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Hi friends! The one thing that really gets me excited about Monday is that it’s my day to get organized for the week. I do my menu planning, I get groceries, I run errands, I map out the week in my planner, I coordinate everyone’s schedules, I put random stuff lying around away and on […]

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Menu Plan Monday for the week of May 22/17 - weekly dinner inspiration to help you get dinner on the table with less stress & chaos

Hi friends! The one thing that really gets me excited about Monday is that it’s my day to get organized for the week. I do my menu planning, I get groceries, I run errands, I map out the week in my planner, I coordinate everyone’s schedules, I put random stuff lying around away and on and on and on. I know this might sound crazy but I love doing this kind of stuff. Mondays are what I like to call my putter days and boy do I love to putter. My blog friend Marcia lives in South Africa and they call it pottering there and she loves doing it as much as I do. How about you, are you a putterer?

I hope you all had a beautiful sunny weekend. Happy Victoria Day to my fellow Canadians, hope you are enjoying your extra day off today :)

Menu Plan Monday Announcement:

Next weekend I am going away to a spa with some of my oldest girlfriends. In fact we’ve all been friends since elementary school which was a long long time ago! We haven’t all been together in 17 years so it is definitely due time. I am beyond myself with excitement about the whole thing. So because I’ll be away and because I know it’s a holiday in the US on the 29th, I am cancelling Menu Plan Monday for next week. I’ll still be writing up a menu plan (because I have no idea how to do life without one now) but I just won’t be sharing it here. Maybe I’ll share it over on Instagram, come hang out with me there :)

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

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: BLT Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Tuesday: Spaghetti Meat Sauce over Spaghetti Squash

Wednesday: Garlic and Paprika Chicken served with tossed salad

Thursday: Leftover buffet

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

Saturday: Easy Clean Eating Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

WHAT ARE YOU EATING THIS WEEK? SHARE RECIPES AND MENUS BELOW!

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More family favorite recipes here.

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My favorite menu planning resource:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat


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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[6 Practical & Awesome Over the Cabinet Door Organizers]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39973 2017-05-19T04:10:02Z 2017-05-19T04:10:02Z If you're seeing 6 Practical & Awesome Over the Cabinet Door Organizers anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


There is one often neglected area of storage that many don’t utilize and that’s the inside of your cabinet doors. There are so many different ways to use this awesome space to maximize the organizing potential in your home. I’m excited to show you some ideas because friends don’t let friends have naked cabinet doors. […]

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There is one often neglected area of storage that many don’t utilize and that’s the inside of your cabinet doors. There are so many different ways to use this awesome space to maximize the organizing potential in your home. I’m excited to show you some ideas because friends don’t let friends have naked cabinet doors. And since I think of you all as friends, it’s the least I can do. You can thank me later for these beautiful cabinet door organizers you are about to see :)

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I use the interior of all my cabinet doors in one way or another. You might have seen some of these before here over the years but I think it’s the first time I’ve put them all in one post. Stuff like this just makes me giddy with excitement, it’s the little things people.

I will provide Amazon links for the various organizers I mention just to make it easier for you to find them but they always have them at places like Winners and Marshalls too.

Over the Cabinet Door Organizers

Hair Products:

In our main bathroom, the one most commonly used by guests, there are no drawers at all. This bathroom is near my son’s room and he likes to do his hair in this bathroom in the mornings. So to keep all his hair stuff off the counter and to keep the counters tidy, I use a small pocket organizer hooked over the inside of the cabinet. Works like a charm…when he remembers to put the stuff away that is. Kids!

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Spray Cleaners:

This tool works perfectly to keep spray cleaners up and out of the way so you can use your cabinet space for other things. Simple but effective. I have shared before that I have found these at my local dollar store (Dollarama) even but you can also find them on Amazon HERE.

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Curling Irons:

In my ensuite bathroom I have two cabinet organizers that I use. First is an organizer I found at Winners to keep my occasionally used curling irons off the counter. It will also hold a blow dryer but I use another method for that since I use it every day. Check it out on Amazon HERE.

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Teeth Brushing Supplies:

To avoid having to worry about a messy bathroom for guests I have my youngest brush his teeth in my bathroom, instead of the main one. Since I only have one drawer I needed somewhere to store his teeth brushing supplies. This organizer basket works perfectly. I line the basket with a napkin to keep things from falling through the holes.

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Sink Accessories:

Now on to the kitchen. I don’t like counter clutter so I needed a way to keep all the yucky stuff like sponges and my cleaning toothbrushes out of sight. In this space I use the same organizer basket as I use in the bathroom. I really like this size. I added two inexpensive smaller bins that fit perfectly inside to catch drips from a wet sponge or drain plug.

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Take Out Menus/Paper:

Next, also in my kitchen, is this super awesome over the cabinet coupon organizer that I use for take out menus and my husband’s work schedule. It has three pockets and is perfect for keeping paper from cluttering your fridge or countertops.

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As you can see my cabinet door organizers are work horses. I love the function they provide to help me stay organized. They are so kind to me :)

Here are a couple more cabinet door organizers that you might also like:

An organizer for your food storage container lids:

This one is a bigger organizer that would be awesome for cutting boards:

This one is on my wish list for grocery bags but it would also be great for plastic wrap, tin foil, etc.

For more cabinet organizing ideas please also visit these posts:

11 Ways to Get Organized with Bathroom Cabinet Doors

15 Ways to Get Organized with Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Enjoy your day and it’s never too late to get excited about organizing especially with fun cabinet door organizers!!

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[DIY Garage Organization]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39982 2017-05-17T23:17:54Z 2017-05-17T21:54:29Z If you're seeing DIY Garage Organization 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 an awesome DIY garage organization system from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me.  When we moved into our new home last fall, I knew one of my first priorities was to get our garage organized and more importantly, organized with a user-friendly system. Our double car garage […]

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The following is a guest post about an awesome DIY garage organization system from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me. 

When we moved into our new home last fall, I knew one of my first priorities was to get our garage organized and more importantly, organized with a user-friendly system. Our double car garage is on the smaller side and because we wanted to park two cars in the garage, we desperately needed a way to store all of the garage stuff.

We decided to use the shelves from our old laundry room since we didn’t need them in our new home and because they were the perfect size to line one side of the garage. Here’s how we organized our garage – DIY style.

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We put two shelves together on one end of the wall and the other two shelves on the other end of the wall. They end up making one long row with a space in between for the sprinkler system and the hanging snow shovel. We installed the shelving by screwing into the studs on the wall through a small piece of wood (this was my Dad’s idea – genius!). This makes the shelving level against the garage foundation and also keeps them secure.

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The first set of shelves holds mostly sporting things and our lesser used items. I basically categorized and organized things by shelf. One shelf for tennis rackets, one for skateboards, one for cleats/roller blades, etc. Nothing fancy, just a simple system.

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The piece of foam was added to help avoid car door dings. These are pieces of foam you usually purchase to insulate plumbing or sprinklers, or in our case – car doors!

Now, what you need to make note of is the three red canvas bins on the top shelf. Aren’t they pretty?

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These three pretty bins are my donation bins. This way whenever I run across something we no longer need and want to donate, I just toss it into one of these bins. When the bins are full I know I need to make a trip to Goodwill. It helps that they are up high, not drawing any attention.

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The second set of shelves which are closer to our garage door entry are used primarily for our shoes. My hubby and I each have two shelves and my kids have one each. Our children also each have a designated shoe basket in the entryway closet. Having our shoes stored in the garage (or in the entryway) help to encourage a shoes off house.

I love that we were able to repurpose shelving and create something so functional. And that we are able to park both cars in the garage! This is truly how the shelving looks the majority of the time because anyone (neighborhood kids included) can simply see where things go. User-friendly, check!

How is your garage organization? Does it need a little TLC? A little DIY? A more user-friendly design?

Happy Organizing!

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Menu Plan Monday ~ May 15/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39911 2017-05-15T05:12:05Z 2017-05-15T13:00:10Z If you're seeing Menu Plan Monday ~ May 15/17 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 day to you all. I hope you had no problem getting your planning done this week. I know how some weeks can be harder than others sometimes. I enjoyed a nice Mother’s Day yesterday that started with breakfast in bed prepared by my 11 year old son. Such a sweetheart. […]

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Menu Plan Monday for the week of May 15/17 - weekly dinner inspiration to help you get dinner on the table quick and without stress & less chaosHi friends! Happy menu plan day to you all. I hope you had no problem getting your planning done this week. I know how some weeks can be harder than others sometimes. I enjoyed a nice Mother’s Day yesterday that started with breakfast in bed prepared by my 11 year old son. Such a sweetheart.

breakfast in bed

My new kitchen counters went in on Friday and I’ve actually been enjoying being in the kitchen this weekend :) Let’s hope the excitement continues ha! I’ll share pictures soon of our “lipstick” facelift.

Also in case you missed it, Rachel posted an awesome post last week about a small organization tweak she made in her kitchen that’s made a big difference to the function. Be sure to check it out HERE because it might help you think about your own kitchen in a new way and give you some ideas.

Bread and Butter Storage Solution

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

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Turkey Avocado BLT Salad

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Paleo Carnitas served in lettuce wraps

Wednesday: One Sheet Pan Rosemary Chicken with Potatoes and Asparagus (using oil instead of butter)

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with 5 minute homemade pizza dough and for me Sausage Pizza Egg Muffins

Saturday: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

WHAT ARE YOU EATING THIS WEEK? SHARE RECIPES AND MENUS BELOW!

Menu Plan Guidelines, banner selections and recipe helpers are here.

More family favorite recipes here.

Don’t forget to join our growing Menu Plan Monday Facebook Page!!

My favorite menu planning resource:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat


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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Organizing Links: Organizing the Car, Cleaning Closet, 40 Things to Throw Out + more!]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39954 2017-05-12T21:07:20Z 2017-05-12T21:07:20Z If you're seeing Organizing Links: Organizing the Car, Cleaning Closet, 40 Things to Throw Out + more! anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


Hello! Happy Friday to you all, whoot! As I sit here and write this I’ve got my new countertops going in. I’m hiding in the bedroom to avoid the chaos and I haven’t even taken a peek at all. I’m sure they’ll be great, I’m very excited. Here’s a little before shot just before the […]

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Hello! Happy Friday to you all, whoot! As I sit here and write this I’ve got my new countertops going in. I’m hiding in the bedroom to avoid the chaos and I haven’t even taken a peek at all. I’m sure they’ll be great, I’m very excited. Here’s a little before shot just before the fellow came to replace them. You can also see a glimpse of the new oil rubbed bronze pulls going in. What a difference it’s going to make!

kitchen counters before

And the state of my living room right now.

laundry basket organization

I keep a stack of extra laundry baskets in my basement and they sure come in handy at a time like this to keep everything somewhat organized.

With all the renos comes a lot of purging. Here is what this week’s purge pile looked like.

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My “containers in waiting” storage area was bursting at the seams so I purged until it fit. Plus I decided to let go of some of the pitchers that use to live on top of the kitchen cabinets but I’ve now decided to keep that area empty and clutter free. More about that HERE.

On the project list this weekend is more painting (maybe), setting up the deck (if it stops raining) and going through my closet (yet again!) to do another pass at my clothes. I know I did it not that long ago but I feel there is more work there to be done.  And speaking of clothes, I hate to iron (anyone else?) but sometimes it just can’t be avoided. Wah, wah. On my favorites list this week is the perfect solution to the ironing dilemma, the steamer. I have tried so many steamers in the past and they all stress me out because they just don’t work and are messy. Thankfully, Joy Mangano created one that actually works and is easy to use called the My Little Steamer (affiliate link). Joy sent me one to try out months ago and I am really loving it. I just keep it tucked in my closet so it’s always ready at my beck and call. I want to get the travel mini version next.

Favorite Organizing Links of the Week:

I just realized it’s been awhile since I shared some of my favorite organizing links. With everything going on around here, I just haven’t had time. But since I’m hiding away here, I’m taking the time today to share five links with you. Hope you like them!

40 Things to Throw Out Right Now ~ @ Moritz Fine Designs

Many tips about Organizing The Car ~ @ Professional Organizers Blog Carnival

I loved this post on 52 Ways to Be Happier, Healthier and Enjoy Life More ~ @ Alli Worthington

From Coat Closet to Cleaning Closet ~ @ Polished Habitat

Big Huge List of Kid’s Chores (group by age) ~ @ Mary Organizes

Have a great weekend everyone and don’t forget to take some time to organize something!

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[3 Ways to Organize Accessories – Jewelry, Ties & Belts]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39945 2017-05-11T04:06:38Z 2017-05-11T04:06:38Z If you're seeing 3 Ways to Organize Accessories – Jewelry, Ties & Belts 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 three ways to organize accessories from regular contributor, Yuni at Love Your Abode. Hi there, friends! Today, I’m sharing a quick and easy method to organizing some of the accessories you may have in the closet. The best part is this versatile holder was only $1 from the […]

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The following is a guest post about three ways to organize accessories from regular contributor, Yuni at Love Your Abode.

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Hi there, friends! Today, I’m sharing a quick and easy method to organizing some of the accessories you may have in the closet. The best part is this versatile holder was only $1 from the dollar store (see note from Laura below). I’m not quite sure what the original purpose of this holder is but I’ve found it to be quite useful for holding some of our accessories. I love when I discover cheap ways to organizing things in our home.

Here’s how I organize some of the things in our closet using this simple holder.

Necklaces:

3 Ways to Organize Accessories - Jewelry, Ties & Belts

A while back, I shared a tutorial on my DIY necklace holder tutorial here on Orgjunkie. This is just another way I hang up my necklaces. I’m thinking this would be perfect in my youngest daughter’s room to hold all of her play jewelry. The girl has about 5 wardrobe changes a day! I’m not sure why I didn’t think about this before.

I simply hung the holder against two picture frame hooks that you can purchase at any hardware or large retail store. It keeps the rack snug and secure.

Belts:

3 Ways to Organize Accessories - Jewelry, Ties & Belts

Another way I like to utilize this rack is by placing my belts on it. I have one that hangs next to my closet door so I have easy access. I overlap them on the hooks to hold multiple belts. This way, I can also see what I have and I’m more prone to wearing them.

Ties:

3 Ways to Organize Accessories - Jewelry, Ties & Belts

The last way we utilize this rack is by hanging up my husband’s ties. He just folds it over each hook. Each hook can hold multiple ties as well. He doesn’t own many ties but this is a much nicer way of storing them instead of having them constantly slip on normal hangers or buying an expensive rack.

Organization doesn’t have to be complicated, fussy or expensive. Using these inexpensive hooks helps to organize these 3 accessories in our household. Let me know if you find any more functional uses for this simple holder. Thanks for reading and hope to see you over at Loveyourabode!

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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*Note from Laura: I couldn’t find the exact holder online but I did find this similar organizer on Amazon and it even has basket storage space on top. Sweet!

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Kitchen Organizing: Bread & Butter Storage Solution]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39923 2017-05-09T02:39:30Z 2017-05-09T02:39:30Z If you're seeing Kitchen Organizing: Bread & Butter Storage Solution 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 a great storage solution for bread & butter in your kitchen from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. Over the years, I’ve grown to love the readers here at Org Junkie. You have evolved into a network of friends thanks to our blog connection and a shared […]

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The following is a guest post on a great storage solution for bread & butter in your kitchen from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home.

Over the years, I’ve grown to love the readers here at Org Junkie. You have evolved into a network of friends thanks to our blog connection and a shared interest in organizing. Today, I appreciate you even more for a reason you may never guess… accountability.

Kitchen Organizing: Bread & Butter Storage Solution

I was staging my home for an upcoming photo shoot and realized my “catch-all” kitchen countertop was cluttered yet again. It happens more often than I like but it’s usually easy to clear. A book for my daughter’s book report, a candle, a dirty cup, a stack of papers to file, and bananas that weren’t put away after a grocery store run all had a home elsewhere. Everything had a place to be shuffled back to except for one ongoing issue, our bread and butter.

Kitchen Organizing: Bread & Butter Storage Solution

I’ve always kept the bread and butter out on the countertop. We like room temperature butter and keep a sealed container out of the refrigerator. Hamburgers are on our meal plan this week, hence the bag of buns. And, you will always catch a loaf or two of sandwich bread hanging around. These items have no “home” within our kitchen and have always looked messy to me. As much as I like uncluttered countertops, I resolved these things were necessary to our daily life and must be left out.

Kitchen Organizing: Bread & Butter Storage Solution

Our kitchen has an unusual amount of drawer space, so I don’t know why it never occurred to me to put the bread in a drawer. While cleaning, it dawned on me that if I rearranged a few things, the bread and butter would fit nicely in the drawer with our toaster, a logical storage combo. Gotta love those light bulb moments (and yet wonder why on earth I’ve gone years without realizing this simple solution).

Kitchen Organizing: Bread & Butter Storage Solution

Here’s the *ahem* embarrassing part… the drawer where we keep our toaster was disgusting. Apparently, no one in my house can see crumbs nor can they clean them up, myself included (pictured below). I opened the drawer to rearrange and found a ridiculously large mess of old crumbs. Sorry, no close-up but you can see the crumbs around the toaster inside the drawer. Trust me, it was worse than this pictures shows, way worse than you can see from the camera angle I used. It’s a wonder we never had ants in there!

Kitchen Organizing: Bread & Butter Storage Solution

After cleaning away the obvious problem, I added a small tray for the toaster to sit on in hopes of catching future crumbs for easy (and more frequent) cleaning. Everything fits in the drawer with room to spare, love that!

Kitchen Organizing: Bread & Butter Storage Solution

Kitchen Organizing: Bread & Butter Storage Solution

You and I are officially closer friends as of today. ;) I could’ve kept our food mess to myself and only showed the organized bread and butter transformation. However, I decided to include a picture of our crumb overloaded to say that all things get messy, unorganized, and require reevaluation regularly. Thank goodness for a dirty countertop that led me to an even dirtier drawer. Not only is my “catch-all” countertop cleared off again and my bread & butter have a new home but most importantly, my kitchen drawer got a long overdue cleaning. In a round-about-way, this change is brought on by YOU and the accountability of me practicing what I preach when it comes to organization. So… thank you. :)

Kitchen Organizing: Bread & Butter Storage Solution

Kitchen Organizing: Bread & Butter Storage Solution

I have one more small but favorite way to help keep countertops open. I can’t remember if I have shown this in the past or not; I apologize if it’s a repeat. I keep our banana bunches on a hook that attaches underneath the cabinets (affiliate link). When the bananas are gone, the hook folds up flat underneath the cabinet and can’t be seen. I like that the bananas suspend from above. Nothing sits on the actual countertop to hold the bananas and it’s convenient for cleaning underneath.

Kitchen Organizing: Bread & Butter Storage Solution

That’s it for today. Now, go clean your toaster and check it off your list. I highly doubt your crumbs are worse than mine. :)

In the professional world, I’m a nurse by trade. But, around our house, I’m known as Mommy to our young daughters. My two worlds collided and began shaping into a blog. Useful Beautiful Home represents the hours I’ve dedicated to managing my household as efficiently as possible. I offer you motivation to keep your home healthy, organized, and welcoming. My goal is to share what I’ve implemented in my home to inspire you with fresh ideas and to encourage you to keep up the good work in yours! Learn more about me HERE or visit me at UsefulBeautifulHome.com.

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Menu Plan Monday ~ May 8/17 Weekly Dinner Inspiration]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39872 2017-05-08T04:32:36Z 2017-05-08T13:00:54Z If you're seeing Menu Plan Monday ~ May 8/17 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! It’s time to menu plan because if you don’t you will be sad and stressed and that would be bad. Don’t overthink it or get too fancy schmancy. You’ve got this! If I can help in any way, let me know in the comments below. I’ve been sharing some recipe links for you […]

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Menu Plan Monday for the week of May 8/17 - weekly dinner inspiration to help you get dinner on the table each nightHi friends! It’s time to menu plan because if you don’t you will be sad and stressed and that would be bad. Don’t overthink it or get too fancy schmancy. You’ve got this! If I can help in any way, let me know in the comments below.

I’ve been sharing some recipe links for you over on the Menu Plan Monday Facebook page so if you get stuck for recipes you might find something over there that gets you excited to cook this week.

For inspiration, I pulled out an actual cookbook (whoa haven’t done that in awhile!) to look for a recipe and found one in Jessica Fisher’s cookbook, Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less. I’m looking forward to making these Fillet of Fish Sandwiches, without the bun for me of course. Yum!

How do you like to find your recipes? In cookbooks or online?

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

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Sausage Veggie Sheet Pan Dinner (so easy!)

Tuesday: Chicken Bacon & Strawberry Spinach Salad

Wednesday: Sloppy Joes in a lettuce wrap (in buns for the rest of my family)

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with 5 minute homemade pizza dough and for me Fillet of Fish (recipe above) served with Healthy Green Smoothies

Saturday: Honey Dijon Roasted Pork Tenderloin served with rice and broccoli

Sunday: Happy Mother’s Day ~ grilled steaks for me, yum!!

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

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More family favorite recipes here.

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My favorite menu planning resource:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat


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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Clutter Blindness and How Doing This One Thing Can Make all the Difference]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39897 2017-05-07T21:01:02Z 2017-05-05T22:58:20Z If you're seeing Clutter Blindness and How Doing This One Thing Can Make all the Difference anywhere other than I'm an Organizing Junkie (or your feed reader) it has been stolen! Please let us know!


Now I know this is a topic I’ve touched on many times before (and you’re probably over me talking about it) but I recently had a related experience happen that I want to share. That topic is clutter blindness and how we often just stop seeing it. It happens to all of us including me. […]

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Clutter blindness and how doing this one thing can make all the difference

Now I know this is a topic I’ve touched on many times before (and you’re probably over me talking about it) but I recently had a related experience happen that I want to share. That topic is clutter blindness and how we often just stop seeing it. It happens to all of us including me. As most of you know we are in the process of doing some renos in our home (nope still not done!), mainly painting and a little kitchen facelift. As with any reno project you need to box stuff up to get it out of the way so that’s what I did. Everything had to come down off the walls and off of surfaces and on top of the cupboards. Everything. And what happened next shouldn’t have surprised me at all but it did.

You see I purge stuff every week, just take a peek at my Instagram page to see what I mean. I don’t live with a lot of excess in my home. But when I removed all the decor and stuff on the tops of my kitchen cupboards and put it away for awhile while we painted, I realized pretty quickly that I liked how the simpler space with less stuff made me feel. The weird tiny space above the one wall of cabinets held just random stuff that I hadn’t touched in quite some time. None of it went back. Some got relocated, most of it donated.

And while these things weren’t necessarily cluttering my space, they apparently were cluttering my mind. It’s only once I removed them from the space did I realize what an impact it all had on me. It felt great! My kitchen felt lighter, simpler, less noisy and my eyes had somewhere to rest. It’s only once it was all down and I had lived without the stuff for a couple of weeks did I realize what I did and didn’t miss. I even put fewer things back up on my walls. Wide open spaces is apparently what my dreams are made of because I love how awesome it feels :)

Picture this weird random space full of junk.

weird random space

I love my new paint color…Deep Space by BM.

wide open spaces

*new cabinet pulls coming soon!*

Every empty surface does not have to be an invitation to fill it.

Now before you start throwing spit balls at me (you wouldn’t do that would you?) I should clarify that what each person can tolerate in terms of stuff will be different. I get it, what works for me may not work for you. It’s all good. But what I want to do today is simply challenge you to temporarily remove all the small stuff from your space (not the furniture obviously) and simply live less noisy for awhile. Just to see how you feel. Do you feel more relaxed, calmer, peaceful in your home or does it make you anxious having an empty space calling out to you to fill it up? You won’t know unless you try.

It’s a completely different strategy than just walking around your home looking for random things to purge here and there that you DON’T like and use. That doesn’t always work for everyone. Instead this method has you take it all out and slowly bring back and consider only the things that you DO love and use. See the difference? This is so much easier after you’ve been able to experience what a clean uncluttered space feels like. There is a reason that REMOVE is step number two in my organizing PROCESS. It really does work!

So regardless of whether or not you think you have a clutter blindness problem, because honestly we sometimes just don’t see the clutter, I highly recommend you try this challenge today. Maybe start with just one room or just the outside of your fridge. I wouldn’t have said that my space before was cluttered at all but what was there I found out was busy on my eyes. I just didn’t realize that until the stuff wasn’t there anymore. Plus you’ve got to remember that clutter creeps in gradually over time and our eyes just become accustomed to it. So occasionally doing this exercise helps to reset your home. A fresh start. It allows you to really know what it is you love and use and want to surround yourself with. Doesn’t that sound good?

Box it up, breathe and only bring back in what you love and use and that fits your space. Donate everything else. You won’t even miss it.

Do you have clutter blindness? What do you think of this strategy for combating it?

Have a beautifully organized weekend everyone!

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Don’t Forget to Schedule Time to Take Care of You]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39887 2017-05-04T04:04:41Z 2017-05-04T04:04:41Z If you're seeing Don’t Forget to Schedule Time to Take Care of You 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 a reminder to schedule time for you from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project. When I was trying to come up with a topic for this month’s post, I had my planner sitting in front of me and it was open to the current week. I have […]

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The following is a guest post with a reminder to schedule time for you from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project.

Don't forget to schedule time to take care of you at I'm an Organizing Junkie

When I was trying to come up with a topic for this month’s post, I had my planner sitting in front of me and it was open to the current week. I have an Erin Condren life planner and every day, I make a list of to dos that need to get accomplished before the next day rolls around.

You could say that my planner is an extension of myself. It goes everywhere with me and contains every single thing that I need to do on a daily basis. Plus, I use it as a memory keeper. I call it my brain on paper.

While I was thinking, I noticed that a lot of the items on my list didn’t include anything personal and self-fulfilling for me. They included things like, “Call the dentist to reschedule Kate’s appointment.” Those things are important, but parents (moms and dads) need to include things that help our mind and well-being as well. Life can get so chaotic at times that we can easily forget to think about ourselves.

So, what is the point of today’s post?

It is to remind you that you are important too. So, if you have to write, “read for 30 minutes,” on your daily to do list in order to make sure you get some time in a given day, then do it. I have a 8-year-old and a 4-year-old, so I understand that sometimes it isn’t possible to squeeze thirty whole minutes alone for a leisure activity, but even if it is five or ten minutes, it can help.

I have included some things below that I like to schedule and do for myself to feel rejuvenated and focused.

Read for 30 minutes before bed.

Organize a drawer or shelf.

Decorate my planner.

Take a nice hot bath or shower.

Take a short walk.

Go grocery shopping by myself.

What are some personal activities that you include in your schedule?

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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