5 Things to Declutter this Month

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The change in seasons always motivates me to lighten up my life, and this fall that has manifested itself in a hefty declutter of my belongings. Stuff accumulates so quickly, and I find that I need to do a good declutter at least once a year. During this most recent organization and decluttering spree, I was surprised both by how much I had collected, and how much I could say goodbye to with no regrets. I went through several categories of belongings, and today I’m sharing those with you. I’ll also be sharing my favorite apps for selling those items once you’ve decided to let them go. Let’s get rid of stuff!

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DIY Pleated Midi Skirt

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Stitching Away

Hi friends! I’ve recently started sharing a few sewing tutorials over on the YouTube channel, and I thought I’d start to post them here on the blog as well. Several of you have expressed interest in learning how to sew or in getting back into making your own clothes, so I hope you find these videos helpful and inspiring! Today’s project? A pleated midi skirt! This particular skirt was inspired by one I saw at Club Monaco a while back, and I love how it turned out. There is no pattern required, and it would be a great beginning project.

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The Weekender // No. 21

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It’s the weekend, and I’m excited about it! This week marked my first full week back at teaching, and I’m enjoying getting settled into a routine. It’s so fun to have so many of the same students back this year, and I can’t wait to watch how they grow as pianists. Apart from teaching, I’ve been working on one of my new year’s resolutions this week. I set myself the goal of completing 10 days of The Miracle Morning, which involves a 5 a.m. wake-up time. Right now I’ve finished two days, and although it’s been a challenge to get myself up early, I’m really enjoying the extra quiet morning hours. It’s also helping me get through my reading list, and I’m loving that. This weekend I’m planning to work on a sewing project, (hopefully for a new video tutorial on Sunday!) do more reading, and maybe pay a visit to my favorite local park for a walk with coffee.

Some links for the weekend:

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5 Tips for Packing Light

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Confessions of an ex-over-packer

As I was traveling this summer, one thing I made an effort to do was to pack light. I’m a chronic over-packer, and I wanted to work on traveling with less so that I could more fully enjoy the travel experience without constantly worrying about what I was forgetting. Now I’m still not extremely minimal when I pack, but on my most recent flight I managed to bring only a backpack and large handbag (yay for no luggage fees!) While I was in Europe, I took one checked duffle bag and one backpack with me. This allowed me to pack for a variety of climates and activities, but didn’t feel like too much. Today I’ve compiled some of my favorite ways to make sure I’m only packing what I will use.

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Travel Diary: Arizona (+ A Quick Stop in Palm Springs!)

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Last month my family took a road trip out to Arizona to spend some time with family. We all met in Sedona, Arizona, a place I loved visiting growing up, and spent a few days at a house my aunt had rented. The scenery in Sedona was amazing, and we enjoyed exploring the town. We also took an afternoon to stop by The Grand Canyon, something that blows my mind each time I see it. Near the end of the week we drove over to the Palm Springs area in California (where I grew up!) and I was able to spend a day there before flying back home to get back to work.

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