Organized

Want to Get Organized?

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Getting and staying organized is a huge challenge for anyone with a busy life.  Between blogging, projects, and the daily ‘mom’ obligations, staying organized is definitely one of my biggest challenges too. 

What about you?  Do you struggle with staying organized?  Do you want to declutter your home, but don’t know where to start?  Whether your home needs a complete organizational overhaul, or you have just a room or two that is outside of your clutter comfort zone, here’s an opportunity to discover how to create an organized space you’ll love.

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This weekend, my lovely sponsor Simplify 101 is offering two readers a spot in the online workshop Organizing 101 ~ the opportunity for a fresh start!  

In Organizing 101, you’ll learn basic organizing concepts, plus you’ll uncover the reasons why your past efforts may not be working.  The workshop is packed with motivation, inspiration, and most importantly, the tools you need to get organized once and for all and just in time for back to school.  Here’s a sneak peek 2 minute video that gives you the skinny on what you can expect in this workshop. 

Spread out over six weeks, you’ll have plenty of time to review the materials that provide answers to your pressing organizational issues.   You’re free to review the weekly materials on your own time over the six weeks, online or in PDF format, or even in MP3 format.  

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You’ll have the support of a professional organizer to answer questions, plus a friendly online community, you can take action and organize your home. 

The kind folks at Simplify 101 are offering two lucky readers a free spot in the Organizing 101 online workshop – a $75 dollar value, starting this upcoming week.      

Eligibility to win one of two free spots in the Organizing 101 workshop:

1)  Leave a comment simply describing your biggest organizational challenge !  

2) For a second chance to win, either link to this giveaway on Facebook OR tweet this giveaway with a link on Twitter, and then leave a second comment telling me where you mentioned this giveaway (FB or Twitter). 

Giveaway ends Monday August 9th at 8 p.m. PST ~ two winners chosen by Random.org. 

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If you’d like more tips on organizing your home or office top to bottom, sign up for Simplify 101’s organizing newsletter right here !   You can also follow the blog and get even more daily tips.

GOOD LUCK and HAPPY WEEKEND !

 

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Go Right Ahead and Paint That Laminate

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

We’ve owned this laminate and particle board media center for about fifteen years.  It was purchased in the leaner years from a discount furniture store.   Back in the 90s, we used it in our family room to store all of our media equipment, but then we eventually moved it to the kids’ play space.  For the longest time (like most moms) I was just grateful for the storage it brought me and I didn’t care what color it was.

Then all of a sudden I just couldn’t take it anymore.  I was staring at the faux maple laminate last week and I decided the day had come.  It was time to paint it!  It’s not that I don’t like blonde wood, I just don’t like faux blonde wood.  It’s the fakeness that bothers me.

So it was time to rid my world of the maple tone and give it a fresh coat of white paint.  This is a relatively sturdy piece, so rather than go out and buy a new system, or build one myself, I determined the best way to save it was to simply paint it.  The best part of all is, I changed the look of this piece in 48 hours!

Here’s the Before:

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Here’s the After:

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Here’s how I painted my laminate storage center.   

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Building a Custom Memo Board

Friday, March 12th, 2010

I cannot keep track of all of the school calendars, memos, and tiny pieces of paper that bombard me on a daily basis.  I live for memo boards as a place to display all those reminders of things I need to do or people I need to call.  If it’s not staring me in the face, I’ll just forget about it.  Memo boards help to keep me sane organized.

Back in January, I mentioned the need for more organization in my mud room.  Actually it’s not really a mud room, just a wee hallway and closet back by the garage door.  I like to pretend it’s loftier space than it is and call it a ‘mud room’.

The easiest way to make a memo board is to find a bulletin board in the size you want and cover it with fabric.  Well I’m a troublesome creature and after a search, I couldn’t find a frame in the exact size I wanted, so I decided to just build a tall narrow memo board to fit the hall space.

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nail heads in memo board

 

Supplies:

2’ x 4’ thin plywood from Lowes or home improvement store

Fabric and batting to size

Ribbon

Trim molding

Caulk or spackle

‘D’ Ring hooks

Nail heads

Finish nails

Tools:

SkilSaw

Mallet

Staple gun

Pliers

Hammer

Sawhorses (optional)

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