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Start Here - I'm an Organizing Junkie

Start Here - I'm an Organizing Junkie
I hope my site can offer you some encouragement and humor as you set out on the journey of creating organized solutions and systems that work specifically for you and your family. In addition to saving you time, money and sanity, organizing can also be fun, it can be addictive and it is most definitely pleasing to God (1 Cor 14:40). All terrific reasons to organize our spaces and our lives. I truly believe organizing is a PROCESS not a destination. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on things it’s time to do it all over again. I’m here to help. I’ve created an acronym to help you conquer any space or system easy and efficiently. PROCESS is defined as a series of actions used to produce something or reach a goal. That is what we want to do when organizing. The Organizing PROCESS is Your Force…Use It How to Get Organized Using PROCESS Steps Linen Closet Organization with PROCESS Steps The Rewards of Living an Organized Life When You Don’t Know Where to Start How to Combat Clutter Excuses Related:  Organize

9 Organizational Planners That Will Change Your Life I’m a procedural person, meaning I like order, direction, process, being on time—all those fun things. (For a more in-depth description, read up on Thinking Talents!) And because of that, one of my favorite things to do every year is pick out a new planner. I’ll do my research, see who has the trendy ones, look for the perfect layout, and bonus points for a little inspiration. (I remember one year I had a Vera Bradley planner, and it had all these super-random holidays in it, so my friends and I would always text each other and giggle a bit about whatever day it was, according to Vera. Oh, high school.) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Photos: Julia Davila-Lampe / Getty Images; Courtesy Images

52 Weeks: #50 Go Vertical for Storage Posted by Laura on December 15, 2011 · 25 Comments Welcome! Simplify your blog reading by signing up to read my blog via RSS (get updates in a feed reader) or via email (get updates delivered daily to your inbox). If you are new to 52 Weeks of Organizing, catch up here! Hi all, can you believe how close we are to the end? And just to keep it real here I’ll show you the “before I tidied up” picture first: and then after a quick purge and tidy, ahh much better: Those pull out shelves are fantastic for maximizing space and no I didn’t buy them at a fancy organizing store. Next is the drawer system I use to organize my lady things. The before tidy picture: and after a fast tidy and basket addition: The three stackable drawers on the right is where I keep my feminine products. Your challenge this week is to check your closets and cupboards and see if there is any unused space you can utilize by going vertical. Well let me tell you, rolling up the cords and stuffing the basket got old fast.

Lovely Little Snippets: Freezer Breakfast Burritos {Re-visited} I've posted about breakfast burritos for the freezer before, but if you know anything about me... you know I can't just leave things alone! But. I'm glad I redid these! They are SO good! These are really pretty simple! I used... 21 eggs+a splash of milk +s&p + 1 cup spinach 18 slices of bacon fully cooked and cooled about 8 cups of hashbrowns shredded cheese burrito sized flour tortillas First I started by prepping all the ingredients; scrambling the eggs and spinach (the spinach is totally optional, but you cant taste it, and it just adds a litte more nutrition) cooking the bacon (I did it in the oven) frying the hashbrowms in a little butter and shredding the cheese (I used a food prosessor) Then, after everything had cooled, I set up my assembly line (pictured above) and started rolling! In each burrito I used about 1/2 cup eggs, 1/4 cup hashbrowns, 2 TBS bacon and a sprinlke of cheese. I ended up with almost 20 burritos, which will last us probobly over a month.

Templates How to love your new frugal life Saving money can be as unappealing as going on a diet. Yes, the results will be fun, we think, but the process won’t. Just like in losing weight, we’re supposed to change our lifestyle. Don’t be daunted: I’m here to tell you that being frugal can be incredibly satisfying. With the launch of Buttoned Up’s year-long Money Makeover, I thought it would be a great time to look at ways to overhaul our thinking and embrace a new normal. So if you too want to button up your finances, here are three ways to toss the old “no pain, no gain” mantra, and start loving your new frugal life. 1. When I was in college, I asked my psychology professor if I could analyze in my final paper the main character of Madame Bovary, my favorite novel. When you have to get down to work to cut costs in your life, start with an activity you love. 2. The infinite choices we have today – from paint colors to cereals to elementary schools – can lead to overwhelming confusion. 3. And that’s better than any diet on earth.

Hot Glue Glittered Snowflake Ornaments featuring Bethany from Pitter & Glink {Handmade Ornament No.11} Thanks for stopping by and joining us for theHandmade Ornament SeriesThis week we are sharing last minute ornament ideas for the season I’m pleased to welcome our next guest,Bethany from Pitter & Glink {Handmade Christmas Ornament No. 11} I am so excited to be visiting Under the Table and Dreaming today! I want to share with you how to make a Hot Glue Snowflake Ornament. Supplies: Glue SticksHot Glue GunWax PaperDish DetergentOrnament TemplateGlitter (My FAVORITE supply!) Step One: Google an image you would like to use for your ornament. Step Two: Place a sheet of wax paper over your ornament template. Step Three: When the ornament is dry, peel it from the wax paper. Step Four: Gather your glitter, Mod Podge, and paint brush. Cover your ornament with a layer of Mod Podge. Cover with glitter. I liked the glitter so much I decided to add another layer of a different type of glitter when the first layer dried. Step Five: This is the final step! Here it is hanging on my tree. Enjoy.

Unfuck Your Habitat: tidy advice for messy people I've been really enjoying "Unfuck Your Habitat," which offers advice and community for messy people who struggle to stay organized and tidy. I especially like the before and after shots of messy rooms that have been successfully put to rights. I'm a super-tidy neat-freak, and compulsive enough about it that I annoy my family with it -- but for most of my early life, I was a total slob. Basically, I got into a somewhat rigid habit of cleaning up continuously and it became a kind of low-grade mania for me. At least once a day, someone asks: “Why should I make my bed? Isn’t it kind of pointless?” Unfuck Your Habitat (via Beth Pratt) Final Draft 10 is the industry standard screenwriting software Produce smarter, SEO-optimized content with Webtexttool Web content creators who don’t have a solid SEO strategy should take note of Webtexttool. Ginger Page cleans up your mobile typing

A month of financial savvy Last month, we gave you a roadmap for organizing your time and tasks today so that you could be more thoughtful tomorrow. This month, we’ve mapped out 31 small steps you can take each day of this month to become more financially savvy. So ahead, take one step today…and tomorrow…and see where you net out on the 31st. If you’re interested in getting these monthly roadmaps as free printables, let us know in the comments!

mint love social club: {bubble chandelier} When we first moved into the loft, I thought we would need a large statement light fixture to go above the dining room table. We were having a really hard time finding something that was “right.” The best options available in our price range were at Ikea and they all seemed so recognizable and rather boring. what you will need: CB2 Bubbles (13 small, 4 large)paper lantern electrical cordtwo light socket splitters three G25 clear 40 watt vanity light bulbscotton stringsmall paper clips (or small 1 inch long metal or plastic rods- I could not find these anywhere) scissorsplierselectrical tapeHang the paper lantern cord in desired location, then attach light socket splitters and bulbs. The best thing about this light is that you can make it as large or as small as you would like depending on the amount of bulbs and bubbles you include (I have been contemplating making ours a little bigger).

The big list of 100 tools, tips and tricks to work more efficiently online 7.2K Flares 7.2K Flares × What does it take to be productive? It’s a question I often ask myself and to be honest I don’t have a great answer for it yet. One key discovery I’ve made over the past year or so is that I need to have great habits in place. That’s why I’m working on a solid running routine and on a set wake-up time and sleep time. These things have been incredibly helpful for me and I know both Joel and Leo have discovered the same. One other realization I had is that, as I now spend so much of my day working online, there are a heap of new apps being created all the time to help us all become more productive. That’s why I thought of compiling a full list of 100 tools, tips and tricks for you to reflect a bit on your own productivity. Of course, a sure fire way to fail might be to try and use all 100, which Joel pointed out to me when we discussed this post! 10 awesome music sites to get into your zone “In the case of music, it’s a little different. 1. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Home Management Binder + About Us {family emergency,apparel,medical} - NEW BEGINNINGS What if I fail to prepare my child for the world outside of my home? Do I have what it really takes to inspire, teach and train my children? How do I prove to my extended family that my children will soar with homeschooling when I am not even sure they will? A New Homeschooler's Greatest Inhibitor Whatever your fears are, you are not alone. While you absolutely need all the details about each of these topics, it might make you run the other way because of information overload. Homeschool Tips and Tools for the Panic Stricken 1. When you get a minute (okay maybe a couple of hours) look at my FREE 2 hour workshop: Here We Go that is chock full of information you need to know right now. 2. 3. Taking time to be home the first year and getting to know your children instead of signing them up for too many outside activities, even the best ones, is a tremendous pay off in capturing your children's heart and understanding their struggles the first year too. 4. 5. Learning is a natural process.

Decahedron Himmeli Mobile I know what you are thinking: Deck-a-wha? Here, let's break it down.... Decahedron: A polyhedron with ten flat faces. Apparently, there are sub-sets of decahedron too. Even though its origins lay in Finland, I know Himmeli as a form of Lithuanian folk art. Here in Chicago, where you can't hardly swing a dead cat without hitting someone Lithuanian, these little straw ornaments are crazy popular come Christmas time. And so what if they are a Christmas project? Materials:straight plastic straws, 16 per decahedron (snip off any bendy parts)*extra thin thing florist wire (I think mine here is 26 gauge)**scissorslong wooden BBQ skewers (optional)*Note: Traditional himmelis are made with a needle and thread. **Note: I am using a variety of colored straws for the instructional purposes only. Instructions:Near the end of one straw, poke the wire through the plastic, and twist it back, leaving at least one inch of extra wire. Think of the decahedron as a big fat star. Not that kind of joint.