Inspired by The Happiness Project I decided to make a list of my own nagging tasks and am in the process of checking them off. I find that once you have created your list it’s crucial to book each task in your calendar so you can forget about it but know you have allotted the necessary time to take care of business. These annoying tasks and projects can feel so stressful and distracting when ignored but I have always been surprised how quickly they can be completed when I knock them off one at a time.
My Task List:
Nagging Task #1 = Life documents: Gather all important documents together, make an itemized list and store in a safe deposit box.
Nagging Task #2 = Assemble an emergency kit for the home
Nagging Task #3 = Service the Car
Nagging Task #5 = Deep Clean the House
Nagging Task #6 = Schedule Annual Dr and Dentist Appointments
Nagging Task # 7 = Refrigerator Clean-Out (Stock with only healthy foods)
Nagging Task #8 = Start A Blog
Nagging Task #9 = Make A Simple Family Recipe Book
Nagging Task #10 = Start a Vacation Fund/ Plan a Vacation
~Make your own list, give yourself a deadline and book each item in your agenda! Such a drag to do but what a relief when you are done! (And these items never take as long as you think they will!) What nagging task can you conquer this week? ~
Recently, I have been overtaken with Etsy fever! I love to support small businesses and artists and have found incredibly unique items at great prices.
A few of my favorite shops:
The Love Shop
Loving the look of uniform items all in a row. I always encourage my clients to pick a style and color they like when purchasing storage containers or hangers because it creates the illusion of instant organization. These open canvas bins are perfect for storing all sorts of things. I like them for linens, crafts, office supplies or children’s toys.
Huggable Hangers maximize closet space and create a sleek, uniform look.
Can’t wait to get my hands on this!!
Inspired by a design magazine, my husband and I removed all of our kitchen cabinets and painted everything white. Since the cabinets are now open to the world we keep them clutter-free and organized by item type. The result is a clean, fresh look and makes all of our dishes and glassware super accessible ~ The best part is that the whole makeover was free!
My new policy: Instead of having a whole collection of half used sub-par products I now only allow myself to buy one high quality product at a time. I used to buy tons of cheaper options but that just led to clutter and dissatisfaction. Since I have eliminated impulse shopping I allow myself to splurge on high quality and pricier options and actually save money.
A few faves:
William Sonoma Hand Soap in Grapefruit
Kiehls Creme de Corps
Jo Malone Candles
Chantecaille Lip Gloss
I love the look of these French Market Baskets. They can be used for practical purposes like trips to the Farmer’s Market or creatively in your home. I like to store throw pillows or blankets or even bathroom accessories like hairdryers and products in them.
As many of you know, I have baby on the brain and am due this summer with my second little girl! As I am gearing up for chaos and sleepless nights I try to remember the things that saved me last time. I wanted to share these tips that made my life as a new mama sooooo much easier:
Pre-Baby Prep (To-do Before Baby Arrives!)
1. Clean your house or hire a cleaner to do a deep clean.
2. Stock up on paper goods, cleaning products and household necessities.
3. Buy easy-to-grab treats and beverages: Cliff bars, trail mix, coconut water and energy drinks are new mama favorites.
4. Clear the clutter! Everyone knows that babies require a lot of gear and gadgets. Try to slim down the rest of your house on clutter and chaos before the big event.
5. Organize a dinner drop-off program with friends and family. (www.mealtrain.com) is an excellent resource for this!
6. Make sure your ducks are in a row: pediatrician and health care for baby, car seat installed, pre-register with the hospital, set up an emergency phone list.
7. Line up any necessary support for the first month (cleaning service, food delivery, post-partum doula, lactation consultant, etc.)
8. Pack your hospital bag with post-it reminders for any last minute additions (cell phone, wallet, ipod, etc.)
9. Discuss with your partner how you will handle guests and visitors.
10. Schedule at least one day of pre-baby pampering and a date or mini vacation with your partner!
Almost all of my clients suffer from bag overload in an effort to be green they have so many reusable bags they have collected it becomes a challenge to store them all!
I recommend investing in 3-4 nice bags. Flip + Tumble and Baggu Bags are my favorites. Roll them up and keep them in your car or by front door and stop the plastic and paper bag pile up for good!