Hello everyone! I’m back after a long unplanned siesta that I wasn’t honestly sure I would return from. Because blogging is hard. It’s really hard sometimes. There’s branding and image finding and editing and social media and trying to find followers and a thousand other details that makes the perfectionist in me want to scream. I got so bogged down in trying to have the perfect blog that I lost the joy and forgot what I was writing about in the first place.
Hello, everyone! I’ve been offline for a little bit, but I am back and ready to get back to blogging! As y’all probably know by now, I am a huge planner
addict lover. I love to bullet journal, because it helps me stay organized. But, I have heard a lot of people in the planning world (namely Facebook and Instagram) who aren’t the biggest fans of bullet journaling. Which is totally cool. This system is definitely not for everyone! So, for all of you planner lovers out there, here are four different types of planners that work for different people. Continue reading →
Happy Saturday! Sorry for the late post, but life is a little crazy right now for me (I should really practice my own advice more– oops!). Anyway, as you can see, this is my last post in the Simplify Your Life series, and today is all about the importance of learning how to say no!
That’s right– this was my desk just a few short days ago. I am ashamed of my typically-overorganized self, but the messiness is there laid out in all of its glory. After a month of being so busy that I could not keep up with keeping this area clean, I could not take the clutter anymore. I So, this weekend I went to town to organize my desk.
It was glorious.
While I am a huge fan of the Konmari method (spoiler: more in depth post coming on this soon), I just had neither the time nor energy to tackle my whole room. But, good gravy my desk area needed help. So, I used my own method that combines some Konmari with some good old-fashioned cleaning. (It ended up being way more effective than I thought it would be.)
So, as I am finishing up my Simplify Your Life series, I thought my organize-a-thon would be the perfect example of today’s post! So, grab a sticky note, go find the area of your that is currently bothering you the most, and let’s get started!
For me, this was the most important step. I took everything out and sorted everything in my desk (and bedside table drawer, because I want that stuff to end up in my desk) into some general categories- notebooks, pencils and pens, school supplies, and some miscellaneous piles. By sorting, I can really see how much of each type of thing I have since everything is laid out on the floors.
2. Throw away or Put Away
I had several things- makeup, markers, a ruler- that did not belong in my desk area. Putting things where they should be immediately gave me more space. I also needed to throw a ton away (as you can see). Yay for decluttering!
This is where the process gets fun! You wanted to declutter this space for a reason. What was it? Look at the area that is now bare and empty of stuff and imagine what you want it to look like. What is this space’s function? What is the atmosphere? I wanted my desk to be extremely functional yet feminine, a place where I could both work and be creative, minimalistic but pretty.
Last step guys! Thanks for sticking with me this far! Now that you have only the things you truly want in this space and you know what you want this space to look like, it’s time to put it all together! The interpretation of this step is up to you. To paraphrase David Allen from Getting Things Done, organized means what you want it to. So, have fun! Do whatever works for you (and look on Pinterest for inspiration with caution– your space will not and does not need to look like theirs!).
I hope my organization method helps you get started on that messy space you’ve been avoiding! Leave a comment below on how you like to organize, what you’ve been struggling with, and your own tips! I’d love to hear from you!
The Excellence Habit by Vlad Zachery
Paige Torn by Erynn Mangum
Paige Torn is one of those novels that you come back and read again and again. This is my
third probably fifth time to read this novel, and I love it more every single time. Paige Alder is a young Christian adult who finds herself beyond busy and struggles to find meaning in what she is doing with her life. She really is completely stuck. (I feel like at least I can totally relate to her on so many levels, including her addiction to Starbucks!) Paige is very sarcastic and witty, and I adore her. This is one of those really fast-paced books that you can read in a weekend, so there are no excuses not to read this winner!
How to Blog for Profit without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup
Getting Things Done by David Allen
Let’s get real for a moment. Life gets crazy and out of control. A lot. And usually, the first thing to go out the window is setting aside time to make a plan. When things start to pile up, I know that I- and probably you too- go straight into reactive mode. There is no planning ahead, no time to get your bearings. We are all just trying to keep our heads above water. But, if you have been following along with the blog, you know that I am on a bit of a mission to simplify my life (check out my first post here), and, for me, having a planning system is where the magic really happens.
Hello everyone!! So sorry I did not post Monday, but things are crazy with the semester wrapping up that I will be posting just once a week- on Fridays for Saturdays- for the rest of the month. But, now on to happier news. I started a new bullet journal this month!!! I am so excited to share this with you all. Brace yourselves- this is a really long post!!
Good morning everyone! Sorry I missed posting on Friday (being sick is not fun!), but I am back for another post on what I have been reading this month! Unfortunately, I have not had too much time to read, but what books I have read have been absolutely excellent! Let’s dive right in!