Friday, September 2, 2016

FREE Printable September 2016 Planning Page!

Happy September!  Fall is my favorite season and, in my opinion, the best time to get a fresh start.  I know it's not technically fall yet, but it's close enough for me!  I created this planning page to jot down and organize my to do list and goals for this month.  Click to download your A5 Planning Page or Letter Size Planning Page or continue reading!
For this page I used the colorful Lots of Dots pattern that's new to my shop from my Printable Address Book.  I'm loving this color scheme right now!  I wanted something bright, but simple to help me put all my important tasks and goals for the month on one page.  I also included a lined notes page to make this printable 2-sided!
I have a lot planned for this month!  Fall always motivates me to buckle down and get things done.  I have a bunch of to do's that I'm not ready to (or can't) schedule for a specific date.  That's where this page comes in handy.

This download is available in both Letter Size (8.5" x 11") and A5 (5.83" x 8.27") and is setup as a 2-page document that can be used to print front and back OR can be printed as two separate pages.  (Just remember to adjust your print settings if you'd like to print it 2-sided.)
Download your free copy and get started planning your month!  Check back for more freebies or visit my shop to see all of my planning printables!

This Monthly Goals Planner Page is another great planning freebie!  You can use it to plan for the whole year!  I'm using mine to forward plan projects around the house.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

NEW Printable Address Book with Tabs! Lots of Dots

Organize your contacts with this printable Address Book in Lots of Dots pattern!  Both Letter Size and A5 Address Books are included with this listing!  Purchase yours here or keep reading for more photos and info!
I've been meaning to create an address book for quite some time now.  I like to keep my phone numbers and addresses written down- not just in my phone- and my current address book is a little boring.
I wanted this Address Book to be fun, colorful and I really wanted the divider tabs to be bright and bold!  The tabs are a great size.  Not too big, but not so small that they're difficult to cut out and assemble.  Check out this blog post I wrote with photo instructions for my DIY tabs!
I also wanted to include a Perpetual Calendar to keep all of my birthdays and anniversaries with my Address Book.  These are great pages to keep track of and remember all of those special dates- especially those you may need to mail cards for!
Each Perpetual Calendar page includes 2 months and a bright color combination to keep things interesting!
Each letter has it's own divider page and colorful divider tab!
There are 13 different color combinations!  The address pages are colorful and functional.  There are 7 spaces per page for the letter size pages and 5 spaces for the A5 pages.  Each space includes a place to write in the person's Name, Birthday, Cell Phone #, Home Phone #, Address and Email.

I'm so happy with how this Address Book turned out!  I can't wait to start filling it out!  Get your copy of the printable Address Book in Lots of Dots pattern in my shop!
Comment below and let me know what planner and pages you would like to see in my shop!

Friday, May 13, 2016

How to Declutter in 4 Easy Steps + FREE Printable Donations List!

While planning my spring cleaning efforts I came to an important conclusion- we have way too much stuff.  No matter how hard I work at cleaning the house or organizing cabinets and drawers it still feels messy.  Time to declutter and reorganize!

I've been reading the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.  In the book Marie discusses her passion for cleaning and how she discovered that the secret is not in organizing, but rather getting rid of all the unnecessary things in your home.

Clutter has always been a problem for me.  My (very small) room was always a mess growing up and, looking back, I can see now that it was because I had way too much stuff.  No matter how hard I worked to keep it clean it just never happened.

The same may be true for your home.  No cleaning schedule or organizing solution is going to make your home look clean if you're buried in extra clothes, books, toys and knick-knacks.

Have you ever noticed that the homes your see in magazines, on Pinterest and on TV all have one thing in common?  There is no extra stuff lying around.  There aren't piles of clothes in laundry baskets, toys thrown everywhere or cabinets packed full of random canned goods.  They don't have 80 spatulas.  They don't hoard plastic bottles, because they're planning to make a sensory bottle with the kids at some point.

Of course, you have to be reasonable.  You can't throw everything out, but you can get rid of the excess so you have less to organize and fewer items to pickup every day.

Decluttering can be simple.  After reading Marie's book I know I've been overthinking the process.  Here are four simple steps to getting started decluttering your home and life--

1. Choose one category to focus on rather than one room.  

Pick one thing and go through it entirely before moving onto something else.  I started with clothes.  Instead of just pulling out random things to get rid of I went through every single item all in one day. This is probably one of the best pieces of advice Marie gives.  It seems simple, but I do tend to multi-task.

2. Do you really need it or love it?  

I have a bad habit of holding onto things that I maybe might possible need or want one day.  I won't.  When I went through my clothes I got rid of nearly everything.  10 garbage bags in total!  There were so many items that I really didn't like that much.

3. Get rid of it right away!  

Don't wait to throw things out or donate them.  If there are a few items you're on the fence about then set them aside for a little while, but everything else needs to go.  Having piles of garbage and donations lying around will only add to the clutter and chaos in your home.

You also don't want anyone digging through it and pulling stuff back out.  My mom used to dig things out of the trash and put them back in my room all.the.time.  "Yes, Mom... I really do need that magic dateable.  What was I thinking?!"

4. Organize after you've gone through a category completely.  

Don't start organizing during the process.  Organize your closet and dresser after you've gotten rid of all the excess.  Trying to do this in the middle will only distract you from the task at hand- getting rid of things.  Organizing will be much easier once you see what you have.

Simple!  Don't overthink the process.  Just pick one category and go through it entirely: clothing, books, CDs, toys, food, paperwork, etc.  The less clutter you have the cleaner and more organized your home will feel!  I highly recommend Marie's book.  I think it's a good way to get yourself in the mood and give you clear direction.  (This is not a sponsored post- I just really like the book and her advice.)


Donations + FREE Printable!

While you're getting rid of things don't forget to make a list and keep it as a record for your taxes!  Yes, you can write off donations on your taxes so long as they are made to approved organizations and you have a receipt.  I donated my clothing to the Salvation Army.  You'll need to have a record of the items you donated so you can calculate an approximate value.  I was actually able to schedule a curbside pickup with Salvation Army.



Use this printable to make a list and make note of the date and value of your donation along with the company you donated to.  Keep this list for your records and don't forget to take it with you when you file your taxes!

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Do you have any tips or strategies for decluttering you'd like to share?  Comment below and let others know of ways you've managed to cut down on clutter.