You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

You Can’t Meal Plan without Knowing What You Have

Is meal planning on your list of resolutions? If not, it should be. Meal planning saves you time, save you money, and saves your sanity on busy weeknights. It can be tempting to just jump in and pick out 7 recipes for the week, write them down in your planner, and call it a day. Unfortunately if you do it that way you will never be successful. You will go to make one of your meals, realize you are all out of the milk you need to make it, and promptly call the pizza man. You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

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You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

 

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You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

Create Your Inventory

 

Step 1

Print out your pantry and freezer inventory.

 

You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

Step 2

Write down what you have in your pantry and freezer in the itemized areas on the sheets.

Tips:

  • Remember to include your quantities in the square provided when filling out your inventories.
  • I like to write down the number I currently have in the first box then mark it out and update it as ingredients get used. (See picture above for reference.)

Step 3

Decide on some freezer meals that you can make. Prepare those meals and add them to the “meal” section on your freezer inventory sheet.

Tips:

 

You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

Meal Planning Tips

Now that you know exactly what ingredients and meals you have, you are ready to start meal planning. There are many different ways to do this so I’ll share specifics in another post. For now, I want to share some extra tips that make meal planning easier for my family.

Breakfast and Lunch

Don’t forget about breakfasts and lunches when meal planning. Even if you don’t typically eat these meals at home they will affect your meal plan. For instance, if you don’t pack a lunch to work each day then you will need to make a plan for your leftovers. This can be as easy as planning a leftovers night for one of your dinners. You can also incorporate leftovers into a brand new meal later in the week.

Group Meal Items Together

There is nothing more frustrating than going to make a planned dinner and finding that someone in your family has eaten one of the ingredients. Prevent this by grouping meal items together in a labeled basket in your pantry. For example, if you need rice noodles, coconut milk, and peanuts for Tuesday’s dinner place them all together in a small basket labeled “Tuesday”. Next, simply let your family know that items in the labeled baskets are off-limits for snacking.

Get Creative

Instead of running out to purchase an item you’re missing, get creative. See if something else you have on hand will work as a substitute. Here is a pin with common ingredient substitutes to help you out. Also, don’t forget that most veggies can be swapped for any other with only a small change in flavor. Most proteins can also be switched (or ommitted altogether).  I substitue ground turkey for ground beef all of the time.

Pre-Portion Leftovers

I am a firm believer that the easier you make leftovers to eat the higher the probability that they will. Instead of dumping leftovers into large containers after dinner, pre-portion them into smaller containers. When you or your family members need a quick, single-serving meal these pre-portioned containers can be heated up. This will also make lunches a breeze whether you eat at home or pack them for work.

 

You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

Now that you have your pantry/freezer inventory you are ready to save money and time with meal planning. Don’t forget to keep updating your inventory as you use items and meals. This will help you save money by keeping items from going to waste as well as keep you from eating out due to convenience. Before you go, tell me, what is the biggest money-waster for your family when it comes to food? Let me know in the comments!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

DIY Leather Charging Cord Organizer

How many times has your husband asked you where his charger is? If you don’t know, then one of you is digging through a drawer of cords hoping to find an extra one that fits his phone. It’s frustrating and eats up valuable time that you don’t have. Save time and energy by storing your chargers in a DIY leather charging cord organizer. The adjustable leather cord holds your charging cords and wall adapters to keep everything organized in one place. It makes traveling easier because you can grab it and go, confident that you have what you need. Additionally, it is so easy to make that it is a perfect DIY gift!

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Materials

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 1

Trim a piece of scrap leather into a rectangle. It can be any size you like but I recommend no smaller than 12 inches by 5 inches.

Tip:

  • You can be a precise as you would like but don’t feel like you have to be. Having some irregularities adds a more rustic touch to your organizer.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 2

Punch a hole in the center edge of the right side of your rectangle.

Note:

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 3

Fold your leather in half lengthwise and cut notches every two inches with your scissors. Make sure that you have an odd number of notches that are large enough to thread your leather cording through.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 4

Unfold your leather and thread your cording through. Start by threading the cord through your punched hole and next continue weaving back and forth through the notches.

Tip:

  • Only leave enough of the leather cording through the punched hole to secure it to your organizer. The excess cording should be at the opposite end.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 5

Push your brad through the punched hole with the prongs coming through the inside of your organizer. Fold out the prongs over the cording to secure them.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 6

Place a few stitches through your organizer and cording end at the brad to secure the cording thoroughly. You don’t want it pulling out when you tighten the cord around your chargers.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 7

Cut a small square of leather out of a piece that you trimmed off in step 1.

 

Step 8

Center the leather square over the cording and brad on the inside of your organizer.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 9

Secure the leather square into place by sewing a whipstitch around the edges.

Tip:

  • For a cleaner look, do not stitch all of the way through your organizer. Instead thread about halfway into your organizer leather and pull back up through your leather square. This is so that your stitches are not visible on the outside of your organizer.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 10

Lastly, add your charging cords and adapters and tighten your cording.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 11

Roll up your DIY leather charging cord organizer and wrap the excess cording around the outside to secure.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

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This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This is such an easy and inexpensive way to organize all of your chargers in one place. You can change the look to fit your style by using a different color of leather for your organizer or cording. A DIY leather charging cord organizer is also a perfect DIY gift for the guys in your life. It is handsome and practical to delight even the most difficult men to shop for. If you want to make one for everyone on your gift list, opt for buying a yard of leather instead of using a scrap piece. Then you can cut all of your organizers at once and have enough to make them in bulk! I’d love to hear who you would make yours for. Let me know in the comments!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

5 Tips to Dominate Your To-Do List

Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? Does it seem to grow larger each day and leave you feeling like you’ve gotten nothing accomplished at the end of the day? I have absolutely been there. Then I found a set of sticky notes in the Dollar Spot at Target that totally transformed my to-do list. They simply said “Top Five” followed by a colorful, numbered list. It was an “Ah-ha!” moment. Instead of trying to conquer a giant list of tasks, I started focusing on 5 each day. I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing my 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

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Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

 

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Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

1. Use a Planner

It is so important to use a planner. To truly rock your to-do list, use a paper one. This forces you to physically write down your obligations and plans. This increases the retention of those plans in your memory. Find out how to best organize your planner to make it work extra hard for you.

Bonus:

  • Use a wall calendar, too. Write in important events and dates. This serves 2 purposes, one being that those events will be further imprinted on your memory. The second purpose is to help keep your family organized along with you. Instead of hearing, “Mom, what time’s my soccer game on Saturday?” your child can look at the family wall calendar.

 

Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

2. Create an Ongoing To-Do List

You also want to create an ongoing to-do list. This can be listed in your planner, on your phone, or in a separate notebook. Put it somewhere convenient that you will have easy access to. Any time that you think of something you need to do such as make a birthday gift or clean your coffee maker, put it on your list. Don’t limit yourself to small tasks. Include bigger ones like re-landscaping or decluttering your clothes. (The picture above is actually my ongoing post list because I keep my to-do list digitally.)

 

Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

3. Pick Your Top 5

This is THE most important thing you can do to dominate your to-do list! Each night before you go to bed pick the top 5 tasks that you want to complete the next day. Those tasks take priority over anything else on your to-do list. Even if the rest of your schedule has to change due to unexpected events popping up, do these 5 things.

Optional:

I try to choose my top 5 each day based on categories: cleaning, work, home, family, and self. This helps ensure that no area of my life falls between the cracks. A sample top 5 list using these categories is:

  • Cleaning: Wipe Down Baseboards
  • Work: Write Blog Post
  • Home: Make Freezer Meals
  • Family: Read with Kids
  • Self: 20 Minutes of Yoga

 

Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

4. Delegate

Stop trying to do it all. Enlist your family’s help where you can. Give your kids daily chores to help with the housework. Let your husband take over some of the weekly errands. This is one that I still struggle with. I think most moms do. We want to believe that we can do it all but we can’t. Even single mothers can’t do it all. Enlisting help from friends and family is necessary to be at your best and get everything on your list done.

 

Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

5. Start with the Worst

Always start on your to-do list with the task you dread the most. This is fluid, meaning it will change from day-to-day and also as you change and grow. If you are just starting to get in shape, exercise will be a dreaded task but as you become fit, you will start looking forward to it. Dishes are more likely to be dreaded on the day you are throwing a birthday party than they are on a regular day. Starting with the worst task on your list each day make the rest of your to-do list easier.

 

Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

Now you can dominate your to-do list every single day. Even better is that by sticking to your top 5 like glue, you will see that ongoing to-do list getting shorter. That always creates an awesome sense of accomplishment. If you have larger goals that you need help tackling you can find that help right here. You’ll get the tools you need to conquer every goal you set by breaking it down into smaller, more-manageable goals.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams? Take heart. Hanging toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

Hanging Toothbrush Organizers from Thrifted Frames

There is no law stating that organization has to be ugly or hidden. In fact, the more aesthetically pleasing your systems are the higher likelihood that you will use them. If your budget limits you from buying the Pottery Barn organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These hanging toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution. This month I’ve paired up again with a group of awesome and creative ladies to bring you the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. We create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild! 

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Thrift Store DecorUpcycle Challenge 2

Amanda | The Kolb Corner      Chelc| Inside the Fox Den     
Erlene | My Pinterventures     Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main    
Debra | Shoppe No. 5      Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    
Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    
Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things        
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek     Ann | Duct Tape and Denim     Sherry | Savvy Apron   

You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!


 

If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

 

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If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

Materials

  • 2 5×7 Wooden Thrift Store Frames
  • Blue Acrylic Paint
  • 2 Metal Scrollwork Votive Holders
  • 1 Sheet Yellow Cardstock
  • Mod Podge
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks (or E6000)

 

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Step 1

First, clean and disassemble your frames. Sand them if necessary.

Note:

  • I chose not to sand mine because there was no lacquer on the wood. If yours do, I recommend sanding.

 

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Step 2

Set up a protected surface on which to work and paint your first coat of blue paint on your frames.

Step 3

Set the frames off to the side to dry. Next, clean the glass panes removed from the frames if you are using them.

Note:

  • I didn’t use the glass but, in the interest of full transparency, I had originally planned to. Unfortunately, I am the clumsiest woman alive. I tripped on the extremely flat floor of my office and busted one of the panes on the back of my desk chair. Since I didn’t have a replacement, I was forced to work with what I had. I still love how these turned out despite the absence of glass.

 

If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

Step 4

Trace your cardboard inserts on your yellow cardstock.

Tip:

  • Trace each insert individually. Although both frames are 5×7, the fact that they are thrifted can mean size variations. Make your life easier by tracing each insert separately from the start.

 

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Step 5

Cut your traced images out of the cardstock.

Note:

  • If using the glass panes, skip to step 10 now.

 

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Step 6

Place a coat of Mod Podge onto your cardboard insert.

 

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Step 7

Immediately set your matching yellow cut-out on top.

 

If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

Step 8

Cover the top of the paper with another coat of Mod Podge to seal it. Allow it to dry.

 

If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

Step 9

Repeat steps 6 through 8 for your second cardboard insert.

 

If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

Step 10

Next, put a second coat of paint on your frames. Allow the paint to dry completely.

 

If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

Step 11

Once your frames (and inserts) are dry reassemble them.

 

If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

Step 12

Find the seam on one votive holder and run a line of hot glue down it.

 

Step 13

Next, attach the votive holder to the bottom center of the inside of your frame (where the picture would be).

Tips:

  • Working fast will allow you to slide the votive holder so that it is pressed against the inside bottom lip of the frame.
  • If you use electric toothbrushes instead of manual, use E6000 in place of the hot glue. This will create a stronger hold, allowing it to support the extra weight. Make sure that you allow the E6000 to dry for 24 hours before using your frames.

 

If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

Step 14

Repeat step 13 with your second frame. Once every element is completely dry, hang on your bathroom wall and enjoy!

 

Can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams? Take heart. Hanging toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

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Be sure to check out all of the other creative upcycle projects my fellow bloggers have come up with!


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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
It is so important to organize personal information now. You will always know exactly where the information you need is located when you follow these steps.

Organize Personal Information Now

There is nothing more frustrating than needing an important document and not being able to find it. If you don’t have your information organized chances are this is a frustration you deal with frequently. When you are enrolling kids in school, getting a passport, or doing a myriad of other things you need your personal and medical documents. You also want to make sure that you are always prepared for unexpected emergencies. That is why it is so important for you to organize personal information now and these tips will help you do just that.

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It is so important to organize personal information now. You will always know exactly where the information you need is located when you follow these steps.

 

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It is so important to organize personal information now. You will always know exactly where the information you need is located when you follow these steps.

Pick Your Storage

This is the easiest part of organizing your important information. Choose how you are going to store. You can use a binder for this but you may have to have multiple, itemized binders to hold all of the information you need to store. You can also use a file box, which is what I now use. Not only is this portable, it is also helps keep your paperwork under control because you only have a limited space in which to store it.

I don’t recommend using a large file cabinet for your staple documents (like birth certificates) because of portability. If you watch Agents of the Shield, picture when they make a “large file transfer” and toss the huge file cabinet out the window. This is great for television but not so much for family emergencies. If you want to use a file cabinet for storage be sure to only store paperwork you wouldn’t need immediately following an emergency in it and use something smaller to store the emergency information so you can grab and go. To recap, here are the 3 common storage options:

  • Binders – Can require multiple binders to store all of your information.
  • File Box – Perfect for portability and reigning in paper clutter.
  • File Cabinet – Holds a lot of paperwork but is not portable in emergencies.

 

It is so important to organize personal information now. You will always know exactly where the information you need is located when you follow these steps.

What to Include

The information and items you want to include will vary by individual families. However, everything you need to store will fall into 4 basic categories: personal, career, home/vehicle, and financial. To help you out, here are some basic examples of what to include broken down by category.

Personal

  • Birth Certificates
  • Social Security Cards
  • Passports
  • Marriage License/Paperwork
  • Adoption Paperwork
  • Health Insurance Information
  • Medical Records
  • Power of Attorney Paperwork

Career

  • Recent Pay Stubs
  • Employment Contract – This is important in case there are any mix-ups down the road about what was agreed to when you were hired or promoted including pay rate, hours, and vacation time.
  • Military Paperwork – This includes items such as LES (Leave and Earnings Statement), orders, and a drill schedule if serving in the Guard or Reserve.

Home/Vehicle

  • Vehicle Titles
  • Vehicle Insurance Paperwork
  • Home Insurance/Warranty Information
  • Home Appliance Receipts
  • Work and Improvement Receipts and Contracts – This includes if you hire a lawn care company, have new windows installed, or have your basements sealed for water. If anything were to go wrong or the work is not up to par, you want to have easy access to this information.

Financial

  • 401K or other Retirement Information
  • Savings Bonds
  • Checking and Savings Account Information
  • Investments
  • Previous Years’ Tax Documents
  • Bills and Payments
  • Cancelled Checks and Carbon Copies

 

It is so important to organize personal information now. You will always know exactly where the information you need is located when you follow these steps.

Safety Tips

It is always a good idea to back up your information. Scan in copies of birth certificates, social security cards, and other personal documents. You also want to keep digital copies of your tax returns and military orders. In addition to saving digital copies here are a couple more tips for keeping your information safe:

  1. Keep additional copies of birth certificates in a secondary safe place in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. Ask a parent or trusted family member to store the copies for you or rent a safe deposit box at your bank.
  2. You should never store your social security card in your wallet. A thief will have everything he or she needs to steal your identity between your driver’s license and social security card.

 

It is so important to organize personal information now. You will always know exactly where the information you need is located when you follow these steps.

It is so important to organize personal information now. You will always know exactly where the information you need is located when you follow these steps.

Know exactly where the information you need is located when you follow the steps above. Take the time to organize your information now and you will be prepared with the paperwork your kids will need for back to school. Make a hectic time of year a little easier for your family. In addition to that, you have also prepared for multiple emergencies by storing them in something you can carry out the door and by making it easy to procure replacements quickly when needed. Get more organizing tips before you go with Organizing Your Life A to Z.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Gorgeous decor doesn't have to cost a fortune. This beautiful upcycled thrift store tray is perfect on your coffee table or as a serving tray for parties!

Upcycled Thrift Store Tray

It’s that time again! I’ve paired up today with 19 other talented ladies to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild! This month I’m bringing you this beautiful upcycled thrift store tray. You can check out last month’s challenge where I made this Bathroom Organizer as well as see everyone else’s awesome upcycles.

Meet the Hosts

Thrift Store DecorUpcycle Challenge

Amanda | The Kolb Corner      Chelc| Inside the Fox Den
Erlene | My Pinterventures     Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main
Debra | Shoppe No. 5      Shirley | Intelligent Domestications
Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Channell | Hobnail House
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek     Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea     Sherry | Savvy Apron     Stacy | Anastasia Vintage

You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!


 

Gorgeous decor doesn't have to cost a fortune. This beautiful upcycled thrift store tray is perfect on your coffee table or as a serving tray for parties!

 

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Gorgeous decor doesn't have to cost a fortune. This beautiful upcycled thrift store tray is perfect on your coffee table or as a serving tray for parties!

Materials

  • Thrift Store Tray
  • White Latex Paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Drill
  • Fine Grit Sand Paper
  • Decorative Rope

 

Gorgeous decor doesn't have to cost a fortune. This beautiful upcycled thrift store tray is perfect on your coffee table or as a serving tray for parties!

Gorgeous decor doesn't have to cost a fortune. This beautiful upcycled thrift store tray is perfect on your coffee table or as a serving tray for parties!

Step 1

Paint your entire tray with white latex paint.

Tip:

  • Because of the material of mine, I didn’t sand or prime it first. If you are using a tray made of a harder wood or one that is lacquered, you will want to do this first.

 

Gorgeous decor doesn't have to cost a fortune. This beautiful upcycled thrift store tray is perfect on your coffee table or as a serving tray for parties!

Step 2

Once your paint is dry, use your tray to measure out your contact paper. Remember that you want to make it smaller than the footprint of your tray so that it will fit on the inside of the tray.

 

Gorgeous decor doesn't have to cost a fortune. This beautiful upcycled thrift store tray is perfect on your coffee table or as a serving tray for parties!

Step 3

Pull back the edge of the backing on your contact paper (but do not completely remove it) and press the exposed edge of the paper to the inside of your tray. Smooth the rest onto your tray by peeling the backing off a little at a time and smoothing into place.

 

Gorgeous decor doesn't have to cost a fortune. This beautiful upcycled thrift store tray is perfect on your coffee table or as a serving tray for parties!

Gorgeous decor doesn't have to cost a fortune. This beautiful upcycled thrift store tray is perfect on your coffee table or as a serving tray for parties!

Step 4

Seal the bottom of your tray with Mod Podge.

Note:

  • I used the gloss version on this but it you are going for a different style, you may want to use Matte instead. It simply depends on your tastes.

Step 5

Using fine grit sandpaper, lightly sand the corners, edges, and sides of your tray to give it a distressed look.

 

Gorgeous decor doesn't have to cost a fortune. This beautiful upcycled thrift store tray is perfect on your coffee table or as a serving tray for parties!

Gorgeous decor doesn't have to cost a fortune. This beautiful upcycled thrift store tray is perfect on your coffee table or as a serving tray for parties!

Step 6

Drill 2 holes on either side of the tray roughly 3 inches apart. Make sure that the drill bit you choose makes a hole big enough for your rope to fit through.

 

Gorgeous decor doesn't have to cost a fortune. This beautiful upcycled thrift store tray is perfect on your coffee table or as a serving tray for parties!

Gorgeous decor doesn't have to cost a fortune. This beautiful upcycled thrift store tray is perfect on your coffee table or as a serving tray for parties!

Step 7

Thread your rope through the holes and knot each end.

 

Gorgeous decor doesn't have to cost a fortune. This beautiful upcycled thrift store tray is perfect on your coffee table or as a serving tray for parties!

Step 8

Trim off any excess at the end on the knots.

 

Gorgeous decor doesn't have to cost a fortune. This beautiful upcycled thrift store tray is perfect on your coffee table or as a serving tray for parties!

Gorgeous decor doesn't have to cost a fortune. This beautiful upcycled thrift store tray is perfect on your coffee table or as a serving tray for parties!

Gorgeous decor doesn't have to cost a fortune. This beautiful upcycled thrift store tray is perfect on your coffee table or as a serving tray for parties!

Gorgeous decor doesn't have to cost a fortune. This beautiful upcycled thrift store tray is perfect on your coffee table or as a serving tray for parties!

Gorgeous decor doesn't have to cost a fortune. This beautiful upcycled thrift store tray is perfect on your coffee table or as a serving tray for parties!

Gorgeous decor doesn't have to cost a fortune. This beautiful upcycled thrift store tray is perfect on your coffee table or as a serving tray for parties!

This upcycled thrift store tray turned out so much different than I expected but in the best way possible. There’s a really good chance that my family members are getting decorative trays for Christmas because I want to make more so bad! Before you go, don’t miss the projects from my fellow bloggers below. You can also find previous months’ hops on our Recycled Crafts page.


 

Be sure to check out all of the other creative upcycle projects my fellow bloggers have come up with!


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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Do yourself a favor and make your closet an organized oasis. These tips will help guide you so you can organize your hall closet!

Tips to Organize Your Hall Closet

Your hall closet often gets dumped on. You may have taken the time to organize it when you first moved in but it has probably just continued to accumulate more and more stuff ever since. Do yourself a favor and make your hall closet an organized oasis. When everything you need is at your fingertips and everything you don’t is out of your way, you’ll have time to do the things you want instead of the things you have to. These tips to organize your hall closet will help guide you step-by-step to accomplish this.

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Do yourself a favor and make your closet an organized oasis. These tips will help guide you so you can organize your hall closet!

Define Purpose

Before you even begin organizing your hall closet you have to define what it will be used to store. When we living in a small, two bedroom apartment we didn’t have a pantry. We did, however, have a hall closet that I totally converted into a pantry. That was what we needed storage for at the time. Our house on the other hand has two hall closets. The smaller on the 2 is a linen closet and the larger one houses coats, hats, and outdoor toys like bubbles. Each of these closets was organized differently based on what they are storing. That is why you need to define your hall closet’s purpose before organizing it.

 

Do yourself a favor and make your closet an organized oasis. These tips will help guide you so you can organize your hall closet!

Choose Storage Options

You can absolutely spring for new items to organize your closet. If you would rather organize it on a budget, you can save money by using items you already own. If you are creative you can make storage options out of almost anything.

  • Small Dresser: If you have a small, shallow dresser available to use it is perfect for storing hats, gloves, and even sandals. This is an easy organization piece to put in your closet.
  • Cube Organizer: You already know that I am a HUGE fan of cube organizers (which are heavily featured in the craft room). They are simply so versatile. The hall closet is no exception. Throw one of these babies in your closet and have instant storage shelves.
  • Hanging Organizer: These are obviously great for clothes but they are also perfect for creating a removable pantry if you rent. You can store boxes on their sides for easy reach and maximum space utilization. You can also store pantry items such as rice, beans, and similar. (Little bonus tip: maximize your storage with a hanging organizer that has mesh pockets on the sides as well as the regular cubbies.)
  • Over-The-Door Shoe Organizer: These are another extremely versatile piece of storage. We use one that I cut in half on the door to our linen closet because it isn’t a standard size door. This has made finding Band-Aids (like the ones on our monkeys), deodorant, and sunblock for the zoo a breeze!

 

Do yourself a favor and make your closet an organized oasis. These tips will help guide you so you can organize your hall closet!

Organize It

Now that you know what your hall closet is going to store and how it’s going to store it, it is time to actually organize it. There are four basic steps to an organized closet:

  1. EmptyTake everything out of your closet. Decide what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of. A super easy rule to help you decide what to keep is that anything you haven’t pulled out in a year (or worse, that you didn’t even remember you owned) goes.
  2. CleanChances are you have never taken the time to really clean your hall closet. Take this opportunity to clean it now. Sweep/vacuum the floor, wipe down the walls, and wipe down any built-in shelves. Give your stuff a freshly cleaned place to live.
  3. Storage – Add your storage piece to your closet.
  4. Put AwayNow, put all of the items you are keeping back into the closet. Remember to keep like items together and place items used less frequently in the hardest to reach areas. This leaves the areas at arm’s reach for the things you will need to get to on a daily or weekly basis.

 

Do yourself a favor and make your closet an organized oasis. These tips will help guide you so you can organize your hall closet!

Now you will have a hall closet that is not only storing all of your stuff but organized for easy access too. This will make finding the items you need when you need them super easy, freeing up your time to do the things you want (or possibly need) to do. Don’t forget to take your time and really think about what you need storage for. Your family might need a place to store coats and shoes but if you have a coat rack, maybe you would be better served organizing all of the board games in there for family game night. Make your storage work for you. If you’re looking for more ways to get organized, check out Organizing A-Z.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Upcycled Bathroom Organizer + Blog Hop

Thrift stores are the inspirational playgrounds of creatives. You go into these stores and it is like finding a cavern of pirate treasure. The bargain items transform in your mind. You aren’t seeing that kitschy little frame everyone else sees. You see a beautiful new jewelry organizer for your wall or an awesome new tray for your coffee table. That is why I am so excited to partner up with 19 other bloggers to make the Thrift Store Blog Hop a monthly feature! Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild! This month, get organized with this easy bathroom organizer.

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Meet the Hosts

Thrift Store DecorUpcycle Challenge

Amanda | The Kolb Corner      Chelc| Inside the Fox Den     
Erlene | My Pinterventures     Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main    
Debra | Shoppe No. 5      Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    
Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    
Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Channell | Hobnail House     
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek     Ann | Duct Tape and Denim      
Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea     Sherry | Savvy Apron     Stacy | Anastasia Vintage 

You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!


 

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

 

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Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Materials

 

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Step 1

Remove all of the hooks from your rack.

 

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Step 2

Remove the dowel holding the rack on. Next, pull apart the rest of the rack.

Tip:

  • The dowels may be glued together on one side. If that is the case, gently twist the dowels to loosen the glue before pulling out.

 

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Step 3

Cover the threads of your screws with blue painters tape. This will keep them protected while you paint them.

 

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

 

Step 4

Place the taped screws and hooks on some newspaper (or other paint-safe surface) in a well-ventilated area. Next, spray paint them.

 

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Step 5

While the spray paint is drying, sand all of the wooden pieces. Once you are done sanding, wipe down with a damp cloth to remove all of the residual dust.

 

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Step 6

Flip you hooks and rotate your screws on the newspaper. Hit them with another coat of spray paint.

 

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Step 7

Next, place your wooden pieces on some newspaper as well. Paint the pieces with your latex paint. Allow the first coat to dry.

Step 8

Cover your wooden pieces with a second coat of latex paint. Again, allow it to dry.

 

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Step 9

Reassemble the dowel piece of your thrift store rack. To do this, place a dab of wood glue in each hole and insert the dowels. Be sure to press firmly together. Allow your wood glue to dry.

 

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Step 10

Remove the painters tape from your screws.

 

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Step 11

Reattach your hooks to your wooden base.

Step 12

Finish putting your thrift store rack back together.

 

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Step 13

Hang your rack with your drill and enjoy!

 

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Get organized with this upcycled thrift store bathroom organizer! Then check out projects from 19 other bloggers at the monthly Thrift Store Blog Hop!

Now you have some awesome new storage for your bathroom. Store your towels on it or place some baskets on it for other items. You can add even more storage by hanging some additional cute baskets from the hooks. Throw extra toilet paper, hand towels, or other important items in them. Now you’ll have all of your necessities at your fingertips. Before you go, check out the other awesome thrift store projects from my friends below!



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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

Organizing Your Planner and a Birthday Party

The busier you get the faster time seems to go. If you’re not organizing your time, you are losing it. A planner is the best, and might I say prettiest, way to organize your time. However, a planner can help with more than just your schedule. If you’re like me, you operate best when everything is in one place. To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday, here are my tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

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To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

 

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To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

Your Planner

Choose a planner that works for you. My personal favorite is the Happy Planner which I have been using for a year now. There are a ton of reasons I love it but the biggest reasons are:

  1. It is easily expandable.
  2. It can be folded completely in half due to its unique disc system.

 

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Your Responsibilities

It is important to consider what your household responsibilities are when organizing your planner. If you take care of the cleaning and cooking in your household then you need sections in your planner for keeping track of these. With the Happy Planner, you actually have 2 options for achieving this.

  1. You can buy the Home Planner set which is what I have (and totally recommend).
  2. With their awesome punch, you can create your own. Simply design you planning and organizational pages. Next, punch them and place in your planner.

 

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

Accessories

Let’s be fair: the accessories are the most fun part of your planner. They make it unique. They make it yours. Some of the accessories I use are:

  • Dashboards – These are a unique idea from Create 365. They are plastic inserts that are perfect for sticky notes and to-do lists.
  • Pocket Folders – Frankly, I feel like these are a must. You definitely want folders in your planner to help you organize.
  • Washi Tape – While not a necessity, washi tape makes organizing easier and prettier. I use it to block large events such as when Hubs goes to drill or when we go on vacation.
  • Sticky Notes – Create 365 actually creates ones that are perfectly compatible with your Happy Planner. These are handy for a multitude of things such as your to-do list.
  • Colorful Pens – I’m a little OCD when it comes to my planner so I use colorful pens to color-coordinate tasks and appointments.

 

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

Your Sections

At the very least, you should have monthly and weekly calendars. Put your important events on the monthly calendar so you can see everything at a glance. It is important to note that you need to make sure you move these items to your weekly calendar as soon as they come up. You don’t want to plan out your week and forget about an obligation you have.

 

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

Case

A case for your planner makes the entire organizational process so much easier. That is the one regret that I have. I wish I would have bought my planner case sooner. It is so convenient to have all of my supplies in one place. I’ll show you how I organize my case in a later post but for now, trust me, this is definitely worth the investment.

 

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

A Peek Inside My Planner

My planner has to work overtime for me. I tried having separate planners for both my blog and my personal life but it just didn’t work for me. I need everything in one place. That’s another reason that I love my Happy Planner. Now, I am more effective because everything is organized and at my fingertips.

 

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

My Dashboards

  • I use 2 of my 3 dashboards. One holds post ideas that I want to write. The other holds appointment sticky notes and the tops items on my to-do list.

 

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

Monthly Calendar

  • Those post ideas I talk about on my dashboards? I put those on my monthly calendar. This is excellent for bloggers especially. It allows you to rearrange your editorial calendar as necessary. For example, if a sponsored post comes up.

 

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

Weekly Calendar

  • On the weekly calendar, I lay out my daily schedule. It is important not to do this more than a week in advance because of how quickly things on your schedule can change. The Happy Planner allows me to block my activities and responsibilities into morning, afternoon, and evening categories. This is incredibly helpful when blocking things such as doctor’s appointments and kids’ activities onto the weekly calendar.

Cleaning Schedule

  • I love the daily cleaning checklist that comes with the Home Planner set. There is plenty of room for me to add my own cleaning tasks and the basic ones already included are helpful and relevant. This can be a life-saver for staying on top of the household clutter.

Meal Planner

  • The last important section I include in my planner is the meal planner. It has a calendar for scheduling your meals and it also have an itemized shopping list. We like to have use a dry erase board on the fridge for our grocery list so, instead, I use the shopping list to keep track of what we have available for meals. It is my pantry and freezer list.

 

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

The Home Planner set also includes a budget section. If you do yours on pen and paper, this is excellent. I keep track of ours electronically so this isn’t a section used in my planner. One last thing I want to point out is that your can get expander rings to enlarge your planner (you can see mine in the photos above). These are perfect when you need a lot of items in your planner, like me. Whew! That was a lot of information to cover and those are just the highlights. It is time for the birthday celebration, though, so here it is! Help celebrate the One Year Anniversary of DIY Adulation where you could get the gifts. Enter for your chance to win the basic necessities to start organizing your time and responsibilities below!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Organizing gifts and wrapping is one of the best organizing features for saving money. Find out why and how to do it here!

Organizing Gifts and Wrapping

You have a ton of options when it comes to organizing your gifts and wrapping. Some lucky ladies have the space for an entire gift wrap station! If you are anything like me, you simply don’t have that kind of space available to you. Don’t let that keep you from keeping your gifts and wrapping organized. There are plenty of space-saving products you can buy or DIY’s you can make that will help you. Stay on top of organizing gifts and wrapping to make last minute gifts for birthdays, holidays, and hostesses.

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Wrapping

We save gift bags in our house because, frankly, the idea of getting rid of something used so briefly seems wasteful to me. The caveat is to make sure you use them. Don’t let them take up precious storage space if you are still going to go out and buy new each time you need one. Only you know yourself well enough to make this decision but if you don’t keep them, consider donating them to a store like Goodwill instead of trashing them.

Wrapping is a trickier one. Unless you buy enough gifts for every occasion to use an entire roll of wrapping paper, you will need to create a system for storing the leftovers. Having an organizational system in place also saves you money by allowing you to stock up when gift wrap is on sale (like the paper used to cover these storage boxes). There are a lot of options for this so I’m only going to share my favorite store-bought options and the system that we use.

  • Over-the-Door Organizer (Fabric or Wire)These are a great way to keep your stock in check because while convenient for storage, these take up limited space. With a smaller containment area, you know when you start accumulating too much and you can donate excess.
  • Free-Standing Organizer (Fabric or Plastic) These allow you to choose a larger size that will still fit within the space you have designated for storage. These are also good if you want to have 2 separate storage containers (typically one for Christmas and one for other occasions).
  • DIYIf it’s not in the budget to buy new organizers, there are a ton of options to make you own. You can also find a free drawer in your craft room or entertainment center if you have ones large enough.

I have personally used, or have family that uses, the above organizers for gift wrap. However, currently we use the closet side of an antique armoire my Papa gave us. This allows everything to be stored without fear of damage and also as the one-stop party supplies station. This will be shared in a later post.

 

Organizing gifts and wrapping is one of the best organizing features for saving money. Find out why and how to do it here!

Supplies

When creating a space for organizing gift wrap, don’t forget to have an area for supplies as well. A hanging organizer is great for this if you are going the DIY route for your wrapping. Another option is to place supplies in a Ziplock bag and poke a metal hanger through the top for easy hanging. Supplies to remember to include with your gift wrap is:

 

Organizing gifts and wrapping is one of the best organizing features for saving money. Find out why and how to do it here!

Gifts

This is an organizational area that many people don’t consider. However, if you are looking to save money, I highly recommend having a system for storing gift deals you find all year long. We use a large plastic storage container for this (the lid broke but I didn’t want to throw out the container since it was still usable). You can start saving money on your gifts by following these three easy steps:

  1. Find an area safe from the prying fingers and eyes of your family (namely, the tiny humans that live with you).
  2. Throughout the year, as you find incredible deals on gifts and toys, you can purchase them and store them for later.
  3. Pull these out if you need a gift for an unexpected birthday party, a hostess gift, or knock out Christmas gifts early to decrease the monetary burden around the holidays.

Not only will this system save you time, it will also save you money. If you choose to use your gift organizing system for Christmas gifts, make sure you keep a list that allows you to keep track of what you have bought and for whom.

Organizing gifts and wrapping is one of the best organizing features for saving money. You will see a huge savings if you are able to set up a system for organizing gifts throughout the year. Once you are done with this area, be sure to come back and get ideas for organizing your life from A to Z.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.