Okay, so first off I would like to start with the disclaimer that I am not a perfect person. I know shocker right! :) For real though I have many flaws, but one of my biggest I would say is that I am a messy person...especially when it comes to my closet. Honestly, everyone who has ever lived with me probably read this article title and laughed inside because they KNOW how messy of a person I am. In fact, I'd like to take a moment to apologize to my parents, college roommates, and my fiance for what I used to call the "organized chaos," aka disaster area, that was my wardrobe.
My whole life I lived in denial of the fact that I had a problem with keeping my clothes tidy. I made every excuse in the book of why my room was a mess. I would say that I knew where everything was in the heaps of shirts, dresses, and jackets that were laying on my floor. This was a lie, and I ended up only wearing about 25% of what I owned since I could never find the rest. Then I would tell my friends and family that I was slowly going through my clothes to figure out what I wanted to keep or give away. This also never happened, since I happen to be a clothes hoarder, and still owned some of the things I wore in junior high. No joke. Oh, and my favorite excuse was, "Why does it matter? It's my bedroom, when people come over I'll just shut the door." Yeah that NEVER worked out, and I was always embarrassed when guests opened the door and saw what was inside.
However, even through all of this, it wasn't until my poor fiance could no longer take the tornado alley that was our bedroom, that I decided to make a change. I realized that I did indeed have a problem, and I needed to fix it. So I shut up the excuses and spent 10 HOURS (yes it was that bad) weeding, organizing, and hanging up clothes like a cleaning maniac. I was so proud of myself and the results, that I thought I would share with you some tips I learned along the way.
Tip #1: Find Your Style Inspiration
Before I even picked up one piece of clothing, I sat down and really thought about how I wanted my style to look going forward. I wanted my clothing to be more grown up, less trend based, and filled with items that could be mixed and matched with many different pieces. I took inspiration from my style icon Victoria Beckham, whose outfits always look effortlessly chic. When I did start weeding my clothes I asked myself WWVW? (What Would Victoria Wear?) Lame? Yes. Did doing this work? Also yes. Having a point of reference for how I wanted my style to look really helped me narrow down what I wanted to keep. I would recommend thinking of a celebrity, style icon, or someone you know who has great fashion sense. Take inspiration from their wardrobe, and use that inspiration to help you focus on the items you either want to hang on to or get rid of.
Tip #2: Don't Be A Hoarder
As I mentioned before, I have a slight hoarding problem. Now, I don't hoard EVERYTHING, just shoes clothes, and magazines...which is really weird...but I do have a great magazine collection. :) So when I say don't be a hoarder, believe me, I know how hard it can be to get rid of items you love or have memories associated with. However, it is important to let go and take the emotion out of cleaning your closet. Do not let yourself go down memory lane with every shirt you pick up! Keep what is really important to you, such as your prom or wedding dress, and throw out the clothes that you really don't wear anymore.
Tip #3: Invest in Organizational Items
At about the halfway point of going through all my clothes, I realized I had a crappy organizational system. I knew that if I didn't figure out how to store things better, my room would once again look like a tornado went through it in a few short months. So I checked online and saw that Walmart had these cute plastic 3-drawer storage holders that would fit perfectly in my closet. I quickly drove to the nearest Walmart, picked up two, and hurried back home to see how well they would work for me. I LOVE them! My life has gotten so much simpler now that all of my items have a particular place to be put away in. Moral of the story: See what items are available for storage options. There are so many great products out there, you're sure to find something that will work for your closet!
Tip #4: Use All the Space You Have
One thing I've always been good at is finding every single extra space available to store my clothes. One of my favorite places to hide items is under my bed. Storing clothes beneath my bed helped me survive the tiny college dorm room closets, and it's still a trick I use to this day. Simply pick up a couple long plastic tubs, and fill them with items that you want to keep but aren't necessarily your "nice clothes" that you want to hang up. Once filled, stick the tubs under the bed. I fill my tubs with pajamas, workout clothes, and old t-shirts. These are all items that I don't mind being wrinkled, but I still want easy access to, as I wear many of them often. If you're worried about other people being able to see the tubs, invest in a bed skirt. This will hide all evidence of what's really under the bed. ;)
Tip #5: Put Yourself on a Cleaning Schedule
To keep your closet looking extra spiffy, and to avoid any other major clear-outs in the future, put yourself on a cleaning schedule. I personally have made a commitment to put away all my clothes every other day, and to clear out my closet of items I no longer wear every two months. Holding yourself accountable to a schedule makes it easier to stay organized in the long run.
Tip #6: Be Proud of what You've Accomplished
While cleaning out a closet might seem like a simple thing, most of us girls know how hard it can be! When you've finally finished, take a step back admire your work, and let yourself feel proud of what you've done. Reward yourself with downtime of taking a bath, binge watching your favorite Netflix show, or reading a good book. There is no shame in taking joy in the little accomplishments of life! My favorite part of this whole experience was my fiance's face when he saw what I had achieved. Not only was I proud of myself, but he was proud of me too. :) It was the perfect ending to a very very long day.
I hope you all enjoyed this post! If you have any tips or tricks on how you keep your closet organized, put them in the comment section! I would love to hear your ideas!!
Live Each Day Joyfully
With so many family dinners, shopping trips for presents, and work parties happening around the holidays it can be easy to miss out on great events being offered by your local community. Many of these programs are reasonably priced or even better FREE! If you're becoming overwhelmed with present wrapping, or getting stressed by all of the obligations this time of year brings, STOP and head out to a celebratory event with your loved ones to bring back that Christmas cheer.
For all of my Northwest Ohio readers I have put together a list of the festive events happening in my local community, Williams County, as well as several fun things being offered in Toledo. If you are located elsewhere, and are wondering how to find out what is happening in your hometown, call your Chamber of Commerce or local library. Staff are often well informed on community events and should be able to help you out.
Santa's House: Take your child to meet Santa at his festive house on the Square!
Location: Bryan Courthouse lawn at 1399 East High Street
Schedule: Sundays, December 11 and 18 (2-4 pm), Tuesdays, December 13 and 20 (6-8 pm), Thursdays, December 08, 15, and 22 (6-8 pm), Friday, December 23 (6-8 pm), Saturdays, December 10 and 17 (2-4pm)
Christmas Sleigh Rides with Santa: The Edgerton Chamber of Commerce will be providing horse-drawn sleigh rides with Santa! The sleigh ride route will go by homes and business that participated in the local Christmas Light Contest.
Location: Edgerton Fire Department at 108 East Indiana Street.
Date and Time: Friday, December 16 from 6 to 8 pm
Santa at the Library: Children will have the opportunity to visit and share their Christmas wishes with Santa. Parents are encouraged to bring cameras to this event. Everyone is invited to enjoy an evening filled with Christmas cheer.
Location: Edgerton Branch Library at 319 North Michigan Avenue
Date and Time: Tuesday, December 20 from 6 to 8 pm
Community Christmas Open House: Kids can visit Santa, make fun crafts, win door prizes and book giveaways. Everyone is invited to enjoy an evening filled with holiday cheer!
Location: Edon Branch Library at 105 South Michigan Street.
Date and Time: Tuesday, December 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
Brunch with Santa: Enjoy amazing food with fun holiday activities like cookie decorating and mailing leters to Santa. There will also be gifts for kids!
Location: In JJ Winn's Restaurant and Lounge at Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center at 13508 State Route 15
Date and Time: Sunday, December 18 from 10 am to 2 pm.
Price: Adults: $12.99 Seniors: $10.99 Kids: Age 12 and under eat FREE!
Make Gingerbread Houses: Take part in a holiday tradition and create a Gingerbread House! Must pre-register for this event.
Location: Pioneer Branch Library at 106 Baubice Street
Date and Time: Tuesday and Wednesday, December 20 and 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Holidays at the Manor House: For over 30 years local volunteers have decorated the Manor House for the holiday season. Come enjoy the festivities in this beautiful Colonial home.
Location: Wildwood Manor House, Metroparks Toledo at 5100 West Central Avenue
Dates and Time: Today through Sunday, December 11 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Toledo Ballet's 76th Anniversary Nutcracker: The longest running annual NUTCRACKER in the entire USA! World renowned artists enthusiastically share their stunning technique and stage presence with yet another generation of Nutcracker fans.
Location: Stranahan Theater & Great Hall at 4645 Heatherdowns Boulevard
Dates and Times: Saturday, December 17 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Sunday, December 18 at 2:00 pm
Price: Varies by seating. Purchase tickets here:
Toledo Zoo "Lights Before Christmas": Would it really be the holidays without a visit to the Toledo Zoo lights? View the gorgeous decorations and displays, listen to caroling, and maybe see a few animals!
Location: The Toledo Zoo at 2 Hippo Way
Dates and Times: Today through Saturday, December 31. Sundays – Thursdays: 3 – 8 pm. Fridays and Saturdays: 3 – 9 pm.
Adults (age 12-59) $17
Children (age 2-11) $14
Seniors (age 60+) $14
Children (under age 2) FREE
I hope I've inspired you to attend an event in your local community and make your Christmas season extra special this year!
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas
Shop The Look
Hey Everyone! Sorry this post is a day late, but as I was out celebrating America's birthday I didn't have time to actually write until now. However, since the 4th of July is my second favorite holiday (the first being Halloween) I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share with you all what this special day means to me.
Between the fireworks, cookouts, cute outfits, time with friends and family, what is there not to love about July 4th. Yet, in my opinion, the best thing about this day is the feeling of patriotism throughout the country. The American flag flies high and we honor the men and women who fought to make the USA a free land. We remember July 4, 1776 when the American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain regardless of the consequences. In the words of founding father John Adams,
"I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these states. Yet through all the gloom I see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth all the means. This is our day of deliverance."
And from that day forward the United States became one of the greatest nations of the world. I continue to believe in the greatness of this country because I know that there will always be those who will fight to keep this one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Happy Independence Day!!
I'll be honest, keeping my confidence in myself has been a struggle throughout my pregnancy. While I've been beyond blessed to be healthy and to have an active growing baby in my tummy, seeing the scale go up week after week is hard. My body keeps changing in ways I never expected. Sure I knew my stomach would get bigger, but every other part of my body continues to grow as well. Even though I am constantly being told I"m small for being pregnant, I don't feel it. I mean I have gained 40 pounds so it's not like I'm tiny!
Sometimes I feel guilty for being so self-conscious. So many women struggle with fertility issues everyday, and here I am complaining about a little extra arm fat! However, I've finally come to a place of acceptance. I realized it is perfectly normal to not feel completely comfortable in my own skin. After all, it's not just my own skin anymore. For 9 months my body has housed a baby girl that I can't wait to meet. My belly grows because she needed to grow, and that is beautiful.
For all the soon-to-be moms out there, I just want to say I understand the struggle it can be to look in a mirror at times. However, just remember confidence should not be found in your body alone. That is what I had to realize. I am beautiful for so much more than my body. I'm beautiful for my intelligence, strength of character, and now I am beautiful because soon I get to be called mom. I hope you find that confidence as well.