Favorite Thing – Getting Organized!

Just about every weekend I get asked what I am going to do, and my answer is usually “organize… (insert room here)”. I don’t love organizing, I’d rather be doing so many other things, but I do love the feeling of having things properly put away in their place.

More importantly, being organized helps you make the most of the things that you do have, therefore making you more efficient, and less wasteful- of time and money- time spent searching for things, and money spent buying things you have but can’t find.

My shoe rack, courtesy of my new closet.

I grew up in a large family, with five children in the home, so naturally there was constantly clutter surrounding me. It was such a luxury for me to visit friends whose homes were immaculate, and I think I always dreamed one day I’d enjoy that too. My home today is far from immaculate, but when it does get especially out of hand, I can feel myself getting uncomfortable. That is when my need to organize comes in.

One of the worst culprits I can think of when it comes to clutter, is fashion jewelry. We all take great care of our real gold and real diamonds, but what about all of the jewelry that isn’t that expensive, or doesn’t matter that much? Usually that gets stuck in a jewelry box where it will knot itself with everything else in there. Not fun.

I found these awesome jewelry organizers on Amazon, you can get them here. The best part is that they fit inside of a normal drawer. I have a few of them in different sizes all in one drawer. It comes with a plastic top to prevent dust from getting in, I love them!

I also have a ton of the drawer organizers called dream drawers, they are a plastic divider that you can add to any drawer to separate t-shirts, socks, undies, you get the picture. They are absolutely necessary.You can get those here as well.

If you don’t have room to have a shoe rack built in to your closet – I sure didn’t until I moved to the ‘burbs – you can do the next best thing and get yourself some hanging shoe organizers. I like the ones that are meant for sweaters or for men’s shoes, because they are larger, so you can fit really high heels or boots in them.

Good luck organizing! What are your favorite organizational tools?

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Last week we took a quick trip to escape the snow for some sunshine in Key Largo, Florida☀️ We spent every moment possible outside, Tom and Adam got their Scuba Diver PADI certification (yay!) while Sophia and I spent our days either swimming or drawing marine life and landscapes. This was my first trip after my sister passed last November, and even though I look so happy here, there were so many moments I felt the grief and sadness, as if it happened just yesterday. I am still figuring out how I want to show up in this space, as I have changed so much as a person since the loss. I just don’t feel called to post some of the things I shared before. Maybe that will change someday, or maybe it will just naturally evolve into something new. I think I will take this year to just process it all. (Even the idea of taking an entire year to think through something is a huge shift for my usually hyperactive type A personality) My focus at the moment is just living in the moment with my family and friends, spending time doing things that make me happy and healthy. I hope to share some of that journey here with you ~ thanks for following along ❤️
I had planned to shoot this outfit in collaboration with @lenacoutureofficial right before my dear sister passed away. Saba, the designer, was more than understanding if I didn’t want to anymore - but after thinking on it for a while I decided I wanted to - in my sister’s honor 💗 She was always my biggest hype woman. When i would feel like I’m not good enough or that I should quit (which was often) she would tell me I was unique and great and to keep it up. When I think of my sister, beauty and love is all that she embodied in her being. She expressed that on the outside also - as she loved to wear everything glam, bright & colorful, and full of bling. Hair done, nails done, everything did - that was Nusrat. For this shoot I took the time to get glam after a long hiatus - and makeup and hair took so long because I think I forgot how to do it, but afterwards I was surprised how I felt transformed. When I wore this gorgeous outfit that I know was designed with such love and incredible attention to detail by @lenacoutureofficial, I felt all of that beauty - like a walking piece of art, and very much at peace. Thank you so much to @divmophoto for capturing the feeling so well 💕
Ski weekend with my favorites ❄️❄️ So proud of Sophia for skiing on her own for the first time!
There are some trees with seeds that only grow after a fire. Their seeds are completely sealed with a resin that have to be physically melted off by a great fire in order to propagate. So to do we as humans, gain wisdom only after great pain and suffering.*
A month ago (and one day) I lost my sister and best friend to cancer. I am still completely gutted and broken. But, I’m also so so grateful to have had felt the love that now brings me so much heartbreak. ❤️ I am so inspired by her - and I will forever live my life to honor her memory. Miss you sis ❤️
Classic outfit combo: oversized blazer + denim 🖤fendi mules @shoeslutz
Just a mom who loves mums 🌸 🪴
Cozy for a coffee date ☕️
French. Toast. Egg. Bake. Save this recipe for a weekend or holiday brunch - it’s SO good and fool-proof! I’m not even a sweet person and I love it. The pecans are a non-negotiable IMO - I get honey bourbon vanilla pecans for this and it is just heavenly. Enjoy!