Craft Room Organizing

January 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Crafts & Craft Rooms


When trying to organize some of your craft/scrapbooking supplies – think “up”. Use the wall space that may be available to you. This is a rail system that Target carries. You mount the slide bar and then add the different accessories to it to make it your own. You can use it for ribbon, stamps, scissors and other supplies.
I saw a ribbon organizer in Archiver’s catalog, but they didn’t have an online store to go to – otherwise I would have shown you that one. But that was for ribbon only.
Craft rooms can be difficult to organize because there can be so many little items that need storage. I will do several posts on some different ideas that may help you.

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Smart Shopper Review and Giveaway


I was sooooo excited to be able to review the Smart Shopper. The kids have seen it advertised on TV before and tell me that I need that!!
I opened the box and it was all very neatly packed as in the picture. There was a roll of paper loaded and 2 others in the box. I needed to add 4 “AA” batteries and it was ready to go!!
It said it had magnets on the back of it…but I didn’t see them, so I doubted that it did and my first concern was mounting it somewhere. But guess what…the magnets are there! They are strong too. I have no question that they will hold.
It just looks cool doesn’t it? I just couldn’t wait to try it out. I did read the instructions though. There are over 2500 grocery items listed in the memory. So it works on voice recognition. I thought you would just say the item and it would somehow know to type it out. (Silly me…miss untechie would think that.) But there are so many items in there. You are given a book with all of them listed. There is a feature to be able to add more items if there is something you want in the memory that is not listed.
It is so simple to use. You just hit the big blue “record” button and say your item. Then it shows you a list of about 3 possibilities of what you said (or just varieties of that item) and you chose the one you want. Hit select and it is on your list!
I am a list maker. I will sit down and write out my grocery list. I do have a place on my daily list for groceries that I can add to that as I need, but many times I am not around my list when I think of something. Then I forget to get it on the list. With this…it is so handy. I just walk up to the Smart Shopper and add my item right then and there. I know there were two things I would have not remembered if it had not been for this. One was a furnace filter that I had meant to get several times but never got on my list. I came up from the basement one day when I thought of it and went straight over to the Smart Shopper and added it. The other was fabric softener that I had missed on my last shopping trip.
Then when you are ready to go to the store you just print off the list.

It not only has your list for you but it is all categorized into sections of the store. Example: dairy, canned goods, fresh produce. I don’t know about you but when I am making my list I many times just think and write in no order…so I sometimes do miss something on my list when walking through the store that I would not have if it was in the proper place.
This is fantastic! I really love it and will continue to use it all the time. The only problems I had were there were times it didn’t understand what I said. But you can go in and improve the voice recognition of any item so that won’t be a problem. You can also add more items as I said, so that instead of cake mix you can add, German Chocolate cake mix (as I did). So at first it may not be a perfect Smart Shopper for all your specific needs (although it probably has 98% of them)but with very little work it can have anything and everything on there that you would ever want. Oh…and it even has a feature to add errands that you run!! You can put in dry cleaners or shoe repair, library or lottery tickets and like a zillion more!

To purchase go to Smart Shopper

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

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Scissors and Staplers

January 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Offices, Products for Organizing

I think that being organized and having what you need where you need it work together. If you are trying to accomplish a task and need scissors but have to go in search of a pair…time is wasted. There is some office equipment that are considered “staples” to me. Among them are of course pens and pencils, but also scissors, tape and staplers. I have these items in several areas of my home so that they are convenient and “at hand” when I need them….where I need them.
The above picture is my husband’s desk.
This is my desk area where I get orders ready.

This is my “mini office” beside my couch where I sit and do most of my work…out in our family room.
This is the top of our “landing zone” when you come in our front door. My husband’s spot is to the left, but I have scissors, pens and pencils at hand.

This is on my dryer. I have scissors there to cut strings or tags or what ever may need to be cut.
This is in the kitchen. I have a pair of scissors with my knives. I use them for everything in the kitchen. I actually have a 2nd pair in another part of the kitchen.
This is the kids craft cart. They have their own scissors. Actually Santa brought them scissors, mini stapler and scotch tape and put them in each of their stockings…Did you know that Santa is very organized too? He would have to be wouldn’t he?

Just thinking where else I have scissors. I have some in my bathroom. I also have scissors and tape in my basement in my cart for wrapping presents. So they are there when I need them.
Having these items accessible when you need them will save you time and steps.

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Share my Recipe Sunday

January 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Food



I am going to be starting a new Sunday post called “Share my Recipe Sunday“. This will be a place where we can post our recipes and pick up new recipes. I will have the full instructions out soon (with a cute button being designed by Lindsey Joy) that you will be able to post on your site to also have Share my Recipe Sunday.
If any of you want to add your recipe feel free to go to the link above and look at my instructions.
If any of you want to use the recipe below…please link it back to my site.
Thanks!!
I believe finding recipes that are easy and that we can plan for can help us to organize our families and our daily lives.
I will love lower calorie meals (as many of you may also) and things that are fast and easy to make.
This is not a meal…but a dessert. I didn’t get a picture of this before my family dug in. I am sure that many of you have had it before. But this is my lower calorie (not low cal….but lower calorie) version of:

Better Than Sex Cake

1 German Choc. cake mix (chocolate cake will also work)
1 can diet pop (almost any will work)
1 can fat free sweetened condensed milk
1 jar hot fudge
1 tub of fat free cool whip
1 bag of toffee bits

Open your box of cake mix and pour into a bowl. Add your 12-16 oz. of diet pop. I used diet cola. and mix until creamy and consistency of regular cake batter. I used put in the 12 oz. but its still a little too thick. I just added little bits until right.
Put into your greased and floured 9×13 pan just like normal and bake according to directions on box.
While warm poke your holes in it and pour on your melted hot fudge (I didn’t use a whole jar) and fat free sweetened cond. milk (you don’t need the whole can…I have also used caramel topping instead of the sweetened cond. milk too)
Refrigerate until cool. Before serving put on the fat free cool whip and toffee bits. Serve and tell everyone its lower calorie! They won’t believe you.

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Planning your Day

January 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Products for Organizing, Time Managment

Do you take the time in the morning to plan your day? Do you give yourself at least 10 minutes to look at your daily calendar and make sure you aren’t going to miss any appointments?
I know many of you are going to say that your baby is up before you and you don’t have the time, or mornings are just “too crazy” to ever think of such a thing.
But if you want to get a good start on the day and not miss things then it is something that should be done.
There is no reason to say that you can’t do it the night before..or even on Sunday sometime, plan out your week. Then each day you can add in the little things that pop up and that may save you some time.
1) Have a designated area that you always plan your day.
2) Use a planner or have a pad of paper that you keep in that spot (so you can find it later)
3) List out errands that may need to be run or chores to do.
4) The grocery list can be started here.
5) List what you need to get ready for your dinner.
6) Plan out times if you have to work, when you get home and then what needs to be done, or errands that you have to run on your lunch hour.

Planning ahead will save you time and help you to stop missing the little things (like sending out the electric bill or forgetting to send in snacks for your “Snack Day” at your child’s school.)
If this is something that you have never done, then start slow and with a general list. Work from there and add in the little things.
What is rewarding is when you can cross off all the things that you do get accomplished. If there are things you didn’t get done (and there almost always is!) then you add those onto the days that you have a little more time.

This is a picture of the list I use. I made it up to fit my needs. It is in my planning notebook at the front. I have done some adjustments to it (and need to adjust the form itself-but have copies made up and want to use them all up first)but it helps me plan my day.
On the right hand column I have “Home”. That is where I write if I work that day, if I have laundry, go to post office etc. Below that is my grocery list. I have it done so that I can cut that piece out and take with me to the grocery. (Watch soon on my review site I will be reviewing the Smart Shopper…it is awesome and I won’t need this grocery column anymore with that!!)
The left hand column concerns my business. I separate it out to help keep it straight. My organizing business I have separate from my blogging “To do” list ..then I have my pouchees and buttons (I have some exciting plans for my buttons in the next year…you will be seeing them used for organizing!)
Find what works for you. It may be a preset planner, it may just be a blank steno pad that you keep near by. But I think that you will find by using it daily, your days will flow smoother.

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Organizing your Purse


Does this look anything like your purse?

Our purses: Our lifeline to being able to function!! We rely on having what we need when we need it.
Having that bandaide when Alex falls and scrapes his knee at the playground. A tissue when Tim has a runny nose in church, a brush to brush Elise’s hair when we are out and a ponytail holder to pull it back.
Our families look at us as being able to solve every problem such as having the gift cards they got from Christmas when they need them and always having a pen and paper to so we can take down a phone number when our husband’s are on the phone.
But can you find what you need in your purse when you need it? If you are like most people the answer to that is no. And not a little no…but a big fat…..”are you kidding me”..NO!
Here is the content of my purse minus my cell phone (I left by the couch and glasses that I was wearing…so just pretend there are 2 more things laying on the table.

There is a lot of stuff there! But I use almost everything at different times. Being an organizer I hate not being prepared.
Finding the right purse to start with is one of the big keys. I have to say that I am more into function and price than I am into style and name brand. I look for a purse that has several pockets. I like the outside pockets, and several compartments inside to keep things separated.
The pouchee has made keeping my purse organized sooooo much nicer!! I have my main items that I need in there. My checkbooks, glasses, cell phone, money, credit cards, pen, and keys. So I can changes purses easily if I want to or I can just grab that and go if I want to run into a store and not carry my entire purse.
(Thank you Anita Crook for inventing it!!)
I have also just recently discovered the card cubby. It is the hot pink item. I am actually having a giveaway on it right now on my Organize with Sandy Review site. You can win one!! It has all my gift cards and discount cards in it along with my business cards.
The other thing that I also discovered that I really love is the Fumi pursehook. It is the bracelet that looks like a zebra. Love it. I used it for real when I went to a movie the other night and there was no hook on the stall. I had it hooked to the handle of my purse instead of wearing it that night and just took it off and hung my purse on the door. Also having a giveaway right now on my Review site.
(Keep in mind that if I didn’t really like these 3 products and plan on continuing to use them after these contests…I wouldn’t be mentioning them right now.)
The reason I want you to find a purse with different pockets is so that you can separate your items to make it easier to find when you need them. This is how I have mine organized.
(Left) This is one of the zipper sections (not the main compartment). I have my camera, PDA and spelling directory in this pocket.

The right zipper section I have a little bag that I put all the bandaides etc. in. (not shown)
This is the end pocket where I keep my lipstick, brush, hand lotion and chap stick. It makes it very easy to grab my lipstick at anytime…no hunting around.
In this pocket I have gum and a notepad that has a pad of sticky notes and little colored tabs to mark things in magazines etc.
The main compartment of my purse has my pouchee and the card cubby (left) It is hard to see but I also have 2 pockets inside the purse that I have my little pink multi-tool that I use mainly for the scissors. Also on the strap I keep my new Fumi pursehook and my antibacterial hand gel.
Purse is put back together quickly and with just a little pain (it was very hard for me to just dump everything in the main compartment for my top picture! LOL
Keeping your purse organized will make doing your errand much easier when it comes time to check out at a store. Have fun organizing!!

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Car Cubbie Review and Giveaway!


This is the Card Cubby. It is really cool! This little organizer is for all your gift cards, credits cards, insurance cards, discount coupons, frequent flyer cards!
Ok…here it is, my “before” picture of my the front of my pouchee. (Keep in mind I straighten it up every several days, but took a good “messy” picture for you – my pouchee is very loved!!)

So I took out all my gift cards (I had some more in another pocket of my purse) and put them in the alphabetized card cubby and it is great! I actually found some cards myself that I didn’t realized I had that were tucked in behind some others. What I really love is that it has it’s little dividers to keep them separated by letter. It will be soooo easy to find what I need when I go shopping now. I won’t have to worry about not using a gift card or punch card that I have just because I can’t find it.


I put in my gift cards and I also put in a couple of coupons that I want to make sure I use. I also put in some of my business cards. On the other side of the Card Cubby is a place that you can place your business card or your license. This would also be a GREAT BUSINESS CARD ORGANIZER!! If you are going to some kind of conference (Blissdom 09 for instance) and know you will be giving out and picking up many business cards…what easier way would it be than to put them in here as you get them. So easy to then retrieve them!
The Card Cubby is 5″x3″ wide and can hold up to 80 cards!

So when I was finished….my purse looked like this!! I love it! So Organized! It fit in so nice and easy. This would also be very easy to use in your car console or brief case.
To purchase go to Card Cubby

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Shelves and Bins

January 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, How To Organize, Products for Organizing

The new year is underway and many of us are in our “I am going to get this house under control” mode. Going through our houses (or even one room that needs done) will end up with items that we do not want to donate or throw away. There might be clothes that the younger child can wear next year, or the cheer leading outfit that will still fit next year but it doesn’t need to take up space in the closet until next fall. What ever it is, it needs some form of storage.

I believe very strongly in clear storage bins if at all possible. Can you tell me which bin the box of Ritz crackers is in? Yep…it was in both, but you didn’t know it on the green ones did you? Point made. I love the colored CLEAR bins especially for holiday storage. The colors stands out immediately when you look at your shelf, but you can still can get a general idea of what is inside.

The other very important thing you need to do which takes a few extra minutes initially but will save you time in the future is to label all your bins with what is inside. You don’t need necessary need to put down every little thing but get the big things and a general idea so that a year from now you can take a quick glance at the bin at the label to know what is in it. You can use sticky address labels. You do not have to have anything fancy. Then if you change what goes in that bin next season it is easy to peel off or just use another one on top of it.
Now that you have your bins full, you need to put them somewhere. The basement, garage or attic work great. There are many different styles and prices of shelves you can buy. I prefer the heavy duty plastic shelves. They have pieces that fit together easily without screws or nails. Be careful to purchase good ones though. If you buy plastic that is too cheap, it will not hold the bins well and may break. I do not care for the metal ones that may be cheaper for several reasons. They are a pain to put together, they tend to rust, they aren’t very sturdy and the shelves dent. (Now there are metal ones with boards for support that are usually over $100 per shelf. That is not what I am talking about here…those are commercial grade and are very nice)

Decide how many shelves you have space for. You will need to measure your space. – width and height. (There may be pipes in basement or low ceiling that you need to account for). Next measure the bins you have. You need to make sure that you have shelves that are tall enough in between shelves for your bins. You also want to be able to get at least 2 bins across on a shelf. So measure the distance with the lids on the bins of 2 across to make sure your shelf will be wide enough.
If you have the shelves first…then measure those before going to buy your bins and buy your bins according to your available space.
MEASURING your shelves and bins and space is an important factor here. If you just go on “I thinks” then you will end up with shelves that don’t fit the space, bins that don’t fit the shelves and over all wasted space and wasted money.
Plan ahead and get the most out of your space and money for your storage. You will be glad you did.

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FUMI PurseHook

Like my bracelet? It looks really nice doesn’t it? Any you thought this review was about a purse hook.
Well, it is….it’s a bracelet…no it’s a purse hook…no it’s a bracelet…It is both!!
This is the coolest invention!! Nicole and Natascha Shamlin invented this FUMI pursehook. They have worked with and sold the original purse hook that many of you have seen before. (They still sell those!)…but the comments that they heard about them was that they got lost at the bottom of their purses or they never had them with them. So they came up with this idea to take care of it.


You can wear it as a bracelet and when you do not want to wear it, you can clip it to your purse..so it is always there.
I got this to review and I was so excited. It was nicer looking than I expected.
I decided that we needed to go to dinner that night just to try it out. So we went to Rooster’s restaurant within hours of when I got this. I looked at the table when I first got there and though..”Oh no, this isn’t going to work…the table is too thick!” But guess what….it did work!!
My second thought was, “My purse is soooo heavy it will break it!” (I’m an organizer…I carry it all..but very organized keep in mind!) Again, I was wrong! This had no problems at all holding my purse.
Another thought I had before I got the FUMI pursehook was, “Won’t it scratch up the table top if it is a bracelet.” Nope….there is a rubber piece on the underside to protect the table and keep it from sliding.

I asked Nicole before I got the FUMI PurseHook if it could be used in a bathroom stall to hang your purse if there was no pursehook available. She said that it could, that was one of the things that she and her sister wanted while developing this.
Here is proof!!! (Ok..it is 3 days after I posted this. I went to a movie tonight and there was no hook on the bathroom stall door…and yes my Fumi pursehook was still hooked to my purse and I was so excited to really use it!! So cool….just had to add this on. )

When I came home I took it off and hooked it on my purse. It looks cute there too!!
This pursehook is great!!! I am just loving it. Way to go Nicole and Natascha!!

Now for the best part. Nicole and Natascha have offered to give one of their FUMI PurseHooks away to one lucky winner!! You can take your pick of 7 different bracelet styled ones.

To purchase go to FUMI Pursehooks
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!

(I will send out an e-mail to the winner and you will have 48 hours to respond back to me or I will pick another winner.)

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Storage Solution

Storage for Your Bathroom



Do you ever wonder what to do with all the little things that us woman need monthly next to the toilet? Well…this is a wonderful solution!!
I have been using this for several years. I have seen it advertised for between washers and dryers (which is also a great idea!), but this is how I have used it. It fits into a pretty slim space.
I use the top for all my “girly” things..and the bottom storage drawer I turned into a trash can. I use a plastic bag to line it…so simple!! Everything I need is right where I need it when I need it.
If you have to share a bathroom with the rest of family or it is the main one in the house that guest would use…you can use contact paper inside the clear lid and keeping the lid closed would hide what is in there.
If you don’t need the bottom for a trash can, then you can use that for your supplies and the top could be for extra rolls of toilet paper or even magazines. There can be many uses!

Ok..I had several people ask me where to get this. I had to eat my shoe as I realized I couldn’t find it anywhere! (If anyone knows where the one above is, please pass on the information. I bought mine several years back and really had no idea that they weren’t around anymore. I had one of my fellow NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) member give me the link to this one at the Container Store. The cost is $69.00 (which is much more than I would have ever paid for it.) I will keep looking though and if I find something else, I will post it.
Thank you readers for letting me know my errors.
I have had another NAPO member tell me that she has seen them at Home Depot and Lowe’s in the appliance section. She didn’t find them on the web site though. So if you are interested, that would be another place to try. I know I will.

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Closet Rod Dividers

January 12, 2009 by  
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I found these closet rod dividers at The Container Store. I bought them for one of my clients that had a baby girl with several sizes of clothes in her closet. She had clothes from her older daughter and wanted them where she could see them since her baby was growing so fast.
We will simply write the different sizes on the tabs and use them in the closet to keep things straight. You can use them for different seasons (if you have the room in your closet) too. If 2 children need to share a closet they could use them to help keep their clothes separated.
What other ways can you think of how they can be used? Let me know.

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Chatter Chix Review and Giveaway!!

January 10, 2009 by  
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I love these!! I actually first came across them when I won them from another review and giveaway site. These are designed for girls ages 5-12. I purchased a couple of packs of the cards for Christmas for my step daughter and she thought they were really cute. Then came the Starter Set I won. There is a cute vinyl notebook and 3 packs of cards along with 5 protective pages to put the cards in. (The organizing factor in this giveaway!..organize your Chatter Chix cards) There is a map of the United States in the front of the notebook. Each one of these trading cards has a girl from one of the states on it. It tells you which State she is from on the front. On the back is her little bio and at the bottom of the card it tells you that States Capital, Flower, Nickname and Bird. For each card you take one of the little flower stickers and put it on the state map. The girls try to collect all of the states!! How cute is that. Elise was excited because she also got one of the Limited Edition cards in her pack. She can go online and see a little more about each girl from any State. There is also a newsletter and activities.
These cards are colorful and with the big smiles you just want to smile back at them!

As soon as we opened the package Elise was all excited checking out all the cards and loading her notebook after first putting her stickers on her state map.

Here is what her notebook looks like now! You can see how cute these little girls are!

She just told me, “I LOVE this..these are the coolest! Now I have cards of my own that I can play with when the boys are playing with their football cards.”
There is a great testimony on it’s own!!

Pros:
*Educational – teaches knowledge of the United States
*Promotes sharing
*Promotes trading
*Promotes a postive role model (no sexy outfits or celebrities)
*Gives the girls an female alternative to the boys trading cards.

Cons:
*The only one I can say is that my little girl doesn’t read cursive yet and the States on the front of the card are in cursive. She could get most of the cards, but a few she had trouble with only for that reason. Other than that..it’s all positive!!

To purchase go to ChatterChix

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Leg Huggers Review and Giveaway!

January 10, 2009 by  
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Go to my family blog, Leecie Loo and 7 Boys Too and enter to win a pair of these …So cute Leg Huggers!
Since these are not organizational products, I did the review on my other blog.

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Solutions in the Kids Bathroom

January 9, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Laundry room or Bathroom

When Dave and I were married two years ago his family moved into the home I was living in. It’s not a real big home for 7 people, but we manage fine. But being able to figure things out like towel racks in a bathroom has been interesting.
Having 5 children and only 1 towel rack was not going to work unless I wanted to have them grab a clean towel everyday. No thank you to that much laundry. So this was my solution. I decided peg board would do the trick, but didn’t want ugly brown stuff on my bathroom wall making it look like a garage. I found this online after much searching. It has worked out great. The kids have 2 hooks each that they can put their towels and robes on. They each have their own bins that their toothbrushes can go in. Then there is one larger bin that the brushes and combs can go in. I put their names with letter stickers on the front of their little bins too.
Sometimes you just have to think outside the box.

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Insert for file drawer.

January 5, 2009 by  
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File drawer “Before”

Storage bin I found

2 bins in, you can see space below it

Finished drawer.

My husband cleaned out his desk the other day. His desk is just as I say, “his desk”. He would prefer me not to organize it for him (Ok…he won’t let me organize it for him). His idea of what goes in an office desk is not my idea of what goes in a desk drawer. (Fishing lures and screwdrivers?) He did clean out a lot (although if you look close you can see that he missed a circle stencil on the ground behind the drawer…I didn’t see it until I looked closer at these pictures) But guess what…it is his desk and not mine…so it has to work for him…not me! Just as organizing for anyone, if it doesn’t work for the person who is going to use the space, then it there isn’t a chance it will stay that way.
He wanted to use this file drawer for storing his “stuff”. He asked me if I knew of something they make for a file drawer so that he can layer it. Of course I tried to talk him out of having to left off one bin to get to the others….but to no avail. I was in Office Max yesterday and happen to see these bins made for just this purpose. You can actually use them in the front of a file drawer or a portable file bin. They were $4.99 each and were on sale (buy two and get one free). So I got 3 for him. He is thrilled. You do have to left out the top bins to get to the things on the bottom, but that is how he wanted it.
As an organizer I can offer my suggestions and attempt to show my clients how things can work more efficiently for them, but in the end the organizing system has to work for that individual and not me. And this worked for my husband.

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Featured on Crafty Mama of 4 Blog!

January 5, 2009 by  
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Kim at Crafty mama of 4 did a review for me on the console caddie. She has some fantastic pictures she took of it..much better than mine! I couldn’t believe how much stuff she was able to get in this caddie. I was amazed myself…and I sell them!! She has an awesome blog that you will have to read and was featured on the Walmart 11 Mom’s as a guest blogger! Go you girl!!

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A Vision Board

January 4, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, How To Organize, Products for Organizing

Check out This Vision Board

You may say to yourself…”What the heck is a vision board?”
This is just a board that you can make that you can see visually see your goals and what you would love to have your space look like. Also the other dreams and goals you have in life. (Like one of hers is to go on a trip)
This is one that one of my clients did on her own. I was so impressed. This is someone who is an actual hoarder..but she is so motivated and is determined to get out from underneath it!
You can look through magazines or look on the web and see a room or idea you like and would like to mimic and cut it out. Of course you probably won’t end up with the exact room…that’s not the point. The point is to have a goal and a vision. Then when you are going through that space you can say to yourself, “Will this big pink stuffed elephant really fit into the vision I want for this room or can I finally give it up to a someone who will love it as much as I have?”
One of the visions my client has for her home is to have a paperless home. She is a wiz on the computer and has a scanner and plans to scan all of her paperwork to save it. She saw this in the newspaper and I think she will actually be able to achieve it.
Even if you don’t put it on some kind of bulletin board or magnetic board, you can still do the same thing and just put the pictures in a notebook or even just write them down.
Give it a try!

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Everyone says I should Organize.

January 2, 2009 by  
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What if Everyone Says You should Organize – But you aren’t ready?

This can be tough. What if your husband or wife, friends and family are telling you that YOU NEED help? You may not think you are ready for that step.
First of all you have to think honestly to yourself…..
1) Are you happy with how your house looks?
2) Are you proud of your house?
3) Are you embarrassed to have people in your house?
4) Can you find what you need when you need it?
5) Are you ready for a change?
6) Are you ready to stay in the situation you are in?

These are several things that you can ask yourself….and be honest with yourself. You don’t have to tell anyone your answers.

1) If other people are telling you have a problem…and you don’t feel you are ready…you need to ask yourself…why?
2) Why do you want to keep your home the way it is? If you aren’t proud of it…if you can’t have company over because you are        embarrassed…..then why aren’t you ready to make a change?
3) Change can be scary. It can be hard…and that is usually the reason that we are resistant to it. We are scared of things that can be hard. We are scared of things that make us face reality. No one likes to do that. Plus it just seems too overwhelming to us to handle.
4) When you do realize you need help…then to reach out and get that help is the hard thing….once you get going…it will feel wonderful. It will feel like a weight has been lifted and you can breath.
5) Imagine if your mother in law or friend decides to drop in at on you at the last minute and you have no problem saying ….”Come on in and sit down!!”….without embarrassment! That would be great wouldn’t it?
Think about it!

(I originally ran this post in Oct. 08, but felt it was so relevant for the beginning of the year, I wanted to run it again.)

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New Year – New Goals

January 1, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, How To Organize, Time Managment

New Year – Make New Goals

So did you do it yet? Have you sat down and made a goal list?
I did mine this morning. I made myself a form last year when I had so many different projects going – so that I could keep track of things. I used that form and just filled in things I wanted and planned to do this year.
Try and take even 5 minutes at some point today to make out your list of goals.
Keep this list some place where you can access it throughout the year.
If you have a notebook that you keep track of daily things or a drawer where you do your bills, but it feels great to be able to mark things off your list as you go.
I am a list maker and love to mark the things off…I feel like I have accomplished something!
I tend to be visual. I want to see things on paper that are floating around in my head. It makes things more concrete to have it in writing.
One of my goals is to develop a blogging directory. I have gotten a couple to make a list of all my blog sites, passwords etc. But I just haven’t found one that I really like and has everything I want. I want a place to jot down which contests I have entered and which blogs have added my button to their sites, also which sites are reviewing my pouchees and a list of products and the sites they come from that I plan to review.
I am sure many of you computer gurus have everything listed somewhere on your computer. I use the bookmarks and folders for e-mails..but I still want something more organized and concrete to flip open and see. (Call me old school!)
If any of you have any other suggestions as to what would be valuable to add to this kind of directory..let me know – maybe I will come up with a new product for all of us to use!

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