Organizing Week {Round Up}

Organizing

Did you celebrate Organization Week with me?  What did you get organized?

Let’s do a little Organization Round Up

Started the week with some {pin}spiration from Pinterest.

Loved all the ideas for small containers within the drawer to keep things organized.

Organization

The first thing I tackled was the junk drawer.  Lord knows it needed to be organized.

It is so much easier to find everything we need now.  This drawer will never be a junky junk drawer again!

Organization

Organization

Because of my {lack} of organization when it comes to my jewelry I got really good at untangling necklaces.

With my organized jewelry it isn’t a struggle to find the piece I want to wear.  I even found things I forgot I had.

Organization

Organization

I admit, I have a problem with collecting hair product.

But, I didn’t want to admit I had a problem with storing my hair product.

With a little switching around, everything is together and the bobby pin graveyard at the bottom of the drawer is no more.

Organization

Organization

I had attempted to organize my make up before, but my system wasn’t working.

I kept with the plastic containers but downsized so each item had its spot.

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Organization

I hope you got to celebrate with me for Organization Week.  If not, I hope I inspired you to get organized.  It really is an amazing process to get rid of the old and have a clean, clear place for everything.

 Of course I would have loved to buy new shelving or an amazing jewelry box, but I wanted to keep it simple and cheap.  I did all of this for under $30.  Shop your own house for jars or containers that can be repurposed and wander the aisles of the dollar store, Home Goods and Marshalls for affordable options.

Don’t allow yourself to get overwhelmed.  Focus on one spot at a time and your organization will go smoothly.

Would love to see what you accomplished with organizing.  Send me an email, Facebook comment or Tweet.

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Organizing Week {Hair Products and Make Up}

Hair Product and Make Up Organization

Hair Product and Make Up Edition

Let’s Start with my hair products.

Hair Product and Make Up Organization

Please don’t judge the amount of hair product I own.  I have curly unruly hair that needs different product depending on the day/weather/time of year/where I’m going.

As you can see, the bottom drawer of my side of the vanity was an endless pit of product thrown in.  Oh, and about a bazillion hair ties and bobby pins.

 {If I ever go missing, please follow the trail of bobby pins and you will find me.}

This area needed a complete overhaul.  So much so that I moved where I store my hair product all together.

Hair Product and Make Up Organization

Ahhh.  Clean, organized and everything together.

This basket was in the cabinet under my sink with my hair dryer and travel bags.  I moved the travel bags to the bottom drawer formally known as the product pit.  Now everything can stand up and be seen.  No more digging and throwing things around.

Do you recognize those two tall containers?  Yup, they’re empty Crystal Light containers.  Finally found a use for them!  They hold hair ties and bobby pins.

It is so nice to be able to bring the basket out when I’m doing my hair and put it out of sight when I am finished.

My make up wasn’t nearly as bad as my hair products.

Hair Product and Make Up Organization

I had made an attempt to organize my make up better last year.  I took it out of the gross make up bag and put in a clear plastic organized container that can be wiped clean.  It worked for a bit, but just got out of hand after awhile.

I wasn’t able to see everything I had, things spilled and I still had the super waterproof mascara I wore for our wedding three and a half years ago.  It was time to move on.

Hair Product and Make Up Organization

Beautiful!  I still kept with the plastic organizing containers, but downsized so every thing had its spot.  I found these containers as a set at Marshalls.  They work perfectly for what I need and are easy to keep clean.

 I threw away old and barely used things that were just taking up space.  I have a container for eyes, lips and face keeping like products together.  I think this system will work MUCH better than before.  It is clear what I have and where it goes.

It is so much easier getting ready now that things are organized and in their place.

Organizing Week {Jewelry}

Monograms and Makeovers National Organizing Week

Jewelry Storage Edition

Jewelry Organization

Mess #1

Jewelry Organization

Mess #2

I mean, I had good intentions with this jewelry storage mess.

I found the little bird, tree, nest, branches thing at Home Goods a few years ago. Initially it worked for my every day, and mostly worn jewlery. A few pair of earrings in the nest, some rings and bracelets from the branches. It looked cute on my dresser. Perfect, right?

To organize the other things that I didn’t wear as much I bought a storage system at Michael’s.

Jewelry Organization

The little drawers were perfect and it sit nicely on a shelf in our closet.

Then life happened. I can tell you I have gotten really good at untangling necklaces though.

I couldn’t take it anymore!! I had to do something!

I did like the concept of my storage. Something on my dresser for my every day and most worn pieces and then something in the closet for the things I didn’t wear as often. So, I started how every good organization project should start, I dumped and purged.

I took everything out and separated it by type on the kitchen table and got rid of old, broken and out of style pieces. Then I decided what needed to be in the drawers and what could sit on my dresser.

Jewelry Organization

Are you surprised I used a cake plate? I was wandering Home Goods for something pretty and functional to sit on my dresser and spotted this simple tiered cake plate. It works perfectly! Rings and earrings on top, bracelets in the middle and necklaces and watches on the bottom. The best part is, I can see everything I have, nothing gets tangled and it doesn’t look like a gigantic mess on my dresser. Win, win and win!

Now what to do with those drawers….

I decided to keep each drawer separated by jewelry type.

Jewelry Organization

Using dollar store containers I was able to keep things together and organized. Now I can see all my beautiful, bangle jewels!

Jewelry Organization

The little white ramekins from the dollar store are perfect to keep earrings and rings together. Since the drawers are deep it is nice to be able to stack them and move them around if needed. The empty space was great to lay watches. {Do I have a watch problem?} In this drawer I also have all my nicer things and important to me pieces tucked away in protective pouches. I can’t believe I had just thrown some of those things in the drawers! Shame on me!

Jewelry Organization

My biggest tangled mess was necklaces. Dollar store containers to the rescue again! So nice to be able to pull something out and not have anything else attached to it! But wait, there’s more! I have a few statement necklaces that I wasn’t sure what to do with.

Jewelry Organization

I decided to hang them from the side! I had bought 3M picture hanging hooks awhile back and never used them. They are perfect for the cause! I set them on top and hung the necklaces from the hook. The best part is, by the love of gravity, I didn’t even have to attach the hooks.

Jewelry Organization

The last drawer is sort of random. In here I keep important things like my first license and college ID, and then really important things like the box my engagement ring came in. We all need that random jewelry drawer for important things. Come on, admit it. I also keep containers and pouches I like to use for travel in here too.

This organization project took me a little longer than expected, but it was so worth it. Everything has its place, I can find things and nothing is a tangled mess anymore!

How do you organize your jewelry?

Organizing Week {Junk Drawer}

Monograms and Makeovers National Organizing Week

Junk Drawer Edition

Junk Drawer Before

Let me start this off with saying that from the start, this poor drawer didn’t have a chance.  Before we even moved into the house, my dad had created the junk drawer during construction.  I’m not blaming him.  I could have and should have changed it long ago.  But you know, life happens.  I’m so ashamed by this.  I hate opening it and I just force it shut.  I had no idea I had batteries in here!

Organizing Containers

While in Home Goods searching for some organizational gold, I found these.  I mean they were made for the junk drawer.  And they were only $5.99.  That is 2 large, 2 long and 3 small containers for $5.99.  Amazing!  Oh, and they fit perfectly into the drawer and interlock.  Amazingly perfect!

Junk Drawer After

Can you hear the angels singing from heaven?  Look at that!  It is beautiful!  Every little thing has it’s place.  I highly recommend these organizational containers.  Go to Home Goods and treat yourself and your junk drawer.  Now.

I can open the drawer and find what I need without rummaging.  I can shut the drawer without stuffing.  It is beautiful.

How’s the status of your junk drawer?

Organizing Week {Pinspiration}

Monograms and Makeovers National Organizing WeekHappy Monograms and Makeovers National Organizing Week!!

I get so stinking excited over organizing.  It may be a little bit of an obsession.  This week I’ll be sharing with you how I organized my junk drawer, jewelry and makeup and hair products.  I’ll show you the pretty, organized after, but also the not so pretty before.

To get in the groove of organizing and for some inspiration I turned to Pinterest of course.

Pinterest Organization

{clockwise from top left}

The repurpose of a silverware drawer organizer is so smart and practical.  It is a great way to divide the space and allow for larger items.

How adorable are those little tea cups?  For dainty things like jewelry, they are so perfect.  I’m always seeing tea cups at the thrift stores.  So it is perfect for organizing on a budget.

I used to keep my makeup in a makeup bag, but that wasn’t working for me so I switched to a plastic container that fit in the drawer last year.  That isn’t really working either.  The smaller compartments allow to keep everything together and can be easily cleaned.

This drawer organizer can be adjusted for the size of the drawer, which makes perfect sense.

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time throwing away my Crystal Light containers.  I also have a hard time finding a use for the ones I’ve hoarded.  I’m thinking they’ll be perfect to keep small items together with a lid so nothing gets misplaced.

I like the idea of using clear containers.  It keeps things seamless, but together in the drawer.

This “junk drawer” is perfect.  I’m hoping mine looks like this when it is finished.  Every little compartment and it’s contents have their space.  No more fighting to get the drawer closed!

The plastic baskets are great for any drawer, for any purpose and can be found at the dollar store.  Budget organizing, what could be better than that?

What are your favorite ways to organize?  Would love to see!

Getting Pumped to Organize!

If I could have any job in the world I would want to be a professional organizer.  How fun is it to purge, organize and then stare at the organization in all its beauty?  As much as I love to organize and for everything to have its place, there are a few areas in our house that need a little TLC.

One of my goals for 2013 was to organize better.  So, next week is going to be Monograms and Makeovers National Organizing Week!

Monograms and Makeovers National Organizing Week

Come on, you know you want to celebrate with me!  I’m going to tackle the mess that is my jewelry, how I store my hair products and makeup and the damn junk drawer.

If you have any tips, tricks or systems of your own that work I would love to hear about them!

Erin Condren Life Planner {Review}

First, let me start this off with how I was introduced to Erin Condren and her amazing Life Planners.  About a week before Christmas last year, a friend posted on my Facebook page about Erin Condren.  She {Thanks, Allyson!} knew my LOVE of stationary, organization and planning.  I drooled over the Erin Condren website and knew I had to order a planner.

A few days later, my best, Sarah was over helping me prepare for our Christmas Eve party and to exchange gifts.  I opened my gift and it was a freaking Erin Condren Life Planner.  I practically cried.  I’m serious.  That just proved that she is really by best friend.  I mean, she read my mind!  This girl ordered the planner a month or so before I knew Erin Condren even existed.  Should I be mad that she didn’t share the Erin Condren amazingness with me?  She probably gave me one of the top 5 Christmas gifts of my life.  I mean that thing was right up there with my Notre Dame Starter Jacket.

I knew I had to reorder a Life Planner for 2013.  I didn’t want to risk missing out on the new year without my planner so I ordered mine in early November.  It arrived last week.  I may or may not have thought about tackling my mail man when he delivered it.  I held back since we went to high school together and well, we don’t need those rumors starting.

Isn’t it amazing?

I chose the Viva Espana Granada Groove this year for my Life Planner.  These colors seem to be the colors of my life lately.  Since I keep my Life Planner on the counter I wanted to make sure it matched.  The cover is again heavily laminated.  It can easily be put in and out of a bag, wiped clean and take a beating over the year.

I immediately noticed the laminated tabs and the metal spiral.  The tabs aren’t too heavy, but just right enough to avoid any tearing and bending.  I especially love tabs in a planner.  Turning right to a month makes things easy to keep organized.  Last year’s Life Planner was bound with a plastic spiral.  I didn’t notice any issues until the last few months with the spiral coming undone.  The metal will definitely hold better.

In the front of the Life Planner is an at a glance of the entire year as well as a quick listing of birthdays and anniversaries.  Both are great for future planning and a quick look at your year ahead.

This year’s Life Planner has been updated to include a two page monthly calendar.  I use this to plan blog posts and keep a list of ideas for upcoming posts.  I like to have the larger blocks to make notes along with the post.  Again, each month includes an inspirational quote.  One thing I miss about last year’s planner is the heavier weight card stock that was used for the month page.  It was a nice separation between months and held up to frequent page turning.

The weekly pages are set up the same as last year with blocks for morning, day and night.  Between my work schedule, errands, paying bills, blog posts and orders I like being able to split my day up.  This helps make to do lists not so intimidating.  An update to last year’s planner, the weeks do not get cut up with a new month.  I was always loosing part of my week not being able to see everyday.

Can I get an AMEN! for the laminated bookmark?  Since I am always flipping through my Life Planner, having the bookmark to easily turn to my week makes life so much easier.  It also doubles as a ruler, which I am always needing.

My organizational brain of course finds it necessary to color code everything.  I write typical to do’s in pencil, but important things are written in a specific color.  Red for appointments, pink for birthdays, blue for my work schedule, purple for bills, etc.  Last year I of course used Sharpies.  After living with the planner for a few months I hated seeing the Sharpies bleeding through the pages.  This year I decided to use Paper Mate Flair Pens.  All the colors of Sharpies without the bleeding.  Now, I know Erin Condren created her own line of pens this year.  I thought about ordering some, but decided I preferred the thickness of a marker like pen.  I’m still thinking about purchasing the pens for everyday life though.

I’m a list maker and a planner for sure.  The added lined and blank pages in the back of the Life Planner are a great place to keep plans for a party, major household to do’s and sketch out plans for projects.  Last year’s planner included 12 blank pages.  This year there are 18 lined and 10 blank.  Plenty of space for list making!

Included in the back of the Life Planner are pages for important numbers and addresses.  While I don’t typically use these in a planner, they are nice to have.  Last year I used the number page when I needed to quickly jot down a number from a voicemail or for the guy who cut down our trees.  I have a feeling I will do the same this year.  The address page is an addition.  I plan to keep a note of address changes and additions to our Christmas card list here.  It will be easy to turn to next year to keep our ongoing list update.

Every time I see stickers, the little girl in me comes out.  Then the adult part of me takes over and I’m afraid to use them.  What if I stick them down and make a mistake and can’t get them back up?  I don’t want to use up all the good ones!  Truth is, I never even used the label stickers that were included with my 2012 Erin Condren Life Planner.  I was afraid to!  Thankfully, this year, included with my purchase was a nice little surprise, more personalized labels!  Now I won’t be afraid to use them all up.

One of the best parts of the Erin Condren Life Planners are the sticker pages.  As you can see, I risked it and have already been using my stickers for birthdays and appointments.  They are great to make sure the day stands out among the week.  The blank sticker page is perfect to keep note of any specific, important dates.

Anchoring the Life Planner is the Keep it Together folder and the zipper pouch.  I love having the folder to keep important receipts and papers together.  Last year’s planner had a double sided folder, which I preferred.  I was able to keep bills to be paid on one side and important papers on the other.  Changing up my bill organization will just be a small thing to get used to.  The folder is more secure this year to avoid things falling out.

The zipper pouch is the perfect spot for business cards, prescriptions and those personalized labels.  It also becomes home to any other random things I need throughout the year and don’t want to lose.

Still with me?  Forgive me for my love of planners, I’ve been using one since 4th grade.  Every year I tried to find the perfect one and I think I have found it with Erin Condren.  The woman is a genius.  If you haven’t already, you must give her a try.  All her gorgeous planners, stationery, note pads, iphone covers… I could go on and on.  Is it weird to say she’s my hero?

I {heart} Organization.

It is no secret that I love a good organization project.  There is a small counter area next to our fridge that we use as a mini office.  The area had gotten a little out of hand over the summer and needed to be better organized.

Checking out the Michael’s clearance section the other day I found this frame.  It came in pieces so you are able to choose the size to fit your project.  Two short sides and two long sides were the perfect fit for the side of our fridge.  Plus, it was only $10!  It is hung on the fridge using Command Strips.  I added a small wood square painted with chalk board paint and found cute mini clothes pins at Walmart that I stuck magnets onto the back.

I have been using the Pottery Barn Photo Caddy to organize bills, coupons and fliers and anything else that landed there.  I was starting to lose what was in there and needed a better system.  I picked up cheap folders and covered them in scrap book paper I already had and added the tags.

The new organization system works perfectly for us.

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