Packing Tips

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a good week. I know we all are starting to see some signs of things going back to normal. And I have a feeling once we can people will start taking a lot of trips. So I started to compile a list of packing tips that has helped me in the past and I will definitely be using once I can travel.

  1. Get packing cubes- they truly are the #1 thing I would reccommend getting before a trip. I always thought I knew how to pack efficiently but that has all changed now with packing cubes. I got mine off Amazon and have linked them. They help keep things rolled/folded and in one place, which keeps things organized. And I love that!
  2. Get a good toilet tree/makeup bag- I have had many of these bags in my lifetime and think I finally found one that can hold all my sh*t when I travel. It doesn’t take up a lot of space in my suitcase and has tons of pockets for organizing. This was a gift from a family member and it is by a company called Lug. Their whole concept is redesigning luggage to have a fun, functioncal design. I love how narrow the bag is but still has tons of pockets and space for all my travel necessities. Normally I would have stuffed a makeup bag or used more than one pouch to fit all my products. This definitely helps me better oragnize my suitcase and keep everything contained.
  3. Have a stash of travel stuff at your disposal. I know its easy to run to Target when ever you need travel size stuff, but personally I would rather not have to make another stop before a trip. I always keep my stash stocked and ready to go. It helps reduce my pre-travel stress.
  4. Pack outfits that easily mix and match- I always try to pack outfit options that can go with mutiple pieces. It helps you more efficiently pack and have multiple options for outfits. I have even tried on the outfits before packing and created a list of options for my trip. It may be slightly neurotic but it helps you feel prepared and spend less time finding an outift.
  5. Create a packing list- Without a doubt make a list of what you need to pack, pick up, or wash before your trip. This helps reduce a lot of stress and hopefully not forget anything.

Let me know if you have any tips for packing. I’d love to hear them! Hope everyone is healthy and safe!

Decluttering your Clutter

First post of 2021! A little delayed but I took the first two months of the new year to focus on some things that needed attention. I really wanted to work on some projects at home. One big project was a big declutter! After being in my current place for almost a year now I feel like I have the feel of the home finally. And I’ve made some changes to my intial design of it all.

The one big change included new dressers. We originally had two Hemnes dressers from Ikea. They matched and held a lot of clothes which was great. But once we moved into this place we realized they were too large. They’re very tall dressers and depth wise very wide. They took up way to much space. We hunted around and found one dresser from Wayfair and another we found second-hand. We wanted more of a mid-century look.

Once we got the dressers in we realized we had too many clothes and a lot of it we were not wearing. So the declutter started. This quaratine I really feel like I have mastered the art of decluttering. I never realized how much stuff I have that I don’t need or truly love.

Below are my tips that have really helped me with decluttering and I hope they help you too!

  1. Watch shows dedicated to decluttering. It will set the mood and inspire you to get rid of things. Marie Kondo is favorite of mine, but there are so many others. I think this totally helps me and I find I purge a lot more when I watch these shows beforehand. It inspires you to get rid of things you truly do not need.
  2. Pick which area you want to focus on first. Don’t do it all at once. It will create a disaster and you will not be happy. I have overwhelmed myself by trying do purge my clothes and the kitchen at the same time, so I always pick one area to focus on.
  3. Sort through it all and ask “Does it spark joy?” I really think this is a great question to ask yourself. It is a simple question to ask but it does make you think if you need to keep the item or not.
  4. Once you’ve decided what to get rid of start organizing what you’re keeping. If you need help figuring out how to organize I highly recommend the show “Get Organized with The Home Edit”. This show gives you simple ways to organize your stuff that work. These ladies have great tips!
  5. I always try to declutter, organize, and put things away all on the same day. That way I don’t lose my steam. Sometimes we can get so overwhelmed by the whole process of decluttering we stop before putting everything away. But I promise you will feel so much better once the whole task is complete.

Let me know if you have any tips for decluttering!

Pre-moving Steps

In about a month I will be moving and for the next few weeks I will be sharing my moving journey on my blog. For my first moving post I am going to share my pre-moving steps. I start these about a month and a half to a month before my move to help ease the dreadful task of moving. I have moved quite a bit in the last 10 years so I think I have finally found a good routine.

  1. Plan how you want to move. I think this is an important first step to take before every move. Plan when you want to move, if you want to hire movers or not, and the timeframe you want to move everything in. Do you do it all in a day or over a week? Having a plan in place will ease an already stressful situation.
  2. Start saving boxes. We all order items from Amazon and instead of getting rid of those boxes, save them for the move. Also try to save any packing material that may come with these boxes, it makes it way easier to pack delicate items. If you need more boxes try getting some from your local grocery stores or even work. There’s usually boxes you can grab for the taking. And if you want to get something that might last longer than 1 move, plastic bins you can grab at Target or Walmart are also a nice option.
  3. Purge, purge, purge. I always start going through all my things and get rid of anything I am not using or don’t want to move. I think this can make it so much easier to pack. And I think it is a much better idea to do it before you start packing so you don’t feel the panic of doing it while packing.
  4. Organize while purging is another step I take the time to do. It helps me pack much more efficiently and then I can label boxes better. I usually do this about a month before I move.
  5. Then I like to start packing all my non-essential items. It makes me feel so much more prepared to move if I start packing in advance. Then towards my move date I don’t feel as rushed. I usually start packing non-essentials 3 weeks out.

I’ll share more of my moving process as the weeks go on. Let me know if you have any tips for moving? I’d love any advice for making this whole thing a lot easier.

2020

Hello everyone! Welcome back to my blog. I hope everyone had a nice holiday break. I have been taking some time to reflect on what I want to do in the new year. I have been looking to friends/family/bloggers/etc. to get new ideas for this year. And hope to hear from you as well, on what you might like to see.

With that, I think one of the first things I would like to talk about is decluttering! I know it’s sort of cliché to talk about at the beginning of a new year. But I think it’s a big thing to do this time of year and I would love to share my tips for it.

  1. Focus on one room/area/drawer/etc. at a time. Don’t try to do it all at once. It can be overwhelming then. And you might actually not declutter anything if you try going through everything at once. I’m speaking from experience here, as well countless friends telling me this is their #1 piece of advice.
  2. Don’t feel like you have to declutter like everyone else – not everyone needs to do a huge purge, maybe you just need to clean out a drawer. Do what you feel is comfortable.
  3. BUT be honest if you use the item it or not- and if you don’t get rid of it.
  4. If you’re unsure of getting rid of something put it in spot, you’ll see it, and see if you use it- if you don’t, it’s time to go.
  5. Recycle/donate/resell/give to a friend -there are so many options to do with your things you are decluttering- don’t just throw them out. (POST TO FOLLOW ON BEST PLACES TO TAKE THINGS)
  6. If you need some help and inspiration look at decluttering shows like Marie Kondo’s or even YouTube. I find that watching something like this always helps me get inspired to declutter, as well as tips for tackling different areas.
  7. Seasonal items- pack them away when not using to help give you more room. Trying to keep everything out at once is overwhelming and you may forget you have certain items.
  8. Bins! So important to have to organize everything when decluttering. You want to be able to pack things away and store them properly.
  9. Label things- I have decided to purchase a label maker to help me keep track of what is in my bins. Even when I keep similar things together, I still forget what is in a bin and labeling it, I think will help with that.
  10. Have fun with it! Declutter with a friend/play your favorite music/dance while doing/drink wine/etc. Whatever you can to make it enjoyable. Make decluttering something you want to be doing instead of a chore.

Let me know what you think and if you have any more tips!