DATE NIGHT: our tradition

When Kit and I first got married, we moved to Columbia to work for a non-profit outreach ministry called Young Life. We realized quickly that even though we were married and worked together, we didn’t get a lot of quality time together, just the two of us.

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Once we realized that we had obligations most nights of the week, we decided to block of Thursday nights to have a date each week. Some weeks that looks like picking up sushi or grilling at home and watching a movie or riding our bikes at Clemson Extension and having a picnic.

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But what we’ve really loved is exploring Columbia and trying new restaurants!  When we first moved here and Kit would meet friends for lunch he would ask them to pick a new local place that he hadn’t been yet.

My husband loves food. Seriously, he’ll try anything (except fruit but that’s another story).

We’ve fallen in love with a lot of the local restaurants in our town. If you have a favorite Columbia spot please let me know so that we can make sure we try it out!

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ORGANIZING: the linen closet

Organizing can seem daunting and overwhelming, which is why I don’t try to clean out my whole house in one day. An area I’ve seemed to neglect the past year is the linen closet.

The Linen Closet.

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The place where our towels build up, I throw all our medicine, and cram anything I don’t want to try to fit in our very small master bathroom. I’ve tried over the years to create a system that works, but hadn’t had the time and/or money to invest in a system that would work. So here it goes!

Step 1: Take EVERYTHING Out.

I mean it, take every single thing out and so the whole closet is completely empty. Place everything on the floor or a table, just make sure you take every item out.

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Step 2: Throw Stuff Away.

    Grab a large trash bag and start throwing things away. Look at every single expiration date on your medicine (throw it away if it’s expired). Throw away any products you don’t use anymore or say “maybe I’ll use that again.” Throw away towels/sheets that smell like mildew.

Step 3: Organize Items into Categories.

    Place items into small piles with other like items. Some of my suggested categories: medicine (you could break this down if you have kids, or a large variety of types of medicine), travel size toiletries, bandages, everyday towels, dirty towels (for drying off the dog or when the washer overflows), extra toiletries (unopened toiletries that take up space in your bathroom), cleaning supplies. It’s up to you how you can make your space most efficient.

Step 4: Put Each Category in a Container.

    You don’t have to buy a lot of fancy containers. I’m realizing that having items in a container with a lid helps the space stay neater and more organized. You can use old shoe boxes or Apple product cases make great containers. (I bought my containers on sale at Target after Christmas)

Step 5: Label and Put Away.

    DON’T SKIP THIS STEP.  Put all containers and items back in a way that you’ll be able to maintain your new system.  Or at least tidy up every once in awhile. For example, items I use frequently I keep at eye level: our everyday towels, medicine, and toiletries!

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If you are wanting a closet, area, or room of your home organized and not sure where to start, I would love to help!