Get Your House in Order with These Top Tips

Who says you need to wait for spring in order to have a good clean out? New year, time to get yourself organized! One of our resolutions this year is to get organized and stay that way. It can be tricky between a busy schedule, changing seasons and decor… you name it. That’s why we’re doing our best is to find simple tips and tricks that will be easy to stick with and follow throughout the year. Here are some of our favorites:

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Image Source: Marie Kondo

Tidying Up

Have you heard of Marie Kondo? She’s the queen of tidying up and wrote an amazing book which has now turned into a Netflix show! We recapped some of her tips last spring, but one of the biggest pieces to her theory is that everything needs to bring you joy. We highly recommend checking out the book and the new Netflix show, too!

Clothes

There are lots of ways to stay organized with your clothes. If you’re struggling to make the decisions needed to cut down your closet, we totally get it. That’s why we love this simple trick: turn all the hangers in your closet so that they are facing with the hook facing outwards. When you wear something, hang it back up with the hook facing inwards. After a little while, you’ll clearly see what you do and do not wear in your closet and it’ll be easier to make donations.

Another great way to stay organized in the clothing department is to lay out all of your outfits at the start of the week. This avoids any last minute rushes or digging through drawers trying to find that top you’re looking for. If everything is laid out ahead of time, you won’t have to stress about finding anything or making a mess in the mornings.

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Image Source: River and Ink

Lists

We LOVE lists. We have lists for everything. Whether you’re someone who wants to utilize an app on your phone or good old fashion pen and paper, we can’t recommend keeping lists more. They’re such a simple way to keep yourself organized. Between to-do lists, shopping lists, etc. you’re really able to keep things straight. We love meal planning and having everything written down at the start of the week. This also gives you a chance to write out exactly what you need from the grocery store so you don’t end up with unneeded items or forgetting something. See? A list for everything. Plus, a huge bonus: it feels great to check things off as you complete them! Grab some cute notepads and get to town.

Budgets

Being organized runs into your financials, too. It’s the start of the year, so there’s no better time than the present to start a budget! Regardless of what your goals are or what your financial situation is, we’re big fans of having a budget and sticking to it. This helps you stay organized and know where all of your money is going in addition to saving up or working towards other big goals. If you need some help getting started, we recommend The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. If you’re not a reader or just need some help setting up a budget and holding yourself accountable, we love apps like Mint and EveryDollar where you can actually hook up all of your accounts to see where your money is going, track it, and set your budget right there. Mint will send you alerts when you’re going over budget, spending more than usual, or even have a bill coming up.

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Image Source: The Home Edit

Storage

While those big, clunky opaque bins may be a tempting option to stuff a bunch of stuff into for another day, that really won’t help you stay organized long term. Be thoughtful with your storage solutions. Under the bed organizers, cubes, shoe racks, etc. Opt for clear containers so you can see what’s stored inside to avoid tearing through bins to try and find what you’re looking for. If you already have opaque bins you want to reuse, put detailed labels on each one to avoid the same issue.

Get Moving: Endorphins Make You Happy!

Fitness. It has such a variety of meanings. What fitness looks like for one person can be completely different from what it looks like for another. To us, fitness looks like whatever you feel is best and healthiest for your own body. It’s not something you torture yourself with to lose weight or to impress someone else. It’s something you do that makes you feel good and happy! We love getting our heart rates up and just feeling our bodies move. There really is something to be said about that release of endorphins, which is why it’s on our list of 2019 resolutions to try and get our bodies moving more. Like we said, we’re all about feeling good and being happy when it comes to fitness. We’re not looking for anything that makes us miserable, we want it to be fun! With that in mind, we researched some fun, new ways to get yourself moving this year.

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Image Source: @swervefitness

SWERVE Fitness

Usually we don’t do location specific things, but this seemed too cool to pass up. SWERVE is a spinning class but way more fun. You’re teamed up into three groups. These three groups, red, blue, and green, are essentially “competing” for the best score. It’s a great way to push yourself to do your best but in a semi-anonymous way where you’re only seen as a team total versus an individual total. Your personal results and stats are emailed to you after the class, so no one has to know. We love the idea of a little friendly competition and think this sounds like such a fun way to really get your sweat on!

Parkour

Bet you didn’t see this one coming! Have you ever watched American Ninja Warrior or similar shows and wondered what it would be like to try some of the things you see participants attempting? There are so many gyms all around the country where you can do just that! This is such a fun and unique way to get your body moving, seriously, sign us up!

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Image Source: @rosegracejones

Hiking Yoga

Yoga and nature just seem to be a perfect match. Hiking yoga is a great way to blend the two together! These types of classes take you out of the studio and into nature, where you can breathe in the fresh air, have an added challenge of uneven ground, and just really focus on disconnecting and becoming one with nature. We think this is such a great way to see some new, beautiful places while also getting some great exercise. Yoga isn’t for the faint of heart! We love how deceivingly tricky it can be and how much energy and strength it truly entails. There’s really nothing like yoga to help you find your inner peace and strength.

Circus

Circus classes include things like trapeze, fabric, rope, lyra, aerial, and more. These are another example of a shocking amount of strength and endurance, but so much fun and definitely not an experience most people have had! They’re a great option for someone looking for something a little different and creative that brings that little kid inside to life.

Rock Climbing

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Image Source: @kacia.fitzgerald

Have you noticed a theme yet? We weren’t kidding about out of the box methods of getting your body moving this year! Rock climbing is another really fun way to get out there. There are great rock gyms all over with indoor walls for you to try. Grab a friend and take a class so you can learn the basics, and then just have some fun! There are levels from beginner way up to advanced. Not only will you have fun trying to climb whatever wall you’re on, but it’s also so fun to watch some of the more advanced climbers do their thing. You’ll be in awe!

Rebounding (Trampolines)

This is something that is much more up and coming than a lot of other options on the list. Honestly, how can jumping on a trampoline not bring you back to childhood? It makes us giddy just thinking about it! Seriously, you’ll laugh your way through this one and get a good sweat while you’re at it, too.


Whatever you choose to do to get your body moving this year, just remember that you’re doing it for fun and endorphins! Healthy looks different on everyone. You’re not here to lose weight, you’re just here to have a good time.

Get Your Life in Order This New Year with The Right Tools

Staying organized can be a challenge. We’ve found that one of the biggest pieces of the puzzle is having a great planner. There are so many options out there for planners. There’s one for everyone, regardless of your style. It can be a tricky environment to navigate and definitely overwhelming. With that in mind, we’re only going to share our absolute top picks, so we don’t add any more confusion to the mix. If you’re in need of a new planner, look no further than these two options.

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Image Source: @erincondren

Erin Condren Life Planner

Totally customizable, you have so many covers and layouts to choose from. There are all different styles to fit your wants and needs. Track your progress in all things in life, make lists, never miss a meeting or appointment again! These planners are an investment but they’re also a hub of all your important information. We love that you can even have it personalized with your name of the cover. It’s just a fun little detail. Bonus points -- if you’re engaged, be sure to take a peek at their wedding planner too. Check out the site and act fast, they’re having a great sale to ring in the new year!


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Image Source: @christybwright

Business Boutique Goal Planner

Are you a small business owner? Or aspiring entrepreneur? If yes, then you need this planner. Not only does this planner have the traditional calendar elements to it where you can track your engagements and whatnot (with monthly and weekly views) but it also includes business lessons and tips throughout the year! This will help you set your business goals, give you advice and challenges on how to progress and grow, and give you a place to recap and track that progress. It’s definitely a must-have tool for a growing or new business.

Learning to Love The Skin You're In

Happy New Year! Can you believe we’ve officially rounded the corner into a new year? It doesn’t seem possible but here we are. In honor of the new year, we want to share some of our favorite resolutions to help get your 2019 started on the right foot. With today being the first day of the year, we really wanted to start off with a bang and an issue that is so near and dear to our hearts: self care and self love. This year, we challenge you to find peace and acceptance on your journey to self love, because regardless of where you are in your journey, you deserve to love yourself exactly the way you are at all times. It’s great to want to improve yourself, self-improvement is what keeps us moving forward, but just because you want to continue to grow as a person and move towards your goals does not mean that you cannot and should not love yourself while you’re working your way there.

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Image Source: The Law of Attraction

We think that a big part of learning to love yourself again is actually focusing on self care. We so easily break promises to ourselves and put others’ needs before our own. This year, it’s time to turn the focus back onto ourselves and our own mental health. Have you ever heard the analogy of “filling your cup?” So many people have empty cups because they’re too busy pouring into others. Think of it this way: if you instead tried to do things to help you fill your own cup, eventually it would overflow and then fill others! That’s why we’re going to take time to work on numero uno. Read a book, take a walk, write in a journal. Find your bliss. What brings you joy? What helps you find relaxation? These are the questions you need to answer and actively make choices to do these things.

Along with this is also removing toxic situations and people from your life. If there’s someone bringing you down, or bringing you stress or sadness, consider removing them from your life. Life is too short to be anything but happy. If there are toxic relationships, or environments, or other commitments you have in your life: remove them! If your job makes you miserable, start hunting for a new one! Part of finding your joy and taking care of your mental health means removing the negative too.

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Image Source: Start Today Journal

Quick Tips to Get You Started:

1. A Gratitude Journal. We love starting our day by writing down all the things we’re grateful for. Right now, we’re obsessed with Rachel Hollis’s Start Today journals. Even if a new journal isn’t in your budget, grab a notebook and start each day by writing down 5 things you’re grateful for that day. Not big picture things, but small things that are specific to that day. Also write down 10 goals for yourself and pick which one you’re going to work to achieve first. This is the same set up of the Start Today journal and we truly believe it’s a recipe for success!

2. Fill Your Feeds with Love. Start your year with a full social media sweep. If you find yourself comparing or envious of other people showing up in your feed, remove them! If it’s not something that lifts you up and inspires you or makes you happy, it has no place in your life anymore. Good vibes only!

3. Unplug. If you’re struggling with #2, try just unplugging from social media for a bit. We’ve found that taking a social media cleanse can be a magical thing. At first you may have some fomo, but after the first few days, you’ll see how it’s almost like a weight lifted off your shoulders. Not to mention it’ll free up a bunch of time with you not sitting and mindlessly scrolling as much.

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Image Source: The Everygirl

4. Create a Vision Board. What do you see your year looking like? What are your goals and dreams? This comes back to focusing on YOU first! Put together a vision board filled with all the hopes and dreams you have for yourself over the next year and beyond.

5. Meditate. If you’ve never tried meditation, we highly recommend it. This is so good for you mentally. Take even just five minutes each day to yourself and just sit with the silence and be still. We love guided meditations, especially for beginners. There are tons of great free resources available online for this too! Our favorite is definitely Calm, which also has a convenient app. The first bit is free with options for premium to gain access to hundreds of additional meditations as you get more into things.

Let’s make 2019 the best year yet, especially when it comes to our self care and mental health! Cheers!

Get in Shape for the New Year

One of the most common resolutions people have is to get in shape. But the majority of people never through! This can be credited to a variety of reasons, one of which is being unprepared. Today, we’re here to help you combat this reason with a full quickstart guide and some of our top tips and tricks to get yourself in gear. Be sure to consult your physician if you have any medical conditions that may affect your ability to participate in increased physical activity.

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Image Source: Suzy Squats

How to Start

A great way to establish a basic level of fitness is simply walking every day. Hitting at least 10,000 steps every day is a good start on your road to fit. Walking is a low impact form of cardio that gets the body moving and heart rate up without being too intense. In addition to walking, there are a variety of moves you can do at your own home to continue your journey. The best part? You don’t need any equipment! Your own body weight makes these moves beneficial to you. Be sure that you are properly stretching both before and after your workout to avoid any injuries. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and avoid lactic acid build up or cramping in the muscles.

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Image Source: You Beauty

Move #1: Squats

Work that booty! Keep your feet shoulder-width apart and slowly sink your hips back to a 90 degree angle. Be sure to keep your knees behind your toes. Easier variation? Use a wall for support and slide your upper body up and down the wall while completing your squat. Harder variation? Add a little jump between reps to transition into squat jumps! You’ll quickly feel the burn in your quads with this one.

Move #2: Lunges

Lunges also work that booty along with your core and leg muscles. Pick which leg you want to start on and step it back so that both knees are bent at a 90 degree angle. Once again, be sure that your knee is not coming in front of your toe! Variation #1: Pulse while in your lunge to get that burn going. Variation #2: Jump lunges! Instead of stepping back to switch legs, jump!

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Image Source: Anytime Fitness

Move #3: Wall Sits

Similar to the modified squat, position yourself with your back against the wall. Slowly slide yourself down until your legs are at a 90 degree angle, keeping your knees behind your toes. Sit here and hold for as long as you can! You’ll feel this in your thighs and core. Time yourself and try to beat your time from the day before!

Move #4: Push-ups and Burpees

The dreaded push-up. While they seem to be nobody’s favorite, they’re great for your entire body! Easier variation? Drop to your knees instead of your toes! Harder variation? Burpees! Start on your feet, drop down, jump your feet back, do your push up, jump your feet back in, stand up, and take another little jump, and repeat!

Move #5: Jumping Jacks

A childhood favorite. Jumping jacks are a great, fun cardio move you can do to get that heartbeat pumping. Be sure to fully extend your arms and hold that core tight! Need an easier variation? Instead of jumping, step one foot out and then back in, alternating sides. Lower impact but still gets the blood pumping!

Move #6: Planks

Another great full-body move. Perform this in low-plank on your elbows or in high-plank on your hands. Easier variation? Drop to your knees! Harder variation? Try some side planks. Stack your feet and raise your off-hand into the air. See how long you can hold your plank and try to beat it the next day!

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Image Source: Shape.com

Move #7: Leg Raises

Lay on your back. Place your hands underneath you at the small of your back for some extra support. Keeping them straight, raise your legs into the air as far as you can, bending at the hip, with the goal being to get them straight into the air, perpendicular to the ground. Slowly lower them back towards the ground without actually touching, and raise again. Do both legs together or switch off sides!

Move #8: Crunches

Work that core with some crunches. Crunches are great because there are so many variations you can try. Straight leg crunches, side crunches, or step it up and go for the full sit up. Try a fun alternative and using an exercise ball to spice things up. Regardless of what variation you try, make sure you hold your core tight.

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Image Source: Pop Sugar

Move #9: Glute Bridges

Booty, booty, booty! Lay with your back on the floor, knees bent with feet on the floor. Squeeze your core and thrust your hips into the air, squeezing your glute muscles at the top. To increase difficulty, raise one leg up off the ground and continue the move the same way.

Move #10: Mountain Climbers

Mountain climbers quickly get the blood pumping and your breathing spiked. Drop down into a high plank and start toe tapping upwards. The more skilled and fit you are, the quicker you can go. Start nice and slow, focusing on form and precision.


Looking for More Guidance?

If you’re someone that needs more guidance in your routine, there are tons of options out there for at home video workouts! Some of our favorites are:

oneOeight Yoga

Founded by Yoga Girl herself, Rachel Brathen, oneOeight is a wonderful platform where you can stream various yoga and meditation videos to help with your practice. We are huge fans of both yoga and meditation! Yoga is great for stretching and believe it or not, strength training too. A great way of cross-training, adding some yoga into your rotation is a must.

Beachbody on Demand

Have instant access to thousands of workouts from top-tier super trainers! These range from Beginner to Advanced and cover a whole range of styles. You can do mixed martial arts one day, yoga the next, and crazy cardio after that! If you’re someone who gets easily bored, BOD is a great option for you with its huge variety of options.

Kayla Itsines BBG Program

BBG stands for Bikini Body Guide -- 28 minute workouts using just your body weight (or weights if you opt for the BBG Stronger variety!) that you can complete at home. Yes, please! These HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts will get you sweating fast. Wonderful results from a body-positive crowd focused on being the healthiest you can be!

Stay Organized with These Top Planners

Do you struggle with staying organized? Constantly forgetting about various engagements or appointments? Then you need a top of the line planner to get your life organized! We swear by our planners and couldn’t live without them. It’s great to have everything saved into your phone for quick reference, but there’s something about having a beautiful planner to refer to that’s magical. Train yourself to sit down once a week and review the upcoming commitments you have scheduled and to catch up on anything you may be behind on. Appointments, parties, fitness schedules, wedding planning… there’s a planner for it all! Here are some of our favorites.

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Image Source: Erin Condren Instagram

Erin Condren’s Life Planner

These planners are beyond stunning and also customizable! Pick from a huge variety of covers, three different weekly layouts, and a whole bunch of add-ons to complete your perfect planner. While they run the the pricier side, it will hold up well and you’re sure to get a lot of use out of it!

SmartLife PUSH Journal

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Image Source: Smart Life PUSH Journal

These all-in-one life planners are not messing around. While they may not be as flashy as other options, they are jam-packed with amazing features like 90 day goal-setting system, built-in accountability, guided brainstorm activities, productivity powered to-do list, daily scheduler, health tracker and more. Small and light enough to fit in your purse so you’re never without it? Yes please!

The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner

The all-in-one wedding planner. Filled with worksheet, answers to frequently asked questions, tips, tricks, and so much more. An essential item for any bride to be and very reasonably priced. This planner helps you budget and stay within the timeline. Planning a wedding can be a stressful experience, keeping yourself organized will help minimize the confusion!

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Image Source: The Knot

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Image Source: Michael's

Create 365 The Big Happy Planner

Looking for a cheaper route? We love the Big Happy Planners by Create 365. Grab yours from your local Michaels store! These babies are spectacular. Pick from dozens of beautiful colors, various sizes, and more add-ons than you know what to do with. Fitness, finances, recipes, goals… you name it, there’s a pack you can buy to insert into your planner. Be sure to grab a Michaels coupon before heading to the store to save even more money!

Create Your Own

If you’re feeling especially creative, or can’t find the exact layout that you want for your planner, make your own! Grab a beautiful notebook or journal and go to town. This gives you the flexibility to be as minimalistic or as detailed as you want. You can divide by day, week, month… whatever your heart desires! This cheap alternative can be a ton of fun, while also creating a product you can hold pride in and actually want to use. After all, what’s the point of having a planner if you aren’t going to use it?

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Image Source: @cocoa_daisy on instagram

Healthy Habits to Kick off the New Year Right

Happy New Year! We cannot believe that it’s officially 2018. To kick off the year on the right foot, we’re sharing a week of our top New Year’s resolutions. Today’s resolution: developing healthy habits!

Today, we’re channeling one of our favorite books -- The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. If you haven’t read it, you should definitely head over to Amazon and grab a copy, it will change your life! In his book, Hal discusses the six healthy habits that everyone should start their day with, he calls them the Life S.A.V.E.R.S. and they can be done in as few as six minutes every day! Building off of this, we’re sharing our top picks for healthy habits everyone should work to create in this new year!

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Image Source: Lifestyle and Design Online

Making Your Bed Every Morning

If the first thing you do each and every morning is make your bed, congratulations, you’ve already done one productive thing today! This small task can set the tone for your day and kickstart your productivity. And, it also makes your room look so much tidier!

Meditating

Did you know that some of the most successful people meditate? It’s true! Taking even just a few minutes each morning (and again before bed if you can!) to clear your mind is immensely beneficial. This helps you to regain focus and clarity in your life. Meditation is also helpful if you suffer from anxiety! For beginners, try some guided meditation through an app on your phone like Calm or Headspace to get started.

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Journaling

Journaling is a great way to collect your thoughts. Whether it’s just a review of your day, your goals, or even a list of things that you’re thankful of! Writing is so therapeutic and a great way to work through different situations. Building off of each day, it’s a great way to keep track of your progress and have something tangible you can review at the end of the year to see just how far you’ve come.

Getting Enough Sleep

In the era of the side-hustle, we tend to always be on the go and in constant motion. It’s important to take care of your body, unplug, and get enough sleep! While it may take a few extra hours out of your day, it will make the time you’re awake for more productive. And, making sure you get enough sleep helps keep your immune system strong; no one has time to be sick! Start off this new year fresh and well-rested to avoid a burnout.

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Image Source: Nutritional Wellness Tips

Drinking Enough Water

Hydration, hydration, hydration! Did you know that you’re supposed to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day?! So, if you weigh 120 lbs, you should be drinking 60 oz of water a day. Being hydrated has so many benefits: cleansing your system and flushing out bad bacteria, keeping your skin clear, better digestion, fewer headaches, increases energy, relieves fatigue, and countless more. If you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already dehydrated! Drink up!

Making Yourself a Priority

In the wise words of Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle, “treat yo’self!” With all of our hectic schedules and mile-long to do lists, it’s easy to push our needs to the side. Make sure to set some time aside to do something for yourself. Whether it’s buying yourself a small something or even just taking a nice relaxing bath, self-care and self-love should be a priority in the upcoming year!