Sometimes staying on top of all of my chores can feel like a full-time job (and please tell me I’m not alone in that feeling!). Between dry cleaning, grocery shopping, and housekeeping, it’s no wonder why people have personal assistants to help them out with daily to-do’s.
And while I would certainly not be opposed to having a personal assistant, I’ve recently taken to a new system that has been working out really well for me and wanted to share it with all of you.
Enter: this “All Out Of” notepad. I’ve never really been one for pre-formatted notes, as I like to have full creative freedom to write out exactly what I need to do and when. But there’s something about this pad that is just too great to deny. For starters, it’s magnetic so it lives perfectly on my refrigerator door. Second, it has just about everything you could ever think of, so you’ll never run to the store and forget an item again. Amazing, right?
I particularly love that this pad gives me an at-a-glance view into all of my errands. Once it starts to fill up, I know that it’s time for a drug store haul, and of course, I know exactly what to buy.
Every time I travel, I make a super detailed travel itinerary that serves as my bible throughout the whole trip. From flight information to restaurant reservations and everything in between, my travel itinerary is the only document I have to carry with me when I travel.
Over the years, I’ve gotten pretty good at banging these itineraries out–so good that my friends request them even if they have no travel plans–and have developed somewhat of a strategy. So, like I always do, I thought I’d share my tips and tricks with you!
I like to divide my travel itinerary by day (ex: Tuesday, March 28th) and then subdivide by time of day (ex: morning, afternoon, evening). That way, I can distinguish between something to see in the morning v. the evening. Plus, it’s a great way to make sure I don’t overbook myself for any one time of the day.
From there, I go about filling in the different portions of the day. I like to do a ton of research before I go anywhere. Depending on the scale of the trip (international or national), I’ll read travel books, scope travel blogs, and even stalk my favorite influencers’ Instagram feeds. All of these sources help me figure out the key places to visit, delicious restaurants to eat at, and other notable things I shouldn’t miss out on.
Then it really comes down to scheduling. As I mentioned, you don’t want to overbook yourself with breakfast plans on one end of town, lunch on the other, and finally dinner plans back where you had breakfast. That would be crazy! Instead, I try to stick to one or two neighborhoods per day and ensure that they’re somewhat close by. I’ll also do extensive research on the best modes of transit around the city to figure out how exactly to reach my destinations.
Hope this inspires you to get organized before your next big trip!
It took me a while to really gain control over my schedule and understand exactly what I needed each week in order to feel recharged and fulfilled. I used to work out as the opportunity presented itself and paint my nails once I realized that they were far too chipped to make an appearance in public. Well, ok, maybe I wasn’t quite that bad, but you get the point.
Now, I pride myself on my planning abilities. On Sunday nights, I like to think about the coming week at a glance and roughly map it out. During this time, I’ll decide when I’m going to work out, grocery shop, grab drinks with a friend, wash my hair, etc. As I do so, I also try to remember how important it is to add in some spontaneity every now and again.
Something I don’t budge on, however, is setting aside Sunday afternoons for me. While Saturday may be a whirlwind filled with brunch, yoga, errands, hikes, laundry, etc., I reserve Sundays for more relaxing to-do’s like getting a manicure, using a new face mask, and catching up on my tv shows. By spending the latter part of Sundays in this way, I feel like I got all that I needed out of my weekend before Monday rolls around.
I’m super excited to report that I have a new morning routine that has seriously changed my life. Ok, that might be a bit dramatic but let me explain.
A few weeks ago, I bought these wall hooks from Anthropologie because I thought they were too pretty to pass on. When I first purchased them, I knew that I would find a use for them but it wasn’t immediately clear just what that use was. I thought about hanging them in the bathroom to hold towels, or maybe even in the kitchen to hold oven mitts. Eventually, I landed on my closet and could not be more pleased with that decision.
I have always loved to plan my outfits in advance, but don’t love that then you just have a pile of clothes in your closet waiting for you. Luckily, these hooks have saved the day. Now, I can set out my outfit in advance but hang all of the items right onto the hooks. I hang everything from my jeans to my bra to my jewelry right on the hook, so when it comes time to get dressed, it’s all right there waiting for me.
So far, I am absolutely loving my new routine and would highly recommend it!
Back in my party planing days, I was trained how to make emergency kits for the bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen, and all wedding guests. Each kit was different but the overarching theme prevailed–you never know what might happen so it’s always best to be as prepared as you can be.
I remember going home the very night I was first trained and creating my very own emergency kit to keep in my purse. While my favorite products and cute tote to sport them in has evolved over the years, my love for emergency kits has never wavered.
Here’s what I keep in my emergency kit (from top left to bottom right):
- Cover up
- Sewing kit
- Hand lotion
Happy New Year, organizers! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and feel ready and refreshed to take on the brand new year. I, for one, am excited to get started on my goals.
A new year is the perfect time to reflect on your organizational habits and make them more of a priority. Because it can be daunting to think about every little thing that could be organized, I’ve created a little cheat sheet below for some small things to start implementing that I promise will make a huge difference.
Making the bed every day: I honestly can’t even imagine not making my bed each morning. It creates an instant feeling of accomplishment and starts the day on a nice, clean note. Need some tips on how to best make your bed? Check out my tutorial.
Cleansing your closet: If it’s been a few months since your last closet cleanse, I’d highly recommend doing another. Be sure to check out my tips before you dive in.
Keeping the air fresh: I don’t know about you, but I love to have candles burning whenever I’m home. There’s something about the combination of a delicious scent and fresh air flowing through the windows that makes me feel calm, cool, and collected.
Balance out your weekends: It can be really tempting to use weekends as a time to let completely loose, but for the most part, I try to find a balance between the former and productivity. That’s not to say that your weekends should include work by any means, but completing a few errands on a Sunday never hurt anyone. Here are my tips for finding more balance in your weekend routine.
Organize your finances: The start of a new year is such a great time to set some financial goals and boundaries for yourself. In case you need some help getting started, you can read about how I organize my finances.
Before the end of the year, I always like to sit down and reflect upon what I’d like to see in the coming year. It can be something so small as buying new glasses, or something as big as planning a trip to Asia. Whatever it may be, I like to make them as clear as possible so I know exactly what to do and when.
I also like to find a nice balance between setting goals for myself as a person, but also goals for things I want to accomplish. For instance, I might have a goal to try to approach new situations from a more relaxed angle, as well as a goal about the updates I’d like to make to my kitchen. Aka a balance between myself and action items.
On that note, I’ll be taking some time off from the blog in an effort to really unplug and enjoy the holiday season. I hope all you organizers have a wonderful holiday season and I’ll see you back here on January 3rd!