One More Checked Box

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Finally hung curtains upmin the closet! I feel so much better about it, I even popped a couple extra multipurpose hooks on the inside walls of the closet.

And. I got my desk cleared off and decluttered. Don’t open the drawers mind you…
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I love Winners, I picked up those metal yellow baskets there a couple weeks ago. Yellow is the accent color in the bedroom so I am always delighted when I come across something like those!
More meaningful posts to come I promise, I definitely just wanted to brag tonight (sorry)

Have a great night, hope you escape the cold I’m coming down with!

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The Room Rearrange

So I got the tidy-ing bug this afternoon. And I was talking to my boyfriend’s mom about it, saying jokingly, “Maybe I have an actual problem!!” I do indeed get anxious when I feel “closed in” by my messes. And I take it to such silly levels, cleaning out drawers and re-organizing the tiniest little things. Now that I think of it, I have always been that way! I’ll suddenly NEED to clean everything out of my closet or dresser and then that spurns on other things I simply can’t leave uncleaned, until it’s hours later and I don’t know what time it is, when I last ate, or where this cleaning frenzy began!

I suppose that I can keep the anxiety over it under control, as long as I am aware of it. That’s another place in my life I am grateful for my boyfriend. Halfway through cleaning, he bear-hugged me on the bed, forcing me to pause and come back to the world! Anyway, here’s a few photos of the surface cleaning I did. (I’m sure no one needs to see the reorganized craft caddy drawers)

The bedside table/bookshelf on my side of the bed, which I try to keep refreshing and uncluttered, as that is the first thing I see in the morning, and the last thing before I fall asleep:

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Keeping both our things on equal display is something I strive to do. I want the room to feel as much his as I want to feel at home in it! So far I think I have kept it fairly balanced. Of course with the new tv we bought yesterday, my boyfriend won’t be seeing much else! Either way, this is his “display shelf”:

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And lastly is my accessory/get ready zone. Always a creature of habit, this is my last stop in the room before I rush head off to work/school/dinner/friends/whatever. His other Lego ship is displayed behind that area, visible from the other side of the room I promise! 

imageI would show you my new and cozy desk area (in my head I call it my Office Nook) but it is currently a disaster. Holding receipts yet to be sorted, things still needing filing, my homework, two purses and a backpack, and the Stella I’ve been sipping tonight!

I’ve settled on a few easy cleaning tips I’ve picked up from Pinterest and Apartment Therapy (my absolute favorite site on the planet!) that I plan on implementing in the house my boyfriend and I are going to save for:

1. Having baskets in each room to collect things that don’t belong there or need to be brought back to their “home room”.

2. Landing Strips at entrances of the home. I want a bowl for keys/change, a little box for checks/mail/items needing to leave the house, a few hooks for jackets and scarves and hats; if possible a basket for gloves and sunglasses and of course a rug to save the floors!

3. Display Shelves for all the cool things my boyfriend loves. I am learning that I’ll need quite a few of these.

4. Display boxes. As a chronic purger, I don’t hang on to all that much. But like any other human being, I am prone to hang on to strange little knick knacks that have cute little stories to go along with them. That being said, I don’t want to look at them all the time, and being the sole duster in my house growing up: I certainly don’t want to pick all the damn things up every time I need to dust!

Those are a few things I find helpful for staying tidy.

Are there any tips or tricks you use to keep the surface clean, and the clutter down?

I hope you have a fantastic evening! Off to finish my desk area, so I can get my train of thought down to four or five channels instead of the nine or ten that it’s bouncing across lately! Remind me to tell you about the “Man Trail” in my next post, I’m sure you’ll get a chuckle!

Good night!

Winterizing

Well! It’s official! My boyfriend and I walked the dog down to 7-11 this morning and couldn’t feel our legs or faces when we got home.
So it was time. After my boyfriend left for the gun range with his buddy, I pulled out the winter clothes from our under the bed storage. I went through the closet. And pulled out all the summer dresses, short sleeve dress shirts, summer skirts and pants and put them in the under the bed storage boxes. 
Next I pulled out all the sweaters and winter pants and shirts. I hung everything up in order of left to right:
Dress pants, skirts, work tops, blouses, dress shirts, light sweaters/cardigans, heavy sweaters, dresses, blazers and the beloved Hockey Jersies. Like so:

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I tidied up the shelves underneath next. Pulling out summer items as I went. Upon realizing I had fewer hangers than I thought, I folded my heavier sweaters and put them on a shelf. I keep scarves, hats and mitts in the red bag. And then I resorted my clothing boxes like so:

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Then I reorganized all my dresser drawers… And was excited to find that I have enough work out clothes to dedicate a drawer to!!! Well. Half a drawer. But still. I was happy. And lastly was the shoving of the summer clothes under the bed and the refolding of my boyfriend’s drawers. He doesn’t care what his drawers look like, but every once and a while when he can no longer close them at all… I redo all his t-shirts.

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And he has a lot of t-shirts. Three out of four of those drawers are mostly t-shirts.

And there we have it! We are officially winterized. The sun is out this afternoon, but I’m not falling for it. I think I’ll get some yoga and a shower in before the boyfriend and I get ready for Thor tonight!

Hope your long weekend is fantastic & as productive or relaxing as you wish it to be!

Christmas Starts in November

I was on the phone with my little brother the other day, talking about Christmas presents. I could almost see him shrug at the other end of the line when I asked if he had anything on his Wishlist yet, and he responded “Why are you even thinking about that already?” I laughed and said something about that’s what being an adult is all about.

And it’s true. I’ve definitely put a lot of time (and lists!) towards Christmas already. I’ve projected how much each gift will cost, ordered in a few that are going to take longer, and have put together a list of what gifts will come from where, and when I should get them. It was all so overwhelming to think about this years presents, and it can get so expensive if I just buy willy-nilly, as prices and last minute presents are all a blur. So this year? I’m being an adult about it!

First, I started thinking and writing down ideas for people a couple weeks ago. Just this afternoon I wrote it all down in a neat little grid. Looks a lot like this:

Name                Gift Idea               Cost             Bought?  Wrapped?   Mailed?

 

A few days ago I asked my boyfriend if he’d do a Photo Christmas Card with me, and miracle of miracles he said okay. I think it would be really sweet to get his mom in on it, but I have yet to ask her (although she’ll probably read this before I get a chance to ask her! 😉 sneaky….)  I researched which places have the cheapest prices, and if I get a jump on it in the next few weeks, I can get the Who Needs Cards list fulfilled with under $20.

Next, I looked at the gift list (the columns style list I showed above) and grabbed a free-standing notepad (that I can tote around and check off as I go) and copied the items I Need to Purchase list onto a page there. Then I highlighted based on where I needed to go to buy these presents. Because I was lazy I actually just grouped the color coding into: In the Area, Need to Travel to Purchase, and URGENT: Need to Order in from Online.

Now, because I was on a roll, I made a Baking List. I broke down which cookies I was going to who, how many I needed and left space to jot down my ingredients list. This will make it easier in the long run, as it will also serve as my Grocery Shopping list, when I get down to baking time.

So all in all, I’m feelin’ pretty calm about this year’s holiday season. I really can get pretty cynical about the holiday season, retail has definitely sucked my Christmas spirit dry, considering I’ve been in it for 6 years or so. But I should do just fine this year. I’ll let you know.

So how about you? Does the Christmas season overwhelm you? Or are you one of those wonderfully cheery, Deck the Halls as soon as possible kind of folks??? Either way, I hope your holiday season is fun and easy! Maybe you can incorporate some of my list tricks and feel that much more relaxed about it! ❤