Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Sweet and Casual

Sweet and Casual

Alexander McQueen cardigan
€759 - unger-fashion.com

Agent Ninetynine long tank top
$30 - generalpants.com.au

Lace skirt
¥5,480 - jshoppers.com

Giuseppe Zanotti platform wedge
$695 - couture.zappos.com

Clutch handbag

Kate spade jewelry
$248 - katespade.com

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Week # 1 Organization Challenge

The first week's challenge was focused on the kitchen countertops and sink. 
(Week # 1) This one wasn't too involved in our home, as we don't have a lot of counter space to speak of, and tend to keep them pretty clear to begin with. I did remove a few unnecessary canisters, to the "baking cupboard", and also cleared out the drying basket that we keep in the second side of the sink. 
As the article states, "Definitely, if you have room, keep out appliances that you use daily, like a coffee maker or toaster (if you truly use them daily). Depending on the size of your kitchen, you may even decide you have enough room to keep out appliances you use on a weekly basis. However, anything you don't use at least weekly, should not be on your counter top." Keeping these tips in mind, my counters are clear and functional. 
This was a great task to tackle first, because it was simple and the results are still noticeable. It's an encouraging way to start a year's worth of organizing. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

52 Weeks to Freedom!!!

... From clutter, that is.
I recently came across a wonderful "challenge" to get your home/life/whatever completely organized over the course of the coming year (thanks, yet again, Pinterest!). I am super excited to get started with this. I will try to update my progress each week, and include any pointers or lessons I learn along the way. The link to the site can be found HERE.

 I believe most of us could probably benefit from a little more organization in our lives, but being the owner of a small house has me especially interested in streamlining our operation around here. We don't have a lot of clutter to begin with, but again- a small house makes any amount seem overwhelming in a short amount of time. 
 If I have any success, I intend to try these methods out in our garage, as well.  Shhh- don't tell my husband. I don't want to falsely get his hopes up. Besides our house being entirely too small for our family, I would say the condition of our garage is my husband's greatest frustration. They do go hand-in-hand, however, because the garage is packed full of stuff we will "need" when we have a bigger home **(FINGERS CROSSED THAT THIS IS IN THE NOT-SO-DISTANT FUTURE)**.
But I digress... 
So, here we go. A new year, a new method of operation. A 52-week commitment to de-clutter and reorganize our "cozy" abode. 
Wish me luck. 

PS- Happy New Year! 2012 is going to be GREAT. I can feel it!