Friday, July 30, 2010

My visit to Mayberry

Okay, so I didn't actually go to Mayberry, but I was grateful to be able to spend a week with my wonderful boyfriend this summer (ahh, the perks of working from home...) in his oh-so-small hometown in Illinois. I love the show Andy Griffith and as I met a lot of his family, friends, and family friends during a small birthday party held for his cousin, I was reminded of the show constantly!

I didn't want to be rude and keep my camera out the whole time, but I felt like I couldn't pass up sneaking at least a few shots of this all-American, Mayberry-esque hurrah.


J. L. and I enjoyed some time on the porch swing before the party started. 
I've always loved porch swings and have officially added one to my future dream home! 


I loved the details that went into this porch!

And probably my favorite part of the whole trip was this little 10 lbs dachshund named Magic. She's very old and her pet parents let her roam around when she wants, but she gets tired quickly and enjoys resting in her stroller. How hilarious is THAT?


Right before dinner was served a storm and I was particularly pleased with this shot right outside the garage.

Is this not Mayberry circa 2010? I think so.

I enjoyed the company of such sweet and unassuming people. They were all very kind and I had a great time.

<3

Monday, July 19, 2010

Getting Organized!

It's hard to believe how quickly this summer has flown by! I signed a lease to move back up to Nashville in two weeks and I'm scrambling to juggle work, friends/family, and moving. The key, I've learned, is to stay organized. 

Since I've been organizing SO much lately, I thought I'd share some tips and share a few of my favorite projects with you!

So here goes:

These little cable "holders" are extremely useful in keeping your desk tidy! I don't know about you, but my desk is one of the hardest areas for me to keep clean because between papers, books, iPods, and everything else it's always a mess.
2. Reduce Clutter with (Decorative) File Folders

I would definitely say I'm a clean person, but I also get easily overwhelmed with clutter. Sometimes it gets difficult to determine what is needed and what isn't and here is a trick that has really helped me out. Create a file folder box and fill it with important documents and literally pitch everything else. 

Try making categories like "Home," "Bills," "Important Letters," "Insurance," etc.
I also have files like "Sermon notes not yet recorded" and "Writing Ideas."

If it doesn't matter to you, go for the cheap manila colored file folders, but if like me and wouldn't mind a little pizazz, there are tons of cute ones like pictured above from Whitney English

3. Increase Closet Space
It's amazing how much time we waste in the closet! Invest in a few vertical storage systems to increase space like these pants hangers or this shoe/boot hanger.

4. GET A LABEL MAKER

My life has been changed since I got a label maker. As silly as it seems, this little machine not only makes items easier to find quickly, but for those of us who are visual learners, causes us to remember the right place for everything (and keep everything in its place.) 

4. Utilize Vertical Space
Never forget the importance of vertical space utilization to stay organized. The proper shelving not only look stylish, but keeps smaller items easily accessible at a moment's notice.


For example, this shelving unit from organize.com is the perfect place to get wine bottles, glasses, and other similar items out of the way, but allows you easy access.

Hope that helps you! Let me know if you have any other tips for a smooth move!