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January Goals: Organize bathroom closet

This is so dumb. Like I’m actually sitting here, 8:22 am with a cup of coffee and the rain dripping on the roof, thinking about how literally dumb this blog post is. But here’s the thing. I want to celebrate the little tiny successes in life because nobody is going to throw me a party because I organized something.

BUT I AM SO PROUD.

Also judge me for all the beauty products, I don’t care. Actually I think your judging is probably super valid. I said I wasn’t bringing samples to our apartment and lo and behold they snuck their way in.

Can I just throw out a non-rhetorical question?

Where do beauty bloggers keep all their stuff?

Anyone else feel me on this???? I watch people unboxing crap and I’m like… what are you gonna do with that? Where are you gonna put it? Like I’ll never throw away a bottle of shampoo because give me enough time and I WILL USE IT. But full sized gels and face masks and stuff? What do they do with it all?

Anyway, I’m not a beauty blogger, I’m just a Birchbox Subscriber and someone who has collected far too many samples of hair products for being a person who blow dries their hair 2xs a month and rarely styles it beyond a bobby pin. But still I keep my little bottles of product to one day use up.

See why the Empties Posts are so important? When I finally use something up, I need to stand on the tallest mountain I can find (which I guess is my blog) and shout it from the mountaintops.

My gosh. This is a really long-winded intro to the actual point of this post.

In our bathroom we have this cabinet that kind of became a catch-all for anything that entered into our bathroom. It was like one giant pile of stuff. I put on my January goals that I wanted to organize some things* and this was one of the things.

I’mΒ reading a book about simplifying life and it challenged the reader to NOT BUY ORGANIZATION STUFF while cleaning out their house because it’s just bringing more stuff in and finding new ways to rearrange/hide the clutter. So I decided that I’d just kind of have to embrace the current state of my bottles of products and still organize with what I had… which was space.

Here, my friends, is the before.

This is the cabinet over the toilet and the cabinet in the bathroom. We don’t have counters in our bathroom so this is what we get.

I started with the cabinet above the toilet because it’s one I see every single day. Here’s the before:

and then the after:

We keep out a LOT of our daily products. At some point I might transition this stuff over to cute little baskets or something, but for now I love being able to grab products and be able to see them right away.

Moving on to the big cabinet. Because the door closes, it’s been so easy to just throw stuff in and close the door. and yeah, this is where we’ve decided to keep our candles, lol.

Close up on the top two shelves. The top is candles and paper good overstock. Organized in a really nice way, too. And a shower curtain liner. and other things.

The second shelf is the one that gets used the most often. Spare shampoos, my daily skincare + haircare products, our toothbrushes and toothpaste. Lots of stuff and I had no idea what was all in there.

BEFORE:

AFTER:

I took the candles out of the plastic tub and stacked them. I burn candles ALL OF THE TIME, so when one goes out, it’s easy to grab another one to replace it. Organized the toilet paper and kleenex and such. I COULD get boxes, but I do better seeing everything.

On the second shelf, I took things out of the box and laid them out so I could see them better. I left two baskets in the back – one for often used (but not daily) products, and one for hair products & hair brushes. That little jar is full of Birchbox skin/hair care samples, and the two empty soap bottles is because I was waiting for refills. It’s been so much easier to keep track of things because boxes aren’t hiding them.

The bottom two shelves are towels/washcloths…. catchalls? and then cleaning supplies and hair stylers and boxes of empties and feminine hygiene products.

BEFORE:

AFTER:

Once I found places for the random things in this shelf, it was so much easier to organize. The one thing I’ve changed is that I’ve turned the hand towels around. I prefer to display the folded edges of towels because they look less messy, and looking at this picture helped me see that!

That box has the styling products and various other bathroom related chargers, and then our cleaning supplies were put in the little plastic tub that used to hold the candles. That way we can pull it out and get what we need!

On the other side of the bathroom is the medicine cabinet that keeps our medicines and my makeup. It’s been SO HARD to get organized. I have these little pails but they feel like they never work, and I realized that the clear little tub was KILLING ME, because I’d take something out of the white pail and then throw it in the tub and have to dig it out again.

BEFORE:

AFTER:

In addition to an EXTREME purge of things I don’t need/want, I took the time to organize all of the makeup products. The bottom container has ALL of my face products – brushes and sponges, primers, blush, powder. The top two are divided into eye products and lip products. I put all of the medicine together (spot the Miralax, thanks from when I got my gallbladder taken out).

It’s ACTUALLY been maintainable, too! That’s the biggest thing. I take out the containers one at a time and put everything away before I move on to the next one.

 

It’s ultra not Pinteresty. One day I might be able to get there, but right now it functions well, I feel less overwhelmed and I can find what I need. I do think that if I could ever pull this off, I’d be on it 1000%… what about y’all?

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Anyway y’all I gotta go cross some things off of my January to-do list. See y’all around soon.

 

 

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January Goals

New Year, Same Me πŸ˜€

This year I’m continuing to set 10 goals a month with an overall goal of achieving 90 of the 120 goals so I can cross that off of my 101 list.

1 year, 120 goals.

Here’s how December’s Goals went:

  1. Try a new recipe I made Peppermint Brownies with Peppermint Frosting
  2. Buy fresh flowers Yes! Last month I was so bummed that I broke my flower buying streak.
  3. Get a new social security card I finally did it! It wasn’t as bad I’d imagined. Now I’m waiting to get it in the mail so I can get a new drivers license.
  4. Try 2 new coffee shops YES! I FINALLY went to Presso, which is the cutest coffee shop in town. and then we went to Fillmore Coffee. πŸ˜€ and I’m working on documenting things more with pictures, so here they are:


    ps don’t worry I’m going to start painting my nails a lot more so that these coffee pics are more instagram like-able.
    ps again that bracelet is a $5 find from the antique store we live above.

  5. Create a bullet journal for my 2018 goals Done! I decided to add this to the back of my Happy Planner for easy access! The picture is at the top of this post πŸ™‚
  6. Leave a $20 tip for a bill under $10 Done!
  7. Consume 64 ounces of water a day for 2 weeks Done! I’d started this prior to my gallbladder surgery, so once I got home I started back. I peed so much. Like woke myself up in the middle of the night to pee.
  8. Read 2 books Finished Invisible Influence (it was really ho-hum). Started to read Living Well, Spending Less.
  9. Read a book of the Bible
  10. Memorize and make a blog post about my most FAVORITE curry chicken recipe. I memorized it, but I didn’t get a chance to blog about it! We don’t have a microwave so we have to be able to eat the food or else I won’t get to enjoy it at all. But it’s coming for you in January.

I finished 7.5/10 – 75%! Last month I only finished FOUR. So I’ll take it.

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Speaking of January! Here are my January goals:

  1. Buy fresh flowers (going for 12 straight months of this!)
  2. No Spend Month (nothing but gas + groceries!)
  3. Try a new recipe
  4. Finish the Tone It Up 5-Day Detox
  5. Run 9 Miles (ugh)
  6. Finish watching Harry Potter (since we’re not going out to spend money, this is a good month to stay in and cross something off of my 101 list!)
  7. Create a signature espresso drink (Refer to the notes in #6!)
  8. Read a book and a book of the Bible
  9. Organize some things. By some things I mean:
    -Bathroom cabinet
    -Bathroom closet
    -Files
    -Closet
  10. Publish 10 blog posts

I’ve been trying to remember to keep some goals that will take some time to work towards (like reading a book) and others that I could decide to do at any moment (like organizing something or buying flowers).

What are you planning to accomplish this January??

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2018 Goals

Happy 2018, y’all! We’ve made it!!!!

Today is the first day of the new year and I am so incredibly excited. Last year I kicked the year off by sharing how I used a bullet journal to keep track of my goals – but guess what. I forgot to actually set goals for the whole year. Monthly goals are fun, but having something bigger you’re working towards helps guide those smaller goals.

So here are my 2018 goals. Setting 10 goals a month is a pretty great number, so I decided to keep the yearly number at 10 as well. They are well-rounded and have actionable ways to track their progress.

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2018 Goals

  1. Drop our debt by 33%
    We need to go from $23,661.40Β toΒ $15,853.14.
  2. Lose 50 pounds (goodbye cookies) πŸ™
  3. Read 20 books
  4. Finish a StepBet game
  5. Become a dōTerra Executive
    This is enough to force me to step out of my comfort zone but not unreasonable for what I want in my life.
  6. Run 101 miles (force myself to do 9 a month)
  7. Track and reduce my screen time
  8. Organize my Poshmark inventory
  9. Set 10 goals a month for a year and complete 90 of 120 of them.
  10. Memorize “I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud.”

Financial, Physical, Emotional, Mental, Personal… I think we’ve got them all! I usually come up with goals that correlate to the kind of person I WISH I was. My first 101 in 1001 list was 100% that. It was like “run 3 times a week for a whole year.” like… what? That’s not me. So I’m always aware of making goals that push me but don’t require me to become some whole different person.

Have you ever heard of using SMART for coming up with goals? Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time Bound. All of those goals I listed fall under those categories, so I’m really excited to get going on them. Just like my 101 in 1001 list, these goals will help me determine what my monthly goals are! Small monthly goals crushed month after month add up to a year with successful, completed goals.

I’m ready. To get to work on these goals specifically and to also keep moving through my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days!

So how about you. Did you make any goals for 2018? Let me know in the comments! πŸ˜€

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December Goals

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This month was a bust, goal wise. You know something funny? Somehow in my head, if I haven’t officially posted a new month of goals, it’s still the previous month. I didn’t factor in being gone for a week or Thanksgiving or anything, so.. well, yeah. But it’s okay.

I will say, though, I’m pretty mad that I didn’t buy fresh flowers. One of my 101 in 1001 goals is to buy flowers for myself every month for a year. I was on a 3 month streak. Dust yourself off and try again.

  1. Try a new recipe we tried this salsa verde chicken recipe that I can no longer find on the internet but it was SO GOOD.
  2. Buy fresh flowers
  3. Call the library about my library books
  4. Change my name
  5. Watch one movie Justen wants me to see & one Harry Potter movie
  6. Have 800 active listings on Poshmark
  7. Try 2 new coffee shops Sleepy Monk in Cannon Beach, OR &
  8. Try 1 new restaurant Pelican Brewing.
  9. Order Christmas Thank You cards
  10. Post at least one blog post a week

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December Goals

  1. Try a new recipe
  2. Buy fresh flowers
  3. Get a new social security card
  4. Try 2 new coffee shops
  5. Create a bullet journal for my 2018 goals
  6. Leave a $20 tip for a bill under $10
  7. Consume 64 ounces of water a day for 2 weeks
  8. Read 2 books
    I know that I often suck at reading two books, but I’m like 20 pages shy of finishing one. To say read 1 book seems cheap.
  9. Read a book of the Bible
  10. Memorize and make a blog post about my most FAVORITE curry chicken recipe.

Sometimes my goals seem repetitive (the recipe & flowers) but it’s because they help me stay on track with my 101 list! A few years ago I did this “year of intention” that was kind of cool – I took my 101 list and scheduled monthly goals posts to go live and tried to force myself to accomplish them. It actually worked well for a few months and then I lost steam because life happened and I wasn’t able to accommodate that. I’ve tried a new recipe for 4 months in a row because it’s been on my list!

Every month as soon as my goals list goes live, I copy/paste the month’s goals to be at the top of the next months goals and I keep track of them that way. Some months it works better than other months, usually depending on how often I open my computer, haha. πŸ˜€

What are your end of the year goals?

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November Goals

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Dang, October. I don’t even know where you went. Like LITERALLY one day it was FINALLY October and now today we’re into November, so what the actual heck. I guess the whole wedding + honeymoon thing took up a lot more time/energy than I thought. But here we are.

We got married, we honeymooned, and now we’ve been home and adjusting to life together for a week. Feels good, y’all. So it’s a great time to do two things. 1. Set some goals and 2. Start up the debt repayment. Let’s just go with one at a time for now, shall we?

Looking back at October’s goals…

October Goals

  1. Try a new recipeΒ We adapted this sweet potato hash.
  2. Buy fresh flowers Right before our wedding I bought flowers for the apartment to help me feel happy and calm πŸ™‚
  3. Read a book
  4. Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Okay the butter beer was AMAZING. The
  5. Organize the closetΒ 
  6. Clean the corners of the apartment
  7. Have 600 active listings on Poshmark
  8. Write 5 blog posts
  9. Cross something off (aside from #26 and #77) of my 101 in 1001 By doing #1, we made a recipe with only ingredients from the farmers market!
  10. Incorporate another essential oil into my daily routine lavender every night before bed.

8/10 = 80%! That’s pretty darn good!

November Goals

November Goals

  1. Try a new recipe
  2. Buy fresh flowers
  3. Call the library about my library books
  4. Change my name
    Every time I try to start this, my head literally explodes. Why is it so hard to do? Help.
  5. Watch one movie Justen wants me to see & one Harry Potter movie
  6. Have 800 active listings on Poshmark
    I’m at 635 right now, but I have SO MUCH STUFF to list! I’m determined to just get ALL THE THINGS listed. Plus more things listed = more money, which I’m ready for.
  7. Try 2 new coffee shops
  8. Try 1 new restaurant
  9. Order Christmas Thank You cards
  10. Post at least one blog post a week

I’m always like blah blah I miss blogging I should blog more blah blah, but seriously. I want to throw up more blog posts. Not like literal vomit but actual publishing of blog posts. Life is changing every day it feels like, and I want to remember it all.

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October Goals

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OH MY GOSH Y’ALL I AM ACTUALLY GETTING MARRIED THIS MONTH.

Can I just be honest, though? I literally don’t feel like I’m getting married. Like… I have this ring on my finger and all of these things in my mom’s garage to put up at a wedding. People are coming in from out of town, I have a pretty dress and a hair trial tomorrow. Like the pieces are there, but it still hasn’t clicked. Is this weird? Is it normal? Okay but really, it’s so weird that I’m getting married. Actually married, like legally and for real and stuff. Haha. Moving on.

Let me just say this. After kind of sucking at August’s goals, I did pretty super fantastic at September’s.

  1. Have 500 available listings on Poshmark
    Nailed. It. One day I literally listed 46 things. The next day I made $95 in sales and STILL had over 500 listings. That felt so so so good.
  2. Read 2 books
    Β I read one and about two separate half books. I read the book Loner because it was listed as a staff recommendation at a bookstore Justen an I went to in Bend, OR… I couldn’t put the book down but I also kind of hated it. I checked out like 5 books from the library and finished 0 of them. Definitely bit off more than I could chew with that.
  3. Make a list of 25 things I like about myself
    I blogged about it here!
  4. Buy fresh flowers
  5. Read a book of the Bible
  6. Try a new recipe
    Thank you, Whole 30. I tried a BUNCH of new recipes this month, but theΒ favorite was probably this paleo chicken recipe.
  7. Get a manicure
    On September 30th. and then I put together IKEA furniture and messed it all up, lol.

  8. Organize the pots/pans
    This felt so good, y’all. We got a little pan organizer thing from Home Goods and spent all of like 10 minutes rearranging and now I don’t want to slam my head against the wall every time I go to grab something.
  9. Make a list of what needs to get done for our wedding and finish something.
    I kind of did this.
  10. Write 5 blog posts
    Did it! Yes! It didn’t feel like I actually wrote 5 posts in September, but I guess I did. That shrug emoji belongs here.

Score: 8/10 or 80%

 

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October Goals

  1. Try a new recipe
  2. Buy fresh flowers
  3. Read a book
  4. Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  5. Organize the closet
  6. Clean the corners of the apartment
  7. Have 600 active listings on Poshmark
  8. Write 5 blog posts
  9. Cross something off (aside from #26 and #77) of my 101 in 1001
  10. Incorporate another essential oil into my daily routine

Is it weird that I kind of had a hard time making this list? I tried to keep it fairly mellow because… um I’m getting married this month. So that’s happening.

What are your goals for this month?!

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