I'm an Organizing Junkie http://orgjunkie.com helping you be clutter & chaos free! Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:00:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 5 Ways to Stay Stress-Free During the Holidays http://orgjunkie.com/2016/12/5-ways-stay-stress-free-holidays.html http://orgjunkie.com/2016/12/5-ways-stay-stress-free-holidays.html#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:00:40 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38748 holidays-stress-free
The following is a guest post on ways to stay stress-free this holiday from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project. Christmas time is my favorite time of year. From the decorating to the gift purchasing and the all around feeling in the air. But, it can also be a stressful time if I don’t […]]]>
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The following is a guest post on ways to stay stress-free this holiday from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project.

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Christmas time is my favorite time of year. From the decorating to the gift purchasing and the all around feeling in the air. But, it can also be a stressful time if I don’t watch myself. Since I have been married, I have followed a few simple tips to keep myself on track and my mind where it should be during this time of year.

5 Ways to Stay Stress-Free During the Holidays

Keep a List

This one should not come as a surprise. I have a list for Christmas gifting and planning, and this list is usually started in the summer. My brain is always going in many different directions, so if I don’t have everything written down I will forget something. The same goes for Christmas gifts and planning. I have all of the people I need to purchase presents for written in a notebook and I have the days I get paid listed as well. I will divide presents up by paychecks, so I know exactly what needs to be purchased when payday rolls around.

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Start Early

Since I have been married, I have always started my Christmas shopping early. And, when I say early, I mean during the summer months. I know it may seem a little too early, but it helps me out so much. By starting so early, we are able to purchase most gifts with our checking account. Each paycheck we set aside a certain percentage to use for Christmas, birthday, and anniversary gifts. So, by Christmas time, everything has been purchased and our credit cards have not been maxed out. Having a lot of credit card debt stresses me out a lot, so this approach has helped a lot.

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Shop Online

I used to love going shopping on the weekends. For years, it was one of my favorite things to do. Now, things have changed drastically. I do not like to go to an actual store. I like to sit at home with a cup of coffee in my hand and shop. A lot of stores have excellent deals where you can get free shipping, plus I don’t have to drive or wait in long lines. This means more time for relaxing with my family.

Set Realistic Expectations

Sometimes, I think I am super mom. I think I can get a lot more accomplished in a given day or even season than I actually can. I have learned to be more realistic these days. For example, we are in the middle of a kitchen remodel, so I am focusing on getting a Christmas tree up this year. I am holding back from doing all of the festive kitchen items and living room decorations. I can’t get it all done. Finishing my kitchen project is more important than decorating the entire house. Once I realized to keep my goals attainable, my stress was reduced greatly.

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Remember the Reason for the Season

Sometimes, I know I can get wrapped up in the presents and decorations and totally forget about the reason we are celebrating. When that happens, I have to step back and re-evaluate what I am focusing on. Those things are not the reason we celebrate.

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How do you stay stress-free during the holiday season?

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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!

See also the Organized for Christmas series

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Organized for Christmas: Task #8 Decorating the House http://orgjunkie.com/2016/11/organized-christmas-decorating-house.html http://orgjunkie.com/2016/11/organized-christmas-decorating-house.html#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 04:38:01 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38737 organized-for-christmas-8
Can you believe there are only 3 and a half weeks left before Christmas. Are you ready? As you know my husband doesn’t like us to decorate for Christmas until December 1st. It drives me crazy though because I like to have everything done before December so I can just relax and enjoy the holidays […]]]>
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Can you believe there are only 3 and a half weeks left before Christmas. Are you ready?

As you know my husband doesn’t like us to decorate for Christmas until December 1st. It drives me crazy though because I like to have everything done before December so I can just relax and enjoy the holidays to the fullest. So we came to a compromise and I officially starting decorating Nov 29th, whoot! All that’s left is to put up a tree (we do a real one) which we will go out and get on Saturday. It will be nice this year not to be doing everything all in one day, that’s too exhausting for me.

Here is a list of all the tasks we’ve checked off so far:

Task #1: Set up gift planner app and budget

Task #2: Find and organize gift storage space

Task #3: Set up a holiday planner

Task #4: Giftster Wish List app

Task #5: Christmas cards

Task #6: Organizing and cleaning

Task #7:  Gift Wrap Supplies & Organization

Organized for Christmas: Task #8 Decorating the house

Assignment #8: Decorating the House

So this week is all about getting the house decked out as you see fit. If it’s stressing you out, then less is okay. I only decorate my living room and dining room areas as that’s about all I can manage. Do what works for you and let go of the rest. As you pull out your decorations, go through and weed out the items that are broken or that you no longer love and use. And don’t hold on to anything out of guilt, just keep the things that make you smile when you pull them out of the box.

This Week’s To Do List

Pull out your decorations:

Haul out your boxes and bins and start unpacking them. Purge items not used or loved.

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Decorate:

  • Surfaces (mantel, hutches, coffee tables)
  • Garland (doors, stairs)
  • Lights (inside, outside)
  • Christmas tree (stand, skirt, decorations)
  • Linens (tablecloths, placemats, napkins, kitchen towels)
  • Dinnerware
  • Candles
  • Wreaths
  • Banners
  • Stockings
  • Christmas music
  • anything else

Inexpensive Decor Ideas:

I absolutely love all the beautiful free printables out there for Christmas that you can find on Pinterest. Adding printable artwork or banners to your home is such an inexpensive way to decorate. Here are a couple of recommendations for you.

Super cute FREE Christmas Printables from On Sutton Place. You’ll also find so many other great decorating ideas there.

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30 Free Christmas Printables at Lolly Jane

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Merry Christmas Free Printable Banner

(I use it in my dining room)

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Oh and if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to cover up mismatched artwork, do what I did this year and gift wrap it!

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For many more ideas, please check out my Pinterest boards!

Have a great week everyone and remember to KEEP IT SIMPLE!

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Helpful Organizing Resources ~ November 2016 http://orgjunkie.com/2016/11/organizing-resources-nov-2016.html http://orgjunkie.com/2016/11/organizing-resources-nov-2016.html#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:17:37 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38730 helpful-organizing-resources
Hello beautiful people! Can you believe we are at the end of November already? Time flies that is for sure! How are you doing with your Christmas organizing? I’ll be finishing up the Organized for Christmas series over the next couple of weeks so be sure to check it out to get some organizing ideas […]]]>
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November 2016 ~ Helpful organizing resources to help you get your life in order and be chaos and clutter free at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

Hello beautiful people! Can you believe we are at the end of November already? Time flies that is for sure! How are you doing with your Christmas organizing? I’ll be finishing up the Organized for Christmas series over the next couple of weeks so be sure to check it out to get some organizing ideas for Christmas.

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Also I shared my first ever holiday gift guide last week that you might enjoy. I am so happy with it and all the wonderful gift ideas I was able to include to help your loved ones with organization.

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Below you’ll find even more ideas to help you or your loved ones get organized!

Organizing Resources:

As you know at the end of every month I like to highlight for you my regular sponsors here. 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!!

So many great organizing resources you don’t want to miss!!

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.

For more organizing inspiration, check out Alejandra’s latest videos:

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

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Get Organized Wizard

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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 $29.007 Days to an Organized Home Office –> A program to help you create your perfect home office – decluttered, streamlined, organized.

Over 7 days, I’ll help you deal with the practicalities of:

  1. Decluttering your office of paper and paraphernalia you don’t need
  2. Simplifying the way you use your office space
  3. Organizing your desk, filing, paperwork, books, magazines, and office supplies.

But I’ll also help you deal with the habits that cause paper overload and office clutter in the first place – so your home office stays organized!  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 day and I hope you find these awesome organizing resources helpful!

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Nov 28/16 http://orgjunkie.com/2016/11/menu-plan-monday-nov-2816.html http://orgjunkie.com/2016/11/menu-plan-monday-nov-2816.html#comments Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:00:15 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38646 Christmas Menu Plan Monday
Hi friends! How are you? Ready to get your menu plan done for the week? Trust me, you’ll be so happy you did! Don’t do things the hard way by stressing out every day about what you’re going to eat for dinner. That’s silly, a menu plan makes all the stress go away. Okay maybe […]]]>
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Hi friends! How are you? Ready to get your menu plan done for the week? Trust me, you’ll be so happy you did! Don’t do things the hard way by stressing out every day about what you’re going to eat for dinner. That’s silly, a menu plan makes all the stress go away. Okay maybe not all the stress, the kids will still melt down at 4:00 but with a menu plan in place at least you’ll be able to hide in a corner and still get dinner on the table. Ha!

Recipe Highlight:

So last week I mentioned my friends and I were doing a Gilmore Girls viewing party and one of the things I brought was super easy two ingredient Paleo Bacon-Wrapped Pears. Oh my goodness, they were so delicious, I made more the next day for dinner. Yep dinner. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised because hello bacon. But the combination of the salty and sweet just felt like such a yummy treat!

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8 Easy Sheet Plan Dinners:

While I was on Pinterest last night, scrolling away as I usually do on Sunday nights looking for dinner recipes, I came across something I thought could help you with the whole getting dinner on the table fast thing. Check out these 8 Easy Sheet Pan Dinner Recipes from Eat at Home. Basically you throw everything onto a pan, pop it in the oven and go watch Netflix for awhile while you wait for it to cook. You’re welcome :)

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Plan to Eat Reminder:

Today’s the last day to grab Plan to Eat for 50% off. They only do this once a year so check it out if you could use a little menu planning assistant in your life :)

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

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Pineapple Bacon Burgers served with spinach smoothies

Tuesday: One-Pan Paprika Chicken with Potatoes and Tomatoes

Wednesday: Paleo Oven Baked Ribs served with roasted veggies

Thursday: Leftover buffet

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

Saturday: Paleo Steak Salad with Creamy Garlic Vinaigrette

Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

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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:

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I’m an Organizing Junkie’s Fabulous Holiday Gift Guide http://orgjunkie.com/2016/11/im-organizing-junkies-holiday-gift-guide.html http://orgjunkie.com/2016/11/im-organizing-junkies-holiday-gift-guide.html#comments Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:56:43 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38682 im-an-organizing-junkies-2016-holiday-gift-guide
**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. I am so excited to welcome you to my FIRST ever holiday gift guide!! That seems crazy to me considering I’ve been blogging for over 10 years and I’m such a product junkie :) So […]]]>
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I am so excited to welcome you to my FIRST ever holiday gift guide!! That seems crazy to me considering I’ve been blogging for over 10 years and I’m such a product junkie :) So today’s post is a collection of some of my favorite products that I use and love and I think would make really awesome gifts too. For real. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you’ll probably recognize most of them. Super awesome companies, selling super fabulous products!

This year I have already finished my Christmas shopping right down to my stocking stuffers! It feels amazing to be done and I did the majority of it online. So much easier than trying to fight the crowds in busy stores that is for sure. So if you are anything like me and like to shop online in your jammies then this post is for you to help you with some gift ideas this year. These gifts I’ve listed below are mostly for women but a few of them are applicable to men too.

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Let’s get started!

Bailey Craft Planners:

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These awesome planners, from Bailey Craft Planners, would make a really great gift for any lovely lady in your life. I use mine every day to help me stay organized and on track. This 7×9 inch planner is the perfect size and really well made. If you’d like to read more about how I use mine please visit this post that I wrote earlier this year.

Price: $46.00 + free shipping on all orders in the US –> BUY NOW

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Circle with Disney:

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Another product I can’t stop talking about to anyone who will listen. This is a great gift for any family because if you have kids or know someone who does they need this device. It hooks up through your home router and allows you to control every Wifi device in your house through the app right from your phone wherever you are. You set up profiles for each member of the family and then can monitor the kid’s activities, set time limits, add filters, view history, PAUSE THE INTERNET (this really is the best!) and so much more. Read my post about it right HERE for all the details.

Price: $99.00 + free shipping –> BUY NOW

Also available in Canada now at Best Buy!

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Longstem Organizers:

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*ships to US only*

I love fashion jewelry and have quite a collection of it. Maybe you know someone like that too. Why not help them get it all organized with these awesome Longstem jewelry organizers that contain it all in one place! I have mine behind my bedroom door and it has made my life so much easier to be able to find the jewelry I need. Available in white, black and bronze.

Price: currently 20% off for $63.99 + free shipping –> BUY NOW

For the men in your life, check out their men’s organizer valet. Available in silver, black or white.

Price: currently 20% off for $63.99 + free shipping –> BUY NOW

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Purse Perfector:

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No purse should be without a purse organizer. There are many different ones on the market but the Purse Perfector is my absolute favorite. I’ve been talking about this organizer for years and highly recommend it. I love how everything faces forward, multiple pockets help keep everything separate and organized, it opens up to accommodate various purse sizes and it’s very durable. Help your loved one get organized by putting a Purse Perfector under the tree.

Price: $49.95 –> BUY NOW

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CAUSEBOX Subscription Service:

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CAUSEBOX is a quarterly subscription box service for women that curates and delivers a beautiful box filled with a variety of useful lifestyle products that give back and empower others. CAUSEBOX is on a mission to elevate socially-conscious brands, encourage socially conscious shopping, and make the art of gift giving more convenient and purpose-oriented than ever before. It’s a box of fun goodies that just keeps on giving! Read all about it in a post I wrote recently HERE. And watch for the winter box to be released next week. I can’t wait.

Price: $49.95/quarter + free shipping in the US –> BUY NOW

Sign up for CAUSEBOX for yourself or for someone else as a gift and get $10 off using the code orgjunkie at checkout.

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EZPacking Cubes:

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A great gift for men or women who travel. These packing cubes make organized travel totally possible. Not only are the EZPacking Cubes clear so you can see what’s inside but they are durable as well. They are made of clear plastic covering and nylon backing which holds up much longer than mesh cubes. I like that these cubes don’t completely decompress, preventing wrinkles. The clothes stay more compact because of this (especially when the cubes are full) and don’t move around, which reduces wrinkles. The cubes come in a variety of sizes and colors.

Price: $48.00 for a set of 4 starter set + free US shipping on orders over $75.00 –> BUY NOW

Use the code OrgJunkie10 for 10% off

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The Complete Book of Home Organization:

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My friend Toni Hammersley from the blog A Bowl Full of Lemons wrote a great organizing book this year. From the beautiful and motivating pictures of organized spaces to the step by step easy to follow guide to organizing every area of your home, The Complete Guide of Home Organization will help you conquer clutter and free yourself from the chaos and stress that comes with disorganization. There are also challenges presented throughout the book, such as creating a family launch pad and tackling your linen closet, and the included process steps for actually getting each of the tasks done. If you or someone you know loves organizing or needs some help getting organized, be sure to check this book out.

Price: $19.50 on Amazon

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I really enjoyed putting this list of great products together for you. I’ve used every single one and can’t recommend them more highly. Happy shopping everyone and Merry Christmas!

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Also if you haven’t had a chance to check out my Organized for Christmas series, be sure to do that and get all the weekly tasks to help you stay on track this season.

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Organized for Christmas: Task #7 Gift Wrap Supplies & Organization http://orgjunkie.com/2016/11/organized-christmas-gift-wrap-supplies.html http://orgjunkie.com/2016/11/organized-christmas-gift-wrap-supplies.html#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:12:18 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38667 Giftwrap 6
**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Hey friends, I know many of you in the US are busy preparing for Thanksgiving so we are going to keep this week’s task on the simple side. It’s all about stocking up and organizing […]]]>
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Hey friends, I know many of you in the US are busy preparing for Thanksgiving so we are going to keep this week’s task on the simple side. It’s all about stocking up and organizing gift wrap supplies. Fun!

But first let’s go over what we’ve accomplished so far:

Task #1: Set up gift planner app and budget

Task #2: Find and organize gift storage space

Task #3: Set up a holiday planner

Task #4: Giftster Wish List app

Task #5: Christmas cards

Task #6: Organizing and cleaning

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Assignment #7: Gift Wrap Supplies

What a difference it makes when you have a fully stocked gift wrap station prepped and ready to go. The last thing you need to be worrying about amidst the busyness of the season is where the tape is or where the scissors walked off to. Nope this week is all about a) checking off that we have all the supplies we need on hand and b) making sure that those supplies are all organized in one place.

This Week’s To Do List

Purchase Christmas gift wrap supplies:

Ensure you have on hand the following:

  • Wrapping paper
  • Gift bags
  • Gift tags
  • At least three or four rolls of tape
  • Scissors (two pairs even better!)
  • Packing tape and a roll of brown paper if mailing packages
  • A container to contain all the supplies in

Organize a gift wrap station:

I don’t have the luxury of a gift wrapping room. So my gift wrap station is a portable solution that I can move around to whatever room I happen to be working in. I’ve been using the same station for years that I adapted to fit my needs. You can get more information about how I put it together and use it HERE.

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You can find a similar storage container to the one that I use HERE.

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Other great options include:

Mobile Cart on Wheels

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Hanging Organizer

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Underbed Organizer

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Also the Container Store online has some great storage options and this weekend you can get 30% of any one item, whoot! Just click on the banner below to take you right there.

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Contributor Yuni’s station is also a simple one with just a basket and a caddy. You can read all about it right HERE. She loves to use neutral paper.

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Contributor Morgan also recommends using neutral brown paper and gift bags and then adding colorful ribbon and tags. Read more about her system HERE.

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No matter what supplies or container you use, the most important thing is to have it organized all in one place. This will not only save your sanity but time as well when you don’t have to make additional trips to the store to grab what you need.

So there you go, I told you this week was going to be an easier one :) I hope you have a wonderful week everyone!

For more Christmas organization inspiration please see my Organized Christmas Pinterest Board.

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7 Ways to Outsource for an Organized & Peaceful Holiday Season http://orgjunkie.com/2016/11/outsource-organized-peaceful-season.html http://orgjunkie.com/2016/11/outsource-organized-peaceful-season.html#respond Tue, 22 Nov 2016 06:09:10 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38657 7-ways-to-outsource-for-a-peaceful-holiday
The following is a guest post about how to outsource for the holidays from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed applying the holiday suggestions from various organizing professionals this year (Laura’s Organized for Christmas series is a perfect example). Some tips are new revelations to me and others are things I’ve […]]]>
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The following is a guest post about how to outsource for the holidays from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed applying the holiday suggestions from various organizing professionals this year (Laura’s Organized for Christmas series is a perfect example). Some tips are new revelations to me and others are things I’ve implemented or already knew from past experience. Either way, it’s a good dose of organizing encouragement for the busy season upon us. Today, I’ll share just how I’ve learned to help myself by outsourcing tasks for the sake of a peaceful home. You may know one or two (or all) of these, but I’m hoping something will strike a chord and give you a boost of encouragement to face the short weeks ahead with all your organizing gusto!

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7 Ways to Outsource During the Holiday Season

Amazon gift purchasing online:

I personally have a goal to have all my gifts finished by December 1st. I know many who had a much earlier timeline, but for my family life, December 1st is more reasonable. I hope to do a good percentage online after gathering everyone’s wish list. Ordering online, without hitting the chaotic stores, and having it shipped to my home is my favorite way to outsource a stressor this time of year. Don’t get me wrong, I still shop around town, but the bulk of my gifts are going to be done online this year. That way, the shopping in malls and specialty stores that I do will be more leisurely and enjoyable.

Pick-up or delivered groceries:

Two of our local stores, Walmart and Whole Foods, will do the shopping for you and deliver the groceries to your car when you pull into the parking lot. I realize this may not be available in everyone’s area. For example, I know Amazon has a similar grocery delivery system, but that isn’t available in my zip code (big bummer!). The point is, find a store that uses an app or some other pre-ordering means and send your grocery list to them. All you have to do is pull up to the designated spot and your groceries are loaded into your car. This especially appeals to me as a Mama. The less winter bundling of young children and toting them around germ-infested crowds, the better! ;)

House cleaning service:

My sister recommended this to me a few weeks ago. If you can afford a simple house cleaning from a professional, it may be well worth the investment. If you can afford it weekly, all the better! Even if you only schedule one good household cleaning prior to Thanksgiving or Christmas, that alone would be extremely helpful to a busy hostess! If this appeals to you too, then I suggest getting that scheduled ASAP, as I’m sure cleaning companies or independent cleaning personnel get booked quickly around the holidays!

Automatic refills:

I’m talking about renewal services that companies offer. For the most part, I don’t use automatic refills online, but this time of year it makes sense. I set things to replenish on a regular basis for “x” amount of time. This is only for things I will need over the holiday months (both before and after months). Things like toilet paper, paper towels, hand soap, moisturizers, even makeup. A lot of dry goods can be done through Amazon’s pantry program or baby program. However, I’ve done this through other companies that offer renewal services, for example; my makeup, other personal beauty supplies, specialty lotions for dry skin, etc. All these things I know will need to be replenished before Christmas, so I set it to happen automatically as one less thing I have to think about during the rush. I also set these type of renewal programs to be stopped by a certain day so I don’t keep getting charged if the need is no longer there. If the company you use doesn’t have a stop date option, then set a calendar reminder in your phone or elsewhere to prompt you to stop the automated shipping.

Donation pick-up:

I love that Salvation Army will come to my home on a scheduled date and gather all my donations at once. That’s especially helpful with small children or ailments that make getting out in the cold difficult. The past few weeks, I’ve been a donating machine and sending several bags and boxes worth to my local donation center each week. I have no trouble running the errand myself, but I know the week before Christmas I’ll have other plans to accomplish. So, I schedule a pick-up in advance for that time period and have my pile waiting for their truck (assuming I have enough donations worth their effort as a company!).

Elfster Gift Swap App:

This idea is not original to me. I just heard about this Elfster Gift Swap app from Lori Marrero several weeks ago. In the past I’ve used a different gift tracking app, but I’m up for trying something new. Where my old app was lacking, this one fills the gap. It allows for anonymous name swapping of gift exchanges, as well as allows groups and large families to post wish lists for others to see. It appealed to me and my family’s traditions, so I’m giving it a whirl this season. I’ll be able to share a better in-depth analysis after I give it a full test run. :) For now, it ranked on my list here because it’s another great way to outsource unnecessary stress when it comes to Secret Santa name drawing and wish-lists.

Rotate menu planning:

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I know, this isn’t technically “outsourcing” to another person, but it is in a way. Meaning, I’ve already done all my planning and lists in advance, I just have to implement the system. Basically, I outsourced to myself a few months ago. Also, anyone who wants to jump in and help, could pick up my rotation menu folder and go grocery shopping for me, so I suppose it’s also outsourcing in that way. :) All that to say, a menu plan of some kind is a great way to keep the season peaceful. You could always go with meal plans delivered to your door (like Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, etc.) but those can get pricey after a while. Hence, a good ol’ fashion meal plan, like Laura’s HERE or mine HERE! ;)

There’s my list of holiday outsourcing suggestions. I know there are a few links to follow, but I wanted to make it as easy as possible for you to find what will work for you. THIS is another semi-way to outsource that I’ve written about in the past. It helps with serving drinks and looks festive too!

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Do YOU have great ideas to outsource stress during the holiday season? Thanksgiving for the US is Thursday, so please share in the comments below! We could all use helpful hints this week! ;) Happy Thanksgiving dear friends!!!

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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 ~ Nov 21/16 Happy Thanksgiving! http://orgjunkie.com/2016/11/menu-plan-monday-nov-2116.html http://orgjunkie.com/2016/11/menu-plan-monday-nov-2116.html#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:00:57 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38569 thanksgiving
Hi all! A happy thanksgiving to all my US friends who are celebrating this week. I hope you have a wonderful day spending time with loved ones eating all sorts of really yummy foods :) Here in Canada we celebrated Thanksgiving back in October. It’s my youngest son’s 11th birthday this week so we will […]]]>
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Menu Plan Monday for the week of Nov 21/16 - recipe ideas and menu planning inspiration to get dinner on the table each night stress free

Hi all! A happy thanksgiving to all my US friends who are celebrating this week. I hope you have a wonderful day spending time with loved ones eating all sorts of really yummy foods :) Here in Canada we celebrated Thanksgiving back in October.

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It’s my youngest son’s 11th birthday this week so we will also be partying here. School is always optional for my kids on their birthdays and I can always count on my youngest to take me up on it. My older two never did, crazy kids :)

Plan to Eat:

Also I wanted to give you a heads up on an awesome Black Friday sale going on from Nov 25 to 28th. Plan to Eat, an awesome recipe tracker/menu planning tool, is holding their annual 50% off sale. With this site it’s so easy to import recipes from around the web that your family loves and then drag and drop them into a menu planner. It will then create a shopping list that you can print or access from your phone. It’s so fantastic that I’ve been recommending Plan to Eat for years. If you’ve been interested in trying it out, now is the time to do it! You can also give gift subscriptions.

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Bacon Butternut Squash Soup

Tuesday: My youngest 11th birthday – at his request: Chicken Wings and Baked Fries. For dessert: Chocolate Layer Cake

Wednesday: Honey Dijon Roasted Pork served with broccoli

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with 5 minute homemade pizza dough and for me it’s Gilmore Girls Party #1 ~ I’ll be bringing Paleo Bacon-Wrapped Pears and Paleo Cinnamon Bun Doughnuts

Saturday: Gilmore Girls Party #2 ~ Mini Hamburger Bites and potato chips

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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Friday Favorites and Life Lately http://orgjunkie.com/2016/11/friday-favorites-life-lately.html http://orgjunkie.com/2016/11/friday-favorites-life-lately.html#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:31:14 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38631 pentatonix-christmas-cd
Hey friends, how are you all? I haven’t done a Friday Favs in quite some time so I figured it was about time! I also wanted to share a few things that are going on in my world lately so I do apologize if this post is rambly (I may have just made up that […]]]>
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Org Junkie's Organizing Favorites for November 18/16 plus life lately for me at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

Hey friends, how are you all? I haven’t done a Friday Favs in quite some time so I figured it was about time! I also wanted to share a few things that are going on in my world lately so I do apologize if this post is rambly (I may have just made up that word!) and all over the place.

Christmas Decorating:

I am seeing on Facebook pretty pictures of all my friends homes decorated for Christmas already and it makes me sad. I absolutely love Christmas and if it were only up to me my house too would be totally decorated already. Keep in mind that I live in Canada and our Thanksgiving was back in October. The problem is my husband likes to wait until December 1st before all things red and green can make an appearance. So I patiently wait. Well actually that’s not entirely true, I’m not actually waiting patiently. That’s just what I tell myself and others so you all think I’m a great wife, ha! In fact, I’ve already stripped the house of fall decor so I’m ready to go as soon as the calendar switches over.

my sad bare shelves

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And I’ve convinced him that snowmen don’t count as Christmas decorations because hello it’s snowing outside. So up went my snowmen shower curtain and the super cute wooden snowman I keep by the door. Hey it’s the little things in life right?!

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Pentatonix Christmas Music:

Oh and I’ve also been secretly blasting Christmas music in the van when no one else is around (don’t you tell my husband!). Every year I buy one new Christmas CD and this year I couldn’t resist the new Pentatonix Christmas CD.

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It’s really great and it makes me happy as I drive around belting out the tunes :).  Did you buy any new Christmas music yet this year? Oh and if you missed my fabulous Christmas playlist I created last year, here is that Spotify link for you again. So good!

My Fabulous Christmas Playlist

Blog Stuff:

Okay so let’s talk boring blog stuff for a quick minute. My pageviews have tanked these last couple of months and I think part of that has to do with my mobile ads behaving badly. In other words an ad would redirect you and not let you get back. Grrr. I got so fed up that as of Monday I am switching ad networks and praying that all goes well. They already seem way more organized so that of course makes me sweat less. Thank you for your patience, I really do appreciate it. Also if you are an email subscriber with a Gmail email address, you may not be getting my regular updates when I post which may also be causing my pageviews to drop. I’m working on fixing this as well but, as you know, technology makes me crazy so by working on it I mean I’ll just be over here in the fetal position sucking my thumb. I do promise to get my act together eventually :)

Mean Facebook:

I fear that many people might be missing out on my Organized for Christmas series because of the way social media and such conspire against us bloggers. For instance, I have over 60,000 followers on FB yet Facebook only let’s maybe 5,000 people see what I post unless I pay of course. One trick I’ve figured out though on blog pages I follow through Facebook is that if I like and comment on their page updates regularly then Facebook will “allow” me to see more of that person’s updates in my feed. Maybe that will work for you too. I’ve love to see you over there!

Holiday Gift Guide:

I’m super excited about my first ever holiday gift guide I’m putting together for you. I’m aiming for next Friday for it to come out so don’t miss it, it’s going to be great!

Looking Forward To:

Outside of Christmas, which I love, I’ve got three other exciting things coming up. Isn’t it fun to have things to look forward to? It really is the best! First my youngest turns 11 on Tuesday which he’s VERY excited about. He loves birthdays as much as his momma does. Then after that we have the long anticipated revival of Gilmore Girls, whoot! My friends and I are doing a two night party and I can hardly wait. I just re-watched Season 7 and Season 1 just to get myself all pumped up for it. And finally, I will soon get to hug my daughter’s neck again when she comes home from University for the Christmas break. It’s been a whole long year since I saw her last. I miss her like crazy. She doesn’t have an exact date yet when she’ll be home which makes me sad. How am I suppose to make a countdown paper chain if I don’t have a date yet? :)

Favorite Links of the Week:

I love reading blogs, here are a few of my favorites that you might like too!

My hope is for my son and I to follow this Random Acts of Kindness printable calendar over December. I think it’s a great way to help us keep the focus on others.

Organizing for Teenagers ~ @ Professional Organizers Blog Carnival

Love this pretty Functional & Fabulous Office ~ @ Polished Habitat

Free printables for your guest room ~ @ Elegance & Enchantment

5 Reasons to Stop Apologizing for Your Messy House ~ @ How Does She

Have a super weekend everyone and don’t forget to start on the cleaning and organizing task of the Organized for Christmas series :)

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An Easy & Simple System for an Organized Entryway http://orgjunkie.com/2016/11/easy-simple-system-organized-entryway.html http://orgjunkie.com/2016/11/easy-simple-system-organized-entryway.html#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2016 23:00:37 +0000 http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38614 an-easy-simple-system-for-an-organized-entryway
The following is a guest post about an organized entryway from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me.  We are supposed to get our first snow this week, which is so fun! Especially because we were living in a beach climate for the past four years, so this is a very exciting change for us. […]]]>
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The following is a guest post about an organized entryway from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me

We are supposed to get our first snow this week, which is so fun! Especially because we were living in a beach climate for the past four years, so this is a very exciting change for us.

I’ve gathered up all of our cold weather gear (the little bit that we have) and I wanted to share with you how I organized our entryway. Not only in preparation for the snow, but even more importantly for the daily school shuffle.

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We’ve been in our new home now for almost two months, so I’ve had some time to observe how we really use our spaces, especially when it comes to our comings and goings.

For my husband and I, we recently finished our fabulous Pocket Office which is where the two of us store our things. The system is working wonderfully, as it is set up by the garage door where we enter and exit most of the time.

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However, the kids are using our front door when they leave and return from school. Therefore, I wanted to set up an easy and simple system for them to use right in the entryway. Fortunately, we have a large guest closet in the entryway, so I decided this would be the best spot for my ABC’s to dump their stuff.

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I started by using these three baskets that I bought over the summer (from Michaels) and had used in our rental home for shoe collection. They fit perfectly at the base of the closet and the letters I had used in our previous home quickly got tied on as well.

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Not only is it a cute touch, it takes away any of the guesswork about whose stuff goes where. My kids use their baskets to toss their shoes, slippers, and what have you. (By the way we did not plan to have an ABC lineup, it’s just the way it turned out!)

Next up, was how to organize the winter wear. Items such as umbrellas, gloves, hats, etc. Well…I looked around and found these perfect baskets that I had used in my two previous pantries. Out of the original 12 or so baskets, only eight were still in good condition, which was exactly the space I had to work with. I love it when that happens!

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They lined up perfectly and I simply organized the items by category. My hubby and I use the extra baskets for any of our shoes that we want to put away. (We keep the majority of our shoes in either the garage on shelves or in our master closet.)

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Now, let’s talk about coats, backpacks, purses, and sweatshirts. I knew my darling children would most likely not get around to hanging up their coats, especially on hangers. Even though the large closet has plenty of room for that, I just knew this was not a reality. And I’m a firm believer in “reality organizing!”

So, I decided to incorporate our IKEA coat rack from our last home. Originally I had planned to keep the coat rack in the garage, but we needed something to easily organize all of the things that I just mentioned, and this does the trick.

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Coat racks are one of the best investments when it comes to organizing coats and bags. Not only does it work well for kids, it’s also an easy place for guests to hang their things. I regularly clean it up a bit so it avoids looking like it’s going to fall over. (Which in all honesty, is how it usually looks.) Then I also keep a row of hangers in the closet for any guests that might want to officially and formally hang up their coats. #overachievers

This entire project was easy to implement and I was able to use things that we already had. Whenever you start to organize a space, look around your home and find ways to incorporate things that you already own. Often this is the most efficient and easiest way to get a space organized.

Now, if it snows this week I know exactly where my winter hat and gloves are in my entryway!

Happy Organizing!

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