Organizing · Travel

Packing! Eeek!

What kind of a packer are you? I’m a last minute overpacker… does it get any worse than that?! I’m trying to streamline this time around, but it still seems like I just have too much stuff- my clothes literally have FOMO- and I’m so worried that I’m going to *wish* I brought that dress or that t shirt on day two of vacay… 

So, I probably still have too much stuff in my suitcase… but at least I’m trying to organize it all- one of the best packing tips I ever received was to separate your stuff into categories and try to pack them in small bags individually. I bought these cool mesh packing cubes and I’ve been using them for everything! I have one with my bathing suits, one with my socks, bras and underwear, one with tanks, etc. larger clothes, like dresses and jeans I laid at the bottom of the bag. These cubes are also so perfect for packing up kiddos! I used one for pouches and snacks, one as a clean diaper kit (diapers/wipes/cream) one for extra outfits, etc. 

You can check some of those cubes out here! And this cool post gives tips and tricks on using them!

Family · Motherhood · Organizing · Parenting · Planning · summer vibes · Travel

Getting ready for Summer Vacation!

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Are you going away on vacation this summer? We leave for South Carolina in a week and I’m equal parts excited and overwhelmed! The idea of packing for a family of four- yes, I will probably micromanage my husband’s luggage as well, and flying with 2 little ones- ages one and two, is definitely a little bananas. (Especially since we also have Sailor’s first birthday party on Saturday and I have a to- do list a mile long before leave.. eeek)

We will be heading down to Hilton Head for two weeks with my parents- which will definitely be a huge help, AND Steve and I are going to escape to Charleston, SC for a night to celebrate our 4 year wedding anniversary! This is where we just booked our night away! (I’m dying!)

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The Mills House
So, I’ve basically been reading all about tips to travel with kids, since we’ve never flown with them before. And also reading up on all the best of Charleston. (I grew up vacationing in Hilton Head, so I’m pretty prepped for that area already, and besides, we’re all just really excited about the pool and straight chillin..)

Here’s a round-up of some of the tips I’ve been scouting:

Traveling with kiddos!

Rough Guides tips for traveling with children 

15 must know tips for traveling with kids (from Babble)

Flying with Kids from Parenting  and their ultimate guide to traveling with kids (this includes car trips and flying!)

The Guardian’s top 50 tips for traveling with littles

Love these tips from Wired!

and of course, our getaway!

A Beautiful Mess’ guide to Charleston 

Southern Living’s Guide to Charleston

Spending 2 perfect days in Charleston

The cool girl’s guide to Charleston

and all the vegan friendly restaurants in Charleston!

 

 

 

 

Cleaning & Organizing · Family · Home · Organizing

Day 2 of project massive clean!


Today’s post is brought to you by my incredibly cluttered and crazy messy, no where near organized basement! This is one of those massive projects I’ve been wanting to do for a while, but never ever have the time… I’m trying to best utilize these few days, while the kids are still in school and I’m off, to make a massive dent in these major clean out projects. Plus, we are also having a tag sale on Saturday, so I’d love to get as much out of my house as possible before then! I’ve been trying to implore the Konmari technique as I clean. First and foremost, do not keep anything that doesn’t spark joy! It’s been relatively easy going through the extraneous stuff we have been storing in the basement, Andy have been able to cull a lot of the stuff taking up way too much space in boxes and bins. I’m a self proclaimed pack rat so I’m actually pretty proud of myself with how ruthless I’ve been at getting rid of stuff.

The hardest thing to purge is, by far, is the sentimental stuff…  I have a good 3 tubs of memories that came from my parents house when they moved out of our childhood home and I gathered my stuff from the attic of their old house. A lot of it is photo albums, yearbooks, notes and cards, old journals, movie ticket stubs, prom favors, VHS tapes (I’m dating myself here…) etc… it was all so nostalgic to peruse through, I really couldn’t bring myself to get rid of anything quite yet…I only scratched the surface of going through these boxes, because I really wanted to make sure I was using my time wisely with other clutter. However, some of the treasured ephemera and mementos I did scope out in this first go through were simply soul satisfying. Amongst some great old photos, I also found my switchplate from my nursery (which I’m going to install in Sailor’s room), a box of Uno cards my Nana and I used to play with constantly (stored in an old cut tissue box), my parent’s wedding favor (decorative plate? ashtray?), and the traffic light light pull from my Papa’s apartment in Washington Heights- to name just a few. It was so lovely to run across these items and feel the rush of so many happy memories come flooding through my mind. It also made me excited to show this stuff to Dashel and Sailor one day; I think they will love to look through some of it when they get older. I already started showing Dash some pictures from when I was about his age and when I asked him who he thought was in the photo, he identified it as himself 😌, ‘no, buddy, but I get why you said that.’ 


Do you hold on to sentimental items? Are they stored in a box somewhere? Or do you have them displayed? I’m going to try to pick some of my favorites to incorporate into our everyday lives to keep those happy memories close by. 

Cleaning & Organizing · Home · Organizing

Major clean out’s!

We all have those places in our homes that we dread cleaning out… some of the more common ones are the garage and the basement. (And attic!) Unfortunately, these spaces tend to be the ones that get neglected the most often and become a breeding ground for we storage of stuff the we don’t necessarily want and definitely don’t need- but can’t quite seem to part with either. My Dad came over today and we attacked the garage together! Here are some tips when taking the plunge to clean out your garage.

1. Get everything out! It’s much easier to see everything, easier to sweep/clean the garage of dirt, dust, leaves and spider webs when everything is out. 

2. As you’re bringing your stuff outside- we brought everything out onto the driveway- separate it into piles.

-stuff we are getting rid of (we’re going to have a tag sale this weekend, and anything that doesn’t sell is going to Goodwill) 

-stuff I’m keeping that goes into house or car or other area, not the garage 

-stuff I’m keeping that goes back into the garage

– also throw out all trash and recycling as you go!

3. Have some clean rags around to dust off items and shelving as you go.

4. Be ruthless about letting things go. Do you really need that croquet set that you’ve never used? Remember, if you’re about to store something out of sight, think long and hard, again, if you really need said item.

5. Once garage is empty, sweep it out using a large push broom. Don’t forget all the corners!

6. As you begin to put items back into the garage, pick spots thoughtfully and slowly. Decide what makes the most sense to have where. 

7. Utilize wall space and hooks and hang things vertically whenever possible. 

8. Group like items together- gardening tools, potting soil, planters… you get it 

9. Try to envision your cars being parked in the garage and do your best not to store anything that would be in the way of getting your car in and out. (We usually park in the driveway, but it’s ideal to have your spot carved out all the time, both for practicality and for de-clutteredness…

Some before pics…


And after!


Tomorrow starts the basement… eeeeee!

Organizing · Planning

Planner addict?!

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One day at a time planner

Are you a ‘planner person?’ I want to be so bad- how do I get to be one of those people? I aspire to have beautiful, colored coded pages with inspirational, motivational quotes to get me through my busy week. I yearn to be one of those people that has cute little drawings next to her appointments with meticulously calligraphed times and places. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, do yourself a favor and go type #planner or #planneraddict into Instagram… Go ahead, I’ll wait…

Wasn’t that awesome?! It’s seriously a feast for your ‘I want to be organized and creative at the same damn time’ eyes! Amiright?!

For some reason, I stall with planners. Every January, I hunt for the perfect planner, and always end up tossing it to the wayside halfway through February. (And I do not have another method for keeping track of dates and appointments, so it’s really a bad situation.) I gotta get back on board with planners! Are you a planner person? Do you use a traditional January-December spread? Or do you ever buy mid-year planners? I just discovered this fantastic Bando mid year planner (link above in photo caption) that I’m kinda obsessed with.

My other possible options:

These Purple Trail planners can be totally customized and you can start them ANY month you desire! (What a great way to get a fresh start, whenever you are ready for it!)

These Day Designer planners that start mid year provide goal setting pages and an hourly daily spread so you can really utilize every minute of every day.

And lastly, the always fashionable, always customizable Erin Condren life planner- whose covers alone make me want to buy more than one.

Which one would you get? Or are you already entrenched in your own planner that you started in the New Year? Any recommendations for other planners I missed? I’ll keep you posted on my hunt for the perfect planner- the one that changes my unorganized ways…

Bathroom · Home · Organizing

What’s missing from your bathroom?

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You know how sometimes you don’t have something for a really long time, and then you get it, and you wonder, how did I ever live without this? Well, get ready for me to change your life. You need a countertop trash can in your bathroom. I can honestly say, I have no idea how I lived so long without one. They are the cutest, most functional item that you don’t currently have. First off, anything that’s a miniature version of something else is automatically adorable. Second, you can’t believe how much stuff you will toss in there, and how much easier it is than your regular trash can. I know, it sounds sort of silly, like, is it really that difficult to just throw your trash in a larger trash can? The answer is yes, yes it is that difficult. I first noticed the need for this little gem when I began my affinity for leaving dirty makeup wipes on the counter after getting ready. I sort of dreamed up how awesome it would be to have a trash can right on the counter, and then, boom! Just like that, I Amazon primed that shit, and in 2 days flat, I was living the dream. Makeup wipes, cotton balls, q-tips, floss, the possibilities are endless. You need this in your life, trust me. You’re welcome.

*I linked to my mini can in the post above, but there are tons of variations to match your personality and decor- stainless steel, different colors, etc- just search “mini trash can” in amazon*