Declutter + get organized for pregnancy

Declutter + get organized for pregnancy

This is a long requested post that I finally feel qualified to write! It's true - I'm expecting my first child in September. My husband and I feel incredibly blessed. For a long time, we didn't know if it would be possible for us. Now, though, I can see how perfect the timing is. Confession time. For the first few years of my career, I worried a lot about how I could serve the women I felt called to serve without the experience of motherhood…

Take control of your space

Take control of your space

Several years ago, before I started on this journey of decluttering and simplifying my life, I had a very interesting conversation with an acquaintance. She revealed to me casually that the home she shared with her parents and younger brother had recently burned to the ground. "Oh, how awful, I’m so sorry!", was all I could say to that. "Yeah, but it was kind of a good thing, too." She said. "We needed to start over."

Streamline your beauty products

Streamline your beauty products

Lots of people have a thing that they purchase compulsively. Magazines. Office supplies. Shoes. Beauty products are my thing. I've written about it before on the blog. I moved from my parents' house to an apartment in NYC straight out of college with a giant plastic bin full of beauty products. AKA where my beauty products went to die. I rarely went in there, unless it was to store something I wasn't using. When I decided to roll up my sleeves and make some space, I realized that there was little chance of me using anything in there…

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…