Our New Home

I am so excited to share that we have a new home!  Things have been pretty crazy around here these past few months with everything that goes into purchasing a home, packing up our old place, and still keeping up with work and family life.

We moved in right at the beginning of August and with the help of our family and some great friends, we managed to get it all done pretty quickly.  The home was pretty much move-in ready, with painting being the main thing to work on once we moved in.  Choosing paint colors was kinda stressful, but I am so happy to not have to stare at brown poopy colored walls anymore!  It's also been super exciting shopping and buying new appliances.  Talk about being a grown up, huh! We've got plans to remodel the bathroom too! Now that we're settling in, we have some fun ideas for decorating and make the space our own.  We also have a bit of work to do in the front and backyard, but we're waiting for the weather to cool down before we begin those projects.  Watch out, we are taking this homeownership thing serious.  

I've been on Pinterest way more than I care to admit and have made more trips in one week to the Home Depot than I would like. But, I'm really looking forward to decorating, remodeling, and making this house our home.

We're using the hashtag #CasaEmeric on Instagram for all things home related and sharing peeks into the house transformation!  I'll be sure to share a tour of the new place as soon it's all done.  

Tower of boxes and biggest moving truck we could find!

Tower of boxes and biggest moving truck we could find!

Fancy new appliances!  Everyone takes a selfie with their new washing machine, right?

Fancy new appliances! Everyone takes a selfie with their new washing machine, right?



XO, Jessie

Looking for Motivation to Organize

I consider myself a pretty organized person.  I'm not a fan of chaos and disorder.  I'm big on making lists, having a work schedule, and itineraries on trips.  However, I am not very good at keeping tidy.  Clutter finds it's way into my kitchen drawers, my bedroom closet, my desk.  I also happen to have a messy husband.  Ha, who doesn't, right? Between the two of us, we could be buried in our piles of papers and cables.  It's not that I'm a hoarder, I have no problem getting rid of things.  The hubs, well, let's just say this blog post is about me personally.  So, while I don't have a problem keeping things for the sake of keeping them, I do have a problem with motivation.  I'm just not motivated to do the work.  Call me lazy, I'm ok with that, but I prefer to think I'm just overwhelmed.  

Working from home doesn't help me in this regard, either.  Don't get me wrong, I am grateful I can work from home when I'm not shooting (I'm a wedding photographer) but being home does have it's disadvantages.  For one, I'm just used to the mess/clutter.  It doesn't really bother me too much and when it does, guilt sets in.  I'm guilty when I take time away from my work schedule to work on home projects, but then I lose all desire to do them when my "work day" ends.  At that point, it's homework, dinner, nighttime routines, etc.  And a lot of my weekends are spent working so the ones I am not working, I want to have fun with my family or go on a date with my hubby.  I don't want to spend my free time organizing the garage.   Ugh...just not fun!  Who's with me?  

This is the current state of my desk.  I'm so embarrassed to share this, but maybe some public shaming is what I need get me to fix this!!! 

This is the current state of my desk.  I'm so embarrassed to share this, but maybe some public shaming is what I need get me to fix this!!! 

However, I lay awake at night thinking of all the projects I need to get done.  I wake up and look at the mess and freeze.  I don't know where to start.  Or, I'll start one thing, find something else I need to do or would rather be doing and leave that other thing halfway done.  I've been talking about making my office a welcoming space to get my work done in, but the truth is, it still looks like a storage room with a computer in the corner.  Not only is it overwhelming to me, I have zero desire to actually do it.  I'm just not one of those people that take pleasure in cleaning and organizing (You know who you are!) I mean, I know that it's got to happen and I know that I want it to happen.  I know my anxiety will thank me for it.  I know I will feel at peace and happy in a tidy and organized home, but my heart is just not into making it happen.  I would love for someone to come to my house and just do it all for me.  But, unlike having someone come clean my house, the tidying, organizing, and purging, must be done by me.   It's my mess, it's my home, and only I can really know what goes, what stays, and how to organize it to fit my needs best.  But, oh where to start....

Well, my sister has been reading this book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.  It's a bestselling book by Marie Kondo, a cleaning consultant from Japan.  Oh I could totally use her in my life!  Honestly, though, when my sister was telling me about the book, I couldn't help but tease her a bit about it.  I just couldn't see how this book would be able to help out as much as it claimed to.  But, desperate times call for desperate measures.  After seeing her results and hearing her talk so passionately about the book, I started to get interested.  This weekend she told me it even got her husband to clean out his clutter in their closet and garage...well, that right there convinced me this was a powerful book!  That man is a bit of a hoarder (Sorry, bro, still love ya!) 

I've ordered a copy of it from amazon today and will be anxiously awaiting it's arrival.  I'm ready to "enjoy the unique magic of a tidy homeā€”and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire"  I'll be sure to follow up here with how things are going once I get started with the book.  

Have any of you read this book yet?  Do you have a problem with clutter and organizing in your home?  Please tell me I'm not alone!!! I need all the support I can get on this one! xo

Mission: Home Office Organization

Late last month I blogged about my cluttered and unorganized home office.  Did you miss it? No worries, you can read it HERE then come back and see if I've made any progress...It was out of control, right? Well, although my office is not completely uncluttered and organized, I did make some progress.  I was able to get my desk uncluttered which is a huge step towards getting this room on the right track.  I also uncluttered this big table we have at the entrance of the office.  It's actually a drawing desk, but it's just being used as a big catch-all.  Jason and I agreed that it needs to go.  It has no purpose but to take up room and become a place to just drop our stuff on.  There are still some things on there now, but it's much better!  This weekend I hope to get the table out of here and into the garage (that's a whole other issue of clutter and we won't go there now).  I'm also brainstorming and checking  Pinterest and The Container Store for some ideas on organizing our camera equipment.  Some things we need quick & easy access to, while other things not so much.  I'm thinking some sort of cubby system may work best.  That's also on my to-do for the weekend.  Well, there ya have it, about a month later and I'm nearly half way there.  I won't show any pictures just yet, I want to do a big reveal when it's all complete! For now, here's a bit of my inspiration: