Getting organized in 2016

It’s that magical time of year when everyone is on their best behavior — eating healthy, going to the gym, keeping up with their schedule and meeting all of their resolutions.

This year, I’m hoping to be more organized. I go in spurts, usually, where I’m good about utilizing my planner and my Outlook calendar, but this year, I’m hoping to be a little more consisent.

Here are the steps I’m following:

1-Find a planner with an efficient layout.

Last year, I bought a Sugar Paper planner from Target and loved it. In the past, I’ve tried a ton of different ones — big, small, monthly-only, ones with time slots — and the one I used last year finally was the right fit. I bought the 2016 one as soon as it came out and transferred all of the birthdays and important dates into it from last year. It’s 8 1/2 X 11 which I love and has a month layout, plus a week layout. The great change they made this year was to have the week on one side and then a whole page for notes — LOVE that! Great for making lists and taking notes on important items! The colors are so pretty, too — blush and gold!

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I’m hoping my significant other and I can both download the Wunderlist app so we can share to-do list…and I can make lists FOR him! Ha ha! One of my friends, Robert, told me his soon-to-be bride, Ashley, found this app and it’s been really efficient for them as they count down the days until their wedding. You can categorize the lists, as well as set reminder notifications — genius! Here’s a link to the site–can’t wait to get this in full swing!

3-Meal plan.

A few years ago, when the NBA was in the middle of a lockout and I wasn’t receiving overtime, I had to really budget for meals and was really dilligent about a meal plan. It was life-changing. WIth football season coming to an end, we still have a lot of Pelicans games and events, but I’m hoping to get back in the routine of meal planning on Saturdays and grocery shopping for the week on Sundays. It made me feel like my life was so much more together! Note: Jen from IHeartOrganizing has some great printables for meal planning — I often found myself using her sheet for my outline and grocery list.

4-Find an app for help! I’ve been starting to do some research on apps that are supposed to be like having a personal assistant. I’m going to try and test out Evernote and SpeakToIt and see if either of those are helpful. I’m a little old school and kind of love just using a planner, but I want to give it a shot…stay tuned!

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

Have a great day!


Organized Living: Jewelry

Today’s post has to start with this incredible story from the Ellen Show. If you watch, you might remember sweet Tayt’s story. Here’s an incredible update. Grab some tissues — he’s incredible — he just couldn’t stop hugging Ellen in his most recent appearance on the show…so sweet!

In our previous apartment, I organized my jewelry in tackle boxes with different sections. I loved it — it kept everything from getting tangled and made me feel organized — but there was one problem, I couldn’t see everything, so I was wearing the same things over and over! This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I love jewelry and have a variety of pieces I love and I just wasn’t wearing them. As the years have passed by, I have compiled quite a bit of jewelry, but I hate getting rid of it since everything eventually comes back in style and I still love all of the different pieces.

When we moved into our new place, I was determined to come up with a system that was more inspiring and encouraged me to wear more of my jewelry. When I was given solo rights to the master closet that already had some built-in shelves, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to make everything more accessible.

There are three main spaces: necklaces hung on the wall, ‘fine’ jewelry/bracelets which are on one shelf and earrings/jewelry box which is on a second shelf.

In addition to displaying jewelry in a pretty way, I also wanted to give myself a place for little trinkets that were important to me to be kept in a way that didn’t feel cluttered.

First up, the necklace wall. I simply bought a few different set of hooks from Target and Home Depot (I think — similar here and here). The mask is a fun momento from the opening of the H&M location in New Orleans a few years ago.


The next two photos are from the shelf with some of the jewelry pieces I wanted to have easy access, too, as well as two bracelet stands. Some of the little keepsakes include a photo of my grandma and me when I was little, a card from a dear friend, a tape measure my grandma always used, a tiny clock from my Aunt Phoebe, a bracelet from TWLOHA and a pink handmade giraffe from my trip to Africa. When I see this shelf and that above it every morning it brings a smile to my face.

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The final shelf has two earring holders. I also keep a special bracelet from Africa on this shelf (a Mandela bangle), as well as a jewelry box, mug from my Miracle League buddy, Brandon, and a little dish my mom got me for Christmas last year. Earrings were something I knew needed a new system, so I searched on Amazon to see what kind of earring storage options were out there — the spinning displays were the winner and I have loved them!


It’s not a perfect system, but it’s so nice to be able to see my jewelry and it definitely inspires a little creativity when it comes to accessorizing.

Happy organizing!