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The following is a guest post about how to stay motivated to organize in the summer from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project. If someone asked me to describe summer, I would say it is a time of fun, relaxation, and enjoying the sun. That is all true, but I also have to remind […]

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The following is a guest post about how to stay motivated to organize in the summer from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project.

If someone asked me to describe summer, I would say it is a time of fun, relaxation, and enjoying the sun. That is all true, but I also have to remind myself that it is also a time to stay motivated and a time to get small projects done around the house. I am a teacher and I am on break during the summer, so that means I have extra time to get those project started and finished.

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How I Stay Motivated to Organize in the Summer

During the school year, it gets hard because our schedule is so hectic with cheerleading and football. So, anything that requires detailed planning and work usually gets done during the summer months.

So, how do I stay motivated when all I want to do is lounge around?

Daily To Do List

I live by a to do list. I carry a planner with me everyday, no matter where I am going. For each day, I have a list of 5 things that I need to accomplish. These tasks can be as simple as, “pick up medicine,” or can be as detailed as, “film and edit a video.”

I call my planner my brain on paper because it that is exactly what it is. The older I get, the harder it is to remember everything in a given day. So, I have sticky notes and reminders throughout my planner.

It definitely keeps me focused during the summer on what needs to be accomplished and when. And, I am one of those people that gets excited about checking things off a to do list, even in the summer.

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Keep It Manageable

Let’s be honest. Having a daily to do list is great, but it is only great if the items on it are manageable. If I place five things to accomplish that are way too complicated and that can’t be completed in a day, then I have failed before I even started my list.

So, it is important to keep the tasks simple. If I have a big project, like organizing my pantry, I try breaking that major project up into smaller projects. For example, on Day 1, I could pull everything out of the pantry and clean. Then, Day 2, I could categorize my items. This helps keep me focused and motivated to get the project done.

Still Schedule Time to Relax

It is summer, so I still need to remember to have some fun. I will actually write things like, “read,” on my daily to do list. It reminds me that I still need to think about myself and relax everyday.

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Overall, I try to get as many small projects accomplished as possible during the summer, but I also remember that it is my time to rest, relax, and enjoy some family time.


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[Dairy-Free & Delicious Cherry Pineapple Green Smoothie]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40201 2017-06-22T01:28:32Z 2017-06-22T01:28:32Z If you're seeing Dairy-Free & Delicious Cherry Pineapple Green Smoothie anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


I got so much great feedback when I shared my Everyday Healthy Green Smoothie recipe on the blog. It really is so yummy and I’m so glad you liked it too! Many of you have been asking if I could share some of my other favorite smoothie recipes. So yay today I finally had a […]

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I got so much great feedback when I shared my Everyday Healthy Green Smoothie recipe on the blog. It really is so yummy and I’m so glad you liked it too! Many of you have been asking if I could share some of my other favorite smoothie recipes. So yay today I finally had a chance to sit down and write up a post sharing my delicious Cherry Pineapple Green Smoothie recipe. This one is awesome because not only does it taste amazing, it’s a green smoothie that isn’t actually green in color. This might be super helpful if you’ve got kids who won’t drink a green drink but you still want to get greens into them.

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These steps are for making one large glass as shown above. If you need more just double up on the ingredients. In fact don’t worry if your measurements aren’t exact or anything, I never really measure. I’ve added more or less of the ingredients at times and it still tasted delicious.

Start by adding one cup of water to your blender and then add about 2 cups of spinach to it. Blend this first before adding any other ingredients as it makes a huge difference to getting a smoother better blended smoothie. Blend that together until you see the color of green go lighter.

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Dairy-Free & Delicious Cherry Pineapple Green Smoothie recipe at I'm an Organizing Junkie

Then add about a cup (give or take) of frozen cherries, a cup (give or take) frozen pineapple along with 1/2 of a banana to the blender.

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Blend it all up until there are no more chunks. Pour yourself a tall glass, drink up and enjoy!

Dairy-Free & Delicious Cherry Pineapple Green Smoothie recipe at I'm an Organizing Junkie

Yum, yum, yum.

So easy and such a great way to get those greens in every day. I love messing around with different combinations of fruit and veggies but of course not all of them are winners. This one is definitely a winner though in my book.

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Let me know what you think of it :) And if you love it, please share this post with others. Thanks!

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Menu Plan Monday ~ June 19/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40139 2017-06-19T15:13:54Z 2017-06-19T13:00:32Z If you're seeing Menu Plan Monday ~ June 19/17 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 Menu Plan Monday day to you :)  I’m keeping things simple this week but stick around for next week as that is when my family arrives and I’ll be feeding 9 people each day plus putting on a huge Graduation/Canada Day party! I can hardly wait it’s going to be so much […]

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Hi friends! Happy Menu Plan Monday day to you :)  I’m keeping things simple this week but stick around for next week as that is when my family arrives and I’ll be feeding 9 people each day plus putting on a huge Graduation/Canada Day party! I can hardly wait it’s going to be so much fun!

Menu plan Monday for the week of June 19/17 - weekly dinner inspiration to help you get dinner on the table each night without all the stress and chaos

This Saturday is my birthday! I’ve been so busy with house renos that I haven’t had time to be obnoxious about it like I usually am. Ha! As most of you know, I love birthdays and celebrating another year on this great earth. I’m not planning a party for myself this year because we have graduation the week after plus it would definitely be hard to top my Polka Dot party from last year.

Polka Dot birthday party bash - all the details!

I’ve created a delicious new smoothie recipe that is sooooo good. It includes spinach, cherries, pineapple and a banana. I’ll share the recipe in a post soon because I can’t get enough of this concoction. Yum! Here’s the picture from my deck that I shared on Instagram the other day.

Delicious spinach, cherry, pineapple and banana smoothie

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

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Roasted Potatoes, Mushroom and Kale Hash Skillet

Tuesday: Salt & Vinegar Chicken Wings served with Healthy Green Smoothies

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Honey Apple Pork Loin Roast served with potatoes and broccoli

Thursday: Leftover buffet

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

Saturday: My birthday! Dinner out with the family

Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[5 Quick Tips for an Organized Bathroom]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40168 2017-06-15T16:33:47Z 2017-06-15T16:33:47Z If you're seeing 5 Quick Tips for an Organized Bathroom 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 some quick tips for an organized bathroom from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me. I recently helped my daughter reorganize her bathroom. This project was what you might call, long overdue. Similar as to when I helped Berkley organize her “tween” bedroom, I find that if I […]

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The following is a guest post about some quick tips for an organized bathroom from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me.

I recently helped my daughter reorganize her bathroom. This project was what you might call, long overdue. Similar as to when I helped Berkley organize her “tween” bedroom, I find that if I provide her with easy to follow systems she is able to keep up with the overall organization of her room, which always makes momma happy!

Berkley has an en suite bathroom (lucky!) and while it’s her own bathroom, it is on the smaller side. Here’s how we organized her bathroom using five quick tips!

5 Quick Tips for an Organized Bathroom

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Tip #1: Towel bars are fine, but hooks are so much easier (for children and adults alike)

Behind her bathroom door I installed two hooks. I left the towel bar in place for another spot to hang things, like wet swim suits or wash cloths. Also, notice the clock – this helps to keep her on time!

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5 Quick Tips for an Organized Bathroom at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

Tip #2: Line drawers and cabinets as necessary

Berkley has two teeny tiny drawers, with not really enough room to even hold trays or dividers. So, instead of using trays, I lined them with contact paper (affiliate link). This is a great way to add a little design detail and to also keep the cabinets from getting damaged. I’ll probably do this on bottom cabinet too, I just haven’t gotten around to that yet!

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Tip #3: Store and stack vertically

Because Berkley’s bathroom cabinet has only two small drawers, I decided to purchase a five pack set of plastic bins (affiliate link). These storage bins are one of my favorite organizing tools. We categorized things by like items, stacked them underneath the sink, and labeled them to make it easy to see whats in each bin. We placed items in here that are not used on a daily basis.

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5 Quick Tips for an Organized Bathroom at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

Tip #4: Create counter top storage

I repurposed three buckets I had been storing in my spring storage bin. (These are $1 buckets I had picked up at Target.) One bucket for make-up brushes, one for face products, and one for tooth stuff. When you work to organize a space, look around your home for any unused supplies that can be repurposed.

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Tip #5: Coordinate towel colors by bathroom (or by person)

By color coordinating bath towels and wash cloths by bathroom or person, it makes it easier to keep things organized. There is no confusion as to whose towel belongs to whom. Berkley’s towels and wash cloths are grey, which also matches with her room colors. With limited drawer space I stack the wash cloths on the top of the fifth bin. This storage bin at this point doesn’t have anything to store! #roomtogrow

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We of course did some purging while we reorganized things and for the most part her bathroom is staying much more organized. Simple solutions for the win!

What are your tips for keeping an organized bathroom? Do you have a favorite organizing product that you always use?

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[My Life Lately ~ the good, the bad & the ugly]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40156 2017-06-14T19:01:05Z 2017-06-14T19:01:05Z If you're seeing My Life Lately ~ the good, the bad & the ugly anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


In case you ever had any doubt that an organizer’s good life is always put together and polished, let me reassure you that it is not.  Life happens to us too and sometimes we get a little frazzled as well. Luckily all seasons come and go and I think I might be on the tail […]

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In case you ever had any doubt that an organizer’s good life is always put together and polished, let me reassure you that it is not.  Life happens to us too and sometimes we get a little frazzled as well. Luckily all seasons come and go and I think I might be on the tail end, FINALLY. Let me catch you up.

The Good:

Since I’m not one that likes to complain, I feel it’s only appropriate to start with the good because the good is oh so great. My parents and my in-laws as well as my daughter are coming to visit at the end of the month to celebrate my middle son’s highschool graduation. How exciting is that! I love having family come to visit, it makes me so happy. I love making them feel special and loved on while they are here. I love setting their rooms up so they have everything they need to feel comfortable and relaxed.

More good news includes the fact that our kitchen is done, whoot! We replaced the counters, back splash, light fixture, pulls and painted all the walls. I couldn’t be more happy with how it all turned out. I’d show you a picture but I’ve still got some organizing to do before it’s camera ready. Here’s a quick sneak peak though.

My Life Lately ~ the good, the bad & the ugly -finished kitchen renos

Good news also includes my pretty PurpleTrail planner (affiliate link) that is helping me stay on top of ALL THE THINGS. I’ll tell you more about this later when I have more time because it’s really awesome.

PurpleTrail Planner

The Bad:

Well unfortunately not all the renovations are finished. We started back at the beginning of April and today, just 11 days out, my house still looks like this.

My Life Lately ~ the good, the bad & the ugly - painting progress

Yep and this is what I know for sure. I will never ever buy another home with vaulted ceilings again (they go up higher than you can even see in the photo). Seriously, what a pain! This is the last of the painting though. I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

We also have only the beginnings of deck hand rails installed.

My Life Lately ~ the good, the bad & the ugly

And…I have a sun shelter sitting in the box on my deck waiting to be put up.

My Life Lately ~ the good, the bad & the ugly

Is there such a thing as a sun shelter fairy? I could totally use one. Did I mention we only have 11 days and my husband is out of town for three of those days? So essentially we have eight days. EIGHT DAYS!  Deep breath Laura.

The Ugly:

Remember I told you I’m growing my grey hair out? It’s been six months now and I’ve hit the awkward ugly in between stage where people can’t help but stare because it’s just so obvious. I’ve had many people tell me I’m crazy and they can’t understand why I’d do this to myself. I get it, I’m only 45 and my hair is coming in pretty grey although quite honestly I thought it would be more white. So the salt and pepper is a bit of a welcome surprise that I’m not minding at all. It’s the line that I really don’t love but my hair isn’t that long so slowly but surely it’s getting there. Sarah Mae puts into words, better than I ever could, the fears we face in going against cultural standards and why she too is taking on the challenge of growing out the grey. I’m pushing myself to face those fears head on (haha, see what I did there?) and we’ll see where it takes me. Anyone else want to join in?

And just because I know some of you might want to see, here’s a picture I took this morning of where I am in the process. Oy!

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Oh and in other ugly news, stress makes my autoimmune disorder act up and reoccurring sciatica pain is making walking somewhat difficult.

But other than all that, life is great! :) No it really is though. Soon I will be hugging the necks of my people and all the work will be so worth it. I can’t wait to get the party started! Hard to believe I have kid #2 graduating, wow. So glad we’ll have kid #3 home for another six years to keep us company and do all the cooking. Oh I kid he won’t have to keep us company all the time :)

Have a great day everyone!

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Menu Plan Monday ~ June 12/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40090 2017-06-12T04:04:12Z 2017-06-12T13:00:04Z If you're seeing Menu Plan Monday ~ June 12/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


Hey friends! Welcome back. Are you new to writing up a weekly menu plan? Are you here wondering why in the world people even do it? Curious to know more about how it’s done? Well you’ve come to the right place! I am passionate about the benefits of menu planning because of how much of […]

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Hey friends! Welcome back. Are you new to writing up a weekly menu plan? Are you here wondering why in the world people even do it? Curious to know more about how it’s done? Well you’ve come to the right place! I am passionate about the benefits of menu planning because of how much of a difference it makes in my own life. As a result, I get a wee bit hyped up about encouraging others to give it a try and why I keep sharing my menus here week after week :). Menu planning will save you money, time, space in your pantry and most importantly your sanity! For reals.

Menu Plan Monday for the week of June 12/17 - weekly dinner inspiration to help you get dinner on the table every night without stress and chaos

Start slow and small. Plan for two or three days a week at first so you don’t get overwhelmed. Use simple recipes to make life easier. Having a plan will help you successfully master the 4:00 pm witching hour with all your marbles in tact. It’s brilliant really. Got questions? Ask away in the comments.

Recipe Highlight:

For our church potluck yesterday I made this tropical Pina Colada Coleslaw and it was so yummy. I highly recommend you give this quick, easy and healthy recipe a try.

Pina Colada Coleslaw - Menu Plan Monday

I used these most amazing coconut chips in the recipe and oh my did they ever add a special touch. I get them at Winners here in Canada similar to Ross/Marshalls in the US. Have you had them? So good!!

Baked Coconut Chips

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

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Turkey Apple Club Lettuce Wraps served with delicious Healthy Green Smoothies

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken Drumsticks served with broccoli

Wednesday: Sausage, Potato and Green Bean Foil Packets

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with 5 minute homemade pizza dough and for me Prawn Mango Avocado Salad

Saturday: Open-Faced Portobello Burgers

Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

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My favorite menu planning resource:

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Organized Kids Craft Supplies – 4 Different Ways!]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40123 2017-06-07T22:15:23Z 2017-06-08T16:30:50Z If you're seeing Organized Kids Craft Supplies – 4 Different Ways! 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 four different ways to organize kids craft supplies from regular contributor, Yuni at Love Your Abode. Summer with kids at home can only mean two things. Lots of grocery shopping and lots of messes. Am I right? Summer vacation is in full swing and although I love not having […]

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The following is a guest post about four different ways to organize kids craft supplies from regular contributor, Yuni at Love Your Abode.

Summer with kids at home can only mean two things. Lots of grocery shopping and lots of messes. Am I right? Summer vacation is in full swing and although I love not having to wake up at the crack of dawn and prepare 3 lunch boxes, I could do without the constant messes everywhere. Once school was out, the kids brought home all of their work along with their boxes of craft supplies. For almost two weeks, they sat on the kitchen table and on the floor in my office until one day, I decided to tackle the mess and figure out a good method to this madness. If organizing anything seems daunting to you, I recommend starting small and committing to one thing or area. Today, I’m sharing how I organized all of the kids’ markers, pens, pencils and crayons.

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1. Utensil Caddy

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A while ago, I bought this utensil caddy on clearance from Kirklands. I bought it because it was cute, cheap and perfect for not only utensils but markers. I love how easily you can carry it from room to room.

2. Buckets and Trays

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When organizing art supplies, this is also a great time to pare down your items. Kids don’t need a hundred crayons and markers. I used this time to test out each marker and pen and discard the empty ones. I even went to town and sharpened all of the color pencils! There’s no stopping me once I get started.

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I love using trays to corral like items together. I used galvanized buckets to hold the supplies and placed some favorite craft items in the basket tray. My kids can easily bring it to their room and I don’t mind it sitting on our kitchen table.

3. Clear Container or Shoe Box

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Another way to keep craft supplies under control is to allow each child to have his/her own clear container or shoe box. Let them fill it with the art items of their choice. I like this method because it keeps the supplies completely out of sight when not in use. Each child is in charge of taking care of their own supplies. The only negative to this method is when they can’t find their containers. Doh!

4. Coke Crate

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Lastly, think outside the box! I shared this vintage coke crate a while back on my blog and shared some unique ways I put it to use. When organizing anything, think of creative ways to display ordinary everyday items.

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I love using my coke crate this way because it’s completely functional and unique. I hope you found these tips helpful. Now, go tackle those supplies!

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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An Ikea Raskog cart would also be great craft storage!

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[11 Rules for a Successful Clothes Purge + free printable!]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40115 2017-06-07T18:55:46Z 2017-06-07T18:55:46Z If you're seeing 11 Rules for a Successful Clothes Purge + free printable! anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


Hey there, I haven’t shared my clothes purge wisdom with you in 5 years and as I was staring at my own closet and clothes I realized I needed to take my own advice. So I dug this post up for myself and then thought maybe you might need the reminder again as well. And […]

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Hey there, I haven’t shared my clothes purge wisdom with you in 5 years and as I was staring at my own closet and clothes I realized I needed to take my own advice. So I dug this post up for myself and then thought maybe you might need the reminder again as well. And if you’re reading this for the first time, I hope you will appreciate my straight forward tell it like it is approach. Sometimes we all need a little big kick in the pants, myself included, to motivate us to tackle an undesirable task. Yep I would definitely count going through my clothes and having to make tough decisions an undesirable task. How about you? Thankfully these 11 tough love points below make for a very successful clothes purge if you follow them.

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Now don’t be disappointed that this isn’t a post on how to organize all your clothes just so you can avoid making any of those hard decisions. Nope we’ll get to that in a different post, but for today we need to PURGE! You can’t put it off any longer. I can guarantee every single person reading this post has at least three things in their closet right now that they don’t wear or love. How many times do you hear yourself say “I don’t have anything to wear” when you have a closet full of clothes? What you really mean to say is that you don’t have any clothes that can be made into “outfits”. This is definitely a problem for me. I often buy tops and bottoms at different times and then get confused when I can’t make any of them work together.

So here’s what I suggest to help combat that, especially if you aren’t a fashionista. I am definitely not. Once you’ve done a clothes purge using the rules outlined below, then take some time to put together at least five outfits (including accessories) that give you a strut in your step. You know the one, the one that makes you feel like oh ya baby I’ve still got it going on :) Then make a list of detailed items that you might still need to complete the looks. Take pictures to color match if you need to. Then when you are out shopping you can easily reference your list and make an intentional purchase. Or always try to buy “outfits” when you shop. This is what I try to do more often now and it takes the pressure off knowing I always have something to wear in my closet that works.

Okay, let’s jump in!

11 Rules for a Successful Clothes Purge:

1.  If you haven’t worn something in a year then out it goes regardless of condition, price or size.  Why a year?  Because you cover every season in that period of time.  If you haven’t worn it during the year, you probably never will.

2.  If you have a piece of clothing that you wear but are annoyed with it every time you do, seriously stop it.

3.  If it’s waiting to be mended and it’s been waiting for a long time then enough is enough already.

4.  If you hate to iron and your ironing pile sits there totally neglected while you wear all your favorite clothing over and over again, why do you still have an ironing pile?

5.  I’m not opposed to keeping “skinny” clothes (we all do it) but for goodness sakes you don’t need to keep all of it. Styles change, your tastes change, your body shape changes so chances are good that when you get back to that size you’re going to want new stuff anyway.

6.  If you absolutely love a shirt but never wear it because you have nothing to wear it with, well guess what, a mate isn’t going to magically appear in the night. Follow the one year rule.

7.  Sentimental clothes that you aren’t wearing shouldn’t reside in your closet.   Either take a picture of it and preserve the memory or limit yourself to one tote of “clothes to show my kids so they can laugh their heads off at me someday”.

8.  Don’t hang onto something that is “just alright” for “just in case” because you don’t have something better yet to replace it. If you don’t love it, you’ll only feel awkward and uncomfortable wearing it. Let it go now unless of course it means you go naked, that wouldn’t be right.

9.  You don’t have to do it all at once. Try organizing in stages and be motivated by your success. One day you could do shirts, the next day shorts, etc..

10.  Try everything on. This one I can’t stress enough.  Do not hold something up and say oh this is so beautiful I’m going to keep it. That’s too easy and what you might not remember is that, although it’s beautiful, the buttons gape at the front showing off your woman parts.  Nope we don’t want that now do we? Get rid of it.

11.  You only have the space that you do. Jamming your clothes into the closet and fighting with them every single day to find what you need won’t make your closet grow in the night.  It will only make you grumpy…every single day. It’s not worth it. Purge until it fits!

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And just in case you want to frame these rules as a constant reminder, here is a copy for you to print out and stash away in your closet if you need to :)  Click on the link below for the PDF file.

11 Rules for a Successful Clothes Purge

Hope that helps you achieve a successful clothes purge soon!!! Share your purge pile with me on Instagram, I’ve love to see it and hoot and holler along with you :) Something like that is worth celebrating for sure!

Related post:

How to Organize Your T-Shirt Drawer

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Menu Plan Monday ~ June 5/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40013 2017-06-05T05:33:51Z 2017-06-05T13:00:47Z If you're seeing Menu Plan Monday ~ June 5/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


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Menu Plan Monday for the week of June 5/17 - weekly dinner inspirationHi friends! Did you miss Menu Plan Monday last week? I hope you all had a terrific weekend. I so enjoyed my time away with the girls. We went to a beautiful resort in the province of British Columbia called Sparkling Hills Resort. The view of the lake and mountains from our room was absolutely stunning!

So fancy and so fun to hang out with my girlfriends of 35 years! We had so much catching up to do and we just talked and talked and talked. The food was so good too, I had no problems eating Paleo while there. Here’s two of the lovely meals I enjoyed.

Some yummy trout

A delicious seafood salad

I can’t wait to go back, it was heavenly!

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

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Whole30 Spaghetti Squash with Pesto

Tuesday: Sheet Pan Flank Steak with Garlic Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli

Wednesday: Strawberry Mango Salad with Chicken

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with 5 minute homemade pizza dough and for me Easy Tuna Cakes

Saturday: Paleo Chipotle Honey Lime Pork Tenderloin served with baked potatoes and carrots

Sunday: Church potluck – Pina Colada Coleslaw and Paleo Glazed Banana Bread Donut Holes

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

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My favorite menu planning resource:

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Two New Books to Help You Keep a Clean & Organized Home]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=40075 2017-06-03T00:50:00Z 2017-06-02T22:34:47Z If you're seeing Two New Books to Help You Keep a Clean & Organized Home anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


As long time readers know I have a blog “tribe” of organizing friends that I just adore. Two of them recently released books that are AMAZING and I want to tell you all about them and brag on my friends a little bit because I am just so dang proud of them. Writing a book […]

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Two NEW Books to Help You Keep a Clean & Organized Home

As long time readers know I have a blog “tribe” of organizing friends that I just adore. Two of them recently released books that are AMAZING and I want to tell you all about them and brag on my friends a little bit because I am just so dang proud of them. Writing a book is hard work y’all. I wrote my own book to help you have an organized home, Clutter Rehab (link in my sidebar), many moons ago and I have been asked by various publishers so many times over the past number of years to write another one and I just keep saying no. It is a time commitment that is for sure. Maybe one day I’ll get up the nerve to do it again but in the meantime I’m happy that there are others braver than I. In fact for both of these two ladies, Becky Rapinchuk of Clean Mama and Toni Hammersley of A Bowl Full of Lemons, this is their SECOND book each. I’m totally in awe of them. Their books are awesome and practical yet still fun to read and they smell good too so there’s that. Any other book smellers out there? Ha! I always smell my books :)

Books for a Clean & Organized Home

Two NEW Books to Help You Keep a Clean & Organized Home

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Simply Clean:

Simply Clean by Becky Rapinchuk

Okay so let’s start with Becky’s book, Simply Clean. Her tagline is: The proven method for keeping your home organized, clean and beautiful in just 10 minutes a day. Um yes please. I hate cleaning as many do. You just keep having to do it over and over and over again. Seems so pointless am I right? Well regardless it needs to get done one way or another unfortunately. That’s where Becky comes in. She has a system, a real everyday system that she calls the Simply Clean method and it’s designed to incorporate just a few simple actions into your everyday without being overwhelming.

Simply Clean

Becky’s book is an easy to read, easy to implement instruction manual on how to follow her proven systems. It starts with a 7-day Simply Clean Kick Start and then moves on to the 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge. Every step is supported with simple yet thorough checklists to keep you on track. Seriously where would we all be in life without a good old fashion checklist to help us get stuff done. The checklists are not complicated to follow and throughout the book there are also tips for how to clean and organize (just about) anything in your home. Such great information to have in your life!

The Complete Book of Clean:

The Complete Book of Clean by Toni Hammersley

Toni’s book, The Complete Book of Clean, centers around tips & techniques for your home and it is beautifully done. Similar to Toni’s first book, The Complete Book of Home Organization, what makes Toni’s books so special is the stunning photography interspersed throughout. Oh my, so pretty! In her newest book, Toni provides her readers with 255 organizing and cleaning tips grouped together by the various living spaces of our homes. This means you can easily and quickly find all the information you need for whatever room you are working on. Each section has room-by-room advice to effectively eliminate dirt, dust and everyday messes. Such a practical and pretty book.

The Complete Book of Clean

Both books are amazing and ones I would highly recommend and I don’t just say that because they are my friends either. They really are awesome! Becky’s book is centered around teaching you how to implement her proven cleaning system with helpful supporting checklists. Toni’s book is a super handy reference manual that you can quickly access for cleaning help as you tackle each room in your house.

Clearly I think everyone needs both of these fantastic books in their life immediately :)

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I have company coming soon so I will be using both of these books to get my home into tip top shape and as clean as it can be over the next couple of weeks. Anyone with me?

Thanks Becky and Toni! With cleaning resources like yours, we’ll definitely set ourselves up for success and be on our way to a clean and organized home in no time. Whoot!

Let’s get it done!

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