their hangers to face. When they ask if there are benefits to my method, I always share that it 1) makes your closet feel more open and 2) makes it harder to accidentally knock items off of the rack. 

So what do you think? If you need a little change in your life, I’d highly recommend trying it out! And if you do, be sure to comment on my Instagram letting me know what you think of the new system 🙂

Bay Area Exploring: Stinson Beach

When the weekend forecast calls for 80 degrees and nothing but sunshine, I always head to Stinson Beach. A beach town in Marin County just about an hour’s drive from San Francisco, Stinson is filled with everything you could ask for on a sunny Saturday—beautiful open beach, delicious food, and quaint shops. Plus, the drive there is absolutely breathtaking as you make your way down the mountain and onto the coast.

The town itself is very small (only about 2-3 blocks), so you can easily cover all of the shops and sites in a single afternoon.

My favorite spots for lunch are The Parkside Café and The Siren Canteen. If I’m in the mood for healthier options, I’ll hit the first one but if I am craving a burger and milkshakes, I always go to the latter.

Wish List: Straw Entryway

It’s no secret that I love straw accessories, both for the home and the wardrobe. So it should also come as no surprise that I have a lot of them lying around my apartment.

Recently, I’ve been thinking about taking all of my straw accessories and curating them into a beautiful entryway statement, just as these photos show. I love how each of these entryways instantly conjure the feeling of adventure—like you could just grab a hat and hit the beach at a moment’s notice.

What do you think? Is a straw entryway on your #WishList, too?

Photos from: Pinterest.

My Bedtime Routine

As you have likely gathered from reading my blog, I am a pretty regimented person. So it should come as no surprise that I aim to follow something of a nightly routine that helps calm down my system just before bed. If you struggle with your sleep schedule, then I’d highly recommend giving these tips a try—they have really helped in ensuring that I wake up feeling restored (most) mornings!

Give yourself 30 minutes before bed to wind down. It can be hard for your system to go straight from activity to bed, and that can lead to excessive tossing and turning. To avoid this, pick one or two of the below to get your body and mind in a relaxed state, and do so about 30 minutes before you’d like to go to sleep.

Drink a cup of tea. I love to drink a cup of mint or chamomile tea in my bedroom chair as I am getting ready for bed. I’ll bring out my book and do a little reading at the same time, too.

Take a bath. On the nights when I’m feeling like I really need to de-stress and wind down, I’ll draw myself a bath filled with epsom salt and lavender oil.

Turn down the lights. During this 30-minute wind down period, I will turn the main overhead light off in my room and only keep my nightstand light on. Scientific research has shown that bright light can stimulate your senses, so it’s best to keep the lights dim as you’re preparing for bed.

Shut off technology. Last but certainly not least, I put my phone on do not disturb and really make an effort to not look at it during this wind down period. I am one of those people who could get sucked into an Instagram rabbit hole at the snap of a finger, so this rule is one of the most important for me to follow.

Do you have a bedtime routine or tips for getting relaxed at the end of a long day? Please share below!