#1. The Softest Sheets | These sheets are not only the softest and great quality, but they’re also extremely affordable, so you can stock up your linen closet! They come in a variety of colors, as well.
#2. Sanitizing Steam Mop | When Hudson was a baby and crawling all over the house, it put my mind at ease knowing I can sanitize the floors in just a few minutes. It’s still one of my favorite cleaning items. I bought these extra steam mop pads to go with it.
#3. The Ultimate Carpet/Upholstery Stain Remover | I often get asked, how do you have a white couch with a toddler!? This product is one of the main reasons we are able to! (I’ll do a post on the others soon.) There has been everything from mac and cheese, to markers on our white couch, and this removes literally anything and everything, and it’s non-toxic. I keep an arsenal of these in our cleaning cabinet, because you can use it in your carpet scrubber also!
#4. Fridge & Pantry Organizers | I use these throughout the fridge to keep yogurts, juice boxes, and fruit organized. I love using them throughout the cabinets (especially lazy suzan cabinets) to store carton foods, rice, quinoa, etc. I love this larger option also.
#5. Wool Dryer Balls | Instead of using dryer sheets, I add essential oils to these dryer balls to cut down on drying time, and soften our clothes without synthetic fragrances and chemicals.
#6. Drawer Organizers | Micro-organizing makes life so much easier IMO. I use these in the bathroom drawers, and my desk drawers and it prevents them from becoming “junk drawers.”
#7. Stainless Steel Squeegee | This is an essential for glass shower doors. It keeps them streak-free in-between cleanings.
#8. Spinning Organizer | I have two corner cabinets in my kitchen, and this has been the ultimate solution for keeping them organized! I put all of our thermos style cups, and bottles in them and it keeps everything nice and neat. I also use them in our medicine cabinet and to organize spices.
#9. Microfiber Facial Washcloths | Literally the softest washcloths ever! I love using these to remove makeup, and wash and exfoliate my face at night.
#10. Dyson Pure Cool Link Wi-Fi Air Purifier | With us having allergies and asthma in our family, I feel so much better having an air purifier. It automatically removes 99.97% of allergens and pollutants, including pollen, dust, mold spores, bacteria and pet dander from your home.
Hocus Pocus was my favorite movie growing up, paired with a passion for playing dress up, which led to a fashion degree, it was inevitable that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I even celebrated my birthday a month early one year as a little girl so I could have a Halloween theme and everyone could dress up! So when Hudson got an invite to a Halloween Party last week, we couldn’t be more excited! I made him a Woody costume, (he’s going as Buzz Lightyear for Trick or Treat!), and we baked his favorite chocolate chip cookies. He ended up coming down with a cold virus and pink eye, and missed the party, so we made the most of the situation and decided to throw a party at our house this past weekend!
My best friends and I all have kids around the same age, and we usually get them together once a week for play dates so they’ve grown to become best friends.
I asked Hudson which movie he wanted to play at his party, suggesting a few toddler-friendly movies, and he replied, “Can we watch Hocus Pocus? I just love it!” How cute is that? We enjoyed cider, PSLs and yummy comfort food, a chili bar, veggies and desserts.
The kids decorated pumpkin shaped cookies, which also served as dessert!
Pumpkin painting was next. It was so much fun watching how they each chose to paint and decorate their pumpkins!
Hudson made a clown pumpkin!
They each dressed up in fun little costumes! Hudson was so excited to be Woody. I included him in each step of the design process, so he couldn’t wait to wear the full costume!
The kids had so much fun, this may turn into our annual party! Do you have any fun Halloween traditions?
I have always loved organization, but when it comes to small spaces, it can get tricky! My solution to everything is using baskets or bins, you can never have enough! Without a pantry, snacks can easily get messy, and unseen. I love having a system to keep them organized, so I know what we have, and makes an easy grab and go solution! It also makes it convenient while I’m at work, so Hudson’s snacks are all in one spot and are easily accessible. I buy baskets 10″ long, that fit perfectly in my cabinets. These are great, too!
I purchase his snacks in bulk, it’s cheaper and keeps us fully stocked! These are some of our favorites here, here and here.
For items in bigger boxes, I transfer them into baggies with the name and date and stick them in a basket, to eliminate unnecessary space.
In the fridge, I use fridge organizers for his yogurt, and juice boxes. If we have plans to leave, I’ll cut up an apple ahead of time and stick it in a bag with cheese and crackers for a healthy snack pack!
I love using reusable bags for snacks also! They’re washable, and I can throw them in my bag. I’d love to hear your favorite organization hacks!
It feels so good to be back with a new post! Blogging is truly my passion, and I can’t wait to share so much with you!
2017 was my best year yet, after starting a new business venture, which rippled into countless positive changes. It’s easy to lose yourself after becoming a new mom, and it was just what I needed to find myself again, and really be able to utilize my creativity, while joining an amazing tribe of women. Not to mention, it’s drastically changed my skin!
My goals for 2018 are simplifying any area that I can. Instead of spending time searching for a new workout to do each day and creating a weekly schedule, I joined an app/program takes out all the guess work, and is ready with an alarm each morning. Drinking more water, because I simply forget throughout the day, is another, so I purchased a 1 L water bottle. I only have to fill up twice, and I know I met my water intake goal for the day, no more counting and guessing! Time management is something I’ve never excelled at, so I purchased an hourly planner, to stay on track and break down each day and set a schedule. Organization was what I lived by in college, and post-kids it’s hard to come by, so decluttering is key to begin reorganizing everything from my closet to cabinets. I’m Marie Kondo-ing our house right now. Her IG is goals. I’m excited to share everything with you along the way, and have the time to share what I love, and what works (the reason I started my blog!) Here’s to an even better year, thanks for following along!
1. I don’t match my swimsuits or mani-pedis. These are two examples where you have the most room to have fun with fashion. I love mixing and matching prints and complimenting colors.
2. I’ve been a vegetarian for 17 years, and a vegan for 7 years, and within the past year I became gluten-free. Since I was a child, I never understood the concept of eating meat, and I always went with it to it. I’ve eliminated things like refined sugar, and artificial coloring, because I like sticking to whole foods, and lucky for me, I’ve never met a vegetable I didn’t like. 😉
3. I love baking and decorating. Before an exam in college, baking was always the best stress-reliever for me. I was always whipping up my the best ever banana bread recipe (no really, it’s called that) or pumpkin chocolate chip cookies from this cookbook. Styling cupcakes, a coffee table or an ensemble share a creative aspect that I love doing.
4. I love to organize. This totally ties in with the fact of starting my own personal style consultation business. See my closet organization tips here. I’m definitely OCD when it comes to my closet. It’s organized by category, color and then sub-categories. These lucite organizers keep my nail polish and lipstick addictions under wraps.
5. I subscribe to 19 magazines monthly. I can’t get enough knowledge and inspiration from fashion, home decor, and fitness. I tear out pages that inspire me and place them in a binder (trailing back to the OCD), it serves as inspiration for outfits, decorating, and new toning routines and recipes.
If you’re as big of a beauty junkie as I am, staying organized is important. If you are limited on space, creativity is key.
I collect intricate cake stands, but pretty cakes and cupcakes aren’t they only things they display. A cake stand consistent with your decor, can easily glam up your bathroom, while displaying your daily essentials.
Lucite desk and makeup organizers keep my current makeup favorites within reach, without clutter. I made a simple makeup brush holder by filling a vase with floral stones.
This lacquer organizer keeps my polish addiction under wraps, keeping my colors organized and easy to spot.
Masks are a must in my beauty routine, but since they aren’t used daily, I can easily stash them in my linen closet. I spray painted this lazy susan, which is a huge space saver in my closet.
While transitioning into Fall, it was time for a closet detox. I’m pretty good about eliminating items almost weekly, but I was in need of a true deep cleaning. This meant really evaluating and eliminating the ones that I haven’t worn in the past year.
While perusing through Instagram, I came across Copious. Copious is a “ebayish” type of website where you can buy and sell your clothing, accessories, etc. but much simpler. It’s much less technical than eBay, and you only give 3% of your profit to the site. You don’t have to pay to list you items either. You connect your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr so you can sell & buy to people you know. This worked out very conveniently for me, because I simply uploaded photos of all the items I eliminated from my closet and they were up for sale within seconds. (I sold two items hours after they were posted!)
If you’re detoxing your closet for Fall, (or any season), I recommended creating a profile.
I’ve decided to share this How-To Organize Your Closet post by including a glimpse of my own closet. When your closet, dresser, and jewelry are organized it causes less stress, saves you time, and money! You don’t need built-ins or a customize closet. Follow these tips to organizing your own to find out!
My closet is divided into sections. Each section has a category, then a subcategory, and then organized by color. This system is the most useful to me, because it lets me find everything I need, without wasting time.
Necklaces. Statement necklaces are a vast part of my wardrobe. I don’t like them to be hidden, or tucked away. I use hangers to organize them. I divide my necklaces by color: gold, silver, multi-tone, and colored. This eliminates using 1-2 hangers where they can easily tangle or brake, and they can all easily be seen.
Jewelry. I separate my jewelry by costume and fine jewelry. Then I organize them by type. Bracelets, rings, earrings, hair accessories, etc. Jewelry drawers really help keep me organized. But these drawer dividers work just as well!
Belts. I organize my belts by style, color, and width. I can view all of my options when looking for something specific. An Over-the-door Multi-Hook is a great option for keeping your belts organized.
Handbags. I organize my handbags on shelves. I categorize by type, style, color, and brand. I keep all clutches, crossbodies and wristlets together. A hanging shelf, or over-the-door organizer are also great options.
Hats. I organize my hats by season, then style. Keeping them in drawers is the most effective solution for me. If you lack drawer space, an over-the-door hat organizer works well, also.
Seasonal Accessories. This is my drawer for Winter accessories. I keep heavy scarves, hats, headbands, and gloves organized together. This makes it easy for me to adjust from season to season.
Seasonal Shoes & Coats. Like accessories, I group Winter boots together. I organize them by type, height, style, and color. I organize by jackets by heaviness, style, and color. I keep my heaviest in the back so they aren’t taking up space when I’m not wearing them. Boot hangers are also a great way to keep boots’ shape.
Travel Accessories. I have a travel drawer, in which I keep garment bags for shoes, laundry, and swimsuits. Included are also wallets, organization bags and additional handbag straps. This eliminates some of the stresses of packing. An accessory organizer is another option for these items.
Scarves. I own quite the scarf collection, due to the fact that it’s own of my favorite accessories. I have them categorized by color, then by thickness. A multi-use hanger also works well.
Denim & T-shirts. I keep my denim and tees stacked on shelves to eliminate hanger creases. I organize them by color, style, and length. Hanging shelves are another great option.
Knits. All of my knits are stacked on shelving, as well. Hanging knits can deform their shape. This includes, sweaters, cardigans, wraps, and knit jackets. They’re organized by type, thickness, and color. Hanging organizers and sweater organizers are a great way to organize as well.
Shorts, Skirts & Blazers. I hang all of my bottoms on wooden hangers with clips. This eliminates hanger creases, and easily lets me navigate through the items. My shorts and skirts are organized by casual, or dress, then by color. All blazers are organized by color, heaviness, and season.
Maxi Skirts, Pants, & Dresses. I organize all of these items together on a rack where I have the most height. This keeps all of my lengthier items neat. I organize by color, style, and season. A garment rack is a great option if you don’t have the length in your closet.
Casual Jackets & Swimwear. Along with my necklaces, I group casual jackets that I wear for lounging and the gym, and swimwear and coverups together. Divided drawers are another great way to store swimwear.
Sleeveless, Dress and Button-Front Tops. I group sleeveless tops together and organize by color, then strap thickness. Dress, and button-front tops are organized by sleeve length, then color.
Vests, Casual Tops & Casual Footwear. I group my vests, and casual tops together. They are categorized by sleeve length, then color. I have separate shelving for casual footwear, such as tennis shoes and flip flops.
Keeping the same style and color of hangers throughout your closet, shows consistency and organization. I like velvet non-slip hangers.
Organize clothing, accessories, and shoes by season. This makes for an easy transition. If you don’t have the closet space to fit all seasons in at once, under-the-bed drawers, bags, baskets and storage boxes are a great solution for off-season items!
Go through your closet once per week, and decide whether to keep clothes you haven’t worn in the past month. Make three piles: clothes to keep, clothes to consign or sell on eBay, and clothes to donate. If you’re on the fence, let this aid in your decision-making: If it’s in season, and if you aren’t going to wear it within the next month, choose to consign. This way you’re gaining closet space and making money for future purchases.
It’s a good idea to invest in wardrobe staples that will bring you from season-to-season. Classic staples include, black and nude pumps, a chambray button-front top, a lightweight utilitarian jacket, a lightweight peacoat, a classic LBD, and your favorite denim. H&M, Forever21, and TJ Maxx are great for purchasing trendier items that you may only wear for one season. But don’t be fooled, you can also find many designer staples at affordable prices at TJ Maxx. It’s my favorite place to find amazing deals!
A clothing steamer is a great item to have in your closet to eliminate wrinkles, and a trip to the dry cleaners. Travel versions work great too!
I discovered this Pinterest DIY by MadebyGirl.blogspot.com, and I loved the idea for brush organization. It has a chic, modern look, and it’s a great solution while drying your brushes. Glass Vase $9.99, Stones (Two Packs) $2.99/each = Total $16