6 Great Apps to Help You Get Your Home in Order

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Do you constantly feel like you have too many jobs to do at home, and never enough time? Or are you in the midst of renovating your home or researching potential house and land packages, and feel overwhelmed by the amount of choices you need to make? Just remember — it is possible to take control of your household and “to-do” lists, with the help of the latest and greatest apps, designed to make a disorganised home a thing of the past. Whether you want to tick jobs off your list more quickly or find and sort information in a hurry, look no further than this list of six great organisational apps for a simpler home life. [Read more…]

Storage Furniture for Bedroom Organization

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of decluttering and organizing in my house.  My house is smaller and doesn’t have a lot a of closet and storage space, so I have to use various pieces of storage furniture for my clothes and even my health and beauty appliances and supplies.

Archers has a great selection of furniture for every room in the house, including some great pieces that are great for storage. [Read more…]

My Blog Calendar and Tips to Organize Your Blog

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One of my New Year’s resolutions is to become more organized and more efficient with my blog.  One way that I attempt to do this is with a planner.  Today I’m going to be sharing the planner that I use with you, along with some other tips to organize your blog.

For my blogging, I use a simple monthly/weekly calendar.  I’ve been using these since I was in college.  Last year I bought one from Blue Sky, and I really liked it, so I bought from the again this year.  The one that I bought is currently sold out, but they have similar planners in some really cute designs, and they have others sizes and formats available if you prefer.

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My favorite thing about this type of planner is that it has a monthly calendar that you can lay out in front of you.  This is where I write out my blogging schedule for the month, as well as any important dates that I need to remember.

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And then it also has week pages.  This comes in handy to jot down specific notes, make to do lists, or even to use as a mini journal.

And what I’ll usually do is make a tentative schedule on the monthly calendar. I say “tentative” because sometimes things happen to change my schedule: a review product comes earlier or later than expected, I get a paid post opportunity that pushes back something else I was planning, or I simply change my mind!

I know my blog sometimes seems completely random.  But it actually does have a bit of structure:

  • I post recipes at the beginning of the week, usually on Monday.
  • I do most reviews/giveaways on Tuesday, unless I’m double booked for the week or the sponsor requires a different date.
  • Wednesday is wide open. This Wednesday is an organizing post, but next week could be home decor, or a sponsored post.
  • On Thursday night my Friday Favorites party is posted. And sometimes earlier in the day, I may have something else, particularly if I didn’t get a chance to post on Wednesday.
  • And then the weekend is generally reserved for sponsored posts that might come up.

So as you can see it’s pretty flexible, but it still gives me that little bit of structure that I need to get things done and be half way organized.

You can also print out your own monthly calendars.  I shared some cute ones here the other day.  Or consider printing out of these blog planners.

Now for just a few more tips:

Outlook Calendar

Use online calendars.  My email service is Outlook/Windows Live (also known as Hotmail).  I add upcoming projects to my calendar, due dates for sponsored posts, as well as reminders to contact people.

I could seriously write an entire series of posts on how great the Outlook calendar is.  But for the purposes of this post, I will tell you that my favorite thing about it is that you can set up your calendar so that alerts come to your email, as well as your Iphone or other mobile device.  The alerts are great, because a calendar alone just sits there–if you don’t look at it, it is useless, but if something pops up in my email or chimes on my phone I will see it.  And that is what I need!

Keep a sponsor notebook.  Aside from any accounting that you may do on your computer or using paperwork, I suggest keeping a simple notebook for writing down your upcoming projects.  I just have basic 70 page notebook.  And I write the month at the top of the page, and as I get chosen for a campaign or contacted by a sponsor, I make a simple note, such as “T-shirts.com – Rev/Giveaway.”

This just serves as a list to-do list, and it helps to keep me on task  And I’ve even referred back to this list to help  me verify my Paypal transactions when I do my accounting.

Come up with a balanced routine.  I can’t really give advice on this because I struggle with this a lot!  I would love to be the person that writes at this time, and answers emails at this time, and always comments, and always tweets, etc. But I just haven’t got a system down for this yet.  Maybe it will happen this year!

One thing that I’m going to TRY and do is come up with a sort of  “check list” of things I need to do each week.  It would be similar to the printable blog planners, but it would mostly revolve around networking and other tasks and sometimes get thrown on the backburner.

I’m also using this article as an inspiration: 4 Steps to Better Blogging Time Mangement from Amy Lynn Andrews. (Love her!)

Do you have any tips for better blog organizing? Or tips on keeping a balanced routine?  If so, I’d love to hear them in the comments!

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I’m linking up at Tidy Mom and these parties.

Free Printable 2013 Calendars

For me, January is all about organizing and setting new goals for the year.  I like to re-access the things I did last year, see what went right and what went wrong.  Then I like to set goals for the new year.  And above all I see it as I time organize.  And by organize, I mean everything from coming up with an organized plan to meet my goals, to decluttering and re- organizing my kitchen cabinets, to getting a new calendar and planner for the year.  For today I’ve got 5 free printable 2013 calendars for you!  Just click the link below each one to get the full calendar and print it out.  These are great for your desk and fridge, and they’re also stylish and cute.  Hope you enjoy!

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Friday Favorites – Week 148 – Featuring Blog Planners

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Happy New Year everyone! Friday Favorites is back after a little holiday break!  Today apart from linking up your current projects and recipes, I’d love to invite you to link up your favorite posts or favorite post round-ups of 2012.  I always enjoy looking back at everything I did over the course of the year.  It’s also fun to see which posts got the most hits, comments, etc!

I have to apologize that there are no features for today’s party.  After doing a little research, I learned that the latest version of WordPress is currently experiencing some problems; that is, it is deleting some script codes such as the Linky Tools code when you schedule your posts ahead of time.  For this reason, last week’s party didn’t not include the linky, and I was out all day and didn’t realize the mistake till it was too late.  Oops!

But to make it up for it, I’m re-sharing these fun, printable blog planners that I shared last year.  If you’re hope to get more organized with your blogging 2013, these will certainly help! [Read more…]

Poppin. $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway

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Although everyone is overwhelmed with the holidays right now, I can’t help but think ahead to organizing for next year! That’s why I am excited to bring you today’s giveaway, which can help you to get your home office stocked  up and organized. Poppin is an online office supply store that offers an array of bright, items that really pop, to get you working happy!

Poppin everything from gel pens and writing pads to binders, clipboards, scissors, and more, to help you to get to work in your home office or send you child back to school in style. [Read more…]

Office Organizing at World Market and the Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes

As many of you know, I love a nicely organized room, and I love shopping for tools to help me get organized.  Today I’m sharing some things I recently found over at World Market that can help you to get your office, craft room, or homeschool organized!

 1. Jayden Metal Shelf Units  2. Tree-Free Magazine Holder  3. Suzani Padfolio

4. Owen Desk Cubby Natura  5. Madras Desk Accessories  6. Hayden Organize Baskets

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Easy Mod Podge Canister

As I went to work on my post for the Ultimate Blog Party that’s happening later this week, I added a collage photo which included a picture of this canister, BUT when I went to find a link to the post where I shared the canister, I didn’t find it. WHAT? That’s weird! I have the pictures of the canister filed under “Projects Already Posted.”  Could I have possibly made a mistake and mis-filed it, thinking I’d posted it, when I hadn’t?  I must be getting old! Haha!

So anyway here is a sort of  impromptu tutorial for this mod podge canister!

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Craft Organizing Ideas

 


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Have you visited Houzz? It’s a place where design experts share off their portfolios in design, decor, and remodels, and it’s a great place for homeowners and design enthusiasts to go look for designers in their area or look for ideas and products for their own interior design.

If you’re thinking of starting a new home decor project, or if you just like looking at other people’s photos and ideas, you can sign up at the site, and add your favorite photos to your own idea book so that you can come back and look at them any time!

They have design ideas for every room in the house as well as the exterior, but I decided to check out their ideas for craft organizing!

I’m always dreaming of new ways to organize and store my jewelry and craft making supplies and Houzz has ideas ranging from the most simple and “shoe string” budget ideas to the more elaborate and pricey.

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For an example of the simple, I love these jars featuring chalk board labels. They’re simple and cute. (And chalk board stuff is very popular right now!)

 

 

 

I also love this cubby organizer. I like the idea of using different slots for you items.  This is also great for someone like me because it goes up on the wall. And I also love the vintage appeal!

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And here’s another wall organizer. I love how versatile this rack is! As you can see she has a place for everything from spools of ribbon to scissors, paint brushes, and even jars filled with supplies! Printing labels on rhino label rolls can give everything a specific place to be kept too!

 

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And here’s a great idea for turning a walk in closet  into a craft storage haven.

 

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And here’s a great work space! Doesn’t it look cozy?  I would love to have my desk surrounded by all these great organizers! I also love her little corner shelf that’s filled with rubber stamps!

 

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And I just love this room! It’s looks so chic and very clean, especially for a craft room! I also love the colors and the great storage options.

 

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 And another great craft room I would love to have a craft wall like this one. Everything looks so neat,and I love the how they used the black and white with the bold yellow here.
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Getting Organized: Spice Racks

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A new year is the perfect time to get organized! At the start of the new year, I always like to reorganize my cabinets.  To get started, it helps to have organizers such as kitchen spice racks.



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SpiceRackSource  has a variety of spice racks to fit everyone’s diverse organizing styles. I have a “lazy suzie”  style of spice rack like the one above. It holds a lot of spices without taking up a lot of room, and it rotates so that you can easily find everything your looking for without shuffling bottles and jars.

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I also love this spice rack with pull out trays for all your spices. And unlike others that I’ve seen of this type, this one also has a pull out tray for measuring spoons and cups! Very convenient.

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Finally I wanted to highlight this “ferris wheel” spice rack. I love this one for its rotating feature too, and I think I think it would be a great alternative to the lazy suzie style.


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Disclsoure: This is a paid post. The opinions are my own.