National Clean Up Your Room Day

 Happy National Clean Up Your Room Day! Despite what you might be thinking, I did not make up this holiday—and if you don’t believe me, just go check Twitter.

To be sure we’re all celebrating this day in all of its glory, I made a list of everything I’ll be doing to tidy up my bedroom today. Hope you’ll celebrate in style with me, too!

Make the Bed: I’m a huge advocate for making your bed every single day, but if there were ever a day to really make it a priority, that day is today. Click here for all of my bed making tips.

Refresh Nightstands:  I love to play around with the decor on my nightstands, and you better believe I’ll be doing just that today. Whether it’s placing a new book to read on them or buying a candle you’ve been wanting, there’s so much you can do to freshen up your nightstands.

Dust and Wipe: A big part of the cleaning up is the actual cleaning itself, so don’t forget to dedicate some time to that!

Clean Curtains: Oh and while you’re at it, bust out the vacuum cleaner to get the dust that collects atop the curtains. I hardly ever remember to do this, but it makes such a difference.

Spray a Nice Scent: As a finishing touch, give the room a sweet smell by spritzing some room spray.

Tricks of the Trade: Grocery Bags

If you’re anything like me, then you frequently arrive at the grocery store only to realize that you’ve left all your reusable bags at home. Cue: facepalm.

Because that was happening to me more often than I’m willing to admit, I made some super simple changes that have had a big impact. Here’s what I did:

Got Rid of Old Bags: It seems like every function or event you go to these days gives away reusable totes as party favors. As such, it’s no surprise to me that I had about 30+ bags hanging out in a drawer in my kitchen. Because I only genuinely liked a handful of them, I first took the time to go through them and purge. Now that I have only a few bags that I genuinely think are cute, I’ve found that I reach for them far more often.Store Bags On Door: After parsing through my bags, I then found a new home for them on the back of the pantry door in my kitchen. I like this storage solution much better than a drawer because now I can actually see them, which once again helps me to remember to reach for them before leaving the house. To keep things tidy, I placed the smaller bags within one larger bag and hung that one on a hook.

Keep Extras in Car: But because sometimes you can’t predict when you need to run a last-minute errand, I also stowed two bags away in the glove compartment of my car. Since that space can often be really tight, I’d recommend investing in the foldable bags from Baggu to maximize storage!

Prepping For a New Month

Happy, May! (Insert Justin Timberlake meme here.)

While I’ve written plenty about how I use my planner, as well as how I organize my finances, I’ve never talked about how the two go hand in hand at the start of the month. So here goes nothing.

 At the start of every month, no matter what day that might fall on, I always make it a point to dedicate at least 1 hour to planning. During this time, I bring out my planner and first look at the month at-a-glance calendar. In this section, I like to mark the key dates for the month (ie: friends’ birthdays, various social commitments, travel dates, etc.) to give myself a high level sense of what the month will entail.

From there, I translate these days into the weekly calendar pages and in even more details here, too. As I’m making plans for the month, I always like to keep in mind my philosophy about weekend balancing. This helps me to ensure that I’m not overcommitting myself or leaving myself without any time to catch up on life.The last piece of my monthly prep routine is recording my finances. While I keep a close watch on my bank accounts every week, I really enjoy having the time once a month to do a deep dive. In a large spreadsheet, I record how much money I have in each one of my accounts, how much I saved since the previous month, and then set goals for the upcoming month.

Even though this seems like a lot, I promise it can be done quickly once you get in the routine!

Drawer Diaries

We’re all guilty of it—when we don’t know where to put something or we acquire a tchotchke that we’re not really sure what to do with, we stuff it in a drawer and forget about it. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

But you know what happens next: As soon as you need something from that drawer and open it up, you’re inevitably overwhelmed by its state and want to close it just as quickly as you opened it.

If you’ve been nodding your head this whole time because you can relate to this phenomenon, then let’s talk about how to tackle it together! Since it is the season to clean and purge, there’s no better time than right now to address the state of your drawers. And that can be any drawer at all, from the ones in your bathroom vanity to the others in your media console.The best thing to do is to open them up, take out all of the contents, and then begin to put only the things back that you want to keep. As you’re doing this, you should also aim to make sure that the drawer has a theme. For example, don’t let your nail polish slip into the drawer with the television remotes and batteries—rather, make sure that only like items are together in one single drawer. This will also help with future organizing, as you’ll know exactly which drawer an item belongs in.

 

When it comes to actually organizing the drawers, I’m a big fan of storage solutions like this one to capture small items. Instead of letting all of your items just roll around inside a drawer, consider various trays that can help keep everything neat and tidy.

Once your drawers are all organized, remember that they never need to revert back to how they looked before this exercise. Just remember that each drawer has a theme, storage solutions are your friend, and random items that you don’t know what to do with may be better suited for the garbage.

Making Room for Spring

Whenever a new season rolls around, I always like to take some time to assess what’s in my closet. Not only does this help me to get organized, but it also reminds me of pieces that I may have forgotten existed. So basically, it’s a win, win if you ask me!

First things first, I do a scan of my closet. Even though I spend more time than I’m willing to admit in my closet and organize it quite often, I still somehow manage to forget about key pieces that would be perfect for the season at hand. During this scan, I’ll take the time to acquaint myself with what I already have, as well as what I may want to buy. I’ll also make some mental notes of outfits ideas, which makes getting ready in the mornings all the easier.

Next up, I’ll make little modifications that will help keep me inspired throughout the season. This can be as small as hanging a neck scarf around your door handle—which, by the way, is the perfect accessory to dress up any outfit—or placing a few hats on a hook. Having these accessories at the ready won’t just keep your closet in the spring spirit, but will also keep your looks feeling fresh all season long.

How do you get prepped for the seasons? Please leave a comment and let me know!

The Closet Challenge

I’m a big fan of a closet cleanse, and I always feel significantly better after one. Though if we’re being completely honest, not all closet cleanses are easy—rather, they are usually quite hard as they force you to take a hard look at all the items you have and make selections about what to keep v. what to say goodbye to.

The saying goodbye part is what’s hardest for me. Even if I’ve never worn an item, or if it were very expensive, I still struggle with getting rid of it. So as of late, I’ve been trying out something new: As I cleanse my closet, I create challenges for myself to follow to truly test if I’ll miss the item I can’t easily part with in the moment.

For example, I’ll place all of the items that I’m contemplating getting rid of but can’t quite pull the trigger to do so in one spot of my closet. Then, I’ll give myself a month to wear them. If they never make it into my rotation, then I know it’s time to say goodbye, officially.

This method has been working really well for me, and I encourage you to try it as well!

Tricks of the Trade: Denim Organization

As someone who wears jeans just about everyday of the week, I’ve collected quite a few pairs over the years. Couple that with my passion for all things organized, and let’s just say I’ve tested out many different ways to store jeans. From being draped over hangers to folded up in a dresser, I’ve tested every which way and finally landed on my favorite.

From my perspective, the absolute best way to organize your jeans is to keep them on an open shelf in your closet (seen here in mine). The reason for this is that I like to keep my jeans in piles, separated by wash. This is identical to how I organize the rest of my closet: by color coordination.

Having all jeans of the same wash stacked on top of one another inevitably means quite a tall pile. For this reason, storing my jeans in a dresser simply doesn’t work because the drawers are just not deep enough. Plus, keeping your piles of jeans out on an open shelf means you can see every single pair in the mix.

As you’ll see above, I have 4 different piles of jeans: 1) whites and colors, 2) light washes, 3) dark washes, and 4) gray and black washes. By folding each pair into thirds, the piles stay nice & tidy and are super easy to maintain.