The last time I lived in a college dorm was my sophomore year of college, over 13 years ago. Starting my junior year, I moved to an off campus house with girlfriends and said goodbye to dorm life by throwing away my shower sandals & caddy in exchange for a bedroom without bunk-beds and a shower that wouldn’t cause foot fungus. Who would have thought over a decade later a shower caddy would be one of my best morning routine time savers?

So before I indulge you in explaining my seemingly juvenile bathroom accessory, let me assure you that I don’t still use shower shoes 🙂 .

The toiletry caddy idea originated after my husband and I purchased our first condo 5 years ago in Chicago. This was the first time that we lived in a two bathroom home. I typically wake up earlier during the weekdays and according to him I make A LOT of noise getting ready in our master bathroom. I offered to use the guest bedroom in the morning, but our guest bathroom was super small and didn’t have drawers for all my toiletries. I ended up making MORE noise each morning trekking my toiletries from our master bath to the guest bath. Poor Joe couldn’t get any sleep in the mornings.

So I started throwing all my toiletries in an extra shower caddy …..

shower caddy

Here’s what you need to make your own shower caddy organizer:

Since you can’t create a toiletry caddy without a caddy, that will be your first step. Mine is so old that I can’t find it online anywhere, but here, here and here are a couple good options. My preference is plainer the better as I find that too many compartments and gadgets sometimes make organizing HARDER!

Next pull out all your toiletries that you use on a daily basis. (I’m not talking about the super hold hairspray that you only use on a Saturday night.) Put all your day-to-day toiletries in a row from most used to least used, left to right. (this isn’t 100% necessary, but it IS kind of entertaining). In the event that you don’t have room for everything, those items on the right won’t make it in the caddy. And I’ll admit it. Toothbrush wasn’t the furthest left for me 🙁 .

shower caddy

Remember all those make up bags you get with your free gift at department stores? Put them to use by storing your makeup inside!

shower caddy

Same thing for cotton balls & q-tips.

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For any of my toiletries that are rather large (mouthwash, I’m looking at you), I transferred in to smaller Container Store clear container. For the mouthwash I went for a tall narrow container in order to optimize the most room in my caddy. The small white one? Baby powder ( = my version of dry shampoo). Take a look back up at the photo of all my toiletries to see how often I use it 🙂 .

Now all you need to do is make a little room under your sink to store your shower caddy once you’re finished getting ready in the morning!

shower caddy

Note that I don’t put my straightener, curling iron or hair dryer in my caddy. I just don’t use these everyday and don’t have room.

The benefits of using the shower caddy:

  • I can easily transfer to any of our bathrooms to get ready in (I HATE sharing a bathroom in the morning)
  • All my toiletries that I need are right in front of me (therefore no sifting through drawers)
  • It makes me reduce the number of random products that I use in the morning
  • Storage is easy underneath any bathroom sink cabinets



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Check out these 7 top Gmail hacks to make your email more efficient and effective! Who knew Gmail had all these hidden features!

I’m a huge Google fan. I love that it has a suite of products (email, calendar, docs, surveys, hangout) all built in to one account to make life easier. Added perk is only one password to remember! But admittedly I wasn’t always a Gmail fan. I’m loyal and stick to what I know … which is Outlook. Yet my more tech savvy husband, Joe, convinced me of the Gmail appeal. Over the years, I’ve reluctantly admitted he was right.

Last week I shared the step by step to using Hangouts effectively, so today I want to share with you the top 7 Gmail hacks I’ve learned along the way. And some of these may or may not have been taught to me by Joe 🙂 .

1 – Canned Responses

Check out these 7 top Gmail hacks to make your email more efficient and effective! Who knew Gmail had all these hidden features!If you commonly compose and reply with the same message over and over, you could benefit from the “canned response” feature. This lets you create automatic responses that you can insert in to your email and tweak as needed without having to manually type out the whole thing. Call it the lazy girl tip to sending emails. In order to enable this feature, click the gear in the top right corner. Select “Settings” and go to the “Labs” tab. Then enable “Canned Responses” and save.Check out these 7 top Gmail hacks to make your email more efficient and effective! Who knew Gmail had all these hidden features!

Now when you open up an email you can create and/or add an existing canned massage. Brilliant.Check out these 7 top Gmail hacks to make your email more efficient and effective! Who knew Gmail had all these hidden features!

2 – Unsend Emails

Ever accidently hit send mid email? Or ever send a hasty email that you wish you could take back? (Yep, I’ve done this one too.) The good news is that you CAN take those emails back up to 30 seconds after you hit “send”. In order to enable this feature, go back to Settings, scroll down to “Undo Send”. Check the button and select the cancelation period. Then save.

Check out these 7 top Gmail hacks to make your email more efficient and effective! Who knew Gmail had all these hidden features!

When you send a future email, you’ll see this bar below up top. Life. Saver.

Check out these 7 top Gmail hacks to make your email more efficient and effective! Who knew Gmail had all these hidden features!

3 – Multiple Email Accounts

I have a couple different gmail accounts, one for my blog and one for personal. Some of you may have multiple gmail accounts too (for example, if you set up a new email address when changing your last name after getting married). You can add up to 5 Gmail accounts under one. This is super convenient if you don’t want to manually log in and out of each of your accounts. To set this up simple go back to your Settings, click on the “Accounts” tab, then click “Add another email address.”

Check out these 7 top Gmail hacks to make your email more efficient and effective! Who knew Gmail had all these hidden features!

Then when you send an email you’ll see the “from” line which you can change to any of your gmail addresses.Check out these 7 top Gmail hacks to make your email more efficient and effective! Who knew Gmail had all these hidden features!4 – Folders

In general Gmail isn’t a huge fan of folders, but I am. It’s the one feature that I love more than anything. I like my email organized just like I like my life organized. To set these up, go back to “Settings”, then select the “Labels” tab. Scroll down to the bottom and create any new Labels that you want. Google may call them “Labels”, but I use them as “Folders”. Sorry Google.

Check out these 7 top Gmail hacks to make your email more efficient and effective! Who knew Gmail had all these hidden features!

Now when you look over to your left side bar, you’ll see the Folders.  You can easily move your emails in to the folders by clicking on the email and dragging in to the folder. OR clicking on the email and selecting the Labels drop down at the top.

Check out these 7 top Gmail hacks to make your email more efficient and effective! Who knew Gmail had all these hidden features!

5 – Send Email Later

I’m one of those people who works late at night and on the weekends. But to all my coworkers, I’m likely rather frustrating because no one wants to get emails when they’re not working. Enter Boomerang. The magical ability to send your emails at a future date. Gmail does not have this feature directly, BUT the Gmail extension, Boomerang, will do the trick. First, simply download the Boomerang extension. Log in to Gmail. Start composing a new email. Now you’ll see a red “Send Later” button. Select WHEN you want the email to send and hit “Confirm”.

Check out these 7 top Gmail hacks to make your email more efficient and effective! Who knew Gmail had all these hidden features!

6 – See which emails are sent JUST to You

When you log in to check your email it’s easy to see which emails are sent JUST to you vs you & other recipients. To activate, go back in to Settings, scroll to the bottom to “Personal Level Indicators”, select “Show Indicators”.

Check out these 7 top Gmail hacks to make your email more efficient and effective! Who knew Gmail had all these hidden features!

Now when you log in to your email, you’ll be able to see which emails were sent just to you vs you & others.

Check out these 7 top Gmail hacks to make your email more efficient and effective! Who knew Gmail had all these hidden features!7 – Archiving Emails

Archiving Emails is a great way to keep your inbox clean without forever deleting emails. You never know when you might need one of those old emails again. If you need the later on, you can simply search for it to retrieve it!

Check out these 7 top Gmail hacks to make your email more efficient and effective! Who knew Gmail had all these hidden features!

Hope you found these helpful. I’ve grown to love Google products, as they’ve definitely helped me stay organized over the years.

Check out these 7 top Gmail hacks to make your email more efficient and effective! Who knew Gmail had all these hidden features!

Check out these 7 top Gmail hacks to make your email more efficient and effective! Who knew Gmail had all these hidden features!

 

 

 

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I’m a lip balm addict. There I said it. But not because I want my lips looking great; it’s because my lips are ALWAYS chapped!

Maybe it’s because I don’t drink enough water. (Coffee has water in it, right??? And I mean, wine DOES come from grapes.)

Since I’m not giving up my two favorite beverages anytime soon and I can never seem to drink enough water, I always keep a super moisturizing lip balm on me. I love the idea of pairing this with a super easy DIY that will also save me money in the long run. By using the ingredients below, the results are higher quality than a lot of store bought lip balms. You can easily make this in bulk to stock up for the winter or as neat gifts for friends!

Easy DIY lip balm refill tutorial. Don't buy expensive lip balm - Make Your Own with just a couple ingredients. High quality and easy to make!DIY Lip Balm Ingredients:

(photos of supplies at end of post)

Easy DIY lip balm refill tutorial. Don't buy expensive lip balm - Make Your Own with just a couple ingredients. High quality and easy to make!

I bought the beeswax and essential oil on Amazon, as these aren’t the easiest items to find at the store.  Since the beeswax came in a block, I use a cheese grater to measure out 2 teaspoons. When possible I try to select the items on Amazon that are eligible for ‘Amazon Prime’ which means the item has two day shipping for FREE (the Amazon Prime items tend to be cheaper as well). If you’re not an Amazon member and want to try out prime, you can try out a 30 day trial here.

If you’re using a used EOS lip balm, screw off the top and pop out the middle with a knife. Wash out all three pieces. If you’re struggling to remove the remaining lip balm, pour a little bowling water over it. (I strongly recommend doing this step FIRST before you start melting the ingredients in the instructions below. Coconut oil & beeswax re-harden rather quickly, so you’ll want your lip gloss container ready.)

Easy DIY lip balm refill tutorial. Don't buy expensive lip balm - Make Your Own with just a couple ingredients. High quality and easy to make!

Combine the beeswax and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute or until melted, but not boiling.

Easy DIY lip balm refill tutorial. Don't buy expensive lip balm - Make Your Own with just a couple ingredients. High quality and easy to make!

Then add a small slice of your lipstick to add a pop of color and your favorite essential oil. Break open a vitamin E capsule and add in the liquid contents.

Put back in the microwave for 15-30 more seconds until everything is melted and stir.

Screw the top (round) and middle piece of your EOS together and pour the mixture in. Fill it all the way to the top of the container. It’s OK if it flows over a bit!

Pop the base back in, keeping it upside down. Then place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.  An easy way to keep it from tipping over in your fridge is to place it in an egg carton.

Easy DIY lip balm refill tutorial. Don't buy expensive lip balm - Make Your Own with just a couple ingredients. High quality and easy to make!

This recipe is for one EOS refill, but you can easily increase it. Just make sure to use equal amounts of coconut oil & beeswax. The rest of the ingredients can be measured out to your preference! 

Easy DIY lip balm refill tutorial. Don't buy expensive lip balm - Make Your Own with just a couple ingredients. High quality and easy to make!

After trying this the first time, I’ve been hooked!  Goodbye chapped, dry lips.  Hello moisture. And this DIY lip balm refill was easier than you’d think!

(Now I just need to start drinking more water 🙂 )

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Clean your coffee maker with just 2 ingredients found in your kitchen! Takes only 5 minutes! Part of our 'Fast Fix Friday' weekly series.

Clean your coffee maker with just 2 ingredients found in your kitchen! Takes only 5 minutes! Part of our 'Fast Fix Friday' weekly series.
Apparently the amount of coffee I drink doesn’t correlate to the frequency that I clean my coffee maker. Even though I drink about a pot a day (I know, it’s gross), the last time I cleaned my coffee pot was over a year ago (yes, that’s even grosser). I remember that because when I cleaned it, I used vinegar. Super popular and there’s about a zillion Pinterest pins about it. Unfortunately for me, even though I rinsed and rinsed, the vinegar smell and taste lingered for days in my coffee maker. I thought I’d have to wait days until I drank another cup of coffee… and then I remembered I live in Seattle, the home of coffee, literally on every block.

But what I did learn that I won’t use vinegar again.

Fortunately there’s another solution, and as you guessed ….. it can be done in 5 minutes!

Clean your coffee maker with just 2 ingredients found in your kitchen! Takes only 5 minutes! Part of our 'Fast Fix Friday' weekly series.

All you need is:

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup baking soda

Clean your coffee maker with just 2 ingredients found in your kitchen! Takes only 5 minutes! Part of our 'Fast Fix Friday' weekly series.

Pour baking soda in to the coffee pot full of water. Mix with a spoon. With your coffee maker turned on, pour the baking soda water through the coffee maker and run the coffee maker as normal (minus a coffee filter). Once its finished running, pour the hot baking soda water back in the tank and run through the process two more times.

Clean your coffee maker with just 2 ingredients found in your kitchen! Takes only 5 minutes! Part of our 'Fast Fix Friday' weekly series.Then use a sponge or rag to clean out the inside of the coffee pot with the baking soda water still inside (the baking soda will help remove the coffee residue more easily).

Dump out the baking soda water, rinse and add fresh water to the coffee pot. Pour in the lemon juice and run through the coffee maker one last time.

and ….

TADA! Coffee maker cleaned! No vinegar smelling coffee maker, no running to Starbucks needed.

To celebrate, I made a cup (errr… pot) of coffee. Caffeinated Lindsay = happy.


Clean your coffee maker with just 2 ingredients found in your kitchen! Takes only 5 minutes! Part of our 'Fast Fix Friday' weekly series.

Clean your coffee maker with just 2 ingredients found in your kitchen! Takes only 5 minutes! Part of our 'Fast Fix Friday' weekly series.

Clean your coffee maker with just 2 ingredients found in your kitchen! Takes only 5 minutes! Part of our 'Fast Fix Friday' weekly series.

 

 

 

Clean your coffee maker with just 2 ingredients found in your kitchen! Takes only 5 minutes! Part of our 'Fast Fix Friday' weekly series.

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Easy to make natural Garbage Disposal Tablets that you can freeze for quick use! The best part? You make with ingredients from your kitchen!I think of myself as a rather obsessed cleaning nut. I like neatness and order with everything in its place. My sock door is organized and my fridge is clean. But honestly, who ever cleans their garbage disposal? Not this girl….until our kitchen started smelling like sh*t and I had no idea why. It was spotless; not a crumb to be found. Sure enough, it was the drain. So I did what every 30 something working professional does.

I called Mom.

Well… here’s her secret sauce. Best part (besides that my kitchen no longer smells)? You can make it SO easily with items you already have in your kitchen. It’s basically free.  The double whammy? You can make it in bulk.

INGREDIENTS

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Citrus fruit peels (use ANY that you want – lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges, etc)
  • Ice cube tray

A note on the fruit peels: If you don’t want to waste a perfectly good fruit on this, wait until you actually eat the fruit and then throw the peels in a plastic bag and place in the freezer until you have at least 2 or 3 full fruit peels.

Easy to make natural Garbage Disposal Tablets that you can freeze for quick use! The best part? You make with ingredients from your kitchen!

Chop up citrus fruit peels in to small pieces. Remember, this is going in your garbage disposal so perfect knife skills are NOT important. Thank goodness!

Stuff the fruit pieces in to each tray cube about 3/4 of the way full.

Then fill  with the distilled white vinegar.

Pop in the freezer overnight.

Easy to make natural Garbage Disposal Tablets that you can freeze for quick use! The best part? You make with ingredients from your kitchen!

You can definitely use any standard ice cube trays, but  really like these because they’re rubber and bendable so it’s super duper easy to pop the cubes out of. (I also use these ice cube trays to freeze all sorts of other things like herbs, juices, etc.)

When possible I try to select the items on Amazon that are eligible for ‘Amazon Prime’ which means the item has two day shipping for FREE (the Amazon Prime items tend to be cheaper as well). If you’re not an Amazon member and want to try out prime, you can try out a 30 day trial here.

Easy to make natural Garbage Disposal Tablets that you can freeze for quick use! The best part? You make with ingredients from your kitchen!

Then throw these in to a LABELED plastic sandwich bag (something like “DO NOT EAT – Garbage disposal tablets”). You can envision what I’m trying to prevent. Ugh. Getting shivers just writing this.

Now when you go to clean your garbage disposal (aka when your kitchen starts to smell and you can’t figure out why), simply turn on the hot water, pop a couple of these down the drain, and flip on the disposal.

DONE! Problem solved.

Thanks Mom 🙂

Easy to make natural Garbage Disposal Tablets that you can freeze for quick use! The best part? You make with ingredients from your kitchen!


Easy to make natural Garbage Disposal Tablets that you can freeze for quick use! The best part? You make with ingredients from your kitchen!

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Easy to make natural Garbage Disposal Tablets that you can freeze for quick use! The best part? You make with ingredients from your kitchen!

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Get the full tutorial on how to use Google Hangouts with step by step photos! Video conferencing guide from a laptop, desktop, smart phone or tablet.

My girlfriends in college and I thought we’d always live in the same city. After college (Miami University in Ohio) most of us moved to Chicago and saw each other daily. Sure enough, spouses, kids, and jobs started to change things. Some moved out to the suburbs and others, like me, moved across the country.

Don’t worry, this isn’t a sad story. We still all get together regularly (weddings and baby showers will keep trips lined up for years to come 🙂 ). But there’s also a lot more phone calls. I think of my group of friends as smart, savvy, intelligent and any other adjectives that describes brilliant. Yet, every time the group tries to get on Google Hangouts, at least one of us has problems connecting. We spend half the call like this: “can you see me”, “I can’t see you, but I can hear you”, “is your sound on”.  So … taking matters in to my own hands, I put together this guide for my friends so that there was no more Google Hangout chaos.

What is Google Hangout?

It’s Google’s free video-conferencing tool that allows up to 10 participants to join at a time.

Who can use Google Hangout?

In order to use this free feature all you need is a Google Plus account. If you already have a Gmail account, then you automatically have a Google Plus account! So just make sure everyone who will be participating on the hangout has Gmail.

Ensure that your laptop/desktop has both a webcam and a speaker (or headphones that you can speak in to). These are essential. If it doesn’t, opt for an ipad or smart phone. You can download the Google Hangouts app for free.

Now let’s get started.

The following is a story of two Lindsay’s connecting via Google Hangout. Lindsay Crazy is calling Lindsay Organized.

Lindsay Crazy initiates the call by logging in to her Gmail so she can get to Google+:
Get the full tutorial on how to use Google Hangouts with step by step photos! Video conferencing guide from a laptop, desktop, smart phone or tablet. Then she selects the ‘Hangouts’ icon, which has two locations to choose from:Get the full tutorial on how to use Google Hangouts with step by step photos! Video conferencing guide from a laptop, desktop, smart phone or tablet.She’s then directed to a new page (and ensures that her pop up blockers are down). She select ‘Video Call’.Get the full tutorial on how to use Google Hangouts with step by step photos! Video conferencing guide from a laptop, desktop, smart phone or tablet.

Now she invites her friend, Lindsay Organized, by typing in her email address. (She could have typed in just Lindsay Organized if she had added Lindsay Organized as one of her Gmail contacts.) If she wanted to, she could have invited more friends to the call in this same section. She then selects ‘Invite’.Get the full tutorial on how to use Google Hangouts with step by step photos! Video conferencing guide from a laptop, desktop, smart phone or tablet.Now Lindsay Crazy just has to sit back and wait for Lindsay Organized to answer. This is Lindsay Crazy waiting patiently :).Get the full tutorial on how to use Google Hangouts with step by step photos! Video conferencing guide from a laptop, desktop, smart phone or tablet.Lindsay Organized now needs to answer. She’ll do this by logging in to her Google+ account and selecting the gray ‘Hangout’ button. Get the full tutorial on how to use Google Hangouts with step by step photos! Video conferencing guide from a laptop, desktop, smart phone or tablet.Now she’s able to see that Lindsay crazy is calling her. (Yep, none of the Lindsays think this is very intuitive either.) She clicks on the Hangout icon.Get the full tutorial on how to use Google Hangouts with step by step photos! Video conferencing guide from a laptop, desktop, smart phone or tablet.OR …. she could have gone back in to her Gmail. If the person calling her was previously programmed in to her Gmail contacts, then the screen below will appear. She could then just click on the Hangouts icon from her email view. Get the full tutorial on how to use Google Hangouts with step by step photos! Video conferencing guide from a laptop, desktop, smart phone or tablet.TADA!

Lindsay Crazy & Lindsay Organized are connected! (This is Lindsay Organized’s screen view) You’ll always see your friend in the big screen and a tiny version of what you look like in the small screen on the bottom right. Notice there’s a dark gray icon bar on the top. This has options such as muting, removing the video, inviting more people and hanging up the call. Get the full tutorial on how to use Google Hangouts with step by step photos! Video conferencing guide from a laptop, desktop, smart phone or tablet.

May you all be able to have fun conversations with your girlfriends, wherever you’re located!

Get the full tutorial on how to use Google Hangouts with step by step photos! Video conferencing guide from a laptop, desktop, smart phone or tablet.

Get the full tutorial on how to use Google Hangouts with step by step photos! Video conferencing guide from a laptop, desktop, smart phone or tablet.

 

 

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Easy 'make ahead of time' freezer breakfast sandwiches stored in the freezer. Just pop in the microwave in the morning for a delicious hearty breakfast!I’m not expert in the kitchen …. if anything far from it (although I like to think I’ve mastered the crock pot, my husband would say otherwise). But I do love a quick, easy and time saving way to have a hot breakfast in the morning…. especially if I can make in large batches ahead of time. This recipe checks all those boxes!

I’ve been making these freezer breakfast sandwiches for years. If you look in my freezer, you’ll always find a couple of these tucked away in random spots.  These are easy to pop in the microwave before work and take with on the way. And actually, I’ve been known to eat these for dinner from time to time too.

This recipe makes 10, but that’s only because the English muffins come in a pack of 10.

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 English Muffins (wheat or white)
  • 5 slices of bacon (regular or turkey bacon) … you can substitute other types of meat if you like (sausage, ham, etc.)
  • 10 large eggs
  • One pack of sliced cheese (any flavor you like, typically comes in packs of 8 slices)
  • Salt & pepper
  • 10 small plastic sandwich bags

Easy 'make ahead of time' freezer breakfast sandwiches stored in the freezer. Just pop in the microwave in the morning for a delicious hearty breakfast!

Pre-heat the oven at 350 degrees.

Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and crack one egg in to each well. Add a touch of salt & pepper to each egg.

Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes.

While the eggs are baking, put the bacon in the microwave per instructions. Then let cool & rip each strip in half.

Easy 'make ahead of time' freezer breakfast sandwiches stored in the freezer. Just pop in the microwave in the morning for a delicious hearty breakfast!

Next, toast each of the English muffins (even though I’ll be freezing these afterwards, I still like to toast first).

Rip up the cheese slices in to 4ths.

Easy 'make ahead of time' freezer breakfast sandwiches stored in the freezer. Just pop in the microwave in the morning for a delicious hearty breakfast!

Once the eggs are done, you can start assembling your sandwiches. The eggs will be easy to pop out of the muffin tin using a fork. Pile on 3 pieces of ripped cheese to the English muffin, then a slice of bacon and finally an egg.

Easy 'make ahead of time' freezer breakfast sandwiches stored in the freezer. Just pop in the microwave in the morning for a delicious hearty breakfast!

I always let the sandwiches cool for 10 minutes or so before putting it in the plastic bags to go in to the freezer.

To reheat these, simply take out of the plastic bag and wrap in a paper towel. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes and ‘tada’! Easy peasy breakfast sandwiches (errrr … dinner sandwiches) ready to eat!

Enjoy!Easy 'make ahead of time' freezer breakfast sandwiches stored in the freezer. Just pop in the microwave in the morning for a delicious hearty breakfast!



Easy 'make ahead of time' freezer breakfast sandwiches stored in the freezer. Just pop in the microwave in the morning for a delicious hearty breakfast!

 

 

 

Easy 'make ahead of time' freezer breakfast sandwiches stored in the freezer. Just pop in the microwave in the morning for a delicious hearty breakfast!

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Learn the top 10 things organized people do on a regular basis. Easy to implement and will make you more organized instantly!I think of myself as a pretty self aware person. I know my Learn the top 10 things organized people do on a regular basis. Easy to implement and will make you more organized instantly!strengths and weaknesses. For example, baking is not a strength of mine as evident of this #pinterestfail. I’ll let you guess which one is mine. —->

What I lack in operating an oven, I hopefully make up in organizing. I’m not perfect, but I do love it and am intentional about how I spend my time. I came up with 10 ‘principles’ so to speak that I try to follow:

1. Make a List and Check It Twice

FREE your mind (and the rest will follow) …. Literally. Yes, we all make to-do lists. That’s a given. But the uber organized write down EVERYTHING. No matter how small in order to get it off their mind. Yes, you’re smart and yes, you may have an awesome memory. Yet, if you’re taking up space in your mind remembering tiny details, you’re likely not able to focus on the task at hand. Whether you’re an electronic gal like me (Wunderlist and Todoist are awesome apps) or a paper gal, have a place where you write down things that pop up. My phone comes with me to bed (and it’s not just because it’s my alarm clock) 🙂 . If it’s on my mind before I go to bed it gets typed in my phone.

2. A Home for Everything

I’m not going to go crazy and say you can’t have a junk drawer or two, but everything in your home should have … well a home. Clutter adds chaos. Not only should everything have a home, but that home should make sense. For example, my coffee cups are in the cabinet directly above my coffee machine so it makes getting coffee in the morning easier (which is fabulous because I drink about 5 cups of coffee a day). I also spend 10 minutes at the end of the day, cleaning out my ‘junk spaces’ and putting those items back in to their home. Although I may allow for a junk basket to throw things in, I don’t allow the items to say in there long. Otherwise I really don’t need them … which leads me to #3.

3. No Unnecessary Clutter

That old rule ‘if you haven’t used it in 6 months it has to go’ is in full swing. Organized people don’t have unnecessary STUFF hanging around their house that they don’t use, even for that magical ‘rainy day’. Everything has a place and everything has a purpose. As a self declared pack rat, it took me a little while to get onboard with this. When my husband, Joe, and I first moved in together 5 years ago, we both owned our own toasters. I had a near nervous breakdown when he said we couldn’t keep both. “But if one breaks, then we’ll have an extra” was my justification. Well 5 years later the wining toaster (his) still hasn’t broke. And yes, I got rid of mine.


4. Love Mornings!

Yep, you knew this one was coming. You may not be a morning person; no one is telling you that you need to get up before the sunrise, BUT …. you should be intentional about what you do in the morning. Have a plan. For example, the age old statement that organized people make their bed every morning does have merit. But don’t limit it to that. Something as simple as taking out dishes from the dishwasher can set the tone for the day. For me I wipe down our kitchen counters every morning. I hate crumbs and it’s oddly calming to get home after a long day at work and know my kitchen doesn’t look like a mess. I also try to wake up an extra 10 minutes early (it’s totally doable… it’s 10 minutes!) just so I don’t feel like I’m rushing in the morning. Nothing makes me feel more disorganized than a morning scramble.

5. Break Down Big Projects

Large projects can be overwhelming and stressful. And most of the time the stress isn’t helpful in feeling organized or efficient. For example I’m hosting out of town guests in a couple weeks. Since that’s not really a to-do list item, I break it down in to categories such as itinerary, cleaning, groceries. Then under each of those categories I will list the action items I need to do. So for groceries my action items are:

  • Make a list of the groceries we need for the weekend
  • Check the kitchen to see which of those items I already have
  • Go to the grocery store to purchase the remaining items

Yes, this isn’t brain surgery. But the sooner you do this, the easier it is to prevent last minute fire drills and stress.

6. An Organizing System That’s Realistic 

You can have the fanciest newest app or prettiest binder with as many tabs as your heart desires, but if it’s not realistic to maintain you might as well skip it completely. For the longest time I was the queen of this. Not the princess, the QUEEN. I’d spend hours transferring all my to do items over to my newest system. At the end I feel like I conquered the world. But actually I didn’t accomplish anything. And most of these were so rigorous that I couldn’t keep up and I’d fail within a week. Sadly, it would have been a better use of my time to color code my sock drawer.

Learn the top 10 things organized people do on a regular basis. Easy to implement and will make you more organized instantly!7. Do It Now

Organized people want to act and get things done. Why put off for tomorrow what can be done today? This ensures that your to do list doesn’t pile up unnecessarily. Something as little as bringing dirty laundry down from the bedroom to the laundry room as you’re walking past this room saves time and effort later on. We have a 3 story townhouse (yes, this my way of exercising) and I have a rule that I never walk up or down a flight of stairs empty handed.

8. Prioritize The Things You NEED To Get Done

Over the things you ‘want’ to get done. There’s always things on our to-do list that we just aren’t excited about. Well, find that thing and do it today. Get it off your mind and checked off your list. You’ll feel so much better and you won’t spend time dreading it. I learned this lesson the hard way. For me it was calling a plumber. Our toilets were making really weird noises (literally sounded like this) and my husband was really busy with a work project so I got the job of handling it. I just didn’t want to deal with it. Not my wheel house. I actually put doing laundry ahead of the toilet. Well, by the time I finally called a plumber the problem had gotten so much worse and cost us a lot more money to fix. Tough. Lesson. Learned. Ugh.

9. Planning

This is another cliche organizing word. But it’s true. Organized people not only figure out what they need to accomplish today, but in to the future. For example, I try to go grocery shop every Saturday morning. By looking ahead at my calendar I realized I needed to bring a present to our friends’ son’s birthday party in three weeks. The grocery store is near Target = one trip out instead of two. I just saved myself at least an hour or two making a separate trip.

10. Multi-Tasking is SO 2014

More and more us type A people like to boast that we’re always multitasking. We’re doing so much at once. Aren’t we amazing? But seriously. Yes, you may be doing a couple things at once, but how well are you doing any of them? And how long did it take you to complete those things? Ever try to just buckle down and do one thing at a time? So a slightly embarrassing confession: I’ve been known to get on a stair climber, drink a glass of wine while responding to emails and watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Let’s just say, I definitely didn’t burn any calories and it I had to reread each email about 3 times before I could respond. Now wine & Real Housewives is multitasking I’ve definitely mastered 🙂 .Learn the top 10 things organized people do on a regular basis. Easy to implement and will make you more organized instantly!

Learn the top 10 things organized people do on a regular basis. Easy to implement and will make you more organized instantly!

 

 

Learn the top 10 things organized people do on a regular basis. Easy to implement and will make you more organized instantly!

 

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