The Laundry Room & Mud Room
The mud rooms (or entry ways) to our homes bring in the most dirt and grime, especially this time of year during the rainy season. So in week seven of our Home Organization Series, we're focusing on the mud room. And also the laundry room, because in my house the mud room is also home to my washer and dryer. If you have a separate laundry room, no problem! The same tips will apply!
The Living Room and Family ROom
After a busy day, I think we all can agree that nothing feels better than snuggling up on the couch with a blanket, your favorite beverage, and a good show or book. This week on the Home Organization Series it's all about the living room and/or family room and how to make it tidy and organized but cozy and inviting at the same time.
This week on the Home Organization Series, we are tackling the kitchen. This is by far the most trafficked area in your home. And, the kitchen is also the place where guests can begin to feel like part of the family. Sitting around the table drinking coffee or sharing a meal tears down the polite businesslike exchanges and cultivates friendships. Having a neat and tidy kitchen only makes the feel of your home that much more inviting.
The Office Space
Week Four of the Home Organization Series has arrived and it's all about the office space. If you don't have an actual room to call an office, this is the time to go through the area you hoard away the important papers, bills, and business related items. Ready to get started? Let's go!
It's week three of the home organization series! Hopefully you're making great headway on your home after going through the bedrooms of your home. Now it's time to take control of the bathrooms! Whether you have one or four of these rooms in your home, follow these steps to make it clean, functional, and inviting (cause everyone's gotta use them!).
So you forgot about Valentine's Day. Or maybe you don't like to make a big deal out of Valentine's Day because it's just another overrated day of extravagant spending and crowded restaurants. That's okay! Brighton and I don't usually celebrate Valentine's Day with anything spectacular. I just like to use it as an excuse to spend a little extra time together. You can still show your special someone how much they mean to you without breaking the bank or dealing with a long wait at a fancy restaurant with these simple yet thoughtful ideas.
The Nursery & Kids' Rooms
Last week we tackled the master bedroom. This week it's time to take on the kids' rooms. In my case, the nursery is the only kid room in my house but the concept is the same for any kid's room.
The Master Bedroom
This week on the home organization series we are purging and organizing the master bedroom. This is a great place to start in a home because it will give you an oasis to return to at the end of the day. Did you know studies have shown people with clean rooms sleep better, are more prone to exercise, and have an overall happier outlook on life? What more of a reason could you want for having a clean and organized room to rest and relax in?
Getting Started on Simplifying Your Home
In January a new Netflix show swept everyone into a organization frenzy. Lines formed at thrift stores as families began purging their homes of unwanted and unused items. The phrase "I'm Marie Kundoing my house" became a trend on social media outlets such as Facebook and Instagram. As February rolls in, the hype is still high. But will the organization craze last? Will your home still be organized and free of clutter by the time 2020 hits?
Why you should have A Substantial Savings Plan
Can we just all admit right now that it's fun to buy new things or go on fancy excursions? I have no problems admitting to this. But I am also very familiar with the saying parents love to say to their children: "Money doesn't grow on trees, you know."
In light of the recent government shutdown, which temporarily laid off countless government employees and required countless more to work without a pay check for the time being, I thought now is a great time to talk about budgeting. You see, only a few years ago, I worked for the federal government as an air traffic controller. I made a generous chunk of change. I had great benefits. I had a retirement plan. It all seemed so easy when I raked in a large paycheck. And while I left this career by personal choice and have no regrets doing so, I look back and realize that it all could've been taken away in an instant.
This post is not a political post. It's just to show you that no job - not even government jobs - have 100% security. Life happens. Jobs are lost or put on hold. Funds are gone or withheld in an instant. Whether you hold a government job, run your own business, or work for a corporate office, what you make is not what is important. It's what you do with it. Because any job can be gone in the blink of an eye. And with that job goes your paycheck.
This is why having a budget and saving your money is so important. Here are three reasons why budgeting and saving should be a priority.
Busy days and hectic schedules can be hard to keep up with. Here are some tips and lessons I've picked up along the way to make life a little more fun in the midst of crazy.