Home Organization, Tips & Tricks

Closet Makeover Part I

Diagnosing the Problem

 

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

photogrid_15322190624812884963782759272601.jpgToday, let’s talk closets.  Whether you have a standard 2-rod setup or a walk-in closet the size of a small house, we spend a lot of time staring into our closets.  Up until I watched Lisa J’s Closet Tour and Organization Makeover Part I, I was perfectly fine with my closet being a little messy and less than pretty.  Lisa J brought up a great point, though.  Our closets are where we start our days.  Why not start it them off on the right foot by looking into something clean and organized that makes us happy?  Yes, that is some truth right there if I ever heard it!  On that note, let’s go clean out our closets!

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Photo by EVG photos on Pexels.com

As Lisa J shows in her video, the first step to a clean closet is to get rid of what you don’t need.  For many of you, this will also be your first step.  Since I just moved, though, my closet was mostly purged of the things that I don’t love and don’t fit.  So, we’ll skip to step 2 here.  Spend some time going through step 1, though, and make sure your closet is purged of what you don’t need.  This will make the rest of the closet makeover much easier. Lisa J goes through her process of getting rid of stuff in her video.  Check it out if you need some inspiration!

Step 2 is identifying the problem areas.  These are the areas of your closet that don’t function well for whatever reason.  It might be that they have become a catch-all for things that don’t have a home or a space that has just gotten out-of-control or things of this nature.  I have several such spaces in my closet.  Let’s take a look.

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This started out organized but quickly became a place where I just toss my purses.  This needs a serious dose of TLC.
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This space could definitely be utilized better.  There’s just a few boxes and shoes haphazardly thrown up here as they didn’t have another place to go.  This will be an area of focus for sure.
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This is a tough one and kind of hard to see from the picture.  The closet rod curves here and clothes tend to get lost in this area.  Trying to figure out how to use that space has been so challenging.  It’s time the mystery was solved once and for all.
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This has become a catch-all spot for things I’m donating.  While it’s a good habit to have a spot like this somewhere in your house, it could be prettier than just throwing the items on the floor.

 

Now, that these problem areas have been identified, we can start thinking of organizational solutions.  That’s Step 3, organizing!  Over the next few weeks, we’ll tackle each area and come up with creative ways to make this space organized and pretty.   I hope you’ll come along for the journey!

Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Cleaning, DIY, Home Organization

How to Get Organized

(without feeling guilty)

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Today, let’s get real. As women, we carry around a lot of guilt. Maybe our homes aren’t as clean as they should be or our meals aren’t as tasty as they should be or we aren’t as put together as we should be and the list goes on and on.  For starters, let’s stop “shoulding” all over ourselves. We’re doing the best we can. My house is not immaculately clean, but we’re not living in filth either. I’m a terrible cook, but Stouffer’s makes a mean lasagna so no one goes hungry. Throwing on some red lipstick is about as put together as I can get somedays. That’s all okay.
One place I really struggle with the guilt is with organization, particularly filing. In my mind, all the files are tucked neatly in color-coded filing folders in the file cabinet we don’t own. In reality, everything that needs filing ends up in a huge stack of papers on the desk. I’m talking huge, like 2 years of papers it’s-way-too-overwhelming-to-even-think-about-doing-anything-with huge. The picture above is not far off what my desk used to look like.  Sad but true facts.
The hubby and I recently moved into a new house. This has forced me to take a good hard look at some organization issues, like the whole filing thing.  First of all, I find it helpful to identify the ideal end result. For me, that’s again all the files tucked neatly inside color-coded file folders in a filing cabinet. Next, I identify the barriers to achieving the ideal end result. In my case, that’s a couple of things. One, we no longer have a filing cabinet. Two, I don’t take the time to unfold the papers and place them into the file folders. Even when we had a file cabinet I didn’t do that. Instead, I’d just stack the papers on the desk with the intention of getting to it later (news flash: later never came). So how can I bridge the gap between my ideal and reality?
Clearly, I’m not going to take the time to unfold anything so I need a system that will fit that. I also need a system that is as quick and easy as setting the files on the desk. Ideally, the system is color coded or ordered in a way that makes retrieving files simple. What’s a girl to do? 
Well, I emptied my craft cart and turned that into my file cabinet. The drawers were already colored, so I simply just added some labels. Now, all I have to do is open the drawer and put the folded paper inside. So easy! I managed to sort through and file my 2-year paper pile in a night! Plus, my new system is so easy I’ve filed everything immediately since then! No more endless stacks of paper cluttering up the desk!
Whatever you struggle with, the bottom line is to find a system that works for YOU! Not a system that should work or works for Mrs. Jones next door, one that is just for you. You’ll start to see amazing results and the guilt will melt away. Doesn’t that sound fabulous?
What organization issues do you battle?
That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by! See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Beauty, DIY, Everyday Style, Fabulous Finds Friday, Home Organization

How to Quickly Change Purses

Fabulous Finds Friday

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A woman and her purse. What a complicated relationship that can be, amiright? My whole life is in my purse. When it’s a mess, I’m a mess. When it doesn’t match my outfit, I’m also a mess. It puts a damper on the whole look I worked so hard to create. Usually, though, I’m in too big a hurry to go through the complicated process of switching it. So there I go with my cute black and teal outfit and my brown purse. Ugh! 
From One Good Thing by Jillee
No more of that my, friends, no more! Enter the craft organizer turned purse buddy. This is slick. Jillee from One Good Thing turned a craft organizer into her purse buddy for all her essentials (see her post here). While I love this idea, it’s not going to work for me. I’m constantly throwing my bag around all topsy-turvy, it’s never upright. Does this happen to anyone else? No? Just me? Okay. Instead, I found 3 travel-sized bags to put my essentials in. Two were gifts and the pink one I bought from the dollar store. The dollar store has tons of super cute bags in many different sizes. If you’re in the market for a travel bag (or a purse organizer bag) I’d highly recommend checking out the dollar store.

Let’s get into the organizing.  First, we need to define our purse essentials.  This will be different for everyone.  Searching Pinterest for “purse essentials” yielded lists upon lists of must-haves for your purse.  I combined a few lists together and came up with my own purse essential list.  I gathered the items with the help from my puppy Jasmine (isn’t she getting so big?!?!).
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Cool, now that I have my list and the items, it’s time to bag them up.  The items can be divided into three categories (yes, I’m that organized, don’t judge me! 😉).  One bag will be for makeup items; one bag for the notebook, writing utensils, charger, and things of this nature; and the last bag will be for the first aid supplies.  Lo and behold, it all fits!
To change purses, simply pull out the bags and place them in the new purse.  It’s easy and only takes about 2 minutes.  Even on my most rushed mornings, I can spare 2 minutes for a good cause!  Big thanks to Jasmine the puppy for her help with this blog post!  She can be such a troublemaker (she is a puppy after all), but just look at that face!  She’s the cutest! 💖
What’s on your purse essential list?  Let us know in the comments below!
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post! 
Have a fabulous weekend, lovelies!
lylas,
MissyAnn
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Craft Ideas, DIY, Home Organization

How To Organize Your Stickers Like a Pro

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s get crafty!  Any crafter has piles and piles of stickers.  Is there a sale on stickers at Hobby Lobby?  Cool, let’s pick up about 85, amiright?  Maybe not 85, but you get the picture.  Soon, we become overwhelmed with all the stickers that are just sitting in a pile somewhere in the craft room.  Enter a why-didn’t-I-think-of-that moment.  Organize your stickers in a binder.  What the what?  Yeah, really, it’s that simple.  Again, why didn’t I think of that earlier? 
Recipe Style:
Store stickers in a page-protected three-ring binder!
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My Style: 
What are some of your organizational tricks?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Craft Ideas, DIY, Home Decor, Home Organization

Repurposed Style

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s talk repurposing.  I love finding new ways to reuse items.  From coffee cans to salsa jars, I regularly scour Pinterest for new ideas to repurpose everyday items.  The other day I noticed I was getting quite a collection of salsa jars.  As anyone would do, I looked at my Let’s Get Crafty Pinterest board to see what projects were patiently waiting to be called up.  There were lots of great ideas, but I settled on making decorative storage jars for my guest bathroom.  Let’s get into it, shall we?
First thing’s first, we have to get those pesky labels off.  Usually, the labels come off pretty easily, it’s the leftover glue that’s a problem.  In the past, I have used vegetable oil and baking soda to remove the glue.  That works well, even though it does take a little elbow grease to get the job done.  In an effort to be more efficient (or maybe lazy, who knows?), I took to finding an alternative way to remove the glue.  I saw several posts that said to use a soak of hot water, baking soda, and a little dish soap.  That sounds easy enough.  I let my jars sit for a couple hours, lightly scrubbed any remaining glue off the jar, rinsed, and done!  I approve of that method!  Next, I spray painted the lids gold.  My guest bathroom is sea-themed, so instead of the fancy knobs, I used shells.  I thought about gluing the shells onto the lid first and then spray painting them, but I decided I wanted the color of the shells to remain authentic.  After the spray paint was dried, I used hot glue to attach the shells to the tops of the lids.  Finally, I filled up each jar with toiletry items and the project was complete.  
I love, love, love how these turned out!  I can’t wait for visitors so they can see the repurposed style in action!
Recipe Style:
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From Refresh Living
My Style:

What repurposing projects have you tackled?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Everyday Style, Fashion, Home Organization, Wacky Hack Wednesday

How to Organize Your Closet Like a Pro

Wacky Hack Wednesday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s talk closet organization.  This may seem like a daunting task, but simply organizing your closet can make you more stylish.  Really, it’s true.  Let me tell you a story.  A few years ago, I was visiting my youngest sister Rachael (hi, Rachael!).  I’m not sure how we got on the subject of closet organization, but we did.  Now Rachael is one of the neatest, most organized people I know, so it was no surprise that her closet was immaculate.  Everything was arranged by color and sleeve length.  It was truly gorgeous!  I went home and immediately rearranged my closet just as she had and I’ve never looked back.  I couldn’t believe how many cute clothes I had hiding in the depths of my closet.  Bringing those beauties front and center made it seem like I had a whole new wardrobe. Not to mention that it became worlds easier making outfits when everything was neatly organized by color.  Convinced yet?  Just try it.  I promise you won’t be disappointed!  Now let’s get to organizing!

First thing’s first, we need to establish an organization system.  That sounds complicated, but it’s really not.  It is highly suggested that you arrange your clothes by color.  I prefer a rainbow pattern, but it really doesn’t matter as long as it’s pleasing to you.  How you group your clothes is up to you. Would you rather have the clothes grouped by season? Would you like them grouped by sleeve length?  Personally, I like to group my camis together as I have special hangers for those, followed by all my tops, and finally, my sweaters. All are arranged by color and sleeve length.  I do not like to group my clothes by season as I like to get as much wear out of my items as possible.  In other words, I don’t want to hide my tank tops if I can throw a sweater over them and make them winter-appropriate.  That’s just me, though.  This is your system and you do what works for you!

To begin, clear a space in your closet.  This is where we will start the rearranging process.  You can either remove everything from your closet or just push things to the side. Either way is fine, you just need a clear space to start. Begin by grouping your pieces to your liking.  For me, this means putting all my camis, tops, and sweaters in different sections.  Next, arrange each section by color. If you’re going the rainbow route, put all your reds together followed by orange, yellow, etc.  Finally, arrange each color section by sleeve length.  I prefer to put my long sleeves first then my short sleeves and then any sleeveless pieces.  Again, that’s just me.  Whatever works for you is cool. Now, stand back and admire a job well done!

How is your closet organized?  Do you have any closet organization tips for us?

That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,
MissyAnn

Cleaning, Home Organization, Product Review

Fabulous Finds Friday: FlyLady

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

It’s March, the month of spring.  With spring comes warm weather, beautiful flowers, green grass, birds chirping, and spring cleaning.  How glorious those sound, until we get to the cleaning part.  To commemorate this time-honored tradition, this month’s Fabulous Finds Fridays will be all about cleaning.   Today, let’s talk about how to simplify the cleaning process so we can spend more time outside and less time inside.

I’m not fond of cleaning, AT ALL.  I have a terrible habit of putting it off and putting it off until it all piles up into a Saturday full of chores.  I don’t know about you, but that’s not how I want to spend my Saturday. Knowing that I needed some help getting out of this cycle of craziness, I took to the App store.  There’s gotta be an app for that, right?  Lo and behold, there are apps to help you get organized with your cleaning.  One particular app caught my eye and it’s called FlyLady.  I first heard about FlyLady about 10 years ago from a co-worker.  She had just had her first child, her husband was in vet school, and she worked full-time.  She was a busy mama!  She started using FlyLady with really great results.  I figured an internet brand that had that kind of staying power must be good, so I downloaded the app (you can find it on the iOS or Google Play Store by searching for FlyHelper). FlyLady also has a website with the same information here.

So, what is FlyLady, you ask.  Basically, it’s a system designed to help you easily get organized, reduce clutter, and establish routines to clean your home.  FlyLady is big on doing little things to make life easier and more enjoyable. Primarily, I use the app as it’s super convenient having the information I need right on my phone. The information on the app corresponds to the Launch Pad on the website.  There’s tons of wonderful information on the website too, and I would recommend checking it out.  Today, though, I’ll just be talking about the app and the Launch Pad.

When you open the app you’re greeted by 6 buttons: Routines, Tasks, Zones, Day Plan, Meal Planner, and Timer. Let’s quickly touch on each category to give you an idea of what this is all about. Routines is pretty self-explanatory. FlyLady devises a morning, afternoon, evening, weekly, and monthly routine for us.  I find this quite helpful.  In the app, this is completely customizable.  You can easily add or delete items to fit your needs.  I would recommend not deleting any task until you’ve tried it for at least a week.  You might be surprised by the result.  Clearly, I’m speaking from experience.  😉  Tasks give you a spot to write down your own to-dos.  This is where things go that I’ve been putting off.  Zones is an especially useful area.  FlyLady breaks your home into several zones and assigns tasks to each of them.  Every week, we tackle a different zone.  The Day Plan is also very useful.  All the information we need for the day is listed here including our daily routines, which zone we’re on, and much, much more.  The Meal Planner I haven’t used much yet, but this could be a great way to plan meals.  Finally, the timer is just that, a timer.  This comes in pretty handy at times.

Now you might be asking, “Missy Ann, this is all fine and good, but why should I use this system?” FlyLady stands out from the others because it’s easy and doable.  Open the app and you could start with something right now.  It’s all about baby steps with FlyLady.  She reminds us our homes didn’t get messy overnight and they’re not going to get clean overnight either.  She suggests a timer for usually 15 minutes per task, then moving on to something else.  That way we’re not spending half our Saturday cleaning.  As I mentioned earlier, she’s also big into doing little things to make life better.  For instance, making your bed in the morning.  I’ve never been one to make my bed; it’s just going to get messed up later.  However, when I started making the bed, you wouldn’t believe the positive effect that had on my psyche.  The rest of your room could be a complete disaster, but if your bed’s made, everything seems clean and you’re happier.  I just barely scratched the surface here.  FlyLady truly has something for everyone.  I highly, highly recommend checking it out.  You won’t be disappointed!

This was a long post.  Thanks for hanging in there!  Have you tried FlyLady or another system?  Let me know about your experience in the comments below or on the Facebook page.

That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,
MissyAnn