Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Essential Steps to a Clean and Organized Bathroom

Today I'm sharing the first guest post to be featured on Courtney's Little Things! This is a bit different than what I normally post, but cleaning is a part of everyone's lives and I learned a few new tricks from this post. Plus I know I will be having lots of guests staying with me this month, so I thought you guys might, too! I hope you enjoy!

Essential Steps to a Clean and Organized Bathroom

Regardless if you intend to have guests or a friend is paying you a visit you’ll always want your bathroom to be clean. Keeping this room clean isn’t as easy as the rest of the rooms so, it’s good to know some tricks which will help you maintain it hygienic and fresh all the time. The following essential steps are effective for keeping a clean and well organised bathroom.

How to Maintain a Clean Shower

This procedure you can do while taking a shower after you prepare the solution in advance. Fill a cup with any detergent and vinegar, stir to mix well and use a brush to scrub the bathtub while you have a shower. It will take you less than a minute and will restore the clean condition of the bathtub. The water which you use to rinse will remove the detergent from the bathtub.

Keep Toilet Paper on Hand

Make sure your bathroom never runs out of toilet paper and store more rolls in containers or boxes with lids. This will protect them from the moisture. Buy more rolls and keep them in the bathroom under the sink in the cabinets or somewhere safe from the moisture and water. Keep the new rolls unopened.

Opt for White Hand Towels

Use white hand towels as they look nice and clean. Regardless if the dirt shows when they get messy, if you keep enough in the bathroom cabinets you can always replace the dirty one with a new towel. Throw the towels for washing regularly. A sparkling clean and white towel will make your bathroom look fresh for your guests and unexpected visitors.

Keep Even the Dirtiest Areas Clean

The toilet brush holder is one of the filthiest items in the bathroom. You can keep this item clean and your bathroom fresh by simply pouring a small quantity of all-purpose cleaner in the holder. BestLondonCleaners Tooting are saying that this will keep the brush clean and rid of germs at the same time will ensure the fresh odour in the bathroom.

Essential Steps to a Clean and Organized Bathroom

Start These Daily Habits

Another smart way to keep your bathroom clean and fresh is creating and sticking to daily habits. These are putting away the things you have used right after you finish with them: brushes, toothpastes, moisturisers, lotions. Teach your kids to clean the toothpaste from the sink, turn on the fan before taking a shower and other habits. Keep a squeegee in the bathroom to wipe the mirror, glasses, cabinets and tiles after you use the room. This will prevent the moisture from creating mould and mildew.  

Supply your bathroom with soap in the dispenser, toilet paper, cleaning detergents and other products each week. Keep a spray bottle with vinegar and water if you have kids and want them to help you with the cleaning. Wash the bath mats and hand towels regularly. Clean the shower, sink and tub drains regularly removing hairs which can clog them. This you can do once every three month or oftener whenever necessary.

More Tips

Here are more useful tips to keep your bathroom better organised and neat. Use magnetic strips to keep small items in the drawers like nail clippers, tweezers and other items in the medicine cabinets at hand. They won’t get lost this way. Use utensil trays in the drawers of the bathroom to keep your toiletries and make-up supplies well organised.

You can mount a rack outside the bathroom near the door to hang extra towels in case someone forgets to take one. If your bathroom and toilet is one room use plastic protectors for the toothbrushes to keep them clean. Otherwise they will be exposed to all kinds of bacteria and germs.

The essential steps offered here will help you keep you bathroom clean and organised at all times so, you won’t have to worry if unexpected guests appear. The cleaning of this room is no one’s favourite works so, keeping it sanitised is to be preferred.

What do you do to keep your bathroom clean? Any tips you'd add? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

How to Help Your Blog Grow with You

Recently I've had to reconsider what my blog is about and what kind of posts I want to create. The past 2 years that I've been blogging I've written quite a few posts about college and studying, but with student teaching this semester and graduating in December, the college posts are fewer and farther in between and soon they will come to an end as I transition into post-college life. While I've never been solely a college blog, it has been a big part of my blog and as I get ready to graduate I'm having to rethink the type of content I'll be posting. I'm sure all bloggers have to rethink their content from time to time and figure out how to help their blog grow with them, so I'm sharing what I've done to help my blog grow with me.

4 Steps to Help Your Blog Change With You

Think About What You Need Help With

At first I didn't know what to fill my content calendar with, so I made a list of things that I need/want help with. Immediately I had so many blog post ideas! In fact, this was one of them! When you make your list, don't worry about whether or not you're an expert - just think about what posts you would want to read to help you. After you have your list of what you need help with, it's time to start thinking up blog posts you could write. Maybe you could help with all of those things or maybe just a few, but either way, this will give you some post ideas to start writing some new content or create some new categories for your blog.

Update Your Blog's Look

I created a new header (which I will be putting up after the holidays). The header I've had for the past year probably needed a refresh anyways, but I also felt like it represented the "old" content. So I've created a new header which I think is more mature and simplified that will go better with the "new" content I'll be putting out! I'm still happy with the rest of my blog design, so the heading is the only thing I'm changing, but you may want to change your color scheme, heading, sidebar, or maybe get a whole new design all together. 

Make New Blog Goals

Once I thought through what kind of posts I wanted to write and started updating my blog design, I started making new blogging goals. I started with social media goals so I looked at my current stats, what I want them to be in 6 months, and started thinking of ways to improve my social media platforms like schedule 3 tweets for each day and find a theme for my Instagram and then stick to it. Once I had those goals, I made a list of some goals I have for the blog itself like posting every Tuesday and Saturday and updating my bio by 2017.

Start Writing

The next step was to start writing. All those new blog post ideas and updates won't do any good if you don't start writing and publishing new posts! I like scheduling posts, so I wrote some posts and scheduled them for the next week so I can hopefully stay ahead a bit with posting. I know some people prefer posting as soon as they finish their posts, and that is totally okay if that's how you like to blog! I just like scheduling, especially coming back so then I can stick to a posting schedule better and be more consistent with blogging. 

That is how I got back into blogging and helped my blog grow with me. Has your blog grown with you? How has it changed over the years? Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Monthly Intentions | December Goals

It's a new month and time for some new goals! I'm posting my monthly goals once again as part of the Monthly Intentions Blogger Collab created by Angela and Jazmine. Take a look at some other bloggers' goals and if you're interested in joining contact Angela!

Monthly Intentions Blogger Goal Collab

You may have noticed that I didn't post my goals for November and that's because 1) I knew I needed a bit of a blogging break and wouldn't comment on the other lovelies posting their goals in the Monthly Intentions Collab and 2) I really didn't have any goals. I was feeling uninspired at the start of November, so instead I worked to just feel better emotionally and more inspired. I did a few different things to get my spark back, and now I feel much better and ready to tackle a new month! Some high points of November were getting back into blogging, feeling happier, and getting to see my family at Thanksgiving. Some low points of November were finding out I needed and having a root canal and a super stressful final project.

December Goals

December always feels like the craziest month of the year with school finishing up and all the holidays. This December I'm going to be finishing up my student teaching and final semester of college, graduating, looking for my first job out of college, and of course celebrating the holidays. I'm looking forward to it though! My goals for the month are...

Set Up My 2017 Bullet Journal

I've already started getting a new bullet journal ready for 2017. I've decided to try out only using a bullet journal for 2017 since I have barely touched my planner over the past few months. I need to transfer over some of my lists to the new bullet journal before it's ready to use and I'd like to start decorating it a bit.

Finish Reading 1 Book

I've been "reading" two books off and on for the past few months. I want to feel the satisfaction of finishing at least one more book this year.


I don't foresee any issues preventing me from graduating, but I'm still making this a goal! After all, this has been the most difficult semester and I've been working towards graduating from college for four and a half years!

Find A Full Time Job

This may be a challenge, but I'd love to have a job to start come January. This is going to mean filling out lots of applications and braving job interviews (which are just super intimidating).

Blog Regularly

I haven't been posting much since August, so I've set up a new posting schedule - Tuesdays and Saturdays in hopes this will help me post more regularly. I've also gotten ahead with drafting posts and have lots of ideas at the moment. Fingers crossed I'm able to keep it up in December.

Find My Instagram Theme

I've been posting more frequently on Instagram (yay!) but I'm not very happy with how my feed looks. When I look at older photos I see more of a (unintentional) theme than I do now. So I want to post more bright photos with white backgrounds and pops of color, which may mean taking more time on weekends to take and style photos for Instagram throughout the week.

Those are my goals for this month! Are you setting any goals for December? Let me know all about them in the comments and be sure to check out some other people's goals for the month!

Related Posts:  October GoalsSeptember Goals,  August Goals

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Getting My Spark Back

This semester has been draining. While I really love teaching, the whole process of student teaching and transitioning from college student to working full time while still having college projects to complete has been absolutely exhausting. I know we all have times like this in our lives when life is crazy, the days are long, and we don't know how to balance it all.

That is what my life has been like the past few months and it has taken it's toll. To reference one of my favorite films, I used to be much more...muchier. I've lost my muchness. Obviously, that's not what I want! I need to get my muchness, my spark back so I'm me again. Since this is something I think other people experience as well, I'm sharing what I've been doing to get that spark back!

Getting My Spark Back from Courtney's Little Things

Take Care of Myself

The first thing I started doing was to make it a point to take care of myself. I know this sounds like "well, duh!" but when you're really struggling, taking care of yourself isn't a priority. To make taking care of myself a priority I started putting on more makeup which may seem weird but it made me feel better, keeping a routine to wind down, and trying to prepare good meals for myself. These little things really make a difference.

Keeping My Space Clean

When the physical space around me is a mess I feel more stressed and on edge. Spending a day giving my space a good clean and maintaining that has made me feel so much better! Keeping my space clean makes me feel like I have it together and allows me to focus on what I am doing instead of the mess around me.

Watch Less, Do More

When you work all day, it's easy to come home and want to just tune out and watch TV. While it's totally okay to have a good Netflix binge from time to time, watching TV everyday really doesn't do anything for me - it doesn't fullfill me, it doesn't make me happy. So instead of turning the TV on when I get home, I've been doing something whether it's blogging, reading, or painting.

Get Back into Blogging

Blogging is my favorite hobby. I love writing these posts, taking photos, managing different social medias, and connecting with other bloggers. These past few months though I have let blogging slide a lot and haven't been posting as often as I'd like to or keeping up with my social medias. So I took a few weeks off of publishing new blog posts to put a new game plan together, create and schedule some new posts so I could get ahead, and started focusing more on managing my social medias. Now that I've put blogging back in my life I am so much happier!

Get Creative

I think of myself as a fairly creative person. I'm not going to have my work posted in an art gallery ever, but I like doing creative things whether it be decorating my bullet journal, writing or taking pictures for my blog, doodling, or making an art print to hang up. I enjoy being creative and it's a part of who I am, so I have made it more of a point to set aside time to be creative. This has definitely made a huge difference in my mood since I feel more fulfilled and happy now that I'm creating more again.

Be Honest

Another thing I've started doing is to be more honest about how I'm feeling and what I'm going through. I think there's a lot of pressure to be happy and to be able to manage adulthood after college. Part of this pressure is comparison, part of it is wanting to please my family and not wanting them to worry about me, but a lot of it is self-created pressure. I've started to be more honest with the people I  consider to be my support group - my family and best friend. Just being honest with them and telling them how I'm feeling gives me people who encourage me when I'm having a bad time and support me by letting me know that it's okay to struggle and we all struggle from time to time.

So to get my spark back after a rough time I made taking care of myself a priority, cleaned the space around me, started watching less and doing more, got back into my favorite hobby, spent more time being creative, and have been more honest about my struggles with the people who love and support me. If you're feeling exhausted and struggling, In the 2 weeks I have been doing all of these items I feel like I have gotten my spark back. I hope these things help you to get your spark back, too.

Have you ever felt like you lost your spark? What did you do to get it back?