Anyone else feel like they are drowning in clutter? We moved back in June and I feel like despite trying to stay organized and minimal, our belongings multiplied. In the four months we’ve been in our house I’ve yet to organize our bathroom. I will blame that on being in a new setting, away from family, with a newborn and a brand new toddler. So we had two very cluttered and very messy bathrooms. I finally had enough and tackled both bathrooms. It took me way less time than I anticipated. I finished both bathrooms in one day by utilizing nap time and after I put the kids to bed. I probably spent no more than four hours total on this! And the difference is staggering! It is time to declutter your bathroom!
We all know that babies and toddlers go through clothes so fast! With two under two I felt like I was drowning in clothes. We had clothes that were too small, all their current clothes, seasonal clothes and a bunch of hand-me-downs. After touching up this system for a few months I finally feel like I have a handle on all their clothes and I can really tell that their closets and drawers feel so much more organized. I also know where everything should go! It’s been amazing. I hope that you can pick up some tips that might work for you. (If you just want to see the kid’s shared monochrome nursery just keep scrolling!)
Let the Easter preparations begin! Dallas and I are so excited to begin celebrating Easter with Gemma and (soon) Evander. We have big plans for the holiday because of how much importance and meaning it holds. Growing up Dallas and I both superficially celebrated with bunnies, egg hunts, and a church service. As we started looking into celebrating this holiday with our own children we realized how much deeper the celebration should truly go!
Gemma is officially ten months old! Even though our days were some what consistent, I still tended to be extremely flexible with her schedule. I truly let her dictate everything. However with Evander’s due date steadily creeping closer I decided to implement a stricter routine and I think everyone is LOVING it!
Happy 2018! Yes, I know we’re already mostly done with the month of January but I thought I’d post this blog a little bit later to give myself time to really settle in to the new year. But now I am ready to start embracing 2018!
I love this time of year when I can reminisce about the year before and look ahead to the coming adventures. As for new years resolutions I try not to set really difficult goals or resolutions. Instead, I think about things I would like to change or get better at.
Some of the goals or aspirations I have for 2018 are to: mature spiritually by focusing on prayer and Scripture, practice and respect the Sabbath (to truly rest and relax and be with family and friends on Sundays), make time to invest in people and build relationships, drink more water and be more intentional about my (and my family’s) overall health and wellness, and to live simply and minimally below our means to help pay off our debt! I will be writing at some point over some or all of these things through out the year.
WELCOME to the the second blog post in my series titled: How to Organize and Simplify the Home. Today I’m going to give you a little sneak peek into Gemma’s nursery!!
It’s that time friends… School is back in session. Crisp Autumn air is waiting just around the corner. It’s time to bust out our fall fashion items! Dallas and I are on a strict budget as we attempt to become debt free (you can read that post >> here). So we don’t get a lot to spend on clothes.
As of right now, we save a little each month and then twice a year we go out and get the most crucially needed item for the season ahead. Meaning, I’ve been doing a lot of brainstorming about what items I’m going to purchase come this September. I’ll be looking for fall/winter items. I need classic pieces. Items that are versatile and will last a long time.
I’ve cleaned out my closet and dressers and there are some key pieces I’ll be looking for. I have had the same pair of jeans for almost 4 years, and after having a baby they just do not fit like they used to. So I’ll be on the lookout for a reasonably priced pair of jeans. They are seriously my favorite clothing item.
Another thing I’ll be looking for is a good pair of shoes. Maybe sneakers or a short bootie type shoe. I’ve had the same grey pair of boots for a few winters now and they are looking pretty rugged.
I also need some casual and comfortable long sleeve shirts. All my current long sleeves shirts are maternity since I was pregnant with Gemma last fall/winter.
So, I’ve put together this little wish list of some items I’ll be looking for:
[Related: Baby Girl Outfits]
What fall pieces are you most looking forward to?
[Fall Fashion Wish List]
I’ve always considered myself a pretty content person. I am not much for materialism and enjoy the casual, minimal and simple things in life. So I thought going on a strict budget (read my tips here) would be a piece of cake! However, I quickly realized how easy it is to feel like you NEED this or that.
Budgeting… a dreaded word for some. I’m going to take a minute and show you how I created the very first Smith Family Budget that’s currently taped to our refrigerator.
Before we start a little back story:
I was a girl who had no clue how to handle her finances. Before getting married I took out student loans, financed a car AND used a credit card to buy things I wanted but didn’t have the money for. Then I married a man who was a little better with his money… but not much.
Welcome to the first blog post in a new series! It’s called How to Organize and Simplify… and then we get to finish the rest of the title. That’s right my friends. You get to follow along in my journey to minimize and arrange the Smith Home. Hopefully you’ll walk away encouraged because if I can organize and simplify then you can too! For this post I’m organizing and simplifying my desk space and filing cabinet.