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8 Tips to Get Your Life Together in 8 Hours

Posted in Lifestyle
on October 23, 2017

The Sunday Scaries are a real thing, friends.

Every Sunday, I’m hoping to enjoy the day, feel relaxed, and ready to take on a new week. Sometimes, that’s not always the case. Instead, I’m left feeling overwhelmed by the amount of things I want to accomplish in a short period of time before the week begins. So, I put together an easy plan that will help you get your life together in one day with these eight tips. If you’re looking for a little bliss on Sunday, keep reading!

1| Start Early

Okay, so I’m sure you’re not too happy about reading this one. The truth is, you’re probably up around your normal weekday time anyway (it’s how you know you’re actually an adult). Once you’re up—get out of bed, have breakfast and coffee, so we can make this Sunday blissful, productive and enjoyable. Start by throwing in a load of laundry, so you can have one thing checked off your list before the day fully begins.

2| Sweat a Little

But don’t go all out with an hour of cardio. Instead, do a feel-good workout like Pilates, Yoga or a 20-minute ab workout. Make sure it’s something easy and that it won’t take up too much for your time because you’ll need time and energy for other tasks. Working out first thing in the morning also increases your productivity, so you’ll feel ready to work through the rest of your to-do list for the day.

3| Make The Plan

What does your Sunday look like? Sure I know you want to relax while football is on all day, but this isn’t always realistic. So write down everything that needs to be done from cleaning to meal prepping to family time. It sounds silly to include everything, but I promise it will make your day run more smoothly.

4| Meal Prep with Ease

I love meal prepping two or three meals for the week because it helps us get through most of the week after adding in small meals you can make during the week like salads, wraps, grilled chicken, etc. I also try to meal prep something big in the crockpot for Sundays for the week because you dump everything in one pot and turn it on low for eight hours. Then the other meal will be baked chicken and potatoes, or something similar. While one meal is in the crockpot and the other is in the oven, schedule small cleaning tasks like collecting garbage, running the dishwasher etc. Use the timer on the oven as a race to see how much you can get down in 30 minutes. You’ll be surprised how much you get done. If you’re looking for easy meals, I recommend this chicken recipe or a hearty stew.

5| Schedule Down Time 

After you’ve made up some meals and are halfway through cleaning for the day, plan in small sections of downtime. An hour to read or work on one of your passion projects (whatever it may be). Then plan another two hours to watch a movie with the family or catch part of a game. Adding in pockets of downtime to your schedule will help you look forward to crossing off items off your list, so you can enjoy that time.

6| Prioritize Cleaning

What really needs to be cleaned on Sunday for you? I think we default to Sundays for cleaning because we don’t tackle many chores during the week. Instead, prioritize what needs to be done on Sundays like laundry, dishes, bathrooms, etc. Maybe you can plan an hour on a weekend to work on smaller cleaning tasks like dusting and vacuuming. That way, you aren’t spending hours cleaning everything in your home.

7| Look Ahead for the Week

It only 30 minutes, but it’s definitely worth it. Grab your planner, bullet journal, phone, or whatever you use to plan your life and make sure you have everything scheduled for the week from appointments, plans with friends, events, dinners, and everything in between. Taking the 10-15 minutes will save you stress the following morning, so you know what’s coming your way. Also pick out your outfit for Monday, and have your lunch ready to go for a stress-free morning.

8| Make Time for Family/Friends 

It’s SO important to make time for friends and family if you can’t do so during the week. I love Sundays and always look forward to them because we have Sunday dinner at Josh’s parent’s house, so it’s a tradition to watch football, eat dinner and spend time together. However you decide to spend time with family and friends, make sure you focus on your time with them and not cleaning, cooking or anything else.

I hope this post helps you rethink how you plan your Sundays. With a little planning comes a ton of bliss, so make sure to take the time to make a plan for the day and stick to it! You got this, girl!

How do you get your life together on Sundays? What is on your to-do list for Sunday? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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5 Tips for Staying Organized

Posted in Lifestyle
on August 14, 2017

Whether you’re a sophomore in college or you’ve been at work for more than five years, it’s never too late to start organizing or focus on organizing your life. If you’re in the need of some organization and bliss in your life, I’m sharing five tips that will help you get and stay organized as we’re going into fall.

1| Consistency is Key

The number one way you can stay organized is to stay consistent with how you plan your day, week, and month. Do you use a traditional planner, or do you put everything on your phone? All I can recommend is that you have one strong method of organization and stick to it. Write down and check off your daily tasks, and always reference that one item.

2| Keep it Minimal

Going off of that piece of advice, keep your organization and planning methods simple. Don’t have a calendar that’s isn’t useful. Although I love Pinterest-worthy planners, I don’t think you need all the extra items to have a successful system. Whether you color-code everything, or you’re all about staying digital with your organization—keep it simple and minimal so you don’t stress.

3| Do Small, Daily Tasks

Instead of setting aside a four hours dedicated to cleaning, cooking and everything in between twice days a week, try to do small tasks every day so that nothing piles up. Clean up dishes immediately after each meal. Meal prep for the week on Sundays. Vacuum one day each week, dust another day, and clean the bathrooms another day and so on. It’s easier to stay organized and on top of everything when you’re not overwhelmed with cleaning and cooking. Instead of spending several hours a week on these tasks, you can spend 5-15 minutes a day, which is less overwhelming.

4| Plan Ahead

If you know every weekend is booked from now until October, make sure to use your time wisely and efficiently. The most difficult part about working full time and blogging full time is that you always have to plan ahead. For example, I knew my work schedule was going to be insane for August, so I made sure to plan blog content for the month in advance, so I wasn’t stressing about it when work would consume my life. Now with wedding planning in the mix, I know the fall and winter will be equally busy. So, I know I’l have to plan ahead so I don’t fall behind.

5| Know Your Limits

See above. Don’t overbook yourself, so that you’re stressed and making meeting last-minute. It’s not a fun way to live and you’ll always feel overwhelmed. Instead, know your limits on what you can handle. If you know you have a lot going on in August, don’t overcommit and stress yourself out even more. Take things one day at a time, and know what will work best for you.

How do you stay organized? What tips do you have that help you stay on top of all your tasks!? Make sure to share in the comment below!

 

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8 Tips to Master Your Closet

Posted in Fashion, Lifestyle
on March 15, 2017

It’s that time of year where we declutter old items that no longer fit our style or lifestyle; and take control of our closet space as we transition from winter to spring. Decluttering your closet can be a huge undertaking, especially if you haven’t gone through your wardrobe in over a year or longer. Regardless if it’s your first time decluttering or your tenth time decluttering, I’m here to share 8 tips to help you master your closet. Keep reading if you’re looking to add a little bliss to your space as we move into spring.

1| Make A Plan

Don’t just go into your closet and start throwing things out and putting clothes in a donation bin. Sit down and set aside five minutes to plan out when and how long you’ll need to go through your closet and clothes altogether. Will it take a day or a few hours? Scheduled adequate time to go through your clothes so you don’t run out of time or feel rushed to get it done in an hour.

2| Take It All Out

Yes, take it all out and put it on your bed or floor. Literally everything from tops to seasonal items to shoes. You will be surprised with how much you truly have in your closet. This will help so much because you can see what the damage it and see how much you can donate, sell, toss, etc.

3| Try It All On

Does it fit? Does it look flattering on you? Does it fit your style? It is damaged at all? Is it versatile? Do you feel good when you wear that item? Ask yourself all these questions (and more) when you’re trying on different pieces in your closet. Don’t keep something unless your truly love it and it fits your personal style. If it doesn’t fit/if it’s damaged or you simply don’t love it—out it goes. Read 10 things to remove from your closet right now for help!

4| Create A “6-Month Box”

If you’re not too sure about some items, put them away in a box and store them in your basement, spare closet, or attic for six months. If you don’t find yourself looking for any of those items over the six months, or even thinking about them—you should definitely donate or sell those items once the period is up. it’s a sure way of knowing you didn’t love or need those pieces in your life.

5| Don’t Be Sentimental

You still have your bridesmaid dress from your friend’s wedding from five years ago. It doesn’t fit and you know you will never wear it again. You have scarves from Europe that are damaged and you can’t even wear anymore, yet they’re taking up space in your closet. Why keep those things if you want wear them? Try to remove the sentimental memories from those pieces and stay practical.

6| Be Honest With Yourself

No pair of shoes are worthy of keeping if you can’t wear them for 30 minutes without screaming in pain. Get rid of things that don’t make sense to keep. Why keep a pair of jeans from high school that you probably won’t fit into when you can appreciate the jeans you have now that also fit your body? Don’t hold onto things you don’t need or can’t wear.

7| Organization is Key

Find an organization system that works well for you. If you love to organize your closet by color and sleeve length, perfect! If you prefer to organize the Kon Marie way, that’s great, too! It’s all about what works best for you and what you love. Everyone will have a different preference and that’s okay! Take time to see what is visually appealing to you and what will help you keep your closet organized.

8| Maintain Consistently

Your closet will be easy to maintain if you find an organization system you love (see #7). Also make sure you set aside time every season to review your closet again and see what you can remove, donate, sell, etc. After your initial declutter, it will be much easier to see what you love and don’t love in terms of fashion, style, etc. As long as you dedicate 30 minutes to go through your closet, you will be able to maintain your hard work.

Are you ready to tackle your own closet? When is the last time you decluttered? What other tips do you have for mastering your closet? Make sure to share in the comments below!

 

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5 Things to Remove From Your Office Space

Posted in Lifestyle
on October 19, 2016

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Prior to beginning my journey with minimalism, my office space was unnecessarily cluttered with unused organization, papers I didn’t need, and trinkets that wouldn’t fit in the space. Now, I’ve transformed my office at home and at work into an organized, minimal space. I’m sharing five things you can remove from your office space to achieve a more minimal, clean space for you to work and have a productive day!

1| Unnecessary organization

If you have five file organizers, but you’re only use one—why keep the rest? Do you have a drawer organizer for supplies you don’t use? Donate it, or find a way to use it in your home. When you keep unnecessary organization items, you’re giving yourself a reason to have more clutter in your home. Don’t give yourself a reason to get more things you don’t need. Remember, eliminate instead of organize.

2| Papers and receipts you don’t need

I am so guilty of this because I keep my receipts until I know everything has been processed in my bank account or until I pay my credit card statement. But sometimes this leads to me not throwing out receipts from several months ago. Don’t hoard paper clutter of any kind. It’s distracting and leaves you unproductive because you’re focused on a mess at your desk.

3| Things that don’t belong

Do you have random storage in your office space like old photos you haven’t looked at in 10 years, makeup, jewelry, and everything in between? Get. rid. of. it. Make sure your designated office space only has the things you need for your office. The rest of the items can go where they belong. Don’t make your desk a place to store other things in your house.

4| Extra, unnecessary supplies

There is no reason any human being should keep pens that don’t work, or any other extra supplies when they don’t use them. I simply don’t need or use tacks and paper clips. Guess how many paperclips and tacks I had? Way. Too. Many. It didn’t make sense. Instead, I kept the essentials, and made sure to remove anything I didn’t use regularly or even sparingly. Trust me, you’ll love only keeping items you need.

5| Clutter

You know the type of people who have their desk filled with so much stuff, you wonder how they even have space to work at their desk? Don’t be that person! You don’t need a stack of magazines, three plants, a jewelry stand, your makeup supplies, a mirror, and other random items on your desk for decoration or to fill space. Only keep what is necessary for you to work, and remove the rest and put it in a designated space.

What do you need to remove from your office? What other things would you remove from your office space that weren’t on this list? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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7 Easy Tips on How to Structure Your Day

Posted in Lifestyle
on August 29, 2016

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If you missed last week’s post, I shared “A Day in my Life” where I talk about what a typical weekday looks like for me. I was happy to say that I received a ton of comments about my organization, and how I structure my day.

“You have a busy day!” “You’re so disciplined!” and “You’re so organized!” were some of the comments that were repeated on this post. So I thought you would enjoy reading how I structure my day and still find time for my passions, time to relax, etc.

First, let me say that no one is perfect. For the most part, I am disciplined with sticking to my routine, staying on top of my to-do list, and being productive. However, there have been days where I come home exhausted and treat myself to cookies, a book and my couch. This is okay! Don’t ever feel like you can’t stray away from your routine because you don’t want to lose your drive. If you truly love what you do, you’ll never lose that ambition.

Now, let’s talk about how you can structure your day without losing sleep, and still find time to relax each day. You can guarantee you’ll add a little bliss to your life when you apply these tips to you daily routine.

1|What are your goals?

What do you want to truly accomplish out of your daily routine? Are you trying to make your blog a business? Are you hoping to change your career? Do you want to have more time for yourself? Once your set aside what your main goals are, it will be much easier to pick and choose how you should spend your time, and how you should structure your day altogether.

2| How Are You Wasting Time?

I encourage everyone to try this at least two or three days out of the week. Find a piece of paper, and write down how you spend your time in one-hour increments throughout the day. You must include everything from showering, cooking, cleaning, spending time on social media, driving to work, watching Netflix, etc. Now, ask yourself what’s really important. Do you need to watch three hours of Game of Thrones every night? How can you better spend your time, so that you’re working toward your goals.

3| Break It Down

Let’s get to the actual planning. Get out a piece of paper (or planner) and structure your day based on what’s most important to achieving your goals or what you’re passionate about. For me, I want time to blog and work on growing my blog without losing focus on my full-time job or time for self care. I break down blogging into separate increments each day. I share blog posts on social media and comment/read other blogs every morning from 7:30 to 8 a.m. This leave time to take photos, write, edit in the evening, which I typically do on Tuesdays and Thursdays or the weekends.

4| Set Timers

I love to set timers. If I blog, I set aside an hour or two so I don’t let it consume my entire evening. For workouts, I have a timer counting down the minutes. I’m not saying you should set a timer for everything, but only for specific tasks you know that you’ll get distracted and lose track of time. Then, you can monitor your time easily, and you’ll still have time for other tasks each day.

5| What Works For Your Lifestyle?

Another huge component you need to take into consideration is your lifestyle. Do you start work at 6 a.m. or at 1 p.m. When you start your day, do you have to workout, or do you get up and go right to work? This will mostly be dependent on your career. If you work part-time for five hours, you have a little more wiggle room for other activities in comparison to someone who works for eight or nine hours a day. Consider your work schedule, time with loved ones, time for yourself, etc. when you’re going to structure your day.

6| Know Your Limits

I personally could not wake up, get ready, blog, go to work until 5, workout for an hour, cook, eat dinner, clean, and blog some more all while doing the other things I love and giving myself time to relax. That’s why I do different tasks on Mondays/Wednesdays in comparison to the tasks I do on Tuesdays/Thursdays. You can check back on “A Day In My Life” to see this. Find out what is too much for you to handle, and plan accordingly.

7| Trial And Error

If you have spent time creating a plan for structuring your day and find out your hate it—do not worry! This is completely fine. It’s okay if you have a trial and error period for structuring your daily routine. It will help you along the way to determine what will be best for your if you need to try something new, or change a section of your routine. Soon, you will find the routine that works best for you, your life and that will help you accomplish your goals!

I hope this help you all learn more about how you can structure your day to maximize your time, and stay on track of your goals you want to accomplish.

How do you structure your day or restructure your day? What do you want to change about your daily routine specifically? Make sure to leave your comments below!

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