Tuesday, June 28, 2016

How to Help Your Teenager Get Work (Even If No One is Hiring)

Call it frustration or call it determination -- whatever you call it, I call it a mom on a mission! My 17 year old son CAN NOT find a paying job anywhere -- and I'm not alone. The jobs for teens are scarce or non-existent, at least where we live! So, we are taking matters into our own hands and we figured out a way to help my teenager get work, even though there was no one hiring!

How to Help Your Teenager Get Work (Even If No One is Hiring) :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Monday, June 20, 2016

5 Ways to Get a Better Night's Sleep

I am partnering with IKEA to share some of my best tips for the #First59 Campaign. 

How can you possibly get a better night's sleep? Well, for me, there are things that I do each day to help me ease my way into getting a better sleep! It might seem like simple ways, but they are definitely something that help me be calm. We've got a busy schedule some days and I try to consistently get to bed around the same time. 

5 Ways to Get a Better Night's Sleep :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

1. A comfy bed. If your bed is not comfortable, you won't get a good night's sleep. That seems pretty obvious, but there are simple ways to get comfortable with linens, the right pillow, even the right bed (like the BRIMNES that is full of storage underneath - which means less clutter around your bedroom). All these are simple ways to ensure you get better sleep.

IKEA Raskog for a nightstand :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

2. Dim the lights. Take time each night to lay in bed without the TV on or other electronics, just dim the lights using a small light like the JANSJO clip light, and read. Reading is such a great way to ease yourself into sleep. Whether you like to read fiction or a good biography or a magazine or maybe even journal about your day, this time spent can wind your mind down and prepare you to sleep.

3. Have things by your side. Having a nightstand stocked up with your favorite bedtime items is necessary - your clock or smart phone as your alarm clock, some of your favorite things, a book or journal, a diffuser for bedtime essential oils, and a small light. In my daughter's room, we've set up a nightstand using the R├ůSKOG utility cart. She has all her bedtime items on there to help her ease into her bedtime routine. 

IKEA Raskog for a nightstand :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

4. Set up for tomorrow. One thing that puts my mind at ease is getting my schedule figured out for the next morning - call it my organizing brain, but having my calendar organized and figured out for the next day gives me peace of mind.

5. Create a comfortable room. Soft colors in your bedroom have been shown to create a calmer mood to help ease you to sleep. Using wall art, like the PJATTERYD landscape photo, are calming and soothing. These can promote that relaxed feeling being in your bedroom. 

I definitely need a good night's sleep and I rarely have trouble falling and staying asleep. I really feel like these are a big part of why I sleep well. It's essential that you use your bedroom as a sanctuary, not a storage area or a place to collect your clutter. Keeping these ways in mind will surely help you to rest much easier! 

IKEA Raskog for a nightstand :: OrganizingMadeFun.com


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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

10 Last Minute Father's Day Gift Ideas

Oh no! Father's Day is on SUNDAY! That's just five days away! Have you forgotten about your dad or husband? Well, if you are JUST now thinking about it, don't fret! I've got you covered!

10 last minute father's day gift ideas :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Planning the Kitchen: How to Organize Your Budget

Last month, I let you in on a BIG secret that we're getting a new kitchen {thanks to the generosity of MasterBrand cabinets}. To say that I'm excited about getting a new kitchen is an understatement. I've never had a new kitchen or been able to pick out anything new before. We've been married almost 22 years and I've been content with all the kitchens passed to me and made them all as cute and nice as I could. 

My Kitchen Renovation Mood Board :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The BEST RV {and Camping} Organizing Products

Last year, when we bought our used RV, we planned on using it for multiple family get aways - and we have! We go away as many holiday weekends as we can, and we love every minute of RVing. We just got back from a wonderful trip this past weekend and I wanted to share some of the best products that we use while we're RVing. Many of these products are also great for camping, as well. So, be sure to share this with your camping friends! If you want to see more good stuff that we do while RVing, go to my Instagram #OMFRVmakeover hashtag and you'll get to see all kinds of fun stuff I post about it. 

The BEST RV {and Camping} Organizing Products :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Make The Most of Your Summer

I don't know about you but the past couple of months have been just crazy with all the end-of-school activities.  On the blog we've been busy as well and if you've missed any of our posts you can find them here.

  No matter what you have planned for the summer I am sure you are all in need of a little change of pace.  

If you are a little apprehensive about what  you're going to do with your kids on all those summer days with "nothing" to do, then I've got some tips for making the most of your time with them over the next two months!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Let Them Struggle a Bit

Yesterday was SIX years since I first started this blog. On May 26, 2010, I decided to give it a try. I'm somewhat amazed at what it's turned into! 

Today we're going to chat a little bit about parenting and organizing. Why? I have just noticed something going on whenever I read online - what is it? Parents who are afraid to let their kids struggle, to feel pain, to have disappointing days, to get out and experience things. Now, this is mostly my observations and opinions so you may completely disagree with me here, but I grew up experiencing disappointment, having to struggle, earn my way, and feeling pain. Some children, sadly, experience far more than others and I'm not talking about those. I'm dealing with organizing - yep, organizing, of course!

How to Get Kids to Do Hard Work :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tips to Improve your Nighttime Routine

I am partnering with IKEA to share some of my best tips for the #First59 Campaign. 

It's always been important in our home to have a nighttime routine. I've been a mom for nearly 17 years and STILL have the kids do a simple nighttime routine, and I have my own too! I have come up with 16 great ways to do that, using a few simple everyday products from IKEA and some creativity, to keep your mornings and evenings from becoming a nightmare! Today I'm going to share two of my tips, focusing on your nighttime routine. You can find all the tips from myself and other experts by going to IKEA's First59 page

Tips to Improve your Nighttime Routine :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

How to Freshen Up an Outdoor Candle

Summer is just about here and spring has been especially good to us this year - we've had a little bit of rain and lots of amazing weather. Well, living in Southern California, we've usually got good weather, but we also get lots of dirty smog and it can make things outside look awful! I have these lovely plastic, outdoor candles that I like to have on my deck to look pretty. But, they don't look so great! So, I made them pretty again!

Fix your outdoor candles this easily :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Friday, May 13, 2016

How to Properly Fold a T-Shirt

Years ago I showed you a method of folding shirts and it seems that everyone is now figuring out a similar method! I do this method with my kids, mine, and my husband's shirts. It makes things completely tidy, organized, and fits twice as many in your drawer! Wow! How is it done?

How to Properly Fold a T-Shirt :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

How to Organize with CARDBOARD - 11 Ways

When it comes to organizing, I'm a big fan of getting the most bang for your buck! Cardboard is one of those things we all seem to have around, for FREE, that we can use to organize! So, I've got 11 ways to organize using cardboard. 

How to Organize with CARDBOARD :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Friday, May 6, 2016

Why I'm Dreaming of a Black Kitchen

Disclosure: MasterBrand cabinets provided me the cabinets I used in this kitchen remodel. I bought the rest of the materials with my own money. The opinions I shared about using these materials are my own, and MasterBrand did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

Did you just say a BLACK kitchen? Yep, you read that right. Our home was built in 1947 and someone "updated" the kitchen around 1971 with some special homemade cabinets. Those cabinets have just about finished their life now...they are falling apart, the avocado green tile kitchen counters are cracked and broken. The kitchen has served us well the last ten years we've lived in this house. I've even painted all the cabinets in an attempt to give the kitchen a cuteness factor. It IS cute, but these cabinets are crazy weird sizes. 

Dreaming of a BLACK kitchen :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

What Mom Really Wants for Mother's Day

The longer I've been a mother, the more I realize what I really want for Mother's Day isn't something fancy or even something expensive. Being a mom is hard work, there's no doubt about it. And, I have to "adult" just about every day, that's just part of it! 

What  Mom  Really  Wants  for  Mother's  Day :: OrganzingMadeFun.com

Friday, April 29, 2016

April fun and Keeping up with life!

Its hard to believe April is already done! I've been busy traveling and learning all sorts of wonderful things that I am so excited to share with you in the coming months on OMF. 

This month we've had a month of spring themed posts including gardening, traveling and spring cleaning.  If you missed anything you can find it here.

Things have been so busy around here that I have renewed my zeal for organization every day in order to simply keep up with life. I wanted to take the time to share 6 quick tips that help me keep my home in order in the midst of a busy month like I've just had.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Gardening Ideas for Earth Day

One of my favorite things to do is to be in my garden and get outside and just enjoy nature and soak up some sun. My mom has an amazing garden in her central coast home and so I probably have just grown up watching her tend to all her beautiful flowers and enjoy it too. 

Gardening Ideas for Earth Day :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

In my southern California home, I've had to learn to adapt to our rather dry climate. We don't get a lot of rain. So, as I mentioned in my last post, we ripped out our front yard and never regretted doing that one bit! Today I wanted to share with you some of my past gardening I've done around here and abroad to inspire you. Plus, it's Earth Day, and why now celebrate with getting some earth under your fingernails? I am such a "nature" girl and love anything homeopathic, natural, and hollistic so it's fun to get outside and enjoy some gardening. So, I wanted to share some of my passed gardening posts with you to enjoy! It might get you some