I'm an Organizing Junkie http://orgjunkie.com helping you be clutter & chaos free! Sat, 22 Apr 2017 04:36:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 112236124 Wherever Overwhelm Is, There You’ll Also Find Chaos http://orgjunkie.com/2017/04/wherever-overwhelm-find-chaos.html http://orgjunkie.com/2017/04/wherever-overwhelm-find-chaos.html#comments Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:38:44 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39780
Hello gorgeous, how are you? It’s been a minute since I’ve sat and rambled with you about the current state of my life which at the moment you might be surprised to hear has chaos written all over it. Yep it happens to all of us eventually, even to this Organizing Junkie. So since I’m […]]]>

Hello gorgeous, how are you? It’s been a minute since I’ve sat and rambled with you about the current state of my life which at the moment you might be surprised to hear has chaos written all over it. Yep it happens to all of us eventually, even to this Organizing Junkie. So since I’m only capable of rambling at this point, that’s what you’re going to get. Forgive me if this makes no sense at all. It’s late, I’m pooped and I may be twitching slightly. Just kidding, it’s not that late. Plus I’ve also got Paleo Chocolate so how bad can it be really? I mean chocolate just makes everything better, am I right girls?

So where to start? As you know I’m not normally a busy gal. I like quiet time and taking naps. I like relaxing and spending time sitting around talking and laughing and playing games with my people. What I don’t like is house projects. House projects often cost money and take lots and lots of time and work. But after living in this house for 7 years with the original builder beige wall color we decided we couldn’t put off the painting any longer. Well let’s be honest, having both sets of parents come to visit in June for my middle son’s graduation is really what is motivating us. Otherwise I’m pretty sure I’d still be embracing the drab walls in all their nicked up and dirty glory.

before painting

So it is spring break this week and here we are painting our entire main floor (living room, dining room, kitchen, entryway and hallway). You can imagine how thrilled my kids are about this. I feel their pain. The project just seems so overwhelming to me. There are people I know that think nothing of whipping out their paint brushes and transforming a room. I am not one of those paintbrush loving people. I’ve had seven years to pick paint colors and I still couldn’t do it. So I called a designer to help me pick colors and new counters and back splash for the kitchen. That last part especially stressed me out because we are keeping our oak cabinets and had to work around those. And no I’m not painting them, there is only so much chaos a person can handle people! :)

My house isn’t even that big but we have vaulted ceilings (especially in the entryway) which just adds another element of stress to what I like to call the “chaos ensues” project. There is stuff everywhere. All the decor from the living room had to go somewhere so it’s basically lining my hallway which is all sorts of maze like fun. That was a joke, there is nothing fun about stacks of stuff ready to coming tumbling down if you so much as sneeze as you walk by. Oh and did I mention that I’m in the middle of trying to get my taxes done before the end of the month….twitch, twitch.

As you can tell, chaos and I are not friends. I am rude to chaos and rarely ever invite it into my home when it comes a knocking on the door. I’d prefer to hide beside the window barely breathing so it will think no one is home. But sometimes chaos can’t be avoided and we have to figure out how to co-exist with this bratty houseguest so as to not lose our minds.

painting progress

Something I figured out, to keep my chaotic houseguest from getting too comfortable, was to not focus on all that needed to be done and instead just focus on the very next thing. Boy does this ever make a difference. I only give my attention to the task at hand and not worry about all the things that I still need to do. Something interesting came out of this exercise. I actually found myself enjoying the process! As I painted all the baseboards and moldings I got lost in my thoughts and it was so calming. In fact, I found I didn’t mind it at all. Take that chaos!

We just finished the living room and now are working on the kitchen. We went with Deep Space by BM for the feature wall and Revere Pewter by BM for the rest of the walls. It looks so good, I’m so happy with how it’s turning out and I promise I’ll share more pictures with you when it’s done. The counters and back splash won’t be in for awhile yet and the project is taking longer than expected because I have some kind of shoulder problem that forces me to keep stopping to rest but it’s coming along one step at a time. I’m just going to do what I can, when I can. Progress is better than no progress and every little bit counts.

Hey that’s good advice right there! And you know what, it’s the same with organizing as well. Many would rather paint a wall then spend any time getting organized because to them organizing is so overwhelming. Wherever overwhelm is, there you’ll also find chaos.

Wherever Overwhelm Is, There You'll Also Find Chaos

Your clutter houseguest might have gotten so comfy that they decided to move right on in and now won’t leave your couch and your closets. Maybe progress for you means purging one item a day or organizing one drawer or closet. Just keep reminding yourself that progress is progress and every little bit counts. That’s what I’m doing and you can too! We’ve got this! But first chocolate, we can’t forget the chocolate. Oh and if all else fails, I highly recommend inviting family over to stay awhile to get you moving! :)

Bye, bye chaos, it was nice knowing you!

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Helping Tweens Organize Their Spaces http://orgjunkie.com/2017/04/helping-tweens-organize-spaces.html http://orgjunkie.com/2017/04/helping-tweens-organize-spaces.html#comments Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:20:52 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39768
The following is a guest post about helping tweens organize their spaces from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me.  Helping children get (and stay) organized usually feels like a daunting and overwhelming task, am I right? With three children of my own, two teenagers and one tween, I’m in that stage of life where […]]]>

The following is a guest post about helping tweens organize their spaces from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me

Helping children get (and stay) organized usually feels like a daunting and overwhelming task, am I right?

With three children of my own, two teenagers and one tween, I’m in that stage of life where my kids don’t have as many toys scattered around but they still have plenty of stuff, and sometimes their stuff seems to take up as much space as their childhood toys and stuffed animals, if not more.

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My youngest daughter, my tween, is the definition of a spirited and creative child. Which yes, equals to sometimes less organization and structure. Therefore, in setting up Berkley’s room in our new home, I realized that I needed less organizing systems for toys and more organizing systems for her “tween” stuff. Items like journals, slime making supplies, and yes, dolls (not all of the toys are gone yet). I also needed a simple organizing plan that Berkley could maintain and commit to on a regular basis (almost there).

So, in three simple organizing steps, I took her piles of stuff and created an easy to follow plan. This system should get her through her tween years and beyond, and still allow plenty of space for her spirit and creativity!

#1 – Organize Vertically

When me moved in, we did the furniture shuffle and Berkley acquired two tall black Ikea book shelves from our furniture pool. These shelves make a great storage option in her room. Whenever you can go vertical in organizing, the more options you’ll create.

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#2 – Organize with Bins

Next, I needed to find some sort of basket or bin that would fit on the shelving and create a great organizing option. Target helped, again, because Target. I found these bins on clearance and snatched six of them. The green stripe was one of her accent colors and the best part, they fit the shelving perfectly. Bins allow for a free spirit and still help to control the chaos. Before shopping for storage solutions, always measure your spaces – this will save you time and money!

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#3 – Organize with Labels

After designating what would go in each bin and coming up with six categories, I knew I wanted to create some sort of labeling system. I decided on laminating printed cardstock and then clipping the label on the front of each bin with these cute office clips (also from Target). Labeling helps keep the bins committed to their category and also helps Berkley when she has friend over. They can easily work together to pick up things, because everything has a place!

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We’ve ditched the small toys and replaced them with art supplies, accessories, and journals. I love watching the evolution and also seeing how my children continue to change and blossom. Help your tweens (and teens) stay organized by organizing vertically, using bins, and labeling when necessary.

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Do your tweens have more things to organize now than they did when they were younger?

Happy Organizing!

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Morgan is the energetic and motivated, but also realistic girl, behind Morganize with Me. She is a list lover, fitness fan, and chaos calmer! Her mission is to share tried and true techniques that she hopes will encourage her readers and clients as they focus on their health and homes. Join one of her Challenges and be sure to check out her Shop full of fabulous organizing printables!

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Menu Plan Monday ~ April 17/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration http://orgjunkie.com/2017/04/menu-plan-monday-april-1717.html http://orgjunkie.com/2017/04/menu-plan-monday-april-1717.html#comments Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:00:50 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39708
Hello there, we meet again! I hope you all had a nice relaxing Easter weekend with friends and family. Now it’s time to get ready for another organized week with a simple menu plan. I don’t know about you but after a big holiday meal I definitely want to eat lighter meals over the next […]]]>

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Hello there, we meet again! I hope you all had a nice relaxing Easter weekend with friends and family. Now it’s time to get ready for another organized week with a simple menu plan. I don’t know about you but after a big holiday meal I definitely want to eat lighter meals over the next couple of days.

Our big meal, made by my hubby, included a huge farm fresh chicken (so good!), mashed potatoes and tomatoes for me. The rest of my family had corn on the cob but I can’t eat corn.

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I made Paleo Strawberry Apple Crisp for dessert but it was just okay, a little too sweet for me. Still trying to find the perfect Paleo recipe for my favorite dessert.

Paleo Strawberry Apple Crisp

We’ve also had three days of snow over the weekend so just forget about what I said last week about spring being here. I should know better :(

Snow in April

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

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Homemade Chicken Soup (made using the leftover chicken carcass)

Tuesday: Continuing with chicken leftovers: Paleo Chicken Bacon Strawberry Salad

Wednesday: Pineapple Bacon Burgers (because bacon!)

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with 5 minute homemade pizza dough and for me Shrimp Scampi

Saturday: Herb Pan Fried Pork Chops (I’ll sub the flour for something else) served with rice and broccoli

Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

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More family favorite recipes here.

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My favorite menu planning resource:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

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An Easy & Inexpensive Way to Organize All Your Purses In Your Closet http://orgjunkie.com/2017/04/inexpensive-way-organize-purses.html http://orgjunkie.com/2017/04/inexpensive-way-organize-purses.html#comments Thu, 13 Apr 2017 03:42:48 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39733
The following is a guest post about how to inexpensively organize purses from regular contributor, Yuni at Love Your Abode. Hi friends, it’s Yuni from Love Your Abode and today, I want to share a simple way to organize all of your purses. I did this a couple of years ago and I have found […]]]>

The following is a guest post about how to inexpensively organize purses from regular contributor, Yuni at Love Your Abode.

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Hi friends, it’s Yuni from Love Your Abode and today, I want to share a simple way to organize all of your purses. I did this a couple of years ago and I have found it’s the best way to organize all of my handbags.

My closest is nothing fancy but I’m grateful to have my own space. Do you want to see how my purses used to be stored? After a while, this “method” wasn’t working anymore due to a few reasons.

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Apart from looking ugly, throwing them all in a bin didn’t keep my handbags in the best shape. They became squished and a lot of them would lose shape and form. Plus, I would forget about the bags sitting on the bottom of the bin.

To get your purses organized, all you need are some simple curtain hooks from the store. I found these and hung them upside down in the closet. You want to make sure that you buy the right type of hooks that have an open end because that’s how you will hang the handbags. This particular style will most likely be in metal form and not plastic.

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Hang them upside down and put some space in between each hook. I turned the open hook towards the back because it looked cleaner that way.

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Starting from the end, hang each handbag off the hook.

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Simple and easy!

This is also a great time to clean out those purses and you may find some lucky treasures like money or lost jewelry. I only found some old candy, chapstick, hair ties and a super old protein bar (not pictured because #gross). This is also a great time to donate old or unused purses. Just like clothes, if you haven’t carried it the last year, you probably should donate or give it to someone else who can use it.

Now, it’s not only easier picking the bag I need, they’re better maintained and organized in a pretty and functional way.

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I love it!

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Do you have a way to organize your purses? Hope you found this post helpful. Have a blessed day, friends!

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. 

Related posts:

Organize Your Hats & Scarves with Shower Hooks

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Seven Kid Zones for Spring Cleaning http://orgjunkie.com/2017/04/seven-kid-zones-spring-cleaning.html http://orgjunkie.com/2017/04/seven-kid-zones-spring-cleaning.html#respond Tue, 11 Apr 2017 02:57:57 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39719
The following is a guest post on seven kids zones for spring cleaning from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. When I think of spring cleaning, I automatically think of window washing and front porch refreshing. This year, my cleaning list advanced beyond the usual seasonal tasks. Below are 7 kid zones that needed […]]]>

The following is a guest post on seven kids zones for spring cleaning from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home.

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When I think of spring cleaning, I automatically think of window washing and front porch refreshing. This year, my cleaning list advanced beyond the usual seasonal tasks. Below are 7 kid zones that needed a good “spring cleaning” in our home. Most of these are jobs perfect for enlisting the children’s help.

1. CLOTHING

7 kids zones for spring cleaning - clothing

I’m sure it pops into most mothers’ minds to clean out the kids closets around this time of year. I did the same for my girls just recently. In fact, I was prompted to because of an annual consignment sale I donate towards this time every year. (FYI, I’m working on another post coming soon about organizing kids clothing for consigning.) That said, spring is an automatic time to tackle the kiddie closets. Throw away the damaged beyond repair clothing, box up that which you intend to pass along as hand-me-downs, and prep anything you desire to consign or share with another family in need. When I spring clean my girls’ closets, I include shoes, socks, and summer accessories like bathing suits and swim hats. One good overhaul will last until next winter and we can operate on just maintaining the closet system until then.

2. ARTWORK

7 kids zones for spring cleaning - artwork

I still get asked about how to manage children’s artwork. I wrote about one option HERE and it remains my favorite method to this day! Even with our art notebook, I still find hand crafted treasures tend to pile-up by this time of year. Spring is the perfect time to evaluate what has been collected thus far and find another home for that which is no longer on the “keep” list.

3. DIAPER BAG

7 kids zones for spring cleaning - diaper bag

I know this is specifically for those with young children. I also know those of you with little ones agree how messy a diaper bag can get in one week’s worth of time. :) I’ve emptied and cleaned out our diaper bag on several occasions over the course of a year. But, if you’ve never taken a few minutes to pull everything out and repack the baby bag, you might be surprised what “treasures” you find. The diaper bag is worth adding to your spring cleaning list and is very rewarding to cross off. This task is both quick and easy to accomplish.

Don’t have a diaper bag anymore? Turn your attention to the backpacks and the backpack station. Better yet, turn your kids’ attention to spring cleaning their own backpacks. It’s sure to reveal some forgotten goodies or lost homework. :)

4. TOYS

7 kids zones for spring cleaning - toys

You didn’t think I would overlook the obvious, did you? :) Hit the toy bins in your house with a purpose. Toss the broken toys. Donate or sell the no-longer-played-with-toys. Purge today so you can enjoy the beautiful spring weather tomorrow.

5. ART SUPPLIES

7 kids zones for spring cleaning - art supplies

No matter how organized I am in this area, art supplies always need a detailed cleaning at least once a year. Pull out the paint bottles and wipe down the shelves or bins. Toss the used supplies that get thrown back in the stash for no reason. We have an Art Cart and a storage cabinet that both get reorganized this time of year (see also this art caddy post for ideas). At Christmas my daughter was gifted a caddy full of art supplies. In a few short months, it grew chaotic. I asked her to pull everything out and within 15 minutes she had it back to a more user-friendly condition. It’s a simple spring cleaning job that does wonders for arts and crafts time at home.

6. OUTDOOR TOYS

7 kids zones for spring cleaning - outdoor toys

My very first post for Laura has been highlighted by both bloggers and magazines in regards to garage organization. It was all about outdoor toy storage. Let’s just say, my blogging has improved since then, but the subject remains pertinent as is demonstrated by the amount of times it has been referred to over the years. Creating a system for outdoor toy storage and maintaining that system is something I’ve found very beneficial to our garage. Every spring, those green bins of ours get emptied, wiped clean, and purged. By now, this has become a spring cleaning task for our oldest daughter while my husband and I tackle the rest of the garage.

7. CAR SEATS

7 kids zones for spring cleaning - car seat

From baby goobers to toddler crumbs, sometimes I wonder if our car seats could be a science experiment. Time to take out the fabric and run the pieces through the washing machine. Meanwhile, wipe down the plastic parts and vacuum out the crumbs found in the deep crevices. I find this to involve a little more time than other tasks listed above, but is equally rewarding when all is said and done.

So there ya have my list of children’s spring cleaning chores. Did I miss anything? What else do you deep-clean in relation to your kids this springy time of year?

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 ~ April 10/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration http://orgjunkie.com/2017/04/menu-plan-monday-april-1017.html http://orgjunkie.com/2017/04/menu-plan-monday-april-1017.html#comments Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:00:42 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39640
Hi friends! In case you didn’t see it last week, I’ve got a little menu plan gift for you to help make your menu planning just a wee bit easier. Print out this handy weekly menu planner using the instructions HERE and then just fill it in with some easy and simple recipes and you […]]]>

Menu Plan Monday - weekly dinner inspiration for the week of April 10/17 at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

Hi friends! In case you didn’t see it last week, I’ve got a little menu plan gift for you to help make your menu planning just a wee bit easier. Print out this handy weekly menu planner using the instructions HERE and then just fill it in with some easy and simple recipes and you are well on your way to an organized, less stressful and chaotic week. I do hope you like it. I designed it so you can fold the page in half and cut it down the middle to have a separate grocery list to bring to the grocery store if you’d like. Or just fold it in half and bring the whole thing with you, whatever works for you to get it done :)

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This past weekend my daughter turned TWENTY years old. Unfortunately we couldn’t be with her on her birthday (she’s away at University) so my family decided to celebrate with cheesecake on her behalf. We sent her a video of the special birthday plate we always use with us singing happy birthday to her in the background. :) Birthdays are a big deal to me so it’s tough not get to celebrate and love on her in person.

Here’s what we’ll be eating this week with an Easter celebration at the end of it and then spring break happens for us after that. Yay!

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Sheet Pan Steak and Veggies

Tuesday: My family would eat this every day if I let them: Slow-Cooker Ribs served with baby potatoes and tossed salad

Wednesday: Zucchini Beef Skillet Recipe served over rice for the rest of my family

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with 5 minute homemade pizza dough and for me Paleo Coconut Shrimp

Saturday: Slow Cooker Meatballs over spaghetti squash

Sunday: Easter Dinner: Roasted Chicken over Hearty Vegetables and for dessert I’ll be making Paleo Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

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More family favorite recipes here.

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My favorite menu planning resource:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat


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Top 5 Classroom Organization Products http://orgjunkie.com/2017/04/top-5-classroom-organization-products.html http://orgjunkie.com/2017/04/top-5-classroom-organization-products.html#respond Fri, 07 Apr 2017 03:39:00 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39687
The following is a guest post on her top 5 classroom organization products from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project. I am about to end my tenth year of teaching. I am really in shock because it doesn’t seem like I have been teaching that long. I guess time really does fly when you […]]]>

The following is a guest post on her top 5 classroom organization products from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project.

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I am about to end my tenth year of teaching. I am really in shock because it doesn’t seem like I have been teaching that long. I guess time really does fly when you are having fun, or extremely busy.

Over the years, I have used many different organization systems and products, some worked better than others. The success of a product really depended on my classroom. I have taught at three different schools, had five different classrooms, and taught many different subjects. Most of the subjects I have taught have been in the business and technology area, which is what my degree is in.

Out of all of the products I have used, I have five organization products that I love and continuously use in my classroom. Not all of the products were made to be used in a classroom or office, but I have found a lot of success using them in those areas.

Top 5 Organization Products

(starting at top left and going clockwise)

Sterilite5-Drawer Unit

I had this little organizer sitting in my attic at home waiting for a purpose. Then, I decided that it would make a great classroom storage piece for all of the small pieces of papers that I use daily. So, I have it sitting on my bookcase and it stores passes, detention slips, stickers, and I left one drawer empty in case I need an additional drawer in the future.

Top 5 Organization Products

Ikea Antonius Basket Insert

I have purchased several of these Ikea basket inserts for my home. I think their original purpose is to fit inside the Raskog cart, which I have used one or two in that manner. But, I also found they make great and inexpensive drawer dividers at work. They are actually a perfect fit for my desk drawers. I have one in my top drawer that holds highlighters, erasers, pencils, and pens. I call it my happy drawer because when I open it up, everything is organized perfectly and brightly colored.

Top 5 Organization Products

Pampered Chef Turn-About

Originally, I purchased this turn-about for my kitchen to store utensils on my counter. But, I didn’t like the way it looked with the rest of my kitchen items. So, I decided to take it to work to place on my desk and use as a classroom supply organizer. Anything I keep in the organizer is for my students to use. I usually have a pair of scissors, highlighters, pencils, and pens that they can come and grab at any moment.

Top 5 Organization Products

Officemate Recycled Desk Tray

These trays are probably the organization piece I have used the longest. I have used them in several different ways. Currently, I am using them to separate completed and graded work for each of my classes. Each class has a different tray.

Top 5 Organization Products

School Supply Organization Box

I have purchased several of these boxes over the years. At the beginning of my career, I used them to store bulletin board boarders. Then, I moved classrooms and didn’t have any bulletin boards in my room, so I let go of most of those pieces.

Then, I found a new use for them. I use them to store all of the colored pencils that my students use for their blank keyboard practices. I teach keyboarding and my students have one big test at the end of the semester where they have to fill out a blank keyboard worksheet and color-code it based on finger placement. This is a task that we practice every single week throughout the entire semester.

So, the colored pencils are always readily available in these school supply boxes.

These five classroom organization systems have been the best investments. They work and didn’t cost me a fortune.

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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Free Printables for an Organized Day and Week! http://orgjunkie.com/2017/04/free-printables-organized-day.html http://orgjunkie.com/2017/04/free-printables-organized-day.html#comments Thu, 06 Apr 2017 02:39:43 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39668
Disorganization can be caused by many things. Clutter of course can overwhelm and impact our physical surroundings and lack of planning can have dire consequences on our time. Both situations can be very stressful if not organized and managed properly. And by managed properly I mean organized just enough so you don’t completely lose your […]]]>

Disorganization can be caused by many things. Clutter of course can overwhelm and impact our physical surroundings and lack of planning can have dire consequences on our time. Both situations can be very stressful if not organized and managed properly. And by managed properly I mean organized just enough so you don’t completely lose your marbles on any given day :). Thankfully there are many organizing tools out there designed to help us pull off this thing called life where we try to keep 10 different balls rotating in the air all at one time. No easy feat am I right? And while it’s a good idea to try to reduce the number of balls we are juggling at any given time, it’s also pretty clear that baskets, planners, calendars and checklists should be our very best friends in the whole wide world.

Free Organizing Printables for an Organized Day and Week at I'm an Organizing Junkie

Unfortunately I don’t have any baskets to give you today but I do have the next best thing, printables to help you manage your stuff and your time. Anyone else get as excited as I do about these things? Nothing fancy or even expensive but just a place to start to help us keep the sanity in check. You can find download instructions at the end of this post.

Weekly Menu Planner:

No week is complete without menu planning. Right? Wait, what? You don’t menu plan? I understand, some people love the 4:00 witching hour, what’s for dinner melt down so much that they do it day after day. You crazy girl. So in another attempt at luring you into the sanity saving method that is menu planning, here is a pretty little place to record your meals and groceries for the week. Just try it, you’ll like it :)

weekly menu planner

weekly menu planner

Today’s Organized Plan of Attack:

So the only way to really take charge of any day is to attack it head on. Show it who’s boss, no fooling around. This printable does just that. Start by listing your top three “I must get these things done today or else I’m going to cry” down. Next jot down the things to do if all goes according to plan and you have nothing but time. Hey it might happen! There is also a section for important morning and evening tasks. For instance, important morning tasks for me include wiping down the kitchen after the kids get off to school, making sure I have my meat out of the freezer for dinner and doing a quick 10 minute tidy.

today's plan of attack

today's plan of attack

There is a space for dinner and appointments as well as your exercise and water goals.

100 Organizing Tasks to Tackle:

Here’s a checklist that I think you’ll really find helpful. I sat down and listed out 100 organizing tasks that you can do around your house in small bits of time. Remember small tackles lead to big results so make a commitment to tackle one task per day and in no time your house will be feeling less cluttered and chaotic. Go in any order that you want and highlight the tasks as you get them done. Add one task a day to your Plan of Attack page above to help you remember.

100 organizing tasks to tackle

If you are ready to get started, grab your free printables by signing up for Org Junkie Extras email list below. These particular printables are only available for subscribers but I do have other free printables HERE.

You’ll notice I have three sign up options available and wanted to take a minute to explain each of them to you to reduce confusion. You can sign up for one or more.

Blog Posts: check this option and you’ll get an email from me every time a new post goes up.

Org Junkie Extras: this is the option you want to check off to receive exclusive free printables (like the ones above!) and be in the know about discounts and deals to help you get organized.

Week in Review: this option gives you all the blog posts from the previous week in just one email every Saturday morning.

free organizing printables for an organized day and week!

If you’ve been on my email list for awhile then you were automatically signed up for Org Junkie Extras when I first created this category. You should have already received an email from me last night with access to these printables. It may be in your junk mail (the unfortunate downfall to having Junkie in your blog name) so be sure to double check there.

If you are signing up today for the first time, you’ll immediately get an email afterwards to activate your subscription and once you’ve done that you should get another email within the hour with your free printables! Enjoy!

Let me know if you have any questions. May you always have more joy and simplicity in your life than clutter and chaos. Mwah!

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Menu Plan Monday ~ April 3/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration http://orgjunkie.com/2017/04/menu-plan-monday-april-317.html http://orgjunkie.com/2017/04/menu-plan-monday-april-317.html#comments Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:00:47 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39568
Hi friends! For those that are regular menu planners, do you ever feel like not doing it? Yep me too. Some days I sit down to menu plan and can find five meals in about 10 minutes but other days it takes forever because nothing sounds good to me. On those down days I have […]]]>

Menu Plan Monday - weekly dinner inspiration for the week of April 3/17 at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

Hi friends! For those that are regular menu planners, do you ever feel like not doing it? Yep me too. Some days I sit down to menu plan and can find five meals in about 10 minutes but other days it takes forever because nothing sounds good to me. On those down days I have to force myself to just do it. Why? Because experience has taught me that I will absolutely regret it if I don’t do it. So I get it done in order to have an easier week, a healthier week, and a less stressful week. How about you?

Did you see the post I wrote last week? I sat down and collected seven of our favorite tried and true recipes that are not only delicious but easy (easier) for kids to make as well. Nothing complicated or fancy, just simple recipes to help you get dinner on the table quickly each night.

So no more excuses, get those kids helping you in the kitchen!

Here’s what we’ll be eating this week in my house.

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Quick Chicken Soup with green smoothies

Tuesday: Easy Roasted Kielbasa and Veggies

Wednesday: One Pan Lemon Chicken with Asparagus

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with 5 minute homemade pizza dough and for me Paleo Pizza

Saturday: Pork Chops with Honey-Garlic Sauce (subbing the soy sauce with coconut aminos) served with broccoli

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


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March 2017 Recap and Organizing Resources http://orgjunkie.com/2017/03/march-2017-recap-organizing-resources.html http://orgjunkie.com/2017/03/march-2017-recap-organizing-resources.html#comments Fri, 31 Mar 2017 18:06:52 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39633
Why hello there? Happy Friday y’all! Not only is it Friday but it’s the end of the month too, which makes me happy because April is here tomorrow, whoot! April means I made it through seven long months of winter. Yes we may still get snow but it will be minimal at this point, thank […]]]>

Why hello there? Happy Friday y’all! Not only is it Friday but it’s the end of the month too, which makes me happy because April is here tomorrow, whoot! April means I made it through seven long months of winter. Yes we may still get snow but it will be minimal at this point, thank goodness. It means I can get to the city whenever I want too to find awesome organizing products. I love going for sunny drives when I don’t have to worry about crappy roads. Freedom!

Popular March Posts:

Helpful Tips for Managing Toy Clutter

Teaching Your Kids to Cook So Eventually You Don’t Have To!

Smoothie Cabinet Organization

I hope you’ll check those out if you didn’t catch them the first time around. I’d also love to know if you have any special organizing topics you’d like me to cover here for you. Where are you struggling? How can I help?

March Organizing Resources:

As I do at the end of every month, I like to take time to remind you about my regular long time sponsors and all their awesome organizing services. They are all amazing and so passionate about organizing. This makes me happy because I know they can help you get organized or, if you want, help you get others organized. I love these companies and what they have to offer!!

Helpful organizing resources and recap for the month of Feb 2017 at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

Profitable Organizer

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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

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Alejandra Costello

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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 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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Get Organized Wizard

Get Organized Wizard is a company designed to help you move from procrastination to action. Their programs help busy men and women take action toward a life of greater happiness, productivity and personal organization. Michelle has many products and programs available to help you with getting organized. You can view all of them and how they can help you by visiting her product page.

Available right now on sale for $29.0014 Days to an Organized Closet. A program to help you create your perfect wardrobe – decluttered, streamlined, organized.

Over 14 days, you’ll learn to deal with the practicalities of:

  1. Decluttering your closet of clothes and shoes you don’t wear
  2. Simplifying the way you think about your outfits
  3. Organizing your closet, clothes, and footwear.

But you’ll also be helped to unlock the mental and emotional chains that keep you holding on to clothes you don’t wear or need. More info HERE.

Also find Get Organized Wizard on Twitter and Facebook.

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Smead Manufacturing Company

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Smead Manufacturing Company is a well-known leader in high quality, environmentally responsible and innovative products, most of which are made right here in the USA. Founded in 1906 in Hastings, Minnesota, Smead is a certified woman-owned business offering thousands of organizational products for use in the home or office. For more information on Smead’s products, visit smead.com. For personalized organizing advice, tips and solutions, visit Smead Organomics.

Submit a Smead product review using this link and you could win a $100 Smead shopping spree!!

Also just released is Smead’s new eBook called “Room by Room” organization. It features organization tips and advice for each room in the home from some of the top professional organizers in the world. Download your free copy today HERE. Happy Organizing!

Smead also produces a weekly podcast with organizing tips. Check it out at www.Smead.com/podcast

You can also find Smead on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube!

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Have a great weekend everyone and I hope you find these awesome organizing resources helpful as you work to get yourself, your family and your home organized this year!

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