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.
I’m so thrilled to finally be sharing another finished space in my house! I feel like all I ever do is plan and Pinterest board my ideas to death and they never actually come to be. But I’m changing that with project sheets (I’ll share about that soon!) and it’s working! This particular level of our house used to be completely different and fairly haphazard but with a complete (unexpected) basement renovation, it was the perfect opportunity to change some things around.
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When you have kiddos, things get lost. It happens all the time because, well, mom brain and kids can forget they were wearing shoes in about 5 minutes. Between church, school, and after school activities, there are plenty opportunities to leave something behind. Enter Stuck on You labels!
Australia based Stuck On You was founded in 1995 by Carrie Felton, a mom of three boys. A global leader in personalized products for baby & beyond, Stuck On You products are available in more than 127 countries. Felton created Stuck On You to celebrate the individuality of every name, bring joy to new parents with unique, timeless products for every child, save families time, energy and money and help them to lead a more organized life. In addition to a broad offering of labels, the Stuck On You collection includes activity and personalized books, durable and stylish bags, lunchboxes and drink bottles, stationery, bag tags and gorgeous gifts for all ages.
These labels are great for anything and everything you could ever want to put your kid’s name on. There is a size for any space you made need to stick one. My favorite thing to label are the boys’ water bottles. Gav leaves his behind at school from time to time and both the boys go to soccer on Saturdays so it’s good to have them labeled. Both places have water bottles EVERYWHERE and now I don’t have to wonder if the Spiderman one in the lost and found is my child’s or I should just buy a new one. These labels also hold up in the dishwasher so you don’t have to constantly replace them.
I love the variety of colors and images they have and I feel like they fit my boys’ current interests and personality. Gav is growing up (insert mama tears) so, while he still love cars, he’s also developed an interest for sports. With Ro’s, I love the bright primary colors.
I’m loving organizing all of Gav and Ro’s stuff and now I don’t have to worry about that dreaded lost and found bin anymore!
If you’ve been reading this little blog for a while or you just happen to know me, you know that clutter gives me the willies. It, very literally, gives me anxiety. Watching the show Hoarders, is not really an option for me. Not that it’s actually been diagnosed, but I’m 99.9 percent sure I have OCD. So, how in the world do I deal with having two young kids and a busy schedule.Well first, let’s be real for second. Sometimes I don’t. Plain and simple. There are days where everything piles up without warning and I have to take a moment or two to breathe through it. But, for the most part, I’ve come to find three things that work very well for me if I do them each day.This automatically makes the room open up. Disheveled sheets and pillows on the floor add to the clutter and look messy. I usually have Gav make his own bed but sometimes it still looks disheveled. But, it’s creating independence for him and it still gets everything off the floor!2. Throw in one load of laundry.Just one, each day. This is super easy to do when you have four people to do laundry for. We definitely don’t have a shortage of laundry. All I do is throw a load in the washer about mid morning and then go about my day. Then, when it’s ready for the dryer, in it goes. Folding is a pain but if I stay on top of it, I’m not doing forty shirts and pants at a time.3. Have an “Upstairs Basket”.I saw this on Pinterest one day and thought it was brilliant. It was a set of stairs and a basket with each family member’s name on it. I modified it since we have a very small set of stairs and our rooms are fairly close together. If I’m in a pinch and just need to get things picked up, I’ll throw whatever needs to go upstairs in the basket for the next time I go up. This is usually shoes and/or socks, bibs from a meal, or random bits of clothing that the boys (Gav and the hubby) tend to shed as they go about their day. When it’s time to go upstairs, I take the basket, sort the contents by room, and put the basket back.Putting these three simple things into practice has helped tremendously! What tricks do you use to calm the chaos at your house?XO, Kelly
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!
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
Simple CD StorageI know this probably isn’t the best way to store your CDs, but it’s better than what we were doing.Grab a mini file sorter and cover up the edges.With this new system, I can sort them into imported and not imported for my iTunes.Happy Organizing!
All 31 Days posts HERE!
Easy Craft StorageWow…we’re almost at the end of the month! CRAZY!The other day I cleaned out my craft closet, for the umpteenth time, and I used a new approach. This time I used every last inch that I could…even the door!
I got an over the door shoe organizer and started sorting out my supplies. I think that the organizers with the plastic fronts work best because you can see through them. There’s no guessing involved in finding what you need.It freed up so much space…guess I’ll just have to get a few more supplies!Happy Organizing!
All 31 Days posts HERE!