Going Somewhere? A Guide to Trip Planning

One of my biggest pleasures in life is traveling. Once I decide to pack my bags, my enthusiasms for the next few weeks are centered around the trip. And going somewhere I’ve never been just makes me buzz with excitement.

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And as excited as I get, a big part of it comes from preparing for the trip itself. As a Type-A girl, I really can’t enjoy myself unless I have some sort of plan as to where I’m staying, what my itinerary is, and what places to eat. I’m all for spontaneity, but I want to make the best of my time.

90% of the time I am Trip Coordinator for my girlfriends – and I’m an assistant who has booked plenty of travel for other people – so I thought today I would share some of my best tricks for putting together a trip that is relaxing to plan and go on.Read More

That Planner Life: A Review of the Erin Condren Life Planner

I am by far the most organized person I know.

Organization is not a thing, it is a way of life. And for me, it’s all about my tools when it comes to organization. That’s why today we’re going to talk about my current favourite organization tool and why it’s gotten me 100% more organized. Don’t believe me? Just check out my review.

That Planner Life: The Erin Condren Life Planner

You’ve probably heard about the Erin Condren Life Planner and all the hype about it. Let me tell you, the hype is right. As someone who needs lots of space to write in to do lists, daily events and parties, homework, blog posts, and all the other hubabaloo that is my life, it is essential that I have somewhere where I can store all of that. And the EC Life Planner is definitely that kind of planner.Read More

DIY Sticky Note Calendar

There’s something about a functional, beautiful, Pinterest-y calendar that makes you instantly want to do it. And that’s what I’m sharing with you today!

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I wanted something I could put my entire term schedule on, but I could still move dates around as assignments were moved around. And that’s where the sticky note idea came in. Why not make 11 rows of sticky notes, with five columns, and put the assignments on Monday-Friday? And that is how my sticky note calendar came to be.Read More

How to Organize Your Life

Life is messy.

With school, work, and other life events, actually keeping up with what is going on is almost impossible. But that’s why the good Lord invented organization. Organization is a life saver that makes the world go round. Some people use one form of planner to organize everything. Some people -me- use a bunch of planners to stay organized. And with my new term starting and with spring cleaning being a thing right now, I thought I would share with you what I think are the best forms of planners to stay on top of your busy life.

How to Organize Your Life – Results May Vary

1. Planner

Yeah, here's a preview of my birthday week. 18 Things I Learned at 18 will be up April 24th!
Yeah, here’s a preview of my birthday week. 18 Things I Learned at 18 will be up April 24th!

While I am a total technie, nothing beats an old-fashioned planner. I use the Gallery Leather Weekly Planner and it is really great. In my planner I put in non-time-specific events, flight information, penciled-in events, birthdays, and a few more things that aren’t set in stone. I like this layout because when I open my planner I can see my week at a glance with things that aren’t school or work.Read More

Spring Cleaning…Unintentionally

While I don’t believe in spring cleaning (as you should clean your house up every few months or so instead of once a year), I do believe in giving my room a good deep clean when it needs it. Over the last two weeks, I have been in and out of the house, studying, going to appointments, traveling, baking cupcakes, taking AP tests, getting my braces on, and preparing for my upcoming trip to Europe. It’s been so crazy that I’ve barely had time to organize my thoughts, let alone clean my room. At the end of two very crazy weeks, my room was dirtier than my brother’s, for the first time ever.

Since I have a 3-day weekend (because it’s Memorial Weekend! Whoo!) I decided I would take my extra time and do some real cleaning. And I don’t mean picking up clothes and straightening the sheets. I put things away and even did some re-organization. And, as I was picking up, I took some pictures to show the huge difference a few hours can make if you use some simple tips. So, to help you with your spring cleaning (and because I want you all to have spotless rooms too) here is how to clean your room, unintentional-spring-cleaning style!

Here are the steps to clean/organize a mess into a picture-perfect, usable living space.

 

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As you can see, this bed needed a lot of TLC. First, I cleared all of my junk off of my bed. That meant taking off the coats, the shopping bags, my backpack, towel, etc. I then made my bed the right way. I fluffed the pillows, straightened the sheets, tucked all the blankets under the mattress, and even put the accent pillow on the bed. Making the bed the right way at least once a week will keep your sheets from getting lost at the bottom of the bed.Read More

Ways to Stay Organized

I recently read Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess’s article on how she stays organized and I thought I’d show you my methods too.

1. A Day Planner. I bought a planner right before this school year started and it has saved my life. I put my daily goals, my homework, post ideas, upcoming tests, and other important dates in the pages. I also color-coordinate so I can quickly get to what I want.

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2. Pinterest. I love Pinterest because it takes the whole internet and tucks it into neat, little boards. Pinterest helps me divide my world up in board that I can look at while I’m shopping to remind me what I would like to buy. I can also make boards that I can look at while I’m decorating my room. And, best of all, I can make a board full of inspirational pictures to motivate a blog post! If you would like to see my Pinterest profile, click here.

3. My Phone. I always have stuff on my phone. From alarms to remind me of a meeting to a note about a new article I’d like to write, my phone is the basis of everything so I stay on top. Some apps that I find particularly helpful in being organized are: iStudiez, Schedule Planner, and Menu Planner.

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4. Feedly. Possibly the best thing on the internet, Feedly is an RSS reader. I follow blogs, tweets, YouTube channels, you name it. And when I particularly like something, I can save it and go back to it later. It’s really great for articles that inspire my posts and YouTube videos I don’t have time to watch.