Wednesday, May 10, 2017

How I Stay Organized and Keep Track of My Schedule

As a working mom of 3, I have a lot going on in my life.  I'm always looking for a way to keep track of everything so I don't miss any meetings, appointments, or bill payments.

There are so many apps and websites to help keep you organized but I prefer the old fashioned way.  I like using a planner.  I like to open up my planner and see at a glance what is going on for the week and the month.  I am a visual learner so I am able to memorize things better if I see it on a page.

I have a lot that I need to keep track of.  We pay our daycare per child, per day, so every day is different and therefore our bi-weekly payments are always different.  The twins go to school in the morning 3 days a week but of course, sometimes they have days off where they are at daycare all day.  I keep track of a who goes to daycare each day in a monthly view calendar so I know how much we have to pay every other week.

For my day job, I have a lot of meetings and client calls that I have to attend and need to prepare for.  After work, I also have work events that I have to attend.

On top of my work commitments, I also need to keep track of personal events such as doctor appointments, birthday parties, and haircut appointments.  I like to view all of my work and personal commitments in a weekly view.  On the left side of the page, I keep track of my appointments and on the right side of the page, I have a running to do list for my work assignments.  I break every task down to its smallest element so I have more to check off on my to do list.  It makes me feel more accomplished.

I looked all over to find a planner that would fit my needs but nothing was quite right.  One night when I was up in the middle of the night feeding the baby, I discovered bullet journals.  The concept of bullet journals is to create a planner that works for you.  Some people use it for a calendar, a to do list, to track debt or weight loss, etc.  Pretty much anything you need to keep track of.  I keep it basic and create a monthly view to track my kids' daycare and a weekly view to keep track of what is going on each week.

I purchased a dotted Leuchtturm 1917 notebook for my planner.  I purchased the dotted version to ensure that everything would line up correctly vertically and horizontally.  I go crazy for symmetry and organization.  To add some color to each calendar, I use these beautiful, pastel colored midliners and use a different color for each month.  I also love using Faber Castell artist pens because of the way they write, the beautiful color, and the fact that the pens don't bleed.

If you think a planner would work for you, try one of these beautiful planners or make your own using a blank journal!

Monday, May 8, 2017

How To Pick The Perfect Paint Color

One of the best ways to give your room a new look without spending a lot of money is giving the walls a fresh coat of paint.  Choosing a paint color can cause people a lot of anxiety since the walls can be seen throughout the entire space.  Here are 5 tips to help you pick a paint color that you will be happy with.

1.  Get Inspiration - Use colors you love.  You can pull a room's color palette out of a pillow, painting, or a rug.  Any accessory in your home can be a starting point for your color palette.  Websites such as DecorPad, Houzz, and Pintrest can also offer a ton of inspiration.

2.  Look for Popular Color Combinations - There is a reason why beige and blue looks good together.  They are colors that are found at the beach in the sand and the ocean.  You'll find that a lot of great color combinations are found in nature.  A lot of sports teams also use great color combinations.

3.  Use the 60/30/10 Rule - Three isn't a crowd when it comes to choosing colors.  Three is a good rule of thumb for formulating your color palette.  After choosing three shades, break them down into the 60/30/10 rule for a cohesive look.  60% should be the dominant color, 30% should be the secondary color, and 10% should be an accent color.   

4.  Complementary Colors - Complementary colors are any two hues that sit opposite each other on the color wheel. For instance, red and green, yellow and purple and blue and orange are all complementary colors. When creating a complementary palette, look beyond the primary colors. If you are afraid of having a wall color that is too bold, try using natural shades like sage green, dark olive and mustard yellow for a sophisticated look.

5.  Analogous colors - Analogous colors sit next to each other on the color wheel.  Neighboring colors create a striking contrast when used side by side in an interior.

If you are looking to evoke a certain mood in a room, check out the Psychology of Color chart below.