Be conscious of what you bring into your home. = Home maintenance

How I packed with carry-ons for a week at the beach.

I believe getting away from your normal life from time to time is healthy. I have been fortunate to be apart of a bi-yearly girls week at the beach.  No men, no kids.  Just goofy life-long friends spending a week in beauty remembering who we are.  It is life-giving.  

This year I couldn't find as good of a flight deal as I needed so I decided to not check luggage for the first time ever.  I knew I'd save $50 by challenging myself to pack lightly.  So I did and these are the little bags I used.  
I was gone eight days. The fact that we went in March this year - the longest winter ever - made packing exceptionally difficult.  Swimsuits and shorts take very little space, as do sandals, but this rainy, chilly week called for layers of clothing and more than just sandals.

The key to my success was a lot of thought and two compression bags.  I got mine from Clever Container and I can order them for you (they are great for camping!)
In each bag I had a few outfits and a swimsuit.  I chose clothing that worked well together.  Once I decided between a black base vs. a brown base of clothing my choices became easier for me.

I brought my favorite sandals, a pair of plaid tennis shoes, and I wore a pair of BOBs that are easy to travel in and kept my toes from freezing on the plane.  They were also easy to take on and off through security.

As for jewelry, I wore one pair of earrings that would match everything and I wore my favorite "all purpose" bracelet.
I put one compression bag inside each carry-on.

I had to have travel sized liquids (toiletries) so those were small.  I put them all in 3 ziptop quart sized bags and kept them at the front of the bags to get through security easily.  I borrowed hairspray and a hair dryer from one of my friends who checked her luggage.

I shopped while I was there.  I bought a few shirts and chose small gifts for my family.  I went to the post office and bought the medium sized Priority Mail box and filled it with the gifts and a few articles of clothing (swimsuit included) and had it shipped home.  That was cheaper than checking luggage.
Packing lightly took a lot of thought but I didn't miss oodles of choices.  Living with less was best.  We had a small washer/dryer at our condo so I could have gotten by with even less but I did wear everything...except my swimsuit.  It was too cold.

So that's how I packed lightly and had a great time with my girlfriends.  I feel relaxed and rejuvenated even though so much has happened since I returned home.

How about you?  Do you have tricks to packing lightly?  Compression bags and planning were the key to me.  What about getting away? Do you do it? Where do you go and for how long?

Solution: filing papers

Do you have a tough time keeping up with your piles of paper?  When space is super limited piles of paper make it difficult to enjoy your space, let alone difficult to find important documents when you need them.  For many people the office sits in the corner of a bedroom, a kitchen, or a dining room and piles of paper messes up the entire vibe of the room.

A solution? An ottoman file storage.  I found this one at  It comes in a variety of colors and patterns.
This has wheels, so even if you have a big filing project to work on you can do it any room you please.

Solution: jewelry organization

Are you having difficulty just getting dressed and out the door in the morning?  Edit your wardrobe and organize your jewelry.  
Finding the right place for your accessories are key.  Maybe the best thing for you is to display your jewelry right where you get dressed - inside your closet.  This jewelry organizer from Clever Container is thinner than a garment bag and doesn't take up much space.  Jewelry gives you that polished look and helps you look more pulled together.

Want one?  Email me and I can order one for you. This particular piece swivels so there are a total of 48 pockets!  It's quite durable too!

Do you forget about pieces of jewelry because of how they are currently "organized?"

Solution: organize kids papers

Organize your kids papers with a Project Board from Clever Container!
Attach this to a wall near a calendar or hang it over a door.  Assign each child a color folder for his papers.  It makes it easier for the caregiver to check papers each night and eliminates missed deadlines.  You can use extra pockets to tame mail, bills, and more.

Want one?  Message me (Holly) and I can order one for you!

What is another way you can see using this five pocket masterpiece?

Keep your elementary aged kid on task!

Does your kid have a hard time staying on task when they get home from school?   Mine is in 2nd grade and sometimes things are just crazy around here and we don't have time to hover, yet she is capable of doing her home work on her own.  I created this cutie of a printable for my kid.  You can do it in picmonkey.  

I chose to use the words "groove" instead of chore.  I cracked up when I googled word choices to sub for chore.  I was looking for positive words, but super negative words came up.  So, "groove" won.  

This works for her at this age because their homework is relatively the same from week to week.

Notice how it never says "clean room" that is too overwhelming and not specific enough.

How about you? How do you keep your student on task after school?
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