Getting back on track

It’s a little over a month into the spring semester, and I don’t know about you, but I am starting to get behind on things. My apartment looks pretty disastrous, my to-do lists (when i have the time to make them) are getting longer, I am finding loose papers scattered in my binders, books, and room, and I am simply not using my time well because I am so tired. I am determined to get back on track though. If you want to too, here are a few tips that have helped me before.

1. Make the decision to change your ways. Lent just started so it’s the perfect opportunity to get your act together, but you have to make a commitment to yourself to make a change, to become organized, to be more productive. Maybe ask someone to hold you accountable and check in with you.

2. Take it slow if you need to. Try doing 1 thing a day. If you apartment looks as bad as mine, take 10 or 20 minutes of your day and focus on the kitchen or laundry or your desk. You don’t have to do it all in 1 day.

3. Schedule everything. Some people have a hard time with this, but if you want to make sure something gets done, scheduling it will force you to manage your time wisely. I use Microsoft Outlook because I can color-code everything :) You can even schedule in naps and veg time.

4. Don’t feel guilty about taking some time to do nothing productive. It’s good for your mind to get a rest by reading something for pleasure, catching up on your favorite shows on Hulu, or taking a nap. The problem comes when you do this for an extended period of time. I am very guilty of accidentally watching 4 hours worth of Netflix before I remember I have a paper due the next day. This is when scheduling everything is helpful.

5. Make sure you are eating well. I have noticed the more unbalanced my meals are, the less productive and more tired I am . Try not to grab anything just to get food in your stomach. Take the time to eat a real meal at least twice a day. Don’t forget to drink water through out the day too.

Do you have any tips that have helped you? Share them below!

elfa elfa elfa!

If my obsession with organization was not bad enough, I applied to work at The Container Store over Christmas break. It took everything in me to not spend my whole pay check there. I spent most of my days straightening aisles and taking mental notes on everything I thought I needed, which was ultimately everything. My favorite product to not only buy, but sell, was elfa. What is elfa you ask? It is customizable shelving and drawer systems…and so much more.

Every day I learned something new about elfa and became more and more obsessed with it. Unfortunately for my family, they got to constantly hear all about it every 15 minutes. Fortunately for my parents, it convinced them to think about getting elfa for their master closet.

Gross right?

A few weeks ago, I was  hanging out with my mom in her studio, and my dad came in looking for the tape measure. When he said he was measuring the closet, I immediately went into elfa selling mode. By the end of the day, we had a custom design for my dad’s side of the closet with everything we needed to install it.

Two weeks later, my dad and I finally found a day that we had time to clean out the closet and install the elfa. It was a great day! Not only did we add more space and organization with the elfa system, but we were able to get rid of clothes and other things he hasn’t touched in ages. I even gained a few old comfy sweaters :)

You can get efla installed by a professional, but it’s really not that hard to install with two people.

The installation took only about an hour or so with 2 people who had never installed elfa before.

We did have a little help from this guy.

My nephew Toby

Out of all the features elfa has, my favorite is the gliding shoe rack/shelf. We got my dad two shelves since the racks are for heels. The shelves are supposed to hold only 6 pairs of men’s shoes, but we were able to fit 10 pairs on each.

love love love!

In the end, it visually looks a little crowded, but his hanging space doubled allowing his clothes to not be jammed together and easy to find. He is also able to match suits, shirts, and ties together with his valet rod and gliding tie rack closer to the closet light.

As I was writing this post, I got a call from my mom to inform me she went into The Container Store today to get her side of the closet designed. This is a great service by The Container Store. Anyone can drop in or schedule an appointment with a designer for a free custom design and consultation with no obligation to purchase.

Now is actually the best time to purchase elfa though. The Container Store’s huge annual efla sale is going on  through February 13th. Everything is 30% off!

If you don’t have a closet that needs organization, elfa can also help you organize laundry rooms, offices, kitchens, and even entertainment centers. Learn more about these options here!

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