Declutter + Organizing Tips

Living in a small space or a space without much storage can make organizing and keeping everything decluttered a hassle, especially if you have more than one person living in that same space. My boyfriend and I live in a 800 square foot, one bedroom, one bath apartment. While the two of us are pretty clean people, two people stills means twice the stuff. I’ve gotten pretty good at decluttering when stuff piles up and coming up with ways to organizing things that we do keep. Here are my top tips to decluttering and organizing all your junk!

DECLUTTERING

Step 1: List of things to declutter in your home:

  • Clothing (closet and dresser, plus any extra stored away clothes)
  • Shoes
  • Make-up
  • Extra toiletries (shampoo, conditioners, toothpastes, tooth brushes, face washes, soaps, etc)
  • Pantry food
  • Refrigerator
  • Dvd’s, Video Games, CDs
  • Books
  • Personal papers and documents
  • Mail, magazines, newspapers
  • Towels
  • Blankets
  • Sheets
  • Dishes, Cups, Tubberware, Pots and Pans, Mixing Bowls, Water Bottles, etc.
  • Junk drawer
  • Under the bathroom and kitchen sink
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Candles
  • Bedside table

Be sure to get boxes, trash bags and/or clear an area to make piles. You’re going to want a place to put items to donate, throw away, recycle, and keep.*Remember when decluttering to be environmentally friendly and if you can reuse or recycle, please do so!

Step 2: When decluttering asked yourself these questions:

  1. Have you worn or used it in the past year? (If no, ditch it)
  2. Am I holding on to this for sentimental reasons? (If no, ditch it. If yes, its there a better way to store it?)
  3. Does it fit my current lifestyle? (If no, ditch it)
  4. Do I have something similar already? (If yes, compare and ditch the one(s) you haven’t used in the past year or are worn)
  5. Is it broken, worn, have holes, torn, cracked, or not work? (If yes, ditch it)
  6. Would I rather have to buy a new one and will it be expensive to buy a new one?

ORGANIZING

After I’ve gone through everything and put into my piles, it’s time to clear out the donate, throw away and recycle piles and start organizing what I’m keeping. Side note: Organizing can be pricey if you don’t already have some systems in place already. I suggest reusing boxes, shopping thrift stores or stores like Marshalls for cheap solutions.

  1. Declutter/Organize by category: While going room by room sounds like a good idea, it can make it overwhelming to tackle a whole room at once. I suggest picking a room/space and then picking one category within that room to tackle at a time. (i.e. if I’m organizing the kitchen, I’ll start by organizing the pots and pans before moving on kitchen utensils.
  2. Storing Upright: Visibility is my NUMBER one tip for organizing anything. Storing everything upright allows you to find items more easily and allows you to know what you have or what you might need. I swear when you can easily see everything in a drawer, basket, cabinet, etc. it will make your life so much easier!
  3. Keep what only brings you joy: *SPOILER ALERT* This one I got from Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, so if you haven’t watched it, drop everything and go watch it right now. It’s life-changing!! If you have seen it, you’ll know that one of her biggest rules is “Keeping only what brings you joy.”
  4. Don’t keep papers: I am guilty of keeping every single paper, important or not, and eventually it piles up… While keeping some papers is needed, such as tax, business, SOME bank papers, birth certificates, insurance papers, etc., most paper you do not need to keep. For the few paper’s you do need to keep, try to keep them to a minimum and organize them in label folders for easy storage and retrieval. PLEASE SHREAD AND RECYCLE ANY AND ALL PAPER YOU THROW OUT!!!!
  5. Fridge/Pantry Organization: I am a SUCKER for an organized fridge. Using clear bins to organize different items in your fridge will help use your fridge space efficiently and will help avoid wasting food. This can also be applied to your pantry! Try keeping food items in clear or labeled bins/containers, so you always know what you have or need more of.
  6. Small boxes: Using small boxes to organize drawers helps organize by category, size, or shape. Small boxes are super great to use in your undergarment, make-up, or kitchen utensil drawer!
  7. Label: If you have a label maker… great, label away! If not, the cheapest way to label items is cutting pieces of paper, write and tape it to what you want to label, OR you can buy sheets of label stickers and write and stick!

SHOP ITEMS I USE TO ORGANIZE


Glass containers to organize pantry items: I use these to storage flour, sugar, pasta, cereal, and other mixes or dry pantry items.

Command Hooks: Since we rent we try our best not to put holes in the walls so Command Hooks are such a great way to hang things. For somethings that are took heavy for command hooks, like heavy coats, I’ll use these hooks. They are super easy to use, only create a small hole and are able to hold up to 50lbs depending on which ones you use.

Cube Storage Shelf: If you want a slightly more pricey way to organize your things, investing in a cube storage shelf is a great item. Most are between $25-$50 (so still SUPER affordable).  These are super versatile and can be used to store so many different things. We use ours a an entry way table, coffee bar, show rack, book shelf, and have a few basket inserts to organize art supplies and extra cords and electronics.

Cube-Shelf Storage Bins: Helps easily and neatly store things in a cube-storage shelf.

Fridge Storage Bins: Keep like-products in your fridge together by using these clear storage bins.

Plastic Storage Bins: Great for keeping your pantry just as organized as your fridge!

Clothing Drawer Organizers: What I use to keep my undergarments drawer organized (see picture).

Catch-All Baskets: Great option for a catch all bowl to put by the front door!

Storage Basket: Great for storing throw blankets, towels, or extra accessories (i.e. hats, scarfs, belts, socks, or slippers).

File Folder: My favorite way to store papers I need to keep is keeping a sorted accordion folder. This one is great because you can use it normally or hang on the wall!

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12 Days of DIY Christmas – Day 1: Yarn Wall Hanger

Day One of Blonde by the Shore’s 12 Days of DIY Christmas is here, and today I’m going to show you this super simple DIY wall hanger. Wall hangers are not only very “in” right now, but they’re also super easy to make! I love how easily customizable they are for any decor. That is why I feel they can make the perfect gift! Now, let’s get into how to make it…

Step One: Gather your supplies

Supplies:

  • 2 Wooden Embroidery Hoops (Make sure to get 2 different sizes so one is larger than the other)
  • 2 different colored yarn (I also opted for 2 different textured yarns)
  • Scissors

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Step 2: Pop the inner hoop out of each embroidery hoop.

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Step 3: Cut your yarn DOUBLE the length you want it to be. (As pictured below)

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Step 4: If your yarn is not already folded in half as above, do so now. Then place the looped part under the hoop.

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Step 5: Take the end of your yarn and loop it through the top loop and pull all the way through.

Step 6: Repeat steps 3-5 until you’ve covered at about 1/4 of the hoop.

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Step 7: Repeat the above steps for the smaller hoop. IMG_5552

Step 8: Line up the tops of the two hoops.

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Step 9: Take yarn of your choosing and tie the tops of the two hoops together and leaving a loop out at the top to be able to hang, and you’re done! IMG_5554

This gift is super quick and so easy. You can make it any color, add braids, beads, or even make it more intricate than this one. The possibilities are pretty much endless and make the perfect gift for anyone.

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Happy Holidays, friends!

2018 Black Friday Top Home Picks

Here are my top home decor picks to shop this Black Friday!


  1. Macy’s Throw Blanket: Regular Price $100.00 / Black Friday Price $34.99
  2. T-Fal 20 Piece Cookware Set: Regular Price $99.99 / Black Friday Price $49.99
  3. Opal House Perfectly Soft Towel: Regular Price $5.99 / Black Friday Price $4.00
  4. Noble House Wicker Swing Chair: Regular Price $1,379.00 / Black Friday Price $229.00
  5. Martha Stewart Pom Pom Throw: Regular Price $140.00 / Black Friday Price $55.99 (w/ code SCORE)
  6. Tools of the Trade 15-Pc Knife Set: Regular Price $69.00 / Black Friday Price $19.99
  7. Bissonnette 2-Pc Iron Pot Planter Set: Regular Price $157.99 / Black Friday Price $79.99

Shop My Style: The Perfect Jeans for the Season

These Free People jeans are the bomb.com. They are a bit pricey but totally worth it! If I can find them on sale I will be sure to update this post with the sale ones!

Happy shopping!!

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The “Cup of Cheer” mug is from Target’s dollar zone and came from a mug gift set, but I couldn’t find the set on line

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I couldn’t find the same rug, since it is last season, but here is a similar one!

Fall Decor End-of-Season Sales

Anyone else LOVE shopping end of season sales to stock up on all the cute things for next year or even the rest of this season?! I’ve made a list of all the BEST halloween/fall decor clearance sales going on right now!!

To Shop: Click the name of store to go to main page of sales or shop my top picks by clicking the corresponding link listed below images (in order from left to right).

TARGET

Top Picks:

1. Halloween Hand Towels

2. Pumpkin-Apples-Hayrides Hanging Sign

3. Halloween Pumpkin Arrows Sign

4. Lit Pumpkin Sign

5. Wood Pumpkin String Lights

6. Fall Wood Tray

7. Fall Decor Truck (would be super cute filled with small pumpkins)


PIER ONE

Top Picks: UGH!! EVERYTHING in this sale is SO good! Made it SO hard to pick only a few!!

1. ‘Here for the Boos’ Wine Glass

2. Trick or Treat Yourself Pillow

3. Black Studded Pumpkin

4. Glitter Skull Twinkle Light

5. Pumpkin String Lights

6. Bow Door Decoration


HOBBY LOBBY

Top Picks:

1. Fall Cornucopia

2. Green Pumpkin Bowl

3. Gold and White Harvest Pillow

4. Fall Metal LED Sign


POTTERY BARN

Top Picks:

1. Cauldron Serving Bowls

2. Pumpkin String Lights

3. Glitter Bat Bundle

4. Glass Pumpkins (Various Sizes)

5. Skull Drink Dispenser

6. Trick or Treat Yourself Pillow Cover

13 Must-Watch Halloween Movies

Is it even October if you don’t cuddle up with a million blankets, light every fall scented candle you own, and eat all the popcorn and candy while watching spooky halloween movies?? That’s why I complied a list of my top 13 MUST-WATCH halloween movies that I plan to binge all day and night on October 31st!IMG_2876IMG_2874Ultimate Halloween Movie Marathon

  1. Halloween
  2. Hocus Pocus
  3. Halloweentown
  4. Scream
  5. The Conjuring
  6. Nightmare on Elm Street
  7. Insidious
  8. Children of the Corn
  9. Haunting in Conneticut
  10. Sinister
  11. The Ring
  12. The Univited
  13. As Above So Below (this one is not for the faint hearted!!)

While you may be too old to trick or treat, you are never too old to watch a good halloween movie. Lights, Camera, Spooky!!

FALL WREATH FOR UNDER $20

Ahh October… the month when it’s officially acceptable to wear sweaters, boots, & decorate for fall & halloween, which is exactly what I started doing without delay!

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If you’re anything like me, you see super cute wreaths in the store all the time, then look at the price tags & it’s always some craaaazy amount that you just can’t justify paying for fake flowers & plants in a circle…Well, I’m here to save your wallet & give you that super cute wreath you’ve always wanted for a FRACTION of the cost!

This DIY wreath took me about 10 minutes to make and only costed $16.40 (thanks to Michaels having all their fall decor 50% off!!)

Michaels had so many fall themed leaves & flowers to pick from. I probably spent more time trying to pick out which ones I wanted than actually making the wreath! I wanted to make something that would last me through thanksgiving, & if I wanted to change it up for winter, I could easily take a few of the more fall-y pieces out and replace them with wintery ones (which they also already had out).

Super easy, affordable, & customizable – what more could you ask for?!

Michaels also had a great deal on fall scented candles! Check out my “sale” highlights on my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blondebytheshoree/

This post is not sponsored or associated with Michaels Stores.