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Menu Plan Monday for the week of Jan 18/21 ~ Weekly Dinner Inspiration to help you get dinner on the table with less stress and chaos

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Hi friends! Here we are at another week. We made it through last week and starting today we are allowed to have outdoor visits again (6 feet apart and with masks). Yay! Think I can do it at -20C (-4F)? Maybe with a toasty fire to keep us warm.

I have to show you the dinner my hubby made on the weekend. My hubby is a great cook and he prefers to just wing it. No recipes for him. He made us this yummy gluten-free stirfry and as you can see he made a ton of it!

gluten-free stirfry

I didn’t have this on the menu plan but that’s the beauty of a menu planning. You can easily switch it up and adapt it if plans change. And I’m always happy when I don’t have to cook, whoot!

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Seriously how amazing is this grocery list?

Eat at Home Meal Plans Grocery List

Let me know if you have any questions about it, I’d be happy to help. Sale ends Tuesday, January 19th.

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

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash and Meat Sauce

Tuesday: Honey Mustard Chicken with Bacon served with rice and broccoli

Wednesday: Quick and Easy Sheet Pan Sausage & Veggies

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with bread machine pizza dough and for me Tomato Basil Scrambled Eggs

Saturday: Ham and Potato Soup

Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

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Small Organized Spaces ~ Organized Fridge Freezer Fixes https://orgjunkie.com/2021/01/organized-fridge-freezer-fixes.html https://orgjunkie.com/2021/01/organized-fridge-freezer-fixes.html#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2021 22:35:55 +0000 https://orgjunkie.com/?p=79880 Hey there y’all! I’m back today with another Small Organized Spaces post. I’m talking about my organized fridge freezer today. And as of last week it was most definitely not organized. But it is now, yay! And all it took was a few dollar store bins to get my sanity back. My fridge freezer had ... Read More about Small Organized Spaces ~ Organized Fridge Freezer Fixes

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Hey there y’all! I’m back today with another Small Organized Spaces post. I’m talking about my organized fridge freezer today. And as of last week it was most definitely not organized. But it is now, yay! And all it took was a few dollar store bins to get my sanity back. My fridge freezer had been driving me crazy. Couldn’t find what we needed, stuff getting lost in the back and piled high. If you needed something from the bottom of the stack you were in trouble. It called for either removing everything on top or playing some serious Jenga. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Unless of course Jenga is your favorite game and you need some entertainment throughout your day. Then by all means, carry on :). For me the mess in my freezer was not working. In this post I’ll show you how I fixed it!

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Of course we need to start off this organizing post with a before picture for full effect. Gah!

Small Organized Spaces ~ Organized Fridge Freezer Fixes Before

Do you see what’s happening here? Literally everything was shoved in there and you hoped you wouldn’t lose a toe next time you opened the door. I always determine what I’ll be organizing next by whatever space is annoying me the most at any given time. This space was definitely annoying me. You can see I was already using bins and the one on the top shelf was not really doing anything. In order to utilize the vertical space, we had no choice but to pile stuff to the roof.

First things first, I pulled everything out of the freezer and sorted into like piles. I didn’t even know I had more than one bag open of the same kind of fruit. Oops. That’s what happens when your freezer is too full. I took care of that problem stat and consolidated them together.

organized fridge freezer fixes - duplicates

And I also tossed one expired product that was way past its prime. One item isn’t too bad.

expired item

I also moved some items out to our deep freezer that we keep in the garage.

Then I headed to the dollar store to figure out some way to utilize the vertical space as best as I could. I literally just walked the rows one by one until inspiration hit me. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. Thankfully on this particular day, IT DID!

Here’s what I came up with. Magazine holders from the office section. These were only available in primary colors at my Dollarama so I went with three blue ones.They were $2 a piece. I found some similar ones on Amazon but they are more expensive there.

organized fridge freezer fixes - magazine holders

organized fridge freezer fixes - magazine holders

And here’s how the after turned out.

Small Organized Spaces ~ Organized Fridge Freezer Fixes After

I lined them up there three in a row in my freezer and I am in love with how it turned out. We are big smoothie drinkers in our house and so we have quite a selection of frozen fruit on hand. Well these bins fit the fruit bags standing up perfectly. And they won’t topple over onto themselves now.

organized fridge freezer fixes - fruit

Just tickles me to no end seeing them all lined up so prim and proper. And I love that I can pull out an entire bin to make my smoothies. I just place it right there on the counter when I need it. Didn’t even anticipate that as being a benefit until I started using them that way.

The two bins on the bottom are clear freezer bins are from Winners but these ones on Amazon are the exact same size. And in case you’re curious how I organize my freezer door, let me show you. They have wire bins that pull forward but everything would fall between the cracks or underneath the pull out part. I fixed that problem again with some clear bins that fit perfectly inside! These are the ones I use from Amazon.

fridge freezer door

fridge freezer door

I love how something so simple makes a world of difference like that. Whoot! Let me know if any of you decide to tackle this on the weekend.

Thanks for stopping by today friends!

Laura

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For those of you with an upright freezer check out these freezer organization tips HERE.

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Four Favorite Resources from the Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle https://orgjunkie.com/2021/01/favorite-resources-conquer-your-clutter-super-bundle.html https://orgjunkie.com/2021/01/favorite-resources-conquer-your-clutter-super-bundle.html#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2021 21:06:19 +0000 https://orgjunkie.com/?p=79882 The Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle is here and it’s full of so much organizing goodness. What is the Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle? It’s another ebundle put together by the folks over at Ultimate Bundles. It’s full of eBooks and eCourses from dozens of decluttering experts, offered as one discounted collection. The Conquer Your ... Read More about Four Favorite Resources from the Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle

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The Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle is here and it’s full of so much organizing goodness. What is the Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle? It’s another ebundle put together by the folks over at Ultimate Bundles. It’s full of eBooks and eCourses from dozens of decluttering experts, offered as one discounted collection.

The Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle is your chance to get 31 digital resources, that normally cost over $670.34, for only $29.97!

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Inside these practical guides, you’ll learn how to:

    • Organize every room in your house
    • Sell stuff you don’t want for cash
    • Declutter closets and cabinets
    • Keep your home clean & tidy without frustration
    • Get your family involved in housework
    • Organize your digital life
    • And so much more!

I know 31 resources sounds like a lot so I thought I’d share my four favorite resources from the bundle with you today.

1) ~ How to Declutter Closets & Cabinets ($14.99)

This 49 page ebook written by Melissa George of Polished Habitat gives you all the information you need to organize every closet in your home. Practical steps and plenty of helpful pictures give you a visual to go by. Melissa gives examples from her own life which I appreciate.

How to Declutter Closets & Cabinets

2) ~ Declutter Like a Pro Blueprint ($47.00)

This course by Jessica Litman of The Organizing Mama contains 13 videos of her sharing practical organizing guidance from the start of the organizing process to the end. I like watching videos on my iPad while I work so this format works well for me. However you also get the audio version if you prefer to listen that way. Plus you also get over 20 pages of guidebooks and printables to help you live with less.

Declutter Like a Pro Blueprint

3) ~ Declutter Bundle: Printable Planner Stickers ($17.00)

This set of printable stickers, by Mim Jenkinson of Love from Mim, might just be my very favorite. You get full sheets of labels with mini checklists “to tidy”, “to organise” (with an S because she’s from Australia) and “to declutter”. They are the perfect size for your planner. She gives you the file to cut them out on either a Cricut or Silhouette if you have either of those. I have a Silhouette but was too lazy to haul it out so I just printed out the labels on full sheet sticker paper and cut them out. So fun! Here’s an example of how I’ll be using them in my Hope Planner.

Planner printable stickers

Printable planner stickers

These are the full sheet Avery labels I used. I couldn’t find these exact ones on Amazon but here is something similar.

Avery full sheet labels

Mim also includes printable labels for the pantry and your spices.

4) ~ Building a Team Who Helps at Home ($19.00)

This 36 minute video is by Jennifer Roskamp of The Intentional Mom. Jennifer is mom to 9 kids and is sharing the systems she’s used with her family over the last 20 years. Jennifer teaches that having a family that helps around the house is possible and gives you the framework to make it happen. I appreciated what Jennifer had to say because I also feel that moms shouldn’t be doing all the work themselves. Good insight here. You’ll also get some helpful worksheets to implement what you learned.

Building a Team that Helps at Home

As you can see if you purchased these four products alone it would cost you almost $100. However right now you can get these four awesome products PLUS 27 more all for $29.97. That’s 9 eBooks, 9 eCourses, 7 Planners, and 6 Printables all on the topic of conquering your clutter! It really is a great deal which is why I’m telling you about it. You can learn more and purchase HERE if you are interested. The bundle price expires on Friday, January 15th @ 11:59pm ET.

Four Favorite Resources from the Conquer Your Clutter Super BundleLet me know if you have any questions :).

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Menu Plan Monday ~ January 11/21 Weekly Dinner Inspiration https://orgjunkie.com/2021/01/menu-plan-monday-january-11-21.html https://orgjunkie.com/2021/01/menu-plan-monday-january-11-21.html#respond Mon, 11 Jan 2021 14:00:56 +0000 https://orgjunkie.com/?p=79184 Welcome to Menu Plan Monday! Affiliate links are included in this post. This means I make a small commission should you purchase product using these links. This is at no extra cost to you. Hi friends! We are still on a no-socializing inside or out lockdown here in our province. Yet despite that, our kids ... Read More about Menu Plan Monday ~ January 11/21 Weekly Dinner Inspiration

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Menu Plan Monday for the week of Jan 11/21 ~ Weekly Dinner Inspiration to help you get dinner on the table with less stress and chaos

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Hi friends!

We are still on a no-socializing inside or out lockdown here in our province. Yet despite that, our kids go back to in-school learning today so at least they get to socialize I guess. I may be going a little stir crazy now that Christmas Hallmark movie watching season is over. I need a new Netflix series to binge watch. Any suggestions? How are things going were you live?

Last week our favorite dinner went to the Pasta with Italian Sausage recipe. My picture isn’t too pretty and I almost didn’t post it but hey this is my life. I’m not a food blogger for a reason. Although I’m waiting on a new camera to come in that I got for Christmas so maybe that will help me out. We used gluten-free pasta in this recipe. I can’t remember the brand name but it really is yellow in color. And you definitely don’t want to make the same mistake I did and cook the pasta for too long. Yep it went a little mushy on me but even so it was still delicious. Oh and I did add salt and pepper to give it a wee bit more flavor.

Pasta with Italian Sausage

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

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Oven Roasted Chicken Thighs with rice and broccoli

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Pork Roast

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with bread machine pizza dough and for me BLT Salad

Saturday: Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

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Plan to Eat ~ helps you organize your own menu planning (affiliate link):

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My 2020 Purge Piles ~ How You Too Can Become a Power Purger! https://orgjunkie.com/2021/01/become-a-power-purger.html https://orgjunkie.com/2021/01/become-a-power-purger.html#comments Thu, 07 Jan 2021 23:18:34 +0000 https://orgjunkie.com/?p=79820 Keep reading to find out how you too can become a power purger! Okay friends, I’m back in the new year to talk about one of my favorite subjects. Yes I love organizing but what I value most about the organizing PROCESS is the purging part! Purging (or decluttering if you prefer) is essential to ... Read More about My 2020 Purge Piles ~ How You Too Can Become a Power Purger!

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Keep reading to find out how you too can become a power purger!

Okay friends, I’m back in the new year to talk about one of my favorite subjects. Yes I love organizing but what I value most about the organizing PROCESS is the purging part! Purging (or decluttering if you prefer) is essential to keeping an organized home. Not the pretty baskets and bins, not the perfectly lined shelves of storage, not even lovely cleared off countertops. Those clutter-free countertops will do you absolutely no good if you’ve just shoved everything into a drawer or cabinet to get it out of the way. Yes your countertops are free and clear but then imagine what it does to your mood when every time you open a cabinet stuff falls out on you.

I’m guessing it’d make you pretty grumpy and frustrated.

And grumpy and frustrated is not the name of our game here. We can do better than that. Is it even possible to have both clear countertops AND cabinets not stuffed to the brim? Why yes it is! All thanks to the power of the purge. Not only is it possible, there isn’t anyone that can’t do it. It’s available to everyone! Keep reading and I’ll show you how to become a power purger!

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In the fifteen years that I’ve had this blog, I’ve written about this purge topic at least one billion times. Just kidding, I’m sure it’s only like one million. It’s definitely a lot. I often ask myself if there’s another way I can get my point across. How can I convince you that this is the answer to your disorganized dilemmas? Sure I also teach how to maximize your space and your cupboards, shelves and closets. But first, always first, we must purge the things that don’t belong. And for those that don’t know. I walk the talk when it comes to being a power purger. Because I am one! Let’s take a look at my 2020 purge piles.

My 2020 purge piles

And a look back at my 2019 purge piles.

My 2019 Purge Piles

As you can see I purge a lot! That could definitely be a rap song of some sort, ha!

So how do we know and decide what to purge? Well let’s talk about that.

PRIORITIES:

My golden rule of purging and deciding what to keep and what to let go of, goes like this:

Only keep what you love and/or use and when those two criteria have been achieved you take it one step further. Only keep what you have the room to store regardless of whether you love or use it.

Ouch I know. Don’t throw tomatoes at me.

But here’s the thing. You could have boxes of memorabilia from your childhood or family that you love but is taking up an entire room. If you don’t need that room for anything else, then you have the room to store it. If however you are expecting a baby and need that space for a nursery, then you don’t have the room to store it. You may love it, you may even use it BUT if you don’t have the room to store it, you’ll need to make some tough decisions. This is often what I refer to as PURGING UNTIL IT FITS.

Do you have a garage that serves more like a storage box than a place to put your car? Do you get annoyed every time you have to get into a cold car in the middle of the winter as a result? These are the priorities that you need to consider.

Whatever you decide to keep will almost always have to be at the expense of something else. Ask yourself what you are willing to give up to keep a particular item.

Because everything is a trade off.

Do you want your home to be a place to live peacefully in the present or do you want it to be a storage warehouse of past possessions?

Do you want piles of stuff everywhere to weigh on you day in and day out or be a uncluttered space that you can truly relax in after a long day. Would you want a space that gives you comfort rather than stress? A space that gives you calmness rather than chaos? A space that provides contentment rather than frustration?

Only you can decide that and it will look differently for everyone because what brings one person peace might be different from your friend, neighbor or Instagram obsession. There is no right or wrong answer because it’s an individual choice and decision.

Figure out what brings comfort, calmness and contentment to your home and organization will be sure to follow.

My 2020 Purge Piles ~ How You Too Can Become a Power Purger!

Purge Regularly and Often:

So let’s go back to all my purge piles you see in the pictures above. Those piles represent a regular ongoing purging habit.  All that stuff didn’t leave my house all at one time. Gosh can you imagine how overwhelming that would have been? No thank you. As you know I keep a donation box at the bottom of my linen closet. Every day I am adding to it. I follow the one in, one out rule pretty closely. And I’ve also trained myself to evaluate things as I touch them. Not just to push them deeper into the back of a space, but rather to really look at something and ask myself whether or not it has a purpose there.

Decluttering all year long is what works for me. I don’t wait until garage sale season or spring cleaning time to get my purge on. If I get annoyed with a system or new things come in, you can be sure stuff is heading out of my house as a result. Don’t wait until you think you’ll have the time to organize your whole house at once. That time will most likely never come. Start now and do it everyday.

A most common misconception of organization is that purging is a once and done event.

It is not.

Since life is constantly changing around us, it’s important that what we own matches up with where and who we are today. As our children grow and change activities, as we change sizes and styles ourselves or as our routines and habits change, we need to say goodbye to the old in order to welcome the new. And the easiest way to do that is regularly and consistently. Not just once a year. It’s all about assessing the things in our homes every day for whether or not they are still making us happy and/or serving a purpose. If they aren’t why keep it? As you find something to let go of, drop it into a donation box you have set up in your home for this purpose. Then take it to a local thrift store once it’s full.

And if you really want to motivate yourself, take pictures of your purge piles!

My 2020 Purge Piles ~ How You Too Can Become a Power Purger!

Use Declutter questions to guide you:

Clutter is often the result of procrastinated decisions. Making decisions about our stuff is hard especially when that stuff is attached to memories and emotions. I totally understand that as it wasn’t long ago I tackled all my childhood memories from days gone by.  There are specific tips I talked about in that post that will help you. Those include having storage boundaries in place and asking yourself some very specific declutter questions.

-why am I hanging onto it?
-do I love it or use it?
-will a picture suffice?
-who am I afraid of hurting if I part with it?
-am I holding onto this because I want to or because I have to?
-how much space is this item(s) taking up?
-could I be using this space for things I love and value more?
-what’s the worst that could happen if I get rid of it?
-could I easily replace this item?
-will someone else want this after I’m gone?

These questions will really help to guide you in the organizing PROCESS.

My 2020 Purge Piles ~ How You Too Can Become a Power Purger!

Beware of Clutter Blindness:

I touched on this earlier when I mentioned that I had trained myself not to gloss over things that I’m no longer using or loving. This comes with practice. Because clutter blindness is very real thing (I talked about my own experience HERE) sometimes it’s necessary to do a backwards purge. A backwards purge involves taking everything out of a space for awhile (decor, pictures, etc from a living room for example) and bringing items back in slowly. The idea is so you can experience what it’s like to live with less. We get so use to our surroundings that we don’t even realize how burdensome our stuff has become. We collect things in our homes over many many years and we become blind to it.

What we need is to see what it’s like to let our homes breathe and how we feel when our stuff is no longer suffocating us. If we feel that first, it can often make bringing less back in so much easier.

I hope you find those tips motivating to helping you become a power purger!! It is possible and yes you can do it!

You can read more about my 7 step PROCESS to organizing and grab my free printable purge labels HERE.

purge labels

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Related posts you may also like:

Organizing Rules to Follow to Be an Organizing Junkie Like Me!
Need More Storage Space? Consider This Before Deciding to Love Your Home or List It
How to Get the Itch to Pitch
Power Pickup: The Easy Way to Reset Your Home
The Rewards of Living an Organized Life

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Menu Plan Monday ~ January 4/21 Weekly Dinner Inspiration https://orgjunkie.com/2021/01/menu-plan-monday-january-4-21.html https://orgjunkie.com/2021/01/menu-plan-monday-january-4-21.html#respond Mon, 04 Jan 2021 14:00:54 +0000 https://orgjunkie.com/?p=79113 Welcome to Menu Plan Monday! Affiliate links are included in this post. This means I make a small commission should you purchase product using these links. This is at no extra cost to you. Happy New Year y’all! Last week I took off from posting my MPM post. I still had every intention of writing ... Read More about Menu Plan Monday ~ January 4/21 Weekly Dinner Inspiration

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Welcome to Menu Plan Monday!

Menu Plan Monday ~ January 4/21 Weekly Dinner Inspiration to help you get dinner on the table each night with less stress and chaos

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Happy New Year y’all! Last week I took off from posting my MPM post. I still had every intention of writing up a menu plan and then I didn’t do it. And guess what happened? We didn’t eat very healthy balanced dinners. We just threw together whatever we could scrounge up. I didn’t like it at all. So it was a good reminder to me how much I need a weekly menu plan to keep me on task with my healthy eating and of course save my sanity! Thankfully I don’t really mind writing up a plan each week (it’s the cooking part that I really dislike!) but I know not everyone feels that way.

If you want all the benefits of menu planning without all the work I’ve got an awesome solution to tell you about. But I’ll wait and tell you more about it next week because it will be going on sale. And who doesn’t love a good sale, whoot!

For now, you might want to write up this week’s menu by printing off this fun FREE menu planner to help you. You can download it right HERE.

free printable weekly menu planner

My son has one more week of online school and then hopefully he returns to in person learning on Jan 11th. We’ll also find out if our lockdown will be lifted by then as well. I’d be happy with being able to have outdoor social visits again at least. Sigh. How are things where you live? Are you still in lockdown?

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

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Italian Sausage Pasta with Broccoli

Tuesday: Baked Maple Chicken Thighs served rice and Easy Roasted Zucchini

Wednesday: Beef Meatloaf served with mashed potatoes and carrots

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with bread machine pizza dough and for me Paleo Pizza

Saturday: Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

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Catching Up with Org Junkie #9 ~ December 2020 Favorites: Golden Girls Monopoly, Skiing & the Ultimate Family Calendar https://orgjunkie.com/2020/12/december-2020-favorites.html https://orgjunkie.com/2020/12/december-2020-favorites.html#comments Thu, 31 Dec 2020 18:26:27 +0000 https://orgjunkie.com/?p=79133 Hi friends, here we are at the end of a very hard long year. I’m having trouble processing all my emotions attached to it. If 2020 has taught me anything it’s the importance of living each day fully present in the present. That hasn’t always been easy for me. The world tells us we need ... Read More about Catching Up with Org Junkie #9 ~ December 2020 Favorites: Golden Girls Monopoly, Skiing & the Ultimate Family Calendar

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Hi friends, here we are at the end of a very hard long year. I’m having trouble processing all my emotions attached to it. If 2020 has taught me anything it’s the importance of living each day fully present in the present. That hasn’t always been easy for me. The world tells us we need to be better, to do better, to try harder and to set all the goals in order to achieve and accomplish all the things. I know that works for some but right now what I need is to just to get to the end of each day knowing I did okay. There is less anxiety in the present for it’s once I start to look too far ahead that it all becomes so overwhelming. I also find looking back at the previous month makes me happy as I remember all the things that put a smile on my face. And despite heavy circumstances, there are still many blessings that bring me great joy. So today’s post is all about my December 2020 Favorites.

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December 2020 FAVORITES

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Currently Eating:

You guys I keep talking about pizza. I can’t help it. I really do love it but of course can’t eat regular pizza anymore. So I tried the Wholly Veggie! brand this past month and was thinking it was going to taste like crap. Because sweet potatoes in a pizza?? Sounds terrible. But it was really very good. Now it’s not Paleo but it is vegan, dairy and gluten free so I consider it a once and awhile treat for me.  Even did a little vegan cheese on it and it was delicious. I bought it at No Frills (Canada).

Wholly Veggie Sweet Potato Pizza Crusts

CURRENTLY DRINKING:

Don’t hate me but I’m not a coffee drinker. I just really love a good cup of tea instead. And I love during the holidays when Second Cup comes out with their Holiday Blend Tea. It’s delicious and definitely puts a smile on my face every year at this time. I bought three boxes and am trying to make them last as long as possible.

Second Cup Holiday Blend Tea

Currently Loving:

My December 2020 favorites list has to include my new game of Monopoly. Not just any Monopoly though, Golden Girls Monopoly! Yes it’s true I am not a fan of Monopoly because it is THE GAME THAT NEVER ENDS. But for the Golden Girls I will make an exception. My girlfriend found this treasure at the thrift store which just tickles me even more because I love a fantastic second hand gift. They do also have it on Amazon though HERE. Can’t wait until I can visit with friends again so we can play for a good couple of hours.

Golden Girls Monopoly

We’ve also been doing some Cobble Hill puzzles this season. One of these was a favorite, the other one was not. Can you guess which is which?

Cobble Hill wolf puzzle

Cobble Hill Christmas puzzle

That wolf puzzle (picked out by my husband I might add!) was a beast to do. I was so glad when that one was finished. The other one, while also a thousand pieces, was much easier just due to the color variation. I enjoyed that one so much more.

We’ve also gotten in some cross-country skiing which makes me so happy. Especially when the weather looks like this out. And the temperatures were only about -10C (14F). Amazing!

cross country skiing

cross country skiing

CURRENTLY planning:

I have two favorite planners that I love and will share more about those in an upcoming post. For now I’ll be switching out my fridge calendar to my new 2021 one. I always do it at the start of the new year rather than in September when the calendar starts. This Ultimate Family Calendar is the same one I’ve been using for years and you can read all about why I do right HERE. It really is the best family calendar!

2021 Ultimate Family Calendar

Currently Watching:

Okay so this is a goal I could actually get behind. I’m still watching Hallmark Christmas movies and have made it to #42 so far! This is the list I keep on my phone in my Reminders app.

Hallmark movie watching list

This has basically been my life right here watching TV day after day with my Bella girl. And how awesome is that Homebody pillow crocheted by another girlfriend? It definitely makes me smile because it’s so me!

Hallmark movie watching position

And of course I have to watch while wearing my Hallmark movies watching shirt as well, ha! This was purchased from a small boutique here in Canada.

hallmark shirt

I’m still not done though and will keep on watching them for another week or so :).

CURRENTLY REcommending:

The Organize Like a Boss online challenge is back! I’m super excited that this event is happening again in January. So many of you took part in it the last time it was run and loved it. Now Sarah is back and running the Organize Like a Boss challenge once again! I know so many of you are itching to get your homes decluttered and put back together again after the holidays.

With a little help, it’s time to get a handle on all the clutter in your home. Because a less chaotic home makes for a much more calm home. It really does! Yet lack of motivation and overwhelm are the two biggest roadblocks we face if we want a clean, clutter-free home that feels great. That’s where the Organize Like a Boss challenge comes in. Sarah will show you how to declutter and organize 5 hotspots in 7 days. And she does it in a way that’s easy and doesn’t cause stress. Small, bite-size pieces that can fit in any busy schedule.

Here’s how the Organize Like a Boss challenge works:

  • Runs daily inside an exclusive Facebook group
  • A video a day (under 10 minutes) in the dedicated Facebook challenge group
  • Printable PDF workbook keeps you focused
  • Step-by-step assignments outlining your tasks so you don’t have to plan ahead
  • Daily Q&A with Sarah to get your questions answered in the Facebook group
  • Only $20 to join!

An engaged and supportive community helps keep you motivated and Sarah has run this challenge many times before with great proven success. Visit the Organize Like a Boss site to sign up now!

organize like a boss challenge

Currently Purging:

In December I wasn’t organizing as much but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t adding things to my Donation Station (a box in my linen closet) daily. I took one load over to the thrift store to donate and my box is full again and needs to be dropped off in the new year once they open again.

december 2020 purge pile

What have you been purging this past month?

Currently ORGANIZING:

Actually now that I think about it, I did do one organizing project in December. And that was to organize my recipe binders before Christmas. Since we now eat a mostly Paleo diet I decided it was time to pitch all the printed recipes we no longer use. It ended up being a pretty big pitch pile.

recipe pitch pile

It was a fun couple of hours spent.

recipe binder organization

I still need to fix the labels on the outside but hopefully I’ll get that done soon.

recipe organization

My Amazon Store:

If anyone is wondering about organizing products and wanting to see more of my favorites, you’ll be happy to know that I’ve got them all together in one place. Check them all out right HERE in my Amazon shop. So many glorious things! And I’ve added quite a few new items this past month.

Amazon shop

Current Sponsor:

Finally I want to thank Smead Manufacturing Company for being a long-standing sponsor of my site. Smead is a woman-owned company well-known for its high quality, environmentally responsible products and innovative organizational systems. For more than a century, Smead has been committed to one purpose: Keeping You Organized.

Smead

If you are working from home right now, you will find their round up of 20 home office organization ideas that will keep you organized in style super helpful. I especially think the Stadium File is brilliant! You can find Smead on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest as well as on their awesome Podcast and YouTube channel!

I hope you enjoyed taking this peek into my life and my December 2020 favorites. Tell me something that you are currently loving in your life. And if you’ve got any questions, let me know.

Happy New Year friends, praying it’s a much better year for us! Thank you so much for being here :).

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Menu Plan Monday ~ December 21/2020 Christmas Edition! https://orgjunkie.com/2020/12/menu-plan-monday-dec-21-20.html https://orgjunkie.com/2020/12/menu-plan-monday-dec-21-20.html#comments Mon, 21 Dec 2020 14:00:35 +0000 https://orgjunkie.com/?p=79057 Welcome to Menu Plan Monday! Affiliate links are included in this post. This means I make a small commission should you purchase product using these links. This is at no extra cost to you. Hi friends! Christmas week is finally here. Being in lockdown is certainly not what we expected this Christmas but here we ... Read More about Menu Plan Monday ~ December 21/2020 Christmas Edition!

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Menu Plan Monday for the week of Dec 21/20 Christmas Edition at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

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Hi friends! Christmas week is finally here. Being in lockdown is certainly not what we expected this Christmas but here we are. Those of you in other parts of the world not in lockdown I envy you. But we are making the most of it and carrying on. And that includes enjoying a delicious Christmas dinner with all the fixings. Can’t wait for that!

If you need a menu planner to keep you on track this week my Free Printable Holiday Menu Planner might help. It’s pretty simple but sometimes that’s all you need.

Holiday Menu Planner

Also if you missed the funny Christmas gift tags I posted last week, grab that free printable as well for any last minute wrapping you’ve got to do.

funny Christmas gift tags

Menu Plan Announcement:

Due to the holidays, there will be no Menu Plan Monday next week. I’ll still menu plan of course because I don’t know how to do life without it but I just won’t be posting it on the blog. I’m going to try and stay off the computer as much as possible so I can enjoy time with the family. Thanks for your understanding.

Here’s what we’ll be eating for dinner all this week. Merry Christmas y’all!!

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Garlic Dijon Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin served with rice and broccoli

Tuesday: Paleo Spaghetti Meat Sauce with Zoodles

Wednesday: Leftover buffet

Thursday: Appetizer night: Veggie tray, Guacamole and Homemade Salsa and chips, Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Meatballs, Dry Ribs, Prosciutto Wrapped Pears

Friday: Christmas dinner: Garlic Rosemary Turkey, Dairy-Free Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Gluten-Free Apple Cranberry Stuffing, Roasted Garlic Asparagus and Mushrooms, Caramel Cinnamon Baked Apples (for my son and I), Apple Pie (for the rest of the fam)

Saturday: Leftover Buffet

Sunday: Bacon, Spinach and Tomato Frittata

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

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Plan to Eat ~ helps you organize your own menu planning (affiliate link):

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

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Reindeer Runs and Free Printable Funny Christmas Gift Tags https://orgjunkie.com/2020/12/free-printable-funny-christmas-gift-tags.html https://orgjunkie.com/2020/12/free-printable-funny-christmas-gift-tags.html#comments Sat, 19 Dec 2020 04:30:43 +0000 https://orgjunkie.com/?p=79066 Hey there friends, this season is a tough one for many. I’m so sorry if you are going through hard times right now. I’m very sad that my daughter isn’t able to come home to celebrate Christmas with us. I was so looking forward to seeing her as it’s been way too long. But we ... Read More about Reindeer Runs and Free Printable Funny Christmas Gift Tags

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Hey there friends, this season is a tough one for many. I’m so sorry if you are going through hard times right now. I’m very sad that my daughter isn’t able to come home to celebrate Christmas with us. I was so looking forward to seeing her as it’s been way too long. But we are going to try and make the best of it and rely on Facetime as much as possible. It’s just going to be so different for so many of us. However your Christmas looks this year, I hope you are able to enjoy a little laughter here and there. Whenever I am feeling down I always find laughter to be the best pick me up.

Yesterday I got together with some girlfriends on Zoom to do a Secret Santa gift exchange. Even though we couldn’t be together for this event, as we normally are, it was just so good to see smiling faces and to share a few laughs. One of the girls captured this screen shot of me. I needed that laugh so badly! Now every time I look at this picture, it makes me smile all over again at the silliness of it. It’s the gift that keeps on giving :). Maybe my dorkiness will make you smile too.

Laughter is the best medicine

Another thing I’m doing this season to bring some joy to my days is to make other people smile. Because nothing makes me feel more alive than to see a smile burst forth on someone’s face. And smiles are just so contagious. The main way I’m getting to see those smiles is through something a girlfriend and I call Reindeer Runs. These runs began completely by accident back in November.

We were heading out to an outdoor visit with a friend and decided to wear our matching reindeer onesies to stay warm. We found these reindeer onesies at our local thrift store last December and of course had to buy them! Well that initial visit in our reindeer onesies started something special that snowballed from there. It’s amazing how much joy two silly reindeers can bring to others when they see us looking this ridiculous. We’ve been going out to friends and some businesses every week since.

Silly Reindeer Runs to Bring Joy at Christmas

Oh and did I mention we even do a song and dance? Oh yes we do! If you know the Veggie Tales, we came up with a little jingle to the tune of “We are the Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything”. It goes like this:

We are the reindeer that like to spread cheer. We just go out and sing and dance. And even though it’s been a crappy year, we’d just like to give you some Christmas cheer!

I also found little wooden reindeer ornaments that we give out in cute reindeer gift bags along with a card. My friends daughter gave us the reindeer names Lancy and Tancy.

Reindeer Run Treats

And to keep everyone safe we wear FUN reindeer face masks. Yep totally ridiculous and yes totally worth it!

Silly Reindeer Smiles

When you bring joy to others, you bring yourself so much joy as well. It’s given me something to look forward to each week and if I can make others smile by being silly, I’m all in. I’d love to figure out a way to do something similar all year long.

It’s all part of my movement to spark smiles everywhere which you can read all about HERE.

Free Printable Funny Gift Tags:

Now I’d like to give you a little gift with to help you share a little fun with others. These free printable funny Christmas gift tags will hopefully give you a much needed giggle as you gift them to others. It’s okay to be silly once and awhile. In fact, this year more than ever, it’s especially important.

Funny Christmas Gift Tags

Download these funny Christmas gift tags for free right HERE.

Once the file opens in Dropbox, click on the three dots in the far right column and then click on Download.

{Personal use only}

And if you don’t mind, I’d love if you could please share these with friends and family by linking directly to this post with the image below. I’d so appreciate it!

Free Printable Funny Christmas Gift Tags at I'm an Organizing Junkie

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Three Really Smart Steps to Living an Intentional Life https://orgjunkie.com/2020/12/living-intentional-life.html https://orgjunkie.com/2020/12/living-intentional-life.html#respond Wed, 16 Dec 2020 18:36:09 +0000 https://orgjunkie.com/?p=79068 The following is a guest post with three really smart steps to living an intentional life, from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me. Sadly this will be Morgan’s last post with us. I so appreciate her writing for me for the past 5 years. I’ll be looking for someone else to write for me ... Read More about Three Really Smart Steps to Living an Intentional Life

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The following is a guest post with three really smart steps to living an intentional life, from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me. Sadly this will be Morgan’s last post with us. I so appreciate her writing for me for the past 5 years. I’ll be looking for someone else to write for me in the future, so if you are interested please let me know.

As we prepare to wrap up 2020, I think we can all agree that this has been an unforgettable year! With all of the challenges and new normals thrust upon us, life has felt if anything – unpredictable.

My hope, despite what you have walked through or are still walking through, is that you will continue to fine tune and define what’s most important to you. With a new year ahead, now is the perfect time to refocus and reset both your purposes and priorities.

Life doesn’t come with guarantees. However, what we can control is how we pivot, plan, and press on in life. Living an intentional life means you know the direction you want to go in life and the steps you need to take in order to get there. As we look forward lets commit to intentional living.

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Living an Intentional Life

Pivoting creates movement.

This year has revealed how important it is to pivot. When you are able to roll with things and make adjustments (when and where required) there is a greater chance you’ll be able to stay afloat. Choosing to pivot or adjust course helps you to maintain both your momentum and motivation!

Planning creates vision.

When you fail to plan you plan to fail…or so it’s been said. But I think it’s true! If you don’t know the vision or mission you have for your life, then life can often happen to you instead of through you. With 2021 laid out before you, what do you want to plan to do? What’s on your bucket list? What are the dreams you’ve let go of or stuffed deep down? While you may not have every opportunity available to you or certain obstacles may be in your way, you can still lay out a plan and a direction for the 12 months ahead. Time is a gift, open it and use it!

Pressing in creates tenacity.

Whatever you are juggling now, by choice or not, you still have the opportunity to adjust your attitude and your effort. This is where the choice lies. An attitude of gratitude is everything and while it’s not necessarily easy or always natural, it can make a world of difference and also cause a ripple effect. And then furthermore when you choose to press in to what’s yours to do and do it well, it will help you to feel increasingly purposeful.

Time is an interesting thing. We all have the same amount and we all universally wrestle with how to use our time well. Intentional living looks like deciding well with the time we have. Each of our days are numbered and 2020 has reminded us of the fragility of life.

Living an Intentional Life

I’m a glass half full kind of person, yet this year has worn me down. I’m writing these words just as much for you as I am for myself. I am in this too and we all need encouragement. Through all of the challenges that this year has brought, I’ve realized time and time again that a heartbeat of intentionality can make a world of difference.

Encouraging you to live an intentional life today and every day!

Morgan is a professional organizer (chaos calmer), writer (list lover), and exercise enthusiast (fitness fan), keep up with her on her site, Morganize with Me. 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. Check out her Books, join one of her Challenges, listen to her Podcast, and be sure to check out her Shop full of fabulous organizing printables!

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