3/16/17 Spring Cleaning

As winter melts into puddles of slush, tiny flower buds begin to emerge… Spring is nearly upon us and with spring comes spring cleaning! While spring cleaning may seem daunting at first, it can be made simple if you follow these tips:

 

Clean Your Windows

A simple wipe down of the windows will eliminate grime and dust that has built up in the winter months. With clean windows, more light will be able to enter the room and you will have a clearer view of the beauty unfolding outside as flowers begin to bloom!

 

Update Your Comforter

As the weather becomes warmer you will need less blankets to stay comfortable in bed. Remove any unnecessary throws or blankets from your bed and consider utilizing a lighter comforter for the spring months.

 

Get a Plant

Nothing says “spring” like a green plant or blooming flowers. Now that the dreary winter has passed, a little plant or some fresh flowers are the perfect addition to any space. If you do not have a green thumb, consider buying a little cactus or succulent! (Both are extremely low maintenance!!)

 

Purge

Last but not least, purge your belongings! If you have something that you no longer need, donate, pitch, or sell it! A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it in the past year, get rid of it! Someone else could be benefiting from an item that is just uselessly lying around your home.
Have fun transforming your space into a spring masterpiece!

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1/25/17 How to Have an Enjoyable Run

Everyone has a running horror story. Maybe your shoe fell off, your sock was rubbing, your watch broke, or the run just dragged on FOREVER. For some people, that last example is commonplace (unfortunately). However, it doesn’t have to be that way. The key is finding out how to make your run enjoyable (if running isn’t that enjoyable for you to begin with).

My first tip is to find music that is tasteful and upbeat. This will give you something to think about and will help to let your mind wander from the run.

Second, find comfortable shoes and clothing, if you are self conscious you will enjoy your exercise less.

Third, run with a friend, if possible. It is always comforting to have company and good conversation will make the run quick and more interesting. Also, having a partner will help to motivate you to perform at your best!

Fourth, find a scenic area to go for a jog. Pounding feet on drab cement is disheartening for anyone, a pretty park or mysterious woods could be the adventure you have been waiting for!

Fifth, make a goal. Maybe this goal is a certain mile pace or maybe you decide to run a race you have always wanted to sign up for. Whatever it is, keep it in mind as you run. This will help to give your run a purpose and will make you stay motivated.

Running is a great way to stay active so find a way to work it into your schedule- it might just give you the energy to stay organized. As always, happy organizing:-)

1/12/17 How to Get Organized in 2017

A new year means new opportunities to stay organized. If your resolution was to get organized and stay clean in 2017, this is the perfect opportunity for you to pick up some helpful tips.

My first tip is to make a calendar complete with the times and descriptions of events to come. This will help you to remember important dates and stay on time.

My second tip is to establish habits to stay tidy. Make your bed each morning and set aside a day of the week to do the dusting and another for the vacuuming.

Third, do a purge of your possessions to start off the new year. Donate or throw away items that you no longer need.

Fourth, find a system of organization that works for you and your possessions. This will help to insure that organizing becomes a second nature.

Another helpful tip is to find a system to monitor your finances. I know that I blogged about this at an earlier time, but it is so important! Keeping track of your spendings and earnings will help you to become more financially responsible.

Finally, be transparent with yourself. If your “organizing” consists of shoving things under beds and forcing closet doors shut, you aren’t doing it right! The best tip to stay organized is to keep the maximum amount of your possessions visible. If you are forced to constantly see your possessions, you will be more willing to let go of less desirable items that you have clung to (for no particular reason) in the past.

Start 2017 off strong, this is your year to get life organized! As always, happy organizing! 🙂

1/5/17 Minimalism

Merriam Webster defines minimalism as “a style or technique that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity.” This is a practice that I have been trying to incorporate into my life for the past year or so. The first step when organizing is grouping like items together. After completing this step I often find that I have duplicates or an unnecessary amount of a specific type of item. I use this process to help me discern which items to donate or throw away. After purging myself of these unnecessary items, I am able to complete the organizing process. Minimalism has taught me how to live with the least possible amount of items. For example, instead of having three mediocre flashlights, keep just one nice flashlight. Another important part of living minimally is not recklessly spending and demanding instant gratification. Reckless spending leads to accumulation and being seduced by instant gratification can cause a person to become wasteful. That being said, when it is necessary to purchase an item, it is best to purchase something neutral. In jewelry, pearls and diamonds are durable and neutral while white, creams, and black are neutral colors in clothing and accessories. Lastly, it is important to consider how well made or durable an item is, the better quality the smaller chance that you will have to buy other items to replace it. Minimalism is applied best to more permanent items. Duplicates and accumulation of things like toiletries and cosmetics are understandable as they will eventually be used. I encourage you to try minimalism, sometimes those who have the least possessions have the greatest amount of joy! Happy organizing:)