Happy New Year: a simple goal

foggydress_organize2014 Do you like to make new year’s goals? Or do you find them to be more headache and stress than good? I like to have at least one simple, easy goal for the new year. For 2014  I have decided to focus on one, broad goal that I can break down into small projects. My New Year’s 2014 Goal is: to get more organized.

This has been a goal of mine since moving in, but life picked up and before I knew it I had been living in our apartment for 6 months and I still had yet to upack/organize my craft drawers (when we moved I literally shoved things into the drawers until they were so full, I could barely close them) and a million other areas of our home/life. I wasted so much time looking for things when they were hidden under layers of junk! Take a look at the few things I’ve tackled already (I still have quite a list of things needing organizing…like my closet and our spare room!)…..

foggydress_organize2014 ^^ ORGANIZE THE CRAFT DRAWERS: it may not like  that much of a difference, but it’s already a thousand times betterfoggydress_organize2014foggydress_organize2014 ^^ORGANIZE MY RECEIPTS: I’ve been keeping all my old receipts in a folder with other important papers, but switched to a strictly-receipts folder. I empty out my wallet of receipts at the end of the month, every month. I keep them for one year, so around December 2014, I’ll throw out all my receipts from Dec 2013 and replace them with Dec 2014 ones.

foggydress_organize2014^^ ORGANIZE MY SCHEDULE: this pertains to my social, work, and blogging schedule. I love and will probably still heavily use my phone/online calendar for scheduling and reminders. But I need to get back to the good old handwritten planners, if only to use my pretty gel pens more often 🙂foggydress_organize2014^^ ORGANIZE FABRIC SCRAPS: I needed a place to keep all my little, useful fabric scraps. I found this old basket at my mom’s house, and spray painted it silver to match my silver wire rack.foggydress_organize2014foggydress_organize2014 What are some of your New Years goals?

hugs, hanalei

Let’s get organized…

101903036.jpg.rendition.largest Hello from San Diego!! Well since we are in a new apartment, I have decided to get more organized. I am a pack-rat by nature, but luckily (and sometimes not so luckily) my husband is constantly throwing things out (with or without telling me). I’ve come to realize, however, that if I just became more organized, my husband will have a harder time figuring out what is really “clutter”. I mean how can he throw out books that are stacked so adorably underneath a lamp? (see photo above)

After reading a few articles I’ve come up with an organize to-do list:

  • give everything a “home”.  Nothing will be laying around just waiting to be thrown out–I’ll give everything a draw, box, cubby, or shelf  that it goes to. (these go great in this)
  • always put things back after it’s use. I think that is do-able…until I start to have children!
  • routinely sort through “clutter hot spots”.  Every girl in the world can testify how extremely annoying it is to have a purse full of junk that you don’t need but end up carrying around just because you haven’t taken the time to sort through it yet. My home has several “hot spots” like that, that seem to always build up with clutter. Like my bookshelf that always seems to have postcards and letters shoved in-between books.

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Also, some cute projects to help organize my kitchen, office, and jewelry. Do you have any tricks to stay organized and on top of your clutter??? I am always looking for tips 🙂  Wish me luck!

Top photo by Better Homes & Gardens, bottom photo I couldn’t find the exact source, just a pinterest board.