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How to Use Binders to Stay Organized

By on May 15, 2017

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The organizing system that I use in our home consists mostly of binders rather than files. The binder that I use regularly is a home management binder. Both my home management binder and the other binders I utilize keep all of the information that I need on a regular basis easily accessible and at my fingertips.

Using a home management binder can be helpful in keeping your daily life organized. I previously wrote about utilizing one in a previous post entitled, Using a Home Management Binder. This system works well, but sometimes the amount that you need to include in your binder can cause it to burst at the seams. That’s where multiple binders come into play to help organize your important and frequently accessed paperwork.

Using binders to organize your life saves you time from having to dig through the filing cabinet. The binders can take up residence in the room that they are being used in most frequently. How can you use binders to help you stay organized?

Binder Supplies 

  • Multiple binders in various sizes depending on what you’re storing in the binder. I like to choose different colors in a variety of sizes so that I know what I’m reaching for by the color and size.
  • Dividers should include some with pockets for items that can’t be punched to store in the binder.
  • Top loading sheet protectors for important documents that you can’t punch or to use a dry erase cover for binder pages that you use daily or weekly (daily planner; cleaning schedule; menu planner).
  • Hole punch
  • Label maker

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Home Management Binder

  • Yearly Calendar –  An overview of the entire year.
  • Weekly Planner – Keep track of what you need to complete during the week.
  • To Do – Your to-do list can be kept weekly, monthly or yearly.
  • Cleaning – A cleaning schedule that lists each task and the day that you complete it. You can also keep seasonal cleaning lists of things that need to be completed around your home.
  • Home Projects – A master list of the home projects that you want to complete.
  • Contacts – Contact information for friends, family, and neighbors.
  • Website User Names and Passwords – A list of your usernames, passwords, and the email associated with the sites that you access for personal use.

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Menu/Recipe Binder

  • Shopping List – A list of what you need to purchase for your weekly meal plan.
  • Meal Prep – Plan out your meal prep for the week. If you map out several weeks at a time, you can then rotate the weeks for a variation.
  • Favorite Recipes – To help with your food prep, keep your favorite recipes in your binder, so they are easily accessible.
  • Recipes to Try – A list of recipes that you would like to try. You can add them to your meal prep rotation.
  • Kitchen and Freezer Inventory – A list of what you have in your pantry and freezer so you can incorporate items into your weekly meal plan, and use things promptly.

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Finance/Budget Binder

  • Bills/Stamps – Store the bills that need to be paid in a pocket divider along with a book of stamps so you can send them out when you need to.
  • Bill Tracker/Checklist –  Bills that you have to pay and the dates that they are due. Check them off as you pay them each month.
  • Account Information – Your bank account information and the account information for the bills that you pay each month.
  • Debt Management – If you are paying down your debt, keep track of your debt payoff so you can see your progress.
  • Donations – Donations that you make each year, along with the receipts.
  • Expense Tracker – Your daily/weekly/monthly expenses.
  • Legal Documents – Copies of legal documents such as your will, power of attorney, loan documents, and safety deposit box information. (The originals should be kept in a safe location such as a fireproof safe.)
  • Property Records – A copy of your mortgage, deed, and property tax information. (The originals should be kept in a safe location such as a fireproof safe.)
  • Retirement Planning – Information about your retirement plan and login information for easy access.
  • Tax Information – When it’s tax time, don’t go searching for all of the documents and receipts that you need. If you keep them in your binder, they will be easy to find when you need them.

Manuals/Warranties Binder

  • Manuals and Warranties – Keep these in the binder along with receipts of purchase and receipts of any work that has been completed. Heavy duty top-loading sheet protectors can be used to store the manuals.
  • Car Maintenance Log – Keep a log of the maintenance on each of your cars.
  • Home Maintenance Log – Keep a log for the maintenance that you have done on your home.

Medical Binder

(Keep a section for each of your family members.)

  • Insurance Information – Copies of insurance cards/information.
  • Medical Information – List of doctors, medical conditions, surgeries, and other medical histories.
  • Health Tracker – If a member of your family has an ongoing medical condition, track their health each day.
  • Medication Trackers – List of medications and what they’re for, dosages, and refill dates.

Birthdays and Anniversaries Binder

  • Important Dates – A page that lists the birthdays and anniversaries for your family and friends.
  • Cards – Either keep a small stash to send out or buy cards for the month and store them in the dividers with pockets. You can have one divider per month.
  • Contact Information – A list of personal contact information that includes addresses of those you would send the cards.
  • Stamps – Keep a book of stamps in your binder so you don’t have to search for them when you need them.

Holiday Binder

  • Holiday Date Page – A printout of the dates for the yearly holidays.
  • Decor – Plan out your decor for the upcoming holiday along with the dates of when you are going to decorate and put things away.
  • Meals – A detailed plan of what you’re planning for your holiday meal, along with the recipes that you will need, and a guest list.
  • Gifts – A list of who you are buying for, gift ideas, sizes, and order information.

Fitness Binder

  • Fitness Schedule – Track what your goals are and what you’ve completed each day.
  • Water Tracker – Make sure that you are getting enough water each day.
  • Measurement Info – Keep your measurements so you can track your fitness progress each week.
  • Food Journal – A journal of your meal plan and what you’re eating each day.

School Binder

(Keep an entire binder or a section in one binder for each of your kiddos.)

  • Information from school – Keep information from the school, and your child’s teacher(s), including website information, and class syllabi, so it is easy to access.
  • Schedule – A sheet that keeps track of your kid’s practices, and school activities.

Blog Binder

  • Blogging Content Planner  – Plan out your posts using a content planner to detail your ideas. You can also brainstorm future blog post ideas.
  • Editorial Calendar – Track your upcoming posts and stats for your blog and social media posts.
  • Income and Expenses – Separate pages for your blog and business expenses and income.
  • User Names and Passwords – A list of the usernames and passwords associated with your blog and business.
  • Contacts – A list of business contact information.
  • To-Do List – A list of items that you need to accomplish, or goals that you would like to achieve.

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Multiple binders can help you organize your important and frequently accessed paperwork. Determine what binders will work for you and put them together to help keep important items easy to access.

Until next time,

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How to Put Together a Work Tote That Works for You

By on May 11, 2017

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A work tote can be essential if your job takes you outside of the home. When I was teaching, I carried a tote back and forth every day. I need to be sure that I had everything that I needed for the work day. My latest tote was a rolling backpack that did the job but didn’t cause undue stress on my shoulders and back.

Whether you work at a job outside of the home or work from home, you often need a work tote to carry all of your daily necessities. Putting together a work tote is a personal experience based on your needs. You don’t want to carry too much as it will get heavy after carrying it for a while. However, you also need to consider what you will need during the day while you are away from home. How can you make your work bag work for you?

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Laptop or Digital Device

Much of our daily work lives are connected to a laptop or digital device. Your work tote should have room to carry it if this is something that you need to use each day.

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Notebook or Journal

There are times when you need to jot down information that is necessary later. Carrying a small notebook or journal can keep everything in one place so you can refer to it later.

Working File

If you have items that you carry back and forth with you between work and home, you may want to consider getting a heavy duty file or file system that can hold them. This way, they will not get ruined in transport.

Small Bag with Personal Items

Consider what your needs are throughout the day. Pack a small bag with personal items such as lip balm, and a nail file/kit. Tailor your bag to what you use on a daily basis. Personally, I also carry essential oils, so I have them when I need them.

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Carry your favorite pens, highlighters, and sticky notes with you in another small bag. You can also add electronic accessories that you will need such as a phone or laptop charger.

Umbrella

Sometimes the weather makes a change during the day. Be prepared by carrying a small travel umbrella in your bag, so it’s there if you need it.

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Putting together your work tote is a personal experience based on your needs. Choose a bag that you like, and that works for you, and consider what you will need during the day. Make your work bag work for you.

Until next time,

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How to Run a Successful Garage Sale

By on May 8, 2017

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When the weather begins to warm up, thoughts start to turn to garage sales. There are so many that pop up around town; in particular on the weekends. Attending a garage sale is easy; you find the garage sales that you want to visit and stop in to see what type of treasures it holds for you. Holding a garage sale is an entirely different matter. It takes hours to set up because you need to organize and price items, so you are ready for sale day. There are several things that you can do to make your garage sale run smoothly.

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Start with an online pricing guide.

There are several pricing guide options if you search for them online. Pricing guides help to give you a gauge for pricing your items. Knowing what to price each item can take quite a bit of your time if you aren’t sure what to ask for it. There is a garage sale pricing guide here that is rather comprehensive.

garage sale, yard sale, salePrice all of your items.

You should price all of your items, so customers don’t have to ask you what something costs. If there is a line, people will often avoid it and leave instead of waiting to ask you. If you have similar items, a well-placed sign will work just as well as marking each of the items individually. Keep in mind that people will haggle the price. If there are items that you don’t want to sell too cheaply, increase the asking price by about 15%-20%, knowing that the sale price will probably end about where you want it to.

Organize items by item type.

Just like in a store, items should be placed by item type, so they are easy to find. You certainly wouldn’t look for kitchen items in the hardware department. Keep your customers in mind as you set things up as to how they will shop your sale.

Greet your customers.

It’s helpful to greet your customers with a “hello” and a smile. People are more willing to talk to you about sale items if they perceive you as friendly and welcoming rather than cold and distant.

Don’t make customers dig for sale items.

It is best to display your items, if at all possible. Sometimes, due to space, you need to put items in boxes or bins. If this is something you need to do, make sure that you group like items by type in each box or container. Also, don’t make customers dig for sale items. It will deter them from wanting to buy things if they can’t see what you have to offer.

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Ensure that you have the money to make change for customers.

Before the garage sale, make sure that you get coins and smaller bills to make change for your shoppers. You don’t want to be given a larger currency and not be able to finalize the purchase because you can’t give them change. A calculator is also helpful to add up the purchases and make accurate change.

garage sale, yard sale, saleHave a stash of bags to put the sold items into after the sale.

If a customer buys multiple items, you can’t expect that they will be able to carry them out without help. Having a stash of bags will contain the items so they can easily carry them to their car. Smaller boxes will also help with some of the bigger items. Keep newspaper, tissue, or smaller paper bags on hand to wrap more delicate items so they don’t break.

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A garage sale is a good way to eliminate some of the items from your home while also making some money in the process. Implementing the above items can help ensure that your garage sale will run more smoothly. Set it up, get ready to go, and open your doors for business. You’ll be a garage sale pro in no time.

Until next time,

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How to Keep Your Home Office or Studio Organized

By on May 1, 2017

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After our children started to move out on their own, I was fortunate enough to claim one of their rooms for a studio office. I have been able to add my own personal touch and make the space truly my own. I spend a lot of time in my studio office and I wanted something that was warm and inviting especially since many hours of my day are spent in there.

If you have a designated home office or home studio, you are indeed lucky. Even if you just have a corner that is an office or a studio (craft) space, it is important to stay on top of keeping it organized, so it doesn’t become a dumping ground. You can also add your personal touch. So, how do you keep your home office or studio organized? Let’s start with some basics.

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 Filing System

Create a designated space, within your work area, for papers that need immediate action. This could be a small file box or a folder that houses these items.

Establish a larger filing system for papers you need to keep, but won’t access every day. This could be a file drawer in your desk or a filing cabinet. Either way, have a designated spot to store important papers that you will need to access later.

Home Management Binder

In another post, Using a Home Management Binder, I spoke about the items to keep in a home management binder. This should be your go-to for the important information that relates to you, your family members, and your household. Keeping this information in one place saves you the time searching for it later.

Label Maker

If you haven’t taken the plunge to purchase a label maker, you may want to consider it. It keeps your files and other items that need to be labeled looked clean and streamlined. There is multiple colored label tape that you can purchase to add a pop of color to your files and other items.

Bookshelves

A bookshelf isn’t just for books. You can use it to store items, as well as add your own personal touch to your space with decorative items.

Alternative Storage

Bins, baskets, and other containers can be helpful in storing smaller items that need a home. That doesn’t mean that they should be stuffed with all of the things that you want to hide or deal with later. Instead, use each one for a specific item. A few categories could be: notecards, envelopes, office supplies, and notebooks, to name a few.

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Infuse Your Own Style

It’s your space, so infuse your own personal style. Add a fun pen/pencil holder, funky file folders, or a fun planner. You could also add some of your own personal items for a fun and unique touch.

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Keeping your home office or home studio organized makes it much more pleasant to work in without all of the added clutter. Personalize your space to make it your own and don’t be afraid to make adjustments to it if something isn’t working for you. Overall, enjoy the space that you have created.

Until next time,

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How to Keep Your Email Inbox Organized

By on April 27, 2017

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One of the goals that I have set for myself is to clean out my inbox as much as possible by the end of each day. On some days, I am successful. On other days, not so much. However, I continue to keep this daily goal so my inbox doesn’t get out of control.

Does your email inbox seem to have taken on a life of its own? In today’s digital age, email communication is in use on a daily basis and, at times, it can seem overwhelming. There are multiple ways that you can simplify your email feed and tame the clutter in your inbox.

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Email Inbox Folders

You need to treat your inbox just like you would manage a to-do list. The items that live in your inbox should be only the things that need immediate attention. Other emails need to be taken care of promptly to keep your inbox clean.

Once you have completed whatever action is necessary for each email, you need to move it out of your inbox by either deleting the email or moving it to another location. It’s the same as crossing an item off of your to-do list.

You can easily solve this problem by creating folders for emails that you want to keep. The folder headings could be as simple as home and work, or you can create personal labels that fit the emails that come into your inbox.

By taking care of the emails that come into your inbox on a consistent basis, your inbox then includes only the emails that need your prompt attention; just like the items on a to-do list.

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Email Services

Unroll.me, and Sortd are both online email services, and another way to clean up your inbox of unwanted email.

Unroll.me is a free service that allows you to unsubscribe from the emails that you don’t want, and combine the emails of your choice into a “roll-up” that is delivered once a day.

Sortd works inside of Google and allows you to keep track of emails and to-dos in your inbox. It has a column layout that allows you to personalize the names of the columns. When an email comes into your inbox, you can click and drag the email into the appropriate column. Emails can be ordered, in the column, by the level of importance.

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The to-do and follow-up columns are pre-set although you can change the name of both of them. You can add additional columns and personalize them to your needs.

Unsubscribe

It’s your inbox. If you don’t want certain emails in your inbox, get rid of them by unsubscribing from them. It takes a few minutes, but it’s worth the time not to have the unwanted email in your inbox.

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Since email communication is used on a daily basis, it can seem overwhelming. There are various ways that you can simplify your inbox, so it includes only the important emails that need your attention. Simplify your email feed and tame the clutter in your inbox by taking back your inbox and making it work for you.

Until next time,

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How to Keep a Memory Journal

By on April 24, 2017

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At the beginning of this year, I started keeping a memory journal. I purchased a dated planner and filled in each day with memories, embellishments, and pictures. It has been a peaceful way to end each day and I don’t know why I didn’t start sooner.

With social media, such as Facebook and Instagram, it is easy to document what you are doing with family and friends. But, other than the pictures and a caption, what else do you remember from those memorable events that you have chosen to share?

Keeping a memory journal allows you to keep more details about what happens each day that you wouldn’t necessarily share on social media. Maintaining a memory journal doesn’t have to be expensive. There are many memory journal systems out there. Although beautiful, they can be pricey. There are several ways that you can keep a memory journal without it costing a lot of money.

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Planner

An undated or dated planner can be used as a memory journal. It gives you space each day to keep a record of what happened, and what you were thinking or feeling. Adding photos or embellishments, such as stickers, can give your memory journal an added boost of color and visual interest.

Notebook

There are so many beautiful journals that are available today. Rifle Paper Company and Target have notebooks that would be excellent to fill with your daily memories.

Bullet Journal

Bullet journals are relatively new on the journaling scene. They are a more concise way to keep track of your daily activities. You can keep track of events and memories using bullet points and short sentences to record them. Some notebooks and journals are available with grid instead of lined paper.

Online Journal

In today’s age of technology, many online journals and apps allow you to keep a memory planner. Some of them are very flexible and, you can add pictures and other digital embellishments. You can then print them out and store them in a pretty notebook or binder.

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Purchases for Your Memory Journal

If you are looking to take your memory journal to the next level, there are several things that you can buy to give it more than just the words on the page.

There are multiple types of pens that you can use in your memory journal. Flair Pens come in various colors and are great to use while you are planning and journaling. If black is your chosen ink color, you can order a box of twelve.

Printable sticker paper gives you the option of printing out photos from your online photo album. It comes in both matte and glossy depending on your preference. You can then cut them out using a paper trimmer and add them to your memory journal

If cutting out individual photos isn’t something that you want to do, HP Sprocket and Polaroid Zip are both portable photo printers that can easily be used in for memory journaling. Both print out pictures via Bluetooth from your phone. They would be great to take along when you’re traveling so you can print out pictures, and memory plan on the go.

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Keeping a memory journal allows you to keep details, and pictures of what you do each day and doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Instead, use what speaks to you and make it your own.

Until next time,

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How to Get Started on Your Organizing Journey and a Free Printable

By on April 17, 2017

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My organizing journey started just before I became a teenager. I went into my room one weekend and didn’t come out until it was completely cleaned and organized. Since then, I have strived to keep things organized and utilize the systems that we have put in place.

Organizing can be a scary word. It can evoke feelings of fear and panic especially when you don’t know where to begin. It’s easier to admit defeat than to try to figure out where to begin.

Most organizing plans fall through because people don’t create a system or keep up the system that they have initially established. To begin your organizing journey, you have to commit to wanting to be organized and be willing to maintain the systems that you put into place. 

People take the time to accomplish cleaning their home each week. Keeping their home organized is another story. It is not a difficult task, but many people put it off. It’s so much easier to shut the drawer, or door than to tackle what sits behind it.

You need to give some serious thought about where you want to begin. What are your organizational goals? What is the most important task for you to complete first?  Are you willing to make a commitment to maintain the systems that you put into place?

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Your Organizing Journey

To start, you first need to create a plan of what you would like to organize. Each of these specific areas become your organizational goals. Like any goal, you must take steps to achieve it.

1. Write down your organizational goals. What do you want to see organized? List each of the items or areas that are important for you to tackle.

2. For each of the organizational goals, create an action plan. There could be multiple steps that you need to reach the target that you have set. What are the steps that you need to take to achieve your goal? What items do you need to make this happen? During this time, you should be honest with yourself. If you aren’t using something, it’s time to get rid of it by giving it away, donating it, or selling it.

3. Implement each organizing goal by taking the action to achieve it. Working toward each goal could take some time. Follow the steps that you have created so you can accomplish it and not get frustrated in the process. Start small so you can easily maintain what you have worked so hard to achieve.

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To get you started, I’ve included a free organization plan printable.  Click on the image of the Organization Plan to join and get access to your free printable.

 

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Get started on your organizing journey, today. List out your organizational goals and create an action plan to implement each of those goals. Once you have done that, create a solid routine that will help keep you organized. Once you have an established routine, organizing won’t seem so scary.

Until next time,

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Using a Home Management Binder and a Free Printable

By on April 13, 2017
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One of the things that I use on a daily basis is my home management binder. It contains my weekly planner and all of the information that I need to access on a daily basis.
A home management binder is not a new idea. However, it can be helpful to keep track of anything and everything home related. It helps to keep relevant information in one useful place that can be easily accessed and will be a valuable, go-to resource.
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Using a binder, dividers, clear sheet protectors, and the items listed below, you can create a home management binder that you can tailor to your needs.

What to Include in Your Binder –

  • Calendar – Keep track of what you need to complete during the week.
  • Schedules – A sheet that keeps track of your family’s appointments, practices, and school activities.
  • To Do – Your to-do list can be kept weekly, monthly or yearly.
  • Cleaning – A cleaning schedule that lists each task and the day that you complete it.
  • Finances – A bill tracker of bills that you have to pay and the dates that they are due.
  • Menu Planning – 
    • Meal Prep – Plan out your meal prep for the week. If you map out several weeks at a time, you can then rotate the weeks for a variation.
    • Favorite Recipes – To help with your food prep, keep your favorite recipes in your binder, so they are easily accessible.
    • Recipes to Try – A list of recipes that you would like to try. You can add them to your meal prep rotation.
  • Freezer Inventory – A list of what you have in your freezer so you can use things promptly.
  • Home Projects – A master list of the home projects that you want to complete.
  • School – Information about school for each of your kids.
  • Medical – Insurance information, medical and medication trackers for each of your family members.
  • Contacts – Contact information for friends, family, and neighbors.
  • Birthdays and Anniversaries – Important dates for your family and friends.
  • Website User Names and Passwords – A list of your usernames, passwords, and the email associated with the sites that you use.
  • Fitness Tracker – Track your fitness schedule and what you’ve completed each day.
  • Holiday Planner – Planning for an upcoming holiday for decor, meals, and gifts, if needed.
  • Blogging – A blogging planner and calendar of upcoming posts and stats for the blog and social media.

 Free Printable

To get you started, I’ve included a free weekly printable.  You can use it as your weekly calendar, keep track of your schedule, track your cleaning tasks, weekly menu planning, and things that you need to complete during the week. Click on the image of the Weekly Planner to join and get access to your free printable.

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Utilizing a home management binder will help to keep track of anything and everything home related in one place. It will be a valuable, go-to resource that will help to keep you organized.

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How to Efficiently Change Out Your Seasonal Clothing

By on April 10, 2017

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Changing out my clothing each season used to be a chore that I dreaded. I had large totes that I stored the clothes in. The clothes for the most recent season would be moved into my closet and I would pack last season’s clothes back into the totes and haul them down to our basement level to store them. I was making more work for myself than I needed and eventually streamlined the process.

Changing out your seasonal clothing can be a chore, but it doesn’t have to be. There are several easy things that you can do to make it easier to accomplish.

1. Keep year-round items as a mainstay in your dresser or closet.

Instead of changing out your lighter weight clothing, keep it in your closet or dresser year-round. Things such as t-shirts, lightweight sweaters, and pants should have a permanent home so they don’t need to be moved when your clothing is changed out.

2. Keep your seasonal clothing close at hand.

It may seem convenient to tuck your seasonal clothing away in clear totes and put them away in an unused closet or storage area. However, it makes it very difficult to easily access the items when you need them or you’re changing out your clothing. It is better to pare down your wardrobe so you have the essential items you need. That will also make it easier to change things out when it comes time to do so.

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3. Keep a dresser for seasonal items.

If you have the space for it, keep your seasonal items in a dresser so you can easily access them throughout the year. When you’re planning a vacation to a different climate, you don’t want to have to dig through bins that you have stored away. It is easier to keep them in an area that is close at hand.

4. Utilize that cedar chest or cedar closet.

Many times, a cedar chest or cedar closet is under-utilized. It is a storage space for items that are not used frequently. Instead, use your cedar chest or cedar closet for your woolen items and heavy sweaters.

5. Take the opportunity to donate items.

If there is clothing that you haven’t worn in a while, take the opportunity to donate it. The items can be used by someone else, and you don’t have to move them with each season.

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Utilizing the space that you have readily available is important to efficiently store and change out your seasonal clothing. Implementing some of the ideas that are listed can make it easier to accomplish.

Until next time,

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How to Remain Clutter Free

By on April 3, 2017

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One of my daily goals is to clear the clutter around our home before I go to bed each night. It is important to me to utilize the organizing systems that we have in place to complete this. I am able to rest easier knowing that I don’t have to face it the next day.

Working to remain clutter free can be an overwhelming task. It certainly doesn’t have to be. There are several things that you can do to stay on top of the clutter.

Give all of your items a home.

One of the easiest ways to get overwhelmed with clutter is to have items that don’t have a permanent home. Everything in your world should have a place where it is stored. If it doesn’t, you need to question how important it is to you and what purpose it serves.

Spend 10-15 minutes each day tackling the clutter.

Take 10-15 minutes each day to stay on top of the clutter in your home. Put the items away in their respective homes. Taking the time to do this each day will save you time at the end of the week when you’re trying to take care of everything.

When an item comes in your home, another item must leave.

Just because the items that you have are organized does not mean that you should get more stuff. If an item comes into your home, another item should be leaving. When you buy that fabulous blouse that you just have to have, another item of clothing that you don’t wear as frequently should be removed out of your drawer or closet. Not only does this save space, but it also avoids having a cluttered mess that you have to contend with each day.

Donate, recycle, or toss items that no longer serve a purpose in your life.

If you have items that you are no longer using, consider donating, recycling, or tossing them. It doesn’t make sense to hang onto something that you are no longer using.

Doing these things can help you to stay on top of the clutter that invades your home. Working to pare down the clutter, as well as devoting time each day to stay on top of it will help you to remain clutter free.

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