Happy Monday! Spring is just around the corner, and I
couldn't be more excited. Spring marks
the beginning of so much—the warmer weather, new foods in season and an
electricity in the air that embodies nature's fresh start. I personally love spring for the cleaning,
organizing and tidying up that it incentivizes us to do!
I have a hard time
with clutter. To be frank, it drives me
crazy. I'm one of those people who feels
emotionally and mentally scattered if my home environment is a mess—and so I notice
that I'm constantly prioritizing cleaning and organizing in order to feel my
Of course, having a toddler has
made this endeavor around 40,000 times harder. The moment something gets put away or
perfectly organized, Marlowe will blow in like a hurricane to "deconstruct"
it. Fun fact: My daughter prefers bookshelves with every last book removed and scattered around the floor. I've long-since lost the daily battle when it
comes to household items that are accessible to my toddler, waiting instead for nights and weekends to quietly and swiftly put things in their proper
I truly believe that orderliness does effect our mental
state and ability to be productive. This month, I decided to support my love of organization with a quest to
really put the rhyme and reason back in to the areas of my home that haven't been overrun by my toddler. It makes me feel like I've retained a little
bit of "adult space" and, quite
frankly, keeps me sane.
Here are the ways I'm implementing some springtime tidying-up in my personal space:
My Makeup Bag: Makeup bags are great if you need to transport makeup, but
keeping your makeup and brushes inside a deep bag only adds to the chaos and
time required to get dolled up. How many
times have you fished around in there for the "really, really good" mascara,
only to come up with handfuls of other things you haven't used in months? In
your bathroom, your private sanctuary, you deserve a little prettiness and
organization! I recommend getting a visually pleasing tray, as well as a wide
cup for your brushes. Curate all of your
most used makeup inside this tray, place all your brushes inside the cup and
store your special-occasion makeup in a makeup bag in your cabinet. Welcome to the more glamorous you!
My Cleaning Products: This is a little fix, but it really makes a difference. I find that the space under my kitchen sink
gets insanely cluttered the most quickly. Knocked-down spray bottles, soaps, scrubs and scattered extra sponges make this space look like a total mess. Get in there and organize! Cleaning will seem
much less daunting when your products are grouped together and easy to find. I prefer wire and wooden boxes and baskets,
since they have such a timeless quality and are much prettier to look at than
plastic! Added bonus: Use the caddies as transporters to bring the products
from room to room.
My Files, Paperwork and Mail: Raise your hand if you have a drawer in your house that is
an endless black hole for every bill, piece of paperwork and receipt that
comes in to your life. Can I raise both hands? This is my ultimate pet peeve, not to mention the fact that bills and
important paperwork are constantly getting lost. Having a drawer is fine, but what about making your life a little easier? I recently
bought a file basket for every member of our family. These are super inexpensive, come in a
rainbow of colors and can be personalized. I added corrugated steel initials to differentiate each person's
file. Now when a letter comes for my
husband, it doesn't live on our kitchen counter until he has the time to open
it. It lives in his file, and he knows
exactly where to put his bits and bobs throughout the week. Go through the files every Sunday evening
before the work week to decided which items can be tossed or recycled!
My Jewelry: I absolutely love collecting special pieces of jewelry. Every piece I own tells a story, and was a
gift from somebody I care about. I used to keep everything I had in a drawer in my closet, but this
spring I was inspired to organize it and keep it out on my vanity! There's something so special about seeing
beautiful items every day, and being reminded of the people in your life that
you love. Plus, it is an excellent
reminder of what you have so you don't forget to wear your most favorite
pieces! I recommend a tiered dish (or
two), as well as T-stand for your bracelets, watches and necklaces. By laying your necklaces flat across the bar
of the T-stand, the chains don't risk getting tangled.
Do you like to do some Spring cleaning to stay organized?
What are your favorite ways to clean up and get a head start on the season? Let
me know in the comments!