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Clean House, Cut Clutter, Get Organized at Home!

Clean House, Cut Clutter, Get Organized at Home!
Who among us hasn't squandered a happy afternoon in a store specializing in organizing products? Drifting from aisle to aisle, we make a mental list: this for the bathroom clutter, that for the computer desk. All is bliss until we consider the bottom line. Specialty organizers can be costly! Someday, we vow, we'll get organized at home, but for now, budget realities step firmly on organizer dreams. Stop the presses!

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DIY: Wine Bottle Light November 3rd, 2009 This past spring Daniel and I went on a road trip from San Francisco to the Grand Canyon. Along the way we stopped at Chateau Julien for a wine tasting. I wanted to do something with the empty bottle instead of throwing it in the recycling bin. So here it is! You’ll need: How to Set Goals... That You'll Actually Accomplish! {with FREE Printable Goal Worksheet} - Just a Girl and Her Blog ‘Tis the season for goal setting, right? We hear lots of talk about goals and resolutions at this time of year and it absolutely makes me giddy because goals may just be my favorite thing ever in life. {Other than Jesus. And my husband.

Susan Branch Blog “My kitchen is a mystical place, a kind of temple for me. It is a place where the surfaces seem to have significance, where the sounds and odors carry meaning that transfers from the past and bridges to the future.” ♥ Pearl Bailey That’s how I feel too; it makes me want to take care of my kitchen things, wash them, fix them, love them; give them some TLC. This is the “before” picture of my most-used and very dried-out cutting board. Keeping wooden bowls, cutting boards, wooden spoons, any unfinished wooden thing (including my wooden kitchen tabletop) beautiful, is part of the care and feeding of a warm and glowy kitchen.

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How to Budget Your Money: The 50/20/30 Guideline When it comes to money, there’s certainly no shortage of ways for us to spend it—food, rent, retirement accounts, a down payment on a house, gym memberships, gifts … you get the picture. In fact, it’s why LearnVest Planners are often asked one key question: “So where should my money be going?” When it really comes down to it, the answer is different for everyone. You may be in a hurry to pay off debt, so you’re willing to spend less on eating out in the meantime. Or you might live in a city where rent is prohibitively expensive, so you have to allocate more of your paycheck to housing. So what’s a budget-perplexed person to do?

The Red Chair Blog: DIY Storage For "Transient" Items Clients often ask me how to organize items that are "just passing through" their homes. You may have seen "transients" like these in your home: the library books that need to be returned, the sweater that you need to mail to Great Aunt Myrtle for her birthday, the DVD that you borrowed from a friend and need to return, or that pair of Goodwill-bound go-go boots. Here's a simple, cost-effective storage solution. It won't win any awards for good looks--just keep it tucked in a closet or storage area--but it gets the job done.

52 Ideas to organize your home: An organizing tip a week "Organizing" may make for fun Pinterest fodder, but for us folks back here in the real world, it's pretty much a four-letter word. Organizing sounds like a great idea in theory — especially while browsing hacks on the internet with a full glass of wine in hand. But without a solid plan in place — one made up of simplified organizing tips that can be used IRL — you're probably going to throw in the towel before the towel organizing is done. How I Am Productive I like to think that I get a lot of stuff done. Other people have noticed this and asked me how I'm so productive. This essay is where I try and "share my secrets", so to speak. The real secret is that, in the past, I wasn't nearly as productive. I struggled with procrastination, had issues completing assignments on time, and always felt like I never had enough time to do things. But, starting in January and continuing for the past eight months, I have slowly implemented several systems and habits in my life that, taken together, have made me productive.

The Red Chair Blog: A Great DIY Laundry System for Small Spaces [Blogger's note: This post was originally published in January of 2010 and was edited in June of 2015. Among other updates, new photos have been added, more details have been added to the DIY instructions, and product names have been changed due to manufacturer name changes. This post contains affiliate links.] Here's a riddle. How can you store 2 loads of dirty laundry without taking up a single foot of floor space? With my favorite laundry solution for small spaces: hanging laundry bags! Organizing Apps can be really helpful tools when it comes to helping us get organized especially since most of us usually have our phones on us at all times :) I definitely have a few favorites that I will share with you today and I’ve also asked a few of my blogging friends to share their […] Hi friends, before I get too far into January I thought you might like to see a round-up of some of the most highly viewed posts here on I’m an Organizing Junkie from 2014. To be even more wild and crazy I thought I’d break it down and share one popular post from each month […] The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Kalyn at Creative Savings. Maybe you already have this organizing thing down to a science. Your closets are full of neatly stacked clothes, and your pantry sports all sorts of pretty chalkboard labels for baking supplies and snacks.

10 Best Free Online Virtual Room Programs and Tools In our modern day of looking at home improvements shows, surfing architecture and interior design websites, and spending countless hours on planning our spaces we live each day, wouldn’t you love to plan them virtually first? There are computer programs that you can purchase, books and tutorials you can buy, or you can look at this list of the best free online virtual programs for planning and designing your home. In this case, best means – user friendly without prior knowledge of using space planning software. Best also refers to ease of accomplishing more than one task, i.e. choosing from a gallery of decor and finishes and laying out rooms and spaces. Most importantly, they are all free and ready for you to try out paint color, move walls, all without buying a thing!

How To Be Productive and Get Things Done Using GTD Do you need more time to do the things that you enjoy? Of course, you do. For geeks there are tons of technical projects to mess with, but we don’t have enough time. Over the years, I’ve tried few time management and productivity systems. While they all helped me grow, there is something in those system that didn’t go well with my working style and thinking. Few years back, I came across David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD), immediately it just felt right for my working style and thinking.

The Top 3 Money-Saving Cleaning Must-Haves! There are a million different cleaning products on the market all vying for a spot in your supply closet, not to mention a chunk of your budget. But before you bring home the next new wonder spray, consider these three money-saving cleaning must-haves: they're widely available, kid and pet friendly, and cheap, cheap, cheap! The Big Three:

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