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Getting ready to move? Feeling a little overwhelmed of everything that you have to do? Oh hey friend! Me too. ME TOO. You may find my methods to be too extreme for you, and that’s okay. But it keeps my sanity! Every since I was a little girl I would start packing for trips days in advance. I think I started packing for college the day after I graduated High School. It is who I am and I refuse to apologize because it keeps me sane. It is one area of my life that always has to be organized! (Unpacking is a completely different story… but let’s just forget about the unpacking).
Zach and I are moving to Idaho in May and expecting a little girl in March. Whew! It’s going to be a busy springtime for us. This definitely motivated me to start packing NOW because I am not going to be up to packing on zero sleep and feeding a newborn constantly. However, I still know that I would be starting soon even if we weren’t expecting a baby. You don’t necessarily need to become a “packing freak” like me, but I hope you find this list of tips and tricks helpful for you as you prepare to move.
Start with lists! All of the lists! (I am also a list freak. My husband gets me cute list stationary and I am as happy as can be). Write down categories, to do lists, and figure out your priorities through your lists. What can be packed now? What can be packed last minute? Is there anything that you can get rid of? Write it down, write it down. Then make a plan of how to execute!
My main lists include:
These are just some examples of the lists that I am using to prepare us from the move! My husband calls these lists my brain – and indeed they are my friends.
Get rid of the things that you don’t need anymore! It is so much easier to throw the old crap away than it is to carry it with you across the country, state, or even city! I took a huge bag to GoodWill a few days ago and let me tell you – that felt good. I recommend organizing your house before you even start to think about packing. If you are interested in what you can do to your whole house before you start, you can check out my post on 5 Quick Ways To Get Yourself Organized.
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This is pretty short because it is very self explanatory – but worth mentioning! Laugh all you want but there are tools that are so helpful that prepare me to move. Obviously there are the boxes, tape, markers, and the stuff that you are actually moving haha. But I am talking about organizing tools. I love the cloth bins that I can organize my collectibles in. I also love the plastic bins that will last you forever and small disgusting animals can’t get through them. I am an avid Amazon shopper and they have the greatest organizing tools for moving! (Plus you can use the cardboard boxes that they come in!) It’s a win-win!
I label practically everything! Once you have decided what can be packed now, the chances of completely forgetting what are in those boxes are pretty high. I have already forgotten what I packed last week… but because I label EVERYTHING I can just look on the box and know what is in the box. Overdoing it? You may think so, and my husband laughs at me, but it drives me crazy when I lose things! I love cute little labels that I can print out and put on each box to be able to write down every little thing that the box holds. Buuuuut that’s not always the case. Good ol’ masking tape works great. I don’t write directly on the boxes because I may want to use the boxes for something else later. (I told you I was a packing freak – this is just barely getting into it! Haha).
Be specific. Don’t just put “bathroom”. Well that could be anything! I put the room it came from/will go to and then list the contents of the box. But find a happy medium. I had a box full of lingerie that I used to fit in and I don’t want people to know that’s what it is! So I just put “stuff ;)” like a little inside joke to myself. It will be fun, I will laugh about it later. You can find really cute/useful labels on Amazon.
If you don’t have the storage space for all of these boxes, you may not want to start so soon. Zach and I are living around boxes, but I am about to pop a baby out and living amongst boxes sounds so much better to me than to have to pack right after having a baby. If it won’t bother you, go for it! But if that will drive you bonkers I would wait. There are things that you can do now to prepare for then. Make those lists and get organized. You can even organize your stuff into categories in different rooms. I know what kinds of stuff I want in the same boxes and so I will organize them together in the same drawer until I can throw them into a box.
“This is way too much work!”. I have heard this before haha and I admit that it is a ton of work. Find whatever works for you! This is definitely what works for me. I don’t have the luxury of having the next 3-4 months to focus on packing. I have maybe a month of that to really think about it. That’s not enough time for me! Even if I wasn’t having a baby, I am all about spreading out the work over time so that I can have time for date nights with my husband, work, hobbies, and keeping my sanity! Feeling accomplished helps me feel that I am the best me that I can be! You dew whatever works for you, my friends.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Alright guys. I have the secret to success in 2017. Wanna hear it!? It’s really a deep secret that only I have access to – which I’m about to share…. Okay jokes. That’s not true at all. In fact, it is simple. But, I PROMISE that it is secret worthy enough that it will actually work.. ok.. here it is.
Whaaaaaat!? No way. Alright so here is some real talk right now. I learned this little “secret” a very long time ago. But because I am such an imperfect human, I always need to go back and re-evaluate myself on this and sometimes, I’m just so far off it’s not even funny. But it is okay! This is why we have a God and our Savior. We are given 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th chances because they LOVE us and want us to be with them. What better time to re-evaluate your relationship with God than in the New Year? It’s a great time to start.
I’ve always been a huge fan of the “New Year, new me” resolutions. Unfortunately (and I am sure I am not the only one haha) I have never been super successful with them. Oh the first week of the year is fantastic! After that… not so much.
My only New Years resolution this year is to put God first. Why? Because that encompasses all other resolutions. Boom! You have a good relationship with God – He helps you improve yourself. Bada bang, bada boom. I have never made this my New Years resolution, but I have seen this work in my life. And let me tell you – it’s pretty dang cool!
Putting God first is the best thing that you can do! My husband and I have seen this definitely in real life… mostly with finances, but with everything! When you worship God, praise Him, pray everyday, read your scriptures, and keep a good relationship, He takes care of you. It’s as simple as that.
We are moving to Idaho in a few short months to continue our education. And uh… yeah we all know that ain’t cheap! We decided when we got married to give it 1 1/2 – 2 years to start our family so that we can be more stable financially. HA! About 9 months into our marriage we both felt like it was time to start our family. After praying about it, we took the plunge and in 10 short weeks our cute little baby will be here!! It’s been a scary ride and I know it will continue to be, but guess what? We are being taken care of. Starting a family was the best thing we could have done and we can’t imagine our lives without this cute little Squirt.
“Alright, Cheyenne. That works for you, but how in the heck is it going to work for me?” I am not here to tell you that this is what you should do. You can live your life as you please. Buuuuut I can tell you that it works! There is definitely more than one way to put God first in your lives. Find your way and stick to it!
While perusing through Facebook like I do every morning, I found one of my favorites – Kristina Kuzmic – truth bombing about her New Year’s resolution. I was like yaaaas! Preach! I am not the most positive person either, but being positive, giving others the benefit of the doubt, having faith that everything is a going to be okay, are all great places to start!! If you want to see the video that Kristina Kuzmic talks about being positive, you can see it here.
So that is the secret my friends!! It’s not much of a secret… but put it to the test. I know without a doubt that God watches out for His children and He wants us to be happy! Trust that and trust Him by putting Him first in all things. He made your personality the way it is for a reason! He loves you and wants you to love you too.
Good luck in the New Year! It will be a fun road together!
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I’m pretty sure that I am a low-key hoarder. Don’t get the wrong idea here – I am not buried by disgusting stuff. BUT I do hold on to a lot of items that mean so much to me…. and I have no idea why! Am I the only one with this problem?? I can’t be, right!? After going home and visiting my organized and very clean Mother, I learned a lot about organization by following her example. Her kitchen is practically perfect! And the differences are so small, there were things that I knew I could change. I racked my brain on the 12 hour drive home and came up with this beauty of a list of how I could change my life! The past few days I have been implementing my ideas and it is so refreshing! So here it goes guys. 5 quick ways to get yourself organized!
Start with one room – and focus on only that room – and pick up everything you own in that room. Do you really need it? Do you really use it? Have a box ready to put that stuff in and ready to take OUT of your house. Sometimes you won’t be in such a drastic situation and may just need to switch things up. Mostly for my sake, but I hope you benefit from it as well – let’s go through each room.
Cracked dishes? Yes, your husband could glue it together and you could keep it and look at the cute bowl that you used to use all of the time, or you could just get rid of it. In a week from now will you really remember it anyway? Stained tupperware? Gross. And yes I am guilty of this. I never use it, but I think I will one day so I hold on to it! Rubbish! Literally throw that thing in the rubbish. Old food storage? Clean that crap out and replace it. Make meal plans around your food storage that you need to get rid of. Stale and old snacks need to go. Pretty much the best advice that I have is to go through each cupboard, clean it out, and only replace what you will use and/or eat.
I don’t have the luxury of having one of these. But I am hoping in a few months that I will!! Woot woot. For the sake of it, let’s talk about cleaning supplies in this room. Are there any cleaning supplies that you don’t use? Is your old Swiffer hanging out even though you haven’t used it in years? Trash. Is your mop disgusting and full of dirt? Clean it or throw it asap. When Zach and I were first married, we got a lot of cleaning supplies which were wonderful! But I will be honest, there are some that I have never used. Get rid of it! What about old boots, coats, rugs? Look around to see what you can give away, put in storage, or even just throw out.
Raise of hands, who holds on to old magazines? Me too. If not – wow good job! I aspire to be like you one day. Throw out those old issues! They burn great and can be recycled. Do you still keep your DVD’s in their cases? HA! I was the worst. Zach offered to throw away all of the cases when we were first married and I wouldn’t let him. For some reason I had to hold on to them! Stupid haha.
I finally came around and put all of our DVD’s and CD’s in a large case and it was the best thing ever. I saved soooo much room by doing it. Now we have two large cases of DVD’s and CD’s in a small area. Genius. Same goes with video games if you play. Go through all of your cords and see if there are any unnecessary cords or devices that you can get rid of.
Clothes, clothes, clothes and clothes. I am the WORST at hoarding clothes and shoes, the worst! Now, there’s a lot of things that you can do to downsize your clothes – even without getting rid of them. With this pregnancy and buying/gaining lots of new clothes, I have found ways to save space without having to rid of my precious clothing. First of all, get in there and get rid of the clothes that you don’t ever wear. I know there are lots of places that you can sell clothing online. It never worked for me, but I know others are into it. I prefer to just give mine away to family or thrift stores. When you are super attached to clothes and don’t want to get rid of them, put them in storage for awhile. It’s like Christmas when you open them up again!
The same goes with shoes. As a fat pregnant lady, I have saved so much room by putting my skinny clothes in storage until I can wear them again. Torn or stained sheets? Just throw them away. Too many pillow cases? Get rid of the ones that you never use. Get smart with all of the thousands of blankets. Use some of the older ones to store breakable items. I have great expectations with using my high school soccer and volleyball gear, but in all reality I never use them. That will depend on you if you want to get rid of them or put them in storage.
I am a huge book worm and collect books like none other. There are some that I will never read again and will donate to thrift stores or book stores, but I mostly put the ones I don’t read into storage for later or for my future children. I use my other book lover friends for my advantage and put my name in it, record it, and lend them out. Not only do they love borrowing my books, but that saves room for me! Win, win. 😉 Filing paperwork. This is a hard one for me. Luckily, if I keep everything filed it saves a lot of room and looks much cleaner.
Ahhh the bathroom. Does anyone else hoard soaps and shampoos like I do!? I admit.. I am pretty high maintenance when it comes to make-up and hair products. But because they are so expensive, I have a hard time throwing them away when they don’t have much left or when I don’t like them as well. I also have an emergency storage of make-up (although I still think that is a great idea and leave that bag alone). Look for products that are past their best by date and get rid of them. Are you going to ever use that lotion? Gone. Get rid of anything old or that you know you won’t use in the next month. Get rid of old and torn towels – or at least demote them to garage or car use.
You might laugh at this one! But I swear it saves soooo much room! My mother’s kitchen is a dream. For lots of reasons, but one of the biggest is that all of her grocery bags are nicely folded into a tissue box, ready to pulled out and used. It may take a lot of effort, but it’s amazing! Since Zach and I are moving in May – not to mention the new grocery bag law here in California – we have been hoarding plastic bags for safe traveling and saving money at the grocery store. We had hundreds! Hundreds! I’m not even exaggerating. My entire cupboard under the kitchen was dedicated to plastic bags.
It took me about two hours to organize that cupboard since it was so bad, but I folded each bag and put it into a paper bag. It saved me enough room to move all of my cleaning supplies under the sink to save a whole cupboard for our sweet new baby in a few months. Now my cupboard is perfectly organized and I have so much room saved!
I hate wrapping paper. I love wrapping! But I hate storing all of the gift wrap and wrapping paper. Just for example… there are many things I need but I hate keeping around. The best thing to do is downsize and then buy some cheap bins and label that crap. Forgive me, but let’s be real… a lot of it is just crap. BUT! It’s so much easier to find when everything is labeled. Going back to my mom’s kitchen – she has replaced everything with bins and labeled it. Instead of always saying, “Mom, where is this?”, I can see it plain as day in front of my eyes. She has sugar, oats, flour, and even powdered sugar in nice bins and labeled. This can go with anything, not just in the kitchen. I put my material, dresses, halloween costumes, wrapping paper, gift bags, and yes kitchen items in bins.
Keeping everything in a bin and labeled allows you to throw things in storage or keeping them easily accessible both an easy option. I personally think that spending a few extra dollars on keeping my brain sane is worth it!
This drives my husband nuts, I’m sure. He loves a spic and span car. But I wouldn’t be able to make it without using my car for some extra storage space. I keep a sleeping bag, lawn chairs, 72 hour kit, horse supplies, and all of my errand stuff in there. If I leave my grocery bags or thrift store bags in the house, I will never remember to take them and they will live by my front door forever. Putting them in my trunk get’s them out of my house and even though I still forget at least 3 times, I remember to get it done eventually! I also keep a sleeping bag and lawn chairs in there for emergencies or conveniences, but it also get’s them out of my way. It’s a small suggestion, but I honestly do use my trunk for storage space! Haha.
Finally! I have found that having every single thing that I own in one place is just a recipe for disaster. I get overwhelmed super easily and then we live in a pigsty because I can’t decide what to do with everything. Solution! I pick a theme or a pattern of some kind and try my best to follow it. Whatever decorations I choose to display with stay up for however long while I store the others… then rotate! I also do this with clothes and shoes to save space. Obviously not everyone has the space to store all of this stuff, so if not I guess the next step is to downsize and use what you can.
I still have so much to do as far as hoarding! I get way too attached to things… but I am working on it. In the past few days of being home and implementing these ideas, you wouldn’t believe the change that my husband has seen in our house. We are currently living in the state of boxes, boxes, and boxes. But, it is slowly being transformed into a clean and livable house! Since a baby girl is coming into our lives in two short months, and then we are moving two short months after that, I decided that now is the time to pack away things that we don’t need, downsizing and saving space, getting new storage bins, labeling literally everything, using my car for extra help, and getting in my last rotation.
After all of your hard work, remember – Cleanliness is next to Godliness! 🙂
The best movie of all time is Sweet Home Alabama. I love it! I can always relate no matter how much I watch it. (Now, if you don’t like it, you must repent and go give it another shot. If you’ve never seen it *gasp* you must go watch it!). Buuuut I realized that I relate to it maybe a little bit too much. I am Melanie Carmichael! I am that jerk that thought she was too good for her hometown! Not cool. I need to be Melanie Smooter, not Melanie Carmichael.
(I would like to clarify that I married my Jake Perry though – so I’ve got that going for me). I grew up thinking how dumb my town was and how much better I was for getting out of there. Hahaha. Humbled! Turns out – I was surrounded by an amazing community and never realized it. I may never live there again, but I will admit that I wish I was more grateful for it when I lived there.
My mom told me for years – bloom where you are planted. Sadly, I never really listened. I always wanted to be somewhere else. Don’t get me wrong, making goals and wanting to end up in a specific place is not a bad thing. Zach and I are moving to Idaho in 5 months and we are so excited! However, enjoy where you are! Enjoy the now. How much better would life be if we were just happy with where we are? So much better! And it can happen!
Start with looking at your community. Then get involved, join organizations, make new friends, or dive into your local church. When you feel like you are apart of where you live, it is easier to feel at home. This also goes for where we are in our life. Continue to make goals. Communicate with God. Keep moving forward. It can be hard to make that effort, but it is always worth it. Even if the ground is hard or dry – you can still bloom. All it takes is a little work.
Having a good attitude is the best thing that you can do! When people ask you if you like where you live – you say yes! If they ask you if you like your job – you say yes! Focus on the positives. The more you speak positively, the more you will actually believe it. Sure, I miss the Colorado mountain air and all of the space. BUT, I can see the beautiful ocean whenever I want and have a romantic night on the beach. There is positive everywhere!
Two simple words – be happy! Prepare the soil, plant yourself, and become the happy person that you can be. It took me way too long to figure out that I needed to make the change that Melanie Smooter did. So, I need to drop the snobby attitude, love my roots, and appreciate every part of me. Where I am now is a huge part of me and I am going to love it! Let the struggle work in your favor.
Bloom and shine. 🙂
Happy December everybody! The best month of the year is finally here! In honor of the first day of December, I wanted to share my feelings about our Savior, Jesus Christ. This blog is all about being who God created you to be, finding happiness, and loving yourself. This all starts with one person – Jesus Christ. I am going to tell you how I use Christ to help me accomplish my goals.
I could go on and on and on about how thankful I am for a Savior. He is my best friend, my older brother, and my advocate. I love Him. Right now, I am taking a New Testament class at Brigham Young University – Idaho. I am loving the class because it has helped me strengthen my relationship with Christ. Anyways! I want to share what I am learning in this class, and how it affects our journey in loving who we are.
So first of all, let’s get some back story here. Right now I am working on a project to help me learn knew things. I want to become smarter haha. As many of you know, I am pregnant with a little girl. She is due in March (Oh my, that is coming up!). My husband is a super smart and talented guy. He knows the bible in and out, he is book smart, common sense smart, get’s good grades without trying very hard, and can pick up any new hobby and look like he has done it for years. It is both impressive and annoying. So my goal is that when our little girl comes up to me and asks me a question, I can answer it and not say, “let’s go ask dad” every time.
Alright. Moving on, now that you have a back story on one of my goals before the baby gets here, I want to share with you what I am learning about Christ and how He is the one who can help us accomplish our goals.
My New Testament class has helped me get into a wonderful pattern of reading my scriptures everyday. This week I read 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John. I notice a huge difference in my day when I don’t read the scriptures, compared to when I do read. I am happier, I get more done, and honestly – I am a nicer person all around. (My husband could probably testify of this hahaha).
My professor has us look for principles when we read. Ok, this helps! I look for If… Then scenario’s so that I can apply it to my own life. For example, this week I read 3 John 1:11 “Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God”. I learned that IF I am doing evil… THEN it is not of God. I cannot do both good and evil and claim that I follow God. There are lot’s of ways to apply the scriptures to you, but this has become a new favorite.
Is your reading helping you come closer to Jesus Christ? If not, slow down and look for things that can help you in your life. There are lot’s of help in those pages! Keep reading! Don’t give up! Write down impressions and questions. Keep the end in mind as you grow closer to your goal. Is it still where you want to end up? Would you make any changes? Can you push yourself any further? Always revert back to your goal! 🙂
Accomplishing our goals – whether they be physical goals or spiritual goals – requires humility (shucks). Communicate with God and ask Him for help to be humble and learn what you need to learn in order to accomplish your goal. This will take strength! But luckily He is always there to help us out. Asking family members or friends for support is another great idea.
So let’s be real. We will never be perfect. The trick is to learn to love the process, because we will be doing it for the rest of our lives. Never give up. Always rely on God. Keep reading those scriptures and saying those prayers.
It doesn’t matter if we are making New Year’s resolutions, trying to stay healthy, wanting to know God, trying to see if we can do the impossible, or just wanting to fit into our pants after the holidays – Jesus Christ is there to help us accomplish those goals. I love my Savior! And you know what? He wants me to love me as much as He loves me. We are important and we have a purpose! Shine bright! Love who you are! Get to know your Savior! And love every minute! Two of my favorite websites to help me feel better about myself and my purpose here on earth, are lds.org and mormon.org. Feel free to look them up! 🙂
As always… you dew you, girl. You dew you.
It’s Christmastime! Yay! This is my absolute favorite time of the year!! December is such a jolly month isn’t it? My family usually starts the season off with a trip to Las Vegas to watch the NFR and do some shopping at Cowboy Christmas. Then a few short weeks and Christmas is here! No matter where Zach and I end up for Christmas, we always have a great time.
There’s one problem though. I start feeling these feelings of excitement around Halloween.. I want to watch Christmas movies and listen to Christmas music! But there are too many party poopers our there who tell me – it’s too early for Christmas! Don’t start this already! There are two holidays first, please wait! Please excuse me for wanting to spread cheer! Haha. The point is – this is who I am and every year I almost feel ashamed for the way that I feel, even though I shouldn’t.
Soooooo that may have been a pretty lame example, but it is a support group that I can get behind – “Stop Christmas Shaming! Let us decorate whenever we want.” All jokes aside, there are so many things in life that can make us feel ashamed for who we are. We need to talk about two things to get this negativity out of our lives!
Stop mom shaming, wife shaming, Christmas decorating shaming, appearance shaming, any kind of shaming- it needs to stop! We don’t like it when others do it to us right? Yes, because we all love those videos of the perfect moms with the perfect clean houses and the perfect hair who are telling us that we don’t have our lives together because we have a few dirty dishes in the sink. No! We don’t like that. Plus, it’s not even true anyways! So the first thing that we need to do is stop doing that to other people. Ok because really, let’s admit that we all have been guilty of it.
Remember the golden rule – we don’t like it when we feel ashamed – remembering the golden rule always makes us think twice. Do it!
So, when you see a mom giving her child candy at 9AM, just walk away and get the thought to judge her out of your mind. Maybe the mom is having a bad day and just wants her kid to be quiet for a few minutes, or maybe that’s just what they do in that family and guess what? It’s really not our business anyways. Let them eat candy! Let people raise their kids, have a relationship with their families, and decorate for whatever holiday that they want without us sticking our nose in and telling them that they are doing it wrong. If everyone minded their own business, wow what a wonderful world this would be! Love who you are and let others love who they are too.
This can sometimes be hard to do! I have said before that I have felt like people were trying to keep me from being who I am and it was terrible. I tried to be who others thought I was or should be and it did NOT work out. The fact is, I am a simple country girl. I am both a tomboy and a girly girl when I want to be. I would rather hang out with my husband and his friends than girl friends of my own. That is not a popular thing for a newly married/mother-to-be to do. But hey that is ok because I love it! I love who I am! My husband loves me for who I am! And the most important, God created me this way and wants me to EMBRACE IT. That’s where you find happiness.
So, who are you? Do you like to shop, do you like the outdoors, do you like to do both? It doesn’t matter! Are you a nice person? Do you serve others? That’s what matters! This holiday season – and every other time of year – be proud of who you are, and let others be proud of who they are too! Love who YOU are! After all, we are all Children of God, right?