There are so many different ways to organize. Just do a quick google search/Pinterest search and you’ll get everything from Marie Kondo to just burn the house down! Sometimes the latter sounds way easier than going through anything. BUT that’s a felony so…don’t do that. I do have one tip that helps me calm clutter in one simple step. And if you’re a parent, you know that clutter happens just about anywhere and EVERYWHERE.
It’s been way too long since my last DIY post and I’m here to remedy that! I’ve been in one of those moods lately where everything in my house needs an upgrade. This is a relatively common occurrence (annoyance, if you ask my husband) once I’ve finished an area. I’ll finish a space, love it for a few weeks and then want to change it. Maybe it’s the perfectionist in me but I prefer to think of it as the “perpetual need to be creative-ist” in me. That’s totally a thing…
One of these spaces that has incurred my creative wrath is Gav’s art table/creative learning corner. I decided that I wanted to reorganize his art supplies in a way that didn’t put a million tiny holes in the wall. I tried using those little plastic drawers but Ro quickly showed me that those made it much easier for him to eat crayons. That’s when I came up with this super simple, inexpensive and minimal wall damage project.
For the past few weeks I’ve been on a major house binge and redesign. Every area that I can possibly do by myself I am. Kitchen cabinets, craft area and desk, closet, so on and so forth. It’s been nothing short of A-MA-ZING! I’m feeling so refreshed and with each new cleaner area, I get a little more fire under me to do more! My refrigerator was one such source of a little clutter stress. If you’re like me, you keep just about every magnet with an important/emergency number that has to do with my children. Pediatricians, children’s ERs, and even the pet ER was on my fridge in magnet form. So here’s how I cleaned up the clutter but still got to keep all of the important info at hand.
What You’ll Need: Scrapbook Paper, Thermal Laminating Pouch, Magnet Sheet
Transfer all of the important information to a piece of scrapbook paper cut to size. Then laminate the pouch. You can use these like I did, I’m pretty much in love with my laminator, or a self sealing pouch which is a bit easier on the budget if you don’t have a machine.
Glue your magnet to the back and throw away all of the now unnecessary magnets!
So much better and clutter free!
Last week I shared how I was *FINALLY* staying organized and on top of all of my daily tasks. I also shared that there’d be a fun DIY coming for these fun dividers! Part of my system for staying organized is loving the design of my planner and the things I put in it. I know that sounds silly but if I love to look at it, I’m more likely to use it! So I had a cute gold planner, my lovely mint and gold zebra binder, now to make it cute on the inside. I’d seen some really cute stuff from instagram and looked at different shops for these dividers. However, the frugal DIYer in me was not going to let me go in that direction!
What You’ll Need: Scrapbook Paper, Scissors/Paper Cutter, Self Laminating Sheets, 3 Hole Punch
Start by cutting your paper to the correct height and about an inch wider. For example, My paper is 5.5 X 8.5 in so I cut it to 6.5 X 8.5 in.
Using a piece of correct sized paper (in this case 5.5 X 8.5 in) as a guideline for size, pencil in a divider tab as well as a straight line for cutting the correct size on your first sheet, you can start at the top or the bottom. Use this first sheet as your guideline for the next divider and pencil in the tab just below (or above depending on which way you started) the first. Continue doing this for each sheet.
Now place the cut out dividers in the self laminating sheets, seal and cut off the access lamination. I used the single side sheet and I don’t recommend it. I ended up using two laminating sheets per set since I wanted the entire paper laminated. Go with the double sided option to save yourself some trouble!
You can also have some fun with a “dashboard” page and decorate it using stickers and other embellishments. Punch some holes in them and get to organizing! I found my 3 hole punch for mini sheets HERE.
Loving my planner and all the fun things inside!
I’ve always thought of myself as a very organized person but after becoming a mother, and now a pregnant one, my brain is just so scattered. Call it mommy brain, call it pregnancy brain, call it whatever, I can’t remember to do half of the things I’m supposed to on a daily basis to save my life! It was seriously time to figure out a good system!
I’ve tried many planners but I’d get tired of the design or just plain forget to look at it or write in it at all. I’ve fawned over the super expensive ones trying to justify buying one because I would totally use it because I will have invested in it and “look how cute and awesome it is!”. There are also tons of apps that help with productivity but I like seeing it in pen and paper, something physical. None of these options were working for me and I never did cave and purchase an awesomely adorable expensive one. But what could I do? Then Sugar Paper Co. released their line for Target last December and I thought, “YES! This is just my style and I’m gonna love it and use it and be so organized I won’t be able to stand it!” Yeah…nope. But I did have a sassy gold planner now that I liked and carried with me, just never really used.
Enter my small group from church. I know, an unusual place to find inspiration for organization but God works in mysterious ways. The book my group was/is reading is Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be by Donna Partow and she starts the book by telling you buy a small binder and get organized for this study. As I used this system for my bible study, it dawned on me that this was exactly what I had been looking for. Then there was the section about tackling a to-do list by applying the 80/20 rule. Only devote 80% of your time to the most important 20% of your list. There was an immediate sense of relief I got feeling that I didn’t have to do it all, let alone all in one day!
So that’s what I do now, I write down a list of things I want to accomplish and focus on the most important 20% of it. If it gets finished, I can move on or I can take a break. And let’s be honest, these days, I take the break! This is how I’m staying on top of blog posts, at least week ahead of time now, and remembering what’s due when in my other ventures like graphic design and the hoop shop.
Now onto these other ventures. I needed a place to keep it all, one single place. This is where that little binder comes in again! Target typically adorable ones and, since I get bored with planner designs easily, it had to be perfect.
Safe to say that this one is! I divided up some paper into sections with cute dividers (stay tuned for a DIY!) like “Blog”, “Brainstorming”, “Hoopsy Daisy”, “Notes”, etc. All of my separate ventures in one place and my planner fits right on top! Last but not least, I printed out some free monthly blog planner printables I found on pinterest to use as an editorial calendar. (You can find the ones I’m currently using HERE and HERE) I like that it is separate from my appointment/everyday calendar because it keeps the clutter down, especially if I start changing my mind about where I want to post something.
I’m so happy, and (a little) less scattered, with my new system! How about you? What have you found that works for you?
I had a hard time finding the right title for this post. Honestly it should read,”My son is my most precious little baby and I can’t believe he is in preschool and all of the little tiny pieces of artwork he does must be saved and treasured and I will never ever get rid of them! EVER!” But I wanted you to actually read this post, so I went with a DIY.But in all honesty, these first little art projects are so precious and special that I really do want to keep them to look through, not only at the end of the year but when he graduates from high school and even when has kids of his own. What he does with them after that is his deal but for now, these are my memories and I love love love looking at them! I could have scanned them in and made them into little cards for my Project Life (which has sadly been neglected for months but that’s for another day) like I did HERE. But I wanted to do something different for all of these piece from his school days.What You’ll Need: Binder with Clear Cover, Sheet Protectors, Cover Page PrintableBasically all I do is take each piece and place it in a protector as I get them in his weekly folder. If it’s too big for the sheet protector, it gets a three hole punch and goes directly in the binder. This also helps to eliminate any clutter that could occur from placing them in a box or forgotten in the file cabinet.And no binder is complete without a great cover! I was like this in school too, my favorite part of getting a new binder was creating my cover. The possibilities were endless!I’ve come up with 4 fun designs for you to choose from and they’re all customizable. Once you’ve opened them in a photo editing software, just follow the layers and fill in the blanks. To select your design, find the layers labeled with the design names and click on the little eyeball to make the one you want visible. Be sure to also click the eyeball or delete the layer for the other ones so that they won’t appear on your final print.To add your picture, upload it as a layer and place it under all layers, including the background. From there, you can resize and place whatever part of the photo you’d like in the frame.I’m looking forward to filling this up as the year goes on!
A good friend of mine recently bought these fabulous gold polka dotted storage boxes from Home Goods to store all of her Project Life/scrapbooking goodies. Between my love of boxes, cute storage, polka dots, and all things shiny, I need not tell you that I feel in love with them. I HAD to have them!!! Or better yet, make them!What You’ll Need:Plain Cardboard/Paper Mache Storage BoxesCraft FoamGluePaintTrace a circle on the craft foam the size you want your dots to be. I used a wine cork which also became my base for the stamp. Glue the foam circle onto a base that you can hold onto easily. This can be a piece of scrap wood, wine cork, etc.This, in my (uncompensated) opinion, is the best glitter paint I’ve ever used. Just FYI.Don’t worry about the dots being bare in places. Fill them in with a small paint brush. If you’re using a solid color paint, you’ll probably only need the one, maybe 2, coats. Since I used glitter, this took about 4-5 coats on each dot until they were full of enough sparkle for me.And because I’m such a HUGE copy cat, I keep my Project Life/scrapbooking goodies in mine too!I LOVE them!!
RECAP!I can’t believe we’ve reached the end of the 31 days! I really enjoyed pushing my bloggy butt to do this! So to celebrate, here’s a recap of the tips and tricks I shared with you this month!
All 31 Days posts HERE
Cleaning ScheduleI was so reluctant to put one of these up in our house because it would mean being accountable. UGH… But as I browsed Pinterest I kept seeing about 500,000 cleaning schedule pins. I got the hint so I put on my big girl panties and did it. I found the one that I thought worked the best for me, adjusted it to fit our household needs, and put it up!Place it in a frame and it works just like a dry erase board. If you have extra helping hands in your house, place it next to a chore chart!I feel like the house is cleaner and I’m less stressed! *NODrama y’all!* Also, I think it helps my husband that I’m less stressed.You’ll notice that it hasn’t quite been checked off as much as it should be but I made a good start. We had a very busy week and I wasn’t home as much as I usually am but I’m feeling good about next week!Here are a few schedules I found. Print out the one that works for you!
via full size image HERE image HEREFollow my ORGANIZATION STATION board for more ideas!Happy Organizing!
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