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Hi lovelies, welcome to another week of trying to keep it all together and get dinner on the table every single night for our people. No matter how much we feed them one day, they still want to eat all over again the next day. It’s exhausting isn’t it? Seriously without a menu plan I […]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ August 21/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration to help you get dinner on the table each nightHi lovelies, welcome to another week of trying to keep it all together and get dinner on the table every single night for our people. No matter how much we feed them one day, they still want to eat all over again the next day. It’s exhausting isn’t it? Seriously without a menu plan I would be lost and have a complete melt down every night when that awful witching hour hits. So if you’ve stumbled on today’s post out of desperation, I feel ya. I’m here to tell you that menu planning is going to make life so much easier for you, I promise. Check out my weekly menu below for recipe ideas as well as all the loyal ladies that link up with me each week. Take it slow if it sounds intimidating and start by planning just two or three days this week. You can do it!

Menu Plan Announcement:

Now that I’ve said all that, next week there will be no Menu Plan Monday posted. My middle son is leaving soon for college and I just want to spend as much time with him as possible hanging out and getting packed. I’m still in denial that this is happening. Even though I’ve been through this before, it sure doesn’t get any easier. Sniff. Menu Plan Monday will return on September 4, 2017.

Paleo Treat:

I found this delicious healthy treat a few weeks ago at London Drugs and thought I’d share it with you in case you too are looking for a refined sugar-free treat. They aren’t always easy to find, especially here in Canada. And by share it with you I don’t mean the actual chocolate, just the picture, oops. That’s not so nice of me is it, I’m sorry, but hopefully you can find them in a store wherever you are.

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

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Easy Oven Baked Paleo Meatballs served with Healthy Green Smoothies

Tuesday: Maple Glazed Garlic Chicken served with rice and broccoli

Wednesday: Clean Eating Slow Cooker Pot Roast with potatoes and carrots

Thursday: Leftover buffet

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

Saturday: One Pan Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

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:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat


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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[How to Organize Leftover Paint]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40541 2017-08-17T15:57:25Z 2017-08-17T05:03:12Z If you're seeing How to Organize Leftover Paint 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 leftover paint from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me. One of my favorite parts about writing/blogging/organizing is that I get to pass on my favorite tips to you! And when I stumbled upon this latest tip, I knew this month would be the perfect […]

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The following is a guest post about how to organize leftover paint from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me.

One of my favorite parts about writing/blogging/organizing is that I get to pass on my favorite tips to you! And when I stumbled upon this latest tip, I knew this month would be the perfect time to share this particular tip.

After all, with school starting soon, hopefully you and I can get back to working on some of our home projects! Because I don’t know about you, but for me, the summer tends to get too full with fun and activity, and I just don’t seem to have as much time for all of the home stuff.

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Let me rewind a bit.

We moved into our new home almost a year ago and with it being a brand new construction home we also received a pile of leftover products from the builder. Thank you?

The pile of products were casually stacked in our basement for those “some days.” You can bet I’ve pretty much ignored the pile altogether!

The only time I’ve rummaged through the haphazard pile was to find a paint color from time-to-time. Basically paint I needed for touching up trim or walls. What I realized in doing this, was that there were many close to empty five-gallon paint buckets that were taking up a lot of room.

So I decided to do something about it!

I first started by purchasing some Ziploc plastic containers with a screw on lid and I transferred the paint to them. I thought I had found the perfect solution. Not the case at all. Please note – do not try this at home! What I discovered with the Ziploc containers was the paint dried in between the lid and the container, making it impossible to unscrew the lid and access the paint. Ugh.

Sometimes you just have to learn things the hard way.

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After that failed attempt I went to Home Depot in search of a better option. And look what I found! 1 quart metal paint can buckets (not an affiliate link).

Aren’t they just the cutest?

And they mimic paint cans – so you can open, close them, and reuse them.

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Like that, I was able to streamline all of our leftover paint! I’ve also transferred leftover paint from a few projects I’ve done too, like my daughter’s room and our pocket office.

Transferring leftover paint to smaller sized containers is not only a space-saving solution, it also helps you to only keep on hand the paint that you actually need.

My encouragement is to take an inventory of your paint. Make a goal to dispose properly of any paint you no longer need and then create a simple system to store the leftover paint you need to keep. Making sure to note the brand, color, finish, and room. (I used labels on top of the cans for this purpose.)

Up first on my home project list this fall, is painting our powder bath and finally getting it decorated! Yay!

What’s on your fall home project to-do list?

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Happy (almost) fall and organizing!

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[The #1 Reason You Absolutely Need a Fridge Calendar & How Mine Was Stolen]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40523 2017-08-16T16:06:26Z 2017-08-16T02:55:04Z If you're seeing The #1 Reason You Absolutely Need a Fridge Calendar & How Mine Was Stolen anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


If you’ve been hanging around here for any length of time then you probably have heard me talk about my ever adoring love for a fridge calendar. Or a wall calendar, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that there is a very good reason that I think some of you absolutely must have a […]

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If you’ve been hanging around here for any length of time then you probably have heard me talk about my ever adoring love for a fridge calendar. Or a wall calendar, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that there is a very good reason that I think some of you absolutely must have a physical calendar somewhere in your home on prominent display. I’ll give you a minute to guess why I might feel this way.

Okay are you ready?

The #1 Reason You Absolutely Need a Family Fridge Calendar is:

The #1 Reason a Family Calendar is an Absolute Must for Staying Organized - the best fridge calendar!

so your kids can be in the loop about the activities of the day. Whether you personally use a digital calendar or not, if you have kids, especially if they don’t have a smart phone, then a physical wall or fridge calendar in your home is so very important. You know I don’t have too many definites on this blog. Organizing is so individual that I never like to say that one way to organize something is better than an other. But in the case of a calendar, I must make this exception.

With all the technology these days, the fridge calendar is becoming a thing of the past and you know who is getting left behind? The kids that’s who. Specially the young ones that don’t have access to online calendars and even for those that do, it might not be something they check regularly. You know what kids check regularly? The fridge. ALL THE TIME. So if you have a calendar on the fridge they are going to see it. Often. And you will too. It’s unavoidable unless of course you don’t eat and then you might not see it but something tells me that chances are good you will.

Want to know what happens when kids check a calendar on a regular basis and can see what’s happening? They stop bugging you. Seriously it’s quite brilliant actually and so very simple. Kids love knowing what’s on the schedule especially the younger ones. Also it helps them learn about scheduling and commitments and actually being prepared for those commitments. I have found this to be true with all three of my kids who are now 20, 17 and 11 and who all have very different personalities.

There are just so many benefits to a family calendar including making sure everyone is on the same page with who needs to be where and when. As my kids got older they’d start writing their own activities on the calendar and once they got jobs as teenagers it was especially helpful to have them write their work schedules on the calendar so we’d have one central location for all the pertinent information.

I’m not against a digital family calendar at all but if not everyone in the family has access to it, then the youngest get left out of the process. I have quite the age gap between my kiddos so even though my teenagers might have their own smart phones, my youngest didn’t. In fact he still doesn’t and so we will continue to use a family calendar so we can stay connected and he can continue to learn valuable skills.

If you already use a digital system, I’d love to encourage you to maybe do a combination of practices while you have little ones. It is pretty incredible what a simple calendar can teach children about time management and organization at a very young age.

Examples of information we put on our family calendar:

  • birthdays/anniversaries
  • school events
  • after school activities
  • garbage and recycling days
  • visitors
  • vacations (kids love to count sleeps!)
  • work schedules
  • appointments
  • church events
  • etc, etc, etc

If you have a particularly heavy schedule you can even get wild and crazy and designate different pen colors for each family member but that takes more work so it’s not something I do. We like to just write the name of the person and the activity beside. I do use a different colored pen to write down birthdays/anniversaries though since I do this all at once at the beginning of the year.

Yes it takes a bit of work to remember to write all this information on the calendar in the first place. An empty calendar is not ideal so it does take some commitment to make it happen but it does get easier especially once you start experiencing all the benefits that come with this habit.

It is so important to teach your kids the art of scheduling and it’s also important for the burden to not fall solely on the shoulders of mom. Juggling and prioritizing schedules is hard work and everyone in the family should be involved in making it work. Like I’ve said many times before, when you use a family system, you teach your children how to manage and be responsible for the system alongside you.

My youngest is the first one up most days and he is often the one to check the calendar first and remind me about the day’s events. It’s so very helpful! If he sees that his class is going swimming that day, he knows to go put his swimming stuff by the door. If he sees that it’s pizza day at school he knows not to pack his lunch. He’s done this since he was old enough to read and even before then we used a visual calendar similar to this one (affiliate link) to help him know what the day ahead held. Now he is old enough to take his school notes and transfer the information to the calendar himself. Such a beautiful thing!

Training from a young age is essential if we want to raise kids who know how to manage their own time. Us moms (and dads) should be working ourselves out of a job.

Many of you know that the family fridge calendar that I have loved and used for many years is the Ultimate Family Calendar by MotherWord. I absolutely love it because it’s a great size with lots of room to write each day. Also the magnets on the back are super strong and I’ve never had a problem with the calendar sliding down.

Ultimate Family Calendar 2018 - the best fridge calendar

These two things I love the most about it are highlighted right on the front. Although interestingly enough, all the fun stickers it comes with we have never used. Not entirely sure why we don’t though. Also the Ultimate Family Calendar runs from September 2017 to December 2018. I use mine from January to December and just discard the first four months.

Ultimate Family Calendar 2018

At the end of each day we cross off the day so we always can tell what day it is at a quick glance.

**Side note: if you have a stainless steel fridge that magnets won’t stick to, use these Command 3M Picture Hanging Strips (affiliate link). They work perfectly and won’t damage your fridge.

Unfortunately it’s now time for this post to take a sad turn. Since this is the time of the year that the Ultimate Family Calendar becomes available in stores, a couple of weeks ago while at Costco I purchased a brand new 2018 calendar.

Ultimate Family Calendar 2018 Costco

I unloaded my cart of stuff into the van and my husband then proceeded to return the cart to the cart area. It wasn’t until we were in the van driving out of the parking lot that I saw someone, out of the corner of my eye, take something out of the cart that we’d just returned and get into their car with it. I could clearly see it was a calendar and that’s when my heart sank. In that moment I realized that I hadn’t actually put my calendar into the van. We had in fact accidentally left it in the cart and neither my husband or I had seen it there tucked standing up at the back of the cart. We were too far away at this point though to do anything about it and we watched the car drive away with my calendar inside.

However it’s okay and here’s the two reasons why. First I want to believe that maybe this girl really needed a calendar and God wanted to bless her with one. That’s cool and I’m going to pray that she really loves it and it makes her as happy and organized as it makes me :)

Secondly, and this is also a bit of a confession, I had actually already purchased the 2018 Ultimate Family Fridge Calendar from Walmart. Yep, that’s the one you see above with the green cover. The one from Costco has the orange cover and I was curious what the difference was between the two although now that I see the two covers together it looks like the only difference might be that the Costco one has 100 bonus stickers (which I don’t use anyway).

So I still have a fridge calendar for next year and all is not lost. It all worked out in the end :) If you are interested in getting this calendar please keep in mind that it seems to go fast (at least here in Canada anyway) and then it’s really hard to find. So grab it when you see it. Unfortunately I couldn’t find it on Amazon to link to for you. Sorry about that!

I would love to hear how many of my readers already use a family wall or fridge calendar and how many of you are interested in trying one now after reading this post.

Have a great day everyone!

See also:

Organized Solutions for Easily Managing Daily School Papers

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Menu Plan Monday ~ August 14/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40471 2017-08-14T15:02:03Z 2017-08-14T13:00:52Z If you're seeing Menu Plan Monday ~ August 14/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


Hi friends, hope you are all happy and well and ready to menu plan! How many of you have kids going back to school already? My kids don’t go back until September so we still have a little bit of time yet but the weather lately has been feeling like fall already, brrr. Hopefully we […]

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Hi friends, hope you are all happy and well and ready to menu plan! How many of you have kids going back to school already? My kids don’t go back until September so we still have a little bit of time yet but the weather lately has been feeling like fall already, brrr. Hopefully we still have some warm weather ahead of us.

If you do have kids back to school already be sure to check out these great back to school tips that Yuni recently shared.

Menu Plan Monday ~ August 14/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration to help you get dinner on the table with less stress

Recipe Highlight:

Yesterday I was craving some chocolate (as one does) and found this yummy recipe for Paleo Chocolate Brownie Skillet Cake from one of the awesome Paleo blogs I follow.  It was super quick to whip up so in no time I was feeling so much better :) Anyone relate? This recipe isn’t very sweet so if you’d prefer it a little sweeter while still keeping it healthy, add some thawed unsweetened frozen berries for extra deliciousness.

Paleo Chocolate Brownie Skillet Cake

Speaking of Paleo I wanted to share about this great Paleo magazine I bought at our local drug store (I’ve also seen it at Walmart). This latest issue has so many fantastic recipes that I can’t wait to try out. The only problem with it for me is that they feature so many great Paleo products that I can’t buy because they are only available in the US right now. So jealous! :) Doesn’t that tomato soup look so delicious?

Paleo magazine

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

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Strawberry Basil Chicken with Avocado

Tuesday: I love summer salads: Healthy Summer Peach Arugula Salad (I’ll also add leftover chicken)

Wednesday: Paleo Sloppy Joe Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Thursday: Leftover buffet

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

Saturday: Portobello Mushroom Bacon Burgers

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:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat


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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[5 Terrific Organizing Tips for Back to School Success]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40485 2017-08-10T05:29:45Z 2017-08-10T05:29:45Z If you're seeing 5 Terrific Organizing Tips for Back to School Success 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 organized tips for back to school success from regular contributor, Yuni at Love Your Abode. Hi friends, are you still enjoying your summer? After a fun-filled and relaxed summer break, school is in full swing in our household. Our traditional rainbow cake signifies that school is starting the next day. We […]

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The following is a guest post about organized tips for back to school success from regular contributor, Yuni at Love Your Abode.

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Hi friends, are you still enjoying your summer? After a fun-filled and relaxed summer break, school is in full swing in our household. Our traditional rainbow cake signifies that school is starting the next day. We gather with friends and celebrate the start of the new school year.

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Easing back into our normal school year routine means returning to organizing methods that ensure a smooth transition. These are some of the tips I’ve shared at Orgjunkie the last two years that have helped us maintain some good habits as well as keep this mama sane during the hectic school year.

Tip 1: School Lunch Prep

I shared two posts regarding school lunch and snack prep and these tips are still used in our home. I’m all about efficiency since we pack 4 lunches almost every evening. Doing a small thing like keeping water bottles corralled in a basket has been so helpful!

Back to School Lunches Made Easy

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School Lunch and Snack Prep

I like to keep all my sandwich making ingredients in one basket in the refrigerator so I know exactly where everything is.

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Tip 2: Organized Refrigerator Tips

Keeping the refrigerator organized ensures efficiency when packing lunches. This is also helpful with meal planning so we know what we have.

Quick & Easy Tips for an Organized Fridge

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Tip 3: Organized Clothes Drawers

Rolling clothes in our drawers creates more storage space and makes each item visible.

A Helpful Tip for Organized Clothes

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Tip 4: Organized Craft Supplies

I like to keep craft supplies organized at home so that they easily come out during homework time and go back to their place after it’s all done.

Organized Kids Craft Supplies – 4 Different Ways!

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Tip 5School Mementos Keeper

Each child in our home has a binder and in it, we collect important awards, class photos and some art work. Simple tabs in the binder keep the grades separated for each child.

DIY School Mementos Keeper

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I hope you find these tips helpful. Good luck in the new school year!

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 ~ Aug 7/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40453 2017-08-07T05:04:00Z 2017-08-07T13:00:47Z If you're seeing Menu Plan Monday ~ Aug 7/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


Hello friends! I’m back from my trip to the mountains (in Jasper) with my sister and I survived the teepee camping experience! It wasn’t easy, there were bugs in my bed (ewwww!) and it was really cold at night but we still had a great time creating fun memories. And really what’s not to love […]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Aug 7/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration at I'm an Organizing Junkie blogHello friends! I’m back from my trip to the mountains (in Jasper) with my sister and I survived the teepee camping experience! It wasn’t easy, there were bugs in my bed (ewwww!) and it was really cold at night but we still had a great time creating fun memories. And really what’s not to love with a gorgeous view like this. Our teepee was right on the river and it was so relaxing listening to the sounds of the running water with the sun on our faces.

Teepee camping in Jasper Alberta Canada

Relaxing on vacation near Jasper, Alberta

My sister leaves tomorrow which makes me sad but now it’s time for me to focus my attention on getting my middle son packed up and ready for University (sniff). Wow what a busy summer it’s been!

I hope you are all enjoying your summer and not stressing about what you are going to eat for dinner :)

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

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Dinner out

Tuesday: Paleo Chicken and Avocado Caesar Salad

Wednesday: Baked Sausages with Apples Sheet Pan Dinner

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with 5 minute homemade pizza dough and for me Garlic Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles

Saturday: Nectarine Spinach Salad with Bacon and Toasted Walnuts

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:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat


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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Why I Use a Paper Planner over an Electronic One]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40460 2017-08-02T16:00:41Z 2017-08-02T16:00:41Z If you're seeing Why I Use a Paper Planner over an Electronic One 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 choosing a paper planner over an electronic planner from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project. I know this is the technology age. We use our phones and computers for almost everything. You can’t even apply for a job without being directed to a kiosk these days. But, […]

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The following is a guest post about choosing a paper planner over an electronic planner from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project.

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I know this is the technology age. We use our phones and computers for almost everything. You can’t even apply for a job without being directed to a kiosk these days. But, I can not pass over my paper planner for an electronic calendar. I have tried and failed.

About 5 years ago, I told myself that I was going to start using the calendar on my iPad as my main calendar. I had a case for it and planned to carry it around with me in my work bag. I spent some time putting everything into the calendar and it looked really nice. Then, I never picked it up again.

I gave it a shot because several people I knew used only their electronic calendar and raved about it. So, I thought I was missing out on an amazing organizational tool. But, we were not a good match.

So, why?

After giving it some thought, I have determined there were four main reasons why it just didn’t work for me.

Speed

I have always associated speed with technology. But, not this time. For me, it is a lot easier to grab my paper planner and open it to the page I am needing than using my phone. I always use planner tabs that mark my weekly and monthly spots, so there isn’t any guessing.

With my iPhone calendar, I have to figure out where the icon is on my phone and then, find the month or day I am searching for, which takes a lot more time. And, I understand that this process would get easier the more I used the app. I guess I just feel it isn’t the best fit for me.

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Planner Ease of Use/Experience

This goes along with speed. I guess you could say old habits die hard. I have always used a paper planner, so it is easier for me to use. I know how they are laid out and I know how to turn quickly to certain spots in my planner.

I have very little experience with electronic calendars, so I find them more difficult to use.

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The “Big Picture”

When I am using my paper planner, I can actually open up an entire month’s spread and see everything that I have down. So, I can get a nice overview of how a month is going to go and what things we have scheduled for that month.

I can’t do that for an electronic calendar. You can open up a whole month, but it doesn’t give me the same insight. I use stickers to indicate certain events, like football games. I will always label my husband’s football Fridays with a half box and a football icon sticker. So, when I open up my planner, I know exactly where the football games are. The same goes for appointments and practices.

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Something about the Paper

This one is a little hard to describe. There is just something about having the actual paper in my hand. I am the same way with books. I like to be able to flip back and forth between pages when I am reading. I have attempted reading on a Kindle and it just wasn’t the same for me.

The same for my planner. I just need to have the actual planner in my hand and not on an electronic device.

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I would love to get a discussion going. Do you prefer paper planners or electronic ones? Why?

See also my other posts in this series:

The Six Ways I Use a Paper Planner
Which Paper Planner is Right for You?

 

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 ~ July 31/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40386 2017-07-31T05:51:27Z 2017-07-31T13:00:21Z If you're seeing Menu Plan Monday ~ July 31/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


Hi friends! Happy get your menu plan done day :) My son is finally home, yay!! He was so excited about the new room makeover that we did for him. We based it on his favorite hockey team which is the Montreal Canadiens. He just couldn’t get over it. So fun to pull off such […]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ July 31/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration to help you get dinner on the table with less stress and chaosHi friends! Happy get your menu plan done day :) My son is finally home, yay!! He was so excited about the new room makeover that we did for him. We based it on his favorite hockey team which is the Montreal Canadiens. He just couldn’t get over it. So fun to pull off such an awesome surprise for him.

My sister and nieces are also here visiting from Ontario so last night was a late night and I was sleepy trying to get this up for you. So I apologize that it’s short. You’ll notice below that my sister and I are taking the kids on a little trip to the mountains this week. Those that know me will know that camping is not really my thing and having no electricity and not being able to do my hair or charge my phone is also not my thing. Eeek, what was I thinking when I agreed to these shenanigans? Wish me luck!

Here’s what’s on our menu this week.

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Super Easy Ham and Cheese Quesadillas with delicious Green Smoothies

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Sweet Pulled Pork Sandwiches (I’ll eat mine without the sauce)

Wednesday: Camping in a Teepee

Thursday: Camping in a Teepee

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with 5 minute homemade pizza dough

Saturday: 15 Minute Paleo Taco Salad with some homemade Quick & Delicious Blender Salsa

Sunday: One-Pot Greek Oven-Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

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More family favorite recipes here.

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My favorite menu planning resource:

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Monthly Recap for July & Awesome Organizing Resources]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40439 2017-07-29T16:31:39Z 2017-07-29T16:31:39Z If you're seeing Monthly Recap for July & Awesome Organizing Resources anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


Hi gorgeous people! I’m happy to bring you another monthly recap complete with some super helpful organizing resources. It’s been such a great summer month full of company and relaxation. I still can’t believe I have two kids that have graduated now!! I really don’t feel old enough to be able to say that, ha! […]

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Hi gorgeous people! I’m happy to bring you another monthly recap complete with some super helpful organizing resources. It’s been such a great summer month full of company and relaxation. I still can’t believe I have two kids that have graduated now!! I really don’t feel old enough to be able to say that, ha! My youngest has been away with his grandparents these last few weeks and the house has been super quiet but that all ends tomorrow when he flies home. My sister and her two young girls are flying with him to come for a visit for 10 days and I’m just so excited about it. My nieces have never seen the mountains so we will definitely be fixing that :)

What I’m Reading:

I’ve been curled up right here on my deck a lot this past month reading, more about my cozy, private deck HERE.

One of those books that I’ve been wanting to read for awhile is this one called The Little Book of Hygge, The Danish Way to Live Well (affiliate link). I’m only half way done but it’s interesting because it’s all about how the Danish do “coziness” so well. From how to create a certain mood and atmosphere in your home to living in harmony and in the present moment, these are just some of the contributing factors to living a life well. It’s the art of creating intimacy and the absence of annoyance which right there is my entire premise for wanting to be organized and live a life of simplicity. I’m really enjoying the book so far.

What I’m Eating:

Well if you’ve been reading the blog this month you know that I simply cannot get enough of this salsa. So many of you asked for the recipe and I finally had a chance to post it for you. Make it this weekend, you’ll be so happy you did!

Quick and delicious blender salsa

My Purge Piles:

This month I had two purge piles that went out to the thrift store for donation. Purging isn’t something you do once a year but rather something that is just an everyday natural part of of life.

Power Pickup:

This weekend if you are looking around your home overwhelmed with where to start may I suggest you start with a Power Pickup? I shared this technique on the blog this past month and I think you’ll find it helpful for getting a handle on all the stuff. Do it now and then you can kick back and relax :)

July 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 and recap for the month of July 2017 to help you get organized 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 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

30 Days to an Organized Home

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.

Check out this popular program on sale now for $2930 Days To An Organized Home (also known as the 30-Day Organize-athon) is a power-decluttering program for getting rid of household clutter in 5 or 10 minutes a day over 30 days.

If you:

  • Can only manage a few minutes of declutttering at a time
  • Want to move quickly and get fast results
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  • Don’t know where to start
  • Need some guidance, motivation, and acountability to get it done…

Then 30 Days To An Organized Home is perfect for you! 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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Enjoy the rest of your week 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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The following is a guest post about how to use a paper planner from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project. In my last guest post here, I shared how to decide on a paper planner. Picking out the planner is important, but you need to know how you will use it to make the […]

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The following is a guest post about how to use a paper planner from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project.

In my last guest post here, I shared how to decide on a paper planner. Picking out the planner is important, but you need to know how you will use it to make the best decision. From my experience, no two planners are the same. The monthly calendar may be set up different. The weekly spread may be in a vertical layout, or it may be in a horizontal. Or, it may not be laid out like that at all. So, you need to know how you will use the planner in order to figure out what brand and style works best for you.

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Honestly, it took me awhile to fully recognize how I was going to use my planner the most effectively. I remember opening up my first Erin Condren life planner. It was very overwhelming. Before that moment, I just used a basic academic planner. The Erin Condren had all of these notes pages, pockets, and the weekly pages had a lot of extra boxes and space.

I was very intimidated! I can say that I didn’t use that planner much that year because I was very unsure of how to use it.

Fast forward five years and I now have my planner style down. I am still using an Erin Condren life planner as well, but I have switched from the vertical to the horizontal layout.

So, how do I use my planner?

I will start by saying, I am a one planner girl. I do not have multiple planners hanging out at my house. I don’t swap from one to another. I use the same planner for everything.

The Six Ways I Use My Paper Planner

Daily To Do Lists

I am an individual that lives by a to do list. Every single day, I write out a to do list and I work hard to complete everything on it. It keeps me focused and reminds me what I need to be working on throughout the day. Plus, I am extremely forgetful and the list helps.

When I accomplish a task on my list, I will either mark through it with a pen, check the box next to it (if there is one), or highlight it. And, there is really no reason why I choose one over another. If a highlighter is close to me that is what I will use.

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Appointments, Meetings, Practices, and Special Dates

These are usually the first things that get written down in my planner. I will write them down on my monthly spreads immediately, then add then to my weekly spreads once that week arrives. I will refer to my monthly spread when writing my tasks and to dos each week.

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Memory Keeper

This is a pretty new way I am using my planner, and it is definitely my favorite. Back in the summer of 2016, I finally broke down and purchased a Polaroid Zip. I was on the fence about it for over a year, but decided to purchase it and give it a shot. I am so glad I did because it has transformed my planner. My planner is not only a planner now, but a memory keeper as well.

I will print out photos twice a week to add to my weekly spread. They are usually photos that I have shared on social media that week. Plus, my blog post thumbnail pictures.

Now, my daughter even enjoys going through my planner to see what photos I have used each week.

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Blog/YouTube Schedule

I am not a spontaneous person. Just about everything that I do has to be fully planned out. I wish I had a little of that “fly by the seat of your pants” type of personality, but I don’t. Therefore, I write down and plan any and all blog posts and videos. Many times, I will have them planned out several months in advance.

All of this is written in my paper planner. But, nothing is set in stone until the post is written or recorded. I will write things on sticky notes until I reach a certain date. Then, I will mark the topics in my planner.

Keeping a schedule allows me to plan accordingly. I know what things need to be prepped beforehand and what things need to be purchased, if any.

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Gift Tracking

My husband and I start super early shopping for Christmas presents. We not only have Christmas, but many of our family members have birthdays during the holiday season. So, we are also shopping for birthday gifts.

I keep track of the presents that we plan on purchasing every paycheck in my planner. So, when payday rolls around, I know exactly what gifts need to be purchased.

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Monthly Goals

This is the newest way I am using my paper planner. I have only been doing monthly goals since the beginning of July when I started using my new life planner. This time around, Erin Condren changed the notes page that is included before every month. The page has 4 circles at the top of the page. I have decided to make those circles my top 4 goals for the month. I am thinking big picture type of goals too. Not something like, take out the trash.

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How do you use your paper planner? What other planner related posts would you like me to share?

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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