My five favorite apps for organization that I use daily! 

These are my 5 favorite apps to get and stay organized on my iphone!

Throughout the years I’ve teetered between digital and paper organizational solutions. Although there’s something so amazingly gratifying about crossing off an accomplished task, I tend to be more of a digital gal. At the same time, I try to limit the number of organizing solutions I have on my phone. I find that when there’s too many solutions, none of them actually solve the problem.  So here’s my slimmed down favorite apps that help me stay organized:

 

Favorite Apps for Organization

Google Calendar

Everything is in my Google calendar. EVERYTHING. Changing from paper calendar to digital may take some getting used to, but I’ve found the benefits to be huge. One of my favorite features is the ability to send calendar invites to friends and family. That way everyone is in sync. One unique way Joe & I utilize Google calendars is to claim dibs on our car. We live in the city and have one car, so it’s helpful to be able to send him invites for my events when I need to use the car. Google calendars also come in handy for reminders. Joe & I have a reoccurring calendar invite to remind ourselves to take out the trash each Thursday. We’ve lived in our same house for 3 years and if it weren’t for that calendar invite reminder we’d be overflowing in trash.

 

ToDoist

I’ve tried lots of to do list apps … lots. For the last two years I’ve been using Todoist. I like the clean sleek look and ability to customize according to how I categorize my tasks. I can set reoccurring tasks, for example, creating a gorcery list every Friday before I grocery shop every Saturday.  There’s capability to see just the tasks I need to accomplish today or look ahead to see what I need to do for the next week. Filters allow me to see just the tasks I need to accomplish on my computer or who I need to call.  I can even put special labels on tasks to be accomplished before vacations.

 

AnyList 

I use AnyList specifically for grocery shopping and meal planning. I can import receipts I find online and the app magically adds the ingredients to the grocery list. It’s pretty amazing. There are other apps that have this same functionality, but the selling point for me was that I can share my grocery list with Joe. Throughout the week we both add things to the list that we’re running low on before I go shopping on Saturday. There’s a free version of this app as well, but I pay an annual fee of $12 ($1 a month for extra features). For me it’s a small price to pay for needed convenience.

 

Dropbox

I wasn’t always hooked on Dropbox. It seemed so basic without a lot of bells and whistles. I tried some of the newer storage apps but found that the simplicity of Dropbox was actually what I needed. Dropbox looks and feels a lot like ‘My Folders’ on my laptop: super straight forward. I use Dropbox for a couple different projects. Photo storage for Declan and Reagan: I like to save every photo we take and try to spare all my Facebook friends from being inundated with a zillion photos of my kid and dog. But the lucky chosen few relatives get unlimited access to every photo I take compliments of Dropbox. I can share individual folders with whoever I want. I also recently digitized my Christmas cards utilizing Dropbox. Joe and I also share a folder where we store important house, car and tax documents. My rule of thumb is to upload any documents that we may need and couldn’t easily get from somewhere else (for these types of documents I typically use Dropbox from my computer).

 

iScanner

I was just about to purchase a big clunky scanner when a friend introduced me to iScanner. This app scans papers and saves them as PDFs. I can automatically email the PDFs to myself or anyone. A surprising fun feature is the ability to attach PDFs to each other.  I use this weekly to keep track of my blogging expenses, but also for important medical, home and tax documents. Once I scan the docs, I can easily upload to my Dropbox account.

And that’s it. Yes, I have other apps on my phone (Facebook, Amazon, Instagram, Pinterest, the list goes on), but these are my favorite apps. The ones that constantly keep me sane during my crazy days. What are your favorite apps? Leave us a note in the comments!

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The smartest way to store your Christmas cards: digitally! 

The smart way to organize your Christmas cards: digitally!

As soon as I found out I was pregnant I started nesting. Right away. Like THAT day.  And I started on the Christmas cards. We’ve got great storage space in our town house and I definitely put to the test. Lots of Container Store bins line our closets, several of which were storing a decade of Christmas cards. Now I love Christmas and love giving & receiving Christmas cards. I also hate getting rid of anything. You can see the problem arising!

The reality is that after the month of December, those Christmas cards don’t get looked at again. They’re just taking up valuable space in the closet. I knew I should get rid of them, but I just couldn’t do it.

So instead I compromised with myself. I got rid of the physical card, but stored copies digitally on Dropbox. There’s a variety of digital storage options available. My go-to is Dropbox, mostly because I’ve used it for quite a while so I’m very familiar and it’s folder system is very similar to that of a PC.

Get rid of your piles of Christmas cards, by storing them DIGITALLY!

I already had my cards stored by year, but if you didn’t, that would be the first place to start. It may be difficult to discifer which year each card was from, so you’ll have to decide if it’s worth it or not.

I found this project to be a lot easier (and less time consuming than I expected) largely due to the fact that I only used my iPhone (no computer needed).

Using a white foam board as a back drop I took a picture of each card one by one. For most of the cards I only took a picture of the front, but there were a few where I also took a picture of the back/inside.

Before I took any pictures of cards, I snapped a photo of the labeled ziplock bag that I was storing each year’s worth of cards in. This helped organizez my photos on my phone and made it easier to upload to Dropbox (more on that below).

Once all the photos were taken, I logged in to my Dropbox account on my iPhone. I added a folder titled ‘Cards’ and made sub folders for each year.

To add my photos I simply opened up one of the sub folders, hit the + key at the bottom of the screen and selected ‘Upload Photos’.

I selected all the photos that followed the photo of the bag marked with the appropriate calendar year. Then hit ‘Next’.

Depending on how many photos you have, it could take a couple minutes to upload.


Once the photos are all uploaded, you can rotate and label each one. I decided that extra step wasn’t worth it to me right now, but you may want your more organized!

I was so happy that I took the plunge to digitalize these and definetely have been enjoying the extra storage space! It’s now becoming an annual project each January (along with prepping birthday cards for the year).

Step by step tutorial for organizing your Christmas cards digitally!

 

 

 

 




 

 

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This post, Organizing our Paper Piles, was sponsored by Fellowes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

A better way to manage all your paper clutter in just 5 easy steps! This is the system I've been using for years to manage all our paper piles!

With spring cleaning tips spreading across the web this time of year, I like to change it up and showcase an organizing process that I’ve been using for the a while now. I’ve toyed with a couple different ways of organizing our paper piles over the years and stuck with our current system for some time now. Bills, magazines, and mail can pile up quickly. While I sort my mail each day over the recycling bin, I still wanted a dedicated process to take action and file our paper piles regularly. For me, regularly became once a month aligning with paying bills. I set a calendar invite for one hour on the 31st of each month. Routine is everything!

1 categories

To create my system, the first task is to pull out all the paper piles, sort through and divide in to categories. Now your categories will likely be different than mine and may change over time. I love a good organizing process that has flexibility!

My categories

  • Save – These are documents that I want to hold on to and typically need to be filed away. I have a great system for filing important documents that I’ve been using for a while now.
  • Shred – This is for those important documents that I no longer need, but didn’t want to put in the trash. Think bank and credit card statements, old medical documents, and anything else with personal information on it. I shred ALL documents containing sensitive information with our Fellowes 12Cs Shredder. It shreds up to 12 sheets of paper at once and has SafeSense® technology that makes it a great choice for at-home use around children and pets.
  • To Do – For documents that I need to take action on, whether now or later. This includes credit card bills, responding to invitations, etc.
  • Medical – During my pregnancy I’ve been getting LOTS of medical documents in the mail. (At the time of this post the baby could come any day!) I’ve been holding on to all pregnancy related medical bills and paperwork in one specific spot.
  • Taxes – For most, taxes are a once a year project. Working for myself as a blogger I file my taxes quarterly, meaning I’m lucky enough to get to think and deal with taxes 4 times a year {extreme sarcasm inserted}!

I use these colorful thin plastic folders and added a label to the bottom right corner of each. These folders will be the main part of my paper pile review sessions each month.

A better way to manage all your paper clutter in just 5 easy steps! This is the system I've been using for years to manage all our paper piles!

2 storage

Last year I created an entry way wall command center for mail, keys and all those miscellaneous items that appear on our kitchen counter. No paper makes it past the command center unless it’s going in to the recycling bin or needs to be handled ASAP. This has pretty much eliminated those random pieces of paper that would sneak on to our kitchen counters and tables!

A better way to manage all your paper clutter in just 5 easy steps! This is the system I've been using for years to manage all our paper piles!

Since the command center is where our mail and paper piles ended up, I used the top shelf of the magazine holder to store the paper pile folders I created.

  • top shelf – monthly review folders
  • middle shelf – my mail and misc papers
  • bottom shelf – Joe’s mail and misc papers

My favorite aspect is that everything is easy to grab and all in one location.

A better way to manage all your paper clutter in just 5 easy steps! This is the system I've been using for years to manage all our paper piles!

3 supplies

In addition to the folders and mail, there’s a couple additional supplies that I use during my monthly paper organizing sessions. Instead of searching my house to grab those items, I keep them all together in a clear pouch: checkbook, stamps, pens, paper clips and post-its.

A better way to manage all your paper clutter in just 5 easy steps! This is the system I've been using for years to manage all our paper piles!

Never without the desire to label, I added a small label onto the pouch. My quick go-to process is placing a printed label on top of washi tape. It adds a pop of color while also not being permanent (gives great flexibility if I decide to make a change).

A better way to manage all your paper clutter in just 5 easy steps! This is the system I've been using for years to manage all our paper piles!

4 organize

During my monthly session, I grab my mail, folders and pouch. I utilize Laura Stack’s, aka The Productivity Pro, FIRST method to sort all my paper piles into the folders.

File it

Recycle

Shred

Take Care of it

Once all my paper piles are sorted in to the appropriate folders, I go through the folders one at a time to determine the course of action for each document inside. For example, in my To-Do folder, I will pay any bills that are due. Any papers placed in my shred folder will be shredded (see more below!). Medical bills will be reviewed, paid and sorted by date.

A better way to manage all your paper clutter in just 5 easy steps! This is the system I've been using for years to manage all our paper piles!

5 shred 

Every month or so, I grab my shred folder to dispose of the documents inside.

Having a high-quality shredder is key! I use and love our Fellowes 12Cs Shredder found at Walmart:

  • It’s a cross-cut shredder, which really is the best choice for preventing identity theft and fraud. For most of us, these are the reason to shred papers in the first place!
  • It has SafeSense® technology to keep children, pets and distracted organizers safe 🙂 .
  • It can shred up to 12 sheets of paper at one time without jamming. Thank goodness!


Got the urge to organize now? Our friends at Fellowes share some great spring organization tips!

A better way to manage all your paper clutter in just 5 easy steps! This is the system I've been using for years to manage all our paper piles!

 

A better way to manage all your paper clutter in just 5 easy steps! This is the system I've been using for years to manage all our paper piles!

 

 

 

 




 

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This shop,How to Organize Baby Feeding Supplies, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FirstsMadeEasy #ForBetterBeginnings #MomsFirsts #CollectiveBias

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

Being a rookie to parenting, but a long time organizer, I knew I wanted a system to store all the supplies & bottles that would soon take over our home with our little on on the way. A minimalist at heart, I started with the necessities: bottles, bibs, spoons, cups, plates.

We did stock up Playtex VentAire bottles, as these help reduce colic and reflux (two things that sound pretty miserable!) at Target. Scroll down for a great Target Cartwheel to save on Playtex bottles!

Kitchen space can be at a premium in our home, so finding room for the addition of baby products took some thought and planning.

4 Steps to Organize Baby Feeding Supplies

1. purge

Before I stored any baby items in the kitchen, I pulled out EVERY item in our cabinets. Yep, every single one. Not only was it a good opportunity to clean out the inside of the cabinets, looking at all the items we had sitting out on our counters helped me determine what to get rid of (those beer glasses from college perhaps?). Knowing that I had to find extra room in the cabinets allowed me look at our items with a more critical lense.

Once you’ve evaluated all your items, hold off on putting anything back in to the cabinets just yet (we’ll get to that in step 4).

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

2. group similar items

Next I compiled all the baby feeding supplies that will be stored in our kitchen. Similar to step 1, I like to take a look at everything that needs to go into the cabinet before jumping in to organizing solutions. I grouped like items together: bottles, bibs, sippy cups, plates, etc. While there may be a few exceptions, most like items will be stored together.

We’re using Playtex Baby™ VentAire®. What I liked about these bottles is that they’re designed ro reduce colic. There’s a bottom vent on each bottle created to keep air at the back of the bottle and out of the baby’s stomach. The other neat thing about the VentAire® collection is the ability to mix and match the bottles & nipples. That way we can figure out what works for us. Switch out one of the nipples, but still use the bottle.  The minimalist in me really liked this philosophy.

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

3. storage solutions

Once all the baby items are grouped together, I’m able to better determine what size storage containers will be needed. I used a combination of clear acrylic containers and pretty white plastic bins found at Target. The baby plates and silverware were placed with our normal kitchen items. I figured that if Joe & I are eating, likely so will our child. Plus, the plates could easily sit on top of our existing kitchen plates to take up less room.

Finding containers did take a little trial and error since the container had to not only hold all the supplies, but also fit into our cabinets. One trick I’ve learned is to measure the space BEFORE heading out to purchase anything. So I measured various cabinet shelves and a couple of our drawers. I also brought a small tape measure with me to the store when I go shopping. Not all storage bins will have the measurements listed and I’ve learned the hard way that I’m not the best at estimating!

These white bins below worked for the majority of our supplies: bottles, placemats, sippy cups, & snack cups.

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

Affixing a label on each container helps keep everything more organized. Family, friends and nannies can easily find what they need to help out! as well. Plus it makes me happy to open a cabinet with well labeled containers (just look at my craft closet)!

4. store

This is the big step (and the most gratifying). With all of our regular kitchen items and baby feeding supplies spread out on our counters, I was ready to put them away (and anxious to get rid of the clutter). I started by focusing on returning my regular kitchen items where they originally were (or close to it). I did need to allocate shelf space for the new white plastic containers as well as one drawer.  When deciding where to put the baby feeding supplies, I thought about how often these would be used.

One of my favorite rules of organizing is to make sure the most commonly used items are the easiest to access.  

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

I opted to store the spoons and forks with our current silverware. Sometimes it made more sense to store like items together …. baby and ours. I opted for a similar set up for the plates. Our baby (toddler?) plates sat on top of our standard dish set.

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

Using a long clear acrylic container is an easy way to store full milk bottles or baggies in the fridge. Newest ones get placed in the back so that those that have been in the fridge longer get used up first (first in first out). I’ve gotten this recommendation from several friends stating that it was a life safer to not have to look through a crowded fridge to find a bottle when needed!

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

To save room, bibs are stored in the inside of a cabinet door with a command hook. I selected the door of the cabinet that held the most baby items to that everything would be in one location.

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

Bottle cleaning supplies went in a drawer below our counters. Since some of these were a little bit bulkier, I found that it easier to store in a drawer as opposed to a cabinet.

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

How do you organize baby feeding supplies?

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!




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How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

I swoon over the mega closets that I see on TV. You know the ones that could double as a studio apartment? Yes, I love LOOKING at these because I definitely do not have one! Granted, I do have a walk in closet (which is shared with Joe), but there’s not enough space to have all 4 seasons of clothes easily reachable. So I’ve learned to get a little creative with storage solutions and slowly learning the art of downsizing!

While some may find this task …. well a task, I look forward to it. Even more than that. I ENJOY it. Yes, call me crazy, but pulling out my upcoming season of clothes and doing a refresh of my closet 4 times a year is my form of relaxation. My perfect ‘me time’. Obviously, any chance to organize something in our home brings me joy, but it’s also so fun to swap out my wardrobe with clothes that FEEL new (aka – haven’t been worn for several months). It’s my zero cost shopping spree.

When I was doing my weekly shopping at Kroger this past weekend, I grabbed the new Style Watch while at checkout which got me excited for spring clothing season. Now I’ll never be known for my style, but I do like a new wardrobe refresh as much as the next and some fun inspiration.

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

I turn on some music, grab a glass of wine and a couple magazines for inspiration for the next couple hours of clothing and organization! Now how could that sound like a chore?

The very first thing I do is pull out all my current wardrobe out of the closet. Some of my current season clothing can actually be worn all year round, such as jeans and a couple sweaters. Seattle is known for their rain, but NOT extreme temperatures! I take those pieces and put them back in the closet.

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

I use this organization session as an opportunity to sort through and get rid of any current season clothes that I haven’t worn in the last couple months. No, I don’t LOVE getting rid of things, but I follow a simple system to sort through items in any room. By creating baskets to donate, fix, sell, or hold, I’m able to get rid of pieces that I just don’t wear. (My ‘hold’ basket is for clothing that I’m just not ready to get rid of but I know I should! I hold on to these until the next season to make a final decision).

Grab my downloadable labels to help!

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

When evaluating each piece, I ask myself the following:

  • Have I worn this recently?
  • Will I wear it soon?
  • Do you have similar pieces taking up valuable space?
  • Does it fit?
  • Is the piece stretched, stained, damaged, or torn?

 

I follow the same process to review each piece of upcoming season clothing to decide if any need to go in the donate, fix, sell or hold baskets. Once I’ve hopefully purged a couple pieces (???), I sort all the clothes based on type. Casual t-shirts, dressy shirts, shorts, skirts, dresses, pants, etc. This is also a good opportunity to find a couple more pieces to purge.

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

For example, you can see I’m apparently a big fan of red: 4 red dresses and 4 red sweaters!

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

Don’t forget about shoes, jewelry, purses and scarves.

Our closet came with lots of built in wire shelving. I do love the shelving options, but it does take away from hanging space. After some time getting used to this set up, I found that I actually prefer the shelving when used with large canvas baskets. One basket for each category of clothing ….

made easier with these printable labels.

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

When placing the upcoming season clothing back in to my closet, I follow a couple tips to make the most use out of my side of the closet:

  • Pants are always placed on multi pant hangers to take up less room. I have one for jeans and one for dress pants.
  • Clothing is organized by type (pants, t-shirts, dresses, etc).
  • While it’s the trend to put shoes in clear containers with PHOTOS on the front, for me it’s more effort than it’s worth. I’m able to see through the clear containers easily without a photo on the front. Plus I don’t have to swap out the photo when I swap out my seasonal shoes!
  • Clothing that is used more frequently should be the EASIEST to reach. For me that’s t-shirts, lettings and sweatshirts. Yes, working from home has its benefits! My dresses are pretty hard to reach 🙂 .
  • Bulkier items, such as sweaters, go on the hanging shelf, while slimmer pieces such as t-shirts and skirts are either hung up or go in baskets.
  • Purses go in basket or on the shelves to extend their life, instead of hanging on hooks.

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

How to organize your clothes and closet by seasons to make swapping out your wardrobe so easy. Your closet has never looked better!

While I like to find a system that works (forever), these quarterly clothing swap sessions are a good opportunity to evaluate what’s working and what’s not. I decided that a foldable stool would be a great addition to the closet to reach the upper shelves. I try to use vertical space as much as possible!

 

 

 

 

 




 

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After moving in to our townhouse a couple years ago, we’ve racked up a good amount of paint cans and lots of painting! Labeling these with more complete information (including date purchased and room used in) found it’s way to the bottom of a very long to do list.

Yes, this seemed like a back-burner project for the longest time. That was until I needed to touch up the paint in several rooms we had painted. Uh oh. For the life of me, I couldn’t remember which paint went with which room (apparently I use LOTS of different shades of gray paint!) and I was pretty sure I was missing a couple paint cans as well. Thank goodness my local Benjamin Moore store kept a file of my past purchases.

So no time like the present to get these paint cans organized with better labels.

I know what some of you are thinking …. typically when you purchase a new can of paint, it’s already labeled: either at the top of the can, if the store is mixing the paint for you, or on the side if it’s an off the shelf pre-made color. But not typically both. For this labeling project, I chose to stick labels on both sides. The main reason for this is that I’m admittedly a messy painter and paint often drips on the side of the can, not only causing a mess, but also covering the original label. So better safe than sorry with two labels, right?

I created these labels on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper and printed on stickered white paper. In the template, you’ll find labels for the tops of your 1 gallon cans, 1 quart cans, and 1 pint cans as well as universal labels for the sides of all these cans.

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To make these super easy to adhere, print them out with my stickered white paper. I used my paper cutting tools to cut out the individual labels, but a simple scissor will also do the job just fine!

Each label has space to fill out the following:

  • Brand
  • Paint color
  • Date purchased
  • Room
  • Paint finish (matte, semi-gloss, etc)
  • Notes
  • Small circle to make a paint mark for quick visual color reference

Dab a little paint in the circle for a quick visual color reference. I could barely see this color paint … I guess it literally is just a gray tint!

Although I claim to be finished painting rooms in our home (which definitely makes Joe happy), I printed off a couple extra labels just IN CASE I find another room to paint in the future. I store all any extra labels in plastic pouches for easy use.

Grab the printable paint can template!

Here’s a quick list of the supplies needed for this project:


 

 

 

 




 

 

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While I want to be an ‘all digital’ gal, I’m about 50/50 on utilizing paper vs electronic documents. There’s just some things that seem to be a little easier to store in a hard copy paper format. One of those things is all the warranties and manuals we have from our bigger household items. Fortunately, I rarely need these. But when I do, it can be challenging AND frustrating to find if not organized correctly.

The warranty & manual binder was born!

The first thing I did was pull out all our manuals, receipts and warranties that I found throughout our home. Next I had to decide what paperwork to keep. While I could store every manual I’ve ever received, here’s my litmus test:

If the item stopped working, would I go through the effort to return it, try to fix it or ask for a replacement?

Some household are affordable enough that I would likely just purchase a new one and others I only expect to last a short amount of time. Items such as toaster and coffee makers are examples of product manuals that I don’t keep.

After reviewing the household paperwork that we have, I sorted in the following categories:

  • Kitchen
  • Master bedroom
  • Guest room
  • Family room
  • Electronics
  • Jewelry
  • Misc (I seem to always have a Misc category!)

Then for each household item, I hold on to:

  • Manual
  • Receipt
  • Warranty

** for some items, I was missing one of more of these. That’s OK, I just collected what I had.

 

I make a copy of each of the receipts I have (because the originals seem to always fade over time),

Once I had my categories determined & paperwork organized, here’s the supplies I used to compile the binders:


I used my trusty label maker to label each divider with my categories.

I pull out a clear sheet protector for each item and stick the label on the top right corner. Filling out the details:

  • The product (including make and model)
  • Date purchased
  • Store
  • Cost

Once I compiled everything in to the binder, it was pretty full to capacity. So every time we get rid of a product listed in the binder, we get rid of the paperwork. I also take a couple minutes once or twice a year to flip through to make sure the binder is up to date.

Added bonus is that compiling these all in one place actually ended up taking less space than spread out throughout our house. And I’m all about saving room!

Now if you want to get extra fancy with labeling your, here’s my step by step to a snazzy binder cover!

 

 

 

 

 




 

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I have a love hate relationship with white wire shelving. It’s affordable, readily available, adjustable and pretty nice looking. I should probably just resort to loving it because it’s in every one of our closets. But it can be so difficult to use. Crumbs fall, spills are messy, it’s difficult to clean and many items won’t stand straight on top of them.

Thank goodness the fix is super simple and affordable!

Foam board was my preferred solution since it was thick enough to hold everything and pretty easy to work with. But it created it’s own problems. Spills aren’t easy to wipe up. Plus the white color is a little boring. I wanted some color! Here’s my solution:

Supplies

Instructions 

Measure your shelves width and depth in the area where the foam shelf board will go.


Next cut the foam board just a tiny bit shorter than your shelf measurements. My shelf measured at 25′ w x 12′ d so I cut the foam board to 24′ w x 11 1/2′ d. Its much easier to make your foam boards a little too small as opposed to a little too big, especially after the next step of covering with wrapping paper or contact paper.

I then cut my contact paper / wrapping the same width as the foam board and one inch longer in depth than the foam board. This is so I could wrap the wrapping paper over the front side edges of the foam board.

If you’re using contact paper, simply place your contact paper onto the foam board (if you struggle with contact paper, take a look at my tutorial). For those using wrapping paper, follow these instructions:

Spray the adhesive spray over the foam board and place your wrapping paper on top. Starting in the middle, smooth the wrapping paper onto the board. I grabbed a long book to help smooth it down (a ruler would have been an easier choice, but I couldn’t find one).

Then spray about an inch in length on the opposite side of the foam bard so that you can wrap that extra 1 inch of wrapping paper around it. Remember that when using the adhesive spray make sure you’re in a well ventilated area.

Now place your foam board shelf cover onto your wire shelf and stock up with all your items.  You can LOVE wire shelving again!

(It was because of these binders that I was inspired to make the foam board shelves. It’s IMPOSSIBLE to store binders on wire shelving without the foam boards!)

 


 

 

 




 

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