I'm an Organizing Junkie helping you be clutter & chaos free! 2017-01-23T14:00:35Z http://orgjunkie.com/feed/atom WordPress Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 23/17]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39049 2017-01-23T05:20:59Z 2017-01-23T14:00:35Z
Hi friends! How are you all? Do you have your menu plan ready to go? How many of you have green smoothies on the menu? I shared my go-to recipe last week and many of you said you were excited to try it out. If you missed it, click on the link below to check […]]]>

Menu Plan Monday for the week of Jan 23/17 - weekly dinner plan inspiration to help you get dinner on the table stress and chaos free!

Hi friends! How are you all? Do you have your menu plan ready to go? How many of you have green smoothies on the menu? I shared my go-to recipe last week and many of you said you were excited to try it out. If you missed it, click on the link below to check it out. It’s a great way to help you get your fruit and veggies in and you won’t even notice the spinach :)

My Everyday Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe

Recipe Highlight:

One of my favorite recipes from last week were the Paleo Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats. They were really good and I was surprised because I’m not a huge fan of plain zucchini. But with the insides scooped out and stuffed with the taco meat, these boats were delicious. Sorry for the not so great phone picture, I was in a hurry to eat :)

I’ve had a not so nice three day headache so I’m going to keep this short and get right to what’s on our menu for this week.

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps and for me Dijon Maple Glazed Salmon

Tuesday: Creamy Garlic Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Wednesday: Pineapple Bacon Burgers served with green smoothies

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with 5 minute homemade pizza dough and for me Grain-Free Flatbread

Saturday: Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes

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


  • *Please note that affiliate links are included in this post to make it easier for you to find what is being referenced. A small commission is made should you purchase product using these links, but this is at no extra cost to you. As always, any and all opinions are genuinely my own – or the author, in the case of posts by my guest contributors. Thank you!*
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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[The Stress-Free Way of Organizing & Tracking Your Child’s Internet Time + Giveaway!]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39094 2017-01-20T22:54:08Z 2017-01-20T21:44:05Z
*affiliate links included below* I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The most stressful part of parenting for me is the monitoring of the kids’ internet usage. I have three kids, two still at home with my youngest being 11. Technology is life for them and it’s not uncommon for kids these days […]]]>

*affiliate links included below*

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The most stressful part of parenting for me is the monitoring of the kids’ internet usage. I have three kids, two still at home with my youngest being 11. Technology is life for them and it’s not uncommon for kids these days to have multiple devices that access the internet. I just watched a segment on The Today Show this past week that said kids and teenagers are spending 6 to 10 hours a day on some sort of screen. Isn’t that crazy! And if parents aren’t managing that screen time, that could be 6 to 10 hours unsupervised on the world wide web. That’s what scares me the most. So much of what is online is just not appropriate for our kids. But how do we organize and track their time online and what they have access to without losing our minds from the sheer exhaustion of it all. I’ll tell you how I did it and why I think every home with kids needs this device.

It’s call the Circle and it has made my life so much less complicated, less stressful and less exhausting. I’m not going to be shy in saying that this product changed my life. If I had to live without it now I’d be lost.

For those that have never heard of it before, Circle is a way for families to easily manage content and time online for every device in the home. As technology becomes more intertwined with our lives, the key is to get the most out of it, without having it completely take over. Circle wants to make it as easy as possible to help families find that balance in their lives.

Available in the US at various stores and online with free shipping and in Canada at Best Buy.

Circle with Disney for Managing Your Child's Internet Time

How CIRCLE Works To Manage the Internet:

Circle pairs wirelessly with your home Wi-Fi and allows you to manage every device on your network. If it’s connected to your Wi-Fi, Circle sees it and allows you to manage it. Whether it’s a laptop, tablet, or smart TV, Circle has you covered without any software needed on any of those devices. It’s all managed through one simple user friendly app (available for both Apple & Android) that you can then monitor from anywhere, at any time whether you are at home or not. This funny video explains a little more.

Basically, once you have the Circle set up through your router (don’t worry it’s easy to do) and created a profile for each person, it’s just a matter of assigning each device to a particular person and setting some limits.

It’s easy to set filter levels, time limits and bedtimes based on the age of each child and/or what you think is appropriate. No more nagging or fighting with the kids. When time limits are reached the internet is no longer available to that child and the app will notify you. And if anyone tries to tamper with the Circle box or it goes offline you will also get notified immediately.

The Circle has truly has given me peace of mind and why I do not hesitate for even a second to recommend this product to everyone I know. Please, please, please do not let your kids have unrestricted access to the internet. Now we can keep our kids safe without the hassle or headache.

Circle with Disney for Managing Your Child's Internet Time

Features include:

Time Limits:

Set daily time limits for each family member on any app, platform or category you want. With time limits you can customize how much time your kids spend on any given platform and even set a total online time for the day.

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BedTimes:

Create a bedtime for each family member and their devices. Simply set a bedtime, when the devices will disconnect from the Internet, and an awake time, for when the devices will reconnect.

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Filters:

Set individual filter levels for each family member. Circle has 4 preset age levels (Pre-K, Kid, Teen, Adult) and allows for further customization by platform, app, and category. Choose one that matches each family member’s age and interests, filtering out all inappropriate content. Circle can block ads for any user or device as well as it defaults Google searches to remove explicit content from their results.

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Pause:

With the press of a button, you can Pause the Internet, disabling access to a specific device, individual, or the entire home. Seriously the best feature!!!

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Insights:

Check out where your family spends their time online – by platform, category and website. With Insights, you can see the total time spent online and where, either by day, week, or month!

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Circle with Disney for Managing Your Child's Internet Time

CircleGo:

There are no monthly subscription fees to manage all the device in your home with the Circle. However if you’d like to manage your child’s devices when outside the home on any network, you can sign up for CircleGo which is a subscription service. CircleGo takes all of the settings your kids’ devices have at home, and extends them to 4G LTE and any other WiFi network they join.

Circle with Disney for Managing Your Child's Internet Time

Are you tired of letting the Internet dictate what your family is exposed to? Not anymore! With CIRCLE you are the boss!! Keep kids safe online and keep your sanity doing it. For more information and to purchase visit the Circle site. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

Giveaway:

I’m thrilled today to be hosting a giveaway for TWO Circle devices (two winners will win one each). To enter all you have to do is fill in the Rafflecopter form below. As always only the first entry task is mandatory and all the rest after that are pure bonus for you (no comment necessary but of course they are always welcome!).  Giveaway ends, Friday, January 27th at 4:00 pm MT. Good luck! Open to those living in Canada and the US.

Please keep in mind that sometimes the Rafflecopter form takes a minute to load so if you don’t see it right away, please be patient. Thanks!

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Circle with Disney for Managing Your Child's Internet Time

 

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Quick Guide: How to Organize Your Entire Kitchen]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39077 2017-01-18T22:26:23Z 2017-01-19T04:00:16Z
The following is a guest post about organizing your kitchen from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me.  The kitchen is often the heart of the home. The heart and hub where everything happens, and also where the most clutter and chaos is often found. While I wouldn’t want to change the fact that my […]]]>

The following is a guest post about organizing your kitchen from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me

The kitchen is often the heart of the home. The heart and hub where everything happens, and also where the most clutter and chaos is often found.

While I wouldn’t want to change the fact that my kitchen is the heart, and the hub, I do like to keep it organized. Organized, so that I can ultimately prepare meals for my family with ease.

When it comes to organizing your kitchen, there are several things you can to do make it run efficiently. Here is my quick guide for how to organize your entire kitchen.

#1 – Ditch the duplicates (the ones you don’t need or use).

When you replace an appliance with a newer model, recycle or donate the old one. If you always use your favorite knife when prepping dinner, why are you storing those other 14 knives? Only keep what you use regularly. If you are not sure about what you could possibly part with, take any questionable items, put them in a box, and tuck it away. In three to six months, check to see what still remains in the box. You guessed right, if it’s still in the box, chances are you don’t need it in your kitchen anymore. Less is more.

#2 – Label storage areas.

When you categorize, and communicate this to your team (family members), then they will (in theory) be better able to follow said systems. This will also help to create a place for everything, and everything in its place!

#3 – Clean as you go!

When you are cooking, work to tidy up as you go. This way when your food is ready there won’t be an overwhelming amount of clean up to address.

#4 – Keep your counters clutter-free.

Counters have their purpose, but avoid the tendency to line up every appliance you own on you counter. Make a list of what you use daily and then only keep those appliances out. For everything else, find a place to store them. This will automatically make your kitchen look more clean and organized.

#5 – Recycle packaging.

When and where that you can, recycle food packaging and then store your food items in a streamlined system. This is easy to do right when you put away groceries. Doing this will help to cut down on clutter and make it easier to find what you need when you need it.

#6 – Run & unload your dishwasher on a schedule.

This is so easy to do, and can help you from having a dish full of dirty dishes. Look at your daily schedule and then plan this job at a time that you can regularly start and finish the task.

#7 – Set up “zones”.

When setting up your kitchen look at how you use your kitchen. Create areas for coffee-making, food prepping, baking…however you use your kitchen. Then continue to rework things until you get it just right!

#8 – Use one brand of storage containers.

When you have the same brand of storage containers, you’ll be better able to stay on top of the storage and organization. Lids and bottoms will stack more easily which will help to keep the clutter under control. (This drawer below is not the best example, but you get the idea.)

#9 – Stock your kitchen with the essentials.

Determine what your staples are for your kitchen and then shop and store accordingly. Less is often more. For example, keep a list of what spices you actually need (and use) regularly. (I have a free printable that you can print right over here. This is a list of the most commonly used and required spices.)

#10 – Plan a prep day.

Once a week, work to reset your kitchen. Often it works well to do this on the day that you bring home groceries. Wipe out the fridge, recycle unnecessary packaging, pre-package snacks, and work on meal planning and prepping. This dedicated time will pay off big dividends, especially when you are in the middle of a busy week.

Happy Organizing!

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Morgan is the energetic and motivated, but also realistic girl, behind Morganize with Me. She is a list lover, fitness fan, and chaos controller! Her mission is to share tried and true techniques that she hopes will encourage her readers and clients as they focus on their health and homes. Be sure to check out her Shop full of fabulous organizing printables!

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[My Everyday Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39058 2017-01-18T00:22:54Z 2017-01-18T04:00:04Z
I’ve been drinking a green smoothie every day for about 6 or 7 years now. It started out of necessity because I wasn’t eating enough vegetables and fruit in a day. Now I do it because I love the taste so much. I have tried many recipes over the years but this one is definitely […]]]>

I’ve been drinking a green smoothie every day for about 6 or 7 years now. It started out of necessity because I wasn’t eating enough vegetables and fruit in a day. Now I do it because I love the taste so much. I have tried many recipes over the years but this one is definitely my go-to recipe that I make the most often. My boys and I usually have a green smoothie every night with dinner. It’s totally Paleo friendly!

My Everyday Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

I know this isn’t organizing related but I often have people asking me about how I make them and while I did a post on this years ago, I thought it might be time for an updated post with some prettier pictures :)

In addition to water there are only three other ingredients in this green smoothie…spinach (I use the triple washed organic baby spinach in the plastic tubs from Walmart), banana and frozen mango. No juices are used that will unnecessarily add to the calorie content. It’s a simple recipe yet it tastes so yummy and creamy. It’s such a terrific combination of fruits and veggies that you won’t even know you’re drinking healthy spinach. Trust me!

Green Smoothie ingredients

I don’t measure anything, I just kind of toss it all in the blender but I’ll do my best to give you an approximate estimate of the amounts I use. You can’t really mess it up though.

This recipe is for two tall glasses of deliciousness.

So the first thing we need to do is grab a blender. I use a Vitamix blender now and that does give it a really creamy smooth texture but any blender will work, it just might not be quite as creamy.

Fill the blender right up with spinach.

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Now we are going to add about 2 cups of water and then we’ll blend these together first before adding the remaining ingredients.

Green Smoothie

For those that don’t have a fancy blender, blending the spinach and water together first is a little trick that I learned to help the spinach blend a little more thoroughly. In fact I actually still use this technique even though it’s probably not necessary with the Vitamix. Old habits die hard I guess. Blend the spinach and water together for a couple of minutes, you’ll notice the green color change slightly and get a little lighter in color.

Green Smoothie

Then throw in one banana and about one to two cups of frozen mango chunks. It really all just depends on how thick you like your smoothies. I have one kid that likes them thicker and one that doesn’t so I mix it up day to day.

Blend it all together until smooth and there are no more chunks present.

Green Smoothie

Delicious Healthy Everyday Green Smoothie

Pour into glasses and enjoy. Seriously that’s it, nice and simple but healthy and delicious. Just the way I like it :) Cheers!

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 16/17]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38974 2017-01-16T05:17:26Z 2017-01-16T14:00:13Z
Hi friends, welcome to Menu Plan Monday! In a matter of days we went from the -30C (-22F) weather we had been experiencing for weeks to 3C (37F). I was able to go for a walk today with no toque, no scarf and no parka! Woohoo!! I’m hoping the warm weather sticks around for awhile, […]]]>

Menu Plan Monday for the week of Jan 16/17 - weekly menu plan dinner inspiration plus recipe links including Paleo

Hi friends, welcome to Menu Plan Monday! In a matter of days we went from the -30C (-22F) weather we had been experiencing for weeks to 3C (37F). I was able to go for a walk today with no toque, no scarf and no parka! Woohoo!! I’m hoping the warm weather sticks around for awhile, that would sure be nice.

Also in case you missed it, last week I shared two commitments I’m making this year and one of them looks a little something like this:

2L of water a day, whew!

I do hope you take a few minutes today to create a menu plan for your week to set yourself up for success. Nothing makes life easier than not stressing come 4:00 about what’s for dinner. It makes such a HUGE difference!

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

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Paleo Taco Stuffed Zucchini

Tuesday: One Pan Lemon Chicken with Veggies (I’ll use carrots instead of beans)

Wednesday: Pork Chops and Apple Sheet Pan Dinner

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with 5 minute homemade pizza dough and for me Paleo Steak Salad with Creamy Garlic Vinaigrette

Saturday: Paleo Fish Tacos w/ a Spicy Slaw (a favorite!)

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


  • *Please note that affiliate links are included in this post to make it easier for you to find what is being referenced. A small commission is made should you purchase product using these links, but this is at no extra cost to you. As always, any and all opinions are genuinely my own – or the author, in the case of posts by my guest contributors. Thank you!*
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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Two Commitments I Am Making in 2017]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39037 2017-01-13T22:19:23Z 2017-01-13T22:19:23Z
As is a common practice at this time of the year, many people set goals or commitments of what they hope to accomplish over the next 12 months. I’ve read many blog posts and watched a number of YouTube videos over the last week and wow there are some ambitious ladies out there with their […]]]>

As is a common practice at this time of the year, many people set goals or commitments of what they hope to accomplish over the next 12 months. I’ve read many blog posts and watched a number of YouTube videos over the last week and wow there are some ambitious ladies out there with their big goal setting ways. It’s very impressive. I totally see the value of doing it but the whole idea kind of exhausts me if I’m being perfectly honest. And here’s what I really want to know. Why doesn’t anyone ever set some simple goals like finding the perfect mascara or a new delicious tasting potato chip? Ha, those are my kind of life goals!

Two Commitments I Am Making in 2017 at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

I’m very careful about what I commit to. I think that it’s too easy to get caught up in making commitments to so many things that before we know it we are in way over our heads. Being a wife, raising kids and maintaining a home are HUGE commitments that already take up so much of my time and I always want to be careful about what competes for that time. But every once and awhile I do set some reasonable pursuits that I commit to. A few years ago I committed to walking my treadmill for 30 minutes a day and I stuck to it for an entire year. Two years ago I committed to following the Paleo diet as a way to manage my Rheumatoid Arthritis without medication and that is still a priority in my life.

So this year, after some careful consideration, I’ve decided to commit to two things that I’m really hoping become life long daily habits. I’m also going to share two things that I’m going to work towards this year but there will be no daily commitment attached to them because I want to be mindful of my limits.

So I’ll share my commitments list with you and I hope you’ll share yours with me too!

Two Daily Commitments

Drink 2L of Water Every Day:

This is something I struggle with for no other reason than I hate going to the bathroom all the time because it interrupts my day. Haha. Anyway to make this commitment actually happen I needed a daily reminder of how much I need to drink before the day is done. So similar to how effective the Fitbit was for tracking my daily steps, my new water bottle (from Walmart) is also a constant visual. It’s not pretty but it holds just over 2L and I fill it first thing in the morning. I know that I can’t go to bed until it’s done and y’all it’s so hard. I get busy working and I forget. In fact just after I typed that last sentence I realized I hadn’t drank any water in awhile and got up to do so. However it’s getting easier by the day because I’m noticing how much better I feel and that is huge motivation in and of itself.

Daily Commitments: Drinking 2L of Water

Read the Bible in One Year:

I’d like to be more disciplined in this area and as you’ve probably figured out visual tracking really helps me. So at the beginning of this year I discovered the reading plans in the YouVersion Bible app. One of those plans is a one year daily reading plan. Each day they provide you with a list of scripture that you check off once completed. Once all your reading requirements are met for the day, you get a check mark over the date to show it’s done and keep you on track. I’ve never met a check mark I didn’t like! :) I’m 10 days in and loving it. You can start at any time so check it out if this is something that interests you.

Daily 2017 Commitments: Reading Bible App

The two things I’m going to work towards are:

Watercolor Painting:

I absolutely love watercolor art. It’s so beautiful and I’ve been inspired to give it a try from a few different Instagram pages I follow. They make it look so easy but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a challenge for me and I’m a wee bit scared. I’m scared I will stink at it so I keep putting it off. But I’ve bought all the supplies including a step by step guide so I’m moving in the right direction. Now I just have to sit down and actually do it.

Making Videos:

I’ve wanted to add regular YouTube videos to my line up here for so long now. I’ve talked about it many times before. It would provide me with another avenue to help others get “hooked” on organizing. The problem is the editing. I can’t figure it out but I think I’ve found new user friendly software so that’s progress. Plus my 17 year old son has gifted me with my own little jingle that he made so I can create an intro. How sweet is that? So if you’ve got any tips or suggestions for me please let me know!

So that’s it for now. I’d love to hear the things you are working towards this year. Is getting organized one of those? Which area of your house is bothering you the most? How can I help?

Have a terrific weekend everyone!

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Super Quick Tidying Up Tips]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39024 2017-01-12T03:38:18Z 2017-01-12T03:38:18Z
The following is a guest post with some quick tidying up tips from regular contributor, Yuni at Love Your Abode. Hi friends! Hope you’re having a wonderful new year. I don’t know about you but once December ends and the new year rolls around, I go on a major decluttering mission. Along with decluttering,  I […]]]>

The following is a guest post with some quick tidying up tips from regular contributor, Yuni at Love Your Abode.

Super Quick Tidying Up Tips at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

Hi friends! Hope you’re having a wonderful new year. I don’t know about you but once December ends and the new year rolls around, I go on a major decluttering mission. Along with decluttering,  I do a major clean up of all the rooms once all of our guests have gone back home. Today, I’m sharing some of my super quick tidying up tips.

If you get overwhelmed thinking about cleaning up your home, I really encourage you to try out at least one of these tips. They have helped me stay on task and do it as efficiently as possible.

Tip 1: Keep your cleaning supplies corralled in one basket 

When you go from room to room, all your supplies are in one place. This makes it super convenient since all you have to do is carry the basket from one room to the next. I like to keep gloves, duster, paper towels, spray cleaners, trash bags and a timer in the basket.

Tip 2: Use a timer

If you’re like me, you get easily distracted. I will literally go into a room to clean and get sidetracked after about 10 seconds. For instance, I will go into my bedroom to tidy up and then lose my focus because all of the sudden as I’m putting the laundry away, I decide I really need to reorganize my sock and underwear drawer. Or, I’ll start redecorating my dresser or looking through a magazine in the bathroom. Total fail! So, the timer tip is huge, people! I give myself 7 minutes to tidy up a room quickly. I stay focused and since I like games, it’s like I’m competing against the timer. This also works great with kids so I highly recommend it!

Tip 3: Keep a basket next to the stairs

Another tip I like to use is to keep a basket near my staircase. I place it on the other side of the stairs next to my office so that it’s not visible in the main kitchen and living area. This basket serves as a place to throw anything in there that doesn’t belong on the main level. Instead of going up and down the stairs a million times, I just carry the basket up every evening or whenever it gets full. It saves on time when you’re tidying up. You can even place a basket at the top of the stairs to serve the same purpose.

These are some of the simple tips I use to tidy up around my home in the quickest manner possible. When I’m doing a full deep cleaning, it takes more time but I still like to utilize these same tips so I can stay on task and do it efficiently. I hope my tips are helpful for you as you tidy up your own home.

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[My Top Organizing Posts of 2016]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38989 2017-01-11T03:25:56Z 2017-01-11T03:25:09Z
Hello! I hope the start of your new year is going well. Each year I like to take a minute to round-up some of my most popular organizing posts from the previous year. It’s always fun to dig into my analytics to find out which posts got the most traffic in any given month. So […]]]>

Hello! I hope the start of your new year is going well. Each year I like to take a minute to round-up some of my most popular organizing posts from the previous year. It’s always fun to dig into my analytics to find out which posts got the most traffic in any given month. So below you’ll find the top post for each month of 2016. I look forward to sharing more organizing posts with you in 2017. Thanks for being a reader of my blog, it’s so appreciated! If you aren’t yet a subscriber, so you don’t miss a post, you can do that right HERE.

Twelve popular posts on organizing to help you organize your life at I'm an Organizing Junkie

January

Top Dollar Store Organizing Products

Top Dollar Store Organizing Products

February

4 Reasons Why You Have Too Much Clutter

Top 4 Reasons Why You Have So Much Clutter

March

How to Declutter Like a PRO

(and why decluttering shouldn’t only happen once a year)

How to Declutter Like a Pro

April

Are You a Container Hoarder?

(from contributor Kristin)

Are you a container hoarder?

May

Easy Organized Packing for Kids

(plus free family travel checklist)

Easy Organized Packing for Kids

June

The Pantry: How to Organize Annoying Wire Shelves

(from contributor Rachel)

How to Organize Annoying Wire Shelves

July

Teaching Your Children to Organize: Stop Tossing Their Stuff

How to Teach Your Kids to Organize

August

Rearranging Kitchen Cupboards

(How to Make Hard Choices About Your Stuff)

Kitchen Rearranging

September

How the Ikea Raskog Cart Simplified My Life

(yay Pixie made the top 12 list!)

Ikea Raskog Office Cart

October

Organized for Christmas: Gift Planner App

Gift Planner App

November

How to Organize with Divided Containers

(from contributor Kristin)

How to organize with divided trays

December

Basket of Organizing Cheer Giveaway

(you all just love my personal giveaways where I giveaway a few of my favorite things. I’ve already started collecting things for the next one coming to the blog in May for my 11th blog anniversary!)

Basket of Organizing Cheer Giveaway

Maybe you’ve read these before or maybe some of them are new for you but either way I do hope you find them to be helpful. If you have any post ideas for me for 2017 please let me know in the comments. I’m always looking for inspiration to help my lovely readers.

Thank you all for being here. Mwah!

Related posts you might like:

2014 Popular Organizing Posts

2015 Popular Organizing Posts

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Quick Tip: Organized Elastic Ponytail Holders]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38993 2017-01-10T02:03:53Z 2017-01-10T02:03:53Z
The following is a guest post about organized ponytail holders from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. This is a quick minute or two transformation that I instantly loved. It’s easy to get caught up in the typical before & after results from large organizing projects and miss the beauty in simple everyday changes. […]]]>

The following is a guest post about organized ponytail holders from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home.

This is a quick minute or two transformation that I instantly loved. It’s easy to get caught up in the typical before & after results from large organizing projects and miss the beauty in simple everyday changes. A tweak here and there around the house to make life more efficient is equally as rewarding!

Easy and efficient tip for organized ponytail holders at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

We have a narrow, awkwardly sized vanity drawer due to the bathroom sink pipes. My daughter uses the drawer to hold her brush and elastic hair ties used for ponytails, braids, etc. It has served us well for those dwindled down few elastic bands we had remaining from last year. (I will never understand how we lose so many of those little things throughout the year, lol.) Headbands and bows still stay organized HERE.

However, when Santa filled her stocking with a fresh pack of 100 ponytail hair ties, the drawer looked chaotic. On her own, she kept trying to organize little piles of similar colors but, naturally, when the drawer would open and close, the piles got jumbled. I didn’t mind the mess behind a closed door, but I knew it bothered her.

So, I pulled out my trusty Command Hooks and got to work. I installed three on the inside of the hairbrush drawer. Truthfully, I wasn’t about to purchase matching hooks, I simply used the mis-matched ones I had leftover in my stash. It worked out to two medium sized hooks and one larger hook. Ideally, three of the larger sized hooks would work perfectly to hold a pack of 100 skinny elastic hair bands (just a courteous FYI).

After I installed the hooks, I let my daughter arrange the ponytail hair bands however she wanted. Of course, the larger hook got the prized pink and purple elastics because, well, it’s my girlie-girl doing the arranging. :)

Short and sweet. Easy and simple. But, don’t miss the big picture! Little changes add up to helpful clutter control. Before and after shots don’t always have to be a major overhaul. ;)

Easy and efficient tip for organized ponytail holders at I'm an Organizing Junkie

How do you keep your daughter’s ponytail elastics organized?

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 ~ Jan 9/17]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=38950 2017-01-18T22:29:00Z 2017-01-09T14:00:22Z
Hi friends, welcome to another organized menu plan week. I’ve got two slow cooker recipes on the menu this week to make life a little bit easier. I love getting dinner ready in the morning when I have more energy. I haven’t been feeling well lately so I need all the help I can get […]]]>

Menu Plan Monday ~ weekly dinner plan inspiration for for weekly menu. Recipe links included for the week of Jan 9/17

Hi friends, welcome to another organized menu plan week. I’ve got two slow cooker recipes on the menu this week to make life a little bit easier. I love getting dinner ready in the morning when I have more energy. I haven’t been feeling well lately so I need all the help I can get with dinner. Anyone else using their slow cooker this week?

Recipe Highlights:

Speaking of slow cookers, I totally forgot to tell you about two slow cooker recipes I tried at Christmas that were amazing. The first was a Slow Cooker Stuffing recipe that cooked up beautifully without drying out (like others I’ve tried) and while I couldn’t eat it myself (not Paleo), I was told it was most excellent.

The next was the Dairy-Free Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes. This recipe was unique in that you actually cook the potatoes in the slow cooker rather than just use the slow cooker to keep them warm. The recipe wasn’t accurate for us in terms of cooking time, it actually took more like three hours to cook the potatoes, but once they were cooked we just mashed them up in the slow cooker and left them there on warm while we waited on the rest of the meal to be done. Everyone loved them! I’ll definitely make them this way again throughout the year.

Grocery Budget Makeover:

If saving money is one of your new year’s goals this year, a great place to start is with your grocery budget. To help you with this you might be interested in checking out Erin Chase’s very popular Grocery Budget Makeover course. She only offers this course a couple of times a year and today is the last day to register for the winter session which starts tomorrow.

The Grocery Budget Makeover is a total spending overhaul that will help you stop overspending, stop wasting money, and forever change your mindset and strategy when it comes to grocery shopping. Erin has been helping people cut their grocery bills in half for the past 8 years and she wants to help you next! Anyway if that sounds like something that might interest you, you can get all the details HERE.

Grocery Budget Makeover

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Salt & Pepper Chicken Wings served with delicious green smoothies

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic Baby Back Ribs served with broccoli

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Beef & Winter Vegetable Stew

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with 5 minute homemade pizza dough and for me BLT Avocado Lettuce Wraps

Saturday: Moroccan Chicken Burgers with Special Sauce

Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

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