So. Much. Paper………

The flow of paperwork into our home is nonstop… and I have to say it is the HARDEST of the categories to manage and purge. No matter how minimalist I am or strive to be, my kids will continue to bring home more stuff. This isn’t going to stop anytime soon, so I decided I…

Behold, the Outbox!

At the beginning of each year, I sign up to do the “January Cure” on Apartment Therapy. Daily assignments provide guidelines for rebooting your home and setting the stage for an organized, streamlined year. My FAVORITE tip that I have gleaned after doing this for several years is the ‘outbox’ introduced by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan. It is a…

Frugalist meets minimalist

The Whole Foods near me is closing so everything is SIGNIFICANTLY marked down. This Skin Food is my go to in the winter because it gets so dry… it’s such an indulgence however, because of the price, so I only use it sparingly at night. Considering it’s never on sale and something I would buy…

The quick fix

You have 20-30 minutes before guests arrive/playdate begins/coffee date/ etc. What are the three things you can do to make a difference and feel ready-ish!? Assuming you’ve already got your pants on, you got this. Check the surfaces. Papers/mail= collect, then stash. Kids’ toys= garbage. (No, just kidding ; ) First enlist their help and…

Laundry….. Day?

When my kids were still babies and I was working outside of the home, I was fortunate enough to have a nanny. She was amazing and truly helped keep my home in order.  The one thing that she did (aside from care for my babies) that had the greatest impact was wash my kids’ clothes….

Clutter attracts clutter.

You’ve probably heard this one before. That pile of papers by the computer or those clothes on your dresser sure make it easy to just toss one more thing on top. Okay, I shouldn’t say easy, because it’s actually a little painful, but it happens just the same. PUTTING BACK is an important part of keeping…

Motivation is doing.

  My mom always had this three word phrase taped above her kitchen sink. Every time I washed my hands I would read it. It never really resonated until years later… I cannot tell you how true this is. So many of us WAIT for the motivation to get started on whatever it is we need…

Morning routines

Do you have one? If so, do you stick to it? Have you been living reactively vs. proactively? Unfortunately I am in the former category. I know we all have to wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast (DRINK COFFEE), brush our teeth, and gear up to leave, however I have yet to sit down and…

It bears repeating. Take. Five.

I’ve decided that having organized storage is everything. My drawer of containers is a hot mess and something that I wrestle with regularly. I am OVER it.  This drawer is never completely empty which means I’m never actually using ALL of my storage containers. It’s always a hard call, because you know the minute they’re…

Find the pocket(s) in your day.

The space under my sink drives me nuts every time I need something. And yet, it’s been disorganized for months. Why do we do this to ourselves!? We live with things a certain way when they could be easily (and swiftly) remedied in just five minutes. Today I decided to test this theory and find a…

The minimalistish amount of storage in my midcentury kitchen ;)

Do you ever open your pantry/cupboards and realize that you have nothing for dinner? I honestly ask myself how it’s possible that my pantry is spilling over and yet we’ll probably need to order in…. Pathetic. Today I vow to take back the very little space that I have to begin with! It might mean…

Let the outside in… especially on the cold and cloudy days!

One of the first things I do in the morning (with coffee in hand, of course) is open up the shades… Cloudy or sunny, it makes a world of difference to let the outside in. Whether you live in an apartment with a few small windows or a midcentury glass house, it’s a pretty solid way…