Erin Condren Life Planner – April 25th – May 1st

Now that work has picked up I’m managing two planner, a life planner – My Erin Condren, and a work planner – a Lilly Pulitzer.  How many of you use multiple planners, or do you merge everything into one?

Erin Condren vs. Lilly Pulitzer
Erin Condren and Lilly Pulitzer

They both serve very different purposes, and right now I need that.  Perhaps eventually I will merge the two, but for now it is much easier to keep work and home separate.  Work is full of all the meetings and calls I need to keep straight, as well as where I need to be.  Currently I am working remotely, sometimes at home sometimes at other locations, so I need to keep it all straight.  The Erin Condren I keep updated with daily happenings, meal plans and personal to-do lists.

This weeks meal plan was:

Monday – Chicken Patties and Tater Tots (Guilty pleasure, I was at a CPR/First Aid class until 9pm and wasn’t coming home to cook…)

Tuesday – Meatloaf and Potatoes

Wednesday – Crock Pot chicken tacos

Thursday – Pasta and Pesto Sauce

Friday – Chicken Sausages and Sweet Potatoes

Erin Condren vs. Lilly Pulitzer
Home life vs. Work life…the struggle!

I don’t want my work planner to be full of washi tape, stamps and stickers, but a little flair and motivation here and there never hurts!

I was excited to see that my local Michaels is finally starting to carry some Happy Planner supplies.  I scored some great stickers on 40% clearance this weekend.  And I have already put them to use!

The Happy Planner Stickers
The Happy Planner stickers from Michaels…40 percent off, score!

Does anyone else find that they have to actually schedule time to plan?  What is that nonsense!

Happy planning all!

Erin Condren Life Planner – February 22nd-28th

Hello!  Back from a short hiatus, lots of happenings going on around here!  I did my favorite kind of shopping this weekend, gift card and coupons in hand…spend $0 of my own money!  They BEST!  And I got all kinds of cute things at the dollar spot at Target:

IMG_1801
Target goodies!

Among my haul were Easter Stickers, stamps, 2 packs of Gel Pens, adorable little clothes pins and binder clips.  My favorite was this phrase it stamp set:

IMG_1803
Phrase Stamp set from Target, $3 bargain!
IMG_1802
Comes with a blank ink pad and everything, target bonus!

I used my own stamp pads, but for $3 it was a total bargain!  Perfect for my Erin Condren planner.

Here is the blank weekly spread:

IMG_1804
Blank Spread – February 22nd – Erin Condren Life Planner

Definitely loving the winter we have had, it was in the mid 50’s all weekend, and it’s not even March!  So I was channeling Spring for my layout again.  I started with some fun Teal Washi Tape from…yep, Target.  And then I used the Phrase Stamp set to add a few highlights, and then just added in a few fun springy stickers.

IMG_1806
Layout before the writing, Washi Tape and Stickers

A little closeup because I really do love the Phrase Stamp so much, I’m already getting my $3 worth!  And I didn’t even have to spend any money thanks to gift cards!

IMG_1807
Closeup with Stamping

And I added my new Gold Butterfly clip, such a simple but elegant touch.  I love it.

IMG_1808
Ready to start the week off! – Erin Condren Life Planner

We are also so excited that we can finally see our Debt Snowball paying off!!  We made our final payment on the first loan we tackled this weekend.  It is an incredible feeling!  Check out the beginning of our journey here.  I will be updating again in a few weeks to share how the first two months have gone.

Well, we are gearing up for another busy busy week here.  Hope you all have a great one!

Organizing Clothing Drawers

Alright, admit it, who has drawers that look like these…..
IMG_0792Messy drawer of shirts…
IMG_0793…and pants.

Well, I definitely do, considering I snapped those photos of my very own drawers!  Most days I’m lucky if the clean clothes make it out of the laundry basket and find their way, folded, into to the drawers.  And when they do, they certainly aren’t neatly organized and easy to find.  I recently saw an article all about storing clothes vertically, so that it was easy to see what you had, and much easier to store space wise.  I decided to give it a try.  Stay tuned to see how I wound up with this:

FullSizeRender-9Ahhh, neatly organized and so easy to see what I have to wear!

I did used to work in a clothing store, so folding clothes was a specialty of mine.  I’ll show you a neat trick for making them even, but once you get the hang of it, its pretty easy just to eye ball it.
Let’s start with a shirt.  I’ll apologize in advance that they photos are taken on the sheets of my bed, but somedays thats just how it goes…

Step 1:  Lay the shirt out flat.  Find something that is about the width of what you want your final product to be, I used a pocket folder that we had lying around.  Center it on the back of the shirt.FullSizeRender-2
Step 2:  Fold one side over

IMG_1229

Step 3:  Fold the other side over, and slip the folder out.

IMG_1230

Step 4: Fold the bottom of the shirt all the way up to the collar.

IMG_1231

 

Step 5:  Take the bottom and fold all the way up to the top again.  Voilá!

IMG_1233

 

Nice and neat, and all the same width.  So easy to see what I have to work with!

FullSizeRender-3

Tank tops work a little differently, but with the same real feel.  Generally I just fold down the straps first, and then follow the same basic steps:
Straps down, and then follow the same steps as you would for a Tshirt.

FullSizeRender-5

As you get the hang of it you won’t need something as a template (how I used the folder), you will be able to just eyeball the right width.
All shirts organized, I love it!

FullSizeRender-6

Pants are another story, but don’t get discouraged, I promise that they aren’t hard!  Step 1: Start by folding your pants in half, and popping the crotch triangle out.

Step 2: Bring the ankles up to the belt line.

IMG_1250

 

Step 3:  Tuck in the crotch triangle, and fold the bottom midway up, this will hold the crotch tucked in, creating an even line.

IMG_1251

Step 4: Take the bottom and fold up to the belt line.  Now that everything is tucked in it makes a nice even rectangle without any edges or corners sticking out.

IMG_1252

And for the final product:

Tada!  Nicely organized clothing!

FullSizeRender-9

I love this.  Clothes take up way less space like this, and it is SO much easier to see what I have.  Oftentimes I have shirts that will get lost at the bottom of a drawer, and I forget I even own them!  This makes it so much easier to see what I have, and its simple to just grab and go in the morning.  Plus I was able to store way more this way, so I cut down on the number of drawers I needed, and the number of piles on the floor.  Now I have no excuse not to put my laundry away!

What tricks do you use for organizing your clothing?

Organized Work Space

Speaking of school (check out my post here), I decided it was high time to get an organized space going.  Since moving back in the with the folks last spring, my space is somewhat limited.  But with Sister #2 off at college, I decided to commandeer her desk area, and give it a little inexpensive face lift.

Here’s what I started with:

Gotta love the outdated calendar and the Gandhi Poster!

A little messy, since it is full of things she didn’t need at school with her.  I did a little shopping at my go-to spot, Ikea!  I picked up a plain white magnetic board, some fabric – I needed less than a yard, but have plans for the left over fabric! (I loved the blue and white pattern with the small hints of orange – this was my color scheme), magnets in orange and white (they matched my fabric so perfectly, it was unbelievable!),  small magnetic boxes, matching orange and white magazine holders, and a couple paper boxes in the same shade of orange.  Overall I spent just around $50, which I was more than ok with.

Home I went, happy as could be with my organization goodies.  First thing I did was iron the fabric to make sure there were no wrinkles.

Next up, it I plugged in the trusty old glue gun, and let it heat up.

Then, I measured my fabric and cut a piece big enough to cover the magnetic board.  Then I spread out the fabric, put the magnetic board on top and glued around the edges.  Once I got to the corners, I trimmed the sides and wrapped like a present, gluing as I went.

Wrap the corner like a present

 I had decided to prop the board against the wall, rather than hang it, but I took the time to trim off the fabric where the nail holes were incase I decide to hang it on a wall in the future.

If you plan to hang your board, steer clear of the nail holes

Here it is all wrapped and finished.

And the front view, propped against the wall.

Sorry for ALL the crooked pictures…it’s my lack of picture taking abilities, the room is straight!

And now with the matching magnets…I love it!

See the subtle hints of orange in the fabric?

Here is my finished board, covered in the essentials.

Again with the crooked picture taking…ahhh

I added a magnetic box on each side, one to hold things like a ruler, scissors, tape and the other to hold extra magnets.

Because my board is propped against the wall, the boxes are resting on the table, but they have hefty magnets and would stick to the board if it was hanging on a wall.

Then I have a couple pictures, coupons, and a weekly meal planner.

And of course a monthly pad of paper to jot down quick notes and make lists.  Pretty soon I need to go find my February list…yikes!

On each side of the board I added my magazine holders.  I love that the orange and white help tie everything together.  One side holds cooking magazines, like the Food Network and Everyday with Rachel Ray goodies.

The other side holds decorating and household magazines, like Veranda, and Good Housekeeping.

Then I put together and added the cute paper boxes on top of the wooden filing cabinet (sister #2 painted that herself!).  One box holds craft supplies, the other holds school papers.  I still need to label them, but I like the nice and organized way to hide some of my mess.

Here’s an overview of what my small area of the desk looks like.  Much better huh?

And we can’t forget the Easy Embroidery Project I made here.  And the Even easier Yarn Wreath I made here.

Now I just need to get started on some more crafts and school work…yippee!

Featured at:


**Please click on my Linky Party tab at the top of my blog, or click here, to see some of the parties I participate in. Also check out all the other fabulous projects going on!  Thanks for hosting Girls!**