The holiday season is quickly approaching which means the best time of the year is only a few weeks away! We all want to find the perfect gifts for our friends and family so here are my first holiday gift guides to get your shopping started!
Who doesn’t love being organized? We can all admit that having your life in perfect order is one of the best feelings. Organizing can be fun - color coding, agendas, flare pens, sticky notes, gold paper clips - the works. However, it can sometimes be difficult staying on top of the endless commitments and schoolwork that appear to be piling up all around us. Here are by five tips on how I stay organized with school, sports, extra-curricular activities, YouTube, my social life, and now my lovely website!
Having an agenda is the first step in getting organized! Take some time to choose an agenda that you really like because then it is a pleasure to use. I use the Lilly Pulitzer agenda because it is bright, and I love the way configured! I log my daily homework in my agenda, and write my social engagements in the monthly calendar section. I use colored pens to create a color-coding system for every class, as well as colors for my extracurricular, club meetings, and more. I also have colorful sticky notes at the ready to post important reminders in my planner! Have fun choosing an agenda!
#2: Planning Session
Every Sunday night I have a planning session where I plan out the entire week in my agenda. This routine allows my week to start off strong. I sit at my desk and organize my club meetings, ACT prep work, tennis lessons, workouts, study groups, and whatever else pops up in the week! Outlining my events and meetings for the upcoming week helps start the week off strong. Make the planning session a routine!
#3: There’s a place for everything
Ever since I was little, my Mom has said there’s a place for everything and it is my motto! Take some time to create a place for important items and you will be more organized. Make sure you have proper folders, binders, bins, and notebooks for all of your papers. If everything has a special place, and you work hard at putting things away, you will save time in the long run. It is an important key to being organized.
#4: Make your bed daily!
This tip is something that I have been doing since first grade! The first thing I do every day is make my bed! Routine is the best way to stay organized. By making your bed I feel a sense of accomplishment because my room is in order and I am ready to start the day! And who doesn’t love at the end of a long day, climbing into a cozy, clean bed!
#5: Keep a clean bathroom!
In the morning, when it is the early hours, the last thing you want to do is rummage through your drawer to find your face-wash. Take some time to find a place for everything in your bathroom. It may get messy throughout the week, but if you set aside five-ten minutes at the end of each week to organize your products, you will feel more organized. Being able to find your makeup and skincare products quickly will improve your mornings tremendously and set your whole day off to a great start!
Long weekends are divine! For weekend getaways, a small duffle bag is all I need. This monogrammed navy trimmed duffle is my new favorite! The bag is surprisingly spacious to hold everything I need for a weekend break!
Jacket Boots- Tory Burch Hat- J.Crew Duffle-Swoozies
Have you ever heard of the world hygge? (Pronounced hoo-guh) Probably not. Up until last week I had no idea what the word meant. However, I have quickly implemented the Danish word into my vocabulary. Hygge means the essence of coziness and comfort, and the Danish have had this concept in their lives for quite some time.
I’m not going to lie, January and February are my least favorite months. The holiday festivities have past, it’s pretty gray outside, and it seems as though spring is far out of reach. Yet, I have declared that I am going to make these next two months dedicated to being, hyggelige. This is my attempt at coping with my winter blues, and trying to stay cozy and warm.
So how might one go about being hyggelige? Well, the Danish are very experienced in this department and through research and reading various articles, I have put together a list on how I plan to stay hyggelige for the upcoming winter months.
Thick wool socks are a must. The Danish are known for their cashmere knits and wools, and any cozy big sweater, blanket, or scarf should immediately be used to achieve hygge. Cozy up by the fire. This is very easy and in Denmark is considered an antidepressant (perfect for someone who has the winter blues). And with a fire, lighting a lot of candles to create a warm and welcoming ambiance, is also a must. Warm drinks, I mean come on, did I even need to mention this? Hot chocolate, coffee, mint tea, even hot water with lemon, is an obvious essential. Others ways to achieve hygge is by surrounding yourself with friends, cuddling up to watch a movie, reading a good novel, and even hoping for a storm to hear the wind howling and be forced to stay home and snuggle on the couch.
Hygge is a wonderful state of mind, and the Danish have actually been known to be some of the happiest people due to this cozy and relaxing lifestyle. Though this word and concept may seem silly, hygge is how I will be getting through the next couple weeks, and my sisters and parents are all jumping on the hygge bandwagon. So if you need me, I’ll be by the fire, sipping Chamomile tea, and in a cocoon of fuzzy blankets. Happy hygee!