Organizing Handbags…

I believe every girl in America wishes for a “Sex & the City” lifestyle with 100s of beautiful shoes and bags stored in a beautiful customized closet.  In reality….we shove shoes and handbags in every spare corner of our non-customized closets.

Handbag Idea #1

Display purses from a tension rod in your closet.

  • Hang a shower curtain rod (should be a tension rod) close to the ceiling.
  • Hang purses from shower curtain rod hooks to display them.
  • You can buy double hooks that make it easier to hang larger purses with two handles.
  • Note of caution:  the rod will fall if you hang too many purses. Pair down to the purses you love and only hang those.  Sell or donate the rest!

Hangbag Idea #2

Purchase a handbag organizer from Bed, Bath, & Beyond (or similar retailer).  These types of organizers are really attractive (you just need to have room in the closet for the width of the organizer). I like that you can store shoes in there too!

You can also use the sides to store boots!

 

Have any other great ideas on storing purses, handbags, or as my grandmother says, pocketbooks? 🙂

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Setting Goals & Sticking To Them…

 

My usual Friday post is something to ponder and think about…or laugh at…for the weekend ahead.  Im going to switch it up a little today.  Ive been working on tackling both personal and professional goals for awhile.  (Its really hard!) I wanted to share some personal goals that I have set for myself and next week I plan to check in and see how I did.

The goal of this is (1) see if I can stay on track because I already voiced my goals to you (my accountability partner)…didnt know you had a role in this did you? 😉 … and (2) to motivate you to think about and start planning, setting, and working towards goals!

…Weekly goals…

  1. Go to the gym 4 days a week
  2. Go to two workout classes like Kickboxing or Tabata
  3. Swim once a week (I like switching up my workouts otherwise I get bored and never go!)
  4. Go to yoga class (once a week)
  5. Read 2 chapters in “Success Principles”
  6. Work on 1 new “Success” exercise
  7. Read 1 chapter in “Crush It”

Goal setting helps us to achieve greater things in our lives — we end up living with a purpose rather than just flowing through our everyday lives.

What are some goals that you have set (or are planning to set for yourself)? I love feedback! 🙂

 

Organizing Garden Supplies for the Cooler Months

I thought today would be a great day to talk about organizing garden supplies for the cooler months.  I just spent part of the weekend throwing out plants, cleaning up planters, and organizing my “garden shed”.

Now is a great time to:

  • Clean out birdfeeders & replenish food supply.  My great grandfather used to say “Never feed birds in the summer – they need to tend for themselves when food is available. Feed them when its colder to help them sustain through the winter.”
  • Toss out dead (or dying plants).  Also, toss out any plants that dont fit within your garden design for fall.  Example: toss out bright colored impatiens & replace with fall colored mums.
  • Toss any broken or cracked planters
  • Clean remaining planters with mild soap & warm water
  • Sharpen & clean gardening tools
  • Pull out a calender to mark gardening chores (plant vegetables for cooler weather, sew grass seeds, weed, etc.)
  • Create a garden binder for next year (it will make sifting through all those plants at the nursery much easier!)
  • Binder: Include pictures or plant tags of flowers and plants that you want to purchase again — sketch of yard to showcase areas that get sunlight or shade — sketch can also provide a visual for perennials (you dont want to forget about those plants that keep on giving)!

Gardening takes a lot of energy in the summer, especially during the dog days.  Its nice to take a step back, reassess the plants and flowers, decide what you would like to do for the following year, and clean up and store your supplies.  When spring rolls around, all you have to do is go to the nursery (with your binder!) and start planting!

What are your favorite fall flowers and plants?  — Mine are yellow mums nestled among bails of hay and pumpkins!

Gratitude…

In my weekly yoga class, the instructor regularly talks about gratitude.  I find myself thinking about what Im grateful for often.  General list:

  • Being healthy (having the choice to be able to exercise & eat nutritious foods)
  • Wonderful parents, boyfriend, friends, and family (& the best dog in the world) 🙂
  • Waking up everyday with a purpose — with the choice to live life to the fullest
  • The choice to be happy

There are so many people in the world who dont have choices to, say, exercise. Or they dont feel they have a choice to treat their bodys well because it is so hard for them to say no to unhealthy food options.  So many people have a cracked support structure (minimal love and trust from family and friends).  As we all get caught up in the madness and craziness that ensues our everyday lives, we forget to stop and be grateful for “what is” and for everything we have in our lives and are able to do.

What are you grateful for….?

Q: How often do you go through and clean out your “stuff” (like clothes, purses, shoes)?

–This question was asked by a friend and I thought I would share my insights with you!

Life becomes a lot easier when your closet isn’t full of clothes that you can no longer wear, dont like, or are in crummy condition.

Imagine this: You get up in the morning, walk into your closet, and pull together an adorable outfit complete with the perfect shoes, purse, and accessories in under 5 minutes.  Sounds like heaven, right?! When you have too many options and most are items you dont really like, then its harder to get ready in the morning than it should be.  Your mind has too many things to process: “I still cant wear those jeans – why cant I just lose those 10 lbs!”, “I keep forgetting to fix that missing button on those pants — Ill save that for Saturday”, “Why do I have so many cream and brown shirts — those colors look terrible on me!”….I could go on for days!

1.  Its a good idea to go through clothes, shoes, purses, hats, scarves, etc. at least twice a year.  Rotating your clothes based on the season can help trigger the “clean out” mode.

2.  If it doesnt fit — let it go!  Most people use excuses to hold on to things: “I might fit into these again one day”, “My mom bought these for me”, “I paid $50 for these pants and barely wore them”.  You have to realize that these are just excuses and should not bear weight on your decision.

3.  If you think you might fit into it later down the road — toss it.  Even if you do get down to that size again, there is no guarantee that you will want to wear that shirt, skirt, or pants again.  Go ahead and let it go.  Besides, a pair of pants 2 sizes too small should not be your motivation to lose weight — your health should be your motivation.

*Reward yourself with a new pair of pants and blouses for when you do get back to that ideal size — thats more fun that going back to old pants and blouses. 🙂

4.  Just because you paid $50 for something is no reason to keep it.  That was money spent a long time ago.  You will never recoup that $50 — no matter if you keep the item or toss it.  If you havent worn it lately (6 months), then it goes!

5.  If you are not sure whether you still like an item, then I say give it one last chance.  Wear it one more time and see how it makes you feel.  If you like it — keep it.  If you feel uncomfortable — out the door!

6. (Lastly) If anything that you decided to get rid of is (A) name brand and (B) in good condition, then I consider it resale-able!  If its not in good condition, then donate or throw away.

And to answer the question — I go through my personal belongings every 3 – 4 weeks.  I dont consider this “normal” by any means — I only want things I use and love around me — everything else is out the door! =) I dont own a lot of shoes, purses, and jewelry for this very reason.  I also dont buy a lot of clothes, shoes, purses, or jewelry for this very reason.  Makes my life easier and saves me some money! What a great combination!

Do you have any good advice on how you go through your clothes closet?

Soaking up the last days of warm sunshine…

This is Cody — he is my little Shih Tzu/Maltese puppy =)  Well he is not really a puppy at all…he is 7 years old…but will always be my little puppy.

We were enjoying some sunshine on the golf course.  Cody found some good light so I took advantage with a mini photoshoot.

Hope you are enjoying this great weather — cooler nights and warm days!

What “Being Organized” Means to Me…

Fall is just around the corner, and I don’t know about you but I cannot wait for those cool, fall nights.  The patio is calling my name — its been neglected since summer started — I cannot handle 97 degrees and 85% humidity.

I love spring and fall, but fall is my favorite season — I actually get the Fall Cleaning Bug (the Spring Cleaning Bug’s cousin)!  Storing away and cleaning — preparing for the colder months.  Mums, pumpkins, and hay will be making their way to a home near you!

But back to cleaning and organizing… I love cleaning and I love organized living.  What is organized living and is it something that everyone could benefit from? I think organized living is never losing your keys, always knowing where something is, keeping track of commitments and never being late. Can it be exhausting? Sure! Can it create a structured lifestyle of always cleaning up after yourself and working towards your to-do list instead of your fun list? Absolutely! But being organized in many aspects of life leads to successful individuals.

Another term for organization of life is “Plan of Attack”. Having a plan of attack for every day allows us to become accomplished individuals and work towards goals. Nothing is more exhilarating than achieving personal or professional goals. Plans of attack also allow us to control our lives by choosing to succeed, rather than allowing life to control us.

What does “Being Organized” mean to you?  Do you have a “Plan of Attack” — maybe its daily or monthly, maybe you have one for the year?  Id love to hear from you!