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lists are your friend

31 Mar

TIP #5- LISTS, LISTS, LISTS

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard women say,

“I don’t need to write down lists because I keep everything inside my head.”

I’m sorry… You keep EVERYTHING inside YOUR HEAD? My head would definitely explode. No wonder women and mammas all around are stressing out and on the verge of nervous breakdowns! I mean, I know that this isn’t the sole reason for the stress, but seriously?? How can you just keep everything that you need to do and get done for the day, week, and month inside your head? I mean, if it really is truly working for you, then go for it I guess? But I’ve come to learn very, very quickly that writing stuff down is not only an important key in maintaining your organization, but it’s absolutely vital to my sanity.

Lists are your friend.

I have so many lists going at any given time. I have a list for groceries, toiletries, daily to-do’s, areas that need to get cleaned, clients to call back and so on. It’s helpful because I know I can write it down and then I don’t have to worry! I don’t have to worry that I MIGHT TOTALLY DROP ALL THE BALLS I HAVE IN THE AIR.

<insert panic mode HERE>

No. There’s no panic mode. If I start to feel uneasy about the tasks I need to do, instead of WRACKING my BRAIN, I just reference the list. It really is that simple you guys. I know this isn’t rocket science or brand new information by any stretch of the imagination. But it really helps me to stay focused on the day to day, and I don’t need to be a stresscase wondering if I’m forgetting anything!

Get an organizer. I love my organizer. I got mine from Target and it’s a Mead Planner. It’s simple, inexpensive, no bells and whistles and has room for any and everything that I can put in it. And boy do I! It can LOOK a little chaotic at times, but it’s my chaos. And everything’s written down so I understand it. So it actually is quite organized and it really helps me to see the week at a glance. If ever I’m feeling like I’m forgetting something, I just reference my organizer.

It’s really amazing what just writing stuff down will do for your day. When something you need to do pops into your head, add it to a list and write it down! I try to prioritize my lists by important to not as important. That way I know right when I get up what it is that needs to get done that day.

It’s so easy you guys. Yes, it takes a little bit of discipline. But it will really turn you from a stresscase to someone who has it together and who knows what comes next during the day. It’s all about having a plan, and sticking to it. That way you can be that working mamma and get outside with your babies in this glorious weather that is Arizona. Well, right now. Later we’ll be living in the pool. But that’s completely off the topic.

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my closet makeover

11 Mar

I had been dreading cleaning my closet. Every time I walked by I was reminded of the craziness that lie within and I SO did not want to clean it. We are getting ready to rent out our house, so this project was one of many that I just didn’t want to do, didn’t feel like doing, and I didn’t know where to start.

Then I was on Facebook (who doesn’t love facebook??) and my dear friend Alex Evjen had posted that she was giving away 3 closet makeovers for those who entered on her blog. She has recently started her own business, AVE Styles (website coming soon!), and has been rocking it at getting her name out there to potential clients. She has some amazing ideas, a great sense of style and is such an amazing and hard worker. I’m so blessed that she’s one of my closest friends!

So, to make a long story short, I entered her contest to win a FREE Closet Makeover and I WON! I never win anything and I freakin won! At this point in time, you could have told me that I just won’t $5,000 that’s how excited I was to have her come make over my closet. Now I can relax and have someone who actually knows what their doing organize my life.

I was so thrilled that she came. We spent quite a while inside my massive closet. Seriously, it’s the size of a 4th bedroom. I’m not sure why, but I could do cartwheels in there. It’s huge. But Alex was so amazing and patient. She just tackled the closet in sections, helping me make different piles of stuff to donate, consign or throw away. We had such a blast doing it too! She’s such a positive person and such a sweet spirit. She went through all my clothes and helped me find stuff I forgot I had! She color coded the entire closet and helped organize my 1 million bags. After the makeover, my closet is actually functional and not a ‘catch-all’ space that it was becoming.

I managed to snap some pictures during the process. It was so worth it to have her help me. If I hadn’t of won, I would have hired her in a second! If you’re looking for a styling consultant, check out her blog and hire her to come make over your closet as well. I promise, you won’t be disappointed!

This was before the makeover:

This was Alex at work during the makeover:

This was Cruz helping me eat popcorn while Alex beautified my closet. He’s just the cutest ever:

And afterwards!! Seriously, you must have a closet makeover of your own:

After all was said and done, we had about 8 garbage bags of stuff to either donate, consign or throw away. I am so thankful to Alex for taking this overwhelming task and making it a lot of fun! It was so worth her help and I am loving my closet right now!