Organization Hacks

Let’s be honest. It’s super hard to keep your room/home clean 100% of the time, right? This post was created to give you my top tips on organization so your room (or house) can be as tidy as possible.

Let’s be honest. It’s super hard to keep your room/home clean 100% of the time, right? Believe me, I know. Pretty much everything that comes into my room stays there FOREVER, and random trinkets show up on my shelves unexpectedly. Recently, I’ve been struggling to keep everything in my space stay clean. Can you relate? I created this post to give you my top tips on organization so your room (or house) can be as tidy as possible.

My room is almost always a complete train wreck. Whenever I do homework in my room, papers and textbooks are strewn across the floor along with clothes that I need to put away. Let me tell you, I’m a total clean freak, and I hate when it looks like that! Since you’re here, I’m assuming you do as well. I mean, you can’t work when it looks like a tornado went through! So, without further ado, here are my top tips for organizing your room.

Closets:

1. Shoe racks & bins

Adding a shoe rack to set shoes on saves sooooo much closet space. I don’t have a shoe, rack (I wish I did), but I do have shoe bins. They aren’t as pretty or put together because I’ve had to stack shoes, but it is good for organization. I have my shoes separated by type. For example, I have sandals in one bin, athletic shoes in another, a dress shoe bin, and a miscellaneous bin. I have them set aside to one side of my closet floor so that I have room for my hamper, which brings me to my next tip.

2. Closet hamper

Adding a small hamper to your closet can reduce clutter in the open space of your room. They’re super cheap, too. I got mine from Target for about $15, and you can buy them on Amazon as well. My hamper is a small cubic hamper, and is woven in grey and white plastic. At first, I didn’t think that it would fit as many clothes as it did, but the storage with Target hampers is incredible. I’m not sponsored by target, I promise ;). If you purchase a pretty one, it can dull down a lot of color, or make your closet brighter. And like I said before, it’s a great way to declutter your outer room space.

Room Space:

Bed Storage:

If you don’t have a trundle under your bed, the empty space can be a wonderful asset to organizing your room. Around your house, you can find matching baskets or even use shoe boxes to keep your belongings in. I keep books, shoes and blankets in the baskets under my bed. If you don’t have baskets or pretty boxes inside your house, you can find some at Target for under $15.

*TIP* Find baskets that match your room theme and fill up space under your bed. This will make your room look cozier.

Hooks:

Hooks are AMAZING when it comes to making your room look great. They don’t have to be boring, either. I have two gorgeous hooks in my room; one is for my backpack and the other is for my jewelry rack. I absolutely love them. They aren’t your standard plastic hooks, either. They are fairly heavy duty and are made of wrought iron. You can get them in different shapes, too. Mine are music notes. If you hide a hook behind your door for a wallet, purse or bathrobe, it is easily concealable. You can have it out in the open as well. These are easily found on Amazon and in Target for an incredibly affordable price.

LED Photo Strand:

This is one of my all time faves. Not only does it declutter space in my room, but it is super gorgeous as well. In fact, they are so pretty that you can find them in my post on “Items to Add to Your Room to Make it More Relaxing.” You don’t have to worry about taking up space with picture frames and you can hang so many pictures on one strand. These also look amazing when they are layered. I recommend a warm colored light in a strand as opposed to a cool light because a warm light adds a cute glow to your room – especially at night. These are found pretty much everywhere (Target, Amazon, Michaels, etc) for under $15.

2020 High School Themes

It’s important (and fun) to have a recurrent theme throughout the school year. Here are some of my favorite themes that I think are super cute that you can use to absolutely ROCK this next school year.

It’s important (and fun) to have a recurrent theme throughout the school year. Here are some of my favorite themes (such as marble, pastels and florals, to name a few) that are super cute (and trendy) that you can use to absolutely ROCK this next school year. If you already have a theme (Or once you’ve picked one), feel free to head right on over to my “Top Five High School Must-Haves” page.

1. Pastel

Personally, I haven’t tried this one yet; however, a lot of my friends have. And we all know how gorgeous soft colors are. Pale blues, light pinks and muted pinks can either stand alone as a single color, or they can come together to create a beautiful color palette. It’s relaxing to look at as well. Pastel themes typically give a playful, but mature vibe. Some of my favorite pastel color palettes always include purple and pink, but a pale peach color or a hint of lime green adds an extra touch to make your color scheme absolutely adorable.

2. Marble + Gold

Marble + gold is a chic, trendy back to school style that I used one year and absolutely LOVED. It’s super modern and goes with…..well…….pretty much everything. While simple marble is pretty, gold adds a bit of a sassy kick. If you do choose to stick with only marble, it’s super cute to have contrasting marble colors to use to decorate all of your materials. I was required to cover all of my textbooks, so I would always use marble scrapbooking paper to spice it up. It’s also easy to use separate colors to differentiate your subject. I used a blue-based marble for English class, a pastel pink marble for math etc. Obviously, you can use this technique for any theme that you choose.

3. Beachy

A beachy theme can be portrayed in a couple different ways. You can use hues commonly associated with a tropical island, or you can use physical shapes (such as palm leaves, or maybe an anchor) as a center point. This one is on my list, for sure, and I plan to use navy blues, deep turquoises, and maybe a sunshine yellow to add some pizzazz. You can create custom graphics to design binder/textbook colors at Canva.com. It’s super easy to use as well, and it’s absolutely free.

4. Floral

Your design will vary with this idea depending on whether or not you like dark base or bright and colorful base. I tend to fall under the bright and colorful category, but I think both are gorgeous. For a darker, more sophisticated pattern, you can mix and match grays, peachy tones, navy blues or blacks and ivory whites. For a playful and lively color-coordination, pinks can also still be used with coffee browns, deep greens, gray and bright blue. You can also choose whether or not you want a sketched flower arrangement or an organic watercolor one. Watercolor flowers are typically more elegant. Sketches are on the edgy side.

6. Adventurous

This one is more of a color scheme pattern. While there’s no specific shapes or design elements, there are basic colors that allow creativity are easy to expand upon. The Adventurous theme primarily consists of neutral tones, like khaki greens, bright whites and stone grays. Because the adventurous theme is neutral, it can be mixed & match in all sorts of different ways. You can also add colors to this theme to make it your own. Some of my favorite colors to add are pale, peachy pinks, muted greens and stone washed blues.

7. Chic

The Chic idea reminds me of a vacation on the French riviera. Dark shades (such as navy and royal blue) and whites converge with bright pinks (you can tell that I like pink) to create a contemporary style contrast. Apart from color, there is a design element to help everything come together -stripes and solids. You will regularly see the whites and dark hues depicted as the stripes, with a solid coral, but you can always replace colors. That’s part of making things your own! This is for girls with a fresher, refined taste and looks beautiful however you choose to change it up.

8. Paisley

Lastly, we have paisley. Paisley can be changed to fit different color themes. If the other coordinations above weren’t your cup of tea, then paisley might be right for you. If you don’t approve of pink, or blue isn’t your favorite, (you can tell that it’s one of mine), I would recommend paisley because you can always find a paisley pattern to suit your taste. A purple or peachy orange are always my go-to palettes, but there are plenty of others to choose from. One of my friends loves a good navy blue style. Whatever color is your favorite, you are sure to find it within this theme.

Hopefully you were able to find inspiration for a good theme to use this school year! There are so many different ones to choose from, aren’t there? If you found a lovely style to use, please feel free to check out my post about how to keep organized and decorate your materials. As for now, be sure to have a fantastic day (or night) and remember to keep smiling!

-Belle

10 Feel Good Songs For Your Playlist

You know what they say: Music is good for the soul. I’ve pulled songs from my plethora of playlists for you to search. Here are 10 songs that you should DEFINITELY listen to and download to your phone.

You know what they say: Music is good for the soul. And It’s part of my daily routine, so I have endless amounts of songs that I would love to recommend to you. I’ve pulled songs from my plethora of playlists for you to search. Here are 10 songs that you should DEFINITELY listen to and download to your phone.

1. On Purpose

By: Sabrina Carpenter

One of my favorite Sabrina Carpenter songs.

2. No New Friends

By: Labrinth, Sia, Diplo (LSD)

This is a fun, upbeat song that should be on your playlist for the beat and energy. This is on pretty much all of my party playlists. It’s fun to dance to!

3. Shallow

By: Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

This is an interpretive song, I think, but it’s a great one to have playing during a get-together.

4. Center Point Road

By: Thomas Rhett & Kelsea Ballerini

This is a sentimental song about childhood and leaving old memories to make new ones as we graduate from high school and move onto college and adult life.

5. Symphony

By: Clean Bandit & Zara Larsson

This song has a happy and upbeat melody that no cookout or reception can go without. It’s a gorgeous tune that I highly would add to my phone ASAP.

6. Greener Grass

By: Carly Pearce

This is a slow song, so I wouldn’t recommend it for a party playlist, but it is one of my favorite songs to put on while I’m reading or painting. This, too is a sentimental song, and it’s amazing!

7. Slow

By: Noah Cyrus & Matoma

This song is anything but slow. It’s energy is contagious. This song is one that I frequently listen to while I’m working, or running around with my brother. 10/10 would recommend.

8. Happiness Begins

By: The Jonas Brothers

This was the 2019 song of the summer. And it clearly expressed it’s emotion, too! It invokes satisfaction, and you’ll want to play it aa million times on repeat!

9. Rise

By: Jonas Blue ft. Jack & Jack

This was another one of my summer songs. This one is perfect for a pool party with friends. It is the theme song of a lot of my summer memories.

10. Happier

By: Marshmallow ft. Bastille

Once again, this is a melancholy song with an unbeatable zest. My brother loves this one and frequently listens to it while playing in the yard.

Top 5 High School Must Haves

Some every day items are necessities. Others, we merely want and only use occasionally. Here are five items that can keep you organized and/or entertained, and are a great investment.

Some every day items are necessities. Others, we merely want and only use occasionally. Here are five items that can keep you organized and/or entertained, and are a great investment.

1. Bullet Journal/Planner

I absolutely love my bullet journal. I typically use it to keep all of my to-do’s in order, keep track of all of my upcoming school assignments and to jot down a few of my goals, but it can be used in so many ways! Be creative with it!

2. A Theme

This one may be a bit tricky to accomplish, especially if you’re a total bargain school supply shopper (like me). But this is good for staying organized and put together throughout high school. And it’s totally fine to change your theme from year to year! If you choose to have a different theme each year, have a NEUTRAL back pack so you don’t have to spend a ton of money before the first day. If you don’t have a theme in mind or need inspiration, feel free to check out my post on 2020 High School Themes. Click here to visit.

3. A Personal Device

Okay, guys. Let’s be real. It’s so hard to keep track of school notes in a plain and simple notebook. I would prefer (and recommend) copying a (colorful/attention-getting) version of your notes onto a tablet or laptop that has been revealed in the past year or so. That way, you can review notes on the go without keeping track of endless sheets of paper. Not to mention it comes with entertaining apps, as well!

4. Colorful Pens

Maybe the iPad isn’t in your back-to-school budget. No biggie! You can still take gorgeous and clean notes in a normal notebook. I recommend ‘Bic’ and ‘Staples’ brand writing utensils.

5. “Just in Case” Money

The truth is that emergency money is rarely used in actual emergencies, so I like to call my extra cash “just in case” money. I have it just in case I need it . Maybe I forgot my lunch at home, or I make sudden plans to go home with a friend and I need money to get there. Whatever the reason, it’s a good idea to have it in your back pocket in the event that it is necessary.