Start Where You Are

Yeah, this website isn't finished yet and I'm crash coursing my way through Photoshop for Illustrators, but I've decided, "To hell with it," and started blogging. I was trying to keep up a social media presences while working on this site and my Juliet and Jack site, but I'm over Instagram's algorithms, fucking fed up with the Facebook Feed, and tired of Twitter rants (including my own) shouted into the ether. I've come home to roost in the little corner of the internet that I've carved out for myself and to start doing the bulk of my sharing from here. Like moving into a new home, it takes time to organize and make a space your own, but I trust you'll forgive the mess as I work to create an inviting space for us. So here we go...

first wave, Monday selfies, work in progress
first wave, Monday selfies, work in progress

Above you'll see some peeks from my morning...First Wave on Sirius on the ride to school was interesting. The marching beat of "Road to Nowhere" always gets me pumped while the song itself sort of depresses me. I think it's the state of the country today and knowing Talking Heads will never get back together that makes me a bit melancholy. The family selfie wasn't planned, but I set my phone on the ground to fix Juliet's shoe on the way to school and accidentally opened the camera. When I went to pick it up, I realized we were all on the screen and felt compelled to capture the moment. The angle is certainly not flattering with my 12 chins that are visible in that photo, but I'm really trying these days to embrace who I am, flaws, wrinkles and all- LOL! The final photo is me playing around with some lunchbox doodles I did for Jack years back that I want to turn into an "OWLphabet" for a few different projects, especially since I now have a daughter who LOVES owls.

Hope your Monday is going well; I'm already planning on weekend leftovers tonight as Monday dinner should never be that much work. Have to ease into this week, you know?

xo, nicole

Doing It Your Way

(Disclosure: This book was pretty much the tipping point for redoing my site yet again and changing it from Organize + Amuse to Good Stuff, Nicole.)

I LOVE this book. As someone who thoroughly enjoys purging and organizing shit, I have fleeting fantasies about becoming a personal organizer. But I don't own or want a label maker and going to The Container Store doesn't excite me. Walking into someone's house (even invited or hired) like I know what's best for them seems rather presumptuous. I think that was part of the problem I was running into when trying to write for Organize + Amuse. It felt too much like I was trying to have all the answers and God knows I don't. You gotta find what works for you and Organize Your Way does that. Katie and Kelly of PixiesDidIt! are sisters and personal organizers with differing personalities who realized that perhaps there isn't ONE best way to organize. Their site and book includes a quiz to determine your "Pixie Type" and then goes through each section of your home with universal solutions for organizing before going into specific recommendations for your personality tendencies.

I'm an "Organic Freedom", which means I like things to be visible (especially when it comes to remembering them!), detest routines (unless it's fun) and prefer flexible scheduling. I do best finishing things NOW rather than later (SO much truth in that!), tend to be a "piler" of stuff (it just happens!), and I often keep a mental To Do list unless it gets too long and then I bust out my Evernote or random scraps of paper. I love reading the descriptions about each type (Organic/Smart/Fun/Classic and either Freedom or Structure) and feel like I know what type certain friends and family would be if they took the quiz.

So if you're looking to de-crap and organize your home, office, garage, etc. in a way that works for YOU, Organize Your Way is an awesome place to start. Or take the quiz and hire me to purge your place- haha!