I recently grabbed coffee with a bride-to-be who was struggling with putting together her wedding gift registry. She asked if I had any recommendations for what to buy and what might end up gathering dust, which got me thinking about what I would do differently if I were to register again (after almost nine years of marriage)!
Since you can add virtually anything to a registry these days thanks to Amazon and Zola, it is super easy to get overwhelmed. Stay true to who you are as a couple - if you like quiet nights at home, reconsider ordering 50 wine glasses. And vice versa, if you love hosting elegant dinner parties, go all out with crystal and china!
Don't forget that you can always borrow items from family and friends when entertaining if you are tight on storage space or happen to only need a certain item once a year.
My husband and I LOVE to entertain, but keep things pretty casual when we do. We didn't register for china or crystal, and I haven't regretted that decision a single day of our marriage.
No matter how big or small your closet is, I promise these easy DIY tips will make it infinitely more fun to get dressed each morning.
1. UNIFORM HANGERS: This is the quickest way to transform a closet! Think about your favorite store for a minute. When you walk in you are drawn to the clothes, maybe there are lots of colors in the store or maybe they have a more minimalist approach, but regardless you are focusing in on what is hanging in front of you not distracted by the hangers holding onto the items.
I absolutely love velvet hangers (and despite what some may think, they don't shed onto your clothes). They preserve the shoulders of your blouses and work well for heavier sweaters too.
Dreaming up a perfect theme to suite the guest(s) of honor, crafting a menu that keeps everyone gathered around the table and working to create an experience that puts everyone at ease are just a few of the reasons why I LOVE planning parties!
Several years ago, I worked for a company that planned corporate meetings, mainly in the pharmaceutical world. Gathering RSVPs, managing travel plans for attendees and drafting up agendas were a big part of that world. It certainly played to my love of organization and list-making, but it didn't neccesarily allow for a ton of creativity.
As I mapped out my service offerings for The Baer Minimalist, I wanted to offer people a way to have memorable parties without all of the stress. Enter Party Kits!
A few months back, I was tasked with helping a family of (almost) four style their family room. They wanted a cozy, comfortable vibe, but also felt like it was time to upgrade furniture that had been moving from house to house with them since college!
Could I help pull together this room? Shop on their behalf? Style the bookshelves?
Here is a sneak peek from my very first visit - it was time to say goodbye to the maroon chair + ottoman and pull this room together!
Over the last several years, I’ve embraced buying secondhand – it’s also been a great resource to sell items so they can be given a second (or third) life. As we embrace Fall, now is the perfect time to sift through your closet and see if any of your summer items should be retired.
This can be especially difficult for items that you haven’t really worn - maybe you got a great deal, maybe you brought it home and it didn’t go with anything in your closet, or you discovered it simply isn’t your style.
One way to make this a bit easier is by reselling items. For me, Poshmark has been an extremely easy way to earn a little cash while turning my wardrobe into a place where everything is loved. Here are my top 5 Tips for selling on Poshmark: