Seasonal Jewels

Since I first moved into my apartment and wrote this post about storing jewelry, my technique has changed a little and I wanted to share the latest and greatest. I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of jewelry. But as you’ve probably gathered by now, I’m also very much about minimalism and tidiness (shocker), so a whole bunch of jewels displayed on a vanity is not really my style. Instead, I like to store the bulk of my jewelry in boxes within my vanity drawers and then pull out my favorite pieces of the season to live on top in trays. Not only does this technique help with minimizing clutter, but it also keeps my accessories fresh and timely. When everything is tucked away in boxes, I have a hard time remembering what I have and end up wearing the same piece again and again. By rotating my select pieces on a seasonal basis however, I ensure that I wear all of jewelry at different points in the year!  

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 🙂

Tricks of the Trade: Hang v. Fold

To hang or not to hang—that is the question. If you’ve ever found yourself staring at a pile of clothes uncertain about which items should be hung or folded, then this post is for you.

Unless you have unlimited space in your closet, you’re likely going to need to make choices about which items can hang up on the rods v. which ones should be stowed away in dresser drawers. Here are the rules that I abide by when determining what should be hung v. what should be folded:

Hang anything that will wrinkle if folded. In my closet, and for my clients, this typically looks like:

  • Silks, linens, and satins
  • Nice blouses, such as button-downs
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Jackets

On the other hand, you should fold heavier items that a hanger would stretch and morph. The items that typically fall within this category are:

  • Clothes made of cotton, as they are not delicate enough to warrant being hung. This can include pajamas, athletic clothes, and t-shirts.
  • Sweaters

So now you might be wondering, what about jeans? They can really go either way depending on how much closet space you have in any one area. For more on denim organization, check out this post.

Getting Back into a Routine After Vacation

After a long vacation, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed when you get back home. Between a suitcase (or two) that needs to be unpacked and the jet lag that sinks in at the most inopportune times, your normal routine can seem lightyears away from your current state.

As I just recently got home from a European cruise, these feelings are all too familiar. But as I immersed myself back into my routine relatively quickly after getting home, I thought I’d recap some of the key things I learned—and employed—along the way.

Remind yourself that everything will feel routine again soon. At least for me, I can often get overwhelmed when I have a to-do list seemingly as tall as me. But what really helped me after coming home most recently was a constant reminder that soon enough, everything would fall back into place. The mail would be sorted, the laundry done, the house clean, and I would be back to my normal routine before I even knew it. Sometimes this simple reminder to yourself is all you need in a moment of stress.

Tackle the big projects first. Sure, you’ll probably have a million and one small things to catch up on once you’re home, but try to stay laser-focused on the big ticket items first and foremost. I know because often work in reverse order—tackling the smaller, easier items so that they can feel more accomplished, faster. However, I find that these little items don’t make much of a dent in relieving my overall stress so I try to prioritize the bigger projects first. By this, I mean that I tackle unpacking and going grocery shopping over uploading an album to Facebook.

Don’t sacrifice sleep. Even with all of your items crossed off of your list, you’ll never truly feel back in your routine if you’re sleep-deprived. While it can be tempting to stay awake for an extra hour each night to get back on track sooner, that extra hour is so critical when recovering from jet lag. Always prioritize your health because once you start feeling well-rested, you’ll feel more zen as well.

Do you have any tips for overcoming jet lag and getting back into the swing of things painlessly? Share in the comments!

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!