How to Conquer Spring Cleaning

Photo: West Elm

If there’s one thing I look forward to (and personally love) each spring isn’t just the longer days and sunshine; it’s spring cleaning.

WHAT!

That’s right! I am a spring clean freak, just ask my boyfriend who thinks I’m neurotic and crazy. I go through this whirlwind of throwing out old, broken, and unused things, donating what I can to Goodwill, and cleaning our apartment top to bottom. It’s so satisfying. Since we live in a small studio apartment, I really detest clutter. It makes everything feel that much smaller and condensed which is not how I like things. I enjoy open spaces, minimal clutter, and carefully curated decor.

Basically I like to live like my house is from Pinterest.

But I know that many, if not most people, in this world don’t like spring cleaning. I get it! It can be stressful, cause fights between couples, and overall be overwhelming. Over the years P has given me the green light to do as I please as long as I don’t throw out any of his stuff without his consent. Fair enough. However, for those of you that don’t like spring cleaning, I’m here to say, it’s not that bad.

It can be fun even. How crazy is that? So put on those old cleaning clothes, grab your rag, and crank some tunes! It’s spring cleaning time!

  1. Check it Off!

Regardless of the size of your home, deep cleaning for spring can be overwhelming and challenging. Don’t get overwhelmed from the start! Clean smartly by making a checklist. There are tons of cute options off of Pinterest that you can download to make it more fun. I typically just grab a pen and paper and get to work.

2. Give Back!

Don’t just fill up our already overflowing landfills, this is a great time to give back! Choose a charity that you’d like to give your old things to and make a pile. For me, the obvious choice is Goodwill. I have a pile just for Goodwill where I collect old clothes, household items, and linens that no longer have a place in my home.

3. Sell!

Something I’ve gotten in to is selling clothes on Facebook swap pages. Seriously! When I wear pieces for one or two shoots and no longer wear again, it collects dust and takes up space in my tiny closet that I share with P. Make another pile that you can sell to consignment stores or online like Facebook Market, Poshmark, ThredUp, or EBay!

4. One Room at a Time

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with cleaning. For us, it’s a little easier because we live in a studio with only 3 rooms. Pretty easy to tackle! However, make it a little easier by tackling one room at a time. Really get in there and clean and once it’s done, move on to the next.

5. Take a Break

It’s super important to take breaks when you’re cleaning. I find it helpful to set a timer for lunch time so I can sit down and relax for a moment. This is a great time to also relish in how good your house looks!

6. Keep it Green

One thing I’ve resolved to start using more this year is green cleaners for our home. When you think about what goes into regular cleaning products it’s kind of gross and you realize how bad it can be for you and your pets. Especially with our pets we strive to use green products to keep them healthy. Target has a slew of wonderful green products to help you get your home in tip top shape!

7. Have Fun!

We crank some serious tunes when we clean. Can you guess who we listen to the most? Kanye West. No joke! His music is great for cleaning to! Find that one artist you love to jam out to and get to work! Bonus points if it’s a guilty pleasure musician.

What’s your favorite tips for spring cleaning your home? Please share with us below!

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5 Tips for Effortless Entertaining

If there’s one thing that I love doing is hosting a party! Parties at home are a great way to bring your friends together in a warm, loving environment and have a blast! But I’m sure you’re thinking, “parties are so stressful! How can I throw one and not get overwhelmed?” Well you’re asking the right girls! Today we’re going to show you how to effortlessly throw a party, including tips to make everything run smoothly so you can be the perfect hostess.

1. Turn Your Bar Cart Into Your Bartender

Bar carts are all the range and if you don’t have your own bar cart, it’s incredibly easy to turn one of your pieces of furniture into it. In our case, we had a stunning gold bamboo bar cart that is simple and always ready to party! If you don’t have a bar cart, simple transform a bookshelf, table, or rolling cart into one. Ikea and Target both have some great options to choose from.

It’s incredibly easy to turn your bar cart into your bartender. Simply display all your glasses, bar tools, and beverages on the cart. Extra bonus points if you have adorable calligraphy signs to direct your guests to each section!

Always make sure you have backup ingredients on hand too. No hostess wants to be caught without enough champagne! Make sure you’ve got a backup bottle in the fridge and a spare bottle of any specialty ingredients on hand.

  1. Shop Your Home for Decor

Just because you’re throwing a party doesn’t mean you need to run out and buy a million new things. Although it’s totally cool if you want to pick up a cool piece or two! Instead, let your home decor do all the talking.

That cool vase your Aunt Martha gifted you but is collecting dust in the closet? Bring it out and place your bar tools in it!

Got a cool picture but haven’t had the time to hang it? Well now’s the time!

Shopping your home for your decor is a great way to bring life into everyday objects. We personally love using some cocktail glasses to hold our bar tools and white books to display our signs! Let your creativity out and see what cool setup you can create for your party.

  1. Brighten Your Home with Lots of Green

Flowers, we’ve talked about them before and they can get pricey! Instead ditch those overpriced blooms, even if they are stunning, and instead opt for lots of greenery instead! Think palm leaves, fig leaves, and even fern leaves like we used are an easy way to add pops of color to your party. Add a touch or two of colorful flowers and you’ve got a gorgeous floral display!

The best part of primarily using greens is that you can save some money! Which is a deadringer in our party handbook. Since you’re saving some sweet money, by-pass those grocery store flowers and use a local florist instead. You’re receiving some gorgeous displays and you’re supporting a local business’ owner’s dream. Win-win!

  1. Wow Them with an Unexpected Cocktail

To really wow your guests, and to keep things effortless, we came up with an unexpected cocktail that was quite a surprise! Instead of serving just basic cocktails and wine, this cocktail is only 3-ingredients and will certainly WOW your guests!

Ingredients:

Cotton candy balls

Splash of elderflower simple syrup

Bubbly!

Directions:

Simply place the cotton candy balls into a glass. We suggest using coupe glasses to be extra fancy!

Add a splash of elderflower simply syrup

Top with bubbly!

The change from a cotton candy ball to a gorgeous gold color is something to behold! We guarantee that your guests will rave about this magical cocktail.

  1. Throw on Your Hostess Frock!

This is personally our favorite part of preparing for a party, throwing on our favorite party frock! If you’re having your girlfriends over, simply putting on a fancy dress makes everyone feel more festive!

Stylists: Kelly Harrold & Liz Martin // Location: Candy Shop Vintage // Clothing: Dandy Boutique //Flowers: Flower Shop // Cocktail: One Hope champagne & Pure Fluff Co //  Calligraphy: The Town Serif //  Photographer: Rachel Red Photography // Glassware: Open Door Shop // Bar Cart: Society Social 

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10 Ways to Improve a Rental Kitchen

When you’re renting there’s nothing more you dream of than owning your own beautiful, stylish home. Right now we’re renting a cute bungalow close to downtown Charleston and trust me, I constantly look at design blogs, magazines, and Pinterest dreaming of my own beautiful home. 

Instead of dreaming, let’s actually make your home beautiful! 

Today we’re going to focus on how to make your rental kitchen, the most dreaded of all rentals, look like a million bucks, for a fraction of the cost. There are a lot of things you can do to make your kitchen better without having to pick up a hammer. 

Art

via Design Milk

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Arhaus Store Opening

Back in late March the Charleston Blog Society was invited to visit the Arhaus furniture store for their premiere PR event before the store opened. And guys, prepare to be wowed! Arhaus is the destination for furniture shopping, especially if you love 100% organic and sustainably sourced materials. Take a peek below and see for yourself how wonderful their product is!

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How to Arrange Flowers

Flowers are a beautiful creation that can make anyone happy and any home come alive. There’s no surprise that here at PMP headquarters that we have flowers in vases all around. It keeps things so light, airy, and colorful! Now there is one downfall to buying store bought flowers all the time, they aren’t always arranged the prettiest. Never fear though! Today we are going to show you how to create the perfect flower arrangement that’ll fool your friends into thinking they were professionally made. 

Let’s get to it!

Materials:
– various flowers
– vase
– one block of oasis

Tools:
– floral shears
– knife

The flowers we are using today are: 

1. Tulips
2. Peonies
3. Dusty miller
4. Roses
5. More roses!
6. Scabiosa
7. Wax flower
8. Flowering quince
9. Freesia
10. Jasmine
11. Ranunculus
12. Stock

Before you start arranging flowers, you’ll need to prepare your vase. Soak the oasis in water until it is fully saturated. Then cut it down to size with your knife. It’s okay if it doesn’t completely cover the bottom of the vase. Now fill your vase about halfway with water. 

Next you’ll need to trim down your flowers. Remove the leaves and cut the stem at an angle. If you’re cutting a branch, you can make a snip in the stem to help it absorb water. 

Begin adding to the flower arrangement by adding branches and other “fillers” like baby’s breath or dusty miller for a more rustic look. 

After adding your filler flowers, time to start adding your focal flowers. These are the blooms that will stand out and will be the most eye catching. The best overall rule is to add focal flowers in odd groups (think 1, 3, 5 ect). So if you want to add peonies and roses, use an odd amount, never even. Make sure that you group your flowers together so you don’t have that odd “polka dot” look to your flower arrangement. 

After add all your base flowers, focus flowers, and fillers, your flower arrangement should be complete! This is also an opportunity to look at the arrangement overall to make sure it looks good to you. Allow the flowers to flow in their natural direction and place them in the vase accordingly. To find the flower’s natural flow, simply hold it up and see which way the vine twists and turns. 

All images via: Brit.co

And there you have it! Now your store bought flowers will look as if a professional florist did them. If you really want to get crazy, go outside and pick up some branches to add to the flower arrangement or even some random spring blooms. We have some gorgeous purple bell flowers growing around the house and I can’t wait to put them in a vase alongside some other flowers. 

Are you looking forward to having some spring flowers in your home? Would you want to create your own flower arrangement? Let me know if you do! I’d love to see your creations! 

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