Tips for decluttering your books

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Books are one of those things that seem to multiply behind your back (anyone else?). I used to think books were something I could automatically keep, because well it’s a book. You can’t have too many books, right? Wrong! If you are trying to pare down on your belongings you should definitely take a moment and get rid of some of those books! It’s worth it when you end up with a completely empty shelf or two! Here are my tips and tricks:

1. Take out all the books you have and make a pile in the middle of the floor.  Out of this big pile, first, make a seperate pile of all your absolute favorite books. Come up with a max number that makes sense for you before starting to sort favorites (mine is around 10).  Make another pile of books you have that you haven’t read yet. Put the remaining books in the donate pile.

2. Out of the books in the haven’t read yet pile, get rid of any you’ve had for more than a year. Chances are if you haven’t gotten around to reading them yet you probably aren’t excited about reading them anyways.

3. Cookbooks are a tough one. I’d say get rid of all except your absolute favorite cookbooks because let’s face it, you get all your recipes off Pinterest anyways.

4. Keep a limit on the number of unread books you’ll keep in the house. It will stop you from going to buy a new book when you have plenty at home to read or it will force you to get rid of one you have that you don’t really want to read in order to get a new one you’re excited about.

5. Once you finish reading a book, immediately give it to a book-loving friend or add it to a donate pile (don’t put it back on the shelf!) so someone else can enjoy it instead of cluttering up your bookshelf.

6. One more thing: coffee table books. I’m definitely a sucker for a pretty book filled with pretty pictures but I have a rule for keeping these from getting out of control: if you don’t have it on display, get rid of it!

Sidenote* Investing in a Kindle definitely decreased the number of books I own, even though I’ll never fully be able to give up actual books!

Good luck decluttering those books everyone! :)

What’s in your inbox?

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I really try to control what makes it into my email inbox. No one wants to be bombarded with a million emails a day and I’m constantly striving to only receive emails that I want to read (although most of the time this seems almost impossible!) Normally I unsubscribe to any newsletter or product email I get but here are a few I actually look forward to seeing in my inbox:

theSkimm– I really can’t recommend theSkimm enough. I HATE reading the news/trying to figure out what’s actually big news but I also know it’s important to know whats going on in the world. It’s always good to know what people are talking about when they are referring to current events and maybe even add a little to the conversation. This daily email has been a lifesaver for me. I have used info from theSkimm in many a conversation and I come across much smarter and informed than I actually am.

Levo The Brief–  I just subscribed to this one recently. While theSkimm is sent early in the morning and is great to start the day reading, this one comes in the afternoon when you’re probably ready for a fun little distraction from work. It’s more of entertainment news but set up the same way as theSkimm with short tidbits linked to longer articles if you want to read more. This will equip you with plenty to talk about at happy hour!

Refinery29 Weekly–  I used to get emails from them everyday but this weekly one keeps my inbox a little cleaner. It’s just a collection of the best articles from their website which include: fashion, beauty, living, wellness and entertainment. These are usually fun lighthearted articles that are easy to skim through.

* To receive weekly emails subscribe to the daily one and then change your preferences.

Rob Brezsny’s Astrology Newsletter–  I realize that reading horoscopes is a little silly and I’m definitely not one of those people that totally believes everything they say. That’s the main reason why I like getting this one in my inbox once a week. Instead of “predicting” if you’re going to have a good day this one is more inspirational. Honestly it was due to a quote from my horoscope one week that said this “The next ten months will be a favorable time to get yourself on track to fulfill your life’s most important goals.” that gave me the final push to start my blog!

Project Life

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I’ve always liked scrapbooking. Before this year I completed 2 scrapbooks in my life: one of a family road trip when I was in high school and one for my sister’s graduation gift. Since then, it’s been a little more of a challenge. I started one for a trip with my sister to New York when we were in college but I never finished it. Now there doesn’t seem like much point to since I’ve been to NY since then, so I have no motivation to go back and document that specific trip. After this incident I was a little turned off of scrapbooking even though I knew I enjoyed it. What was the point of spending all this money on a book, paper, photo prints etc if I was just going to do a few pages and then quit?

After making the executive decision that scrapbooking was probably not the best hobby for me, I came across Project Life. I was intrigued by the simpleness of it. The biggest perk was definitely not having to use glue. It was like they did a lot of the work for you and just left you with a simpler yet still satisfying solution to scrapbooking. I figured after all this time I’d let myself try it again. So my sister got me a core kit and a variety pack of pocket pages for Christmas last year.

It took me a bit of time to get motivated to start but once I did I was pleasantly surprised! First I went through my pictures from the last year and got them printed online at Snapfish. I put them in date order and got to work fitting them into the little sleeves. It was so easy! I didn’t have to cut anything and my hands weren’t covered in glue! Any spots that weren’t filled with a picture I added one of the many choices of adorable cards. After filling all the slots on a page I went back and wrote a little something about the pictures on the cards. And that was it. On to the next page!

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Now I can say I have successfully scrapbooked a year of my life and plan to continue doing more. I already have my next batch of pictures picked out and ready for printing so I can keep adding to my book! If you have always wanted to try scrapbooking but are a bit intimidated by it or just don’t have the time to do traditional scrapbooking, this is definitely the way to go!

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Organizing apps you’ll actually use

iphone appsI try and keep as few apps on my phone as possible yet I am always intrigued and downloading every new organizing app! After trial and error with a lot (and I mean A LOT) of these “organizational” apps I finally have it narrowed down to the ones I use regularly and actually do help keep me organized. Here you have them (oh, and they’re all free!):

  1.  Any.DO– this is my favorite app EVER. It’s super simple, easy to use and is easy on the eyes. The main screen is separated into 4 lists: Today, Tomorrow, Upcoming and Someday. I use this to keep track of everything I want to get done TODAY. If you don’t get it done that day it automatically goes to the next day. Upcoming is where I put something I don’t want to deal with now but need to make time for sometime soon (like a hair cut). And Someday is great for things I want to do everyday (like blog or read a book) but don’t necessarily need to get done and things that just need to get done some time in the future but I don’t want to forget.  You can also hide certain lists so you just see the title and the number of items under it. That way you can focus on just what you need to get done now. Ok enough about this one. If you can’t tell, I really really like this app :)
  2. Clear– Another simple list app but with fun colors (that you can “unlock”) and sounds! I use this for lists that aren’t things that necessarily need to get done but things I want to remember. For example: things I want to buy for my house, gift ideas, places I want to go etc. It also works great for making a grocery list!
  3. ThingList This is the app that filled in the hole in my to do list apps. It is separated into categories of things like Food, Movie, Bar and Book so you can easily jot down things people mention to you in conversation without having random notes jotted down everywhere. Or just immediately forgetting what they told you. There’s also an Idea category if you randomly think up a great idea and aren’t sure what to do with it.
  4. Mint I use this to organize my finances. At a glance I can see all of my accounts at once so I know how much I have in my account but also how much I owe on my credit cards. You can use it way more in depth for budgeting and I’m sure it’s awesome for people that are into that kind of stuff ;)
  5. Bloglovin– If you read more than 2 blogs a day you need this app! Instead of checking back to a blog site every day to see if there’s anything new, this app only shows you the new, unread posts so you only get the blogs you want to read. It’s also a great source for discovering new blogs to follow!

Now go download some apps! and Follow my blog with Bloglovin