2012 Changes—January Report

January’s Change…Organize

January is over and it is time to move on to a new month and a new change.  I’m definitely feeling more organized, but I’ve realized that getting organized is a continual process.  So, I’m going to keep working on organized change by using Jen’s Fifteen Minute Friday tip as well as some additional 15 minute sessions throughout the week. 

What have I learned? 
My Top 5 Tips for Organized Changes: 
1.  Schedule a short weekly, or daily, organizing session.
2.  A Household Binder of any kind.
3.  A Wall Organizer.
4.  Labels.
5.  An Organized Pinterest Board…the best way to store your ideas and plans for organization.
What have I accomplished?

1.  Household Binder


I wrote about Jen’s Household Binder idea here.  Can I just say how much I love it and use it!  I keep adding new things, as well.  I still need to get a cute cover on it, but it has really helped in the organization department over here.  Some of my favorite pages…


Important Dates

Erasable Menu Planner

Freezer Inventory (just in time for a big chunk of beef)

Time Schedule (only way I know where my girls are)

2.  Wall Organizer


My new wall organizer is simple and easy to use and maintain.  A magnet board and rail from Ikea hold our monthly paint chip calendar, lists for the girls, and a basket to hold invitations and schedules.


These  lists are a great way to write chores and notes for each of my girls.  They are magnetic so they stick to the board, and the pages tear off when the tasks are completed.  I bought these at Michaels for $1.50 each…they have a variety of sizes and designs.

3.  Drawers, Cabinets, Closets


Drawer—Our “catch-all” drawer when we come in the door. These Ikea containers help divide our stuff into sections so they are easy to find when we head out the door.


Cabinet—I’m getting ready for a big redesign in my kitchen, including open shelving.  I’m planning on displaying only white dishes on the open shelves, so I got took a trip to the thrift store to donate my colored plates and stock up on white.  I couldn’t find any dinner plates I liked, so I still have my yellow ones.  I feel happy every time I open this cabinet, and it really motivates me to get moving on the kitchen.


Closet—In 15 minutes I sorted through all of my clothes. Yeah! I organized my jackets and shirts according to color, and filled a big bag with clothes to donate.

4.  Organized the Blog

I hope the redesign and changes have made it easier to navigate and find your way through my blog.  Let me know if you have any suggestions.

My Next Project—Paperwork and Junk Drawer



This is on my list for today…organize and move the paperwork, move the junk drawer to the paperwork drawer, decide what is going in the junk drawer (not junk!).

So there you have it, my month of organization.  Now it is your turn to share any organized changes you have made.  Add a comment and if you have an image you would like to share, add a link to your comment and I will post it on my Pinterest board.  

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