Getting Organized: Cleaning Out My Desk

There is nothing better than getting organized, purging the clutter and bringing in new things that make sense for your life and closet. I am going to be sharing what I do to stay on top of my mess; some are once a year, others are every season or quarter and many are once a month or even once a day (!) depending on the task at hand.  For me, Week One is all about my desk and computer  Being organized and starting out the New Year with a new calendar, updated files and a cleaned out Inbox is the best feeling.  It is a fresh start and I work better when I have everything stored in its proper place.  I don’t know about you, but December is a crazy month for me, so when I leave the office and our home for our vacation after Christmas, I have let all my good habits fall to the wayside and every where I look there is piles of junk;  my drawers, my desktop, and my files (in and out off my computer). Ugh!  And lets not get to my bathroom, closet, bureau, pretty much everywhere… it is overwhelming and makes me crazy! Once I have Christmas put away (yes, I edit before I put it away!) , I start to breathe a little easier and then I take one task a week to get myself reined in.

This weekend will be my time to clean out my desk, computer and phone.  I put together my 6 Tips to a Clean and Organized Desk and you can get it by subscribing HERE or below in the POP UP BOX on the RIGHT.  That way you can print it out and go at your own pace.  It is a lot to do and, depending on your space, it can be best to take it in small time increments that work for your schedule.

My current desk is in the kitchen and I really need to remove myself from the action to be more productive.  I am going to set up a new space and try to make it my own.  I would like to get a few supplies to be my reward for tackling a big clean out..,I am looking at these hand bookends, these letter opener and magnifying glass, I have been wanting this acrylic tape dispenser and stapler, and think this Buckle Magazine Caddy is so chic and there are so many more goodies pictured below!  Happy Organizing!

Ridgely Brode is getting organized, starting with her desk, computer and phone and shares her tips to get it done on her blog Ridgely's Radar

to buy: 1. Kate Spade New York Mega Agenda  /  2. Skeleton Clips  /  3. Acrylic Business Card Holder  /  4. Sugar Paper Brass Ruler  /  5. Wood Name Plate (I’m Hustlin)  /  6. Cell Phone Stand  /  7. Sugar Paper Desk Calendar  /  8. Gold Plated Scissors  /  9. Wooden Round Desk Clock  /  10. Kate Spade New York Acrylic Paperweight  /  11.  Cupcakes and Cashmere Stacked Ball Table Lamp  /  12. U Brands Stacking Letter Trays  /  13. L’Object Chevron Box  /   14. Pining for Pineapple Limited Edition Art


 Click to shop more ideas below:

This Winter I am Going to be Warm to the Core!

Once Winter settles in, I am always cold.  Between standing on the train platform on my morning commute to the drafts in our old house, I am always looking for layering pieces that keep me warm and are really comfortable.  I just learned about the Heattech base layers from Uniqlo, they have all the bells and whistles to keep you warm, dry, and odor free plus they are supposed to be super soft. I am dying to try their long sleeve crew tops to wear under sweaters, their leggings and tights.

This Winter I am going to be Warm to the Core! | Ridgely's Radar

to buy: Warm to the core. Heattech Technology from Japan that converts moisture into warmth and retains it.



Who is with me? I need to get Back in Shape

After a fabulous vacation eating, drinking and touristing, it is time to get back to my workouts. I have been using the Sweat with Kayla App on and off all Summer and am going to start in earnest this week.  It is easy to follow and I really like how it counts down the time and you can swipe to the next exercise.  There are three days of resistance workouts intermixed with HIIT (high intensity interval training) and/or LISS (low intensity steady state cardio) with one day off.  The Kayla Itsines App includes a meal plan and shopping list that I haven’t used but may add that in too.  I have been using the bench on our deck for the step-ups but would like a shorter one for some of the other exercises I have not been able to do without it.  I put my phone next to me while I exercise so I can follow the workouts and swipe to the next one, but it would be great to have the the Bose SoundSport In-Ear Wireless Headphones so I can listen to music at the same time.  I think it might help distract me from how hard the workouts are.  If you are using the App or want to keep each other accountable, leave a comment below.  I would love a workout buddy to help me get back in shape..

It is time for me to get back in shape and I am stocking up on things I need to work out at home.

to buy: Zella Hatha High Waist Pant  /  Bose SoundSport In-Ear Wireless Headphones  /  S’well Water Bottle  /  Jump Rope  /  Coated Hand Weights  /  Original Step

Who is Alexa and do I need her in my life?

I have been hearing tidbits about Alexa, but had no idea who she was and why she was so great. Then a friend told me she was going to get the Amazon Echo and proceeded to tell me about this wireless speaker that you can talk to and ask it to do things for you. For example, you can ask Alexa (the voice inside the device) to play your favorite songs, make a to do list, forecast the weather and a whole host of other things. Think what Siri is for Apple, Alexa is for Amazon.  I went to find out more..


Amazon Echo


According to the product description and video below, Amazon Echo does pretty much everything for you, you just have to ask Alexa..

  • Plays all your music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice
  • Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
  • Allows hands-free convenience with voice-control
  • Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing
  • Answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
  • Controls lights, switches, and thermostats with compatible WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Nest, and ecobee smart home devices
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino’s, and more
See the below video for more scoop:

to buy:Amazon Echo

Do you have an Amazon Echo?  If so, what do you think?  Is she amazing and going to change my life?  Please leave a comment and let us know.

Have You Seen the Fitbit Blaze?

The other night I ran into a friend of ours walking her dog and she was wearing what I thought was the Apple Watch but it turned out to be the Fitbit Blaze.  It looked great on her arm and I realized belatedly that I should have asked her for her review (Susan, if you are reading this, please leave a comment with your thoughts!)  I am currently on my second Flex and I love all the information it gives me. What I don’t like is that it starts to unclip after too many wears (that is actually how I lost the first one) and I don’t like taking the tracker in and out of the wristband to charge it.  The Blaze seems to function as a watch and a fitness tracker with a whole list of additional features. I need to investigate this further and see if all the bells and whistles are what I am looking for.  Do you have a Fitbit Blaze?  If so, I would love to hear from you.

Fitbit Blaze Watch

Fitbit Blaze Watch

to buy: Fitbit Blaze and  Accessories

What You Need for a Perfect Nights Sleep

I love nothing better than a really good nights sleep and waking up feeling refreshed. I rely on a few key items to create a relaxing and comfortable oasis in our bedroom at home and when we travel.  Besides a soft and luxurious pair of pj’s, I have been loving my Slip Silk Pillowcase, it is the best! I have two; a white one for home and a pink one to take with me when I travel so it doesn’t get left behind in a bed full of white linens.  My husband and I have become addicted to our sound machine, it is wonderful at drowning out all the household noises (two sons, two dogs and a cat) and makes for a peaceful, restful evening. On a recent hotel stay, I was awaken at 3am by hotel guests coming back from a wedding downstairs… they stood outside of our room chatting for what seemed like forever!  I told my husband that from now on we need to pack the sound machine. Did you see those great under Pillow Speakers? What a great idea!  If you need help creating your own retreat, check out this round up for making a beautiful guest room, if you would treat your guests, why not yourself?


What You Need for a Perfect Nights Sleep | Ridgely's Radar

to buy: 1. Sleepy Jones PJ’s  /  2. Slip Silk Pillowcase  /  3. Slip Silk Eye Mask  /  4. Sound Oasis Travel System  / 5. Sound Oasis Pillow Speakers  /  6. Olivia von Halle nightshirt  /  7. Olivia von Halle Nightdress  /  8. Deep Sleep Pillow Spray