Winter Reset

Sometimes it can feel like everyone else must have it all together. They can somehow whip their whole house and life back into shape after Christmas by January 1. Not me. :) I need until at least February to feel ready for the new year. Ha! But in all seriousness, the month of January is a great time for a home reset! Don’t you think?

Now that it’s already mid-January, I’m finally feeling like I’m ready to get into a winter routine! Everyone else might be on to spring by the time I am ready, but that’s OK. The house is still in somewhat of a disarray from the remodeling projects, unfortunately, but it should be pretty easy to put back together again.

I was hoping they’d be done with the kitchen a few days ago, but there were a few important things we are still waiting on (like the trim piece for the round window), or took longer than expected (paint touch-ups), or even just went amiss and something needed to be taken care of. But rest assured, I’m super excited to share the reveal of my kitchen as soon as I possibly can!

The days of a house full of dust clouds and contractors will wind to a close very soon, I’m sure of that! I look forward to just flopping down on my daybed without contractors watching my every move, ha hahaha.

You can see by the photo above we are getting quite accustomed to working in and around the mess and contractors, though. Honestly I work much more efficiently when the house is empty, but you do what you gotta do. :)

While the project phase last year was really exciting for me (and we are so grateful that we had the opportunity) I am especially looking forward to the resulting nesting phase that will follow in this new year. We had projects on both the main floor (with the kitchen) and the lower level (the new floors and wall) for so much of last year that I’m super excited for all the settling in I will get to do this year!

Believe it or not, I can’t wait to get back into my regular cleaning routines! Yes, I’m looking forward to CLEANING! I actually dream about the day our entire rooms are dusted and put back together for good.

I actually love the little everyday routines, like puttering around the house, tidying up or rearranging this and that.

The dogs have been so good through this whole transitional season where we were moving in and having contractors in their home. I know they’ll be just as excited as I am to roam the house freely again!

It’s always the little things that matter the most, like having cozy rooms that can bring comfort and inspiration.

What are some ways you would like to reset your home for 2017? It’s therapeutic to say goodbye to what no longer serves your family or to simply rearrange spaces and breathe new life into where you live.

How are you resetting your home for the new year?

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

This post is sponsored by Ross Dress for Less

After a very long season of transitions like moving and remodeling, I’m so excited for a new year! I don’t know about you but there will be a lot of home organization going on around my house. After you’ve lived in a house for awhile you start to see how your family lives in each space and that leads to the need for some specific organization solutions.

I started the new year out trying to find a few solutions for our bedrooms and bathroom. We have small bedrooms and an old 1950s bathroom (no luxury vanity or big closets in this house!) so we have to get creative with storage. The first step to getting organized is to make sure you’ve decluttered as much as possible. If you don’t start there, you’ll end up trying to organize stuff you don’t even have room for or trying to find room for things you really should just let go of.

I really got on a roll with organizing last week, so I’m excited to show you a few of the solutions I came up with.

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

Over the holidays and while we had contractors working in our kitchen and lower level, I did a lot of stashing of stuff I didn’t know what to do with at the time, rather than decluttering and organizing. My nightstand turned into a holding place for clutter {hangs head in shame}.

I didn’t want to go into the new year with a clutter filled nightstand so it was my first project. I removed absolutely everything and only put back what I really needed. Once I decided what was going to go in the drawers, I realized it would be less likely to become cluttered if I tidied the interior of the drawers by corralling stuff in small containers, which I found at my local Ross Store. Since you can save 20%-60% at Ross on the same brands carried in department stores, it’s a perfect place to go to find great deals on cute things for your home organization projects.

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

One drawer was designated as a place for things I need morning or night.

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

The other drawer is designated for  jewelry.

I found a great velvety divider and a tray to keep things organized. I try to get fully dressed with simple jewelry every day, even though I work from home. If my jewelry isn’t easily accessible or in a tangled mess, I don’t wear it. So this drawer makes me happy!

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

I also found a tray at Ross for the top of my nightstand. I think putting things in a tray or basket makes everything look tidier and more intentional. I felt a million times better about my room once I got this organizing project done!

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

We had my parents staying here for a couple of weeks over the holidays. As I was making up the guest bed before they arrived I realized I really didn’t have a place in the guest room to keep extra pillows. Everyone has different bed pillow preferences, so it’s nice to offer options. Since it’s a very small room there isn’t much space leftover to have both decorative and extra bed pillows and I didn’t want them to have to toss stuff on the floor.

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

As I was heading out of Ross with my drawer containers I saw this darling little upholstered storage bench! I practically jumped for joy. I love the nail head trim, too. It fits perfectly at the end of the bed and is going to be ideal for guests as a little seat but also for them to select or stash extra pillows. The bench was a big score and I’m super excited about it.

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

I also found an over the door hook system that will be nice for guests to hang robes or towels. We have a lot of hooks in our house to help keep stuff off floors as well as to keep everything out of reach from curious pups :).

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

Speaking of our dogs, how adorable is this dog-bone shaped basket (also from Ross)? I couldn’t resist it for our entry. It holds dog leashes, dog sweaters, etc. It’s perfect to keep that kind of stuff away from the pups, but is convenient for storing things we need to take with us in the car.

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

As you can see, Jack’s super stoked about it, too.

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

Lastly on my recent organization spree, I found an adorable solution to the dreaded socks on the bathroom floor issue. While we have a handy dandy laundry chute immediately outside the bathroom door, some members of the family don’t seem to remember to use it, so they toss their laundry on the floor of the bathroom. :) Time will tell if the laundry hamper is used or if I’ll find the socks on the floor next to it. But either way, it’s a really cute hamper.

What organizing solutions have you implemented so far this year? 

The items I featured today (the drawer organizers, the tray, upholstered storage bench, the dog bone basket, the hooks and the hamper) were all found at my local Ross store last week! Check out all the latest items and budget-friendly organizational items at your local Ross store (find a Ross store near you at as well as check out their latest styles on Facebook and Instagram.

If you want to make your home and life more organized this year, check out my book Make Room for What You Love!

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