Organize Your Life in Style

Organize in Style

I love all things organization!  I am always obsessed with finding the “perfect” day planner and just the right pencil cup for my desk.  Most people struggle with organizing their homes, schedules, and lives and are always looking for help.  While there are countless articles and books to read, products to buy, and professionals to hire (like myself).  The number one most important thing I have learned by organizing for myself and others is that you must have systems that work for you and that you like!!  If you have baskets set up and labeled in your linen closet but you don’t love how they look you will not try to use them and keep things put away.  If all of your makeup is beautifully organized in drawers with a great system you will never put it back if it is not convenient with your routine.

When trying to get organized you must at least like the system you are trying to use.  That being said I can’t stress enough that you absolutely do NOT have to spend a lot of money to achieve this.  Check out sites like Pinterest, Craftgawker, or any of the amazing blogs out there and you will find lots of inspiration for organizing on the cheap (this is how I do it in my own house).  So here are some home organization products or DIYs that I think you will love:

Home Management Filing System: I love, love, love this system for organizing paper clutter!  Clean up the kitchen counter or table, and get a handle on mail, bills, etc…  With her system you will never pay a bill late again!

 

How to Organize a Small Home Office: I can truly appreciate this post!  My office is a very weird “extra” room in my house that also serves as my closet, dressing room, craft room, extra storage, etc…

small office

 

Organizing Made Easy: Great roundup of tips from all over the Web.  I love this list because it shares tips for organizing all of those little things you can’t seem to find a home for!

organizing-made-easy

Hopefully in these posts with hundreds of awesome organization ideas you can find a few that will work for you and your situation.  Always be thinking:

  • Will I want to use this system every day?
  • Is this convenient for me?  Is what I use regularly accessible to me?
  • Does it “fit” with how I want my home to look and feel?

I hope this helps but if you have any questions feel free to ask me!!  Do you have any resources you have found work for you?  Did any of these tips or tricks help??

 

 

Weekly Reading List June 1st

Weekly Reading List

Starting today every Sunday I will share my favorite articles and finds from around the Internet.  I find so much great stuff throughout the week I wanted to share it here with you!  I will include tips, DIYs, shopping, helpful stuff, and informative resources.  What did you find this week?  Have you read any of this too?

Journaling Ideas:

1. April at Blacksburg Belle has a post (it isn’t new but it is to me) of 50 Art Journal Prompts, I am working on a summer journal challenge over at Oh My! Handmade Goodness and this list is super helpful.  You can find her list here.  If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, please do!

2. As an avid crocheter I love this idea from Ruby Murrays Musings about crocheting your journal!!!

Crochet Edged Journal

Recipes:

I think this recipe for Apple Nachos from Taste of Home needs no explanation.  Just look at the picture! Yumm!

Apple Nachos

 

This is another one that looks just too good!  Baked French Toast from the Amazing Pioneer Woman

Baked French Toast

 

 

Things I Want to Try:

I have a Pinterest board of “Projects To Work On”.  It is one of those places I throw all the things I want to try ASAP and then… never get to!  But I am still gonna keep on finding stuff and now I will share it with you!

I couldn’t find the source for this Flip Flop Wreath so if anyone knows where it came from please share it!!!  It is super cute and I think it would be pretty quick to put together.  You can find $.99 flip flops almost anywhere now.

Flip Flop Wreath

 

I have been admiring this lighted wall art from Craft Warehouse for a very long time.  I think it is beautiful and I love lighting and finding creative ways to use it.  Someday hopefully I will get around to making it.  I don’t think it would be that difficult…

Lighted Wall Art

 

I am obsessed with the printable bucket lists all over the internet.  I love love love them and have been collecting summer bucket lists for awhile now.  At the end of most summers I get very sad and think of all the stuff I haven’t done.  I think having a list like this could help eliminate this issue.  I am in the process of creating my own but in the mean time here is one I found that is great.

160 Summer Fun Ideas from the Crafty Chicks

Summer Fun Ideas

 

Hope you enjoyed!  Let me know if you try anything here I am very curious.  What did you read this week?

Crocheting Vs. Knitting

Crocheting or Knitting- (1)

I learned to knit as a young girl from my left handed mother. I should have known I would never get it 100%. However, up until about two years ago I only knew how to knit and I knit scarves and pillows as gifts. I could make these because they only involved making straight lines. One day I was curious about the art of crocheting, bought a hook and looked up a video on you tube. The internet is a great learning tool and between various blogs and online videos I was able to crochet whatever I can think of. This is what inspired me to open my Etsy shop. I became various curious about the two schools of fiber art and was curious about what people preferred and why so I put the question out to the social media world. These are just a few of the opinions about the subject. Please feel free to share your own thoughts.

Crochet
Pro’s
Quick
Easy to see progress
Flexible with making different shapes
Only one stitch on the hook
Easy to fix mistakes
Always something new to learn

Con’s
Not as “classic” as knitting
Many stitches to learn and remember

Knitting
Pro’s
Fabric and finished product looks better
More sophisticated look
More widely known by various people

Con’s
Time consuming
Hard to fix mistakes
Harder to adapt to different shapes
Less room for creativity

So what do you think? I have a very strong opinion about why I prefer crochet and most of the people I asked are in the crochet community. Knitters please come forward and tell my why knitting is better!

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