Oh hey, October! Just when did you sneak up on us? Seriously. Is it me or did September feel like it lasted all of four seconds?
In my neck of the woods, the temps are getting cooler and sadly - so sadly - the beach days are dwindling. Regardless of whether you live in a colder part of the world or it’s hot all year round (in which case, I kinda hate you), there’s a purge that should happen at least once a year when it comes to our summer stuff. Doing this at the end of the season (or, again, if your season never really ends, just find a good time of the year to do it), will prevent you from being overloaded with things when all you want to do is get to the beach or the pool.
I’ve put together a list of 10 things you should go through and make decisions about whether or not to keep for the following year. Our summer stuff tends to get beat up pretty easily which makes our decisions easier. And you know by now, I aim to make everything as easy as possible!
Recently, I shared a post on Instagram where I explained that I suffered most of my life from mind clutter and that I would elaborate on what that is so, here we are! In the wake of seemingly constant news surrounding celebrity suicides, what goes on internally is much more important than we like to admit. My clients are quick to call me to help organize their physical clutter, but not as quick to address what’s going on inside, specifically in their minds.
Happy July! If I had to pick a favorite month, this would be it. Summer is in full effect, which is also my favorite season, and that means beach days any chance I can get!
Now because simplicity is the name of the game over here at Sort and Sweet, I’m going to show you today how to pack a beach bag in just a few easy steps. If you’re schlepping your kiddies, we’ll need an extra step or two but the idea is that you spend less time packing and more time playing.
PLUS fitness + life tips from the adorable Chloe Crain, creator of Deeper Than Muscles!
Follow my lead here: being organized can actually help you get fit and stay that way. The biggest underlying, yet not always obvious, reason is that once one makes the decision to become more organized, it begins to positively affect all other areas of their life. You get your stuff in order, you get your life in order. Without even realizing it, people begin to improve things like their health, finances, and relationships. With summer (finally) at our doorstep, being in shape seems to be a top priority for a lot of people. In addition to the mindset shift, there’s also a number of logistical ways that organization can lead to looking and feeling your best so I just have one question. You ready for this?
Do you feel like you have to be 110% perfect at everything, like, all the time? Are you afraid to pull the trigger and hire a professional organizer? Take a listen to our first vlog about exactly these two issues and stay tuned until the end for a sweet treat...
Thanks to the excessive JT memes, “It’s Gonna Be Me (May)” has been stuck in my head for days now. Social media is super awesome like that.
The issue with where I’m living is that it hasn’t felt like it’s gonna be May like it usually does. Temps can barely get into the 60s and I’m not sneezing like a wild woman due to pollen storms (I guess that’s a good thing?). In the past, by May I would have pulled all of my winter clothes out of the closet and packed away in space bags, opened the windows (and quickly closed them because of the sneezing sesh), and scrubbed my place top to bottom. I’m getting pretty antsy at this point, so it’s time to get it done regardless if I freeze because I put away my winter coats.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever lived in a dorm room?
If you have, you know how it feels to fit a lot of stuff into a very small space. Living in New York, sometimes you’ll have to reside in a place as an adult that feels like you’re back in college as real estate is a luxury in this town. While I think the smaller the space you own or rent, the less clutter you tend to keep, I also know firsthand how savvy and creative you need to be in order for your home to function.
My current space is pretty itty bitty so trust me, I know how to use it in my favor. No matter where you live, if you're in the same boat, I want to help! Here are six space saving tricks that are tried and true straight from this girl.
One of the first words out of my client’s or potential client’s mouths when we first speak is the following: “I just don’t know where to start.”
Over and over again I hear it and over and over again I think: “If only you realized how easy it can be!”
Of course, I also let them know this verbally but it doesn’t always sink in right away. There’s a common notion that a person has to hear something at least three times in order to remember it but I also think it applies to “getting” it. We may hear our personal trainer say “abs get made in the kitchen” but until we hear it a few times, we’ll keep crunching away and eating crap and wondering why we don’t have a six pack. Our brains are wired to be a bit stubborn and resist change but if we truly want a change in our lifestyle, we must embrace a different mindset and change our habits.
Soo, tell me. How has your January been?! Have you made strides to keep your New Year’s resolutions? C’mon, we’re in the trust tree so you can be honest. Ok, I’ll be honest. I haven’t been the best with mine but it doesn’t mean I’ve stopped trying. While I’m extra organized with my things, I’m not so much with my time. I’m not sure if it’s because my things are tangible and my time is not but my New Year’s resolution was to be better with my time management.
I hope you all had a fun and festive holiday with your loved ones! Now that the season is coming to a close, we all start to get back on track. Whether it be with work, school, fitness or finances, everyone usually has at least one New Year’s Resolution they make and try to stick with. But what if I told you by making the resolution to get organized, all of those other pieces of your life will, by default, improve as well? Hear me out here…
This holiday season, I took the opportunity to visit out of state family for a couple of weeks. While I absolutely love working for myself and being able to have the flexibility to do this, I admit I stressed about packing for my trip. In a very uncharacteristic move, I actually stayed up until 3AM the day before (day of?) because I just kept putting it off. With no set itinerary and varying temps, I was mainly overwhelmed by the different types of clothes to bring and how to fit it all in. Just like with everything else, the answers are always already in your own noggin. All you have to do is use it!
Who here has actually started Christmas wrapping yet? Not this chick, I’ll tell you that. Then again, I’m big on non material gifts so I never have much to do anyway. Work smarter, not harder, amiright? Regardless of how much or how little wrapping you’re doing this year, everyone should have a designated spot to store the tools needed to get it done. And not just for this time of year, but anytime someone’s birthday, anniversary, housewarming, or baby pops up (or out? Ok, that’s weird, moving on).
Ok, so in all honesty, this is not a very thrilling topic to discuss BUT it is the question I actually hear the most often: how do you organize under the sink? It’s so easy to not think about it often since you shut the cabinet door and it’s out of sight, out of mind. It’s when you need something in there that the frustration sets in. So how about I come in instead and help get that clutter under control for you? Ok, try not to get too excited but let’s do this!
Shoe buying addiction can be a real thing. Just turn on the TV to those, um, interesting Just Fab commercials and you’ll see. The media tries to place the idea in our heads that only us girls have this issue of buying too many shoes. But trust me, I’ve known plenty of dudes who can’t stop buying kicks. Hopefully some of the tips I give you today can help you organize how ever many pairs you own AND also keep them in great condition (which, in turn, helps keep the urge to buy more to a minimum!).
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends and are in a total food coma today! The struggle was real for me at first to roll out of bed after that feast but I’m super pumped to be working on a bedroom project this Black Friday. On a day when people spend an exorbitant amount on material goods, it got me thinking about the best kind of gifts you can give your loved ones this holiday season. Ones that don’t necessarily take up a whole lot - or any - space.
For anyone who knows me, I’m HUGE on non material presents. I’d much rather give or receive an experience rather than a physical item. Maybe that’s not the most popular opinion or what society wants you to think is best, but hear me out and maybe you’ll be inspired to gift differently this year!
They say there are people who eat to live and then there are people who live to eat. Without a doubt, I fall into the latter category so, naturally, Thanksgiving is my jam. With a week to go until the holiday, I wanted to give you some ideas on how to purge your pantry, clear your cupboards, and free your fridge in time for that turkey.
This is actually so much easier and less time consuming than most people realize. So let’s grab a PSL or pumpkin beer and get to work.
No, I’m not gonna get you drunk (cue: sad face). BUT I am gonna help clean out that car of yours and, as a mechanic’s daughter, I kinda feel obligated. While I still can’t change a tire at 32 (cue: dad disappointment), I can organize your ride as easy as 1, 2, 3.
(Side bar : If you get the above reference, call me so we can be friends.)
Whether we believe it or not, the holidays and 2018 are right around the corner. There’s something so exciting about a new year and a fresh start! I find that it feels even better when your life is uncluttered and open to receiving everything this time of year has to offer.
In the spirit of it being November, here are 11 things you can get rid of right now to clear your mind and space for the coming months: