7.22.2014

How to Organize Your Life

If there's one thing I'm lacking in life, it's organization. There are certain people that are, and some that aren't. Some of my favorite bloggers to read, are ones that have their shit together. I find it interesting that they can manage everything on their plate but everything on said plate is in neat, color coordinated sections ready to be devoured at a specific time. One of those people is Steph of Life According to Steph. I've had her on the blog before when I flat out asked her: How the hell do you organize your blog? So now, I have her back, but this time it's about organizing your life. An area we could all probably work on.

Hello Helene in Between readers! I'm Steph and you can normally find me over at Life According to Steph blogging about cooking, books, my three pugs, things that annoy me, hausfrauing, my card of a husband, and life in general live from Philadelphia.

One of my favorite things to do is to purge and organize. If I had to choose a different career, I'd be a professional organizer, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to share my top five organizing tips with you while Helene is off enjoying her European vacation.

1. Do not get involved with piles. Deal with it the first time it's in your hand. There should be a place for everything and everything should be in its place. This message about piles that appeared in the June 2014 issue of Real Simple says it best:
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2. Make sure every item you own has one of these connections: it must be useful, beautiful, or beloved. If the answer isn't yes to all or at the least one of these questions, it's time to get rid of it.
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3. It's easier if you organize by zone. If you say I'm going to organize my bedroom this weekend, you might avoid it because that sounds like a big job that could be long and grueling. But if you say I'm going to organize the top shelf of my closet this weekend, I bet you'll do it. And you might even be inspired to tackle a drawer or two after. Set yourself up with 10 minute projects and see what you can get done in 10 minutes. 

4. Use a laundry basket during your cleaning and organizing. Put whatever doesn't belong in that room in the basket to be transferred to other rooms instead of running back & forth while you're in the middle of cleaning. You can tote your cleaning supplies in there too.
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5. It's never over. Purging and organizing is circular because life is circular. Life happens around us. Something you organized four months ago could probably use an update. New stuff has likely come in, old stuff has gone out, and how you use the space probably needs to be reevaluated. You don't organize something once and then never have to do it again. It requires upkeep.

I could talk organizing all day, but those are my top five tips. Do you have any to share?

SMD
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7.19.2014

The Plane Ride Playlist

I've spent roughly 10 hours on a plane. From Dallas to New York to Germany and finally our destination in Athens. You know what's awesome? I get motion sickness really easily. To the point where I can't read a lick on a plane. Not even the Sky Mall magazine. Woe is me. But that doesn't stop me from listening to books on tape (currently listening to This is Where I Leave You based on Jen's recommendation.) Or maybe watching the in-flight movie. Or, most likely, bothering Michael and asking him a million questions while he tries to do research for our trip.
One thing I will be doing is listening to some music. So I thought I'd share with you my plane ride playlist. It's a lot of tunes so I've just highlighted some current faves:

1. Steve Aoki ft Lil Jon and Laidback Luke "Turbulence"

How can we not have a plane playlist without a little turbulence? Maybe this makes me odd since most peopel might need to grab those tiny white bags and start breathing in and out of them before thinking about it. But it's too perfect not to put on here. Plus, it's a fun song with a great beat.

2. Avicii "Dear Boy"

This song has been my favorite song since Avicii's album "True" came out. This song makes me happy and makes me want to tear up. In fact, I might be right now as a I listen to it. Just. So. Good.

3. John Mayer "Why Georgia"

John Mayer is always excellent for trips. His music just seems to move with the music. I picture myself looking out the tiny double pained plane window longingly as I peer through the clouds.

4. Wiz Khalifa "We Dem Boyz"

This whole song is basically yelling "We Dem Boyz, We Making Noise, Holla, Holla" and then repeat. But I like it and I want to say that I'm part of this all boy crew.

5. Myon + Shane54 and Late Night Alumni "Under Your Cloud"

Not only will I be in the clouds, but this song is as light and airy as if you were really floating. Pretty lyrics that you can lose yourself in.

6. Jamestown Revival "California"


Someone tweeted me this song (is there a way to search your own tweets?) and I've been loving it ever since! It's just a great summer jam, one you can linger on and keep in your playlist rotation.

7. Hooide Allen "No Interruption"

You know that song about "College" from a few years back by ASher Roth? Well this kid reminds me of him in the best possible way. He has talent, he's clever and I think he's got something different about him. This song is freaking delicious and you'll get addicted to it easily.

8. Ciara "Super Turnt Up"

Who doesn't like getting turnt? Riddle me that. Answer: No one. Everyone loves some turnt. And who doesn't love this goody from Ciara.

9. Disclosure "White Noise"

Everyone is freaking out over Disclosure's Latch (well that was on my playlist months ago, well actually a full year ago... just saying) but White Noise is the real gem. In fact, just download the entire Disclosure album, "Settle". You can thank me later. 

10. Kiesza "Hideaway"

This song is awesome and infectious, but this video is just plain cool. I want to be in it.
And that's it for this weekend's playlist! What do you like to listen to on a plane?

All new songs are added to the bottom of my weekend playlist- scroll down for the new additions!

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7.18.2014

What's In My Backpack + $100 To StubHub

The time has come for me to finally get this show on the road! I'm leaving this morning to meet up with two of our friends to travel to Athens, then Crete, then Santorini, then Prague, and then Belgium for Tomorrowland. If you aren't sick of me telling you yet, you can be now. Things are always so much more important to you than they are to others, but sometimes we just can't help blabbing about it. This goes for babies, sports teams, music, and even trips to Europe. I appreciate you letting me blab, but that's not going to stop me from telling you to follow me on instagram @heleneinbetween because I plan on posting some very epic pictures and I just found out I'm going backstage.
Despite the above, I thought I'd tell you what's in my backpack because I find it oddly hilarious:

- Neon bracelets that I made myself because I'm still 12 years old.

- Anti Fungal cream. I'm sorry I'm so glamorous. But I have to have it based on what was happening to my arm pits.

- 3 different kinds of mascara- because I need one for different environments.

- Exactly 2 pairs of shoes: tennis shoes and flip flops. That's really all you need in life anyway. But 3 mascaras is imperative...

- 4 different sunglasses. And well, the entire outfit I'm wearing in this previous Tomorrowland photo:
 And I'm also bringing the 3 boys you see in the photo as well.

- My pink "USA All the Way" Hat.

- "No Doze" pills. Because when you're getting 4.5 hours of sleep a night you need something to keep going. 

- A bag of ear plugs. I still want to hear after this is over.

- Jergen's Tanning Lotion. Because neon looks better with tanned skin.

- And, of course, my American Flag Overalls.

So to leave on a high note, here's a chance to win $100 to Stubhub, because concerts and festivals are what I have on the brain. You could also use the money for sports tickets, if that's your thing. Basically everything that can be fun about the Summer can be purchased with a Stubhub gift card. I got together with the wonderful ladies for this month's group give away for $100 for some sweet summertime fun.
Alisha : The Alisha Nicole // Nicole : Just The Elevator Pitch // Nicole : Treasure Tromp
Erica : So Much Sunshine // Melany : Melany's GUYdlines // Helene : Helene in Between

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What would you buy with the money?  
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