Take a look at these incredibly creative, yet practical storage solutions for all areas of the home! Perfect ways to eliminate clutter in any room.

I can’t get enough clear storage containers …. I have them in every shape and size in EVERY room of our home. While I refuse to part with these organizing staples, there are definitely more creative (and decorative) ways to increase storage in a room.  Here’s 5 of my favorite ideas. No containers anywhere!

 

1 The 5 Minute Drawer Organizer

Even though the contents of most drawers are somewhat hidden usually giving an excuse for a rather unorganized mess inside (hello junk drawers), I LOVE it when there’s an easy and quick way to create compartments within my kitchen drawers!

Take a look at these incredibly creative, yet practical storage solutions for all areas of the home! Perfect ways to eliminate clutter in any room.

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2 Galvanized Steel Hooks

Coats and scarves thrown on a couch or chair is the equivalent of nails on a chalkboard to me! HATE it. Whether your solution is making more space in your closets or this unique coat hook, there’s always a way to get the jackets off the couch!

Take a look at these incredibly creative, yet practical storage solutions for all areas of the home! Perfect ways to eliminate clutter in any room.

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3 Painted Confetti Pattern Bowl

These are all the rage lately and I can understand why. Colorful, attractive and easy way to store small jewelry can be a lifesaver. I put these in our master bedroom as well as our bathroom.

Take a look at these incredibly creative, yet practical storage solutions for all areas of the home! Perfect ways to eliminate clutter in any room.

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4 Paint Dipped Baskets

Another big trend popping up all over is the paint dipped look. It’s such an easy way to enhance the standard wicker basket while creating needed storage around the house!

Take a look at these incredibly creative, yet practical storage solutions for all areas of the home! Perfect ways to eliminate clutter in any room.

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5 Photo Wall Pocket Organizer

I love that this photo solution is not only storage but always a chic way to display photos in any room of the house!

Take a look at these incredibly creative, yet practical storage solutions for all areas of the home! Perfect ways to eliminate clutter in any room.

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12 Days of Christmas Ideas

‘Creative Christmas Decoration Storage’

It’s day three of the 12 Days of Christmas Ideas Series and since I’m a sucker for great organizing solutions, I’m sharing the 12 Most Creative Christmas Decoration Storage Ideas on the web! There’s now NO excuse not to put away your Christmas decorations at the end of the season 🙂 . 

1 Christmas Lights

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2 Fragile Glass Ornaments

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3 Christmas Tree

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4 Labels

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5 Garland

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6 Christmas Cards

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7 Wreaths

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8 Wrapping Paper

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9 Cardboard Dividers for Ornaments

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10 Gift Wrap Station

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11 Egg Cartons for Ornaments

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12 Clear Containers

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Take a look at ALL our Christmas ideas!

Day 1 Hilarious Christmas Party Games

Day 2 The Best Homemade Christmas Food Gifts

Day 3 Christmas Decoration Storage

Day 4 Christmas Tablescapes for Every Style

Day 5 Christmas Card Displays

Day 6 Christmas Traditions

Day 7 Fabulously Festive Gift Wrapping Ideas

Day 8 Handmade Christmas Ornaments

Day 9 Christmas Printables

Day 10 Make Christmas Magical for Kids

Day 11 Christmas Mantels

Day 12 Beautiful + Unique Holiday Wreaths

Join us for the 12 Days of Christmas Ideas Series along with eleven other amazing bloggers. We’ve rounded up the best of the best Christmas ideas to make your holiday season more festive and fun.

Every day December 1 – 12th we will be sharing a new collection of Christmas ideas rounded up from the best blogs around the web. That’s a total of 144 awesome Christmas ideas to make your holiday season easier and more fun! Some of our topics include Decor, DIY, Organization, Food, Games and so much more. We don’t want to spoil the fun by telling you too much. Being surprised is way more fun 🙂 . Now is the perfect time to subscribe so you’ll be the first to know!

 

Meet The Bloggers

Shirley of Intelligent Domestications ~ Erlene of My Pinterventures ~ Lindsay of Crazy Organized

Michelle of Our Crafty Mom ~ Stephanie of The Tip Toe Fairy ~ Lorelai of Life With Lorelai

Katie of The Organized Dream ~ Amanda of The Kolb Corner ~ Marie of DIY Adulation

Megan of C’mon Get Crafty ~ Sara of Twelve On Main ~ Kim of Made in a Day

 

 

 

 

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Make these fun DIY wine tag organizers to keep your wine stash organized. You'll now be able to quickly find the wine you're looking for!

I was so excited when Joe came to me asking organizing advice. Then I found out what he needed help with. Wine. Yes, I love to drink wine, but I have NO idea how to organize it. By year, type, vineyard, color?? As the wine connoisseur in our family (not that there was much competition), fortunately Joe figured out how to sort the wine in the wine racks. But then he came asking for wine tags, essentially labels for each wine bottle. THAT I can do. I was born to make labels. And these are pretty easy. Here’s how:

Supplies

Instructions

Print out the Printable Label sheet and using either scissors or your paper cutter, cut out each wine tag. Then cut out the circle in the middle with either scissors or a 1 1/2 inch hole punch.

Make these fun DIY wine tag organizers to keep your wine stash organized. You'll now be able to quickly find the wine you're looking for!

Once your tags are made (easy right?), you’ll need to label them. There’s the Lindsay Method and the Joe method.

Lindsay’s Method:

Top of tag = price

Bottom of tag = type of wine

Pen color = type of wine (red for reds, orange and yellows for whites, pinks for rose, silver for champagnes)

Make these fun DIY wine tag organizers to keep your wine stash organized. You'll now be able to quickly find the wine you're looking for!

Make these fun DIY wine tag organizers to keep your wine stash organized. You'll now be able to quickly find the wine you're looking for!

Joe’s Method:

Alright, for those of you with a little bit more sophisticated in your wine collection skills, here’s Joe’s version of labeling:

Top of tag = year (This could either be the year it was made OR the year you want to drink it. Just decide which method you’ll use and stay consistent with all bottles)

Bottom of tag = Vineyard & Type

Pen color = Any 🙂

Make these fun DIY wine tag organizers to keep your wine stash organized. You'll now be able to quickly find the wine you're looking for!

Are you a Lindsay style or Joe style wine labeler?

 

 

 

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Due to popular demand I’m sharing all our favorite organizing solutions with you!

It seems like there’s SO many products to purchase everywhere we look. We’re constantly bombarded with the option to BUY. How do we really know what’s the best product out there?  Too many times I’ve bought something assuming it would make my life easier only to discover the opposite to happen. Ugh. #OrganizingFail.

So I rounded up the best solutions I’ve found over the years. These are the solutions that I’m using on a DAILY basis so I trust and love them.

Being as frugal as I am, none of these will break the bank!

Here’s WHAT we use and HOW we use it

(Click on any photo for more information)

ONE

I’m a huge fan of Rume reusable bags. They’re really high quality and last such a long time. I recently discovered that in addition to grocery and lunch bags, they also have a pretty wide collection of accessory bags. Since I’m not one of those people who uses the same purse day each and every day, I use the All Zippered Organizer to hold all my purse essentials. This makes swapping purses SO easy. In the smallest pouch goes my sunglasses. The middle pouch gets credit cards and cash. The top pouch (largest) holds my toiletries.

TWO

Even though I keep all my spice jars in a drawer completely out of sight, I still want them to be organized. Maybe no one else would know that they’re a mess, but I would know. The Container Store has the perfect sized jars for spices. Not only do they look great, it’s super easy to put labels on the lids. This makes grabbing the right jar SO much quicker! I wrote a whole tutorial about my spice jar organization process last year and they’re still holding up perfectly.

THREE

Since we don’t have a linen closet in our townhouse, I’m always trying to be thoughtful of how we store extra towels, sheets and blankets. I’ve been using these clear storage bags from the Container Store for years. The height is perfect to slip under the bed and since they’re clear, its super easy to see exactly what’s inside. I use the small two pack ones for extra sheets, while saving the larger ones for extra towels and blankets. I’ve been really happy with how well these have held up over the years!

FOUR

I can’t even count the times that washi tape is come in handy when organizing. I would have never thought 🙂 . It’s an easy & affordable way to label with a touch of color. One of my favorite parts is that washi tape is completely removable without any skicky trace.

From labeling wine glasses for a party to organizing extra extension cords, these decorative tape rolls come in handy oh so often.

FIVE

If you’re going to invest in a label maker, and I strongly recommend you do, THIS is the one to get. Hands down this has been the BEST investment that I’ve made. I say ‘investment’ because it’s not cheap. But here’s why I decided to take the plunge and buy it: I NEVER have to print my labels from my computer. Yep, read that line one more time. I hate hate hate hate having to run back and forth from my computer/printer to the room/item I’m organizing in order to make a label. With this label maker, you can completely remove your computer from the equation.

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

Oh and it’s CORDLESS. I repeat, CORDLESS. There’s an iphone app that you corresponds with the label maker. I create the label on the app, then hit “print” and the label is created in the label maker.  I’ve stopped counting how many blogging projects I’ve done using this label maker, but my FAVORITES were: our greeting card organizer, portable medical binders, and battery storage solution.

SIX

Organizing a fridge always seems like a great idea at the beginning, only to find that after a week my fridge is often back to disarray. I’ve learned to be really careful about the storage solutions I use for my fridge. Clear containers seem to work best for easy navigation. These clear ones are super versatile, which was key for me. We don’t always have the exact same groceries in our fridge week after week. Besides the egg storage, pretty much anything in the fridge can be stored inside these clear containers!

Take a look at these tools in action at my full fridge cleaning and organization tutorial.

SEVEN

Speaking of the fridge, anyone else HATE cleaning theirs? It’s probably my least favorite chore. That’s why I started using these Fridge Coasters earlier this year. Incredibly easy to fit into any size fridge, these liners absorb spills that would usually stain the glass of your fridge. This equals much fewer cleanings! There’s lots of fun colors and patterns to choose from to add a little decoration to an otherwise pretty boring space in the house.

It’s also one of my 5 solutions to easily clean your kitchen!

EIGHT

Yes, I love a fancy storage solution just as much as the next person. But sometimes you JUST need a bag. Am I right? I’m surprised at how often I opt for a strong clear ziploc bag as storage as opposed to something more elaborate (and expensive). Where it’s storing extra nails & tools or greeting cards, a clear baggie can be a life saver. Just remember to opt for higher quality ones. I don’t often say this, but the pricier ones are worth the price as far as clear bags go! I’ve found freezer bags to the absolute strongest.

NINE

Clear contact paper may not be a typical item that most will think of when organizing, but it’s definitely on my top 10 list. So often it comes in handy to create DIY labels (a protective layer over a paper label) or a 5 minute drawer liner hack.  While I LOVE pretty colorful contact paper, I’ve often had trouble finding the the extact style that I want. Placing clear contact paper over your favorite wrapping paper solves the problem instantly!

Think contact paper is too tricky to work with? Take a look at my step by step tutorial on the best tips to use contact paper.

TEN

Have you heard the the saying ‘Measure twice, cut once’? You’ll appreciate it if you’ve ever purchased something that didn’t fit in the space you intended. That’s why item number 10 is a well made measuring tape. Hear me out. Any time I work on a larger organizing project (reorganizing my closet for example), I ALWAYS make sure to have a tape measure on hand. When I’m looking for storage containers, I always make sure to measure the space first before I go on my hunt for the perfect item. The disappointment that comes over me when I find that perfect organizing solution only to find that it doesn’t fit the space is 1) probably ridiculous & slightly unnecessary, but 2) so frustrating. Measure once, cut twice.

really great ideas for good organizing supplies that I would have never thought of, especially #4

 

 

 

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In today's busy world it can even be difficult to stay organized with the person you spend the most time with! Stay organized between spouses w/ these tips!

Joe & I are a busy couple; between long hours at work, decent amount of travel, lots of projects around the house and a new puppy to take care of, we always seem to have a lot going on. Since we’re both constantly on the go, we try to be intentional about keeping coordinated with ‘life stuff’ between the two of us. The system isn’t perfect (is any?), but we’ve found these 6 things help us stay organized!

top 6 ways to stay organized between spouses

1 Calendar Working in an office, we both are glued to our email and calendars for work purposes. We try to replicate that in our personal life. For example, Joe & I only have one car. Living downtown Seattle, this works really well for us, but does take coordination. Anytime one of us knows that we’ll need the car for a future date, we make sure to send the other a calendar invite with the times so that neither will forget. Another common calendar invite on both our calendars is our Thursday night reminder to take out the trash. Without it, we’d be drowning in garbage 🙂 .

2 Clutter Baskets are our miracle cure as it relates to clutter around our house. If either of us sees stuff from the other person sitting out that shouldn’t be, we’re allowed to store in the basket (but no where else). We also then know if we can’t find something, it’s likely in the baskets. Cleaning up a room can now actually be a 5 minute task!

3 Groceries I’m the grocery shopper of our duo and Joe is the cook. While these roles play to our strengths (arr…. mask my weakness in cooking), it requires us to be coordinated. We both use the grocery list app Anylist to coordinate weekly grocery shopping and meal planning. Joe is able to add groceries that he needs to make his fancy meals, while I can add on to the list for the essentials. Regardless of which app or method you use, I highly recommend you having a system to ensure that there’s a joint list for groceries AND needed household items.

4 To Do Lists No one has to force me to make a list, but I didn’t always keep a “Joe” list. I felt kind of silly having a list of things to talk to Joe about. I mean, do I really need to write down conversations to have with him to remember? Well, actually yes, you should write down ALL your to-do items, even if it’s things to discuss with your spouse. For example, asking Joe which dates he wants to travel for our upcoming vacation so that I can book the flights, deciding if we’re going to put a fence in our yard, or selecting a puppy classes to take Reagan to.

5 A Minute a Day I like to spend a couple minutes a day with Joe talking about our schedule for the rest of the week (or the next week).  Now having a puppy, we’re learning to coordinate our schedules to take care of Reagan so chatting about our schedule regularly has been really helpful.

6 Meetings OK, this might sound a little overkill, but bear with me. Once a month we try to spend at least an hour going through ‘house things’. Going through our finances, figuring out vacations for the year, random items from the to-do list that we forget to talk about. It’s not always necessary and we don’t do this EVERY month, but the idea of having a scheduled time to just run through stuff is really helpful. I compare it to being a work and passing a coworker in the hall to discuss work things vs scheduling a meeting in a conference room. Yes, the drive bys are great, but sometimes it’s more productive to schedule a time to discuss. (No I don’t book a conference room for these meetings with Joe 🙂 )

In today's busy world it can even be difficult to stay organized with the person you spend the most time with! Stay organized between spouses w/ these tips!

Any tips that you use to stay organized?!
In today's busy world it can even be difficult to stay organized with the person you spend the most time with! Stay organized between spouses w/ these tips!

 

 

 

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In today's busy world it can even be difficult to stay organized with the person you spend the most time with! Stay organized between spouses w/ these tips!

 

In today's busy world it can even be difficult to stay organized with the person you spend the most time with! Stay organized between spouses w/ these tips!

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100 things around your house to throw away NOW that you'll never miss and probably didn't realize you had! Speaking from the ultimate pack rat!

I hate downsizing. There I said it. I have a constant fear that I’ll someday need said item that I’m getting rid of. I’d rather spend hours figuring out the perfect organizational system for too much stuff than downsize. Yet even someone like me is able to get rid of these 100 things. Whether you throw away, recycle or donate, I promise you won’t miss these 100 things from your home!

  1. Extra buttons in little plastic bags from every clothing item ever purchased | Odds are you don’t even have the shirt the buttons came with!
  2. Window bill envelopes | besides paying bills when on earth would you use these?
  3. Expired condiments
  4. Scratched CDs | In this day and age if you’re going to even keep CDs they sure better be working!
  5. Expired batteries | Just because you put them back in storage, doesn’t mean they’ll start working again 🙂 .
  6. Cable cords and wires | Seriously, do you really have any idea what to do with these?
  7. Expired canned goods
  8. Tupperware containers missing their lid | I promise you’re never going to find the lid. Ever.
  9. Old cell phones | “I’d really like to go back to using my Iphone 3” said no one ever. Trade it in or donate it.
  10. Lanyards, name tags, bags from conferences
  11. Magnets | Unless you use them, they just make your fridge look cluttered.
  12. Dried-up nail polish
  13. Travel mugs that leak | You’re welcome.
  14. Unused notebooks
  15. Address labels for your old house
  16. Dollar store items that you’re still trying to figure out how to use
  17. Tiny screws and nails from furniture you don’t even have anymore
  18. Novelty kitchen gadgets | Everyone wants fresh squeezed orange juice, but how often are you actually squeezing those oranges?
  19. Wedding favors
  20. Past wedding invites
  21. Expired coupons | Donate them to the military
  22. Old bridesmaid dresses | Have you really worn it since the wedding?
  23. Hangers from the dry cleaners
  24. Extra salt and pepper shakers | Honestly, why would have you more?
  25. White-out bottles | Deep down you know you don’t need these.
  26. Hair elastics that have lost stretchiness
  27. Old teeth whitening trays
  28. Take out menus | The menu is the exact same online. I promise.
  29. Backpacks or duffle bags that don’t get used enough | And no, don’t use these as storage solutions
  30. Gorgeous uncomfortable shoes that you avoid because they give you blisters
  31. Unused Exercise Equipment | This stuff is too bulky to store if you’re not using it.
  32. Alarm clock | Isn’t your phone already sitting on your nightstand?
  33. Plastic cutlery from takeout
  34. Extra pencil sharpeners | You can have ONE
  35. Paperweights
  36. Hole punch | When’s the last time you’ve used yours?
  37. Snacks your pets don’t like | Reagan is the worlds pickiest eater
  38. Unused vases | Keep one for flowers you receive
  39. Make up you’ll try “one day” | I’m looking at you Taylor Swift style lipsick
  40. Travel brochures from trips you’ve already gone on
  41. Stockings with runs | No amount of clear nail polish will take away the run
  42. Cards you’ve received that have no sentimental value
  43. Old emery boards | They’re SO cheap, just buy a new one
  44. Highlighters | Save one or TWO tops
  45. Too many sets of bed linens | Allow two per bed max
  46. Piles of “scrap paper”
  47. Gifts you don’t really like
  48. Staple remover | Do you see my theme with office supplies?
  49. Twisty ties | They really only make sense on bread bags
  50. DVDs you don’t watch
  51. Cooking utensils you have two of | Have you ever used two of the same utensil at the same time?
  52. Promotional t-shirts that are WAY too big
  53. Bills you don’t need to keep | Who wants to be reminded of how much money they’ve spent?
  54. Extra key chains
  55. Emergency sewing kits | How many ‘sewing emergencies’ can one person have?
  56. Mason jars | Go on Pinterest and figure out a project for these or get rid of them!
  57. Paper bags from a department store | Ok Ok, keep one or two tops
  58. Touristy knick knacks that seemed like a good idea to purchase while on vacation
  59. Fancy serving bowls that you can only use for special occasions
  60. CDs that come with computer programs you’re no longer using
  61. Extra bubble wrap | Takes up WAY too much room!
  62. Keys that you don’t know what they’re for
  63. Holiday decorations that you always forget to set out | Mine’s the Mardi Gras decorations for the party I never end up hosting
  64. Any dishware that doesn’t match the rest of your set
  65. Dried up super glue or super glue that’s lids are glued shut
  66. Those amazing organizational systems that worked in your previous apartment but not in your current place
  67. Recipe books you rarely use | One word: Pinterest 
  68. Magazines you’ve already read
  69. Worn-Out Hairbrushes | We all get grossed out seeing other people’s old hairbrushes
  70. Single earrings | Look for the pair or get rid of it
  71. Too many workout clothes | Remember, buying workout clothes doesn’t burn calories
  72. Plastic hangers that you get from the store
  73. Remotes that don’t have a use | Whoever invented the universal remote is GENIUS!
  74. Dishware that doesn’t stack easily and/or takes up too much room
  75. Craft supplies for projects that you never actually started (or completed)
  76. The cheap pans that keep burning your meal | But you won’t have any more excuses for burnt food 🙂
  77.  Novelty baking dishes that can’t be used regularly
  78. Extra pajama sets | A couple for cold weather and a couple for warm weather is good enough!
  79. Accessories to old electronics | Don’t we wish all iphone versions used the same charger??
  80. Broken hangers, even if they’re the fancy expensive wood kind
  81. Boxes from electronics | Unless you think there’s a good chance you’ll return it, hold the box for only a couple weeks
  82. Hairdryer attachments that never get used
  83. Stained clothing you can’t get cleaned | The stain will drive you crazy
  84. Too many coolers | If you have room for these, I want to move in to your house!
  85. Holiday themed dishes | I love these as much as you do, but I only have room for dishes I can use ALL year round
  86. Belts that don’t fit
  87. Scarves you never wear
  88. Too many hats & gloves | Find a couple pairs that go with ALL your winter coats
  89. Chopsticks | Unless you really REALLY use them
  90. Shampoo bottles from hotels | Use them within the first month back from your trip or get rid of them
  91. Air fresheners | Unless they’re the kind with refills
  92. Clothes that are WAY too small | One size down is OK, but anything more? Just buy new clothes to celebrate!
  93. Matches from restaurants | Save one pack
  94. Cheap pens that run out of ink easily
  95. Too many baking dishes | How many can you really fit in your oven at the same time?
  96. Old ratty towels | Turn them in to rags or get rid of them!
  97. Makeup samples that you only like because they’re free
  98. Unnecessary receipts | Do you really want an itemized grocery receipt from a year ago?
  99. Cookie cutters | If you’ve used them in the last month you get a pass!
  100. Empty bottles of anything

100 things around your house to throw away NOW that you'll never miss and probably didn't realize you had! Speaking from the ultimate pack rat!

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100 things around your house to throw away NOW that you'll never miss and probably didn't realize you had! Speaking from the ultimate pack rat!

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No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

Too many gift cards and not enough organization?

I WISH I had that problem! Fortunately my sister, Whitney, did (and took some pictures of her solution). After recently getting married, she had TONS of gift cards. Nice right? Well she came up with this easy & quick way to keep her gift cards organized ….

Supplies Needed for Gift Card Organization

  • Hole punch (either a single or a 3 ring punch)
  • 2 inch book rings
  • Permanent marker
  • Gift cards!

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

BEFORE punching a hole, locate the bar code on the back of the gift card, aka the black thin strip. Make sure to punch your hole on the OTHER side because punching on the bar code will prevent the card from working at the store. The last thing we all want is a gift card that doesn’t work!

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

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No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

Using either a single hole punch or even this 3 ring binder one, punch a hole at the edge of the gift card, aiming for 1/2 inch space on the side. No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

Before placing your gift cards on the ring, write the current balance on each card with your permanent marker. I’ve even noticed some stores nowadays will write an updated dollar amount on the gift cards after each use!

Now all you need to do is place your cards into the book ring. Whitney opted to put all her wedding gift cards together in one book ring but the options are limitless 🙂 .  If you’ve got lots of gift cards, you could organize by type of store (department store, drug store, etc). I’m one of those people who worries that I’m going to lose my gift cards, so I’d realistically place all my gift cards on one book ring. Then when I’m planning on running errands, I’d remove the gift cards of the stores I plan to go to and place those on a separate ring to take with me.

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

May you be lucky enough to need to organize your gift cards!
No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

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No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

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As much as I try to fight it, there’s no getting away from email. So instead of fighting it, I’ve learn to accept it as part of my daily routine and make it work for me. Over the years I’ve picked up some tips and tricks that I live by to keep my email organized.

Is your inbox overwhelming you? It's easier than you think to ruthlessly keep your email organized with these surprising tips & tricks!

Folders

I have several folders created within my inbox, but there’s 3 that really help me to stay organized. 1) Waiting to hear back: I bcc myself on emails that I really need a response from others on and then move it to this folder. If you don’t bcc yourself on the email, you can simply dig these out of your sent folder. 2) To do next week: I check this folder every Sunday and follow up as needed. These are emails that aren’t urgent and/or will take a while to respond to. If I know an email isn’t going to get responded to this week, I like being able to move it out of my inbox. 3) Confirmations: including flight confirmations, Amazon orders, etc.

Filter, Filter, Filter

As a Gmail user, I use the Promotions & Social filters religiously! If you receive an email that isn’t worthy of going straight to your inbox, but instead is more of a Promotion or Social (think Facebook notification emails), simply drag it over to the Promotion or Social tab and click “yes” to the ‘do this action next time’ pop up.

The 2 Minute Rule

The two-minute rule can really apply to any task you have, including emails. If it can be done in 2 minutes, do it now! It will get off your mind and out of your inbox. Otherwise you’ll likely spend MORE than 2 minutes on the email every time you open your inbox and see that email sitting there. Most emails can be answered in five sentences or less so there’s no reason not to tackle!

Is your inbox overwhelming you? It's easier than you think to ruthlessly keep your email organized with these surprising tips & tricks!

Schedule

Years ago I read somewhere that the average person checks their email before brushing their teeth in the morning. I thought that sounded ridiculous until I realized that I did that EVERY day! I’m also guilty of being in the car as a passenger or even standing in line at the grocery store while checking email with no intention of replying right then. STOP THIS! It’s wasted time if you’re not able to do anything about the email you’re reading. Yes, I realize some of us have jobs where we need to be reading email at all times, but unless you’re one of those people, grocery line email checking is probably not productive!

Instead, schedule times in your day where you’re going to focus on email. Even if that means 10 minutes every hour to start off with. I started off scheduling 10 times a day (yes 10!) and then was able to move down to 3 specific times a day where I’m focusing on reading & responding to new incoming email.

Turn OFF Notifications

My phone (and ipad) used to light up every time I received a new email and of course I would jump to read it. I’d see the email popup on my ipad while Joe & I were watching TV and spend the entire time wondering what the email was about instead of watching the show. What a waste! Now this is an obvious tip, but turn OFF all those notifications. I don’t even want to know if I have new messages until I actually go into my email account.

Unsubscribe

The last step for organizing your email should be to unsubscribe from emails you don’t want to see. I used to simply delete the emails instead of taking the 30 seconds (or less!) to unsubscribe. I always worried that maybe sometime I’d miss a future email that I really wanted so I wouldn’t unsubscribe. I changed my tune and strongly believe in getting OFF the email lists that are not benefiting you. Yes, you could always just delete the emails when they come to your inbox, but wouldn’t it be nice if you never received them in the first place?

Is your inbox overwhelming you? It's easier than you think to ruthlessly keep your email organized with these surprising tips & tricks!

May you all see an EMPTY inbox!

Is your inbox overwhelming you? It's easier than you think to ruthlessly keep your email organized with these surprising tips & tricks!

 

 

 

Is your inbox overwhelming you? It's easier than you think to ruthlessly keep your email organized with these surprising tips & tricks!

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