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I’m a real sucker for all the seasonal mood changes, and this time of year I’m hunkered down cleaning, organizing, purging, and starting fresh where appropriate. So I performed the fantasy ritual that I rarely get to do – the 10 am Monday Target run, when the aisles are quiet, the parking lot is empty, and the shelves are fully stocked (as always shout out to the Beaverton and Washington Square Targets for being so clean and organized). Coffee in hand, podcast in ears, I got to touch things, picture them at home, try them on – just take my time (I think we should make this a national holiday). I had pitched this post to Target for January – all the little things, post-holiday that make me feel pulled together, organized, and like a fresh start. They loved it and were excited to sponsor this post which made me even happier:) I mean, aisle after aisle I found such good stuff so I ended up getting more than I likely needed but I wanted to do a bit of show and tell. Here. We. Go.
My Work Area (My Home Office + Meeting Space)
A few big changes you might notice in the sunroom immediately – the Christmas tree is gone and in its place is the dresser from our closet which now houses all my paint/wallpaper samples. So this “office” is definitely starting to feel pulled together with less “stuff” all over the table. The big Target additions here are the wicker lamp (so good) and that white squiggle pot (also so good – see below).
Look at that pot (it’s in the outdoor patio section which is just now being put out on the shelves so grab it before it’s gone). And not to brag about my kids, but my new baby monstera plant is really nailing the vibe in here. Regarding the lamp: now that it’s dark at 4:30 it’s nice to have lamp light in here versus just the overhead. I’ve been throwing that on for a better ambiance when I work past sundown. I was so surprised to find this faux leather desk pad which protects the table and holds my charging cord. So good. I’ve had those faux leather coasters forever (they match my placemats that I also have had for a long time and wipe up so well). The green Shagreen tray is so pretty with a lovely texture (and has a matching box if you are into that).
Family And Task Calendars
I desire to be a “planner” person but I’m not. Here’s what I use instead: 1. My shared Google calendar for meetings, deadlines, shoots, and travel, 2. A weekly calendar for To-dos, tasks, and stuff that is happening at the house (this would be too much to put on each day of the Google calendar). And 3. A monthly calendar for family and kid stuff (sports, birthday parties, days off school, kids baths/showers – twice a week – and any travel so the kids know). My kids love to look at it and see what is up – we even put their cooking night on there with whatever dessert they want to make. This means that on Sundays I sit down and plan for the week and add all the things to the calendar. Twenty-seven-year-old me would be SHOCKED to know that I do this pretty reliably while I meal prep and listen to podcasts (Sunday Funday is not exactly what it used to be but I sure do LOVE IT). If you are wondering what the kids are doing while I do this (everyone always asks) the answer is ‘who knows’, they just do their own thing and know if they make it hard for me to cook and organize on Sundays then I’ll put them to work, (they are 7 and 9, y’all). That usually solves that problem quickly.
On the weekly pad (with Monday-Sunday as separate columns) I put mostly “email ______” or “buy gift for June’s bday party” – the little stuff that I’ll forget. I find it wonderfully helpful to have a place to jot down and I put little boxes next to each task and relish in the check-off.
Fresh Cozy Pillows
The Studio McGee collection is just so great, consistently. That warm mauve printed pillow with fringe screams “me,” with the other pillow being so soft and squishy. I had like nine pillows in my cart but decided to be conservative since I’m still decorating, but put all my favorites in my Target storefront if you want to shop for others that I love.
And yes, you might notice the new “piano” in the background – more on that later 🙂
Cozy Clothes (And New Matching PJs, Always)
How cute is this cozy jacket? It has this brown trim detailing that mimics the look of leather, a super high collar that is oversized and very cool, and it’s just as soft on the inside as it is on the outside.
The high–waisted joggers are also new and very comfortable (wide waistband + pockets), but size up – I think that most companies these days aren’t accounting for us not wanting things to feel tight or cut in (I’m wearing a medium). The striped socks come in a set of 6 that are thin enough to wear with my slippers and slide into my tall boots easily (they are the ones I always buy for this purpose).
I’ve been buying and loving their pajama sets for years now because they are so soft and drape so well. Again, with underwear and pajamas with any sort of elastic waist I like to size up (these are small but I returned for mediums). These come in other colors but my Target was out – there are lots of cute options to choose from. Also YES, that is a sneak peek into my bathroom and I love it so very very much and can’t wait to show you!
New Beauty And Bathroom Organization
I’m going cupboard by cupboard and drawer by drawer and finally organizing, which I didn’t have a chance to do when we moved in. It feels so darn good. In here you can see that I used some of the bright room baskets (white with wood handles – so pretty) and I also used a lot of the wood bins in this cupboard for larger hair products.
There are lucite, wire, and wood organizers for every room, so over the next few months I’ll be dialing them all in. The organization products are spread all over the store, by the way – I found some in the bathroom section, in the laundry section, the kitchen area, and even in the kid’s section.
New Year, New Candle…
This is the candle that I’ve been burning since Casaluna launched a few years ago. I take 3-5 baths a week (often more) and have found that this candle lasts for almost the year. Yes, it smells good, it’s so pretty (and I only burn it in the bath – so 30 minutes a night), and it’s just part of my ritual. Also, that hot pink sweatshirt is boxy and wide, with dropped shoulders, and very cute. They were out of the matching bottoms in the same color, but the sweatshirt itself is awesome.
Oh January, how I do love the excuse to really just stay at home, nurse our introverted selves that maybe extroverted too hard over the holidays, and take care of our homes through cleaning, organizing, and refreshing. After the nuttiness of December I am LOVING doing these little things to make myself, my house, and my life feel pulled together.
Here are some of the products I bought and loved but ultimately didn’t need. But how good is all this??
1. Mini Table Lamp | 2. Rectangle Rattan Weave Tray | 3. Matted PS Narrow Rounded Gallery Frame | 4. Round Decorative Tabletop Clock | 5. Goose Neck Task Lamp | 6. Fluted Glass Vase | 7. Ceramic Table Lamp with Tapered Shade | 8. Fabric Desk Storage Box with Metal Label Holder | 9. Metal Kitchen Cooking Timer
1. Stay on Track Undated Planner 8″x10″ | 2. Moleskine Narrow Rule Notebook 8.25″x5″ Hard Cover | 3. 2023 Planner Weekly/Monthly 7″x9″ 30-Day Challenge | 4. Lined Journal Safety Wirebound Non-Dated 5.75″x8.5″ | 5. 2023 Planner Weekly/Monthly 4.875″x7.75″ | 6. 2023 Planner Weekly/Monthly 6″x8.5″
1. Modular Bamboo Vanity Organizer with Magnetic Strip | 2. All Purpose Storage 1/2 Storage Bin | 3. 24″ Wood & Metal Vertical Wall Rack | 4. 3 Tier Drawer Organizer | 5. 120ct Page Marker Flags | 6. Make-Up Turntable Beauty Organizer
1. Thermoregulation Leggings | 2. Brushed Sculpt High-Rise Leggings | 3. Perfectly Cozy Flannel Night Gown | 4. Velvet Lined Thermal Leggings | 5. Satin Notch Collar Night Gown | 6. Perfectly Cozy Lounge Jogger Pants | 7. Velour Thermal Leggings | 8. Lightweight Super Soft Cable Knit Crew Boot Socks | 9. Ribbed High-Rise 7/8 Leggings
Again everything is linked up in my storefront (amongst other things I love but didn’t buy yet). Check it out!
This post was sponsored by Target but all words and opinions are all mine🙂 #targetpartner #targetfam
*Photos by Kaitlin Green
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