I'm an Organizing Junkie http://orgjunkie.com helping you be clutter & chaos free! Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:19:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.1 Two Commitments I Am Making in 2017 http://orgjunkie.com/2017/01/two-commitments.html http://orgjunkie.com/2017/01/two-commitments.html#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:19:23 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39037
As is a common practice at this time of the year, many people set goals or commitments of what they hope to accomplish over the next 12 months. I’ve read many blog posts and watched a number of YouTube videos over the last week and wow there are some ambitious ladies out there with their […]]]>

As is a common practice at this time of the year, many people set goals or commitments of what they hope to accomplish over the next 12 months. I’ve read many blog posts and watched a number of YouTube videos over the last week and wow there are some ambitious ladies out there with their big goal setting ways. It’s very impressive. I totally see the value of doing it but the whole idea kind of exhausts me if I’m being perfectly honest. And here’s what I really want to know. Why doesn’t anyone ever set some simple goals like finding the perfect mascara or a new delicious tasting potato chip? Ha, those are my kind of life goals!

Two Commitments I Am Making in 2017 at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

I’m very careful about what I commit to. I think that it’s too easy to get caught up in making commitments to so many things that before we know it we are in way over our heads. Being a wife, raising kids and maintaining a home are HUGE commitments that already take up so much of my time and I always want to be careful about what competes for that time. But every once and awhile I do set some reasonable pursuits that I commit to. A few years ago I committed to walking my treadmill for 30 minutes a day and I stuck to it for an entire year. Two years ago I committed to following the Paleo diet as a way to manage my Rheumatoid Arthritis without medication and that is still a priority in my life.

So this year, after some careful consideration, I’ve decided to commit to two things that I’m really hoping become life long daily habits. I’m also going to share two things that I’m going to work towards this year but there will be no daily commitment attached to them because I want to be mindful of my limits.

So I’ll share my commitments list with you and I hope you’ll share yours with me too!

Two Daily Commitments

Drink 2L of Water Every Day:

This is something I struggle with for no other reason than I hate going to the bathroom all the time because it interrupts my day. Haha. Anyway to make this commitment actually happen I needed a daily reminder of how much I need to drink before the day is done. So similar to how effective the Fitbit was for tracking my daily steps, my new water bottle (from Walmart) is also a constant visual. It’s not pretty but it holds just over 2L and I fill it first thing in the morning. I know that I can’t go to bed until it’s done and y’all it’s so hard. I get busy working and I forget. In fact just after I typed that last sentence I realized I hadn’t drank any water in awhile and got up to do so. However it’s getting easier by the day because I’m noticing how much better I feel and that is huge motivation in and of itself.

Daily Commitments: Drinking 2L of Water

Read the Bible in One Year:

I’d like to be more disciplined in this area and as you’ve probably figured out visual tracking really helps me. So at the beginning of this year I discovered the reading plans in the YouVersion Bible app. One of those plans is a one year daily reading plan. Each day they provide you with a list of scripture that you check off once completed. Once all your reading requirements are met for the day, you get a check mark over the date to show it’s done and keep you on track. I’ve never met a check mark I didn’t like! :) I’m 10 days in and loving it. You can start at any time so check it out if this is something that interests you.

Daily 2017 Commitments: Reading Bible App

The two things I’m going to work towards are:

Watercolor Painting:

I absolutely love watercolor art. It’s so beautiful and I’ve been inspired to give it a try from a few different Instagram pages I follow. They make it look so easy but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a challenge for me and I’m a wee bit scared. I’m scared I will stink at it so I keep putting it off. But I’ve bought all the supplies including a step by step guide so I’m moving in the right direction. Now I just have to sit down and actually do it.

Making Videos:

I’ve wanted to add regular YouTube videos to my line up here for so long now. I’ve talked about it many times before. It would provide me with another avenue to help others get “hooked” on organizing. The problem is the editing. I can’t figure it out but I think I’ve found new user friendly software so that’s progress. Plus my 17 year old son has gifted me with my own little jingle that he made so I can create an intro. How sweet is that? So if you’ve got any tips or suggestions for me please let me know!

So that’s it for now. I’d love to hear the things you are working towards this year. Is getting organized one of those? Which area of your house is bothering you the most? How can I help?

Have a terrific weekend everyone!

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Super Quick Tidying Up Tips http://orgjunkie.com/2017/01/super-quick-tidying-tips.html http://orgjunkie.com/2017/01/super-quick-tidying-tips.html#comments Thu, 12 Jan 2017 03:38:18 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39024
The following is a guest post with some quick tidying up tips from regular contributor, Yuni at Love Your Abode. Hi friends! Hope you’re having a wonderful new year. I don’t know about you but once December ends and the new year rolls around, I go on a major decluttering mission. Along with decluttering,  I […]]]>

The following is a guest post with some quick tidying up tips from regular contributor, Yuni at Love Your Abode.

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Hi friends! Hope you’re having a wonderful new year. I don’t know about you but once December ends and the new year rolls around, I go on a major decluttering mission. Along with decluttering,  I do a major clean up of all the rooms once all of our guests have gone back home. Today, I’m sharing some of my super quick tidying up tips.

If you get overwhelmed thinking about cleaning up your home, I really encourage you to try out at least one of these tips. They have helped me stay on task and do it as efficiently as possible.

Tip 1: Keep your cleaning supplies corralled in one basket 

When you go from room to room, all your supplies are in one place. This makes it super convenient since all you have to do is carry the basket from one room to the next. I like to keep gloves, duster, paper towels, spray cleaners, trash bags and a timer in the basket.

Tip 2: Use a timer

If you’re like me, you get easily distracted. I will literally go into a room to clean and get sidetracked after about 10 seconds. For instance, I will go into my bedroom to tidy up and then lose my focus because all of the sudden as I’m putting the laundry away, I decide I really need to reorganize my sock and underwear drawer. Or, I’ll start redecorating my dresser or looking through a magazine in the bathroom. Total fail! So, the timer tip is huge, people! I give myself 7 minutes to tidy up a room quickly. I stay focused and since I like games, it’s like I’m competing against the timer. This also works great with kids so I highly recommend it!

Tip 3: Keep a basket next to the stairs

Another tip I like to use is to keep a basket near my staircase. I place it on the other side of the stairs next to my office so that it’s not visible in the main kitchen and living area. This basket serves as a place to throw anything in there that doesn’t belong on the main level. Instead of going up and down the stairs a million times, I just carry the basket up every evening or whenever it gets full. It saves on time when you’re tidying up. You can even place a basket at the top of the stairs to serve the same purpose.

These are some of the simple tips I use to tidy up around my home in the quickest manner possible. When I’m doing a full deep cleaning, it takes more time but I still like to utilize these same tips so I can stay on task and do it efficiently. I hope my tips are helpful for you as you tidy up your own home.

Yuni is married to her high school sweetheart and is a stay at home mom to three precious miracles. She is passionate about Jesus and loves creating a home with purpose. You can find her at Love Your Abode where she shares her love for DIY, organizing, cooking, and interior design. She loves gathering, feeding, and celebrating people. 

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My Top Organizing Posts of 2016 http://orgjunkie.com/2017/01/top-organizing-posts-2016.html http://orgjunkie.com/2017/01/top-organizing-posts-2016.html#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2017 03:25:09 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38989
Hello! I hope the start of your new year is going well. Each year I like to take a minute to round-up some of my most popular organizing posts from the previous year. It’s always fun to dig into my analytics to find out which posts got the most traffic in any given month. So […]]]>

Hello! I hope the start of your new year is going well. Each year I like to take a minute to round-up some of my most popular organizing posts from the previous year. It’s always fun to dig into my analytics to find out which posts got the most traffic in any given month. So below you’ll find the top post for each month of 2016. I look forward to sharing more organizing posts with you in 2017. Thanks for being a reader of my blog, it’s so appreciated! If you aren’t yet a subscriber, so you don’t miss a post, you can do that right HERE.

Twelve popular posts on organizing to help you organize your life at I'm an Organizing Junkie

January

Top Dollar Store Organizing Products

Top Dollar Store Organizing Products

February

4 Reasons Why You Have Too Much Clutter

Top 4 Reasons Why You Have So Much Clutter

March

How to Declutter Like a PRO

(and why decluttering shouldn’t only happen once a year)

How to Declutter Like a Pro

April

Are You a Container Hoarder?

(from contributor Kristin)

Are you a container hoarder?

May

Easy Organized Packing for Kids

(plus free family travel checklist)

Easy Organized Packing for Kids

June

The Pantry: How to Organize Annoying Wire Shelves

(from contributor Rachel)

How to Organize Annoying Wire Shelves

July

Teaching Your Children to Organize: Stop Tossing Their Stuff

How to Teach Your Kids to Organize

August

Rearranging Kitchen Cupboards

(How to Make Hard Choices About Your Stuff)

Kitchen Rearranging

September

How the Ikea Raskog Cart Simplified My Life

(yay Pixie made the top 12 list!)

Ikea Raskog Office Cart

October

Organized for Christmas: Gift Planner App

Gift Planner App

November

How to Organize with Divided Containers

(from contributor Kristin)

How to organize with divided trays

December

Basket of Organizing Cheer Giveaway

(you all just love my personal giveaways where I giveaway a few of my favorite things. I’ve already started collecting things for the next one coming to the blog in May for my 11th blog anniversary!)

Basket of Organizing Cheer Giveaway

Maybe you’ve read these before or maybe some of them are new for you but either way I do hope you find them to be helpful. If you have any post ideas for me for 2017 please let me know in the comments. I’m always looking for inspiration to help my lovely readers.

Thank you all for being here. Mwah!

Related posts you might like:

2014 Popular Organizing Posts

2015 Popular Organizing Posts

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Quick Tip: Organized Elastic Ponytail Holders http://orgjunkie.com/2017/01/quick-tip-organized-ponytail-holders.html http://orgjunkie.com/2017/01/quick-tip-organized-ponytail-holders.html#comments Tue, 10 Jan 2017 02:03:53 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38993
The following is a guest post about organized ponytail holders from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. This is a quick minute or two transformation that I instantly loved. It’s easy to get caught up in the typical before & after results from large organizing projects and miss the beauty in simple everyday changes. […]]]>

The following is a guest post about organized ponytail holders from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home.

This is a quick minute or two transformation that I instantly loved. It’s easy to get caught up in the typical before & after results from large organizing projects and miss the beauty in simple everyday changes. A tweak here and there around the house to make life more efficient is equally as rewarding!

Easy and efficient tip for organized ponytail holders at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

We have a narrow, awkwardly sized vanity drawer due to the bathroom sink pipes. My daughter uses the drawer to hold her brush and elastic hair ties used for ponytails, braids, etc. It has served us well for those dwindled down few elastic bands we had remaining from last year. (I will never understand how we lose so many of those little things throughout the year, lol.) Headbands and bows still stay organized HERE.

However, when Santa filled her stocking with a fresh pack of 100 ponytail hair ties, the drawer looked chaotic. On her own, she kept trying to organize little piles of similar colors but, naturally, when the drawer would open and close, the piles got jumbled. I didn’t mind the mess behind a closed door, but I knew it bothered her.

So, I pulled out my trusty Command Hooks and got to work. I installed three on the inside of the hairbrush drawer. Truthfully, I wasn’t about to purchase matching hooks, I simply used the mis-matched ones I had leftover in my stash. It worked out to two medium sized hooks and one larger hook. Ideally, three of the larger sized hooks would work perfectly to hold a pack of 100 skinny elastic hair bands (just a courteous FYI).

After I installed the hooks, I let my daughter arrange the ponytail hair bands however she wanted. Of course, the larger hook got the prized pink and purple elastics because, well, it’s my girlie-girl doing the arranging. :)

Short and sweet. Easy and simple. But, don’t miss the big picture! Little changes add up to helpful clutter control. Before and after shots don’t always have to be a major overhaul. ;)

Easy and efficient tip for organized ponytail holders at I'm an Organizing Junkie

How do you keep your daughter’s ponytail elastics organized?

In the professional world, I’m a nurse by trade. But, around our house, I’m known as Mommy to our young daughters. My two worlds collided and began shaping into a blog. Useful Beautiful Home represents the hours I’ve dedicated to managing my household as efficiently as possible. I offer you motivation to keep your home healthy, organized, and welcoming. My goal is to share what I’ve implemented in my home to inspire you with fresh ideas and to encourage you to keep up the good work in yours! Learn more about me HERE or visit me at UsefulBeautifulHome.com.

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 9/17 http://orgjunkie.com/2017/01/menu-plan-monday-jan-917.html http://orgjunkie.com/2017/01/menu-plan-monday-jan-917.html#comments Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:00:22 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38950
Hi friends, welcome to another organized menu plan week. I’ve got two slow cooker recipes on the menu this week to make life a little bit easier. I love getting dinner ready in the morning when I have more energy. I haven’t been feeling well lately so I need all the help I can get […]]]>

Menu Plan Monday ~ weekly dinner plan inspiration for for weekly menu. Recipe links included for the week of Jan 9/17

Hi friends, welcome to another organized menu plan week. I’ve got two slow cooker recipes on the menu this week to make life a little bit easier. I love getting dinner ready in the morning when I have more energy. I haven’t been feeling well lately so I need all the help I can get with dinner. Anyone else using their slow cooker this week?

Recipe Highlights:

Speaking of slow cookers, I totally forgot to tell you about two slow cooker recipes I tried at Christmas that were amazing. The first was a Slow Cooker Stuffing recipe that cooked up beautifully without drying out (like others I’ve tried) and while I couldn’t eat it myself (not Paleo), I was told it was most excellent.

The next was the Dairy-Free Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes. This recipe was unique in that you actually cook the potatoes in the slow cooker rather than just use the slow cooker to keep them warm. The recipe wasn’t accurate for us in terms of cooking time, it actually took more like three hours to cook the potatoes, but once they were cooked we just mashed them up in the slow cooker and left them there on warm while we waited on the rest of the meal to be done. Everyone loved them! I’ll definitely make them this way again throughout the year.

Grocery Budget Makeover:

If saving money is one of your new year’s goals this year, a great place to start is with your grocery budget. To help you with this you might be interested in checking out Erin Chase’s very popular Grocery Budget Makeover course. She only offers this course a couple of times a year and today is the last day to register for the winter session which starts tomorrow.

The Grocery Budget Makeover is a total spending overhaul that will help you stop overspending, stop wasting money, and forever change your mindset and strategy when it comes to grocery shopping. Erin has been helping people cut their grocery bills in half for the past 8 years and she wants to help you next! Anyway if that sounds like something that might interest you, you can get all the details HERE.

Grocery Budget Makeover

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Salt & Pepper Chicken Wings served with delicious green smoothies

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic Baby Back Ribs served with broccoli

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Beef & Winter Vegetable Stew

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with 5 minute homemade pizza dough and for me BLT Avocado Lettuce Wraps

Saturday: Moroccan Chicken Burgers with Special Sauce

Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

WHAT ARE YOU EATING THIS WEEK? SHARE RECIPES AND MENUS BELOW!

Menu Plan Guidelines, banner selections and recipe helpers are here.

More family favorite recipes here.

Don’t forget to join our growing Menu Plan Monday Facebook Page!!

My favorite menu planning resource:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat


  • *Please note that affiliate links are included in this post to make it easier for you to find what is being referenced. A small commission is made should you purchase product using these links, but this is at no extra cost to you. As always, any and all opinions are genuinely my own – or the author, in the case of posts by my guest contributors. Thank you!*

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My Top 3 Organization Systems for 2017 http://orgjunkie.com/2017/01/3-organization-systems-2017.html http://orgjunkie.com/2017/01/3-organization-systems-2017.html#comments Thu, 05 Jan 2017 05:19:02 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38961
The following is a guest post on her top 3 organization systems for 2017 from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project. Happy 2017! A new year means a fresh start. The time to re-evaluate some things in my life. On the organizing end, I like to look at the systems that are working in […]]]>

The following is a guest post on her top 3 organization systems for 2017 from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project.

My Top 3 Organization Systems for 2017 at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

Happy 2017! A new year means a fresh start. The time to re-evaluate some things in my life. On the organizing end, I like to look at the systems that are working in my home and which ones need to be changed. I like to take every system, room by room.

I thought it would be fun to share the three systems that have continuously worked in my home. These systems will remain the same for 2017 because they are extremely beneficial.

My Bill Paying System

This two drawer organizer has been a life-saver for me. I get paid twice a month; the 10th and 25th of each month. The top drawer is labeled 10th and the bottom drawer is labeled 25th. Every time I get a bill in the mail, it will get placed in one of these two drawers depending on when I pay the bill. When it is bill-paying-day, I will grab everything out of the drawer and start paying each bill.

In addition to the bills, my monthly bill planner is also located in the drawer. I have used this printable for the past four years and it has been the most beneficial printable I have ever made.

There isn’t any thinking that goes into paying bills. I know all of the bills located on this sheet have to be paid on that particular pay check. You can download the printable and use it for your bills.

My Receipt Organization

I struggled in this area for years. I would just throw all of my receipts in one big box and eventually sort through them when the box got so stuffed I couldn’t close the lid. Then, one day, I decided that I had to create a better system. One that saved me time and frustration. I purchased an accordion file from Wal-Mart for under $5.00, labeled the tabs, and the rest is history.

I have been using this system for four years and I do not see myself changing it any time soon. I organize the receipts by store name. So, if I make a purchase at Wal-Mart that receipt will be filed in the “U-V-W” section.

I try to go through the entire file at least once every six months and eliminate receipts I do not need anymore.

My Emergency Binder

A couple of years ago, I worked on putting together an entire binder collection that included documents that were needed in my home. Out of them all, my favorite is my Emergency binder.

It is the binder that includes every vital piece of paperwork for our home. If our house catches fire or if we have to evacuate our home due to a tornado warning (it does happen where I live), then we just have to grab this one binder and head out of the door.

It includes:

  • social security cards
  • drivers licenses
  • birth certificates
  • home insurance policies
  • home warranty policies
  • banking information
  • medical insurance information
  • life insurance information
  • marriage license
  • car titles and paperwork
  • important numbers and contacts

We have four members of our family and we have included documents for each one of us (if they are available). I make sure not to have this binder displayed for people to see when they walk into my home, since it does have important numbers and information.

What organization systems do you have in place at home that are really beneficial to you and your family? I would love to hear all about them. I am always looking for new systems to try.

My name is Kristin and I am a middle school career education teacher by day and a mommy/wife/blogger by night. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two loving children. We recently made a life-changing move to Arkansas, so our new house is always under construction. I get excitement out of finding new creative, functional, and cute ways to organize things! I also enjoy writing and documenting life as it happens. So, I put these loves together and created The Gold Project. With the help of my husband, I am attempting to turn our house into a home. So, check out this special place of mine and take this journey with me!

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 2/17 Happy New Year! http://orgjunkie.com/2017/01/menu-plan-monday-jan-217.html http://orgjunkie.com/2017/01/menu-plan-monday-jan-217.html#comments Mon, 02 Jan 2017 14:00:46 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38886
Hi friends! A happy new year to you all. Are you ready to start the new year off with a menu plan? If you have a goal to get organized, save money, eat healthier or make better use of your time, a menu plan can help you with ALL of those things. That’s why I […]]]>

Menu Plan Monday for the week of Jan 2/17 - recipe links and menu planning inspiration at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

Hi friends! A happy new year to you all. Are you ready to start the new year off with a menu plan? If you have a goal to get organized, save money, eat healthier or make better use of your time, a menu plan can help you with ALL of those things. That’s why I love it so much. I gain so much with just a small amount of pre-planning. If you haven’t tried it yet, I hope you will. If doing it for a whole week sounds intimidating, try just a couple of days at a time.

If you are new here, welcome. I post my weekly menu every Monday. I have eaten a Paleo diet for two years now as a means to manage my Rheumatoid Arthritis without medication. So many of the recipes I link to are gluten, grain, dairy and refined sugar-free. However, I also have a ton of other tried and true recipes, from before I switched to Paleo, that you can find HERE. And I have some Pinterest boards with a great collection of recipes to help you with your menu planning.

If you have any questions for me, please let me know.

My kids are still off from school for another week so I’m looking forward to hanging out with them just a little bit more :)

Here’s what we’ll be eating this week.

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Taco Salad

Tuesday: Paleo Zucchini Pasta with Spicy Shrimp Marinara

Wednesday: Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with 5 minute homemade pizza dough and for me Paleo Pizza (no cheese for me)

Saturday: Quick & Easy Chili

Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

WHAT ARE YOU EATING THIS WEEK? SHARE RECIPES AND MENUS BELOW!

Menu Plan Guidelines, banner selections and recipe helpers are here.

More family favorite recipes here.

Don’t forget to join our growing Menu Plan Monday Facebook Page!!

My favorite menu planning resource:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat


  • *Please note that affiliate links are included in this post to make it easier for you to find what is being referenced. A small commission is made should you purchase product using these links, but this is at no extra cost to you. As always, any and all opinions are genuinely my own – or the author, in the case of posts by my guest contributors. Thank you!*

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Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017! Time to Purge! http://orgjunkie.com/2016/12/ready-purge.html http://orgjunkie.com/2016/12/ready-purge.html#respond Thu, 29 Dec 2016 23:55:55 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38935
Hi friends and happy almost new year :)  I’m still in holiday mode because my kids don’t go back to school until January 9th. So my decorations are still up and I’m totally okay with it. Last year was the first time I ever kept my decorations up into the new year and I didn’t […]]]>

Hi friends and happy almost new year :)  I’m still in holiday mode because my kids don’t go back to school until January 9th. So my decorations are still up and I’m totally okay with it. Last year was the first time I ever kept my decorations up into the new year and I didn’t even twitch too much. It was actually very nice. So I’m intentionally not rushing it this year either, but will enjoy my family time and relaxing for as long as I can stretch it. It doesn’t mean I’m not doing any organizing. Gosh no, that would be crazy talk haha. In fact yesterday I put away all my Christmas serving ware and organized some of the gifts I got. And of course that means doing a purge because I always practice the one in, one out rule. You can read more about that at the link below if you’d like.

How to Put Away Christmas Gifts the Organized Way

christmas gifts

As always at this time of year my pageviews go up, most of it from my Pinterest boards as people search out how to get organized in the new year. If this is the case for you and you want to get started please visit my START HERE page where I’ve listed some of my most popular posts. Decluttering is essential to getting organized. Many people don’t understand the purge part of the PROCESS. Even my husband thinks organizing is just all about putting stuff in pretty containers. Umm no that is not quite how it works because if this is all you do, I can guarantee that in just a few months you’ll be right back where you started. I’ll be talking more about the importance of the purge in the future for sure and in the next few weeks I’ll share my purge pile post round-up for 2016 which I know many of you find very motivating. Regular consistent purging is the name of my game and over on Instagram is where you’ll often find my weekly purge pictures. Then at the end of the year I combine them all into one collage.

2015 purge piles at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

2014 purge piles

Organizing Resources:

Helpful organizing resources for the month of Dec 2016 at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

If you need some additional help with your organizing tasks you’ve got to check out these awesome resources below that my amazing sponsors have to offer. As you know at the end of every month I like to highlight for you what these awesome companies can do to help you. They have been with me for years and are pretty fantastic. I love how they can each help you get organized or, if you want, help you help others get organized.They are the real deal and they love to help others get hooked on organizing as much as I do. I love these companies and what they do!!

Profitable Organizer

Profitable Organizer Feb 2015

Profitable Organizer is a company created to help you set up your own Professional Organizing business. I get many inquiries from people wondering how to go about doing this so I’m thrilled to be able to refer you to an excellent resource. Professional Organizer, Cynthia and her husband Adam have designed their business and membership site to help walk you through this process step by step.

To find out if this is a path that might be right for you, you can take a tour of their extensive training area and watch a video that walks you through what is required and how Profitable Organizer can assist you with setting up your business. Find out more about their membership options, which include videos, forums, sample documents and much much more, here.

You can also find Profitable Organizer on Facebook

ENROLL TODAY

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Alejandra Costello is a Professional Organizer who shows people how to become organized so they can live a more productive, efficient, and stress-free life.

Feeling stuck with clutter & can’t get started? Alejandra’s video series shows you 3 e-a-s-yyyyy things to do tonight to feel more organized tomorrow morning. How’s that for starting the day off right?! Sign up to watch the free videos here.

Alejandra’s brand new purge program is here!

SimpLESSity is Alejandra’s NEW online video-based training program that shows you, step-by-step, HOW to completely declutter your home so you can eliminate distractions & overwhelm and have more time and freedom for what matters most in life – our relationships & experiences.

It includes everything you need to know, do, and understand to make progress and fast decisions on what to keep and what to get rid of so you can simplify your home from the overwhelming clutter that’s holding you back! You can learn more about the new program HERE.

You can also follow Alejandra on Facebook and now on Instagram.

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Have a great day and I hope you find these awesome organizing resources helpful as we go into a brand new year.

Here’s to an organized 2017!!

Now go purge something! :)

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2016 Christmas Home Decor Tour http://orgjunkie.com/2016/12/2016-christmas-home-decor.html http://orgjunkie.com/2016/12/2016-christmas-home-decor.html#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2016 18:19:24 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38899
Hi everyone, I hope you are all enjoying these days leading up to Christmas without too much stress. Since I haven’t done it in years, today I thought I’d share some of my Christmas decor with you. As you’ll see, I’m not a neutral girl at all. I do love pops of red and green […]]]>

Hi everyone, I hope you are all enjoying these days leading up to Christmas without too much stress. Since I haven’t done it in years, today I thought I’d share some of my Christmas decor with you. As you’ll see, I’m not a neutral girl at all. I do love pops of red and green and gold. And while I don’t go crazy with Christmas decorations, because clutter makes me batty, I do have a few special things we always put up each year. Welcome to my home!

We always get a real tree each year. This year is our biggest one yet at 9.5 feet.

Our Christmas tree at home 2016 at I'm an Organizing Junkie

Since we buy our kids an ornament every year, our tree has a LOT of ornaments that look just like these ones. Because nothing says Christmas like Spiderman and Darth Vader, ha!

Luckily with such a big tree I can still fit on some of the ornaments I’ve also made over the years.

We also put up a Christmas village each year right in front of the window that is really special to us.

And of course my beloved nativity scene. I just purchased the 3-tier stand today at Canadian Tire (all their Christmas stuff is 50% off!) and I love how it looks with all my special pieces and lights. A bit different.

Some of you might remember my cute snowman that hangs at the top of our stairs year after year. I got him at a craft fair many moons ago. Love him!

Star lights going down my stairs.

The ledge above my entryway. Lights are on timers since it’s so high up and I can’t reach it without a ladder.

My sweet Bella girl’s favorite spot to lay. The pillow is from Winners.

I covered our living room picture with wrapping paper this year just to be wild and crazy :)

Here’s our stocking holder (we don’t have a fireplace) even though we totally don’t use stockings in our home but sacks instead :)  I tried to convince the kids we should switch to stockings now that they are older but I got a firm NO on that one lol. I got the holder from a local gift store.

At the top of my stairs.

My dining room hutch.

On my dining room doors.

Thank you so much for coming along on this little tour of my home with me today. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. As a Christian I’ll be celebrating the birth of my Savior, a tiny baby born in a manger, who came to save us from our sins. I watched this video on Facebook yesterday and it’s just such a beautiful version of this song and wanted to share it with you here.

Merry Christmas everyone!

With love,
Laura

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Menu Plan Monday ~ December 19/16 Christmas Edition! http://orgjunkie.com/2016/12/menu-plan-monday-december-1916.html http://orgjunkie.com/2016/12/menu-plan-monday-december-1916.html#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:00:35 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38832
Hi friends! Welcome to the Christmas edition of Menu Plan Monday. It’s finally here, the week before Christmas countdown! I’m super excited because my daughter comes home on Thursday, just three more sleeps for me, yay! We also host a big Christmas Eve party each year after the Christmas Eve service at our church. It’s […]]]>

Christmas Menu Plan Monday for the week of Dec 19/16 - recipes and menu planning inspiration for a stress and chaos free week at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

Hi friends! Welcome to the Christmas edition of Menu Plan Monday. It’s finally here, the week before Christmas countdown! I’m super excited because my daughter comes home on Thursday, just three more sleeps for me, yay!

We also host a big Christmas Eve party each year after the Christmas Eve service at our church. It’s always a great time but I’ve got to be on the ball with all the food preparations. So to do that I need to be super organized and my holiday menu planner is a huge help. It’s free to print if you want to use it as well. You can find it HERE. It has a spot for me to keep track of what I’m cooking each day plus the preparations I need to make in advance of the big days. I like to spread it out as much as possible so I don’t end up doing everything all in one day.

Recipe Highlight:

Last week’s recipe highlight goes to the Creamy Maple Dijon Chicken with Bacon dish. Oh my, it sure was good!! Yum, yum.

Menu Plan Announcement:

Due to the Christmas holidays, there will be no Menu Plan Monday next week. I’ll still menu plan of course because I don’t know how to do life without it but I just won’t be posting. I’m going to try and stay off the computer as much as possible so I can enjoy time with the family.

I hope you all have a wonderfully organized and delicious Christmas :)

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: BLT Avocado Lettuce Wraps

Tuesday: Friends Potluck Lunch Party ~ I’ll be bringing Asian Chicken Cranberry Salad and for dinner hamburgers and raw veggies

Wednesday: Leftover buffet

Thursday: My daughter’s home! Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce over pasta (on spaghetti squash for me).

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with 5 minute homemade pizza dough and for me Salmon Cobb Salad

Saturday: Christmas Eve Party! Serving:

Chicken Wings
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Meatballs
Veggie Tray
Sausage/Cheese/Cracker Plate
Paleo Cookie Crumb Cranberry Bars
Butter Tarts
Hot Pizza Dip
Shrimp Ring with Homemade Cocktail Sauce
Big Batch Holiday Party Punch

Sunday: Merry Christmas! Dinner includes:

Garlic Rosemary Turkey
Slow Cooker Stuffing
Dairy-Free Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Garlic Asparagus and Mushrooms
Bread Machine Golden Honey Pan Rolls
Paleo Dinner Rolls
Fluffy Cherry Cheesecake
Gluten, Dairy and Egg-Free Chocolate Cupcakes
Paleo Almond Bake Donuts (for me!)

Merry Christmas!!

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Menu Plan Guidelines, banner selections and recipe helpers are here.

More family favorite recipes here.

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My favorite menu planning resource:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat


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