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Spring Cleaning for a peace of mind, and how to keep it that way

This post is sponsored by Bona but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

It’s around the time of year where we look at our homes and kind of go. Hmm, do I really need this sweater that I haven’t worn in two years? At least that is how it is for me. This year has been an especially clustered one, considering I moved into a smaller place. In celebration of a new year and spring, here is how I have been cleaning and organizing my house. And some of my best tips to make sure it stays clean and organized.

Clean out the kitchen cabinets

One of the most satisfying things I’ve done is cleaning out the kitchen cabinets and organizing all of our dry food. I like organizing them into mason jars and we have extremely little conserved food at home. I also cleared out on items that we never use like extra jars, glasses, food containers that are missing lids etc. By clearing out the items we don’t use we instantly had way less clutter and a more organized cupboard.

Make sure everything has its place.

One of the most important things when it comes to being organized is making sure everything you have has its own place. That way you will always know where it is and it will also be organized. Imagine putting your glasses with your mugs and then looking for a specific glass in the glass cabinet – but you put it in the mug cabinet. Yikes. This also helps me with space because I know what and how much will fit somewhere.

Do the dishes before you go to bed.

I know that a lot of people probably load up their dishwashers and let it run over night. but that also means that in the morning you have to empty it. Rather than having to do dishes the next day as well, run the dishwasher and empty it before bed. Then you’ll also not be left with dishes in the sink the next morning because the dishwasher is clean and full.

Cleaning out the closet, and color coordinating.

Cleaning out and organizing my closet has bene the biggest project. I am still working on how to organize smaller things like swim and accessories. But removing any item, no matter what they are, if I haven’t worn them was crucial. I have clothes that Ive had for 5 or more years that I still wear, but I also have ones that I don’t wear at all. And it was about time for me to get rid of them. After that I decided to color coordinate my closet rather than sectioning it by item. This has also let me have more space to store things like linens, towels and other extra stuff I have.

Do a deep cleaning of your house, then do a routine clean at least once a week.

After you have organized and gotten rid of items that you no longer want, it is time to get down to the nitty gritty. Doing a deep clean of kitchen, bathroom and of course floors! I have been loving my Bona Spray Mop to easily keep my laminate floors clean.When you have a little dog running around it can easily get more messy. But the bona has been so easy to use and made our floors so much cleaner.

The Bona Spray Mop comes in two variants, for either Hardwood Floors, or  Stone, Tile, & Laminate Floors. It comes with a removable and washable microfiber pad. I love that the bigger base plate moves flexible around furniture and corners! And, it also comes with a full cartridge that is easy to refill.

Learn more about Bona Spray Mop

Give the gift of music with absolut Elyx

 

I am so excited to again be partnering up with Absolut Elyx for another fun post. It is the season of spending time with friends and family. And what better way to do so then with Absolut Elyx? Personally I love to spruce things up whether it is for a dinner party or if I’m just having some friends over for drinks. Absolut Elyx is a must have item in my bar. As I have mentioned before Absolut Elyx lies close to my heart with my Swedish Roots, and I am proud to say that I am Swedish, just like Absolut. Absolute Elyx is the world’s first single estate vodka, which is pretty impressing. The distillery uses a unique vintage copper column from 1921 to craft the vodka from the locally grown winter wheat.
I absolutely love how Absolut Elyx is so focused on the copper. From the beginning of making the vodka until the finished product, the copper aspect is always there. The bottle itself is beautiful just to display. Absolut Elyx also has a collection of copper vessels and bar tools which makes for some amazing looking drinks. This season they have released a limited edition music box which I was lucky enough to get my hands on. The music tin can be pre-ordered at reservebar and it is olyn $39 with a bottle of Absolut Elyx. Now you can also get a $1 shipping special. Be sure to check it out here as it makes for a fun and unexpected gift! Copper makes it better.

This holiday I will be spending time with friends and loved ones that are close by. Since most of my friends and family still live in Sweden, all my friends here has become my family. It is nice to still being able to have something from back home to enjoy, and to share. I also wanted to share one of my favorite drinks with you, which is the one pictured. The Raspberry Mule. It is probably one of the easiest and tastiest drinks to make. Recipe to follow.

RASPBERRY MULE
Ingredients:
3 Parts Absolut Elyx
1 Part Fresh Homemade Raspberry Cordial*
1 Part Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
Top Ginger Beer
Garnish: Fresh Raspberries
Method: Combine all ingredients in a copper mule cup (or glass) over crushed ice, top with ginger beer and garnish.

Give the gift of Tile

 

It is finally the time of the year we all love the most. Christmas time is approaching fast and we need to find the perfect gifts for our loved ones. And I have the perfect one for you. Whether it is for yourself to find your child’s favorite toy or for your grandmother to keep track of her tv remote, the gift of finding with Tile is the perfect gift. It doesn’t matter what item it is. Tile can also be attached to flat surfaces. If you’re not sure about what a Tile is and missed my last post you can find it here.

Tile helps locating over 2 million items every day and is the worlds best selling bluetooth tracker. Not only that, the prices also start at $25 so a Tile is the perfect stocking stuffer that doesn’t break your bank! I am sure that you, just like me have that one friend who always loses something. Wether it is their keys, phone, wallets or remotes, Tile makes it easy to find it.

Right now you can save up to 40% off tile bundles and give your entire family the gift of finding! Or, why not get yourself one so you don’t forget where you’re hiding your christmas gifts this year.

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Lightening up my bedroom with Lamps plus

 

If there is one thing Lamps Plus know, it is lamps! I was so thrilled when they reached out because I absolutely love interior design and adding my touch to my home. Unfortunately I don’t live in my ideal home but if we decide to extend our current lease I see some painting in the future to make it more me. Otherwise I will be on the hunt for a new home very soon!

I love going go Lamps Plus just for the inspiration that they have. It makes me fantasies about what my forever home will look like one day. Until then, small adjustments here and there will do. I received some new lamps from Lamps Plus. And they are absolutely stunning! Pictured is the Paragon Gold Leaf Table lamp. It really lit up the entire room, literally and figuratively.

If you want to check out their huge selection of lamps or just gather some inspiration you can visit Lamps Plus website here.

 

Find it with tile

 

Do you ever happen to misplace or lose your things and end up spending more time finding them than you would actually using them? Well, in that case tile can help you! I rarely misplace my keys or wallet, but have a tendency to misplace my cameras or accessories for them. And so, every time I really need to use any of them, I have put them somewhere. But Im not completely sure of where they are. So, I go absolutely ballistic trying to find them. No more! Thanks to tile I can attach it to my camera, my remote controls – literally anything. And tile will help me find whatever I am looking for.camera find it with tile Thanks to the tile app I can connect one or more tiles to my items making it super easy to find my items. When I press find the tile will play a tune so I can find it if I am nearby. If my item with the tile isn’t closely a map can show me where I last was close to it. What I love about this as well is that if i double press the tile – it finds my phone and my phone makes a sound. Its kind of a reverse function so they find each other! I love it since I often misplace my phone as well.

My love for Beauty, Fashion, Design and Wine

I have always been a multi-tasker. My head is constantly in 10 different places. There is no wonder to why I have such a broad range of interests. Although I don’t have favorites (yes, Im weird, I know), I do know what I like. My interests for interior design started first when I moved away from home at 16. I finally had a chance to kind of create my own space. I have always been one to enjoy change and adventure. But Im also the kind of person who would rather stay at home on a Friday night with a bottle of Wente wine and watchNetflix.

Moving to the US was definitely the biggest milestone when it came to me finally becoming a grown up. I was completely on my own without anyone here to help me. I lived the typical student life where you shared a 2 bedroom apartment with 3-4 other people. And of course we would all work hard in school. But play harder going out. Eventually, I found that I actually liked to stay in with a glass of wine, rather than going out. And, so of course, the best way for me to like being home was to create a space that I love.

My room has drastically changed its looks throughout the years. But now is when I feel like I actually know what I want it to look like. Its a mix of Scandinavian minimalist and modern rustic. I have incorporated coppers and DIY:ed marble shelves. But also included big chunky wooden pieces and metals. Fashion and beauty accents are added throughout the room. I have been fortunate enough to being able to style it the way I wanted over time. And with patience finding some key items to make it all come together. Even if it is on the right track, I am far from done decorating. But, it is good enough for me to wanting to be here all the time.

By the way, white wines are my jam.

The most drastic change I made was a couple weeks ago when I got my new bed. I cleared out of almost all of my IKEA furnitures and decided to start from scratch. I realized, that with patience, it didn’t have to cost a lot to create my dream space. Spending a weekend doing DIYs transforming old boring furnitures and throwing out the old felt really good. And I really couldn’t have done it all without sipping on my wine. I found a new love for stores I had never been to before and find myself there two-three times a week just to pan out for whats new in store. Not that I need anything in particular. But, because I want to see if there is anything I could add.

I think that we all have a turning point in our lives when we become grown up. And we start to figure out what we actually want. Career wise, I am still a lost soul. If I will stay in this home for a longer period, that I do not know. But at least I know what to strive for once the time comes to move again. This has been my home for over a year now and I am finally starting to grow into it.

Spinning makeup storage tower

I just ordered this amazing rotating makeup tower storage from Amazon (this one) and it only costed me $23! I used to have all the makeup that I used the most, like every day stuff and my current favorites in a drawer. But it got so messy every time I used something and it started to get full as I added new items all the time. I wanted to have something that was more organized but didn’t take up too much space for my everyday makeup. Now of course this little tower holds way more makeup then the items i use “every day” so I filled it up with all my favorites so that I could easier get to them. The rest of my makeup is still stored away in all my drawers. If you guys are interested in seeing my full makeup collection or how I store it please do let me know! To see the full storage in action just watch the video i posted on my Instagram (bottom of post).

To me this is a perfect storage for my essentials and favorites. If you’re a makeup geek this will of course not suit your whole collection but I don’t keep all my makeup visible and like to keep my tables as clear as possible and rather store it away in all the drawers. Now the only thing I was a little disappointed in with this was that it didn’t spin that well. Like I have to push it for it to spin so I wished it would spin a little bit more by itself. But maybe it was just this specific one that don’t have that great spin. Other then that it wasn’t hard to assemble and the different compartments are just perfect for all my items.

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The top has space for lipsticks and small items. I do actually already have a lipstick storage for all my lipsticks so I will probably re-arrange this and maybe put concealers and other stuff for my face on the top instead of lip products. Mostly because I cant fit all my lipsticks up there and my other lipstick holder is perfect in size for my favorite lipsticks. But, we will see how it turns out.
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Three ways to improve your home with Fab

I am partnering up with Fab.com and they were kind enough to let me choose a few items from their website. On the website they have a selection of several amazing and unusual designers to make your home more special. I decided to go with a few small items to decorate my new home and make it look nicer and a little bit more modern. Now, there are so many more ways to make your home look more inviting but these are a few simple and small things that I did to make me feel more at home, in my new home.
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Switch out your desk lamp.

Before I got this lamp I had one form IKEA. Kind of rustic but very boring and simple. This lamp brings dimensions and adds a really nice and unique touch to the whole desk area. The lamp can als be used as a ceiling lamp. The lamp is form he designer Artecnica and sells for $104, unfortunately this particular one seems to now be out of stock. It drew my attention the most but they have a ton of other lamps similar to this one as well as some very cool neon sign lamps. Find more at Fab.com under Home and Lightning.

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Add some decorative Bath Salts.

I wanted to add something to my thumb for the bathroom. I have a huge empty space around my tub and whats more perfect then some decorative bath salts? I thought that these Bath Decorations from Mullein & Sparrow were so adorable and the kit comes with a Bath Salt, a Rose Hydrosol and a Body Oil. This particular set sells for $60 and also comes in Lavender. Mullein & Sparrow have a ton of other things such as beautiful pink bath salt and exfoliants. You can find these under Womens Skin Care & Beauty.

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A useful decoration.

Last but not least is this pineapple tumbler from W&P Design. I just absolutely love to look at this, and I have been wanting one for as long as I can remember. This particular one is the smaller 12oz version in copper ($35). It also comes in gold and in a larger 16oz gold version which also includes a straw ($99). This alone is gorgeous to have just as a decoration, but if you want to be extra fancy it also works as a cup and cupholder. Find it under Home Kithcen & Dining.

You can also win a $1000 shopping spree at Fab.com. Simply fill out the form HERE.