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6 WAYS TO GET ORGANIZED

Hi! It's been a while, hasn't it?! It was so hectic with all these events going on at work, but I'm back here with a post I've been meaning to share for a while now. It's on... how to get organized! Now, this isn't a post to show you that I'm the MOST organized or neat person out there, but here are a few tips that have helped me keep myself and my life in check. I can get clumsy and forgetful at times so some of these tips have helped me to organize myself a bit better. I know we can all get swamped with school, work, and family so sit back, relax, and enjoy some few tips I have for you. 

1.) CLEAN YOUR SPACE WHETHER IT'S YOUR DESK, SHELVES, OR APARTMENT/HOME AS A WHOLE.

This tip might seem like an obvious step in how to get organized but you'd be surprised at how many times we overlook this one step! It's not a simple one... cleaning is never an easy task! But it does help if you even tidy about the space around you and THROW AWAY ANY TRASH OR OLD ITEMS. There is no other feeling than satisfaction when throwing away or donating any unused items/trash. 

2.) CLEAN/ORGANIZE YOUR COMPUTER AND FILES (INTERNALLY).

I know how easy it is to just save our files anywhere on our laptops but just take a moment to create new folders and drop your files/photos accordingly. Start with a pleasant desktop photo and start making your way through your documents, photos and desktop files. After starting a blog, I have so many edited photos I just save on to my desktop because its fast and convenient to locate. But I have to always take a moment and reorganize my laptop so that I don't take up any excess storage space and so that my laptop is internally organized! Don't forget to close all your tabs and shut down your laptops for some time. I know us Mac users can get used to how quick our laptops sleep and wake up, but let it rest a little bit (completely shut down) and restart it! 

3.) GET POUCHES FOR... EVERYTHING TO CARRY IN YOUR BAG.

I cannot tell you enough how convenient it is to get pouches and small bags for everything! Whether its for your pencils/pens, beauty items, or electronics... get small pouches and organize accordingly. Even you men out there! I have a small makeup bag I always carry around with the essentials (chapstick, mascara, some concealer), another separate pouch for my pens/pencils and then another one for my electronics (iphone charger, earbuds) and miscellaneous items like gum. You can find some cheap and cute ones like these or if you type in "small pouches" into Amazon you can find simpler designed ones for you men out there!

4.) GET A DAILY PLANNER AND NOTEBOOK YOU WILL ACTUALLY CARRY AROUND AND USE.

I know some of you may not think you need a planner especially in this day and age when we have google calendar and our phones. However, I can't stress enough how helpful it is to actually write down your schedule so that even if you happen to not bring your planner out, you will remember the events of the day! It also helps that you can go back to a hardcopy and see what you have planned for the rest of the week. Same thing goes with a notebook. I carry a thin, lightweight notebook around EVERYWHERE, so I can jot down my ideas and notes! It has been so helpful and I urge you all to purchase a planner and notebook that is LIGHT ENOUGH for you to want to carry around. If it's bulky and heavy, we're not going to want to lug it around anywhere.

5.) CLEAN OUT/ORGANIZE YOUR BAG AND WALLET.

This is another step that usually goes unforgotten. But our bags (backpacks, handbags) and wallets get so messy from the chaos of our daily lives! Whether its receipts we don't need anymore, or papers/notes that we can toss out... it's crucial to, again take a moment and clean out your bags and wallets. I like to throw away any receipts I know that have been processed on my card already or items that I know I won't return. If there are any receipts I need to keep, I have a small section in my wallet to store those receipts so that later on it's easier to find. I can be quite forgetful so it's helpful for me to know that I have a separate section for these things. This is when the pouches come in handy for your bags! After cleaning out your bags you can put all miscellaneous items in a pouch so you don't have to dig for these things. 

6.) GET SMALL DRAWERS, BINS, MASON JARS, AND TRAYS FOR STORAGE AROUND YOUR ROOM. 

If you haven't noticed already by now... I am a huge fan of storing everything in one place whether it's a small plastic drawer or a small mason jar. This helps your room to simply look more organized and will definitely help in when you need to find/locate things! Even if you have a myriad of miscellaneous items just laying around and can't seem to categorize the items, get a medium sized bin and at least store them in there and mark it "Miscellaneous" or "Other Items". This is much better than having all these things just laying around randomly... you'll never get around to using! I also use trays to display and store my beauty products such as perfumes and creams. This "Acrylic Storage" series from MUJI is an awesome option! I use the small one for makeup products I use at home and for my jewelry I wear frequently. 

There we have it! Here are only 6 ways out of many many ways to get organized. A key thing to remember is that, the less items you have laying around your room.... the easier your life will get when needing to find these things. Also always remembering to clean out important items of your life, such as room, notebooks, and wallets will help you to feel more organized. Have a clean and organized weekend and enjoy! 

Photography & Styling by: Jito

BEAUTY

THE SHELF LIFE OF A PERFUME

Have you ever looked at your perfume (years after you've bought it) and wondered if it was still okay to use? I've done that countless times and each time, I'd just shrug my shoulders, think "it'll be alright", and put it back on my shelf. Recently, I've discovered that similar to makeup products, manufacturers have put a little sign on the bottom to provide a shelf life. 

Ever wonder what that little container and lid sign with numbers in it stood for, on the very right? The "36 M" means that the perfume is good for 36 months after you've opened the perfume. So converting that to years, that would be 3 years of shelf life. I remember when I first discovered this, it blew my mind. They also have that sign on certain makeup products which is extremely helpful to know! 

TIP: Store your perfume somewhere dark and cool (especially if the bottle is clear!). If exposed to sun, the heat will break down the chemical bonds that contribute to a perfumes scent. If your perfume bottle is dark or opaque, it can be left out but I would still avoid placing it near a window. 

So of course, the number in the container and lid sign is just what the manufacturers think is best for the particular product. This isn't like milk, that actually expires on the given date. However, I do think it is best to try to use it up in the time span they give you, toss it out, and purchase a new scent. They always have lovely new scents out every season anyways, right? 

So, don't forget to store your perfume in a dark place away from heat, and when spritzing it on yourself don't rub the scent on. Just a little dab will do! Now go check your perfumes shelf life (if you didn't know this little tip already) and enjoy! 

Photography & Styling by: Jito