Monday, September 30, 2013

31 Days of Easy Decluttering!

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Welcome to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!
Do you feel overwhelmed by clutter in your home?  Have you tried to declutter but become bogged down and frustrated?  If so, you're not alone!

October Family Goals Printable and October Blog Goals

Can you believe it's October already?  These monthly check-in posts really put time in perspective for me and make me appreciate each month.  Because they fly by so quickly!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

How To Clean A Lunch Bag {Instead of Buying a New One!}

Have your kids' lunch bags ever become really sticky?  Not just stuff you can easily wipe out.  I'm talking so sticky it's hard to open and close the zipper.

Well did you know you can clean a lunch bag?  I mean REALLY clean a lunch bag.  To de-stick-ify it?  {Yep... I'm making up words.  It fits the situation though!}

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Meet My Family!

For those of you who have been following my blog for awhile, you'll know that originally I didn't share pictures of my family.  You only got to see the backs of their heads sometimes :)  I even blurred their faces out of some pictures.

I wanted to keep their faces hidden for privacy and protection reasons.  My personal friends and family could see them on Facebook, but I didn't share them publicly.

Gradually over the last few months though, I've been including pictures of my hubby and kids in some of my posts.  I feel like those of you who read this blog are my friends.  It felt weird not to share such a huge part of my life with you!

So today you get to officially "meet" my family!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Great Photo Purge Challenge: Series Wrap-Up and My Final Progress

Welcome back to the Great Photo Purge Challenge!  This is the final post in this challenge.  Thank you to all of you who have hung in there with me the last few months!

If you're just joining in, or you want to review any of the posts from earlier in this challenge, here they are.

July was all about digital photos:

Yesterday I shared tips for digitizing your printed photos and today I'm wrapping up the series by showing you my progress.

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Great Photo Purge Challenge: Printed Photos Week 3 Tips

Welcome back to the Great Photo Purge Challenge!  If you missed any of the posts from earlier in this challenge, or want a quick refresher, here they are:

This is the final week of the Great Photo Purge Challenge!  I hope you've been able to purge the photos you wanted to purge over the last few months.

I'm changing things up a bit this week.  Normally I show you my progress on Monday and give you tips on Tuesday, but I'm reversing that order.  I didn't get day-time pictures taken of all the work I've done this week and rather than trying to deal with the flash on my camera tonight, I'll share tips with you now and then show you my progress in tomorrow's post.  Hope you don't mind :)

Monday, September 16, 2013

The Great Photo Purge Challenge: My Mom's Progress!

I'm working away on a few other projects this week {more on that in the next few weeks!}.  So, while I did go through several albums and purged pictures I no longer want to keep, I don't have a lot to show you.

Instead, I thought this week I would share with you the progress my mom is making with her printed pictures!

My mom actually started going through her printed pictures in August, before I started the printed photos part of the Great Photo Purge Challenge.  She was inspired by the tips I shared in July for purging digital photos and didn't want to wait until September to start purging her printed photos.

I love it when people take on challenges on their own!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

You can now follow me on Bloglovin!

I know. I know. Everyone else did a post like this when Google Reader packed it in a couple of months ago.  Better late than never right?!

If you use Bloglovin' to read blogs, you can now follow From Overwhelmed to Organized by clicking on the button in my right side bar (along with all the other ways of following me).

Friday, September 13, 2013

Organizing Ideas For The Weekend: Organizing School Supplies

Happy Friday!  Ready for another organizing idea for your weekend?

With school in full swing, are you getting overwhelmed with all the school supplies and "gear" that your kids need?  Backpacks, lunch bags, pencil cases, notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, and on and on...

Today I'm going to share some ideas and tips to keep all these school supplies organized.  Then you can choose which idea will work best for you or come up with your own system, and organize your family's school gear this weekend!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Organizing a Learning Time for Your Kids

Do your kids like learning when they aren't in school?  Like in the evenings or on weekends or during summer holidays?

Some kids are intrinsically motivated to learn all the time.  And some aren't.  Some kids, like mine, might be a bit of both.  They don't dislike learning, but given the choice to do something learning-oriented or playing, they'll choose playing every time.

Today, I'll share some of what we've been doing around here and then give you tips for setting up a learning time for your kids.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Great Photo Purge Challenge: Printed Photos Week 1 Tips

Welcome back to the Great Photo Purge Challenge!  If you missed any of the posts from earlier in this challenge, or want a quick refresher, here they are:

Yesterday I showed you the printed photos I purged last week and shared the lessons I learned as I purged.  If you missed that post, click here to read it.  There's a list of types of photos I purged that may help you in the challenge this week!

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Great Photo Purge Challenge: Printed Photos Week 1 Update

Welcome back to the Great Photo Purge Challenge!  July was all about digital photos.  We took a break from the challenge in August and now we're back in September to tackle printed photos.

This month I've decided to break the posts into 2 parts.  On Mondays I will update you on my progress from the last week and share some of the lessons I learned.  And on Tuesdays I will give you tips so you can continue on in the challenge too.  That way the posts won't be as long!

If you missed any of the posts from earlier in this challenge, or want a quick refresher, here they are:

Thursday, September 5, 2013

10 Tips for Setting Up a Cleaning Routine for Kids

Do you struggle to get your kids help you clean the house?  Are they expected to contribute to the upkeep of your home?  Do they have a cleaning routine?

Today I'll share how I organized our cleaning routine this summer and some tips to help you set up a cleaning routine for your kids.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Great Photo Purge Challenge: Printed Photos

It's September and that means it's time for part 2 of the Great Photo Purge Challenge!  July was all about digital photos.  And we took a break from the challenge in August.

If you missed any of the posts from earlier in this challenge, or want a quick refresher, here they are:

Monday, September 2, 2013

Where did summer go? {AKA what I've been up to instead of blogging}

Is it really the beginning of September?  Are my kids really starting school tomorrow?  It feels like just a few weeks ago that they were finishing up school and now we're getting ready for the new year to begin.

We've had a great summer!  I'm so thankful to have been able to spend this time with my kids.  We had a lot of fun doing things from the kids' summer brainstorming lists.  We didn't get to everything... but that just means we'll have a few things to do this fall or to start off next summer's lists.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

September Family Goals Printable and September Blog Goals

I can't believe summer holidays are over already and the kids are going back to school this week!  I know some of your school schedules are different than ours and your kids have already been in school for a few weeks. But my kids start on Tuesday.  So we're enjoying every last minute of summer holidays that we can :)

Summer flew by!  I've got a summer wrap-up post coming so I won't go into details here.  But as I mentioned earlier this month, our summer was busier than I expected it to be, with my son's baseball games and my hubby's work schedule.

So things were pretty quiet on the blog front in August.  I delayed the Great Photo Purge Challenge until September.  And I let myself off the hook for finishing all the organizing and cleaning projects I'd planned to do and blog about this summer.  I did co-host for the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop each week and I loved meeting new people and checking out some great ideas.

And now it's time to share the September Family Goals printable with you!