We all should have a place in our home that we consider our happy place.  It is a place that you can escape to relax, create or to do anything that makes you happy.  This space may be a bedroom, kitchen or even a closet that you transformed into your unique space.  For me, this space is my home office which I call my woman cave.   When entering my woman cave, I am just inspired.  Not only does my space inspire me with ideas for my professional organizing business, but also for my home, and life.  Because our happy spaces are so crucial to our well-being, it is essential to keep this space clean, refreshed and free of clutter.  I want to share with you some tips on how I keep my happy space organized, which inspires and make me happy every day.

BE SELECTIVE

When choosing items for your happy space use caution to only keep things that serve a purpose and rid yourself of clutter producing items.   In my space, I love incorporating acrylic when it comes to many of my organizing containers as it brings me a sense of visual airiness, style, and function.  It allows those beautiful items that make me happy to shine such as my gold scissors or the legs of my table.   I recently released my stackable acrylic organizers which are fantastic for organizing a multitude of items efficiently and beautifully.  Some of the things you can organize with my stackable trays are:

OFFICE SUPPLIES:  You can organize a variety of office supplies and store either on top of your desk or in a drawer.  Because they are stackable, they are great space savers.

TEAS & COFFEE:  Organize all of your teas and coffee accessories in your kitchen coffee station.  Not only at home but at work also.

COSMETICS:  These organizers are the perfect size to organize a variety of make-up products.  They are easy to wipe clean which is a must for any make-up storage.

JEWELRY:  Having a reflective bottom these organizers will store your jewelry beautifully.  I also love that it allows you to sort your jewelry by color or by what you are wearing for the days of the week to help save time in the morning.


CREATE AN EXPERIENCE

When in your happy space are you creating a beautiful experience, a beautiful memory?  This is something that I am always striving for not only in my happy space but in my entire home.   Start by asking yourself one key question:

AM I CATERING TO MY FIVE SENSES IN MY SPACE?

Just imagine walking into your space and having all of your senses of sight, smell,  sound, taste and touch catered to in a wonderful way.

SIGHT

Declutter your space.  The only experience that you will have in your space is frustration.  Before you start to declutter the area, close your eyes and imagine your happy space.  Tour the space in your mind.  When you open your eyes start removing the items were not in your vision for your space.   Some important things to incorporate into your space are colors that are beautiful and inspiring to you and great lighting that creates your ideal ambiance.

The things we see each day impact us significantly.  This is why I like to surround myself with positive visuals such as inspirational art or by placing inspirational cards in my desk area.  When creating my candle I wanted to have an inspirational word on each candle that could bring a positive visual experience to your area.  I knew the candle would eventually burn out, but this would allow the container to be used as a beautiful accessory in any space to store a variety of items.

SMELL

Aroma is that unseen element that can create such a mood in a space.   It can give you energy or make you relax, depending on the scent.  It can be an excellent way to be welcomed into your area.  My candle, which comes in my NStyle subscription box along with a linen spray and a home organizing or decor item is my new favorite.   It is a twelve-ounce soy candle that sets the tone in my happy space every day.

SOUND

After a long day in this crazy world, you may come home to your happy space and tell yourself that you do not want to hear a sound.  I get it, and that is perfectly ok!  The important thing is that you incorporate sounds (or no sounds) that bring you joy in the space.  This may be by adding a sound machine in the space or playing your favorite jazz tunes.  Coming home and turning on the news in your happy space may not be the best thing to do.  You need to give yourself a moment to rejuvenate from the world so that you can go out and give your best each day.

TASTE

I am known for hiding a delicious piece of chocolate in my happy space to enjoy each day.  I deserve it after a long day of working, running errands and taking care of my home and family.  Find a way to make those taste buds happy in your space even as simple as grabbing your cup of tea before you head to your happy space for the evening.

TOUCH

There are so many ways to incorporate the sense of touch in your space such as a beautiful rug that allows you to bring comfort to your feet after a long day.  Having decorative pillows in a variety of textures are also a great way to enhance the sense of touch in your space.  Even as simple as the texture of my planner makes me happy.

Your happy place can also be mobile.  Create a little bag containing some unique items to help enhance your day.  This could be a small bottle of linen spray an inspirational card or a pack of your favorite tea.  The options to create a happy space on-the-go are endless.

I created my Limited Edition NStyle box as an inspiration and reminder to always incorporate the beauty in your life and to create beautiful experiences for yourself.   I am excited for you to receive your next box and for anyone who would like to order the previous box or any future boxes you can here.   Have a beautiful week friend!   -Nikki

 

photo credit:  katiecharlottephotography.com (planner photo),  christophershane.com (office photo)

It’s no secret that I love organizing. I love making lists. I love anything that promises to make my life easier and more efficient. 

That’s why, within minutes of receiving this stylish, multi-functional enamel caddy from Grove Collaborative, I’d already thought of a reason to order two more!

LAST CHANCE….TODAY ONLY!

It’s also why I’m so excited to be a Grove Collaborative affiliate and share this free offer with you: When you place your first order of $20 from Grove Collaborative using my affiliate link http://influencer-tracking.grove.co/SF2gQ , you’ll get this free caddy filled with Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap, hand soap, and lotion — plus free shipping!   Last day is TODAY!

Caddies are perfect for neatly storing and carrying just about anything around your home. 

Of course, you could go the traditional route and fill it with multi-purpose spray, microfibers, a wand duster, Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap, and so on. But why stop there?

Here are five creative ways to use your Grove Collaborative caddy: 

1.Mini herb or succulent garden

I love the idea of a kitchen herb garden in an unconventional planter. Add a few inches of gravel or pebbles for drainage, then a layer of potting soil, and your plants. My favorite herbs to grow are basil, cilantro, and rosemary. Another benefit of the caddy: The handle makes it easy to carry your plants to the sink for watering!

  1. Garden tool organizer

Here’s a gardening hack for all my green thumb friends: Turn your Grove caddy into a garden tool organizer! Fill it with a cute pair of gloves, trowel, pruning shears, hand rake, and kneeling board. Easily carry your garden tools around the yard instead of running back and forth to the shed. When you’re done gardening, Meyer’s hand soap and lotion are perfect for pampering hardworking hands.

  1. Hair tool organizer

Low on storage space under the bathroom sink? Create a styling station with your hair dryer, brush, flat iron or curling iron, and products all within reach. 

  1. Dog toy holder

Your furry best friend will love this trick: Turn the caddy into a dog toy bin that matches your decor. Fill the caddy with tennis balls, stuffed animals, and other toys. Your pup can reach his own toys, and you won’t have to worry about stepping on a squeaky toy in the middle of the stairs!

  1. Ice chest

Raise your hand if you’re ready for patio season! This caddy is just the right size to hold ice and a few bottles of wine or lemonade. It’s easy to carry outside, and so much cuter than a plastic cooler. I also recommend adding Murphy’s Naturals mosquito repellent candles to your Grove order to keep summer pests away from your party!

Tell me, how will you use your Grove cleaning caddy? Don’t forget to grab your free set while supplies last. Here’s how:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here http://influencer-tracking.grove.co/SF2gQ . You will receive the Mrs. Meyers hand soap, Mrs. Meyers hand lotion, Mrs. Myers dish soap and white cleaning caddy for free when you sign up!
  2. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive your first box within a few days.
  3. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.

Tip to save: Once you have submitted your Grove order, you will be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service.

Have a beautiful day!

-Nikki

 

If you live or work in a small place, I am sure you will agree that there are two things that are a sure thing when it comes to small spaces.  One, every corner, of a small space is valuable real estate and two; it takes no time for small areas to become a mess.  A perfect example is my coffee/kitchen station in my office.   I wanted to do a mini makeover on our coffee station to give it a much needed deep cleaning and to have it function more like a breakfast station for myself and my team.  We have all been so busy that we have been doing a rush cleaning job at the end of the day.  Because this is a highly utilized area the coffee stains, my make-up markings and dust were taking over!  It was time to do a deep cleaning and quickly!

I am excited to announce that this blog post is sponsored by Mr. Clean.

As always Mr. Clean was right on time as I started this mini makeover journey.  I am so excited to share with you how fantastic the new Mr. Clean Magic Eraser with Durafoam works in tackling the impossible household stains.  It is the featherweight cleaning champ! The size alone is a selling point for me.  I do not have much space in my office kitchen area, and I love how light and compact this powerful multi-tasker is.  It is my must-have all around my home and office especially in those hard to clean spaces such as the kitchen and bathroom.   Whether a burnt-on stove top mess or bathtub filled with scum the Magic Eraser with Durafoam has my back!

Now that I had my cleaning buddy in hand I was ready to tackle our coffee bar area.  One of the spots that I could not wait to handle was our coffee maker.  It was disgusting!  It gets dirty so quickly, and luckily it took me all of 15 seconds to get it clean with my Mr. Clean Magic Eraser with Durafoam!   I love that once I cleaned the coffee maker, I could rinse off the Magic Eraser and keep going.

Next, it was time to hit our drawer which became a catch-all for coffee items.  I cleared all of the things and transformed it into our oatmeal drawer.  Now we have a place to come and prepare a quick breakfast instead of running to McDonald’s every morning.

You always can find where I have been if you follow my make-up stain trail.  My make-up markings were all over the cabinets, and this can look awful.  I now secretly keep a  Mr. Clean Magic Eraser with Durafoam tucked away to rub away these markings quickly.

Now that I had the coffee area cleaned to perfection, it was time to implement a few new touches for a complete refresh.  I started by adding some beautiful white bowls in a basket so that the team could quickly prepare their oatmeal in the morning.  Plus, we do not have much storage place, so the basket provides a beautiful way to display the bowls and coffee cups. When setting up space, I wanted to make sure that all items were easy to grab so that it saved everyone time in the morning and made it extremely convenient.  We now have a water unit in the lobby that provides hot water which is perfect!

I removed the canisters that were on the counter and simplified things by purchasing little white sugar holders which saves space and makes it easier to grab a packet of sugar when needed.

We now have the perfect morning go-to here at the office.  It is inviting now that I have deep cleaned and tweaked it to function as both a place to get that must-have coffee in the morning and a place where my team has the ability to grab breakfast at the office.

You can find the all-new Mr. Clean Magic Eraser with Durafoam at grocery, retail, home improvement, e-commerce, club and mass merchandise stores nationwide.  Click here to learn more about this cleaning must-have.

Have a beautiful day!  -Nikki

This post is sponsored by my friends at Tuesday Morning.

The entryway cabinet is the first place that guest reach when entering our home.  Being such a central piece in the house, it was the first place that I prepped for Christmas.   I wanted this cabinet to serve as a functional space for my guest to get all those little tidbits to make staying at our home for the holidays enjoyable.   Tuesday Morning was my one- stop shop for everything needed to make this space not only function for the holidays but to make it beautiful!  If you have been with me for any time you know that Tuesday Morning is my go-to store for all things for the home such as home decor, linens, kitchen items and furniture.

The first thing that I did was clean out the cabinet and then pulled out my pen and paper to plan out what I needed for each drawer.  With my handy list, I headed to my local Tuesday Morning to get everything I needed to complete this project.

One of the first things that I knew I wanted accessible for my guest this Christmas is beautiful comfy blankets.  My family and friends love to lounge around our home, and I wanted to have blankets readily available for them both upstairs and downstairs.  These beautiful red and white throws were the perfect find!  Tuesday Morning had so many blankets to choose from, but my eye immediately was drawn to these beauties.  I loved that they also had them in a variety of prints.

Now everyone can easily grab a blanket when needed and it is in a centralized area in our home.

I use to live in the United Kingdom, and one of my British friends introduced me to crackers, and I have been hooked ever since!  These are so fun to share with family and friends during the holidays.  When I saw them in Tuesday Morning, I got so excited and was torn between which style to choose from.  I ended up going with these beautiful white and red holiday scripted crackers.  Christmas Eve, I will ask everyone to grab one from the drawer so that we can enjoy a British tradition.

My family is very competitive, and games are a huge hit every Christmas.  I was so excited when I came across so many wooden style games in Tuesday Morning.  At a price from $4 to 8 dollars per game, I could not get these in my shopping cart fast enough.   This drawer is going to be such a hit this Christmas.

Many of you know that we have a shoe-less home.  Since we do not wear shoes in our home I like to have socks available for all guest.  I wanted to make them look festive by tying a beautiful red ribbon around each pair of socks.   Every year Tuesday Morning is my go-to store for my holiday ribbons as they never disappoint.

This is such a simple but budget-friendly way to upgrade this drawer.

You know I was going to have chocolate available.  I could not resist.  One of my favorite shopping spots in Tuesday Morning is the aisle with the assortment of delicious and unique teas, coffee, and candies.  I found these “Emergency Chocolates”  which I thought were not only fun but tasty.  I am going to let my guest know that at any time they feel a chocolate emergency they should run to this drawer.

I knew I wanted an on-the-go drawer for guest.  All of our guests come in from out of town and often like to sneak away to enjoy the local area and beach views.  I wanted to have beverage carafes and a blanket that they could take with them in case they wanted to sit on the beach and enjoy the view of the waves.

Now I have a Christmas ready entryway cabinet.  I love how it turned out, and I knew that Tuesday Morning would have everything I needed to make this happen.  Now that I had the interior portion of the cabinet ready I moved onto the top of the cabinet.

I had been eyeing this fabulous stemware for a few weeks in Tuesday Morning.  I love the unique design and thought they would be perfect to place on the entryway table as guest come downstairs for breakfast Christmas Morning.  I will have them filled with orange juice.   I also found this beautiful silver tray on the next aisle. Together they are the perfect fit for my entryway cabinet.

I also knew that I needed a little Christmas red to bring all of the white in the space to holiday life!  These holiday stems were perfect!  I will be going back to Tuesday Morning for more of these I am sure.  Also while in Tuesday Morning,  I found a beautiful little silver vase with the perfect amount of holiday sparkle to place them in.

Of course,  I found a beautiful grey marble lamp and the table top was complete!

As I was headed to the register to check out, thinking I have found all the gems needed I ran into this magnificent wine bucket.  How fabulous is this!  I could not resist.  This will be perfect to keep all of my holiday wine chilled and ready for guest.   I can say my entryway cabinet Christmas prep was a complete success thanks to Tuesday Morning.   I highly encourage you to stop by your Tuesday Morning to get your home holiday ready.

With the start of the New Year most of us are pumped to start all of those home organization projects.  I know I am definitely a part of that group.  As soon as January arrived I was ready to dive in and refresh my home.  I started with the kitchen.  The kitchen is one of my favorite spaces and I love staying on top of keeping it purged, fresh and beautiful (at least in my eyes).  A few months ago,  I shared my kitchen organization video with you on my At Home With Nikki YouTube channel.  I took you through all of my cabinets and drawers to show you how I had it organized.   I love having a kitchen that is well organized, and where everything has place.  My thought is one that a kitchen can function and be beautiful at the same time.

If you are on my Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, you may have already been on this kitchen refresh journey with me. I tried to share the spaces that I was working on each day. My thought is to do a little each day. It is amazing how much you can get accomplished when you break up a daunting task into a mini task.

The most challenging space in my kitchen to keep organized is the fridge. It gets so much use each day that I have to stay on top of it. The pantry is on my list of the second most challenging space to keep in order. No matter how much I purge my pantry, I can still find things that can be passed on to be a blessing to others before they expire. My pantry was itching for a purge. After the holidays I find so many items that I know I will most likely not use such as extra cans of cranberry sauce or an overabundance of vegetable stock. January is the perfect month for a kitchen refresh.

I must say that all in all this year’s refresh was a breeze.  There was minimal purging, and I stayed focused on the task of doing a little each day for one week.  I wish you all success with getting your home in order.

Blessings & Love

One of my favorite places in my home is what I have always called my “Personal Home Goods”.  It is where I find all of serving pieces.  When we purchased this house, I immediately called dibs on this space.  I knew it would be perfect for all my home gems.  Who needs that much space in a coat closet anyways!

My Organization Method

In this space, I knew I wanted to keep it white and bright with touches of warmth with rich espresso colored baskets.  The baskets store a variety of items such as napkins, napkin rings. table cards, salt and pepper shakers and all those little entertaining gems.

I store the items by style as follows:

All clear glassware

Silver Pieces

Holiday Pieces

Trays

White Dishware

 

This allows me to keep my shopping under control be because I don’t allow myself to purchase any other items once the closet is full.  I must be content or purge and pass it on to be a blessing to someone else.

 

Blessings & Love