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The following is a guest post with three simple tips for organizing holiday decor from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me. Our weather has been a bit shall we say, unpredictable. Today it felt more like a summer day even though we’re halfway through October. And we also had a light snowfall only a […]

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The following is a guest post with three simple tips for organizing holiday decor from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me.

Our weather has been a bit shall we say, unpredictable. Today it felt more like a summer day even though we’re halfway through October. And we also had a light snowfall only a week ago. This sporadic Colorado weather keeps me on my toes!

To welcome fall, I recently hung our fall wreath (pictured below) on our front door and placed our fall decorations around the house. I used to keep all of our seasonal decorations in different color coded bins but because our kitchen in our new home has so much extra storage I was able to move everything (minus our Christmas stuff) to a cupboard in the kitchen. This system works great for storing all things holiday.

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I’ve learned over the years, especially from our multiple moves, that less is more when it comes to your holiday decor. Here are three simple tips you can easily implement when it comes to organizing your holiday decorations.

Organizing Holiday Decor: Three Simple Tips

#1) Maximum:

Set a maximum number of holiday decorations that you will purchase and use for decoration. This can be a challenge because most retail stores discount their seasonal decor at the end of each season making it tempting to buy more. Use discernment and make a plan!

#2) Multitask:

Intentionally choose to invest in decorations that will work for multiple holidays. For example, I created this patriotic wreath and I was able to use it from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A perfect solution that makes one less thing that I have to think about for almost four months! I also lean towards having mostly fall decor rather than Halloween and Thanksgiving. Combine where it naturally works for you.

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#3) Memories:

Focus on creating lasting memories with simple traditions rather than with more stuff! One of the best parts of the holidays, is the traditions. Memory making requires time, so make sure to allow time to cultivate the traditions in your home that matter the most!

Remember everything you purchase must be maintained, organized, and stored. Using an intentional approach with your holiday decor will help you to be able to more fully experience the joy of the holidays!

Happy Organizing!

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Menu Plan Monday ~ October 16/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40852 2017-10-16T15:07:01Z 2017-10-16T13:00:53Z If you're seeing Menu Plan Monday ~ October 16/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


Howdy friends, happy menu plan day! This is the day we get ourselves organized for the week ahead so we can get dinner on the table each night with less stress & chaos. Totally do-able, totally possible. Instant Pot: Yes or No? How many of you own an Instant Pot? You may have noticed I […]

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Menu Plan Monday for the week of Oct 16/17 - weekly dinner inspiration to help you get dinner on the table with less stress and chaos

Howdy friends, happy menu plan day! This is the day we get ourselves organized for the week ahead so we can get dinner on the table each night with less stress & chaos. Totally do-able, totally possible.

Instant Pot: Yes or No?

How many of you own an Instant Pot? You may have noticed I never share Instant Pot recipe links but I’ve actually owned a pressure cooker long before they were popular.

My father-in-law actually bought it for us off the Shopping Channel one random day and it just showed up at our house. Problem is…I don’t love it. We’ve used it a number of times but the only time I really found it to be beneficial is with frozen meat we needed to cook fast. Otherwise I didn’t find it saved me a whole lot of time. You see the reason I love my slow cooker so much is because I can prepare meals in the morning when I have more energy. The Instant Pot is something I’d have to pull out at dinner time when I don’t have the energy. You’ll notice that most of the dinner recipes I choose are quick and easy and don’t require a lot of babysitting. I’d love to know your thoughts, do you own and use an Instant Pot? Tell me why you love it. Maybe you can convince me to give it another try :)

Paleo Treat:

I just discovered these yummy Date Coconut Rolls this week at Walmart. Just coconut, almonds and dates rolled into bite size pieces. Just wanted to share in case some others might also be looking for refined sugar-free treats.

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

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Turkey, Bacon and Avocado Panini (I’ll have mine in a lettuce wrap)

Tuesday: Baked Crispy Chicken Legs served with yummy Green Smoothies

Wednesday: Easy Oven Baked Paleo Meatballs served with rice and broccoli

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with 5 minute homemade pizza dough and for me Creamy Bacon Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Saturday: Loaded Taco Sweet Potato Skillet

Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Friday Favorite Organizing Links: Hygge, Cozy Entry, Free Printables + more!]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40886 2017-10-13T20:34:26Z 2017-10-13T20:34:26Z If you're seeing Friday Favorite Organizing Links: Hygge, Cozy Entry, Free Printables + more! anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


Hey all, happy Friday!! I’m excited to share another Friday Favorites post with you. I’ve got some great organizing links for you that I found on blogland as I went about my week. I thought you might find them helpful and/or motivating for your weekend organizing projects. You are going to organize something this weekend […]

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Hey all, happy Friday!! I’m excited to share another Friday Favorites post with you. I’ve got some great organizing links for you that I found on blogland as I went about my week. I thought you might find them helpful and/or motivating for your weekend organizing projects. You are going to organize something this weekend right? Right?! Let me know if you have a specific area you are struggling with or find difficult and maybe I can help. Remember even if you only have 15 minutes of time to dedicate to organizing something, it’s still something. Don’t discredit it and if, like me, you work better with a reward dangled in front of your face, do it. A girls got to do what a girls got to do :)

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Favorite Organizing Links:

First of all, how many of you wanted to run out and get yourself more pouches to organize your purse after reading Kristin’s post last week? It sure does make life easier! Getting your purse organized would be a perfect weekend organizing project :)

How I Organize My Bag With Pouches

Remember when I told you about The Little Book of Hygge (affiliate link)? I found it so interesting and the whole idea of coziness is something I try and embrace each and every day. For instance, I always have my diffuser and oils going, warm comfy blankets scattered everywhere ready to snuggle under and always a warm delicious tea close by.

The Little Book of Hygge

What made me think of it again though was this online article: Hygge: How to Embrace the Cozy Danish Concept. I thought you might enjoy reading more about it.

And speaking of cozy, you might want to try these tips on Six Unexpected Ways to Create a Cozy Entry from The Inspired Room.

Rocket science is hard, organizing is not. This was a great article from Alejandra: Organizing vs. Rocket Science

Free printable: On Your Way Up + Down Stair Basket Printable ~ @ Somewhat Simple

Kitchen Organizing – How to Create Functional Zones ~ @ Polished Habitat

Have a super weekend everyone!!

Laura xo

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[5 Tips for an Organized Tea and Coffee Station]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40863 2017-10-11T18:19:08Z 2017-10-11T18:19:08Z If you're seeing 5 Tips for an Organized Tea and Coffee Station anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


The following is a guest post with 5 tips for an organized tea & coffee station from regular contributor, Yuni at Love Your Abode. Do you think of coffee the moment you wake up? If you’re an avid coffee or tea drinker, you know how essential it is to have all of your ingredients readily […]

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The following is a guest post with 5 tips for an organized tea & coffee station from regular contributor, Yuni at Love Your Abode.

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Do you think of coffee the moment you wake up? If you’re an avid coffee or tea drinker, you know how essential it is to have all of your ingredients readily available in your kitchen. After recently completing our big laundry room makeover, I had the itch to organize and tackle the smaller areas in our home. One of those areas was our coffee and tea station. My husband is a big coffee drinker and I’m a tea lover so I reorganized this end of our kitchen to create a more efficient space. This is also great for entertaining guests so they can easily help themselves. Here are my tips.

5 Tips for an Organized Tea and Coffee Station

1. Display those mugs.

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Keep your gorgeous mugs out and make it easy for anyone to help themselves at the coffee station. When my friends come over, they know exactly where to go if they want some hot tea.

2. Store coffee and other unsightly gadgets in the cabinet.

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In the cabinet right above the mugs, we store the coffee beans, grinder, filter, etc. These are all neatly tucked away but still easily accessible.

3. Utilize trays.

If you’re working with smaller areas, trays are your friend. They keep items looking neat and tidy. Corral like items together like I did here with my kettle, mugs and french press. My husband uses the french press and we only take our coffee maker out when hosting large gatherings. You can use a larger, flat tray to hold your coffee maker, creamer and sugar.

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4. Use baskets and smaller containers to organize a variety of teas in your drawer.

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I don’t drink coffee but I drink tea all day, everyday. I tend to drink my regular green tea during the day and cinnamon at night but I love having an assortment of teas and hot cocoa for my guests. First, I cleaned out my drawer. Next, I found some low baskets and placed them in the drawer. This will keep your teas from getting all jumbled up.

I placed the teas into the baskets so they all fit into the drawer nicely. It’s also a good idea to keep them in their original container if possible.

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Perfect!

5. Invite your friends over for some dessert and coffee/tea!

Paleo Double Chocolate Banana Bread

This last tip is a must.

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If organizing seems overwhelming, start with a small space in your home like this tea and coffee station. If it’s a space you use every day, it will be totally worth it. Happy Organizing, 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.

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Menu Plan Monday ~ October 9/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40791 2017-10-09T14:49:33Z 2017-10-09T13:00:56Z If you're seeing Menu Plan Monday ~ October 9/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


Hi everyone and welcome to another week of Menu Plan Monday. I want to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends today. I had such a wonderful surprise at about 9:30 Friday night when I was just getting in to bed to watch TV and heard the code for our front door start […]

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Hi everyone and welcome to another week of Menu Plan Monday. I want to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends today. I had such a wonderful surprise at about 9:30 Friday night when I was just getting in to bed to watch TV and heard the code for our front door start to beep. In walks my son from college coming home for Thanksgiving weekend! None of us knew he was coming so I was jumping up and down screaming like a lunatic. I love surprises and he got me so good :) He sat right down in the living room and we all talked until 2:00 in the morning and I loved every minute of it. The best!

So we were going to have our holiday dinner today but moved it to Sunday because my son has to make the drive back to school today. We had a delicious farm fresh chicken, mashed potatoes and broccoli for dinner. And you better believe I made a special treat for my boy, his favorite gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free chocolate cupcakes. He loves these so much so of course I made a big batch for him to take back with him for his freezer for whenever he needs a little homemade treat.

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My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Thanksgiving leftovers – yum!

Tuesday: Paleo Sloppy Joes

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Paleo Pot Roast with potatoes and carrots

Thursday: Leftover buffet

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

Saturday: Slow Cooker Chicken & Mushrooms

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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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[It’s that time again – seasonal clothes switch out and huge PURGE!]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40830 2017-10-07T07:35:28Z 2017-10-07T07:35:28Z If you're seeing It’s that time again – seasonal clothes switch out and huge PURGE! anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


Let me start with a confession, I really don’t like switching out my clothes for the seasons. It’s such a chore but you know what I dislike even more? Summer clothes staring at me when it’s -40C outside (and yes it gets that cold here where I live in northern Alberta). I don’t want to […]

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Let me start with a confession, I really don’t like switching out my clothes for the seasons. It’s such a chore but you know what I dislike even more? Summer clothes staring at me when it’s -40C outside (and yes it gets that cold here where I live in northern Alberta). I don’t want to see my shorts or my cute tank tops mocking me day after day. It’s so mean! So I stash them away out of sight, out of mind as I try to get through our long 6 months of winter without having a complete meltdown (although it still happens, usually around the 5 month mark). One of the other HUGE benefits of doing a seasonal clothes switch out is the purge that happens as a result. Wait till you see the three big bags I sent out of here. It’s so worth the hassle, trust me. It feels amazing to know that everything left in my closet are things I really want to wear, that actually fit and that don’t annoy me every time I put them on.

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I’ve talked about my seasonal clothes rotation game so many times on the blog. But for those that are new here or want a refresher I have a system in place that I use to make this big task a little more manageable. It’s a process I do twice a year in the fall and in the spring. It all centers around four smaller totes that I found years ago, not even sure where now. They aren’t huge, they fit in my closet nicely and they act as a limiting container providing much needed boundaries to avoid excess.

First I start by pulling down these four bins from the shelf in my closet and stacking them on the bed. In the winter they hold, long sleeve shirts, Christmas sweaters and thick leggings. In the summer they hold, shorts, tank tops and Capri pants.

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Second, I then take out of my closet my spring/summer items of clothing that I want to pack away for the winter and throw those items on the bed as well.

Third, the bins get emptied and the fall/winter clothes either get hung up or put into one of these two bins below that sit on a shelf in my closet. I purge as I go, anything that no longer fits me or my needs goes. I would have done this step in the spring as well with these clothes but it’s always good to do another look over everything.

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These brown baskets are used in winter for leggings and sweatpants. In summer they hold my tank tops and shorts. I can’t be bothered to hang these things up so the baskets work great to keep them contained and from spilling out all over the place.

I also have these two bins (affiliate link) in my closet that hold scarves and bathing suits. These don’t get rotated out. I like the windows so I can see what’s inside.

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Before packing away my summer clothes into the bins I go through the pile to determine what can stay and what can go. I’m always pretty ruthless especially if I didn’t wear something at all during the last season. Goodbye!

In this picture you can see my four bins stacked in the corner of my closet on the shelf.

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Free Printable:

See all my ruthless rules for clothes purging HERE on a previous post I did on this topic. You’ll also find a free printable there that you can print out and hang in your closet to remind you on a daily basis :)

Here’s my final pile of clothes I donated this time around. Whew! And really the process is so much quicker than I always anticipate. I think it took me about an hour so I don’t know why it’s something I always procrastinate.I love that it forces a much needed purge as well. My closet feels so much lighter!

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Do you do a seasonal clothes switch out? How often do you do an intentional clothes purge each year? Got any questions for me about my seasonal clothes switch out and purge process leave them in the comments below.

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[How I Organize My Bag With Pouches]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40805 2017-10-04T18:48:29Z 2017-10-04T01:46:24Z If you're seeing How I Organize My Bag With Pouches anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


The following is a guest post about how to organize any bag with pouches from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project. Over the years, I have developed a system for any bag that I carry. It doesn’t matter if it is a small handbag or a tote for work. They all get organized the […]

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The following is a guest post about how to organize any bag with pouches from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project.

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Over the years, I have developed a system for any bag that I carry. It doesn’t matter if it is a small handbag or a tote for work. They all get organized the same way. Usually, I will carry one bag at a time too. During the week, I normally carry a work tote and that is all. Carrying two bags in one day is a bit much for me. If I have to run an errand after work, then I just grab my wristlet out of my work bag and go. So, in order to switch from one bag to another, I needed a way to keep everything simple and easy to transfer.

Everything in my bag gets placed in a pouch. I have tweaked my pouch system over the years to fit my needs and I finally have a system that has been working for over a year now.

My pouches are organized by type and right now I have three in my bag; a pencil pouch, financial pouch, and traveling pharmacy. I am going to share the contents of each one with you.

How I Organize My Bag with Pouches

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Pencil Pouch

After trying several different pencil pouch options, I decided to try this Homecube from Amazon (affiliate link). It cost roughly $8.95 and I love it. I was wanting something that was small, but could open to lay flat. I was using the Orla Kiely small cosmetic pouches and I didn’t like the fact that I could not see in the bag, which meant I was just cramming more and more things in it.

With this Homecube, I don’t continuously add the same pen to it because I can see everything fully.

Side note: I always carry several of my favorite pens: Sharpie fine point marker and Papermate Ink Joy gel pens.

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Financial Pouch

My financial pouch is the one that contains everything I need to keep my checkbook in order. I use the large Orla Kiely pouch from Target that comes in the 3-piece purse set. It fits the May Design notebooks perfectly.

Inside of the pouch I carry my checkbook register notebook, my blog notebook (where I keep track of my expenses), a highlighter, and a calculator. The calculator is an old Vera Bradley one. I really wish I could get another one, but they have discontinued them.

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Traveling Pharmacy

Last, but definitely not least is my traveling pharmacy. Everything from hair ties to ibuprofen is contained inside of this pouch. I guess you could call it my little emergency kit for my bag. I could have fit a lot more in it, but I didn’t want it to be super heavy and add more weight to my bag. So, I decided to carry only the things that I reach for the most in a given day. I do have a larger emergency kit in my car that carries other necessities.

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What type of pouches do you carry in your bag? Is there a specific pouch that you absolutely love? Please share any details with us.

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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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Menu Plan Monday ~ October 2/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40758 2017-10-02T14:14:15Z 2017-10-02T13:00:30Z If you're seeing Menu Plan Monday ~ October 2/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


Hello, happy “keep me sane” menu plan day! Menu planning will not only keep you sane but save you all sorts of $$, keep healthy eating in check and make it easy for your kids to help in the kitchen. Yes please! Seriously don’t wait, do it today! Yesterday was a bit of a hard […]

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Menu Plan Monday for the week of October 2/17 - weekly dinner inspiration to help you get dinner on the table with less stress and chaos

Hello, happy “keep me sane” menu plan day! Menu planning will not only keep you sane but save you all sorts of $$, keep healthy eating in check and make it easy for your kids to help in the kitchen. Yes please! Seriously don’t wait, do it today!

Yesterday was a bit of a hard day for me as it was the first time I didn’t get to celebrate my son’s birthday with him. Now if you know me at all you know I absolutely adore birthdays and making a big deal out of them. My son is away at college for this birthday so instead of celebrating with him in person I sent him a really big care package full of all sorts of birthday treats and got to talk to him on the phone yesterday for a whole hour. That was pretty cool since phone calls are few and far between from that boy, sigh. I absolutely love sending care packages to both my older kids who are away at school. In fact I sent my daughter a care package every month for two years. It just brings me so much joy to send them a box of surprises to make them smile. Anyone else do this regularly?

And in other news, I shared this on Instagram but for those that might have missed it, here’s how our fall is shaping up. We went from this beautifulness:

To this the very next day!

So sad :(

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

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Beefy Cheesy Tortellini Bake

Tuesday: Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Potato Soup

Wednesday: Blackened Chicken and Avocado Salad

Thursday: Leftover buffet

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

Saturday: Baked Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops served with broccoli

Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!) – we’ll have our Canadian Thanksgiving dinner on Monday

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:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat


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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[September 2017 Monthly Favorites and Recap]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40781 2017-09-29T19:31:06Z 2017-09-29T19:31:06Z If you're seeing September 2017 Monthly Favorites and Recap anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


Happy end of September to you and welcome to another favorites post. This month has been a blur for me similar to the summer months before that. Here’s hoping October will be long and slow and without any snow :)  Ha! If you missed it, yes we’ve already had snow this month but thankfully it’s […]

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Happy end of September to you and welcome to another favorites post. This month has been a blur for me similar to the summer months before that. Here’s hoping October will be long and slow and without any snow :)  Ha! If you missed it, yes we’ve already had snow this month but thankfully it’s now melted and we have been experiencing some beautiful fall days. I love it so much!

beautiful lovely fall

I’ve got a few favorite things that I’ve been enjoying this month and wanted to share them with you. First up is a nice dairy-free Pumpkin Spice creamer treat (affiliate link) I’m loving right now. It’s called Nutpods and it’s yummy in my tea every morning. It’s also Whole30 certified. Delicious!

dairy free nutpods

Next up are my favorite pens. I don’t think I’ve ever shared these with you before, I can’t remember. They’re inexpensive and fun. I buy them at Walmart and my favorite colors are the red and blue. I don’t really love the green color though so I just donate those. They write really smooth and I just prefer writing in color over black or blue. How about you?

Bic Shimmers pens

As you know I also love free printables and a couple of weeks ago I shared some awesome free FALL printables with you and then this week I found some more lovely ones that I had to tell you about. You can find them over at the Clean & Scentsible blog. I printed one of them out right away for my living room. Take a look. So sweet. Goes perfectly with my new dark blue wall.

Welcome Autumn

See those sunflowers peeking out in the photo above? I paid $4 for them at the grocery store and these beautiful favorites are bringing me so much joy!! Always remember to take a moment to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. See more of the simple things I share over on my Instagram page.

such pretty sunflowers

Let me know what favorites you have been loving on this past month.

Popular September Post:

The most popular post on the blog this past month was a personal one I shared about seeing my food allergic child off to college. I was happy it was so well received. Thank you for that.

When your child with food allergies goes off to college

September 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 resources. 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, favorites and recap for the month of Sept 2017 to help you get organized at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

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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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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!

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Enjoy your 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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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Using a Homework Binder to Save Mom’s Sanity]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40771 2017-09-27T19:55:23Z 2017-09-27T19:55:23Z If you're seeing Using a Homework Binder to Save Mom’s Sanity anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


The following is a guest post on how to set up a simple homework binder to save mom’s sanity from regular contributor, Rachel. My third grader started a new school this year. You may remember in previous years we were part of a hybrid school, where she was homeschooled by me for half of the […]

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The following is a guest post on how to set up a simple homework binder to save mom’s sanity from regular contributor, Rachel.

My third grader started a new school this year. You may remember in previous years we were part of a hybrid school, where she was homeschooled by me for half of the week. This is our first year of five-day traditional school for my daughter and ohhhh how the paper pile has grown around our house!

To make matters crazier, we started school two weeks late due to our family moving out of state. While all you other Mama’s were out sipping your yummy Pumpkin Spice Lattes, I was running around town trying to find school uniforms and supplies from what little was left in the stores. :) Needless to say, my daughter adjusted wonderfully to our new school but Mom didn’t do so well at first. At least not until I got the unruly pile of school papers and catch-up work under control.

Organize Important School Papers with a Homework Binder to Save Mom's Sanity at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

My system is simple yet effective and honestly saves my sanity! :) I had so many papers coming at me in the beginning weeks of school that I couldn’t keep them straight. So, I grabbed a three-ring binder and filled it with our stack of information overload.

Organize Important School Papers with a Homework Binder to Save Mom's Sanity at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

The left inside pocket is constantly revolving. It changes each week to contain whatever is important to study in the near future. It holds study sheets for tests, review sheets for vocabulary, the weekly spelling words, and previous tests with incorrect answers that I like to review with my daughter when we have time.

Organize Important School Papers with a Homework Binder to Save Mom's Sanity at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

The three-rings section is where I store papers that I want to keep for longer periods of time. I hole punch them and add them to the binder. The teacher’s most recent weekly newsletter always get hole-punched and placed in the front of this section. While much of our school has transitioned to paperless communication, I appreciate a physical copy of the class newsletter with important information and reminders. I refer to it regularly and like it in front when I open the binder.

I also keep school announcements, fundraiser information, future project instructions, hot lunch schedule, and extra notebook paper. As the year progresses I may add tabbed dividers to the center section, but it’s not necessary at this point.

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Organize Important School Papers with a Homework Binder to Save Mom's Sanity at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

In the past I have kept school papers in a typical file system, whether hanging on the wall or inside a file box that remained on the kitchen counter. In the end, files never worked for us. It wasn’t easy enough for my daughter to access and papers were always out of sight. In contrast, the binder allows her to grab study sheets and review independently during homework time. She always knows where to look for her spelling or vocabulary words and can find them easily.

Additionally, the homework binder is more mobile than a file system. We’re soaking up the remaining beautiful days before it turns too cold. One way we do that is finishing homework outside or at a park. I grab the binder from home and know we have all the quick lists, dates, and information needed for study time.

My homework binder may be a short and sweet system but it’s been a sanity saver (seriously!) for me these past few weeks. Now it’s my turn to join all you PSL drinkers out there and not worry about where I placed the study sheet for tomorrow’s test. ;)

In the professional world, I’m a nurse by trade. But, around our house, I’m known as Mommy to our young daughters. 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!

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