Tidying Up My Home: Late Winter

A few weeks back, we chatted about getting organized in the new year RIGHT HERE. Then, I shared decluttering lessons from an expert after discovering an incredible new book examining personality types. In today’s Tidying Up My Home: Late Winter we’ll explore an online organizing course I completed and highly recommend. If you are ready to learn some key lessons for not just tackling home organization but for sustaining an orderly nest, you’ll want to read on!

Hello Lovely Studio. Tidying Up My Home: Late Winter. Clearing the clutter and getting my house in order with help from an organizing course.

Tidying Up My Home: Late Winter

Click here for the organizing course which provided more ‘aha’ moments than I can say and equipped me with confidence and structure to address the closets and piles I have been ignoring. Best of all, by using the code HelloLovely50, you can get a 50% discount, bringing the cost down to a friendly $50! That is incredible value for the rich instruction included.

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French country bedroom in progress from Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. This room is a work in progress, and I want to do something special to the wall the bed is on. Did you see my post about Susan Harter’s murals? Can you even imagine how something special like that would transform this space!?!

Organizing Expertise From a Delightful Author With a Sense of Humor!

The organizing guru and instructor, Cassandra Aarssen has a gift for calming fears, demystifying processes, and simplifying everything. Instead of linking to expensive storage systems and products, she continually points to the vast array of options at the dollar store. I so appreciate her authenticity and sense of humor!

White painted piano in my studio - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Tidying Up My Home: Late Winter. Clearing the clutter and getting my house in order with help from an organizing course.

Is an Organizing Business For You?

If ever you have considered offering organizational services as a pro, you’ll be happy to know this course will certify you to do just that.

White armoire and rustic shutters painted Annie Sloan Paris Gray by Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio.

It was Aarssen’s outstanding book that captured my imagination and led to my interest in her organizing expert course (don’t forget to use code HelloLovely50 for 50% off!).

The Clutter Connection by Cassandra Aarssen. Learn how to organize your home and declutter your spaces by identifying your type. #homeorganization #decluttering #clutter #organizationideas
THIS BOOK JUST MAY TRANSFORM YOUR PERSPECTIVE AND CLUTTER! The Clutter Connection: How Your Personality Type Determines Why You Organize the Way You Do by Cassandra Aarssen. BUY IT NOW!

Identify Your Clutterbug

French country settee in my studio at home - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Tidying Up My Home: Late Winter. Clearing the clutter and getting my house in order with help from an organizing course.

Getting Organized In My Studio

Even though I’m not nearly done decorating or organizing my studio, which is this guest bedroom you’re seeing with my $10 French country settee (I painted it, fabric and all!), I have made great progress.

My French farmhouse inspired studio and guestroom - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio.

I sorted and purged everything from the closet and this armoire below, finding all sorts of stuff to donate and sell!

White decor in my studio/guest bedroom with French farmhouse style - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Tidying Up My Home: Late Winter. Clearing the clutter and getting my house in order with help from an organizing course.

Design Details in the Studio

If you follow me on Instagram (Follow me, pretty please!), you may remember we tackled the flooring in here last July. It’s a super low cost laminate product that matches the white oak hardwood we had installed in the rest of the house. I paint in here so I wanted something I wouldn’t have to baby and I wanted an easy installation with no fumes. Total cost? Shhhhh! Around $125 for the product which we installed in one afternoon, and it is wonderful to live with!

Home Legend Wire Brushed White Oak 3/8 in. Thick x 7-1/2 in. Wide x Varying Length Click Lock Hardwood Flooring (30.92 sq. ft./case)
While our white oak hardwoods were finished by an atisan on site, we used this unbelievably low priced lookalike laminate in two guestrooms: FIND IT HERE

Before/After Story in the Works!

I’ll show you before/after pics of the closet and armoire organization when it’s complete!

French farmhouse style and shabby chic vibes in my studio - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Tidying Up My Home: Late Winter. Clearing the clutter and getting my house in order with help from an organizing course.

Kitchen Organization Has Begun

I have also been taking about 15 minutes per day to chip away at organizing tasks in the kitchen.

My classic white kitchen with industrial steel cart, marble backsplash, and Shaker cabinets. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio.

I started with organizing the pull-out pantry drawers which hold food, and I was shocked at how little time it took me. One of the wise tips I learned in the course was to set a timer to better understand the actual time a lot of household tasks require. Often, we dread particular organization tasks because we think it will take us too long when in reality, it may be just a few minutes!

My classic white kitchen with industrial steel cart, marble backsplash, and Shaker cabinets. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Tidying Up My Home: Late Winter. Clearing the clutter and getting my house in order with help from an organizing course.
Modern Stainless Range Hood
SIMILAR HOOD: Modern Stainless Range Hood: FIND HERE.

Less Clutter = More Work Space

I snapped these for you quickly – no styling as you see! With a small kitchen like ours where there is always something cooking or baking, I need to keep counters relatively free of clutter.

My classic white kitchen with industrial steel cart, marble backsplash, and Shaker cabinets. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio.

The countertop material is Viatera quartz (Minuet) which you can read about RIGHT HERE. I still love it!

My classic white kitchen with industrial steel cart, marble backsplash, and Shaker cabinets. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Tidying Up My Home: Late Winter. Clearing the clutter and getting my house in order with help from an organizing course.
30" x 18" Thick Wall Fireclay Single Bowl Farmhouse Kitchen Sink
SIMILAR SINK: Fireclay Apron Front Farmhouse Sink: FIND HERE.

Design Details in Our Kitchen

I wanted to show you some perspectives in the kitchen I haven’t shared in the past. Notice the wall perpendicular to the frig wall? We covered it with wood beadboard, installing it horizontally instead of the traditional vertical.

My classic white kitchen with industrial steel cart, marble backsplash, and Shaker cabinets. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio.

The wee little vintage industrial cart I topped with quartz gets used more than I can say!

My classic white kitchen with industrial steel cart, marble backsplash, and Shaker cabinets. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Tidying Up My Home: Late Winter. Clearing the clutter and getting my house in order with help from an organizing course.
Bridge Kitchen Faucet #bridgefaucet
EXACT KITCHEN FAUCET: Kohler Bridge Kitchen Faucet: FIND HERE.

Organization Underway in Dining Room

French doors lead to the dining room. I purged the shelves of my etagere in there since I wanted a change AND they were feeling busy. I’ll share pics when I have them styled.

My classic white kitchen with industrial steel cart, marble backsplash, and Shaker cabinets. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio.

I like living with original art, even in the kitchen!

My classic white kitchen with industrial steel cart, marble backsplash, and Shaker cabinets. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Tidying Up My Home: Late Winter. Clearing the clutter and getting my house in order with help from an organizing course.

The wall of Shaker style cabinetry where the frig and ovens are has a very clean, European, and modern feel. When space is limited, using all of the vertical space like this makes sense.

My classic white kitchen with industrial steel cart, marble backsplash, and Shaker cabinets. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio.

The Flower Market sign was found years ago at one of my favorite shops, Urban Farmgirl…see inspiration from them HERE.

My classic white kitchen with industrial steel cart, marble backsplash, and Shaker cabinets. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. A peek around our home in late winter and how I’m getting more ogranized. Ready to learn organization skills from an expert?

Updates to the Kitchen

At the moment, I have our old farmhouse dining table in the breakfast area. I moved the small round dining table into my studio, and it’s likely I’ll swap them again!

My classic white kitchen with industrial steel cart, marble backsplash, and Shaker cabinets. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio.
Natural Fiber Round Placemat Set of 4
Woven Round Placemat Set of 4
My classic white kitchen with industrial steel cart, marble backsplash, and Shaker cabinets. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. A peek around our home in late winter and how I’m getting more ogranized. Ready to learn organization skills from an expert?

More Peeks Around the Kitchen

The light was so pretty streaming in this afternoon – and so welcome after all of the dreary grey days!

My classic white kitchen with industrial steel cart, marble backsplash, and Shaker cabinets. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio.

I recently dished about our white oak hardwood flooring HERE.

Window seat in our white kitchen. Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio. A peek around our home in late winter and how I’m getting more ogranized. Ready to learn organization skills from an expert?

Rarely Seen Areas at Home

Our house has a catwalk – people seem to love them or hate them, and I wasn’t crazy about inheriting it.

Catwalk and staircase in our French Nordic cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio.

I do appreciate getting the Southern light upstairs though as a result of this design feature.

View from stairs into foyer - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. A peek around our home in late winter and how I’m getting more ogranized. Ready to learn organization skills from an expert?
View into master from catwalk - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio.
View outside into courtyard from the staircase. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. A peek around our home in late winter and how I’m getting more ogranized. Ready to learn organization skills from an expert?

More Glimpses Around Our Home

Entry with rustic alder door - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio.
Living room with Belgian linen upholstered chaise and Belgian sideboard - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. A peek around our home in late winter and how I’m getting more ogranized. Ready to learn organization skills from an expert?
32" Concrete Base Table Lamp
Exact lamps: 32″ Concrete Base Table Lamp: FIND HERE.
White oak hardwood flooring and Belgian linen living room furniture - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio.

I Can’t Believe I’m Showing You Messy Private Spaces!

Although our home is tidy, behind closet and cupboard doors are a host of messy areas requiring more order. This organization course was just the motivation and help I needed to get started on these spaces below. Stay tuned for the “afters!”

Time to get to work!
Time to reign in the visual clutter!
Room for improvement!
Vintage and French inspired style in my studio with piano - Hello Lovely Studio.
Stay tuned for a more organized closet!

Click here for the organizing course and get 50% off with code HelloLovely50!

Round Bronze Accent Table
French Country Lamp
White Ruffle Spread + Shams
French Laundry Basket
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Farmhouse Dining Table
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Weathered 4-Door French Cabinet – 71″
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Loveseat
Pamela Arm Chair
Weathered Arm Chair
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Linen Curved Loveseat
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Oak Accent Stool
French Upholstered Gray Bench
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
French Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Parisian Glass Bottle Vase
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
French Country Wood Mirror
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool

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12 Comments

  1. March 4, 2019 / 7:31 am

    At my age it is almost overwhelming to think of what will be involved when we sell our home and downsize. We acquire so much over the years and now I am beginning to realize that less really is more. The challenge will come when I have to make that a reality. This course and book could not have been suggested to me at a better time. Thank you.

    • michele
      Author
      March 4, 2019 / 7:50 am

      You’ll get there, Celia! I remember our downsize all too well. 40 pickup truckloads I made to with donations, selling over half our belongings, and using those dumpster bags to watch a ton of junk hauled away. I like that one in, one out rule where you can’t bring in new stuff without purging the same amount. I hope the links are working now in my post…apparently the ones to the course weren’t! Boo!

  2. Connie
    March 4, 2019 / 8:25 am

    When I had my interior decorating business, several times someone would inquire: “Do you do organizing too?” Well, yes I did ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Because I’m also a former teacher I approached the task as an assignment for my clients. I would ask the person what was most important to them about a particular space’s need for organization, then I’d create an assignment and a time frame. Here’s one interesting example…

    The lady lived in a very small home, worked as a house cleaner and had a bad back. At day’s end all she really wanted to do was find a place to lie down and rest. There was truly no space to sit, let alone lie down! I asked her where she’d like to sit/lay down and she indicated the sofa, which was literally piled about 3 feet high with mail, laundry, etc. She was understandably overwhelmed with the task (honestly the entire house was piled high with ‘stuff’) so this is what I assigned her: For this project do not think of the entire house. Think only of clearing away and sorting through the things on the sofa. You have 2 weeks to complete this task. Then I showed her how to go about sorting into keep, throw, etc. piles.

    Two weeks went by and she excitedly called me to come see! I was amazed at her progress. The entire sofa was cleaned and she was ecstatic she now had a place to rest at day’s end. I said “You get an A! This is wonderful.!” Then I asked “Where did all the things go that were on here?” She took me to the dining table and there it all was— piled high! :'( My teacher-self then said “Sadly you’ve just gone from an A to an D. The idea was to sort through and organzie as I showed you, not just move it from one place to another.” But readers do not despair. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This lady was lovely and our hearts ‘connected’ so we decided to work on this more together.

    I took more time with her, helped her with more methods to go through specifics (how to sort through mountains of mail, how to determine whether to keep or throw an item, should things be kept for repair, etc. etc.) She was a fast learner and we both happily saw progress made. Additionally her grown son who lived with her caught on and he too got into organizing his own space in the house. They were very happy to see their tiny little house becoming a home they were proud of again.

    Like dieting, organizing works in the long run of you make a choice to live differently. ๐Ÿ™‚

    P.S. Yes, some of my own closets need decluttering…especially one place where I keep some home decor accessories I use to switch things up from time to time. With our church rummage sale coming up, now’s another good time to “Get ‘er done!” ๐Ÿ˜€

    • michele
      Author
      March 4, 2019 / 8:41 am

      Love it! I learned so much in this course – and one of the main reasons I can wholeheartedly recommend it is that it’s not one of those one-size-fits-all deals with a bunch of common sense and product links. It truly helps one examine personality, organizing style, and road blocks. Once we calm down and realize there is hope, the clouds can part. It must be tricky as a professional designer/organizer though when a client’s heart is just not in it – since they are the one who will be maintaining the systems in place. There are several times in the course videos where the instructor says ‘I’m not a psychotherapist so…” and I kept shouting BUT I AM – and I realized I have a lot of tools to help others explore the WHYS of those heaps of stuff and the whys of the disconnects. It truly does relate to my desire to address our figurative “peaceful interiors.” ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Connie
        March 5, 2019 / 8:56 am

        Ah yes well put Michele ๐Ÿ™‚ The reasons why someone does or doesn’t do something ….anything… is certainly a point to be addressed. In the particular case I mentioned, it was actually her physical back pain that was partly due to her totally disorganized home…..and the fact that she was cleaning other’s homes all day long… so coming home to do her own was just one time too many on a daily basis.

        But thankfully after she saw some success her mindset changed. For how long? I cannot say since I never was asked to come and do another follow up visit.

        Some people find “peace” in what some of us call cluttered surroundings. Some find peace with what some call ‘stark’ or even {gasp!} “boringly plain” —that’s what my family thinks of my home. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        You are so right: what makes us “tick” and what makes us feel “peace in our interiors” is a vast and expansive array of possibilities. To find that ‘peace’ for each individual is quite the task indeed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • michele
          Author
          March 5, 2019 / 10:05 am

          Sooooo beautifully and thoughtfully articulated! Totally makes sense that your client’s “piles” represented a sort of freedom from work and an invitation to relax, however ironic and dysfunctional the pattern became! WHAT MAKES US FEEL PEACE IN OUR INTERIORS IS A VAST AND EXPANSIVE ARRAY OF POSSIBILITIES. I love this because there is such an open-ness, inclusion, and invitation there. And you know I love the YES!

  3. Sandra Hinds
    March 4, 2019 / 9:14 am

    I may be getting inspired to actually clean out my closets! Love your house – the artwork by the kitchen is lovely- did you paint it? I like the idea of the mirror on the kitchen wall! Brightens the space up so much!

    • michele
      Author
      March 4, 2019 / 2:38 pm

      The smaller paintings are by me, and the large one is an original Melissa James. The mirror was supposed to be a place holder until we did the open shelving thing, but I liked it too much to take it down. It’s the sort of thing you’d see at a restaurant and feels sort of like an extra window. Thanks for the kindness!

  4. Heather Young
    March 4, 2019 / 2:25 pm

    I miss you doing a video where you dance in high heels, show your house and paint. Do again soon pleeeeeassse:)

    • michele
      Author
      March 4, 2019 / 2:37 pm

      Hahahaha – yes, a dance video is long overdue – so many details though…a spray tan for one. Stay tuned. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Joanna
    March 4, 2019 / 8:00 pm

    It is rewarding to stand back and look at your tidy, organized rooms. I follow the one in, one out rule, excepting my closet. I like a selection when getting dressed. I do purge every change of season though. I love to organize, so I donโ€™t find it a chore. Iโ€™m OCD and my mind doesnโ€™t rest with clutter or anything out of place. Drives my hubby crazy at times but heโ€™s stuck around all these years, so it canโ€™t be that bad. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I love the peacefulness of your home, Michele. I think the way the sunlight hits your rooms lends a serenity to the space.
    Iโ€™m quite intrigued by Heatherโ€™s comment. A dance video? How fun would that be!

    • michele
      Author
      March 4, 2019 / 10:32 pm

      You’re a champ – come help me organize – i can’t seem to move very fast! A few years back after I had my surgeries and reconstruction, I made a video where i danced with my dog to celebrate the blog’s 3 year anniversary. ๐Ÿ™‚

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