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Storing Relationship Mementos

 Today is a special day. Today, is my husband’s 25th birthday. Sure, it’s a Tuesday, so it’s probably going to be a little lame, but I do want to take a minute on the blog today to say Happy Birthday to a guy I’m pretty darn attached to.

And instead of doing the normal, rambling mushy post that would probably make most readers want to run away screaming, I thought I’d double team this day and give you some awesome organizing information at the same time!

I’m sure all of us have a box somewhere full of relationship mementos. You know, pictures, love notes, movie ticket stubs. Admit that you have one! Well, up until now, I’ve been keeping all those memories in a box shoved deep into a closet. They almost never cross my mind, unless I’m rummaging through said closet, in which case I’m probably not in a romantic mood.

So, the other day, I took that box out, sorted through the contents and decided to give all these special little items a nice space to hang out. Here’s how I’m storing my relationship mementos!  Get Organized | Storing Relationship Mementos | twolivecolorfully.comI picked up this adorable little spotted box at Target, brought it home, and diligently sorted through every scrap of paper I’d saved from our high school days. Most of it went into an automatic “keep” pile. Notes and songs and pictures; they all make me smile equally as big as on the day I received them. But I won’t be shy about saying that I did not keep everything.

Why on earth do I need to keep a Bridge to Terabithia movie ticket? It wasn’t even that great of a movie. And I didn’t look all that great in those prom pictures anyways. Why do I need five copies?

Get Organized | Storing Relationship Mementos | twolivecolorfully.comWhen sorting through your own collection, try to consciously decide what has a meaningful memory attached and what doesn’t. Keeping every scrap of paper won’t make the whole of your mementos more special. If anything, it’ll just clutter up the good stuff.

Get Organized | Storing Relationship Mementos | twolivecolorfully.comI didn’t do anything too crazy inside the box, just gently laid everything inside where it can easily be accessed. And then I put that box right on our book shelf! No more hiding these little treasures in the depths of a closet. It might seem a little silly, but even just seeing the box out in our home gives me a little boost of lovey-dovey-ness.

And, because, I just couldn’t possibly talk about all this without sharing at least one silly artifact from our relationship. I present you with this:

Get Organized | Storing Relationship Mementos | twolivecolorfully.comOh yeah. Drink this in. This was back in the day when cutting up and diying t-shirts was all the rage. I made this little beauty for Josh’s high school Jazz band concert where, you guessed it, he was the bass player. Yup, I was pretty smitten. Also, I’m pretty sure that awful selfie went up on my Myspace page! Haha!

Happy Birthday Honey!

How do you store your special little relationship tokens? I’d love to know!

minimalist-lite | resources + inspiration

Hey gang! Sorry for the radio silence early on this week. Honestly, this past weekend, Josh and I spent a whole lot of time having fun and not a whole lot tackling the to-do list. But, you know what? It was the best weekend we’ve had in a while, so it was totally worth it!

But anyways, today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite articles, videos, and resources I’ve come across while starting our Minimalist-Lite series. When I started writing about this lifestyle transition early this year, I wasn’t coming in with a full plan. I’m kind of learning and sharing as I go and I figured other people out there, trying to live better with less, would totally love more inspiration to keep them on the right track.minimalist-lite | resources + inspiration

  1. How to Get Rid of Stuff | Fay Wolf for Apartment Therapy
  2. 12 Things You Probably Own Too Many Of | Apartment Therapy
  3. How to Live on 100 Things or Less Infographic | Yumi Sakugawa for WonderHowTo
  4. I Feel Bad About My Stuff (Getting Rid of Emotional Clutter) | Ladies Home Journal
  5. Living with Less. A lot Less. | Graham Hill for
  6. The entirety of The Minimalists blog. They are currently on tour promoting their newest book and we’ll be seeing them in Dallas next month! See if they’re coming to your city!!
  7. 9 Ways to Need Less Money | Tiny Buddah
  8. 10 Reasons Our Family Wants to Live with Less Stuff | Live Renewed

Now, these are only my top eight. I’ve got a whole Pinterest board dedicated to more Minimalist-Lite ideas and I’m always looking for others. The more I stay involved in the process and learning new information, the more excited I get about everything!

Do you have any other articles, videos, or challenges to help organize and purge extra stuff? I’d love to know what you’ve found! Share below!

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the minimalist-lite beauty routine

**I swear this isn’t turning into a beauty blog! This post is part of our Minimalist-Lite series! Find out what it is and how to get started!**

We’re moving up the progress ladder today! Last week I talked about my Minimalist-Lite make-up routine and today, I want to talk about the other half of that which is beauty products. minimalist-lite beauty products Continue reading →

minimalist-lite | make an action plan!

**This post is part of our Minimalist-Lite series! Learn more about going Minimalist-Lite and then get started!**

Okay, so we’ve done a good purge and gotten the first layer of extra stuff out of the house. Now, it’s time to make a plan for everything else! minimalist-lite-action-plan

Focus on habits, not spaces

Instead of going room to room and listing every space that needs an overhaul, we’re going to start by identifying the activities and routines that you do on a regular basis. This list should include things like your morning and evening routines, hobbies, and meal planning. Sit down and mentally go through your average day to identify every regular activity. Keep in mind that this will be a highly individualized list and there will be items on yours that are not on mine. If you’ve got kiddos, keeping up with them will be a major part of your plan. Maybe you have an odd work schedule or a hobby that takes up a lot of your time (hello, blogging!!); these should definitely make the list. The goal here is to carefully consider all the little routines, hobbies, and habits that make up your day so you’ve got an easy simplifying checklist to work through.

Don’t leave off the “un-sexy” stuff!

Be sure to include the “un-sexy” stuff like scheduled cleaning, home maintenance, and financial planning! For most people these things usually fall in the “not-super-fun” category, but they are undeniably important to our present and future. That being said, there is no need for tackling these tasks to feel like torture. In fact, simplifying them throughout this project should make them less of a chore!

Why focus here?

As you work your way through your list, you’ll find that all those cluttered and messy spaces in your home will be tackled simultaneously. By keeping the focus on your current habits, you’ll be more likely to create systems with staying power! Have you ever spent hours organizing a space only to find it a hot mess a month later? It might be because you organized it in a way that doesn’t gel with how you actually use it. Sometimes when we organize, we try to create systems for the way we wished we did things. “Once, I implement this system, I’ll scan my receipts every day/file everything alphabetically/blah blah blah.” I’m not saying you shouldn’t tweak your routine to make it more efficient, but don’t attempt a complete overhaul overnight. It’ll only lead to burnout. Organize your routine for right now. IF changes come in the future, it’ll be way easier to implement because… you’ll already be organized!!

My action plan

Okay, so here’s my list. Don’t freak out about the length. Again, this transition is not something to be accomplished in one weekend or even one month. This is a project that will be done slowly and methodically.

  • Morning & evening routines – make as efficient as possible, especially for week days
  • Beauty routine – simplify make-up and hair, reduce number of products
  • Wardrobe – define personal style, closet organization, evaluate each item, try out the 30 piece wardrobe challenge
  • Budget & finance organization – fine tune our bill pay schedule, track budget categories more carefully, integrate fully to a digital system
  • Efficient house cleaning – what is the quickest way to clean everything? Reduce number of products used, replace with greener options
  • Cleaning & maintenance schedule – integrate monthly, quarterly, and yearly tasks into spreadsheet/online calender with reminders
  • Home decor – strive for styled and cozy, but not cluttered, explore rotating decor options that don’t take a lot of room to store
  • Crafting – what to keep v. what to trash, organizing craft supplies in a small space
  • Fitness – schedule workouts…. then actually workout
  • Grocery shopping & meal planning – update meal planning/shopping printable, digitize recipe binder, organize pantry/cabinets/refrigerator, add labels to food storage, make simple mixes to avoid processed junk (taco seasoning and pancake mix, at least)
  • Friends & family – cultivate meaning relationships, shed toxic/superficial relationships, remember birthdays, schedule regular times to check in with family
  • Digital organization – eliminate excess paper, store as much as possible in digital form, create organization system to maintain order, create backup schedule
  • Blog organization – maintain editorial calendar, schedule social media posts more often, create site maintenance calendar
  • Emergency preparedness – create 72 hours kits, create physical/digital/online copies of important documents, update emergency supplies, create car emergency kit

Whew! That’s a really long list, right? Kind of scary, but here’s the thing, we’re going to work on one area at a time, organize it for good, and then maintain as we move on to the next item. It will be hard work, but my ultimate goal is to not have a 2015 New Year’s Resolution to get organized because I’ll already be there!

If you want to join in, make an action plan of your own and share it below! I would so love to see some other perspectives and give support to everyone out there! :)go minimalist-liteLinked up with:
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holiday prep boot camp (my class on atly!)

Okay, here we go. Some BIG BIG THINGS are happening this week. As of late Monday night, I have officially launched my very first e-course to get you completely, 100% prepared for the holidays! Oh yes, it’s Boot Camp time!!! Holiday Organization Class on atlyI was approached by the wonderfully amazing people behind the online learning site about a month ago. I could not even believe it, y’all. I mean, really. You want me to teach? Um, okay, yeah I think I’d freakin’ love to do that. So, I did it.Holiday Organization Class on atlyI have always always been a love of the holidays, so that’s where I started. I put this class together in about 4 weeks and it has been a whirlwind of excitement. If you follow along on twitter or instagram you might have even seen hints of a holiday photo shoot in August with my lovely friend Savannah. And, now, this month of craziness is closed, and we’re up and running, baby! Holiday Organization Class on atlyNow, let me give you some snazzy details about this little class I’ve created. What I most wanted to address were the issues that seem to plague people the post come November and December. So we talk about decorating, buying gifts, hosting overnight guests, and how to keep everything organized! I didn’t want to have a class that tells you how you can do everything! I wanted to create something that gave you permission to let go of those holiday components you seriously loathe and focus on the ones you actually enjoy! What a concept right?

Holiday Organization Class on atly

In this class, you’ll get SIX super detailed planning worksheets, learn how to create simple and easy-to-maintain systems for organizing any and all holiday events throughout the year, and so much more information, tips, tricks, and ideas! Seriously, you do not want to miss out!

You can sign up for this course at any time for only $10.00 (the lowest price point allowed on atly, because I know you guys want value! :D) Plus, I’ll be available to give feedback and address scenarios that might now have been covered in the course material for one full year after you’ve completed my course. So, now matter when you enroll, you’ll have access to the vast caverns of holiday knowledge for a holiday season!

What are you waiting for?? Sign up now!!