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Spices make an average meal extraordinary. Therefore, I like to keep my spice cabinet filled with a variety of options. There are many stores that carry spice racks, spice trays, or even spice organizers. I have come up with a beautiful yet easy way to organize your spices.

I prefer to keep my spices out of sight. I have tried many methods. A countertop spice rack is a great option for someone with limited space or just moving in. This method is also great for people with just a few favorite spices they use. This option is not ideal for a person that has a lot of spices because it will create a lot of clutter on your countertop. So, if you choose to go with the spice rack option, choose a couple of your favorite spices to put out.

Photo Credit: Christopher Shane Photography

My favorite method is the drawer method. It depends on your space, but the goal is to pull out a drawer and see all the spices you have in one place. A pro tip I would like to share with you all is to put your spices into glass jars. By putting your spices into glass jars, you allow them to stay fresher longer. The problem with plastic is that sometimes it allows humidity to get into the containers. Another downside to plastic containers is the chance of microscopic plastic particles getting into your spices.

To avoid your spices from going bad, you can switch out the plastic containers for these great glass containers I found here. The great thing about this project is that it is easy to do and is affordable. It can easily be done in one weekend.

To optimize your space, label each spice with the name of the spice, and on the back of the container put the expiration date. This will help keep your drawer cohesive. If you have spices where you are not sure what the expiration date is, or it has rubbed off, I would utilize my pantry guide. This will provide you with great guidelines for how long to keep items in your pantry. 

If you know me, I have come up with an even easier way to remember when to check the expiration dates. Instead of going through all of my spices individually and checking their dates, I created the one-year rule where I have them all on a yearly rotation to stay fresh to make the process easy. Another great way to optimize your spice drawer is to put all spices in alphabetical order. 

If a spice drawer isn’t an option, a spice tray that is also a lazy susan is a great alternative. This would be set up the same as a spice drawer, except it will have the ease and mobility of a tray. In addition, a spice tray can be stored out of sight in your pantry.

To prepare your spice drawer, I start off by cleaning out the glass containers. Let them dry completely, and create the labels. You can easily make labels with your Cricut, or you can find the same labels I used on Amazon. The best part of these spice containers is that they stack together easily and create a seamless look. The key to lining up the labels just right on each jar is using a level.

Once you complete your first label using the level, you will have a beautiful and streamlined look, and you will be able to use the first jar as your guide for the rest. Using a silicone funnel, I pour each of the spices into each container without making a mess.

Friends, I hope you are able to gain some inspiration after this project. Also, I hope your spice drawers are nice and beautifully organized.

You can also watch my video here on how I refreshed and organized my spices. Please feel free to share your creations at info@athomewithnikki.com

Hugs and Love,
Nikki

Hello Friends! Fall is almost here. We all know fall brings cooler weather, the leaves change color, cozy sweaters, and “pumpkin spice lattes!” Fall is the transition of seasons, and like the seasonal change that occurs, we need to adapt the way we take care of our homes. Our homes are one of the most important investments. Since our home is valuable to use, we need to maintain it. Friends, I have tools, tips, and tricks for you to maintain your home year-round.  

The first step is to have a plan to clean. I like to reference Beautifully Organized at Home Planner to keep track of the daily, weekly, and even monthly cleaning checklist. As we enter Fall, we’ll spend more time at home, which can mean more messes in the home. I believe in your home. Therefore, it is important to set up systems to help your home run efficiently.


I believe cleaning the home is an equal opportunity event. Don’t be afraid to get the whole family involved. Make it a fun event with either a reward or a competition.

Photo Credit: Abby Murphy Photography

The fun idea is to put all the tasks you need to do, like checking faucets for leaks or cleaning exterior Windows, on cleaning recipe cards. I like to get a cardholder, and within the cardholder, you’ll have a divider for each room in the house, like the living room, the foyer, guest bedroom, and a completed section. Each section on a “Cleaning Recipe Card” lists what you would like to get done in that room. Like for the living room, it can be clean and dust fan, reverse the direction of the fan when cleaned, and that would be a Fall task. Each of these cards can be laminated to make them easy to wipe off.

Photo Credit: Katie Charlotte Photography

You can have a cardholder for each season to really break down what you need to clean. Towards the front of every box, I have a list of cleaning supplies I need to clean. I like to get natural cleaning products from the Grove like sprays, disinfectants, and even sponges. I keep in mind that by September, I need these cleaning items to clean my home successfully.

The next step is to work the plan. Place your cardholder box out where it is visible to everyone, and I like to put it on my entryway table. This makes it easy to see, so you can pull a card from the card box each day you come home. The process is to take one card a day and work on that task for one hour; grab another if it can be completed sooner. An hour is your time limit. This can create a fun competition with kids or teens.

For each completed task, they can add their personalized dot sticker to the back of the card. At the beginning of each year, you can assign a dot color to each family member, and when they complete a task, they’ll place their dot on the back of the cleaning cards. Then, during your family meeting, you can tally up and see who completed the most tasks, and whoever completes the most tasks can get a reward.

Family members, kids, and teens feel a sense of accomplishment after completing cleaning tasks. I highly recommend this activity for families to do each season.


Friends, let’s not forget about the outside of our homes. A Home Maintenance Checklist is perfect for reminding you of important tasks for the upkeep of your home. In addition, this checklist is perfect for keeping track of your HVAC servicer and other companies you use to help maintain your home.  

If you need more cleaning tips and tricks, you can watch my video here, where I share my secret weapons for cleaning my kitchen with you!


As we change seasons, it is important to adapt your home to face many changes throughout the year. It is my pleasure to go on this journey with you to make our homes Beautifully Organized.   


Hugs and Love,

Nikki

Hi Friends,
One item I love to organize my home with is baskets. Baskets are a great way to keep an array of things in one place. When it comes to organizing I like to follow a system. This system allows me to organize and decorate my space. I want to share with you my system, and I hope it works for you as much as it works for me.


1. Before you start decluttering the space, create a sorting station by taking a post-it note and label each with KEEP, PURGE, DONATE, and OTHER.

The first step is to set up the space. Before you start decluttering, set up the space with three bins. After that, label the first bin “Keep,” the second “Purge,” and the third bin is “Donate,” and the last bin is “Other.”

The first bin is labeled “Keep,” this is where you will put the items you are going to keep in your space.


The second step is to “Purge.” These are the items you’re going to get rid of. These would be items that are expired, damaged, or outdated. My advice is if you have not used this item in a year, or the item is broken or damaged, get rid of it. Clear out those items and place them in the “Purge” bin. If the item is still in good condition, consider donating the item, and this leads me to my next step.

“Donate” the items that are still in good condition. Give the item to a friend or donate it to a local charity. These items could be a blessing to someone else. By clearing and donating these items, you know you have valuable space available to you.

Photo Credit: Katie Charlotte Photography

The last bin, “Other,” probably has you scratching your head. The “Other” bin is for items that belong in your house but are in the wrong location. With this bin, you’re going to put in items that have been misplaced and put them in their designated home.

2. Now that the items are clear, clean and wipe down the space. Now is the perfect time to really get into the space and clean away any debris, dust, or crumbs that might have gathered.

Photo Credit: Katie Charlotte Photography  

3. Next, Evaluate the type of bins you need. Ask yourself how you need to organize this space, how will this space be utilized by the family? Take into consideration the size of the items so that you can shop for the correctly sized bins. If you have an existing bin, coordinate with those bins to create and inform look.

4. Shop for baskets. This is the fun part. I like bins that coordinate with my aesthetic. I have a couple of options for baskets, bins, and acrylic organizers in my Amazon store. These are the perfect solution to any space.

5. Now that you have your bins, it’s time to label. I use my Cricut to print out labels. They have a variety of font options that are beautiful and visible. Using the Circut is easy, and any labeling projects can be completed in an afternoon. Set up a system labeling system so that family knows where to put the items. I have a “video” on how I use my Cricut to make labels.

Photo Credit: Katie Charlotte Photography  

6. Arrange the baskets in your space, and here’s an organizer tip: make sure you leave the tags on just in case you need to exchange the item.

7. Place the items in the correct bins and baskets. This is now the designated place for you item.

8. Label the basket with the items it contains. It is a great way to hold family members accountable to put the item back in the right place. This will also save time when looking for items in the house.

Photo Credit: Christopher Shane Photography

9. The last thing I like to do is add “cleaning the space,” to my “Home Cleaning Checklist”. It is easy to get busy and forget to clean items. The “Home Cleaning Checklist” is to hold you accountable and have a written.

Now, celebrate your new space. It’s always a great accomplishment to take on and improve a space. I hope your new space brings you ease, and beauty.

Hugs and Love,

Nikki.

Friends,
It seems like we spend most of our time online, whether on social media or at work. Just like your physical workplace, your digital workplace should be organized. Your computer is just like your desk or file cabinet. It holds everything you need to successfully complete your workday. The desktop, like your file cabinets, needs to be updated and sorted through. And just like your physical workspace, you must keep it organized, accessible, and beautiful.

I like to start by looking at my desktop. Is it full of scattered documents, file folders, and e-mails? Take a deep breath; you got this. Assess your desktop like your physical space and create a plan. Think about what is essential to keep on my desktop? After you have evaluated what files you need, it’s time to declutter. Take this time to delete and condense the files you need. It is sometimes easier to place smaller files into one central folder, especially if they are related or a similar project.

Now that you have your files in their designated place, it’s time to name them. My advice is to be clear so that your future self knows what you’re talking about! You achieve this by using less than twenty-file characters, adding underscores, dating, and security. The more concise you are with the file name, the easier it is to find; more than twenty-five characters is too long. The underscores give the eyes a break between words and create space between words, again being more attractive to the eye.

Dating each file is important. Whether it is the last time you modified it or the date you created it, keep a system for dating files. You can watch my video here to give you some ideas on how to organize your files.


Next is to organize your passwords. When it comes to security, passwords can be tricky to remember. Encrypted file folders require a password to protect the contents. If you have a lot of passwords to remember, this can be difficult. I write down my passwords in my “Password keeper” and place them securely in my planner.

Your files are in order, and now it’s time to make your computer desktop beautiful!

Your computer desktop, just like your desk, can get chaotic. It’s important to keep it organized because it is the first thing that greets you during your workweek, and if it is cluttered, you’ll feel cluttered, overwhelmed, and disorganized. It is important to sort and organize files on your desktop, just like physical files. It is important to keep your computer desktop to be engaging, simplified, and clean. I like my desktop to display categories, so it’s easy to locate a file or photo when I need it. The categories on my desktop are calendar, personal notes, need to sort, and in the works. It is simple to create your own digital desktop organizer. You can create your own by following the steps below:

  • Go to a free editing tool like Canva
  • Next, find out your Computers Resolution.

(For Mac, go to the Apple go to About this Mac, Choose Display at the Top)(For PC, type Display Settings in the search bar from the Start Menu, Scroll down to the Scale and Layout section, and you will see the resolution drop-down)

  • Go back to Canva and go to Custom Size template and enter the size of your display.
  • Go to the Menu on the Right Side and Go to Elements, then Shapes.
  • Select Square and Resize to you Liking. I like to use three squares, one for Personal notes, In the works, and Need to sort.
  • Move and place the squares to create a computer desktop graphic that will work for you.
  • Once you have them sized, choose the color you would like the square to be. You can do this by selecting the gray square next to the positions tab. You can select a default color or a custom color by selecting the color wheel.
  • Next, upload any files like a monthly calendar or an inspirational quote. You can have this saved to your computer or save an image you like to add.
  • Add the finishing touches to your computer desktop calendar by moving the images where you would like.
  • Lastly, save your background by clicking the download button near the top right. Download this as a PNG.
  • It will download to your computer, and there you have it, a beautiful background.

I love this background because I can see everything I need to do at a glance. Like the calendar, for example, instead of pulling out my phone to check the dates, I can quickly look at my computer desktop. The need to sort section serves as a reminder to sort my files weekly, or they would pile up. The In the works section are items I know I’m currently working on or things I need to follow up on. The personal section can be websites or articles I would like to read later. The Personal notes is temporary, and soon after I read the article or website, I put them in my trash can.


As important to maintain your digital workplace, it is important to maintain your physical health. Take time to step away from the computer and have a digital detox. Sitting all day staring at the screen can cause your body to become unbalanced and stiff. Set aside time every couple of hours to stand up, breath, drink water, and stretch. After work is your time to take care of yourself and detox. If time permits, get a workout in. What holds me accountable is writing out my workout for the week in my “Fitness planner.”

Friends, your digital workspace, and your physical workspace are the areas where you excel. Your workspace, like anything, needs consistent love and care. I like to think about organizing as a privilege to connect with my space instead of a chore. It is you that impacts the space and environment you live in. Why not make it “Beautiful”? You can also watch my video here for more organizing tips for your workspace.
I hope all of you enjoyed my new book “Beautifully Organized.”


Hugs and Love,

Nikki.

Friends, in the past couple of years, we have seen an increase in working remotely. While some have easily adapted to the home office environment, others still struggle to separate home from work. It’s hard to pull yourself away from your bed when you no longer have to commute to work. In fact, working from home is a lot like working from the office, or anywhere, even a coffee shop. Whether working from home or the office, it is important to maintain joy in both areas.

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Starting the morning on the right foot is essential to every workday. I like to start each day with positive affirmations. Before you pick up your phone and check emails, take time to reflect. When waking up, think of positive statements to say to yourself. These statements can be as simple as saying: “I’m confident in me and my abilities” or “I feel energized and excited for the day.” Keep it personal. I find it useful to refer to my “Bible Study Notes” when I need inspiration. When I attend Bible Study, I like to analyze the scripture and ask, what is God saying, and how can I apply it to my life? After I reflect, I get out of bed and prepare for the day.

Photo Credits: Katie Charlotte Photography

Now that you’re awake sit up in your bed, stretch and prepare to make your bed. One of the simplest ways to do this is to straighten your comforter and sheets while still in bed. Making your bed has been proven to help people feel happier and more productive. Now that your bed is made get out of it completely. It’s easy to work from your bed when you work remotely, but this can be counterproductive. Working from your bed can cause you to feel sluggish and unmotivated. This is the time where you’ll prepare for your day by showering and grooming yourself for work. Even though you work remotely, it is important to get into the mindset of preparing for work. Grooming and a change of clothes can get you into the mindset of work.

You’re ready to go. You’re dressed for work and prepared breakfast the night before. I like to prepare yogurt parfait the night before and store them in glass jars, pull out my “Weekly To-Do list,” and glance at it before leaving. This confirms to me that I have everything I need before I clock in for the day. If you’re working from an office or remotely, it is important to maintain office hours. If you work from nine to five, it is important to set those boundaries with your family member to work from home. The office hours of nine to five should be set as if you’re actually at the office to minimize interruptions. You can even create a sign that lets them know when you’re unavailable.

If you’re working from a coffee shop, I have some tips and tricks that will make your workday seamless. When working from home or in a coffee shop, technology is your friend. My advice is to do your research. Look for work-friendly coffee shops or areas. This can include a coffee shop that offers free WiFi or provides a semi-private environment for you to work. Come with your laptop and equipment fully charged just in case all the outlets are taken. I also recommend having your own hotspot when dealing with more confidential information. A coffee shop is a great place to network and socialize. It can get lonely working from home take this time to stay connected.

Friends, no matter where we are working from, whether on the beach or in a coffee shop, I hope you utilize the tools I have provided for you in my book. This is my gift to you as you progress through your career. I hope to equip you with the emotional and physical tools you need to be successful. I believe you and all the things you hope to achieve because I know you’re smart, successful, and beautifully organized.

You can also watch my video here for more tips to help you organize your work life when working from home. I hope you enjoy my tips and find them helpful to your work life.

Hugs and Love, 

Nikki

Friends, are you stressed, unbalanced, or feel like there’s no work-life balance? It is often said that how well we perform at work depends on how well we manage our lives outside the office. I have found through managing my professional organizing firm At Home With Nikki that you must set yourself up for success.    

Photo Credit: Katie Charlotte Photography

Work-life balance is achievable if we make the right choices and implement systems that help us find peace. In my new book, Beautifully Organized at Work, I share tips on creating a beautifully organized work life. 

First, I would make a master list of things you need to accomplish each workday. Take out a loose sheet of paper, or “Brain Dump,” page and a pen to get started. Take this time to really think about the tasks that need to be completed. This list will include everything, from getting dressed to breakfast. Anything that takes time out of your day will need to be written down. This is the perfect time to get family members engaged especially if you start your days together. Take each task and assign it enough time to complete but remember to limit yourself so other tasks can get done. 

I like to pull out my planner and utilize my “Day on a Page.” This page is perfect for planning your day. The day is broken down by hours, to-do lists, reminders, and even a reminder on daily water intake. Start with the simple tasks of getting up in the morning, making your bed, and moving on to the rest of the day. The list can be written the day before to ensure a successful, stress-free day. 

Preparing the day before is key to achieving a more balanced work-life. After I write out what I need to do for the upcoming workday, I select my clothes. The hassle of selecting your clothes in the morning can add unnecessary time to your day. When choosing your clothes, think of the work outfit as a uniform and select pieces from a similar color palette. Save time by matching the same brand or even a neutral color palette. When selecting clothes, always consider your shoes as a part of the outfit, so you won’t end up spending fifteen minutes looking for them.

Plan your breakfast and lunch. The night before, have your lunch prepared and packed away. This saves time when you’re at work. You can use your lunch to recharge and rest instead of waiting in line for lunch. In the morning, use a programmable coffee maker to wake up to a freshly brewed pot of coffee or tea. Talk about a motivator! Next, have a simple breakfast you eat every morning, so you don’t have to think about it. A yogurt parfait is easy to make and healthy breakfast option that can be stored in the refrigerator. In my monthly meal plan, I have easy breakfast recipes that will start your morning off right. 

The next area of your work life is your desk. It is where you spend most of your day. A cluttered desk can cause frustration. When assessing the top of your desk, it is important to keep the essential items. I like to keep my planner, notebook, phone, and computer. A desk tray can keep a stapler, pen holder, tape dispenser for functionality. “Desk trays” can be used to keep small items in places like pensbinder clips, and “letter openers.” It is important to remember that everything has a place on your desk, and keeping it there will create a sense of ease throughout the day. 

The advice I share in my “Beautifully Organized at Work”  will bring peace and productivity to your day. When you feel stressed or overwhelmed remember that, that is no way to live. The tools I share take time to implement and will not happen overnight, but you will become more beautifully organized if you are committed to staying organized. 


Hugs and Love,

Nikki

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