The Holiday Edit

The holidays are a magical time for giving + receiving gifts + also one of my favorite times to edit! There’s no better time to let go of some of the stuff that’s hiding among dust bunnies + create room for the new gifts you’ve received. Here are some places I recommend donating your unwanted items as well as some editing tips. Happy Holidays! 

Editing Tips

1. Follow the “Give One, Get One” rule. This is so simple + so effective!

2. Don’t look at the brand or designer when editing your closet. Too often guilt comes into play when we think about the cost of the item. The truth is the money was spent a long time ago + keeping the item in your closet isn’t going to put any funds back into your bank account.

3. Stick to a number you feel comfortable with. For example, if your editing vases, pick a number you feel comfortable with such as 5 and only keep your favorite 5. Let the rest go. Picking a number will help you stick to your goals.

Donating in Los Angeles 

Re-book It - schedule a free pick up for your unwanted books CD’s + DVD’s. https://www.rebookit.org/donation-pickups/

Rinse - did you know that along with your dry-cleaning, your Rise valet will pick up clothing donations + drop them off to the LA Mission? Talk about multi tasking! https://www.rinse.com

Freecycle - this is basically the Craigslist for everything you want to get rid of. Check it out: https://www.freecycle.org

Donating in San Francisco 

Woven - donate without leaving your home! Schedule a free pick up here: https://www.wovin.org

Let Go - for big items such as furniture list your item for free on Let Go + earn some extra cash https://us.letgo.com/en

Dress For Success - help a woman in need get a fresh start with interview - appropriate attire that you’re not using anymore https://sanfrancisco.dressforsuccess.org

What are you donating this holiday? Comment below!

How to Get Ahead of the Curve + Organize Your Life Before the New Year

As January is just around the corner, it’s essential to master the mess before you enter into the new year. Forget ambiguous resolutions and set realistic deadlines! Below we have highlighted three aspects of your life to get in order before the NYE ball drops!

Ambiguous resolutions almost never produce results. Instead, we encourage you to set realistic goals and make deadlines for yourself just as you would a project at work.

Goals are an ends to which we direct our efforts--not just a hashtag on Instagram. Setting goals in the proper manner helps us to stay motivated and produce real results. Tangible goals are realistic, measurable, and specific. Below we have highlighted three aspects of your life to organize to meet your goals this coming year with ease:

1. Create a budget or revise your existing one.

It is nearly impossible to have control over your finances if you don't have an organized bank account. The first step in this process is creating a budget or revising your existing one to reflect your priorities for the new year. Budgeting forces you to acknowledge and reevaluate your spending habits - which we encourage you to do every month.

Pro Tips:

  • Create a yearly budget along with monthly budgets.

  • Be sure to compare projected numbers vs actual numbers at least twice/month.

  • Revise budget one week before the new month.

  • Budget financial goals such as “Mexico vacation” or an upcoming handbag purchase.

Helpful App: You Need A Budget

Suggested Deadline: Three weeks before the new year

2. Prepare your planner + calendar.

Whether you prefer to go digital or stick with a physical log, it is a major game-changer to enter important events before the new year begins! By logging these events, you’re allowing yourself to think about more fulfilling tasks than the endless loop of constantly feeling you forgot about a commitment you made.

Pro Tips:

  • Log any repeat events as such from the beginning (examples: recurring bills and birthdays…).

  • Send calendar invitations for others involved in an event.

  • Create groups such as bills, work, medical + color code intuitively... (examples: green for bills and red for medical).

  • Schedule self care. Wether it’s a twice daily reminder to drink more water, scheduling a massage 1/month or drinks with the girls- schedule these events so they are more likely to actually happen + not just sit on your to-do list.

Helpful App: Google Calendar

Suggested Deadline: Two weeks before the new year

3. Edit your closet + make donations.

You might say this is our speciality. It is so healthy to edit your closet for many reasons: it helps to reimagine what you currently own, it helps you refine your style and how you show up in the world, and most importantly, it helps you let go of items that aren’t serving you anymore.

Pro Tips:

  • Match your hangers for a streamlined look.

  • Create a section for prepped outfits for the coming week.

  • Fold your clothing using the KonMari Method (seriously life changing!).

  • Donate your unwanted items to be a friend to your fellow humans + to the environment.

Helpful App: Cladwell

Suggested Deadline: One week before the new year

Written by Alex Girdler for Haven.

What steps are you taking to get organized in the new year?

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