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Clutter is not limited to what you see when you walk into your office. Digital clutter can cause unnecessary stress and frustration. Just as you have organized your office to be more productive, think about how digital organizing tools can boost productivity. Is your computer desktop completely covered with files? Are there e-mails that need your attention buried under unimportant memos? Can you never find the password you need? If you find yourself relating to these questions, I have a powerful organizing tool that I want to share with you.

Recently, I launched a variety of digital desktop organizers that include icons and folders as part of my French Tulip Stationery line. Creating a beautifully organized and personalized look that will completely transform your digital workspace has never been easier. When you use my desktop organizers, you have an organized space that allows you to be more productive and efficient during your day. Instead of placing icons and folders just anywhere on the desktop, there are sections to determine where to place them until you can file them away appropriately. Although the look may change with each organizer, the components remain the same. Every desktop organizer has a calendar, currently working files, personal files, and daily tasks. I encourage everyone to customize their desktop organizer to fit their lifestyle to be the most productive and to experience joy when they open their computer.

Whether you are a student, a stay-at-home mom, or a working professional, anyone can gain from using one of my desktop organizers.

Are you ready to try out a digital organizer but don’t know where to start? You got this! Check out my line of organizers, folders, and icons by visiting frenchtulipstationery.com. The process is simple regardless of what computer you have. My installation guide for Mac and Windows will walk you through the installation process.

Friends, I hope I’ve given you some inspiration to help you create a tool to keep your desktop organized that can bring order and function to your digital work life. I can’t wait to hear how using a digital workspace has minimized your frustrations and increased your productivity!

Hugs and Love,

Nikki

The following is a sponsored blog written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby for Hobby Lobby. All opinions are 100% mine.

Spring is that season when new life begins, winter fades away, and department stores start to bring all of the vibrant colors back. Motivation sets in to spring clean and bring spring into my home. Hobby Lobby is my one-stop shop to find little touches to perfect my living room. Hobby Lobby has aisles and aisles of inspiration. They strategically place coordinated items together to make choosing the perfect decor a breeze!

To begin my living room refresh, I remove all accessories from the room, with just my neutral-colored furniture remaining, leaving me with a blank canvas. Next, I give the room a deep cleaning. Not only do I dust and mop the entire room, but I also use a specially made mop to clean the walls. Walls collect dust, and you will be shocked to see what comes off! Give it a try when you complete your spring cleaning this year.

After the cleaning is complete, it is time to reset the room. Rearranging accessories and items and adding my new treasures brought a new fresh feeling to the room. Hobby Lobby had the perfect yellow pillow covers to give the pop of color that I was looking for without being too overpowering for someone like me who is very neutral with colors. I prefer pillow covers over purchasing new pillows each season as it is more cost-effective. I also found smaller accent pillows for my chairs and the perfect black-framed mirror to hang on the wall between my living room and entryway, which brought out the black color of the railing in my staircase.

Don’t be afraid to do simple DIY projects to pull your look together. To match the new style I was bringing to the room, I repainted my coffee table with white chalk paint, and it instantly brightened the room. I effortlessly styled the table using a tray to organize my remotes, coasters, and a plant. I also picked up my favorite black frames for a DIY project to frame prints I already had. When putting together a grouping of frames, I suggest using a level to create a seamless and perfectly aligned look.

Lastly, breathe new life back into functional decor you already have on hand, like the baskets I use in my cabinet to store games and blankets.

Use decorative bowls or glassware to store pens and journals as I have on my side tables.

Friends, you do not have to spend a lot to make a room feel new. Deep cleaning, rearranging, and the addition of a few new decor pieces will impact your space, giving it a new look and feel. You can watch my video here to see how I organize and give my living room a makeover.

I would love to know what decor and colors you will be using this spring. Which spring cleaning project is first on your to-do list?

Happy Refreshing!

Hugs and Love,
Nikki

Spring is a great time to get your home decluttered and refreshed. As spring creates new ideas and hopes for the upcoming season, I want to inspire you with five tips on organizing your home for spring. I have fallen in love with a local store, etúHOME. I have found my unique and functional decor that will be a part of my home for years to come. The store is full of beautiful pieces for your home and what I appreciate most is the quality that you won’t find anywhere else.

You all know how much I love white dishes in my home. For the spring, my first tip is to have those essential pieces that are versatile that you can use in your home, such as the porcelain found bowl (available at etuHome in-stores). You can use this bowl as a floral arrangement, fruit bowl, or in your bathroom to store your loofahs. Investing in white dishware can give you endless possibilities, especially in the springtime.

My second tip is to seek out those unique pieces with purpose. Bianca Iron-Top Tall Canisters are so eclectic and different yet give you the function you need. The canister provides a light and airy look that is perfect for spring. With spring comes spring cleaning. Now is your opportunity to get the pantry cleaned and refreshed! Organizing pasta and dry goods utilizing the various sized canisters inside the pantry will create a beautiful system that will effortlessly allow your family to find what they need.

We are more likely to use something if we find beauty in it. A third tip is using multifunctional seasonal decor pieces like beautiful glassware. Stylish glassware would be great for a spring refresh for pens on your desk or when putting together a beautiful tablescape with spring cocktails. Decorative glass is something that can take you far. Using decorative glass for its beauty and a seasonal coloring band for holding creates a two-in-one product. These versatile pieces easily transition into summer and can be used throughout the home.

Tip four: use pieces that pull you outdoors. The Rush Rectangle Tray Basket speaks to me and will be perfect to use for entertaining this spring. This functional tray is a staple for patio entertaining or housing coffee cups and plates at brunch. Another style tip is to use the tray as a lovely piece styled in a bathroom. The color of the tray is light and whimsical and makes me want to go outside. What colors call you outdoors?

My last tip is that cutting boards are not only functional but can be beautiful decor pieces to add to your kitchen. Cutting boards like the Dutch Cutting Board are gorgeous. Stack them together on your countertop to utilize your vertical space or hang them to create a charming display. With charcuterie boards being on-trend right now, cutting boards are the perfect complement to show off your charcuterie board skills when family and friends come together this spring.

Friends, I hope you have enjoyed the spring tips that I have shared with you. Check out etúHOME for beautiful and inspiring pieces that will last you a lifetime. Be sure to share your style and finds for spring with me at info@athomewithnikki.com.

Hugs & Love, 

Nikki

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby for Hobby Lobby. All opinions are 100% mine.

Christmas is such a magical time! Although I love the warmth of all the holiday decor, I also love finding ways to maintain the cozy feel of the holidays at the beginning of the new year. Taking advantage of my motivation at the start of the new year, I jump right into giving my home a beautiful refresh with my decor and organization. I want to share a few of my simple go-to tips for maintaining a cozy feel in your home after the holidays.

Start with a trip to Hobby Lobby. There are three core reasons why Hobby Lobby is my favorite store when it comes to bringing new life to my home:

  • One-Stop-Shop | Hobby Lobby has everything from furniture, home decor items, and everything you need to complete those home DIY decorating projects around your home.
  • A variety of styles | Whether your home is traditional, modern, or eclectic, Hobby Lobby has you covered.
  • Amazing discounts. Each time I visit Hobby Lobby I know that I am going to get an amazing discount on a variety of products, often ranging from 40% to 50% off.

Bring In Greenery

Bringing plant life (real or artificial) into your home is a beautiful way to add warmth to any space. In refreshing my upstairs hallway a quick trip to Hobby Lobby gave me everything I need to bring the coziness back to my home after the holidays, starting with a great selection of decorative plants.

Lighting

Christmas will have your home glistening with the beautiful lights from the Christmas tree and garlands, which can dramatically affect your home when you put the Christmas decor away. Lamps are an excellent way to maintain a warm and cozy feel after the holidays. One tip is to replace the sparkle from your ornaments in your decor. For example, I mimicked the look of my Christmas ornaments with the style of lamp that I chose to use in my hallway. The Silver Diamond Mercury Glass Lamp from Hobby Lobby is beautiful perfection!

Candles

Candles are a must-have in my home year-round. I love catering my scents to the season. I usually like to move away from the pine scents and ease into using eucalyptus. My go-to store is Hobby Lobby, and they did not disappoint again this year. I found my perfect transitional scent for my home called Crushed Eucalyptus.

My final tip is to take a trip to Hobby Lobby. You will find aisles and aisles of inspiration to help you get started. I love walking through Hobby Lobby, both in-person and online because I know that I will leave with beautiful finds to help me accomplish my home goals. #HobbyLobby #HobbyLobbyFinds

Wishing you a cozy start to your new year my friend.

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

Friends,
It’s back-to-school season, and back-to-school is a chance to start fresh and bring in a successful school year. I have teamed up with my friend to help set up her classroom for the students this fall. Teachers, like anyone, get overloaded with class items, supplies, and papers. It’s easy for things to get put into the wrong cabinet or added to the piles of paperwork.


The system I like to organize a classroom is the same system I use to organize any space. It is important to create systems that you can use year after year, which is easy for teachers and students alike.

The first step is to set up an organizing command center. This can be an open space in your classroom to prepare to layout the items you are about to organize. This is similar to a home command organization center, but instead of “keep, donate, and purge,” you will refine it to meet your classroom’s needs. For this step, categorize the items in your space. For example, “teaching materials,” “art and crafts,” “cleaning supplies, and “purge.” Then, write out the categories and tape them along the wall in the space you have put aside to organize on a blank sheet of paper.


Now it is time to pull everything out. Pull everything out of the cabinets and drawers, and place them in the categories you have labeled. I love this step because you can see what you have and really take a mental inventory. In most cases, we have duplicates of rulers, staplers, or just too much construction paper. But that’s okay, and we can take these items and put them in the purge category. Everything is pulled out and placed into categories. Your cabinets and drawers are now empty. This is the perfect time to really wipe down the space. You can get into the corners and hard-to-reach spaces. This will give a sense of revitalization to your space, knowing it is cleaned from top to bottom.

Everything is clean and clear. It’s time to implement systems. I like to start with a teacher’s cabinet. A lot of the time, teachers forget about themselves. The teacher’s closet is a personal space where you can put away your bag, water bottle, hang your jacket, and your Teacher Planner. I love to use linen bins because they are so versatile and easy to clean. The bins also offer label inserts so you can label what you have.

Moving to the supply cabinet, create a system that frequently used items are easy to reach and on lower shelves. For example, crayons, markers, and pencils can be placed in pencil holders on the supplies table. Put like-items together into bins that make it easy to see what you have. I like to use clear acrylic bins so that it’s easy to see what you need before you take it out. This also makes it easy to move, especially if you move classrooms every year. For loose construction paper, I place them in paper bins.

The fun part of every classroom is the decoration. My advice is to streamline decor by color coordinating. The binders can match the color of the bins. This creates a fun look while still keeping that crisp look. These systems will provide ease and enjoyment to the classroom. These systems can be used year after year to create a nourishing, fun, and beautiful environment for yourself and your students.

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