Friday, January 31, 2014

Organizing Ideas For The Weekend: Hot Beverage Zones

Happy Friday!  Time for another organizing idea for your weekend!

Earlier this week I showed you my new hot beverages zone and I shared tips to help you create one too.  I love my hot beverages zone because it is organized and practical, but I didn't do much to make it pretty.

Since I know many of you have more of a decorating or crafty bone than I do, I thought I'd share some really cute hot beverage stations to inspire you.  This way you can combine my organizing tips and these creative ideas to make your own awesome hot beverage zone this weekend!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Creating a Breakfast Zone for Easier Mornings

Earlier this week I showed you my new hot beverages zone and shared tips to help you create a similar place in your kitchen, especially if you have a small kitchen.  It's all part of my kitchen organizing tips series. 

Today, I want to share my new breakfast zone!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Tips for Organizing a Hot Beverages Zone in a Small Kitchen


Ready to do some kitchen organizing?  Today I'm back to the series I started in November on tips for organizing your kitchen (before I decorated too soon for Christmas and had to put the series on hold).
This week I'll be showing you a few more zones in my kitchen.  And  I'll continue the series in February because I've got lots more tips to help you organize your kitchen. 

Today, I want to share my new hot beverages zone! 

Friday, January 24, 2014

365 In 365 Declutter Challenge: January Update

How has your decluttering gone so far?  It's the 24th today so the target for 365 Items in 365 Days is to have decluttered 24 items by now.  We started a week into the month though, so if you're a bit behind you still have lots of time to catch up :) 

I know many people in the 365 Items in 365 Days Facebook group have been pumped to declutter in January and have done a lot more than 24 items!  I've been amazed to see all the decluttering that's been going on in that group!  Kitchen cupboards, bedroom closets, linen closets, craft supplies, magazines, toiletries, kids' school work, holiday decorations, socks and undies... and I could go on and on.  And that's just in the last few days!

What's been exciting is how many people have said they just start out planning to declutter a small thing and ended up being motivated to keep going.  I love that!  It makes decluttering a totally non-overwhelming process :)

Want to see what I've been decluttering the last few weeks? 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

"Rule" Update for the 365 Items in 365 Days Declutter Challenge

I've been SO excited to see all the decluttering happening in our 365 Items in 365 Days Facebook group.  People are sharing before and after pictures, asking questions, giving advice, encouraging each other, and just motivating the heck out of each other!  It's a joy to be part of :)

If you aren't sure what I'm talking about, here's a description of the 365 Items in 365 Days Declutter Challenge!  And if you want to join in, you can find all the posts about the challenge in the 365 in 365 tab at the top of the page, or in the list at the end of the post.  You can join any time!

Several questions have come up about the "Garbage doesn't count" rule.  Actually it wasn't one of the actual rules, but it was in the Q & A section and I didn't leave it very open to interpretation so I guess it kind of was.  Anyway, today I want to address your questions and update that rule.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Organizing Ideas for the Weekend: Decluttering Tips

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

Today I'm sharing some ideas to help you declutter this weekend. I'm so inspired by all the decluttering happening in the 365 Items in 365 Days Challenge and I want to encourage more of you to take some time to declutter your homes. 

Even if you don't think you've got a clutter problem, if you want to organize your home in 2014, or take on any organizing projects this weekend, it's important to declutter first.  No sense organizing stuff you don't need, use, or love!  And it will make organizing so much easier :)

Check out these great decluttering ideas!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Why I Still Haven't Set Any Resolutions or Goals for 2014

If you made new year's resolutions, are you still working towards them?  Resolutions work well for some people, and if you're sticking to yours, then that's great!  Good for you!

But many people give up on their resolutions within a few days.  But then we beat ourselves up for not succeeding.  And then make the same resolutions next year.  The cycle continues, year after year, without very much actual change or growth. The thing is, resolutions are usually "all or nothing", and that makes them hard to achieve. 

This has led many people to set goals instead.  I like goals.  Good goals help you see and measure your progress along the way.  They give you something to shoot towards so you aren't wandering aimlessly through life, year after year, lamenting about how quickly time flies.  You can break goals down into smaller goals, which help you achieve them, and feel good about yourself along the way.

My problem is that I set too many goals usually.  And I pack my days so full of tasks, designed to help me achieve my goals, that I can't possibly finish everything.

But then I get discouraged.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Tracking Sheets for 365 Items in 365 Days!

Wow!  What a great response to the 365 Items in 365 Days Declutter Challenge!  So many of you have joined our Facebook Group!  And several of you have already started decluttering. Thanks for sharing your pictures with the group and for encouraging each other.  I have a good feeling about this group... and all the decluttering we'll do together :)

If you missed the introduction to the challenge yesterday, you can read it here.

Today, I'm sharing a few ways you can track your progress in this challenge.  You don't have to use them, but it's a great way to keep motivated because you can see how far you've come.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

365 Items in 365 Days Decluttering Challenge

365 Items in 365 Days Decluttering Challenge |

Are you overwhelmed by clutter in your home?  Do you find it difficult to consistently de-clutter your home?  Are you motivated by friendly competition and the accountability of a challenge?

Then the "365 Items in 365 Days Declutter Challenge" is for you! 

The goal of this challenge is to purge 365 items from your home in 365 days.  That's an average of 1 item per day.  You can do it on a daily basis or you can do it weekly or monthly.  Whatever works for you!

With a new year, it's the perfect time to declutter.  It's also a common time to set goals.  So will you join me in decluttering 365 items in 365 days?

Monday, January 6, 2014

8 Tips for "Take Back the House and Get Back to Routines Day"!

What?  You've never heard of "Take Back the House and Get Back to Routines" day?  With all the crazy holidays out there, I'm surprised Hallmark hasn't picked up on this one!

I love the holidays and the lack of structure.  It's often a little crazy before and during Christmas with everything that needs to be done and all the gatherings and events to attend.  But around here, the days after Christmas/New Year's were relaxing and fun.

But, I also love structure and routine, and an uncluttered house.  Which is what today's all about!  This morning I'm sharing what I did last night and what I'm doing today, to take back the house and get back into routines.  And along the way I'm sharing 8 tips to help you do the same! 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

January Family Goals Printable

Happy New Year!  It's not only time for another monthly family goals printable for you - it's also the start of a brand new year!

I'll be sharing more on my goals for the coming year later, but I wanted to get this printable posted for you so you can use it to set your family's goals for January.