Another One Bites the Dust

…And fortunately this time I am NOT talking about my computer.  I apologize for the few days of absence… I had to get a new computer and someone way more tech savvy than myself had to recover all of my files off of my old computer.  So almost a week later I am starting to get my technology house back in order.  I’ll write a post a little later on covering all of the things I learned about backing things up.  But for your pleasure, here is one of the posts I had planned on writing for last week before my computer decided to hijack my schedule.

I have been on a mission to clear out the junk in my house, one cabinet, drawer, closet at a time.  If you want to see some of what I’ve done so far, check out here, here and here.

Last weekend I got on a roll and decided to eradicate the last few areas of my kitchen cabinets of their junk. After my previous organization sprees, the only truly bad cabinet/drawer in my kitchen were in the space I use as a command center-ish.  Since the hubs and I don’t have any kids yet the paper clutter is only mildly apocalyptic, since we both try valiantly to recycle any junk mail as soon as it comes in the house.  But this is the area we dump pretty much everything as it comes in: mail, my purse, things to return, etc.  I like that it is a fairly tiny countertop, so it restricts what all we can just dump into the space (i.e.  if I switch purses, there isn’t much space to leave a second purse, forcing me to go put it in the closet where it belongs).  I also love that this space is hidden from view when you first walk in the door, which makes it feel like the kitchen is cleaner than it really is… a perfect solution for the lazy cleaners.

But the cabinet beneath it… OUT OF CONTROL.  This is the area that broadly we stuck anything that didn’t fit in the junk drawer (just above it… I’ll show you that tomorrow) and Lexie’s large collection of doggie gear.   junkcabinet5

Check out that pretty sight! EEK. As I mentioned with the tupperware cabinet we have awesomely deep cabinets.  GREAT for keeping lots of stuff, TERRIBLE for keeping lots of stuff easily accessible.  So I decided this cabinet needed some awesome rolling drawers from The Container Store as well.  So I bought 2- 11″ rollout drawers during their spring sale.

They are pretty simple to install (if you want more details on that part, see the tupperware post) and took about 15 minutes. The hardest part of this whole thing was cleaning out my cabinet, it always gets worse before it gets better:



A lot of the things in this cabinet were trash or actually belong other places, but after sorting that stuff out I snagged a few organizing boxes from Target and put all the dog stuff on the bottom shelf

junkcabinet7 All her little accessories fit nicely in the little box, with a spot for her bones right behind them and her shampoos and her own thing of peanut butter (something grosses me out about giving Lex food out of our pantry even though we never double dip the spoon).

The top shelf is more of a hodge podge of emergency supplies, batteries, and my running belt.



And with that, I am one step closer to knocking off another item on my 30 Before 30 List. And obviously from the weird coloring on these photos, I’m still working on the ‘getting better at my DSLR’ item… I’m working on the whole white balance thing.



Corralling Your Cords

I am out travelling for work this week, which happens quite a bit (you should ask my husband how much he loves that since my crazy lovable yet totally neurotic dog has separation anxiety issues).  But it occurred to me that I have a pretty great way of keeping my work bag organized.  I started it a few months ago as a part of my attempt to organize everything in my house before I turn 30. And for the most part it has done a good job of keeping my computer bag from turning into a rats nest of cords.

I bought a fairly inexpensive organizer thing called a Grid It from Amazon. Mine is about the size of a sheet of paper and fits nicely in my computer bag.  But it has several elastic straps with grippy things (scientific description)  to hold all your cords in place.  Since I regularly travel with a mouse (seriously who can use touchpads!?), several chargers and an external hard drive, this keeps all of those neatly in place and ready to use.

cords1 I recently spruced up my iPhone and iPad chargers with a bit of washi tape since mine have a habit of disappearing around certain members of my family.  But its a great system and it slides right down into my bag making it easy to keep the cords without any of the clutter.



Its been nice so far to always have my chargers and headphones right where I want them to be! The only bad thing about it is that my computer charger doesn’t fit very well on this size, which is how it got left in Waco last week. Oops!

But I am definitely making progress on my 30 Before 30 organizing spree… more to come this week!



Happy New Year! I hope you are all excited for 2014!

2013 was a wonderful year for me with lots of exciting things happening (most notably our wedding) but I am always excited for a new year and the possibilities it brings.  As I look forward to this year I know it will be a crazy busy one… just the first three months alone will be crazy busy at work, my twin brother is getting married and many other exciting things! I’ve never been much of a resolution kind of girl in the past, but I am really liking the goal setting of my 30 before 30 list so I thought maybe I’d try out the resolution thing here on the blog!

  1. Finish said 30 Before 30 List
  2. Be more positive–I find myself increasingly more cynical and therefore not the person I want to be and I think making a conscious effort to be more positive will have a major impact on that
  3. Get to a healthier me– cook more, workout more, eat less/better
  4. Help other people out–I find myself thinking about really great things I can do for other people: friends, strangers, my husband, family, but rarely do I find myself following through on those ideas… so I’d like to accomplish a few more of them.
  5. Be more reflective–spend more time writing in a journal, praying, meditating

Five feels like a good number, so we’ll stop there.  I realize as I write these that most of these resolutions really center around having more time, which is something I rarely find myself with excess of, so maybe that is my one true resolution… to find more time for the things I care about.

What are your resolutions?