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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

3 PRODUCTS TO A CLEAN FACE

So, I've done a double cleansing post before but I thought it be nice to do a post just about the best products to get rid of all the dirt and makeup off your face. As important as actually cleansing my face is, getting rid of all my makeup and dirt is equally important to me. These 3 products (plus a surprise product at the end) are the start to healthy, glowing skin because it prompts us to properly remove all our makeup. This leaves our faces as clean canvases for those great serums and moisturizers to do its work. So lets get started!

1.) BOSCIA'S MAKE-UP BREAKUP CLEANSING OIL

This product is great for effectively and gently melting away all makeup without leaving an oily residue on the face. A lot of the times, cheaper cleansing oils have the tendency to leave your face feeling even oiler and even dirtier than before. The Boscia however, is formulated with botanical amino acids and antioxidants which leaves the face feeling smooth and free of all impurities. It also breaks down waterproof mascara, wonderfully leaving you without raccoon eyes. I like to use 3 pumps on my dry face and rub it gently around my skin and then add 2 more pumps for the eye area. Make sure to wash away this cleansing oil with warm water and go in for a double cleansing with your facewash of choice. 

2.) MUJI'S SIMPLE OIL CLEANSING

Prior to trying out this cleansing oil, I had never thought to use the skincare line from MUJI. But after using this, I'm a huge fan of the skincare products they offer! I've always been a fan of ALL their minimalistic packaging and products (especially their pens), but their skincare products are cost-efficient and very gentle to the skin. I purchased the travel sized version and a good thing about their travel sized cleansing oil is that, not only is the bottle smaller to carry around, but it has a lid that actually shuts completely. Although I love the Boscia cleansing oil, it is a bit more expensive and their travel sized bottle does not have a lid that closes completely. MUJI's cleansing oil is equally gentle and soothing for the skin. I just use the same steps as I do for the Boscia cleansing oil by starting on my dry face and working my way towards the eyes. 

3.) CAUDALIE'S CLEANSING WATER

Now this product is not oil based. Although I highly recommend removing moderate to heavy make up with an oil based product, I do recommend cleansing water or micellar water for those who don't wear heavy makeup. The whole purpose of cleansing water is that it is used as a one step cleansing process. Caudalie's cleansing water gently cleanses and tones the skin with its nourishing and natural ingredients. Caudalie is a vineyard-inspired, luxurious skincare company that originated from France. All you have to do is apply this cleansing water to a cotton pad, and smoothly apply it across the face and eyes. There's also no need to rinse your face after using this, which may appeal to those who are looking for an easier skincare routine. Personally, I like to go ahead and double cleanse with an actual face wash but for those lazy nights, this cleansing water is ideal. 

And there we have the top 3 products I found to wonderfully cleanse the face, free of any makeup and dirt. It is crucial for me to properly remove all makeup before I sleep so I do recommend any of these products especially if you have sensitive skin. I also wanted to make a brief mention of a cleansing wipe. 

HONORABLE MENTION: NEUTROGENA CLEANSING WIPES

The Neutrogena cleansing wipes have been my go to makeup remover for the past 2 years before I transitioned into using cleansing oils. Although I do not use these wipes on a daily basis anymore, I still love to use them for when I travel (travel efficient) as well as for removing any left over heavy eye makeup. The wipes are not abrasive and have a sufficient amount of product on each wipe which makes for a nice, fresh wipe. 

And there we have it! These 4 products are all lovely products I rely on for a clean makeup free face! I hope you enjoyed and let me know what you think of any of these products once you've tried them out. 

Photography & Styling: Jito