New Year; New Projects

Well hello my lovely fellow Internet friends. I hope the holidays treated you well.
Now that we are nearly half way through the first month of the new year, I thought I should really check in here, in case anyone was curious what was going on in my corner of the universe.
If you’re one of those curious people, well. I can tell you, I have been busy!
I am taking a break from Facebook and Instagram and Twitter for a bit. It feels nice, to not be constantly bombarded with notifications and have not only real life obligations pulling at me, but virtual ones as well. I also was noticing I used these constantly updated feeds as my sole source of entertainment. I was being lazy and impersonal and overly public (in some cases) in my relationships with people. The break is a great idea. I don’t have any restrictions as to when I can log in or when I can go back to these sites… But the pull is rarely present, and I can see this break lasting a long time.

Now. Back to the busy-ness. Pinterest has been filling my brain these days. And thankfully, my boyfriend’s Mom has given me full reign to test out all of the experimental organization ideas I’m coming across. So I’ve gone to town!
I will note that many of these ideas are simply off the pinterest page, whole others were inspired by someone else’s ideas or adapted based on what I had on hand.

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My favorite project was this command centre for my boyfriend’s mom’s Christmas present. I have since shuffled around where the mini crate and the blue containers are on this shelving unit… But this is just a photo to give you the gist of it.
Once on the organizational role I hit up the dollar store and finished a few more projects tonight:

The bathroom cabinet.

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Our snacks cupboard.

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And the pantry cupboard.

Then I rolled coins, had some gin and truffles and rewarded myself with a bubble bath.
I won’t get into anything else on this post. (I have to have something to talk about next post!)
But I will mention I aim to post more frequently this year! So that’s all for me tonight folks. Hope you are having a wonderful evening of your own. And I’ll chatter on again to ya next week ❤

Ps. I don't know about you… But the cold and flu have been circling around my office non-stop these days. So I doodled this little doodle and thought I'd share!

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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!