These last few weeks definitely feel like crunch time as I try to wrap up work projects, make sure we have everything for the baby’s arrival, and most excitingly, deep clean this whole house into oblivion. The nesting instinct is NO JOKE, you guys. I wish I could bottle it up and save it for a rainy day…it’s the stuff of dreams.
Yesterday I dedicated most of the day to reorganizing the linen closet (finally found a place to store extra diapers!), the bathroom cupboards, and a few drawers in the office. I like my days to feel busy and productive, because like I mentioned before, our bedroom gets insanely hot at night and when it’s insanely hot, I turn into a bit of an insomniac. Ay papi. But don’t worry…I’m really not working THAT hard. I stop every so often to chug a glass of water, rest my super-puffy feet, and revel in baby hiccups (because my goodness if that isn’t the cutest experience of my life).
As I check off more and more items from our giant to-do list each day, the realization that a tiny little gal will be coming to live with us in a matter of weeks is blowing my mind.
P.S. Tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of my 37% off sale on e-courses and printables using the discount code: THIRTYSEVEN :)
A few weeks ago when I posted about three tips for faster blogging, I received a lot of comments and e-mails asking me how exactly I keep my files organized. So today, I am sharing a brief overview of my system and why it works so well for me.
To begin with, I only keep one item on my desktop: a folder that says ALL. Within that folder are all of my files, broken down into smaller folders. Much like having too many tabs open in my browser window, I can’t stand desktop clutter. Whenever things start getting out of hand, I take a few moments to put files in their proper places and trash anything that I don’t need. The cleaner my digital workspace can be, the happier and more productive I am!
For the most part, I keep my personal photos and my blog photos separate, so within the 2013 and 2014 folders, I store all of my personal photos from each month of the respective year. Each month then gets broken down into events that I will remember by the name I assign it (i.e. Balboa Park).
Since I edit nearly all of my photos (at least, the ones that I plan on using), I always make two folders when importing files from my camera to Finder (by way of Image Capture): EDITS + ORIGINALS. Everything starts out in the ORIGINALS folder, but once it’s been edited, it gets moved the EDITS folder. Pretty self-explanatory, right? This makes the process of finding my favorite photos so much easier since I don’t have to dig through every single file in search of “that one image.” Once I’m done going through all the originals, I chuck the files that I know I will never use and back up the rest on my external hard drive every month or so.
The secret to having a system that works is to make it as fool-proof as possible. The more you can narrow down your folders (i.e. 2013 > 01 | January 2013 > Rose Bowl Flea > ORIGINALS > EDITS), the quicker you will be able to pull up any given photo at a moment’s notice. I will admit that I have not always been so organized, but now that I have this system in place, I can’t imagine ever going back!
Yesterday was one of those days where everything that seemingly could go wrong, went wrong. The morning started off with a nice little reminder that we live in the heart of earthquake country. Then my appointment at the DMV to update my name on my license was rendered useless when the computer system across the state was down indefinitely. Finally, a quick stop to the tire store to repair a minor leak turned into three new tire purchases. WHOA BABY.
But strangely, I was unfazed by all of this. I mean, what can I do? There are better ways to channel my energy. Like reorganizing my closet and purging as much of my personal belongings as possible (all when I should be filing taxes, natch). I don’t know if it’s the nesting instinct kicking in early or simply the spring cleaning bug, but I have been wanting to simplify and downsize my life like nobody’s business recently. I love when I can get into the mindset of “EVERYTHING MUST GO.”
While cleaning out my craft stash again, I managed to fill up another two boxes of supplies. The bare essentials are all I need these days! If you’re looking for a large flat rate box stuffed with awesome crafting supplies, I’m your girl.
Maybe I’ll go get started on my taxes now. Right after I organize the pantry ;)
Last summer, in a particularly overwhelmed-with-life kind of moment, I went on a major closet purging spree. I was ruthless. If I couldn’t control the circumstances around me, I sure as heck was going to control my wardrobe! I knew which items I gravitated towards time and time again, so those got to stay. As for everything else? They were just taking up physical and visual space in my closet, so away they went!
Well…they went as far as a giant box in the garage.
I had grand plans of squeezing in an Instagram auction-style sale before my wedding (ha!), but we all know how that turned out (2013 kicked my ass, you guys). But now that it’s a new year and I live in a new space with my new husband, I figured it was high time to start up that sale! You can shop my closet until Saturday January 11th on Instagram under the name @shopannmarieloves! xo
P.S. This whole sale was totally inspired by Elise! Girl knows how to get things DONE (:
Remember yesterday when I said that I wished my boxes would just unpack themselves? This is why:
Our office has become a dumping ground, of sorts. The place where anything that doesn’t already have a designated spot will sit in a messy pile until it finds a designated spot. I mean, no amount of Photoshop could make this place look good at the moment. But alas, I love a good design challenge. I’ve got my pins, I’ve got my Interior Styling class from Simply Grove queued up, and I’ve got my strong, curtain-rod-hanging husband on standby. Let’s go!
P.S. My good friend / bridesmaid Janelle posted a fun little recap of my wedding on her blog! Love that gal.
A few weeks ago I came to the rather startling realization that my surroundings deeply affect the way I feel.
I’ve always known that I am happiest and most productive when I’m in an inviting, organized, appropriately-lit place, but I would often neglect my own personal space out of…sheer laziness? Self sabotage? Who knows! As a result of this realization, I have been making a conscious effort to stay on top of all my messy tendencies.
Each night, I make sure that all projects, supplies, clothes, etc are neatly stacked or put away. In fact, I’ve even gotten into the habit of cleaning and organizing as I go about my day. It really is the small acts — wrapping my headphones around a clothespin, hanging up my jacket when I get home, opening and recycling mail ASAP — that make the biggest differences over time.
Whenever I need a quick reminder of what I want my space to feel like, I listen to this song. I light a candle. I fluff up pillows. I neatly fold a blanket. I open a window. I look at one of my many home design boards. And when all else fails, I think “what would Anthro do?” Because really, is there ANY place on the planet more inspiring than Anthro?
What’s your favorite space? How do you stay organized?
Have you guys looked through the latest issue of HGTV Magazine? (A surprisingly great publication, by the way.)
There’s an article in it about Sabrina Soto’s clean-house tips and I can’t even tell you how inspiring it was to me. However, I can tell you that because of it, I am sitting in a very clean room right now. Typing on a very clean keyboard. Glancing over at my very clean shelves.
It was that good.
But then again, when is Sabrina Soto not inspiring? In case you missed it, here’s a tour of her home from an issue of Rue last year. Just look at that office…! What. That girl is something else.
Yesterday I told myself I would allot one hour for organizing before I had to get started on my work. Well…that one hour turned into several hours and I didn’t finish my actual work until 3am. Ahhh, the beauty of working from home…
Almost everything office/craft-related has a designated home now and I feel so much more inspired to get to work. It’s amazing what a little organization can do for the soul.