space planning

5 hacks for an organized entryway

5 hacks for an organized entryway

Several years ago, before I had decluttered my stuff and organized my space, I had quite the embarrassing morning. I was working in a school at the time, about a half hour away from where I lived, and as I was trying to get out the door, I realized that I couldn't find my keys to save my life. Until that morning, it was normal for me to shuffle around for 5-7 minutes longer than I thought I'd need, gathering all of my stuff as I headed out the door. My keys were always floating around somewhere, and I'd have to look around to find them, and most days I did. That morning, however, I turned the house upside down looking for these keys for about 15 minutes before I realized that I needed to call the school and let them know I was going to be late. It must have been 45 minutes before I finally found my keys, and the experience taught me a life lesson: designate one spot for your keys…

5 hacks for an organized kitchen

5 hacks for an organized kitchen

Ah, the kitchen. One of my favorite spaces in the home. So many of my childhood memories take place here. The kitchen is where I most often connect with my heritage, too, through making family recipes. I’ve also come to realize that an organized kitchen is crucial for keeping myself healthy and plugging money leaks. I started to figure out feeding myself beyond heating up a can of soup in college, and I had a nice, easy little rhythm for myself. I kept things pretty simple - whole wheat pasta, baby spinach, baby carrots, and hummus. The Food Network was popular back then, and then I discovered all of the beautiful food blogs on the internet, and at some point it felt like my efforts weren’t enough….

How to make space for a home office

How to make space for a home office

You've been deep into your work when you happen to notice the time. Oh man, you didn't mean to be working this late! Where did the time go? You need to put dinner on/ walk the dog/ pick up the kids. You're in the middle of something, but you have no choice. You'll have to pick up where you left off later. The problem? Your work stuff is spread out all over the dining room table. You have a few options. You can choose to put your stuff away now, and be late for whatever you need to do. You can choose to put your stuff away later, when it's time to sit down for dinner, risk shuffling things around and disrupt the flow of your evening. Or you can choose to leave stuff out and forgo dinner at the table. Work-life balance is often an issue for people who work from home. It can be hard to find when your work stuff is literally, physically in the way of the rest of your life…