New Year, a blank slate

Hi All!

I know everyone loves to start a new year with resolutions, but I feel like that word tends to put too much pressure on yourself so I am a big fan of New Year, NEW goals! Goal is a great comprimise because it lets you prepare yourself mentally to get you to the goal you have in mind. Some of the few I have in mind for the New Year are below, I think this is fun to do because writing it down keeps you accountable and motivates me even more to do it-here we go!

*Organize and get rid of clutter in our kitchen space as well as other spaces within our house. I don’t know about you but their really is nothing better to me than opening a cabinet that has organization and controlled chaos. Right now I am definitely in the market for buying more organizational storage bins, baskets, and even spice racks. YOU name it. I am a very organized person by nature BUT I think getting more bins for snacks, and clear glass jars for cooking essentials will only make my life easier in the kitchen. The great thing about the ones below are that you can grab these at Target, TJ MAXX, or even the container store. How mean can we all just take a moment to look at how pretty this looks??

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*The boxes that food comes in can take up too much room (has anyone else noticed this?) and finding things on the fly can be challenging if you are in a rush. Another great thing about having clear bins is that kids are able to navigate their way through your kitchen in an easier manner too.

*Go through items you have lying on countertops, and even your dining room table. I feel like we are all so busy and places in our house especially the dining room table tend to be the hot spot for all of our clutter and paperwork. I am in the market for finding an organizational way to store all of our paperwork and bills without some of our surfaces looking like a hot mess.

*Who else is sick of walking into chaos in their basement? This girl is! This year my mission is to tackle our basement which could use various different organizational elements to help make it more manageable for the whole family. Below is such an easy and amazing way to keep all of your holiday decor, party supplies, kids toys etc. in one area. Clear bins with labels is such an easy way to make this happen too. Also, the metal shelving that these bins are on is not too pricey either.

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*Another goal I have is to continue to create more me time for myself. This really is so important especially to promise yourself to do as you get older and life gets crazier. This can mean going to meet a girlfriend for drinks, getting a mani-pedi and also getting a workout in. I am usually such a go go go type person so sitting in one place for a while can be challenging, but so important. Reading is also one of my favorite things to do in my spare time especially the winter when it is unbearable in New England to go outside

I hope this also helps motivate you to tackle some of the projects you have been wanting to make happen around your house I can’t wait to share mine with you!

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

Jordan

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How to style your front entryway!

Hello Friends:)

Today, I wanted to share with you some creative ways to style the front entry of your home. To me the entryway is so important, not only because it is the first impression of your home, but it is also where you keep all of your home essentials (Coats, rain boots, umbrellas, purses, and even yoga mats.) With that being said, some of us may live in homes similar to mine that is older (Circa 1950) so you don’t have a huge area for your essentials.

I am going to guide you through our front entryway, and then show you what endless options you have if you have an entryway that is on the larger side.

Below, you will see one view of our front entry, Charlie likes to be in ALMOST everyone of these pictures as you can see haha. I picked up this great coat hanger a few years ago when I lived in Connecticut at Marshall’s. This coat hanger is so great because it has cute labels for each hook. This is a great idea for those of you that have children in the house, or even have guests that come over frequently. I also love the wood that these hooks are on, because it goes with anything. You can get coat hangers like this really anywhere, and they are so useful to have right by your main entryway so everything is located in one spot. I also wanted to note the rug below. I got this at Target literally three years ago and it has held up ever since. I think it is so important to get a rug that will hide foot traffic wear and tare and this one surely has done that in more ways than one!

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(Sorry the lighting is funky in this one, still trying to figure out the best way to capture natural morning sunlight.)

Moving on down to where all of the shoes, and extra necessities are stored. I purchased this circular basket initially for recycling items when we lived somewhere else a few years ago, and now it has been transformed into our shoe basket for everyone in the house. This is a great idea because the shoes are organized and put away, but still visible enough to see what you are grabbing when you are in a hurry. I keep my yoga mat here, and our rain boots as well. I got a tray to put the shoes on too so none of the dirt or other outside things make their way inside. I promise this tray is key! Also, you can buy these anywhere. I think I even got ours at Target or the Family Dollar store:) No ONE has to know. hahah

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This Key holder is amazing! This lives on the opposite side of the front door, and I am so happy I got this. I put my car key ring on one, Sofy puts her key on another, and Andy also uses it for his work badge and key. AND my future hub is notorious for losing things (we still love him though.) SO, I thought having this right near the door would make both his life as well as mine easier so no one is late to work, or running around frantically trying to find what they need when it is crunch time. You can get something like this anywhere really. Amazon, Target, Homegoods….I am sure Hobby Lobby has some as well.

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This little basket sits right under the key holder, and in this I have some of our winter necessities including hats and gloves. We also have a coat closet behind this basket, but this is just a quick grab and go for Sofia when she goes to school, or anyone else that may need a winter hat quickly! I got this basket at TJMAXX, and it was under $10.00!

Here are some other options for you to choose from when you are working with a smaller entryway space:

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I don’t know about you, BUT I love the flowers coming out of these rain boots, so adorable AND that SHIPLAP, and over head pendant!! AHHHH:)

I saved the best for last my friends-take a look at the endless possibilities below on what you can do with a large front entryway!

Having these built in units in any home would be a dream:) Not only are they gorgeous, but they also act as great furniture pieces within a home, they add so much more character AND they are amazing space savers.

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This one I love the idea of because each child gets a backpack hook and basket:)

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I hope this will help you navigate your front entryway! Have a wonderful day!

xoxo

J