Friday, May 29, 2015

Planning Summer Vacation

I asked Lisa Woodruff, who is a professional organizer, blogger and podcast host at, to share how she plans her summer vacation! She's sharing how she does it! 

Every Sunday night I sit down and go through my Sunday Basket to plan my week and catch up on my mail. This week I am planning our summer.

  The Sunday Basket: Week 12 - Planning Summer Vacation | Organize 365 

I could not do nearly the amount of work I do if I did not have a weekly paper organization and planning system.

The Sunday Basket has increased my productivity, reduced our late fees and generally created sanity in our home. If this is the first time you've heard of the term "Sunday Basket," well, that's because I made it up! 

You can read all about how the Sunday Basket came to be here.

I am a very visual person so I like to see my WHOLE summer on one piece of paper. This helps me see where we have too much or too little scheduled.

Then, I number the days of the months using a different colored pen for each month.

Summer Kids Printable pic 

Planning Summer Vacation using this free printable.

Having this master calendar helps me see how evenly the activities are spaced out, where our annual trip to the beach falls and where we have long stretches of non activity.

I also try to keep some routines in place. Every night, I take my daughter up to the pool to swim for an hour so hubby can get dinner going and relax.

But for our family, the best way to have a routine is to sign the kids up for a camp or program!!

Filling in the calendar

I start planning our summer by adding the 2 activities I know we will do: the week at the beach and our church camp.
Then I use a pencil to add in all the other camps and programs that look interesting to the kids.

I try to find friends to go with them to the camps and trade off weeks with full day camps and less structured weeks.

Next I pick one or two weeks to schedule all the summer doctor appointments: new glasses, yearly physicals, dentist and orthodontist appointments and each of my kiddos sees a specialist. 

Summer Writing Camp | Organize 365

After the summer is starting to flesh out I find a tutor and schedule them for about 10 sessions. 

The ULTIMATE back to school checklist

About 2 weeks from the start of school I schedule one day for each of my kids to spend the day with me getting their school supplies, hair cut, new shoes and clothes for back to school.

Lisa Woodruff is a professional organizer, blogger and podcast host at Creating a Sunday Basket is the first step in her 40 Weeks 1 Whole House Challenge.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer Tour of Homes {Organized} 2015

Welcome, if you are new here! 

Today I have the privilege of joining a whole lot of amazing bloggers for home tours of all our homes - and you may have just come from seeing Donna of Funky Junk Interiorswho has such an amazing way of making rust look beautiful, and a big thank you to Gina of The Shabby Creek Cottage for hosting this awesome summer home tour.

I'd like to say that I feel that I have really created a home that is truly my style, after living in this home for nine years. I hope you enjoy my colorful,  slightly "modern with a vintage twist" decor. I'm not afraid of colors or patterns. Our home was built in 1947 and I love the character, the built-ins, the closets, and all the vintage that comes from having a home from that era. Hopefully you'll also gain some ideas for an organized home too!

Beautiful and bold blue home with yellow front door ::

I want to start with the front of my home and welcome you to our beautiful, Southern California yard - all native plants, drought tolerant {we're really into green living here, if you are new here}. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Reflection of Five Years

It's hard for me to really believe that I have been blogging for five years today. I remember a few weeks before I actually took the plunge to my first blog post, I kept wondering what a good subject would be. What wasn't out there that I was good at. Three things were in my mind - gardening, decorating, and organizing. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Last Chance for FREE offer from ePantry!

There is only a short time left to get in on the amazing offer from ePantry that I told you all about! It's ending TODAY in just a few hours! {at 6 PM Pacific Standard Time}.

Get the Kitchen Clean Kit from ePantry ::

Friday, May 22, 2015

15 MORE Simple and Easy Organizing Ideas

Organizing Ideas are so much fun to share and to see! Aren't they? It's like the most simple things sometimes just spark motivation, knowing you can do something simple, like these ideas I've posted on Instagram, that you can do to organize your home and life.

20 SUPER easy organizing ideas ::

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

How to Save Money on Natural Cleaners - Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation {+FREE Printable}

So, if you've read my blog for any amount of time, you'd know that I am pretty passionate about using non-toxic and organic products to keep your home and family well and organized. I'm also not big on cleaning - that's no secret either. But, it's important to me to have a CLEAN and environmentally safe home - and, of course, clutter free too! 

ePantry offer for FREE dish soap and Mrs. Meyers Clean Soap and more ::

Friday, May 15, 2015

Left-over Food Container Organizing

Plastic food storage containers are used daily in my home because they are lightweight, and inexpensive.  Besides holding leftover food the containers are handy for organizing craft supplies, school/office supplies and as dividers in junk drawers.

Left-over Food Container Organizing - is yours out of control?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Time for an Update: Teen Boy Room

As with everything in this house, after a few years I'm ready to redo a room again. Maybe it's the ADD in me or maybe I just love to change things up. Nonetheless, I've noticed my son's room is ready for an update. The last time I did something in there, he was in elementary school and he's turning 16 in a few weeks and I'd like to give him a more updated, grown up look in there.

Before: Boys Red Wall in Bedroom ::

Friday, May 8, 2015

Beauty Products Storage and Expiration Dates Printable

My sweet friend, Leanne, of Organize and Decorate Everything, is not only an amazingly organized and creative blogger, but is genuinely kind hearted and fun to be around! I have known Leanne for several years and she has been gracious enough to share her tips on beauty product storage with you today. 

A lot of times we forget to clean out our make-up and continue buying more and more, adding it to our ever growing stash. I'm saying this from personal experience. A few years ago I had way too many beauty products, some I had never used and some that had been expired for years. Once I cleaned out my stash I vowed to keep it that way. I have a few things I do to keep my beauty products in check so I'm not wasting money and space. So today we're going to talk about Beauty Products Storage and Expiration Dates.

  Beauty Products Storage and Expiration Dates Printable 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

How Do You Organize Light Bulbs?

Am I the only person who struggles trying to keep my lightbulbs in a somewhat organized manner? I mean, they are a mess. You feel obligated to keep them in the most odd shaped boxes and containers and then they just spill out all over the place, right? At least, that's what I've experienced.

Lightbulbs in a utility closet spilling all over ::

Friday, May 1, 2015

An Easy Way to Organize in the Laundry Room - Vertically!

Hi fellow Organizing Made Fun readers! I'm Rachel from Useful Beautiful Home and am here to show how I organize using vertical space. I wanted to share something today that was relevant to summer organization and my thoughts immediately went to the laundry. Whether washing up outdoor play clothes or returning home from vacation with suitcases full of dirty clothes, my laundry room is a busy place this time of year!

Vertical Laundry Organization ::

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April 2015 Wrap Up

This month we have been busy organizing and updating getting ready for Spring and summer.  We have been fixing up the play house and redecorating the deck as well as getting the simply  junk mail under control.   I hope you have been inspired to have fun working on your own projects be they big or small. 

If you missed any of the fun this month you can find the links here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

How to Handle Paper Clutter

Today, I'm so excited to bring you a guest post from a sweet lady. Mary is a professional organizer and mother of four. She loves to organize, create, decorate and then blog about it at MaryOrganizes. Mary doesn't chase after perfection, her goals are a healthy home and happy life. She has amazing organizing skills and is here to help me out with all my back and forth traveling I've been doing. Now..let's handle that paper clutter before it controls us!

How to Handle Paper Clutter :: 

 If paper is your problem, you are not alone! 

Laundry and Paper are the monsters of homemaking and are more similar than you realize. A good strategy for laundry maintenance can teach you a lot about how to solve your paper problem. Your dirty clothes go in a hamper until its time to wash it. It would be a waste of time and energy to wash each piece of laundry one at a time as it becomes dirty. I use my inbox as my paper hamper and I save time dealing similar types of papers (or loads) at the same time. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

A Mother's Day Organized Gift Guide

With Mother's Day around the corner, your kids {aka, your hubby} may need some helpful hints as to what Mom might want to have as a gift. Or perhaps, you have a special mom in your life and you can't figure out what to get her! So, I've come up with 10 organized gifts you {or your mom} might like to have for Mother's Day!

A Mother's Day Organized Gift Guide ::

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Hidden Cost of Clutter

I am going to be traveling quite a bit in the next few weeks. To help me fill in while I'm busy, I've got some amazing organizing bloggers who will fill in here and seriously amazing! If you'd like to see what I'm up to, head over to Instagram and follow me there. I'll be heading to a blog conference this week and then more fun after that...

Hi Organizing Made Fun readers! I'm Hilda and I blog over at From Overwhelmed To Organized.  I love sharing tips to help overwhelmed people declutter and organize their homes.

Thanks for having me here Becky!  I'm excited to share about one of my favorite topics... decluttering! Do you have clutter in your home?  Have you been wanting to declutter but just haven't been motivated enough to get started? Well I'm hoping today's post will give you a little push towards purging some things from your home!

There are several ways that having clutter in your home costs you - financially, non-financially, and when you're moving.  This posts shares some of these hidden costs of clutter and offers tips and support to help you start decluttering.

Did you know that your clutter is costing you money all the time?  There are some obvious ways... like making late payment charges due to overdue bills you couldn't find... or re-purchasing items that you already have but can't find when you need them. But clutter also has costs associated with it in other ways that you may not think of.