organization

5 steps to make your home guest ready in 1 hour

Summer is here! BBQ season is here. And July 4th is quickly approaching. I wanted to create a step by step guide for you to have your home entertainment ready in 60 minutes or less. Then, when your Mother in Law leaves after her "surprise visit', you can call us and we can do it for you next time instead.  But until then, I hope this helps xoxo, Sims.

 

1. Set a timer

Your space will likely become a tornado before it transforms into a quiet lovely space. Know this is normal. Let me introduce the 40/20 rule. I allow 40 minutes to take a space apart: group like things together, take stacks off of table tops and set aside pretty pieces to display. Then, 20 minutes to display, throw away, hide and clean up.

 

2. Organize as you go

As you empty shelves, drawers and de-clutter, it helps to have a few known piles to set things into. I use recycled paper bags for easy grouping. Add or subtract as you like but I use the following piles as guides:
1 - Throw away. 2 - Recycle. 3 - Donate. 4 - To deal with later. 5- Keep/display.

 

3. Breathe and Buff

Now you have emptied your space and are sitting in wreckage piles.  Stay calm.  Take a cleaning spray you love or light a candle that brings you joy.  Decluttering is hard work and can be surprisingly overwhelming. Associate the practice with feel good scents or associations. Wipe down each crisp, clean empty shelf or space and appreciate the space now available to house your newly decluttered and sorted items. 

 

4. Cut it out

Take your throw away pile and toss it immediately, get it out of sight.  Throw your recycling into the bin.  Take your donations out to the car.  Put your "to be dealt with later" pile into a bin you'll deal with after your guests leave. 

 

5. Stage it

Now, you likely have 15-20 minutes left to reassemble your space.  Place items on shelves or in cupboards, stack things in groups of the same size, shape or color,  and leave surfaces clear to use as places to display art or important pieces.  Add a pop of life with a white potted succulent or an herb in terra cotta and viola!  You have a clean, decluttered, guest ready space in sixty minutes or less. Have fun!

 

 

 

5 ways to keep your pet organized

 

1. Store all leashes and collars by the door you use most with your pet.
-this gives you quick and easy access to the things you need when you're ready to take your pet outside, for a walk or for a ride in the car.  

2. Use different colored containers for treats instead of individual labels.
-since you're most likely buying different kinds of treats all the time, colors are the best way to identify the treats without wasting labels. 

3. Keep a toy box in your living room for easy clean up.
-and if you can teach your pet to put their toys back in the basket when they're done playing with them, all the power to you!

4. Keep a pet blanket in your living room.
-if your pet is allowed on furniture keep a blanket close by to help keep excess fur off your couch or chair. 

5. Keep your vet records in the console of your car.
-the time you'll need your pet records most is when you're going to the vet or when you're traveling and this way they will be easily accessible to you when you need them most and not forgotten at home. 
 

 

 

Mother's Day Offer

For me, inspiration for living an organized lifestyle came from my Mother. She taught me to always put things back where they belong and how to leave a place better than I found it.
In honor of her, this Mother's Day, Haven has a special offer:
schedule your Mom and receive her first hour FREE. 
She deserves it!

-Morgan
founder of Haven

5 ways to instantly freshen up your home.

  1. Display citrus. 
    The color and the smell will instantly brighten up your room and surface. A bowl of lemons are my staple. But try mixing fruits and colors like yellow and orange to explore different results.
  2. Light a candle.
    Change the energy in any room with a new flame.
  3. Buy or pick fresh flowers.
    Orchids are my favorite. They’re available in every color; each one having a unique meaning.
  4. Make easy, luxurious linen spray.
    Mix 10 drops of essential oil (my favorite is lavender) with 3 ounces of water and 1 ounce of vodka or rubbing alcohol. Pour mixture in a pretty spray bottle.
  5. Open up your windows.
    There’s no better feeling than getting fresh air. And the wind will carry your linen spray from room to room.