The Decluttering Post You’ve Been Waiting For…

The Decluttering Post You’ve Been Waiting For…

It’s finally up, y’all!

As many of you know, I made an intention at the beginning of the year to really deep clean my space. I’ve been living in Houston for 2.5 years now and in my studio apartment for the last year and a half. To say I’ve accumulated a lot would be an understatement. If you’re looking for ways to make big (and small) changes to your space, and mind I’ve got the list for you!

  • Take everything out of your closet. Comb through it all. Clean the space (get those dust bunnies gone)! When hanging the clothes that you’re keeping, keep in mind the item type and then group by color
  • Repeat the above but substitute closet for dresser. Bras that don’t fit? If they’re still in good shape, DONATE. If they aren’t? TOSS! No one wants your bad bras, y’all. NO ONE. Same goes for socks. That is foul.
  • Your purses. Clean them all out. Toss out those irrelevant receipts, group your hair ties together, and reassign your chapsticks to different bags. It’ll feel so good to have a fresh bag!
  • Update your phone. Just do it. Contacts (clean them out!). Apps (group them and delete unused ones).
  • The junk drawer. Again, group things together. Extra keys. Contracts and agreements (rentals, car, etc.). Stamps and tape. My drawer has never looked better!
  • Your fridge and kitchen cabinets. Throw out expired food (Seriously. What is the oldest thing in your fridge or cabinet?? I bet you’ll surprise yourself with what you find haha).
  • The coat closet. Similar to your regular closet, group your items by style and then by color (vests, jackets, coats). Because my space is so small (but with high ceilings) – I’m able to put the Christmas tree up on the shelf. Yep, I’m making it work in 600 square feet haha
  • The bathroom drawers, cabinets, and under the sink. I bought a bunch of small bins to help organize ALL THE THINGS. I grouped it by makeup, lotion/fake tan lotion, hair care, skin care, medicine/vitamins, etc. It’s already made getting ready in the morning a breeze and it’s only been two days.

Here are some of the products that have made the biggest different in my decluttering/organizing plan of 2020:

Shop: Jewelry Organizer, Round Acrylic Containers, Acrylic Makeup Container, Large Rattan Basket, Small Rattan Baskets, Small Plastic Bins, Velvet HangersĀ 

I hope you found this helpful!

I was able to throw away three trash bags, donate three bags, and sold a handful of stuff on Posh! It was a great way to get 2020 started on the right foot.

Cheers!

Hey There! Welcome to the 20’s! 2020, that is!

FRIENDS! First, hi, how are you?! Thanks for stopping by my little space on the interwebs today. Can you BELIEVE we are in a new decade, let alone a new year?! I’m still trying to wrap my head around it.

I, for one, am so excited about a new decade. This last one taught me so much. It saw me through major wins like graduating from undergrad and grad school, starting what I thought was my dream job, and finding myself making a big career shift and city move at 28. It saw me through celebrating my friends as they embarked on marriages and babies and loss and grief as I said goodbye to toxic relationships. It saw me through moments of joy, moments of sadness, and so much GROWTH.

I will say I am ready for a new decade of me and at my age (31) people put so much pressure on themselves that they should be married, have kids, be homeowners. I’m not anywhere near that and this last decade really challenged me to think about what I want. I really don’t play the comparison game, but it’s hard to see so much happening for others and not think, well, what’s wrong with me that I don’t have these things?

You know what I do have though? Community. I’ve made my own little community here at That Blonde Rebel. And stability. Since starting my new career 2.5 years ago in Corporate America, I’ve been promoted twice and am proud of the work I’ve done. I do think I have worked my tail off, both at work and at the blog, and it sometimes feels like I can’t catch my breath.

On that note, I have picked my word for 2020.

F O C U S.

I want to focus this year on continuing to grow both at work and at the blog, getting back on my wellness train, and growing my finances.

I talked about this last year, but I don’t think setting resolutions is good for our psyche. There’s all this pressure we put on ourselves and the feeling of disappointment is overwhelming when we don’t accomplish or meet those resolutions. Instead, I call my goals INTENTIONS instead. These are things I want to do, I intend to do. So here they are, in no particular order:

I want to quit doubting myself.

I want to learn how to integrate work and life better.

I want to try to dance more. For fun. I MISS IT!

I want to have more dollars in the bank! My goal is to save three months worth of salary this year. Emma, from Emma’s Edition, broke it down. You add up three months of salary and divide by 12. That number equals the dollars you need to save each month to get there.

I want to start restyling my clothing items for y’all. This will also help with the above so I’m not just cycling through clothes for the sake of showing NEW NEW NEW. It’s too much. I hope y’all will appreciate how I show how something can be worn a couple times.

I want to continue to be a source of humor, clothing/color inspiration, advice giver, and friend to all of you!

I’m going to stop eating out so much. I am so guilty of stopping for fast food on the way home from work. I need to start putting easy options in my kitchen for quick dinners. Do y’all have any great recipes I should try?

I want to be more joyful and easy-going in 2020. Believe it or not, I’m a pretty structured person who needs to have all her ducks in a row. While that is great and I can’t really change my DNA, I’d like to be more in the moment.

Here’s to these intentions and my F O C U S in 2020!

I’m looking forward to all that is to come this year and in the coming decade.

Cheers!

Xx

Intention Check-in – February

Here we are. And yes. I know it’s already March. But I thought I’d circle back on those intentions started on January 1st and update y’all. on my progress (or lack thereof).

February was an absolute whirlwind and for the last week and a half of it, I was fitting an upper respiratory infection. When you’re sick, everything feels off, am I right? Your sleep schedule, your appetite, your day to day responsibilities. But I’m on the mend and determined to make March a great month! Before we dive into Spring though, let’s recap my intentions for February..

  1. Pitch myself with purpose – This is going really well! I’ve had the chance to partner up with some great brands this past month like HUM Nutrition, Eloquii, and Maree Pour Toi. I feel very lucky to produce content for y’all and share the things I’m trying out and loving. And that’s not to say there hasn’t been rejection. There has been PLENTY! However, I’m working hard and know that what’s meant for me will come my way. I’ve got more in the works for March and am excited to continue my partnership with Jessica London Style. If you’re a blogger wondering where to start in terms of building relationships with brands, I would definitely check out Emma’s Edition. She provides free step by step advice on how to build your platform. Check her out here!
  2. Save more, spend less – Y’all. THIS IS HAPPENING and I’m pretty proud of myself. I’m eating at home and cooking for one. Nothing fancy, believe me, but I’m doing it! I’ve also cut back on the spending on my wardrobe. I’ve found trendy pieces that are inexpensive on sites like Shein. And y’all know I love me some Old Navy! I’m also going to be transparent and say that the collaborations mentioned above have also helped cut down on my spending. Thinking ahead though, March is going to be an expensive month as I’m in search of two bridesmaid dresses for two weddings I’m in in June and hosting a bridal shower for one of my bride bffs. I’m cohosting this shower with two other gals and was thinking it would be fun to do a post on how to throw a shower on a budget!
  3. Be more focused on self-care – My anxiety was still on a rager through most of February, but I’ve been using meditation to help me get ready for bed and the essential oils I’ve been using have also helped quiet the mind when it seems like it just can’t catch a breath. What I’d like to do this month is incorporate some walking and exercise into my self-care. Whether it’s 20 minutes on a treadmill or a walk around the neighborhood, I have to stop being so stagnant and sedentary. Will report back on this at the end of March.
  4. Be open to possibilities – Absolutely NOTHING to report here and honestly, I should be focusing more on myself and getting into a good head space. I’ve got to get myself on the up and up before thinking about dating. Am putting this on the back burner and will revisit when I feel like I’m ready.

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Shop: Sunnies, Earrings, Dress

I hope if you read this, you’re also circling back on your intentions and figuring out what you need for this month to get or stay on track!

Xx

Resetting in the New Year

Hey friends and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I know what you’re thinking, another resolutions post. However, I have a different take on the whole resolutions thing, which I’m detailing below.

January 1st brings about something a lot of people call “resolutions”… things to do better, be better at. However, because of the hype, whenever we fall off the wagon (whatever the wagon may be), we are crushed with a sense of failure. How about we call these “resolutions” intentions instead? The things you INTEND to do, to be. The expectation is still there, but within reason, giving yourself flexibility to attain your goals without guilt for a simple misstep. My two words of focus for 2019 are GROWTH and WELLNESS. With that being said, I’ve created four intentions for myself:

1. Pitch myself with purpose – What do I want out of this year? To grow That Blonde Rebel. That means I need to be strategic about what brands I want to represent and show you guys on my platform. I want to continue to be my authentic self with y’all, being open and transparent about the good, the bad, and the ugly of being a 30 year old single girl in a big city. I’ve been researching how to pitch myself to brands to land some collaborations and I’m excited to put myself out there in this way and see what may come from it.

2. Save more, spend less – Doesn’t everyone want to do this? On a real note, I’m living in a studio apartment that costs almost double what I was paying at my last place. The area is great and there are awesome amenities, so it’s fine, but I probably could have made a better decision. 2019 is going to be big. Weddings, babies, showers, bachelorettes, trips, etc. There are going to be things I have to say no to, which is going to be hard. I’m typically a YES gal to everyone and want to make sure my nearest and dearest feel all the love from me. However, that love may have to look differently if I can’t make all of it work within my budget. And that’s okay.

3. Be more focused on self-care – I have not learned the true value and importance of self-care more than this past year. I hurt my back again (which led to several rounds of steroid injections and muscle relaxers). This caused me to altogether stop working out. My thyroid was off this past summer, making me groggy, blue, and puffy from packing on some extra pounds. I’ve been going non-stop and it’s like my body has not been able to keep up. Then, when I fell after Thanksgiving and landed in a boot on and off for the past month, I felt like it was a major setback. My anxiety is also at a record high. I haven’t had an issue with anxiety since my last year of grad school. Well, the old bastard is back and I have to analyze why and figure out how to combat it. I know it sounds like I’m complaining, but I’m not. I’m trying to give all of you reading a true glimpse of my wellness scale, a baseline of where I’m at currently and what I want to improve. I want to focus on meditation, drinking more water, not eating fast food as often as I embarrassingly do, and getting more steps in. These things aren’t to lose weight, but to get my wellness journey back on track, which will impact not only me physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Who’s with me?!

4. Be open to possibilities – Self-doubt is a major bummer, am I right? Thinking we’re not ready, not good enough. 2017 was serious hell for me. 2018 was about getting back on track. I had some hurdles, but it was alright. 2019 is going to be my year to be okay and try new things. Hello Bumble, I’d like a husband please. Oh, it doesn’t work that way? Okay. Fine. Let’s start with swiping right and dating. I’m here for it. There I said it. Manifesting it here first and updating my Bumble profile as we speak. Here goes nothing…

I hope this post resonated with you in some way and I hope that you know you’re not alone. We’re in this together.

2019 is going to be the year of Liza (and the year of you, too!) and making some things happen! Can’t wait to bring y’all along for it all.

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Here’s to a great year of growth and wellness for us all!

Xx