This month I have been tackling the topic of organization, something I personally love. When both my home and my life are organized, it helps me focus on my family and other priorities in my life. It also frees up my time and capacity to be more and do more. Plus, it's a fun and easy way to release unnecessary stress, whether it's organizing my closet, or my whole week! Everyone has a different level of preference when it comes to organizing, but in the end, it's whatever works for you! The main goal is to have everything placed in an easy-to-find manner, where there isn't much excess other than what is needed, bringing focus and intentionality. Organizing doesn't have to be overwhelming, but can be attainable and fun by taking one area at a time. Let's look at 20 ways to get organized in both your home and your life!

Home Organizing Tips

1. Use storage bins

Storage bins are the best for designating products by category in your home. You can have storage bins for your kids’ toys, seasonal items, or even pantry items and so much more! To see some storage product ideas for your home, click here.

2. Label everything

My goal is to one day own a label maker! You can label your pantry spices and containers, your storage bins, or just about anything! Plus, everyone living with you will thank you by making their lives easier once they know what everything is thanks to the labeling.

3. Clean as you go

Keeping your daily spaces tidy can reduce your regular cleanup! This also helps keep me mindful of the spaces around me and helps me stay focused! It also comes in handy when needing to find something... if I clean up and put things back where I found them, I will spend less time looking around for it!

4. Ask for help

You don't need to carry the weight all on your own! Asking other household members to help clean and keep organized can be fun teamwork and many hands make lighter work! Have little ones? Consistently invite them into a fun cleanup time, even if they don't join right away, they may surprise you down the road!

5. Create Stations

Set up purposeful stations around the house & relocate anything that doesn’t belong. For example, you can have a coffee station, a self-care station, a drop-off zone for your keys, phone and wallet, etc.

7. Have a cleaning schedule

In addition to cleaning as you go, having a cleaning schedule is helpful for the main house chores that need reoccurring attention. Designating certain days to different tasks and different cleaning zones can help all areas of the house get cleaned and save you time.

8. Organize your closet

For a place we go to every single day, this is a space that is easy to just close the door and ignore, but every time I reorganize my clothes and make it look neat and tidy again, I feel SO much better. Plus, my neatly folded clothes are easier to see, making it more enjoyable to choose my outfit for the day.

9. Declutter your medicine cabinet

The medicine cabinet is a place I often forget about, but is so important to tackle. About every few months, a light refresh and purging of old medicine is a must. Now is the perfect time to take note of any needed bandaids or first aid supplies.

10. Keep your work areas tidy

Many people like us are working from home these days, and sometimes the work space can get a little out of control from time to time. Keeping the workspace decluttered and organized will be great for concentration and focus while working.

Life Organizing Tips

1. Keep a planner

Planners are a must when wanting to organize your schedule, tasks, and appointments. It's also helpful so that you can look ahead and be ready for what's next, which can save preparation time and any unnecessary stress. I like to plan out my days so that I can also see which areas I'm spending most of my time to see if I scheduled any overlaps by mistake.

2. Set reminders on your phone

Setting reminders help me stay on top of things and it's the smarter way to organize my time. Now-a-days we can just speak to Siri to set a reminder and it's done! Need to pay a bill? Set a reminder. Need to set up an appointment? Set a reminder! Anything and everything, set a reminder! When there's a lot going on, give your brain a break and set a reminder!

3. Declutter your phone

If we work at decluttering our phone little by little, day by day, we can narrow our pictures by thousands, and free up storage space by eliminating any unused apps. Increase your phone speed and your productivity, especially if you use it for work!

4. Schedule your health & beauty appointments in advance

Another easy way to organize your life is to schedule your most needed treatments in advance! Whip out that planner and look to see when you can go to the dentist, the chiropractor, or the hair salon to stay on top of your health and self-care!

5. Clean out your purse & wallet

The purse is a collector of anything and everything (especially with having kids). Snacks, old receipts, loose change, and who knows what else is waiting at the bottomless pit to be discovered by your two-year old. Throw your chapstick, pens, and feminine products in a little makeup bag and scramble no more!

6. Create a weekly menu

One fun way to organize is knowing what to cook for the week. Your planner can also come in handy for planning ahead on what to cook, and also what groceries you will need. Not only will it make cooking easier, but your family will look forward to knowing what's there to eat for lunches and dinners.

7. Keep an emergency bag in your car

It's always good to be prepared for the unexpected when it comes to cars! This is something you hope to never have to use but can end up being a life saver when you're in a pickle. Keeping an emergency bag in your car is a great way to stay on top of it and maintain an organized life so that any detour is somewhat manageable. If you aren't sure what you might need, check out these car emergency kits on Amazon!

8. Clean out your inbox

Whether you open your inbox once a day or once a week, clicking the Unsubscribe button or deleting old shipping notifications and newsletters can free up your space so that you can have in view the more important emails you need to get back to. I will even go through my flagged emails and unflag any previously taken care of items.

You can even use Unroll.Me to quickly delete any unwanted subscriptions, and it's free!

9. Create a daily to-do list

Whether it's in your planner or on your phone Notes, having a daily to-do list is the simplest and easiest way to organize your life. You can even set it to check boxes and feel accomplished after you see all you've done at the end of the day!

10. Track your finances

Last but definitely not least, tracking your finances has a long term benefit of staying on top of things now. It creates a motivation to save money and can show you where you can possibly cut back on spending. Whether it's a financial planner or a spreadsheet, track your finances to help with your long term financial goals.

Organizing your home and your life can be fun and feel accomplishing! The goal is to incorporate a couple of these habits and watch them become apart of your home+life! Which habit are you going to incorporate this week?! Comment below to let us know which ones stand out to you!

It's amazing how just one habit can be formed in a matter of weeks, and how a combination of good habits can set you on track for wholeness, health, and a better life altogether! These habits typically begin being practiced in our home, and overflow to our life outside of home, but how do we set ourselves up for success? Or better yet, how do we set up our homes for success? I would like to propose that our home is the very first place that affects our life and our well-being. Over the last 8 years of serving the residential community through interior design, I have found that even though everyone wants a beautifully styled home, only few know how to maintain it. After a good month of "breaking it in", I realized that my clients were struggling to find their new way of living in a home I designed to be practical and beautiful but would find old decor mixed up with the new decor on the now cluttered surfaces. Something was missing. That's when I realized that having a beautiful home is more than just having a well-styled home; it's about the daily nurture of our safe haven and knowing how to sustain it. Having to work on this myself ever since sharing a home with my husband and 2 young children, I wish I would have known back then what I know now. This is what I would share with all of my clients, friends, family and anyone who is wanting a beautiful, sustainable home... it all starts with your daily habits. Below you will find just five simple yet effective habits that can help you get on track to having the home you love and the home you can maintain without feeling overwhelmed!

1. The habit of making your bed. A good start to your day is a good start to your home+life! Making your bed sets the tone for the rest of the day; it's disciplining yourself to get in the habit of routine. Making your bed not only increases your focus and organization, but also helps promote better sleep and deeper relaxation. It also creates a sense of accomplishment first thing, which is crucial to starting a productive day. It's no wonder why all successful people are so successful! Coming back to a bed that's made at the end of the day will be a site for sore eyes, making your safe haven bedroom so much more relaxing and rejuvenating. I don't know about you, but there's something about getting into bed when the sheets and comforter are pulled back neatly and the pillows are perfectly positioned!

2. The habit of setting limits. This is one habit I tend to struggle with if I'm not careful! I will bite off more than I can chew in a day and then go to bed feeling unaccomplished and discouraged. Or I will start laundry, without realizing that I cannot finish it the same day because of other commitments. I'm learning to live with more intentionality these days and prioritize 1-3 things I can accomplish each day, knowing what I have ahead of time. If I can't finish laundry the same day or next day (depending on the number of loads), I will plan for a day to get it done. I know this may not be for everyone, but knowing myself, I operate better when I can finish something I started in a reasonable time. Because I know my weaknesses are in these areas, it's taking some time to get in the habit, but over time it will be easier. Giving yourself limits is a good preventative from overwhelming yourself later. I know it's sometimes easier to buy more upfront and return later, put the dishes away later, or even clean up the toys tomorrow because you're so tired to do so, but all those "laters" will add up more over time that will add up to more of your precious time and energy.

3. The habit of being tidy. I'm not talking about being Marie Kondo tidy if that's too overwhelming. Start small, like making the habit of having your clothes in either 3 places... your closet, your laundry basket, or your laundry room. Anything left on the floor will always have your room feeling messy and cluttered, and may pile up for more work later that you don't want! Keep the counter tops to a bare minimum of what you use daily... knives, cutting boards, minimal coffee appliances, a bowl of fruit, and maybe a small plant for decor. Countertops are easy gathering spots for mail, dirty dishes, kids homework, knick knacks and more! The kitchen is one of the (if not most) used room in the entire house. Can it be that cooking and doing the dishes might be more enjoyable if the kitchen was the least cluttered space? Frequent tidying leads to a clear space and mind.

4. The habit of planning your week for meals, self care & cleaning. If I don't have space in my week to plan, then I'm too busy doing the wrong things. Without the habit of planning, I am aimlessly going through my days, and wondering why I'm not getting done the things I wanted to get done. I'm still mastering this, but want to know my secret so far? I planned specific days for when I'm going to plan my specific days. Saturdays are my cleaning days. Sundays are my meal planning days, and Wednesdays and Sundays are my extra self-care days (I try to have at least 1 self care routine daily). I find that if I have these 3 maintained every week, I am happier, clear headed, and am more present, rather than thinking of what else I have to do when I'm with my loved ones. Plus my husband is happier because he knows what is going to be put on the table for dinner. My life is very full and I like it that way, but if my life gets fuller at the rate it's going, I'm not going to be able to maintain everything in my life if I don't get ahead of it, especially with 2 kids under 2!

5. The habit of purging. This is one of my most favorite habits. I love it because it is the easiest way for me to feel accomplished. I don't have to go through my whole closet to get the satisfaction of purging. In fact, if I just get rid of 1 thing a day as I go about my day, I have reached my goal. Purging just 1 thing a day gets me in the mindset of a clear space, clear mind, and it really does work! When I'm looking to get rid of 1 thing, it usually doesn't just stop at 1 thing, but ends up with 3-5 things easy! Whether I'm going through my closet, refrigerator, kids toys/books, or bathroom drawers, I always have my eyes open to what I don't need and what I can give away or toss. This is one habit that I love sharing with my interior design clients because it really does set up our homes and lives for success! It's harder to feel relaxed when there is excess. Another rule of thumb I like to keep in mind is "one thing in, one thing out". Whether it's with clothes, new toys for the kids, makeup or necessities, it's always refreshing to help ourselves appreciate the things we do keep, and the 1 item per day challenge can help with that!

As these habits form into routines, my wish for you is that your home+life would be free and full of joy and ease, inspiring a new way of living in your home. Creating healthy habits aren't always easy, as they take intentionality, consistency, and dedication, but it is of upmost importance to get you to the life YOU want to live, and the best day to start is today! Even if it's one new habit you would like to introduce, it's never too late and it's never too small!

Updated: Mar 6

There are so many different ways to approach a consultation, so it’s no surprise if you’re wondering what to expect, especially on a home+life consultation...Now what is that all about??? Well in this post I will to give you the inside scoop on how booking a consultation with me can help your home+life, what to expect in a consultation, and how to prepare for a meeting with me, whether it would be in person or online over video chat. So let's dive in, shall we?

If you’ve seen my website or have chatted with me about my business, my dream is to get every one of my clients to a place where they don't just love their home, but love their home+life altogether, where they are able to fully love their daily life inside of their home, and that their life would be overflowing to the people outside of their home. To me, design is more than just making a home look beautiful, but is more about your home being a reflection of you loving your daily life, and what better way to offer solutions for all things home, than in a consultation where you can approach me with all your home+life needs. Whether that looks like helping you find the best products for your daily routines that are enjoyable and reflect quality and functionality, or helping your closet reflect the style you love that best suits you, or helping you with colors and decor in your home that help you and your guests feel happy and relaxed. Whatever it is, my goal is to be your personal all-things-home consultant to help you in your home+life goals. In just one meeting with me, we can cover multiple solutions to optimize your home+life and set you up with some tools and resources for success!

So let's begin with a consultation! In a consultation, I will usually ask questions about your lifestyle and about your home goals to help you connect with the home+life you want to work on. The consultation requires a little bit of prep ahead of time and also some follow up so the cost is a flat fee of $200 for a 90 minute session over video chat where I will provide you with as much advice and information as I can to make your time worthwhile, followed by some rough sketches, pictures, and notes from the consultation to help you move forward with the steps on your own. If any additional online or in-person meetings are required, we can definitely work with whatever you're needing and make sure you feel confident and equipped!

Before we meet, it’s good to have a game-plan on what we would like to focus on for the consultation. I will ask you to create a private Pinterest board for us so that you can pin either inspiration images or pictures of your home so that we can both have a good visual inventory before the consultation. Together, we will discuss the various needs you have and choose the top 3 priorities to start with. If you need advice on multiple areas in the home that exceed the top 3 priorities, I might suggest we schedule multiple meetings in advance to cover all bases. In just 90 minutes, we can accomplish a lot and may even have extra time to spare as long as we stay focused on the task at hand.

I always love a new challenge and coming up with different solutions, so in our consultation I’d love to hear on the various areas you want to focus on. Do you need help with picking out paint colors? Then let’s go through some textiles and inspiration pieces in your home, such as a painting or rug that you want to be the basis of your color palette. Do you also need help with ideas for organizing your closet or making your Pinterest board come to life? In just 90 minutes, I could help you create a palette of colors and finishes, an organization and design plan of action, and also help you figure out which colors, textiles and furniture pieces will help you get to your desired look and feel.

Need help styling a particular area? I might schedule an in person meeting to bring some of my own stocked decor to use a mixture of your decor and new pieces to style a bookcase, a table, or another small space.

At the end of the day, my goal is to always meet your expectations and have no question left unanswered. At the end of our consultation, I will send you a follow up email with notes from our meeting along with any other info on some extra research if needed, and if any other help is needed, I’d love to see you again and book another consultation, because in the end, I want you to love your home+life and feel empowered and equipped to living a successful life at home no matter the situation! Want to see more behind the scenes on why I created the Home+Life? Click to see our other most recent blog: 2022 Vision: Love Your Home + Life! Ready to dive into a consultation with me? Let’s book something today! Click here to fill out a form to sign up now!