January is the perfect time to start a new minimal(ish), organized lifestyle. I spent months and months purging our apartment last year and let me tell you, it felt amazing. It’s so true that a decluttered home makes for a decluttered mind, I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I was finally able to organize the remaining items we had into clearly labeled boxes, or on display around our place. And trust me, if this clutterbug can do it, so can you!
I was patient and went room by room, drawer by drawer. As the first post in this organization series, I wanted to go over how I was able to tackle my disastrous closet! It was crazy how many times I had to purge in order to get to the core pieces I actually wear and astonishing how much I ended up giving away or selling. I mean, we’re talking bags and bags, it was out of control.
To get started, find a playlist that pumps you up to keep you motivated. Wear minimal, stretchy and light things, this is going to take some manual labour! You’ll be wanting to find spots for 4 categories: KEEP, DONATE, SELL, and MAYBE. Don’t worry about buying storage bins until after these piles of clothes are complete, so that you know what size bin you’ll need.
In terms of donation, if you’re nearby in the lower mainland, I highly suggest the Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver. They’ll come pick up you donation for FREE (how convenient is that?!) AND as of today, you’ll be entered to WIN a dream vacation for 2 + monthly prizes for your donation. More details further into this post. So, what are you waiting for? Get reading!
I had always dreamed of a bedroom that felt more like a sanctuary than a dumping ground for clothing. But, no matter how much we decluttered, it never felt relaxing, or that to adults could possibly reside there. Our big bedroom makeover has paid off in so many ways. We each spend more time enjoying the one and only bedroom in our apartment. It has been easier to stay organized and feel in control of the clutter. The improvements have also created an environment that helps us have better sleeps! A well rested family is certainly a happier family. I’ve highlighted some of the things that have made a difference in our now relaxing space below. Hope you enjoy!
Adam and I had floated the idea of redecorating our bedroom around for a while. Actually, years, if I’m being honest. We truly hated the only room in our 700 square foot apartment, which meant that we didn’t like spending time in half our place. The opportunity to work with Vancouver based Jamie from Amanda Hamilton Interior Design came up and we jumped. It was time to finally spend the time and money to renovate our bedroom.
The biggest take away from working with interior designers, is that it NEVER would have happened without Jamie and Amanda. Their professional design concept and guidance was that support we needed to make all the big decisions. I learned so much throughout this process and have such an appreciation for what they do.
Remember what our bedroom looked like before? It was a disaster. We had oversized and mismatched furniture. I had WAY too much stuff. We weren’t utilizing any natural light or getting maximum square footage out of the room. It felt cramped and functioned poorly. And in terms of changes, we really didn’t even know where to start. Thanks to Jamie and Amanda’s vision, it’s a completely different room and I am SO excited for you to finally see it! I have a million more posts about our bedroom makeover coming up, including a full room tour, details on each piece, how I changed to an open concept closet, etc. so hope you’re cool with that! Scroll down to see our updated room and there’s a giveaway at the bottom!
Also, huge shoutout to the talented Meghan Bustard for taking these beautiful photos. Hope you love it as much as we do!
Okay, these aren’t necessities, but I’m pawsitive you’ll love them!
Hey guys, Alicia here with yet another post about our pup. What can I say? It’s Reggie’s world and we just live in it.
Everyone knows the list of basics that you need when you get a dog like a collar, leash, harness, dog tag, food/water dishes, comfy bed, treats, etc. But, there’s a few things we’ve acquired over the past year that aren’t necessarily top of mind, but have been super helpful day to day. Adam and I worked together on this one, but that turned it into quite the random list. Hope you enjoy!