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Celebrate Home Office Organization Day

Are you still struggling with clutter?  I am!  What about your home office?  Mine seems to be one of the worst clutter areas.

Today is National Organize Your Home Office Day.

Home Office Organization Day

My Dilemma

Recently, my son invited a friend to stay at our home for a week during spring break. My home office was a total wreck, there was no way I wanted anyone to see the mess.

So to prepare for our guest I not only wanted the main areas of our home to be “spic and span” clean, but I wanted my son’s room to be organized and my home office to be decluttered and organized.

I don’t think anyone in my home thought I could pull it off.  I had boxes and boxes of stuff.  Papers, magazines, tax papers, books, memorabilia, and the list goes on. It looked more like a warehouse than a home office. I hate to say this, but much of it was trash.

Big Job

This was going to be a big job.

I carted at least 5 large garbage bags of trash out of my home office. Then I began organizing.

clutterThe problem I ran into was in some of the boxes I had multiple things including trash.  So even though at first glance it might have looked like something I could pitch, I couldn’t just throw it away, I had to go through the contents.  Not sure why I kept some of it to start with, but I sure didn’t need all that stuff.

Progress

I went through several boxes.  Organized a lot of stuff and then carted a few boxes to the attic to sort at a later time.

But the big news is the room is presentable.  Even my son was impressed with my progress.

Next Steps

Office organizedMy home office isn’t perfect, but I enjoy going in the room a lot more and now I’m ready to go to the next level.

I have Cynthia Alexander’s book,  Get Your Home Office Organized: Cut the Clutter and Watch Your Productivity Soar.  Included in the book is a 30-day step-by-step plan for organizing your home office.

Cynthia is a professional organizer in the Dallas area, you can connect with her online at Breakfree From Clutter and Dallas Organizing.

As Cynthia says, “The best first  and next step to organizing your home office is the one that you will actually do.”

Organize Your Home Office Day

In honor of National Organize Your Home Office Day, I’m starting the 30-day home office organization plan to do an even better job of decluttering and organizing my home office.

So what about you?  How are you celebrating National Organize Your Home Office Day?

Help to Conquer Your Clutter

Do you ever feel like you spend half your life hunting for things?   I’ve been on a mission to conquer clutter.  I bet you want to conquer your clutter too!

Many of us have a clutter or organization problem. You feel like you are getting ahead of it and then bam you are right back where you started.  Something gets you off track and you loose ground.

Conquer Your Clutter

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Conquer Your Clutter

You often feel like you’re just one step away from flat-out crazy. Just when you get one closet decluttered, you find another closet door that won’t shut. Or when you finally get your inbox empty, another stack of papers comes in the mail.

So you start feeling desperate, wondering how to find the time to develop a system that works for you, how to squeeze in more decluttering, and how on earth you can get your family to participate. You wind up feeling MORE overwhelmed than you were in the first place.

But what if you could find systems that work for you, not against you? Solutions that will – at last! – be the organizational remedy you’ve been waiting for?

An Answer

Well, I think I’ve found some resources to help you: The Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle from the Ultimate Bundles team.

It’s a curated collection of 38 eBooks, eCourses, and printable planners to help you organize your life, created by people who’ve learned how to conquer all the different types of clutter (physical, mental, digital) in their life – and win!

The combined value of the resources in the toolkit is over $650, but you get EVERYTHING for 95% off!

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If you’ve struggled to find systems to help you streamline your life and inject some much-needed peace into your home, the Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle will remove that barrier for you.

What is Included?

Wondering what is included?   Is there something that will help you?   Check it out!

Cleaning & Chores

  • 2017 Motivated Moms Chore Planner by Susan Cramer ($9.00)
  • 30 Day Guide to a Clean and Organized Home  by Rachel Jones ($27.97)
  • Energy Budget: Time Management for the Chronically Ill (And Others With Long-Term Roadblocks) by Rachel Ramey ($78.00)
  • The Three Systems Every Family Needs by Saren Loosli ($24.00)

Decluttering

  • Chaos To Clutter-Free: 16 Realistic Steps To An Organized Home by Davonne Parks ($4.99)
  • Freed from Clutter: Declutter Course  by Becky Mansfield ($47.00)
  • Step-By-Step Decluttering: Your Guide To Less Stuff And An Uncluttered Home by Sarah Mueller ($15.00)

Family Organization    

  • 30 Days To An Organized Life by Kimberlee Stokes ($9.00)
  • Home Management For The Homeschool Mom: Simplifying The Big Things So You Don’t Miss The Little Things by Amy Roberts ($9.99)
  • Home Organizing DIY Assessment Workbook by Andi Willis ($7.00)
  • Organizing For School Success Kit by Saren Loosli ($27.00)
  • Organizing Life As Mom by Jessica Fisher ($12.00)
  • Sanity Savers For Christian Moms: Simple Solutions For A More Joy-filled Life! by Kristi Clover ($5.99)

Managing Your Time    

  • 5 Days To A Better Morning by Crystal Paine ($2.99)
  • Mindspace: 10 Practices To Help You Let Go Of Mental Clutter And Make Room For More Joyful, Creative Living by Melissa Camara Wilkins ($9.99)
  • Never-Ending To-Do List: A One-Hour Solution for Busy Parents Who Want  Less Stress And More Fun by Kelly Holmes ($4.99)
  • Routine Cards by Rachel Norman ($6.00)
  • Spend Your Days: How to Control Time with Rocks, Bullets, Chisels, & a Boat by Tsh Oxenreider ($8.00)

Meal Planning

  • Meal Planning Made Easy by Kelly Smith ($7.95)
  • The Printable Recipe Binder Kit by Kalyn Brooke ($12.00)
  • The Ultimate Guide To Freezer Cooking by Crystal Barton ($10.00)

Organizing Paperwork & Digital Files

  • 10 Steps To Organizing Photos & Memorabilia by Lisa Woodruff ($3.95)
  • 2017 Budget Planner by Jessi Fearon ($19.97)
  • Evernote Essentials by Brett Kelly ($29.00)
  • Paperwork: Sorted! by Chrissy Halton ($12.39)
  • Spend Well Budgeting System: Printable Files To Help You Take Control Of Your Finances by Carrie Lindsey ($5.99)
  • The Sunday Basket: Weekly Paper Organizing & Planning by Lisa Woodruff ($7.95)
  • The Ultimate Unofficial Dropbox Guide by Jason Glaspey ($29.00)

Planners

  • 2017 All Inclusive Binder by Mique Provost ($19.99)
  • Christmas Planner by Mandi Ehman 2017 ($4.00)
  • 2017 Homestead Management Printables by Quinn Veon ($8.99)
  • Thanksgiving Planner by Mandi Ehman 2017 ($3.00)
  • Homekeeping Foundations Kit: The Perfect DIY Homekeeping Binder Kit by Clean Mama ($20.00)
  • Homeschool Mom Life Binder by Heather Bowen ($19.99)
  • How To Create Your Own Printables by Laura Smith ($49.00)
  • Printable Planner Stickers by Rachael Wynn ($28.46)
  • The Home Management Binder & Family Planner by Helena Alkhas ($47.00)
  • Wanderlist: Your Travel Planning Toolkit by Kimberly Tate ($12.99)

Getting Started Guide

Worried you won’t know where to start with all the resources in the bundle? Don’t be! Inside the bundle you’ll find a handy Getting Started Guide so you can take action right away.

I hope you take advantage of this great discounted bundle of organization products.

P.S. Remember to buy The Conquer Your Clutter bundle before it expires on Monday, January 30th at 11:59 PM EST!

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Hidden Clutter a Problem?

Just last week my husband and I had an argument about my hidden clutter.   One of my problems is I spend too much time on the computer writing instead of sorting and pitching.

2016 is the year I’m going change that.  You see the main area of my house looks fine, but my office is a mess.  More papers than I know what to do with.   My closets have too many clothes in them.   My basement is full of stuff I don’t know what to do with.  I’m paying for a storage shed that is full of junk!   Something has to change.

When I go to hunt something it is like finding a needle in a haystack.   First it is where do I look, then it is what box would it be in if it were indeed in this place, and the search continues.   More times than I want to count, I have just gone out and purchased a duplicate because I didn’t have time to invest in searching for the object.  I’m wasting money!

I want to get these areas organized so I can find what I want when I need it.  Part of getting them organized is throwing the unnecessary away.

Last year I read the book Clutter Free.   It was great and helped me to clear a bunch of clutter, but there is still more and I needed something to give me a “kick in the butt” to start the new year decluttering.    About 2 months ago Kathi Lipp (Author of over a dozen great books) and I were talking about helping others get clutter free and we decided to write an e-book, Kickstart to Clutter Free.   When it was finished, it was decided to make it into an e-course.    The e-course will help people jump-start their clutter free project with encouraging videos, assignments, and tools.

Clutter Free E-Course

It promises to help you declutter at least 500 things in fourteen days.    When I first tried it, I disposed of 2000 things.  I know it will help you too.

I will be going through the process again and to offer each of you accountability and support, I have created a private Facebook group.   If you purchase the Kickstart to Clutter Free e-course , let me know and I will add you to the Facebook group.   In the group we can support each other and I can provide you with additional handouts and checklists throughout the year.   I will also be reporting my progress as we go.

So join me in the challenge of becoming “clutter free” and sign up today for the “Kickstart to Clutter Free e-course

Still on the fence….learn more here.

It is “Back to Work” For Me! Vacation is Over!

Today is back to work for me. I have been off on vacation for the past week and it has been wonderful. If the emails I received while off are any indication, when I walk in the door today, a million things that need done are going to be hitting me in the face.

Back to Work

During the past week I have stayed up late having fun, playing games, walking on the beach, enjoying the company of people I care about.   I have slept in past 8:00 every single day, some days past 9.   I have exercised in the water and by walking every day.    I have done the things I enjoy the most, spending time with my family and time on the beach.  I feel relaxed and refreshed.

Today I go back to work and within a day, that wonderful feeling of relaxation will be gone.

I love my job, but there is lots of work to do and not a lot of time to get it done.   School starts in a few weeks so things have to be completed for that to happen.    Everyone wants some of my time.   Everyone needs something done.

I enjoy my job, but don’t enjoy the stress and the demands place upon me.  I don’t enjoy that other people’s failure to plan gets thrown on my plate as an emergency.   I like to be organized and plan projects out and complete them in a systematic process.   I like getting things done ahead of schedule (even though I sometimes procrastinate getting started.)

I wish vacation lasted a lot longer and I only worked 3 days per week. (Doesn’t everyone!)

Tips For A Successful First Day Back

I did do a number of things to make sure I didn’t lose any time when I arrive at work.  They only took a few minutes and will make a big difference.

1:  I took 10 minutes before I left a week ago, and wrote down a list of the projects I was working on and the status of them so I can pick up where I left off.

2.  I also made a list of things that need to get done this week.

3.  I scheduled my trip so that I would be home a full day before returning to work.  Need that day to recoup from the trip and do laundry, etc.

4. I scanned email several times while away and deleted everything but the important messages that I would need to act on.   So today I will only have 50 messages to deal with instead of 1000.

5. I took a few minutes yesterday to plan my clothes for the week.  Sounds minor, but I don’t have to think about anything when I get up in the AM except getting out the door.

6. I prepared the items I want to take with me in my lunch.  Just need to grab them out of the fridge and put in my bag.

7.  Last evening before going to bed, I made sure everything was in my tote that I would need for my first day back.  (Keys, important papers, tablet, laptop, etc.)

8.  Before shutting down my computer last evening, I took a few minutes to review my schedule and what is on tap for the day.

9.  Made sure I got to bed at a decent time.

These things won’t make my day perfect by any means, but they will cut down on the stress and make things go a little smoother.   Everyone needs that their first day back to work, regardless if you work from home or in an office.

Today I am wearing suntan lotion, scandals, and pretend I’m still at the beach!  I’m going to do everything I can to extend this relaxed vacation feeling into the week ahead.

What is your favorite way to keep yourself relaxed and rejuvenated after a vacation?  How do you prepare for the first day back?

 

 

Declutter And Make A Little Extra Cash This Summer With A Yard Sale

I am thrilled to introduce you to Susanne Myers and Tracy Roberts from HomemakersHutch.com who are your guest authors for today’s post.  

Susanne Myers from HillbillyHousewife.com and Tracy Roberts from MomsInABlog.com took their friendship from online to real  life and then banded together to create The Homemaker’s Hutch.  They wanted to put homemakers and moms in touch with the best homemaking advice, tools, recipes  & resources.  But it’s about so much more than that. It’s about taking some time for yourself curl up on your couch with a cup of coffee or tea and browse through a fun and informational magazine.

 It’s about connecting with other homemakers and moms just like you and the two of them.  Homemaker’s Hutch is an online magazine, but it’s so much more than that. Susanne & Tracy are committed to building a thriving online community.

And now their post……

Robin has been talking a lot about decluttering on the blog. When she invited us to write a guest post for her, that topic immediately came to mind. We’ve both been doing a good bit of decluttering ourselves and one of the first “problems” you’ll find after you start decluttering is figuring out what to do with all this extra stuff. How are you going to get rid of it?

Yard sale cash_RobinSmithOf course, some of it will just go to the trash and donating the rest is often the first option that comes to mind. But with summer just starting, who couldn’t use a little extra cash to spend?

How about running a yard sale with all your extra unwanted stuff. Just because those clothes don’t fit you anymore or your kids have gotten too old for some toys doesn’t mean someone else wouldn’t appreciate them.

Let’s take a quick look at how you’d go about organizing and running a yard sale this summer. Pick a Saturday that isn’t the start or end of school break in your area to make sure you get plenty of traffic.

Sorting and Pricing

Next it’s time to start sorting and pricing. If you’re already decluttering, you should have a nice pile of things to get rid of. If you haven’t, this might be just the motivation you’ll need to get started. For a little extra motivation, invite some neighbors or friends along. That way you can’t back out and larger yard sales attract bigger crowds.

Sort your items by category. Clothes go together, books and magazines, toys etc. Do a little research online or head to a couple of yard sales in your area to get an idea for pricing. Here are some general ideas.

● Books and magazines – 50 cents to a dollar.
● Games – 3 to 10 dollars.
● Clothing 1 – 5 dollars.
● CDs and DVDs – 3 to 5 dollars.
● Shoes – 5 to 7 dollars.
● Kitchen accessories – 1 to 3 dollars.

Your pricing may vary. Please do research in your area.

Promoting Your Yard Sale

Of course you should also promote your yard sale. We find there are 3 things that still work really well. Advertising in the newspaper isn’t one of them.

Signs – Make up some signs for your neighborhood and make sure there are signs all the way from the highway to your front door. Put the kids to work and get them to help you with your signs.

Social Media – Go to Facebook, Twitter and any other social media you’re active on and let your friends know you’re running a yard sale. If you’re comfortable with it, ask them to share.

Craigslist – By far the most effective way to advertise and promote your yard sale is to post it on Craigslist.com. It’s free and most yard shoppers will check out this site the day before and/or morning of the yard sale.

Setting Up For The Big Day

Next it’s time to set up. Make sure all items are priced clearly and you have enough tables, carpets, boxes and the likes to display your items. Set up early and be ready to sell.

You also want to make sure you have plenty of cash on hand to make change. It can be hard to get more change as the day goes buy. You’ll be busy and most banks are closed on Saturday. Be prepared.

That’s it. The only thing left to do is to sit back and wait for customers to stop by. You’ll be well prepared and should have a pretty nice turnout if you took the time to promote your sale. Make sure you have a comfy chair, some shade, a big glass of water and plenty of change.

One Last Tip

As soon as your yard sale is over, go ahead and box up everything that didn’t sell. Stick it in your car and take it straight to a donation place (like Goodwill or Salvation Army). Don’t let it back in the house. Chances are at least some of it will end up back in your closets and drawers if it makes it back into the house (speaking from experience here).

We would like to invite you to check out the Homemaker’s Hutch Digital Magazine. Each monthly issue is packed full of hands-on advice, delicious recipes for things your family will actually eat and plenty of support from moms and homemakers just like you.

Sign up today at HomemakersHutch.com.