What Sparks Joy in You?

Hello and welcome back! Who here has watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo? I saw so many people talking about it on social media and decided to watch an episode it this past weekend. Well, that episode turned into me watching a few episodes because I was so fascinated. This new Netflix show has gone viral and so many people are talking about the Konmari method. In case you haven’t watched the show or read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, Marie is a Japanese organizing consultant whose methods have become increasingly popular. She is so sweet, bubbly, and fun to watch. She helps people declutter and organize both their homes and their lives. Fun fact about me: I love cleaning! Even weirder fact: I also love watching other people clean. Have you ever been doing something and thought to yourself, “I really need to be doing laundry or cleaning my house right now instead of this.”? It happens to all of us, especially me. While I do enjoy the final product of cleaning, I can sometimes lack the motivation to actually start. I have personally found that watching YouTube videos of people “speed cleaning” their houses really motivates me to get up and tidy up. So naturally, when I watched this show, it really motivated me to start a super early spring clean. Marie’s methods include piling all of the clothes you own and sorting through it all, one by one and deciding if the item sparks joy in you. The items that you decide to keep you fold neatly and put away and the ones you decide to say goodbye to, you thank for its service. I really like how Marie emphasizes the importance of thanking the items that we end up getting rid of. I love that idea of being grateful for something even though we recognize that we don’t want/need it any longer. I think that Marie’s methods of folding are genius. She teaches us to fold things into rectangles that are the same size and to place them in our drawers in a way that we can see everything that we have. By the end of the weekend, I had gone through all of both Isaac and my clothes and folded them and placed them neatly in our drawers. We donated the items we didn’t use or didn’t bring us joy. So far, we’ve been able to maintain the tidiness we have created and to appreciate the items we have even more than before. Have any of you watched the show or read the book? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

Wedding Wednesday: Things to Know Before Going to a Bridal Expo

Hello and welcome back! Happy Wednesday! Today I wanted to start a Wedding Wednesday series here on the blog. In case you missed my last post, Isaac and I are engaged! We are very early on in the process and aren’t really rushing to plan everything out quite yet. Just for funzies a couple of weekends ago, I went to a bridal expo with a few friends. While it was an interesting and overwhelming experience, I had a lot of fun! Today I wanted to share some of the things I wish I had known before going to the expo.

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New Year’s Resolutions 2018

Hello and Happy New Year! 2018 is officially upon us. I have very high hopes for this year. I’ve had the best weekend planning and getting organized. Isaac and I participate in New Year’s “Resolutions,” but we have sort of a different approach.

 

New Year’s Resolutions are all about self-improvement, so I don’t think we should limit ourselves to making goals and wanting to better ourselves only at the beginning of the year. Last year, Isaac and I really wanted our focus to be on saving money, cooking at home more, and eating out less. Instead of looking at this challenge as a resolution, we looked at it as a lifestyle change. Continue reading “New Year’s Resolutions 2018”

How to Stay Organized in 2018

Hello and welcome back! I hope you all have had a wonderful winter thus far. I’ve been taking a short break from blogging and social media to really enjoy my break from school and spend time with my family. So much has happened this year and I can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring!

As you guys know, I love Sundays. Sundays are my day to hit the restart button and get ready for the upcoming week. So, how perfect is it that this New Year’s Eve is on a Sunday, and New Year’s Day is on a Monday!? I find this time of year so motivational. People are so happy and excited for the potential a new year brings.

I love reflecting at the end of a year and to think about what I want from the next. For me, staying organized in all aspects of life really helps me succeed. Today I wanted to share a few things that help me stay organized throughout the year!

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