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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Teeth Whitening for Sensitive Teeth

Enter to win a FREE Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Kit in this post!

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We all want perfect pearly white teeth, don’t we? Well getting your teeth professionally whitened isn’t exactly the cheapest thing in the world…

I’ve always struggled with the image of my teeth. From a very young age I had always been make fun of my teeth; they were too big for my mouth and crooked as anything! Eventually came time to get braces and I couldn’t have been more excited. I was finally going to have my dream teeth when all was said and done. FINALLY, after FOUR years of being a brace face came the day that felt like would never come and I got my braces off! That day was also the first and only time I’ve ever had my teeth professionally whitened. I was so proud of new teeth, but eventually the shine faded, I lost my retainer so my teeth began to shift back, and I started drinking coffee daily.

As much as I would love to get my teeth professionally whitening again, I typically don’t have $400 to $800 (the average range for getting your teeth whitened at the dentist) laying around to do so. As a result of being a broke twenty-something year old, I have probably tried every at-home whitening product/trick under the sun, but nothing really stood out to me over the years.

When Smile Brilliant reached out to me and asked if I’d be interesting in trying their at-home teeth whitening system, I was a little hesitant due to the fact that I have fairly sensitive teeth. That’s when I learned they have a specific whitening system designed just for sensitive teeth! So not only do they have a products for different types of teeth, but their price point in incomparable to other professional whiten treatments, their products are vegan and cruelty free and everything is so simple to use!

Smile Brilliant sends you everything you need including the mixtures for your impressions, teeth whiten gel and desensitizing gel (if you ordered for sensitive teeth), instructions on how to take your impressions and how to whiten your teeth once you receive your trays.

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For the past 21 days, I have been whitening every night before bed in increasing increments from 45 minutes to 3 hours. I know what you’re thinking… “3 hours?! That’s SO long!” Yes, 3 hours is a good chunk of time, but the great thing is that you can knock out other things while whitening! You can whitening while getting ready for the day, cleaning, watching tv, or even have them on while you’re working. REMEMBER, the trays are specifically designed for YOUR teeth, so you can barely tell when they are on! I took mine with me when I went to visit family for Christmas and had a full conversation with my mom while whitening. After we were done chatting, she had seen the empty tray case sitting on the bathroom counter and asked if I had something on my teeth. She had no idea I had anything on my teeth the whole time.

Overall, I would recommend this product. It has noticeably whitened my teeth, especially compared to any other teeth whitening method I’ve used. See my before and after below:

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I am so thrilled to be kicking off 2019 with more confidence because of my new pearly whites. Now you can too! Click the link below to enter to win a FREE Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Kit or if you just can’t wait, use code blondebytheshore15 for 15% off.

Giveaway Link: http://www.smilebrilliant.com/g/blondebytheshore

This post is in collaboration with Smile Brilliant. I received this product complimentary. All opinions are my 100% own.


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End of Year Clothing Sales Picks

Christmas may be over, but the end of the year sales are just getting started! I’ll be continuing to add to this list in the coming week, so be sure to check back or follow my Instagram. You don’t miss anything!

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3 Ingredient, No Bake Oreo Snowballs

These Oreo snowballs are ALWAYS a big hit with everyone who tastes them and the best thing is you don’t have to bake anything!!


Ingredients:

1 pack of Oreos

1 8oz tub of cream cheese

12-18 oz of melting chocolate

Instructions:

1. Crush your pack of Oreos. You can use a food processor, blender or place them in a plastic baggy and pound until crushed. (Obvi food processor or blender are most efficient)

2. Pour your crushed Oreos into a large bowl. Mix in your softened cream cheese until you cannot see any cream cheese.

3. Place in your freezer or refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

4. Melt your chocolate as directed on packaging then take your Oreo balls out and dip them in your chocolate until completely covered. (Add sprinkles or other festive fun at this time).

5. Place your, now chocolate-covered Oreo balls, in a container or cover with plastic wrap and store in your fridge.


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12 Days of DIY Christmas- Day 5: How-To Wrap a Gift

Are you a gift-wrapper or gift-bagger?? Well either way I’m here to show you how to easily wrap a gift, so your wrapping doesn’t look like a 5 year old did it… you know who you are!

1. Pick out your perfect Christmas wrapping paper!

2. Take whatever you are wrapping and measure out exactly how much paper you will need to cover each side.

3. Starting where your box ended, plus an inch more and cut your wrapping paper.

4. Start wrapping by taking on end of your wrapping paper and covering your gift so the side and top are completely covered and tape in place.

5. To make sure you have a clean line, fold 1/4 inch of the edge and continue to wrap rest of the box.

6. Now, because of the style of wrapping paper I got, I had a lot of excess on the sides that I don’t need. So, I measure how much I need to cut off.

7. Cut any excess off the sides that’s needed.

8. Throw it away! (Or save for later on a small gift or project)

9. Lastly, pick the right or left side to start with and fold in and tape. Repeat for other side. Then, take the top and bottom and neatly fold down and tape.

10. YOURE DONE! They perfectly wrapped box. No more wasting paper because you didn’t cut enough to cover the whole present.


More Tips:

1. The key to perfect wrapping is making sure you keep your lines tight, so be sure your creasing folds and edges as you’re going along.

2. Don’t be afraid to use the tape! I typically space out multiple pieces of tape when taping down edges to help prevent crinkles and gaps.

3. Remember you’re just wrapping a gift, it’s not the olympics… if you just aren’t good at it… use a gift bag. Lol

Holiday Gift Guides: Stocking Stuffers

Gift Guides are in FULL swing with December only 2 days away!! Who loves opening up their stocking more than opening up their actual presents on Christmas? Just me? Yup. Ok. To me, stocking stuffers are always something a little fun, or goofy or something a little helpful or something you needed. I’ve compiled some of my favorite little gifts perfect for stuffing those stockings for him or her!

Ladies Stocking Stuffers

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  1. QIAYA Selfie Light Ring for Phone
  2. Holidaze SmashBox Liquid Lip Set
  3. Sun Bum Tinted Lip Balm
  4. Kikkerland Cactus Buddy Dryer Balls (2 Pack)
  5. Invisibobble Hair Ring
  6. Skin Gym Jade Crystal Facial Roller
  7. Tweexy – Nail Polish Holder
  8. Llamarama Large Zipper Pouch
  9. Peace and Love Earrings
  10. Automatic Handbag Illuminator
  11. Lush-Santa Bath Bomb

Guys stocking stuffers

GUYS

  1. Fix It Kit
  2. Bluetooth Beanie
  3. Taco Socks
  4. Scotch-Infused Toothpicks Gift Set
  5. Eject Button Car Cigarette Lighter
  6. HM Mens Leather Gloves
  7. Telescope Magnetic Pick-up Tool
  8. Dude Wipes
  9. Dad Bod Belly Fanny Pack
  10. Herschel Supply Co. Mens Wallet

Other holiday gift guides to check out:

Gift Guide for Her

Beauty Gift Sets

Gifts Guide for Dad/DIL

Gift Guide for Mom/MIL

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Cyber Monday Fashion Picks

Cyber Monday is upon us and if you still have money left in your bank account after Black Friday, here are some of my top fashion picks for today!


Fashion Picks:

1. Me&Hz Layered Tassel Earrings – $11.99

2. Nike Cropped Hoodie -$45.00

3. Free People Jeans – $46.80

4. Style & Co Chenille Sweater – $17.99

5. Nike Sportswear Dad Hat – $10.80

6. Jessica Simpson Connie Sweater – $24.99

7. New Directions Fur Hood Anorak Jacket – $49.99

8. Kendra Scott Elisa Pendant Necklace – $48.75

9. Hunter Original Short Rain Boots – $89.90

10. Casion Aiden Wedge Sneakers – $47.98

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