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For many people, simplification can feel like an overwhelming task. The amount of stuff that may exist in your life may look like too much to tackle.

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This begs the question: Can you get by with less?

Be aware that you don’t have to simplify all at once. You can take it one step and one day at a time until you’ve conquered the mountain. You’ll get there eventually, and you may even enjoy yourself along the way. In the end, you’ll discover that a simple life can be the most fulfilling!

Try these strategies to help simplify your life:

1. List your top priorities. Create a small list of the most important four or five things that you want to accomplish in your life. What are your priorities? Where do you most want to devote your attention? Keep this small list with you at all times, so you never forget where you want to be. 

2. Drop one of your commitments. Find a commitment that takes up your time without giving you much value. Perhaps it’s something you dread doing or simply no longer enjoy. Take action today by dropping that commitment from your load.

3. Start with a single drawer. Choose a single drawer or shelf in your home to begin your purge. Empty everything out of the area into a single pile; then select only the important stuff you really want to keep. Get rid of everything else, either by throwing it away or donating it.

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* Clean out the drawer, simplify it, and organize it, and then you have your foundation for a simpler and more organized life. Ensure that everything remaining is put back in an orderly manner. From here, you can try another drawer or shelf. 

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4. Simplify daily routines. Take a look at your daily routines and to-do list. If you’re trying to fit more than 10 tasks into your list for a day, then there are probably ways for you to simplify things. What can you eliminate, delegate, outsource, or even ignore? Shorten your list as often as you can by focusing on what really matters. 

5. Free up your time. Find at least 20 minutes each day when you can sit down and think about simplifying.

6. Clean up your desk. A clean desk can completely change how you’re feeling, and this is a simple task to complete, as well. Clean everything off your desk, creating a pile. Process your pile starting from the top to down, one object at a time. Deal with each item individually. File it, route it to somewhere else, note it on a list of to-do items, or trash it. 

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* Repeat the process until your desk is clear, and your pile is empty. Complete this process at the end of every day, so that your desk is always clean, organized, tidy, and most of all, simple. If you do this daily, it will take you only a few minutes each time.

One thing that I believe a lot of us can relate to when it comes to simplification is our make-up. If you are having trouble organizing your make-up stash, you can count on my 5 Simple Make-up Organization Tips for the Minimalist to be your go-to video.

7. Slow down. Stop rushing through the day and start living at a slower pace. Work on simplifying your life by doing less and living much more consciously. Walk, drive, eat, and even work more slowly. Learn how to live in the moment, to be present, and to think simply. 

8. Avoid multi-tasking. Rather than multi-tasking, strive to do one thing at a time. Remove any distractions, resist the urge to check your email, and focus on one task at a time until you complete it. This will boost your productivity and reduce stress. You can begin taking small steps toward living the simple life today. Know that you can learn to get by with less than what you have, and you can live well in the process – perhaps even better than you did before!

Hugs and Love, Nikki.

Decluttering and organizing your home can quickly feel overwhelming and frustrating. If you’re afraid to get started because it seems like so much work, try doing fewer tasks at a time. When you take small steps to declutter and organize your home, you can conquer the task smoothly.

DIVIDE THINGS UP

Tackle only one room at a time. This will make your task appear much less daunting. Avoid moving on to the next room until you’ve completed the last one.

Try these tips for organizing and decluttering your home in small steps:

1. Choose your starting point. Select a room that you can tackle in a day, rather than the most challenging one in the house. Once you’ve chosen your room, start early, so you have as many daylight hours as possible to work on your cleaning and decluttering.

• One thing I recommend is to use a Cleaning Checklist. This will give you a general overview of what needs to be done and brings structure to your plans. Day by day you will see what you have finished and this will give you a sense of accomplishment which is very important in reducing stress caused by overwhelm. Check out my Cleaning Checklist Printable here.

2. Basic sort. Go through everything in your starting room and sort out items you no longer want. Everything that you touch in the room should go into one of four categories: Things you want to THROW away, things you want to DONATE or SELL, things that should REMAIN where they are, and things that you want to KEEP but that are in the wrong room.

• Use this sorting principle for every item in the room. When you’re finished, you should have four distinctive piles or areas in the room. Each item in the room will be in one of the four piles.

3. Remove trash. Merely taking all the “throw away” stuff out of the room is going to make a huge dent. Keep in mind that personal paperwork should be shredded rather than simply put into the garbage.

4. Remove donation items. Anything that you intend to sell, give away, or donate should come out next. Store these items somewhere else in the house for now. Continue to add to this section from each room in your home until you’re ready to make one single donation or yard sale.

5. Sort the “belongs elsewhere” section. Do not merely move these items into another room; otherwise, you’ll need to sort them again. Create a box or container for each room for which you have the items. Make sure that you want to keep them so that you can transfer them into the right room without having to sort them again later.

• To help you with decluttering, check out my video on what items you should get rid of to start the organization process.

6. Organize what’s left. Now that you’ve removed a large portion of “stuff” from your room, you can organize everything that remains. When you’re only working with the things that are supposed to be in the room, decluttering and organizing becomes much simpler.

7. Repeat this process. Continue steps 1-6 in each room until you’ve finished the whole house. When you handle one space at a time, the process will be much simpler and less stressful.

Once you’ve finished organizing your house, take a few minutes each day to ensure everything you’ve used during the day is back in place so you can continue to enjoy your “new” clutter-free home.

Big tasks can seem overwhelming. Break your decluttering challenge into smaller increments and before you know it, your house will be clean, organized, and absolutely ready for a celebration.

On the subject of celebrations, I want to take this opportunity to let you know that I have launched my Home Hostess Collection. This toolkit will help you plan a party with the fine details and party budget and inspirations for menus and party themes. I am so in love with this collection, and I hope that you will too!

I hope these decluttering and organizing tips can help reduce clutter in your home. If you feel like you need a little more help, you can schedule a virtual home organizing session with me here. I will be happy to talk to you about your organization needs. See you!

Hugs and Love, Nikki

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Home Depot. As always, I only partner with brands that I love and truly believe in, allowing me to share how to bring beauty and function to our homes. All opinions expressed are my own.

Every home reaches a point where it starts to show it’s age. Well, our house is at that point. Our palace is almost twenty years old, and boy is it time to give it a little botox to keep it looking fresh and new. A few months ago, we upgraded our guest bathroom sink, mirror and lighting. The space now needs those final finishing touches to bring it to life! Even if you do not makeover your space you can transform it in minutes by implementing a few simple upgrades such as new hardware and accessories.

SIMPLE FIXES

You don’t need to call in a contractor and spend a lot of money upgrading your bathroom. There are simple fixes that can transform a bathroom space into a beautiful oasis and bring it right into 2019, such as your hardware.

One thing that was dated in my bathroom was our door handle. It screamed early 1990! I wanted something to coordinate with the upgrades we completed a few months back in our bathroom. Clean and modern was the look I was going for, and I found it with this beautiful chrome door handle. Something about chrome just says “new and fresh”. I immediately fell in love and now it feels like you are walking into a luxury hotel every time you open the door!

A 10 minute project has removed years from this one area in our bathroom. I also wanted to add a door hanger for guest to hang their robe or clothing. Because this is a smaller bathroom, I needed to use my vertical space to keep the bathroom from feeling cluttered.

SPECIAL TOUCHES

Adding the special touches is always the fun part, especially in my guest bathroom. It gives me the opportunity to make our guest feel as if they are at their own personal spa. Every spa needs a plush robe, and this was the perfect addition to my new hook.

I love an all white bathroom, but something about mine was saying it needed a pop of color. Lately, I have been loving implementing the color green in my white and grey color scheme. I found this beautiful artwork called “Watercolor Leaf” that provided the perfect “pop” needed in my stark bathroom.

A great way to bring color into your space is with plants. I love how this vase coordinates with my artwork and overall theme for the bathroom.

When I am refreshing a space in my home, I always love to think about my senses and incorporate something into the space that will bring pleasure to not only my sight but to my senses of touch and smell. This candle warmer was the perfect addition to my bathroom to bring a beautiful scent to the space, along with a soft bathmat to enhance the experience of touch in the space. Not only is it the perfect grey, it is the perfect size for my bathroom counter.

It only took a few minutes of my time to bring my bathroom to life! Such little effort to bring value to our home.

Before After

Check out Home Depot to upgrade your space. They have a wonderful selection of beautiful hardware to fit any style and budget.

This post is a paid collaboration with Lowe’s ® Home Improvement. All opinions are my own.

As we are getting closer to Christmas, the pressure of selecting the perfect gift gets heavy. As a professional organizer, I love sharing ways to give amazing gifts that bring order to your life. We all get our fair share of perfume, clothes and the latest tech item but by the Christmas, we have forgotten everything we received for Christmas. I recently created a home maintenance center in our garage. This is a place where the entire family can easily get to tools needed to maintain the home on a daily basis. This means that instead of hiring a professional to install Dino composite decking, one of us should most likely be able to do it! Whether hanging a picture or tightening a loose screw by having a well-organized home maintenance center helps you knock out these tasks with ease and stress-free because all your tools are right at your fingertips. While we are talking about tools, if you are looking for a new cordless drill, then take a look at this guide from Coolest Gadgets to see a range of the latest products. This would be the perfect sidekick for any upcoming home improvement projects you have planned. If you are planning large-scale renovations then it might be worth using this loan calculator to help you finance the project.

Financing any project can be difficult and you will want to make sure that you are financially stable to ensure you can afford to support yourself throughout the project. Home improvements and projects such as fixing garage doors can be complex, you can click here if you want to check out some garage door repairments, having great garage doors to protect your car and belongings is essential to building any comfortable home.

In my latest video, I share with you how I created a home maintenance center in our garage in no time. You all know how I am a fan of coordinating just about everything. Well, tools are no different. Lowe’s ® has a variety of brands such as CRAFTSMAN ® , Bosch, DeWalt ®, Kobalt™ and more great prices which makes it simple to coordinate all of your tool essentials to look seamless in your home.

The essential CRAFTSMAN ® tools that I used to create my home maintenance center are:

To bring beautiful order to all my new tools, I found this affordable and very streamline metal pegboard as I was headed to check out. I got so excited because I knew that this was the final piece to bring my home maintenance center to life. My husband Mike and I had so much fun unboxing our tools and organizing them in a way that made it easy for us to access our tools. I think what I love more about this center is the fun that Mike and I had spending time together unboxing the tools and arranging our center. Lowe’s ® has some fantastic deals currently so take advantage of this one-stop shop opportunity this Christmas season. Don’t forget to share your home management center with me on Instagram and Facebook. I am excited to see what you and your family create this Christmas! -Nikki

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I go through phases with my handbags.  One month I am infatuated with teal and the next it may be gray.  One thing that I am consistent with is my love for the classic black handbag and accessories.  You can pair a black handbag with any color or print combination and it will look fabulous. You can dress it up or dress it down.  It is a very reliable color when it comes to my style.

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I am also a huge fan of my black Filofax.  It never lets me down.  I have been carrying to for several months and I am still happy with it.  I think I may be carrying it well into Spring.   I recently shared a video giving you a tour of this planner on my YouTube channel.

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Blessings & Love

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Anyone else like keeping your planner simple and classic?  Many of us love to fill our planners with fun stickers and colorful tabs, tags and more!  I do love using stickers in my planner as long as they keep with the clean, classic look that I love.  It can be difficult finding companies that sell simple planning products.  This is why I was so excited when I learned of Sessa Vee.  They sell a beautiful line of planner products that just makes my heart go pitter patter.

I recently ordered some things from Sessa Vee and in the video below I share with you what I purchased.  I hope you will enjoy!

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