7 Days to a Clean House

Keeping your home clean seems like a constant battle. Sometimes I don’t even know how my house gets so messy when I’m not even around! It also seems like the more free time that you have, the harder it is to spend time cleaning.

As I’ve shared before, I believe the best way to be productive is to make a list and hold yourself accountable. I created this 7 day challenge to help guide you through a deep clean of your home. This should take a max of 1 hour a day, and leave your home in a cleaner state long term!

The key is to commit to the project and keep up with the tasks each day– no cheating! I plan to follow the challenge this week!

Happy cleaning!

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How To Care For Quartz Countertops

Ever since I bought my house, I dreamed of the day that I could redo my kitchen. My original kitchen was fine, but not the kitchen of my dreams! The biggest purchase I made in my remodel was new quartz countertops. They are one of the biggest purchases I have ever made (other than my actual house and car). I was so happy when they were installed and for the first few weeks I didn’t even want to use them.

Quartz is more stain resistant than granite or marble countertops because it is not a porous stone, but you still want to make sure that you are taking proper care of them to prevent damage. Quartz is actually made of ground up stone held together with binders. This gives you the look and feel of stone without it being an actual slab of stone. There are a few things to know about quartz countertops in order to keep them looking their best.

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Shoe Storage Makeover

I recently shared my mini makeover in my blogger home office. I use this room to store a lot of my closet, especially my shoe collection. I used to dream of being able to afford designer shoes long before I ever went to fashion design school, and to me, they represent how hard I have worked in my career!

When I first moved into my house, I found a bookcase on the side of the road that I loaded into my car and used to store my shoes and purses. As I’ve finally grown up a little bit and can actually afford furniture, I wanted to get the monstrosity out of the room and replace it with something a little nicer.

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5 Step Closet Organization Refresh

Closets are often one of the most cluttered parts of the home because it’s so easy to close the door forget about it. But, having a tidy and organized closet can help save you time and money in the long run by making the most out of your space and wardrobe. Follow these 5 steps for a total refresh of your closet organization:

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20 Ways to Simplify Your Life

When life becomes busy and it feels like you are only home to sleep some days, it’s hard to stay on top of organization and feel like you’re getting ahead. I’ve found that the more I simplify and the more time I invest in organizing my life, the more free time I have to enjoy and relax.

Every weekend, I set aside an hour or so to fully prepare for the week– I pack my breakfasts, snacks, and lunches, I plan work outfits, workout outfits, and pack bags for after work activities. It seems excessive, but it really helps during the week when I can just get up and go in the morning and I’m also not scrambling to prepare each night.

I also try to take a little time each week to simplify– whether it is cleaning out the fridge, organizing a junk drawer, or cleaning out the linen closet. 20 minutes spent on any one of these tasks makes for an easier day to day routine. Need sunscreen? It’s in the sunscreen bin! Need a towel? They’re neatly stacked and the pile won’t collapse on you!

Here are my top tips for taking time to simply your life:

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Fixing a Water Stain on a Leather Madewell Bag

Purchasing a Madewell bag has been on my lust list (this is a thing right?) for a while. I *almost* bought on a few years back but there was a rumor of layoffs at my company and I something told me to hold off and save my money. I ended up getting laid off and switched to money-survival mode.

Flash forward 2 years and I am back at my same job and was in need of a new bag. Madewell had some great sales over the holidays so I finally got my dream bag and even got it monogrammed. I take very good care of it and use a leather protectant which has saved me from a few spills and walking miles in rainy NYC.

This weekend, I was at dinner with my parents when my dad said ‘what’s on the bottom of your purse??’. I thought it was a shadow, but quickly realized the bottom of my bag was covered in water.

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