So, it seems like everybody's talking about Marie Kondo right now. While I don't agree with all of her methods, I fully endorse the notion of decluttering items in categories. It is impossible to know how many books (for example) you have, and want to store if you only sort the ones in a single room. I also love her enthusiasm and encouraging attitude!
Have you been dying to "tidy up" your home? Or are you simply curious to discover what this KonMari method is all about? You could be in luck! I am giving away a copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. If you would like to be entered into the drawing to win this copy, head over to my Facebook page, www.facebook.com/simplyorganizednw, and take ONE or more of the following actions, and let me know in the comments that you're interested!
1) Share this post.
2) Tag a friend.
3) Comment with what category of stuff in your home, you are ready to get organized.
The winner's name will be randomly chosen on Thursday, February 7th at 5pm and notified via Facebook message. I will happily mail this book out to the lucky winner by the following Monday!
I'm looking forward to hearing from YOU! 😃
Completed a fun Friday project putting together an emergency kit for my mom to keep in her car. It makes me happy to use my organizing experience and enthusiasm to help my family too!!
Do you have an emergency kit?
....because EVERY DAY is a great time to get organized!
Let's jump on the train of momentum that the new year brings. This display at my local Michaels just made my heart happy! Those rolling carts in the foreground are one of my favorite types of storage. They also have great ones at Ikea and The Container Store. They are so versatile. You could use it for crafts, beverages, homework supplies, tools, etc. I've included pics of the two I have in my house right now. How would YOU use one of these carts in your home? Please share in the comments!
Time for a quick pep talk! Do you ever hear a little voice in your head? You know, the one that’s been telling you that you aren’t an organized person? You've tried to get organized in the past and it didn’t work. Well, that simply IS NOT TRUE! Tell that little voice to “shut it!”.
The right system for you is out there….you just haven’t met it yet!
November 15th is America Recycles Day!! Any day this week, bring the electronics you're ready to let go of to a local Staples and get a coupon for $10 off! Sometimes getting organized pays YOU!
I do this one regularly, but realized I’ve never shared it. After you are done taking notes in your paper notebook, save them into Evernote! Now they can be searched later. You don’t have to choose one or the other...paper or electronic. You can have the benefits of both!! 👍😊
Did you know it's National Preparedness Month? Fall always feels like the right time to get ready. The weather is turning iffy, and the kids are heading back to school. Are you ready if you get stuck at the side of the road, the power goes out in your home, or you need to quickly leave your home? What would you take with you, and do you have any supplies on hand? I want to share what I do for myself and family, and how you can be prepared too.
Today I'll start off with vehicle emergency kits. Check out the pics below of the ones I keep in our car and truck. Here are my top 7 tips to get started:
1. Pack a kit for every vehicle you own.
2. Store the kit inside your vehicle at.all.times. for easy access.
3. Choose a container or bag that will fit in your vehicle and can hold all your needed items. Bonus points if it is easily portable!
4. Emergency supplies and food can be found affordably at your local dollar store, grocery store, and Fred Meyer/Target.
5. Make a list of what you need and how much of it, for yourself and your family.
6. Set a reminder in your paper planner or online calendar to check over these supplies 2x/year. This will avoid expiring food and remind you to restock items that have been used. I just set this up on my Google calendar and it is a game changer!
7. Ready.gov and FEMA.gov are excellent online resources for supply lists to get you started.
I'm considering filming a video on what's inside my kit and where I get it. Would you find that helpful? Let me know in the comments!
Day 2 of Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred happened. When do those endorphins kick in?? I’m still waiting...
Meanwhile, I need the accountability, so I’m embarking on what I’m calling the Trifecta of Awesome for the next 30 days. I’m obviously not a fan of waiting until the 1st to begin. 😉 Check out the July Clutter Independence Challenge for more inspiration. Let’s get our whole lives organized together! In the next 30 days I’ll be sharing what I’m doing to keep all the stuff, nutrition and fitness organized. Because life is too short for it to be anything but Awesome! Who’s with me?? 😀👍
It’s official...the July Clutter Independence Challenge is complete!!
Look at all those bags ready for donation. Great job everyone! It is incredible what a difference one bag a day decluttered can make in your life. So, how did it go? What have you made room for in your life? I would love to hear it!! Please let me know in the comments if you enjoyed this series and /or would like to see more challenges like this in the future.
Today doesn’t have to be the end...every day is a good day to let go of things you no longer need, use or love.
It’s Day 27 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge!
We’re in the home stretch now. This is the last official day. I will wrap us up tomorrow. As you may recall, we didn’t start this challenge on the 1st of July. That’s ok, we’re seeking progress, not perfection! Today is the day to look for any clutter in your vehicles 🚗. I have done this recently, so thought I’d provide inspiration with some useful things I like to keep in our car.
Comment below if you’d like to know more about them!😊
Day 26 is here in the July Clutter Independence Challenge!
Let’s take a look at your outdoor space. This may include a garage, tool shed, or decor you use outside. I ventured into the garage where most of the things stored there are used by my husband. And, we don’t want to declutter other peoples’ stuff without them. So, in his absence, I chose to declutter my plant pots that have been multiplying out there. Wow! There were a lot more than I thought.
What outdoor space will you declutter today?
We’ve made it to Day 25 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge!
Are you still with me?? Today is all about toys. Whether you have kids or are just a kid at heart😀...let’s declutter those toys! Our 12 year old son is ready for these guys to find a new home.
Please share what you find today!
Day 24 is here in the July Clutter Independence Challenge!
Today is all about accessories. This may mean purses, jewelry, hair stuff, or scarves. For me, I knew I had surplus nail polish, hair ties and that pair of shoes I’ve been keeping, but just never wear. Take a look at the category you need to give a little TLC. You know which one! 😉
Please share in the comments what you let go today.
Day 23 is here in the July Clutter Independence Challenge! I do not have a bag to share with you today. Today is all about decluttering your computer files, email inbox, and paperwork. Pick one, or work on all 3 areas if you are feeling motivated. Clearing out my email inbox is especially satisfying! If you would like help with your paperwork, ask me about my paper organizing workshops!
It’s Day 22 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge!
Let’s take a look at all those electronic cords and accessories. Somehow they always multiply in the drawer. Here’s a before and after of the electronic charging cords in our desk drawer. This is a way more interesting than the bag of 5! extra cords we had living there. Those will definitely be heading out of here! This was the perfect opportunity to try out these fun cord labels, too. 😀
Do your cords multiply when your back is turned? How do you keep them under control?
Day 21 has arrived in the July Clutter Independence Challenge!
It’s our last day in the kitchen. So peek into those drawers and cabinets that you may not have gotten into on previous days. I’ve got a motley crew today. We have a water bottle, coffee mug, some expired spices, paper plates and popcorn 🍿 containers that we just never use. Please share what items you find today! 👍
#julyclutterindependencechallenge #simplyorganizednw #onebagatatime #miscellaneousgoods #popcornyummy
Day 20 is here in the July Clutter Independence Challenge!
Today is the day to dive into your cutlery, glassware, dishes and pots. I didn’t think I would find much here. But, yet again, I have a bag of donations. Stray glasses, cute glass canister that I never use, and fun small casserole dishes are all leaving today.
Share what you find in the comments!
It’s Day 19 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge!
Let’s do some more work in the kitchen. Today I am taking a look at all the bakeware and any decor. Here is my bag for donation. A cooling rack for an appliance we no longer own, and unused pans are some of the item heading out the door. Let’s have a new kind of bake sale! 😜
We’ve made it to Day 18 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge!
I am dedicating the next 4 days to the kitchen. This is a hardworking space that deserves some attention. Today let’s look at cookbooks, recipes, and food storage/Tupperware. I found a cookbook I no longer use, and 10 recipes that I won’t be making again. This lunch tote is leaving as well.
Please share in the comments what you discover in your kitchen!
Day 17 has arrived in the July Clutter Independence Challenge!
Are you ready? It’s time to tackle your pantry. You CAN do this! Things got real in my pantry. I made some honest decisions about what foods we are eating and the storage bins that I’ve long been keeping...yep...”just-in-case”. I've also admitted that I don't care about grinding my own coffee beans, or making shaped ice cubes. No more. These things are all leaving my house.
Please share what you are evicting from your pantry. Embrace who you are today. Let’s inspire each other! 👍 😀
We’ve made it to Day 16 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge!
Today is the day to look at all those books 📚and magazines. Just because you bought them, or received them as a gift does not mean you are obligated to keep them forever!
Let’s see some pics of what you gather today. 😀
It’s Day 15 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge! Let’s tackle our movies 🎥 and music🎶. We discovered a whopping 24 DVD’s and 3 cds that we no longer use. Here are our bags. Please share a pic of what you find!
#simplyorganizednw #julyclutterindependencechallenge #moviesmoviesmovies #timetogo #letitgoooo
Are you ready for Day 14 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge?
Let’s move into the entryway and coat closet areas. This may include shoes, coats, and possibly decor. Take a hard look at anything that you didn’t wear over the winter. It’s likely you won’t want it in the next one either. Do you have room to hang someone’s coat, or even all of your own? Here is my bag of hats and scarves that didn’t make the cut this time.
Please share what you discover in your entryway! 😊