My husband and I are pretty good about keeping our home clean. He keeps the kitchen pretty spotless (so I have something to mess up when I cook), and does the laundry, while I tend to focus on keeping the crap (okay, MY crap) from piling up in the common rooms. If my craft-room mess is contained to the craft room, we’re looking pretty good.
But there are definitely places in our home that suffer from lack of organization. Our bathroom shelves are pretty disheveled, with body care products thrown up there with no regard for order. We also have a couple of “junk drawers” in our kitchen that are pretty frustrating to dig through when we’re looking for miscellaneous items. Read the rest of this entry
In the 2 years since I moved from being a wannabe crafter to an active one, I’ve accumulated a lot of craft supplies. Many of them fit well in the drawers and shelves, but there are certain items that seem destined to make messes. Below are some of my problem supplies and how I’ve battled them. Read the rest of this entry
Whenever I read “saving money” advice, I feel like it’s written for people who live in the 90s. These people still have landlines, pay for services that are free on the internet, and aren’t drowning in student loans.
So when I write financial advice, I try to steer clear of outdated, useless “tips”. I recently wrote for Whitney Hansen’s blog, which has great articles about saving money, traveling, and becoming an entrepreneur! My article explores some simple but effective ways to save money while moving. Enjoy!
This is a guest post, written by Debbie Rosemont, Certified Professional Organizer. You can see her bio below the post, but first here are some great tips she wrote about working productively in a home office!
For some of us, working from home is a daily occurrence. For others, it is an occasional possibility. Whether you work from home as a routine, or telecommute periodically, there are benefits and challenges that you’ll encounter. A few of the benefits are that you can work in your PJs, save time on your commute, and can attend to personal tasks throughout the day, as well as to your business. A few of the challenges are that you can work in your PJs (dressing professionally may help us feel more “serious”, dedicated or focused on our work), don’t have a commute (for some, that commute helps them separate home life/tasks from work and vice versa), and can attend to personal tasks throughout the day, as well as to your business (shiny personal objects competing for your attention as well as shiny business objects).
Here are three strategies we recommend for maximizing your work time from your home office:
Tip #1 Resist the temptation to do household work: Mixing your work-work with your house-work can make you less efficient and slow down progress on your goals. If you’ve blocked out time to work on your business, make sure you’re making the most of that time by avoiding small tasks like tossing in a load of laundry, opening the household mail, or reorganizing the pantry. Several small tasks can add up over your work day. Save these tasks for the beginning or end of your day, or even during a (dedicated) lunch break – essentially before or after your work is done.
Tip #2 Turn off the TV, XBOX, YouTube, Facebook, etc.: Get what you want out of the time you have blocked off for work by eliminating common background distractions like having the TV on. Having such things in your field of vision makes it too easy for your eyes to wander away from your inbox, project or report and onto your favorite sitcom. Consider taking 10 minute breaks for each 50 that you work to browse the web, check updates on Facebook, or watch a “just for fun” clip on YouTube, but make sure to limit the break and then turn the media off when you return to work.
Tip #3 Keep your work on schedule: Block time on your calendar that is specific to your work-related tasks and appointments. Stick to those blocks by using reminders and timers. Make your workday schedule specific by working off a task list, or honoring blocks of time on your calendar for work tasks and stay focused on those things for that specific block of time. Take a little time each week to plan your work week, identifying your priorities (what few tasks, if I accomplish them this week, will help me accomplish my business goals), scheduling in time to work on them, and a little time in for fun as well.
Here’s to your organized and productive life!
Debbie Rosemont, Certified Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant, started Simply Placed, in 2003 to help clients increase productivity, maximize efficiency and bring balance and control into their work, homes and lives. Simply Placed associates work with individuals and businesses to create effective organizational systems, clear clutter, successfully manage time, focus on priorities and achieve goals. They help people work smarter, not harder, to increase their bottom line and peace of mind through consulting, hands-on organizing, and group training. They can be contacted at 206-579-5743 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve finally started an Etsy store! Check it out for scrabble ornaments, thread spool bottle stoppers, and thread spool magnets! I’ll also hopefully be adding more items soon!
On my ever-evolving journey to finally keeping my craft room organized, I’ve been writing organization tips to help you all learn along with me! My latest post is on Home Key Organization! Check it out and learn how you can keep collecting craft supplies without becoming a hoarder!
Those of you who have been following for a while know that I’ve been planning my wedding. Well, it finally happened and it was wonderful! The day rushed by, and everything was beautiful! It was a great party with family and friends, and then Michael and I went on a much-needed honeymoon in the San Juan Islands!
It’s pretty weird not filling my days with wedding planning, but I’m gearing up for Holiday Bazaar season, stocking up on craft inventory and making a few new products! My goal in the next couple of months is to get some quality photos taken and finally start my Etsy shop!
Hope all is well in your worlds, and I’ll probably post some pictures of San Juan Islands Wildlife soon!
I published an article about probiotics on The Flaming Vegan, and was just informed that it’s been chosen to be featured on their homepage! Check it out, along with some of their awesome recipes while you’re there!
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As some of you may know, I’m getting married in October in my home state of Idaho. My maid of honor currently lives in Arkansas and has never spent a long time in Idaho (we met in college in Oregon). She’s going to spend two weeks with me before the wedding and I’ve been looking for fun, affordable ways to introduce her to the things I love about my state. I found a great list with information for people moving to or visiting Boise, and I plan on taking her to some of my favorite hangouts. Of course, one of my favorite things to enjoy is wine, so below I have some tips for introducing visiting friends to your local wine region and having great bonding experiences in the process!
Winery Tours are a great way to try the best wine a region has to offer, especially when you can hit several wineries in one afternoon. Idaho is home to the Sunnyslope Wine Trail, which includes 15 wineries throughout Idaho’s Snake River Region. This makes it easy to hit 3 or 4 wineries in an afternoon, enjoy some tastings, and see the variety that the area has to offer. I’ll be visiting Bitner Vinyards, Hat Ranch Winery, and Hells Canyon Winery with my Maid of Honor. Bitner Vineyards is home to a wine called “Menopause Merlot” which tastes as sassy as it sounds. I’m excited to introduce Bethany to all the personality that Idaho wine has to offer!
Wineries aren’t the only places to try wine. The Co-op in the town I live has bi-weekly wine tastings from Weston Winery, and sometimes some other wineries join in too! There is also a brew store that has weekly tastings. They usually focus on beer, but they’ve been known to pop a cork or two. Now that her visit is just around the corner, I’m scouring the web and papers for events that include wine with the price of admission. When this is the case, it’s almost always local wine that is featured.
Of course, you don’t have to go anywhere to drink wine (and if you don’t have a designated driver, you shouldn’t)! Since I’ve really gotten into wine this year, I’ve thought about investing in a wine rack tasting center where I can keep my wine, glasses, and other utensils. I’ve talked to some of the winery representatives that I’ve met and received some awesome pairing recommendations. So I’ll load up on some fancy cheeses, get my cute little cheeseboard out, and we’ll have a girl’s night in, exploring the local wines in the comfort of my living room. I even plan on getting some locally-produced goat cheese and some farm-fresh apples.
My maid of honor has always preferred small towns and farm regions to big cities, so I think she’ll love my focus on local wine and produce while she’s here! Do you have any tips for introducing traveling friends to your local wine region? Share in the comments below!