Confession, I used to be a chronic overpacker. I was scared I wouldn’t have enough choices so I would throw everything and the kitchen sink into the largest piece of luggage I had. I cannot tell you how many times I came home with over half of the items never worn, yet, they still had to be laundered because they were wrinkled and re-packed with dirty clothes. Then one fateful trip to Sweden I learned the error of my ways. After a cancelled flight, a missed connection, four layovers and 36 hours I arrived in Stockholm, but sadly my luggage did not.Read More
Let’s set the scene.
You are in front of your closet. You’ve found the energy and you’ve done it! You successfully finished your closet’s spring purge and refresh. Maybe you’ve even gotten adventurous and decided to tackle your kids’ closets, as well.
And now, sitting smack dab in front of you, there it is…the stuff.
So. Much. Stuff.
Piles or bags of clothing, shoes, belts, hats—the list goes on—you name it, it’s right in front of you. Now you need to decide what exactly to do with everything. Sometimes this can be the most daunting problem of all.
It’s one thing to purge and edit; it’s something else to know what to do with everything left over. We get many questions about what to do with the pieces once they are no longer wantedRead More
Many people just know, from an early age, that someday they will start a business. They have a plan. They are determined. And they know exactly how it will unfold.
This wasn’t the case for Katie and me.
In fact, neither of us ever envisioned starting our own business, let alone start a business doing something we enjoyed doing for fun—with one of our closest friends.
Katie and I are often asked about the start of Blue Pencil Home and what we wish we knew before beginning. For today’s post, we share just this.
Today is the first of a three-part series about Blue Pencil Home’s business beginnings. We’ll share how and when we knew we had a real business idea and all about our first steps in forming Blue Pencil Home. Next month we’ll share more behind the scenes details such as what we wished we’d known before starting and the amazing people who’ve been integral in our work. We can’t stress enough how much we’ve been supported by many people. In June, we’ll wrap up our series with our biggest successes and the major obstacles we’ve overcome in starting our organization and decluttering business.Read More
Preparing Your Closet for the Upcoming Season
Raise your hand if the thought of decluttering your bedroom closet makes your heart beat a little faster. Or if you feel an instant sense of doom… and confusion. The I-have-no-idea-where-to-start syndrome is real, my friends.
And I have a feeling there’s a lot of hands in the air right now. That means you’re not alone.
Here’s the thing—there are plenty of magazine articles and ideas all over the web about organizing a closet. And I’m going to venture that a good many of them can be intimidating and time consuming. And you still won’t know where to start because it all just sounds like a lot of work.
What if we went a different direction and said that giving your closet and wardrobe a spring refresh can actually be fun and not intimidating in the least?Read More