Tuesday, February 28, 2017

LOVE FOR 5 - February Favorites 2017


Hey, everyone!  The end of February has arrived... and so has LOVE FOR 5!  I love sharing my top picks of the month with you guys and here's what I chose.  I hope you enjoy! :)


1. Knitting
My first favorite has been a season love and activity all in one.  I've been knitting again :)  I prefer to knit or crochet in the winter... something about it is so relaxing and cozy!  In particular I'm working on long scarf with two strands of yarn in red/burgundy and black.  I think I'll be done with it soon!


2. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Perfume
Number two pick is definitely this perfume.  This is just a travel size rollerball style tube, but it has lasted a long time and smells amazing.  Nirvana Black fragrance notes are violet, sandalwood and vanilla.  Perfect for the end of winter into spring!

3. Milani Moisture Lock Lip Oil in Pomegranate 
Next I wanted to chat about this lip oil by Milani.  This is the first drugstore lip oil I've tried and I'm obsessed!  It smells like candy and I love the thick texture.  It has this awesome large wand and is so moisturizing on the lips.  The only thing I wish I could change would be if it had a bit more of a tint, but other than that it's a win!


4. Seattle's Best House Blend Ground Coffee
The final two favorites are usually bundled together for a quick breakfast.  First, is this amazing coffee!  I love it so much and it's perfect with french vanilla creamer.

5. Zone Perfect Chocolate Peanut Butter Nutrition Bars
Lastly, is my all-time favorite nutrition/protein bar.  Cliff has NOTHING on these Zone Perfect bars!  They have less calories, more protein and in my opinion, taste better.  The chocolate peanut butter the best and tastes like a candy bar... needless to say, I grab a box of these EVERY grocery trip.


Those are my favorites for February.  What are some of your picks this month?

I hope you enjoyed!  Feel free to follow my site for future posts.  As always, thanks for stopping by :)  Have a great day and talk with you soon!

Lots of Love,

Richelle

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Art & Office Supplies Declutter Update #2 - Hello Minimalism Series


Hello, everyone!  It has been over month since my original art supply declutter, so I thought it would be wise to do it again.  I'm a very DIY and crafty person, which is why I have so much stuff.  Unfortunately, it still seems like a bit much and it's hard to make time for it all.  Time for Round 2!


BEFORE: The Current Stash


Here's a real view of the current situation.  There is a total of 4 storage containers, clear bag and my sewing machine (I forgot to show in my first post).  The bulk is my sewing machine, office supplies, paints, random craft supplies and items for my etsy shop.

Since my last declutter, I have decided to give away my sewing machine.  My minimalist side says, YES but my practical side was making me question myself.  In the end, I have decided to let it go.  Something is broken inside it and sewing is my least favorite craft.  I have no regrets and it was time to clear it out.

Same as my previous declutters, the process hasn't changed.  I bring all the items to one area and begin emptying everything out to be sorted.  Once the sorting/decluttering is done, I reorganize.

AFTER: 


Here's the after!  The left is my keep pile and the right is for donation.  It feels SO GOOD to slim down the supplies again.  This is one of the hardest areas for me to declutter, so this is still a work in progress.  A goal in the future, would possibly be for everything to fit in the large teal tote.  I love that organizer and it holds art stuff perfectly.  We will see. 

When it comes to hobbies, it can be hard to really be honest with yourself.  I was finally honest with myself and passed along my sewing machine.  There's no point in holding onto things that you no longer use or enjoy (or not work at all!).  I find it a bit stressful when I have too much and I end up using none of it.  I want to get to the place that I only keep select pieces that I actually make the time for.  This is something I am still working on.

That brings us to the end of another declutter update :)  How are you doing?


Missed my first clean-out?  Here it is: Art & Craft Supplies Declutter - Hello Minimalism Series


I hope you enjoyed!  Feel free to follow my site for future posts.  As always, thanks for stopping by :)  Have a great day and talk with you soon!

Lots of Love,

Richelle

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bathroom Declutter - Declutter with Me! - Hello Minimalism Series


Hello, everyone!  Welcome back for another declutter!  This week I completed the master bathroom, which is connected to loft bedroom upstairs.  I went through the entire space-- the shower, countertop and under the sink.  Here's how I did!


THE SHOWER:


Our bathroom to separated into two parts: the countertop/sink on the right and the toilet/shower on the left.  I decided to start with the left side and grabbed all the products from the shower.  I made sure to grab a spare towel to set everything on while I worked.


Everything above was in my shower and the left is what I decided to keep.  These are all go-to products that my boyfriend and I use all the time.  The items on the right are being tossed/given away.   That completed the first area of the bathroom -- onto the main part!


THE COUNTER:


Next, I moved onto the countertop and sink area.  My only complaint about this bathroom is that we do not have a medicine cabinet, so we do keep key items on the counter.  I try to keep this as simple and organized as possible.   For the most part, we keep our toothbrushes, daily skincare, candle, comb and hand soap on the counter.   That's it.

I didn't grab everything off the counter to show, but here's the scoop: the left I'm clearing out and the right is what I am working on using up.  The items on the right are almost gone and instead of throwing them away I will finish them first.  Try to do this when you can!


UNDER THE SINK:


Lastly, we have the scary (where things come to hide!) area under the sink.  We keep the rest of our toiletries, medicine container and bulk bathroom items under there.  The 3 colorful plastic totes were purchased at Dollar Tree several years ago and have worked great for storage.


Just like with the shower, I completely emptied the cabinet and started sorting on the towel.  My goal was to reduce the totes from 3 to 2 and not stack things behind others.  I wanted to be able to open the doors and see everything easily right in front.  I was able to do both!  

The stuff at the top is keep and the bottom is being decluttered.  Not including any trash, I'm decluttering about 20-somthing items from the whole bathroom!  Since I did that, I was able to reorganize and now, Paul and I each have one tote each.  Much better!!

AFTER


Here's the look 'After' of our cabinet!  Everything is accessible and is use.  There's no point of holding onto products you don't like!


This is the right side of the bathroom and what we keep on the counter.  If we had a medicine cabinet, most of these items would be stored away and out of sight.  However, this is what we have to work with currently... we'll survive ;)  

Bathroom and shower -- done!  There were items I was able to declutter and others that I am working on using up.  Either way, things are getting better!  How are you doing?

I hope you enjoyed!  Feel free to follow my site for future posts.  As always, thanks for stopping by :)  Have a great day and talk with you soon!

Lots of Love,

Richelle

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Dresser Declutter - Clothes Clean Out - Hello Minimalism Series


Hello, everyone!  Now that we've decluttered the master closet, I wanted to move onto the dresser where we keep most of our clothes.  Between the dresser and closet, that's the bulk of the loft that needed to be looked it.   

Like with the closet, my boyfriend Paul and I share the dresser and he helped with the declutter process.  It's a long wooden dresser that has 4 smaller drawers and 4 double wide drawers.  The current setup works for us, but areas have become very crowded.  Let's change that ASAP! 


BEFORE:


Right off the bat, I started with one drawer at a time.  The long drawers I completely emptied and place the clothing on the bed to be sorted.  Then with the small drawers, I would pull them out and sort them on the bed without removing everything.  


As always, I created 3 piles: to toss, to keep and to donate.  I did this with all of my drawers and Paul did the same with his.

TO DECLUTTER:


Here's everything that we are decluttering!  The left is going in the garbage because it includes very worn out clothing that is not worth giving away and the right is for the thrift store to donate.  Excluding the socks, there's over 30 items in the pile!  Not bad!  This is easily an entire load of laundry.

AFTER:


Once we cleared out all the unwanted clothing, I reorganized all the drawers.  I've always folded my clothes this way, but this time I did it to Paul's drawers as well.  It makes it so much easier to see everything!

I'm still working on improving my wardrobe, especially since I removed many items that weren't working for me.  I'm not necessarily looking towards having a capsule wardrobe, but I do want to bring more black and grey into my style.  There are also some basics I plan to pick up throughout the year.


Those are the updated drawers except for our underwear drawers (no one needs to see those!).  I have a total of 2 small drawers and 1 long drawer for all my clothes.. I also hang the rest of my wardrobe in the closet.  Then Paul has hung clothes in the closet, 2 small drawers and 2 long drawers.  

The amount of space has always worked for us, but now it's even better.  I do the laundry and I know that this clear out is going to make a difference when putting clean clothes away!  Every little bit counts, you know?


Above is a picture of the very top long dresser drawer that is now completely empty... that was the goal and I don't need to keep clothes in there anymore!  My plans are to store my bath bombs, skincare and miscellaneous beauty products inside.  (so far it's working great!)

Dresser declutter down!  So happy that it is completed... the loft declutters are half way done.  Have you been decluttering?

I hope you enjoyed!  Feel free to follow my site for future posts.  As always, thanks for stopping by :)  Have a great day and talk with you soon!

Lots of Love,

Richelle

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Scents of the Month - February 2017 - Fall in February?!


Hello, everyone!  I wanted to share my current Scents of the Month for February.  I decided to skip this in January, mostly because we didn't have anything new to talk about and were still getting through the festive candles from December.  

Now that we are far into February, I finally have some new products to share!  Although winter is still in full swing, most of what you will see is very fall inspired.  I love a cozy environment and what's more warm and toasty then some vanilla or cinnamon?  

If you're new to my blog, my boyfriend and I live in a 2-bedroom loft apartment and I love to keep our place smelling nice, but I don't go overboard with too many candles.  On average we have a pair of wallflowers on the main floor along with two candles (living room + guest bath) and one candle upstairs in our loft bedroom.

As always, I'll start with our pair of wallflowers and this month we chose Bath and Body Works Mahogany Teakwood.  The fragrance notes are Rich Mahogany, Black Teakwood and Dark Oak, which really brings a woodsy vibe and it also smells like cologne.  To be honest, this isn't my favorite and it has been a bit strong, but that's okay.


The main candle we have on the first floor is by Tuscany Candle in the scent Vanilla Cinnamon Brûlée.  We keep it on our breakfast bar and we can easily smell it through the entire living/ dining area.  It smells just like dessert-- notes of creamy vanilla with a dash of cinnamon.  We love this one!


The second candle we store is in our downstair's guest bathroom and it is Tuscany Candle Fall Festival... I warned you, I LOVE fall scented candles!  I can't help it!  This smell has such a cozy spicy fragrance and you can really smell the cinnamon as it flows into the hallway.  Plus I love the golden wax! 


Moving to up to the loft, we typically have one candle in our master bathroom only.  I chose another Tuscany Candle and the scent is Autumn Apple Magic which smells like fresh apples.  I'm not sure if this is still available since it was limited edition, but I've had it for awhile and I want to finally finish it.  I love the smell though!  I always burn it when I take a bath.



Those are all the home fragrances I chose for the month of February :)  What candles are you using right now?  Let me know down below!

I hope you enjoyed!  Feel free to follow my site for future posts.  As always, thanks for stopping by :)  Have a great day and talk with you soon!

Lots of Love,

Richelle

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Master Closet Declutter - BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS - Hello Minimalism Series


Hello, everyone!  The time has finally come to start decluttering the loft.  The loft is used as our master bedroom and has an attached bathroom.  I will be decluttering our master bathroom/shower in a separate post... coming soon.

Today's post I will be focusing on the master closet which holds my boyfriend and I's clothing (mostly that needs to be hung), accessories, some electronics and other random things.  My boyfriend Paul helped with this declutter and went through all of his things... as I've said in a previous post, he is not looking to become more minimalistic but I really appreciate the decluttering he's willing to do! Baby steps, people! :)  I hope to think that I'm leading by example.

The rest of our wardrobe is stored in a large wooden dresser we share and I am saving that for a specific post next week.  More to come, don't worry!


BEFORE - Right Side:

Here's the right side and where most of the "stuff" collects.  My clothing that needs to be hung is on this side and we share the cube shelves/top shelf.  The clothing rod is pretty overcrowded and the shelves are ridiculously stuffed!  

To our defense, this is the SMALLEST closet I've ever had in my life AND I have to share it.  One of the few things I wish I could change about our loft!


BEFORE - Left Side:

The left side is pretty much all of Paul's clothing and large bulk items on the floor (luggage and hunting gear).  It's not as bad... simply because there's hardly any space!  I keep mostly his go-to work clothes inside.


STEP 1:

First, I started on the horrible-to-look-at shelves and I took EVERYTHING OUT.  Each shelf was emptied and tossed on the bed.  

Once it was clear, I dusted all the open surfaces in the closet.


STEP 2:

Next, I went through everything that we took from the shelves and started creating piles.  I had a pile for keep, donate and trash.  

Then I reorganized what we chose to keep and returned the items back to their home.  

Lastly, there was the clothing on the rod.  We went through each piece one by one and followed the same methods as we did the shelves.  Luckily, since our rack is on the small side, there wasn't much we were hoarding on it!


Declutter - What's Going!

I am selling my American Girl Dolls, old camcorder and Samsung VR Headset on eBay.  (At this time, they all sold already!  Yay!)  If you have things of value that you no longer want, try to sell them first!

The rest in the pile is being donated.  There's several hoodies, sweatpants, tops, scarves and miscellaneous items we cleared off the shelves.  There was even a mini remote control helicopter. This easily filled a large box.. off you go!  Good-bye!


AFTER

Here's the result!  Not perfect, but the clothes are no longer crowded on the rack and the shelves are much more open and organized.



There you have it!  Closet declutter done... next week I am tackling the dresser.  Wish me luck!  Any of you decluttering your home? 

I hope you enjoyed!  Feel free to follow my site for future posts.  As always, thanks for stopping by :)  Have a great day and talk with you soon!

Lots of Love,

Richelle

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tea Tuesday February - Teavana Peach Tranquility Review


Hello, everyone!  Welcome back for February's Tea Tuesday :)  I decided to skip a month because I had A LOT of tea that I'm trying to use up... I accidentally created quite the collection.  Now that it's calmed down, I wanted to share Teavana's Peach Tranquility Tea (find it here).

My amazing brother got me this along with a pair of those burgundy mugs (he knows me so well!) for Christmas and I've become addicted to this sweet herbal tea.  This arrived in a prepackaged tin with exactly 8 ounces of loose-leaf tea, but you can buy this separately in 2 ounce intervals -- like all of Teavana's loose-leaf teas.

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This is caffeine free and full of flavor.  The top ingredients include apple pieces, candied pineapple pieces, rose hip peels, chamomile flowers, peach pieces and more.  This tea has a sweet but calming flavor with a dash of floral and citrus.  It's a great option for day or night! 

It smells just as good as it tastes and I prefer to add a teaspoon of honey whenever I make a glass.  It really brings out the peach and other flavors!  You only get 1 steep each brew and the steep time is 5 minutes.  


This has been a favorite since I received it :)  I think Peach Tranquility would also make a great accent to other teas such a green and white teas.  I hope you found this quick review helpful and consider giving it a try!

Any teas you can recommend?  I'm a bit of a tea addict.. can you tell?

I hope you enjoyed!  Feel free to follow my site for future posts.  As always, thanks for stopping by :)  Have a great day and talk with you soon!

Lots of Love,

Richelle

Saturday, February 4, 2017

5 Areas Not to Forget While Decluttering! - Hello Minimalism Series


Hello, everyone!  Today's post is 5 Areas Not to Forget While Decluttering.  I had fun putting this together and I hope it helps you!  These are all small areas to work on and should only take you minutes.  Let's get started!


1.  Handbag & Wallet
I spent hours decluttering my first floor and realized I never checked by purse!  Mine wasn't stuffed to the brim by any means, but there were definitely things that didn't need to be there.  While you're at it, go through your wallet as well... just because everything fits, doesn't mean you should keep it!  If you're curious, my bag is by JW Hulme Co and the pile to the right is what I cleared out.

2.  Pet Supplies
Here's another area I tacked: Pet Supplies. Haha of course, if you don't have any pets this doesn't apply, but I am a happy animal mama to 5 (yes, 5!) and it's always a good idea to go through their stash.  There's no point in keeping items that are broken, expired or not ever used/played with.  Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of this part!


3.  Electrical Cords/Chargers
Like many of us, I had a lot of miscellaneous cords and chargers that were collecting dust.  I kept one HDMI cord, one internet cable and one spare charger for my phone.  After that, I got rid of the rest.


4.  Key Ring
The next thing-- which I think most of us are guilty of-- is our keys.  I don't know about you, but there were old keys, reward cards I never use and random things that I had no business keeping.  The left is obviously my keep and the right is toss.  I love having slimmer keys now!

5.  Car
Lastly, we can't forget our vehicles!  Make sure to check all the glove boxes, center console and everything in between.  I'm not in the habit of hoarding things in my car, but I did have things in the dash.  I ended up decluttering all the CDs that I never listen to and some other random things.  It never hurts to check!


There you have it!  5 Areas Not to Forget.  As I find more ideas, I would love to make more posts like this.  Are there any I should add?

I hope you enjoyed!  Feel free to follow my site for future posts.  As always, thanks for stopping by :)  Have a great day and talk with you soon!

Lots of Love,

Richelle