Most anyone reading this knows that we recently became parents. Well, I guess we’re still considered recent, right? The girls are almost a year old – does that count us as “new” parents still? Golly, it sure does feel like it some days!
As sweet and cute and wonderful as our 11-month-old twin girls are – I mean, seriously – aren’t they the cutest?!
(Let me explain the expressions here: Bug (left) was OVER the photo shoot. She was tired of being made to jump through hoops. That’s about it. Boo (right) was hot. And a little tired. But mostly just hot. Lots of sighing coming from her. Don’t worry. This was the last picture we took before I took off their headbands and popped them into their shady stroller with bottles of water. They lived to laugh at this photo. As they laugh at all photos of themselves.)
Anyhow…slight rabbit trail…
As sweet and cute and wonderful as they are, I’m still constantly looking for answers about them. Answers about what makes them tick. Answers about what foods are best for them right now. Answers about their behavior. Answers about their milestones.
And I happen to be pretty picky as to who I take my advice from. I’m just sayin’! There are a LOT of answers out there, but are they the RIGHT answers?!
In the end, there’s one thing I already know.
I’ve been feeling a bit frazzled of late.
Frazzled is a newer feeling for me, and I really don’t much care for it. It MAY be my new state of existence as a twin mom, I’m willing to kind of admit that, but, I don’t think it should HAVE to be, ya know?
So I’ve been taking steps here and there to identify the causes of my frazzlement and try to fix each one, one by one. It’s working pretty well so far, but I’m still having a hard time kind of pulling everything together.
This feeling was mainly revolving around my to-do list. I would be writing all these things down that needed to be done in multiple areas of my life, and my list became pretty ineffective, because it was getting so big and so cluttered. I couldn’t see what needed to take priority and what could wait. I was missing deadlines and gatherings and even some BILLS! (That’s no good at all.) I was functioning with my normal planner, like usual, but something was missing. I needed to be able to drill down and do some kind of micro-organization.
So…enter the mini book.
When I get to chatting “organization” with folks, the question always comes up: “I don’t even know how to start! I mean, I’m so overwhelmed! What’s the process to start on organizing something? What’s YOUR process?!”
Well, first of all, let me say that being overwhelmed is completely normal, so don’t beat yourself up over that! And definitely don’t let it stop you from TRYING. There’s no sense in that at all.
Second, my organization process is simple:
- Final touches
These steps have worked for me on everything from a tiny bathroom drawer on up to enormous walk-in closets, and everything in between!
Allow me to elaborate:
Purging is getting rid of the things you don’t want or need. This is hard for some people, so it’s a good thing it’s first on my list of steps; then you can get it over with quickly! Normally, with purging, I pull everything OUT of the space that needs organization. Then I evaluate. Is this trash? (Broken, old, expired, etc.) Is this something I don’t use anymore? (Doesn’t fit right, have another one I like better, can’t remember the last time I even looked at this one, etc.) The trash goes…in the trash! What a novel idea! HA! And the things I don’t use anymore go into a donation box. What’s left is what I have left to work with!
Categorizing is putting alike things together. If I’m organizing a pantry, I’m putting all my flours together in a “baking” category. If I’m organizing the girls’ toys I put all their stuffed animals together in that category. If I’m organizing a laundry cabinet I put all my cleaning rags together in that category. You get the idea! Once everything is categorized, you can REALLY see what you have left to work with, and sometimes you even see more things to purge! (Bonus points if so!)
Due to the fact that our house is currently on the market, we’ve been looking at a few different houses to move into next, as you can imagine. And I’ve got to say, as I look at these houses, if there’s one thing that just drives me up the wall, it’s a small bedroom jam packed with HUGE pieces of furniture. So overwhelming. I can’t stand it!
So when blogger Christopher Austin reached out to me with a post about styling a small bedroom to make it LOOK larger, I knew a few people I wanted to share it with right off the bat! HA! But mostly, I knew it was a great post I wanted to share with all of YOU! Here’s a few fantastic ideas from Christopher!
Just because you have a small bedroom, doesn’t mean you can’t style it to look spacious, airy and welcoming. The key is to design smart. The right color blends, the best accessories, and organizing the furniture properly are fundamental aspects you need to take into consideration when decorating a small bedroom. Size doesn’t matter, good design skills do. Here are some guidelines to help you decorate your small space in style.
Settling on a smart color palette
First thing’s first. If you have a small bedroom and the goal is to make it look bigger, you should settle on some priorities. Light, pastel colors and a white ceiling are fundamental aspects to take into consideration. The white of the ceiling will add height, and the beautiful pastels on the walls will create an air of freshness and light. Baby blue, pale pink, pastel mint are shades that work best in small rooms.
Here in Florida, we pretty much go straight from Fall into Spring. Not much Winter in these parts. I mean, temps reached 80 degrees yesterday, y’all. And it’s only the beginning of April! So, I pretty much figured it was time for the Spring Holiday Shelf!
When I started this whole “Holiday Shelf” deal, it was because I wanted a certain spot in which to be festive around the house, just because I could! After a little bit it turned into more of a simple kind of celebration. Now, it’s a fun creative outlet! And a lil’ challenge sometimes. I like to buy one new piece and then create the rest of the shelf with things I already have at the house. Which is exactly how it worked out this time around!
The piece I bought this time is right in the middle…