Last Minute Father’s Day Gifts for the Organized Dad

What better gift could you give dear old dad than the gift of organization and tidiness? Here are some last minute gifts for Dad to help him get and stay organized:Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 7.06.35 AM

1. Maverick AK-01 BBQ Tools with carrying case: Dad will love this set of five stainless steel and rubber grilling accessories that he can use to grill dinner for the whole family (and put it away in the case when he’s done).

2. Husky plastic tool box with metal latches: I got this for Matt on his birthday last year. He loved it and so do I. It keeps all of his tools in one place–including the teeny tiny hardware that would otherwise get lost in a drawer somewhere.

3. Metal two-bag golf organizer: Dad’s caddy when he’s not on the golf course.

4. Armor All complete car care kit: For the DIY Dad, this kit let’s him clean, buff and shine his (other) baby.

5. Bamboo multi-charging station: A charging station gives dad the power he needs for all of his gadgets in one place.

When all else fails, treat your Dad to your excellent organizing services–Mom will thank you.

Tips for packing an organized weekend suitcase

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I live about four hours away from my family, which means I’m frequently taking weekend trips back to my hometown to visit them. Between all of the back and forth, packing and unpacking, I’ve gotten pretty good at keeping an organized weekend suitcase. Here’s my top ten tips for keeping a tidy weekender bag or suitcase.
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Desktop Organization and Portable Planner Essentials Tray

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I’m one of the few lucky millennials out there who has an extra room in my apartment. Affectionately referred to as a “den,” the extra room has become part office, part beer brewing laboratory, part craft/blog/planner room. One of the things I really wanted when we upgraded to an apartment with extra space was a desk that I could craft and write at, and boy did Matt deliver. He built this six foot desk from scratch to go right under the window. It’s so beautiful! Have a look …
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Organizing under the kitchen sink/cleaning product organization

First, I would like to formally thank everyone who is following my blog! I can’t believe people that I don’t even know have chosen to actually hear what I want to say and I am so grateful! If you’re not subscribed but want to be, please enter your e-mail address in the sidebar for organizing tips and tricks delivered to your inbox! Okay, let’s get to the good stuff. It has taken me awhile and a lot of rearranging to get all of our cleaning supplies organized neatly under the kitchen sink, but I’ve finally found a way that works for us, without using any fancy bins or organizing products. I shopped the house and kept a lot of these products in their original packaging for a simple, yet tidy system. I can’t wait to share! Slide1
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How to organize warrantees, manuals and receipts in a binder

Have you ever bought something expensive and knew you had to hold on to the paperwork, instructions, CD and receipt for it? How many times have you put that paperwork in a drawer never to be seen again–especially a year later when you really really need it because you’re moving or need to reprogram something? If you’re anything like me (before I got organized), it’s probably happened more times than you can count.

If you’re a renter who tends to move around a lot, it’s so important to keep this type of paperwork organized. You’ll need user manuals to know how to program and reprogram your electronics, instructions so you can assemble and disassemble large furniture and receipts and warrantees incase things break. Make sure you’re prepared for any future move and set yourself up a warrantees manuals and receipts binder.
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First, I would like to say that I cannot take credit for the genius that is this binder. I completely stole this project from my inspiration for all that is organizing, Alejandra Costello from alejandra.tv. She’s a professional organizer and had tons of great videos full of tips and DIYs for organizing the spaces of your home–if you haven’t checked her out yet, now’s the time.

Also, I’ve linked all of the products I used in the body copy of this post. Just click on the name of the product and it will direct you to a site where you can purchase the items! Let’s get started.

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First, you’ll need a binder. I used a 3″ Better Binder from Staples. This particular binder is really high quality, large and sturdy enough to hold several poly envelopes.

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For the cover, I just slipped a piece of scrapbook paper into the front clear pocket and put a Martha Stewart Collection label over top of the plastic and used my labeler with some clear tape to make a label.

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Inside, I used clear poly envelope inserts for each item I have paperwork for. The “home” section has manuals and receipts for all of our home items, such as our bed frame, George Foreman grill, blender, etc.

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Make sure your poly envelopes have solid closures. These have velcro to keep everything inside the pocket and not all over the place. Also, if you have large manuals, instructional CDs or anything similarly bulky, you’ll want your pockets to be expandable as well.

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I just used a post-it sticky tab to the top of the poly envelope and used my clear label tape to label each section. There are so many different colors and styles of these that you can color code as you see fit.

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Don’t forget to fan out the placement of your labels so you can see them all at a glance!

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Taking the time to set up a binder like this might seem time consuming, this one small project will save you so much time later on. Never waste another second searching through a pile of papers and set yourself up with one of these bad boys, today!

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How To Organize Jewelry

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If you’ve ever tried to organize jewelry before, you know how hard it can be, especially with all the different shapes and sizes. Bulky bracelets, bangles, baubles and rings–nothing about it is uniform. Also, having a system that works with your habits can be tricky. Some things you wear regularly, others are only for special occasions, and some are things worn a few times a month to work or with the perfect outfit. Here’s how I organize my jewelry to fit my life, habits and style.

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My frequently worn jewelry and rings live here–in a jewelry box my grandma gave me when I graduated from high school. It fits my Alex and Ani bracelets perfectly, and has room for my rings (I don’t have many). It site on top of my dresser and works perfectly because I can close the lid to avoid visual clutter.

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This is my “I wear it so much that it’s stupid to put it away nicely” spot. This cute and simple antique milk-glass bowl holds my watch, and some of my most-worn stud earrings. I wear these things so much that I needed somewhere to dump them when I’m in a rush to the gym after work and somewhere where I could remember to put them back on in the morning. I got this little dish from an antique store for only a few dollars and I’m pretty much obsessed with it. I makes me feel really unique and original and it’s reminding me that I want to shop at more antique stores in the future. #resolutions

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I keep all of my fashion jewelry and delicate, easily-tangleable (that’s a word–right?) necklaces hung on the wall in my closet. I got the rod and S hooks at Ikea for under $15 and the rack above it from Michaels. Michaels is AMAZING for jewelry organizers. They have boutique-like jewelry display items, like the ones found here. I got this rack for $7 using a 50% off coupon. Never, ever shop there without a coupon. Ever.

The pieces of jewelry above are things that I like to pair with certain outfits. Having them hanging in my closet helps me pick out my outfit and any special jewelry in one swoop, making my morning routine easier.

There you have it. I don’t have a streamlined system to my jewelry to keep it all in one place and looking Pinterest-perfect, but I have a system that works for me and my habits. That’s really what getting organized is about–tailoring your organizing systems to maximize efficiency for your life. A little time organizing jewelry now, can save you a lot of time when getting ready in the morning. And you can see all of your jewelry so you no excuse not to accessorize.

This weekend, come grocery shopping with me and see how I put my meal planning sheets to good use.Signature

5 Pinterest Inspired Ways to Organize Jewelry

In my never ending mission to ban clutter and streamline my life, I have found jewelry to be one of the hardest things to organize. There are so many different sizes, lengths and types of jewelry that keeping it all orderly is a serious challenge. Recently, I’ve switched-up the way I organize my jewelry, which I plan on showing you very soon. In the mean time, take a look at these five Pinterest inspired ways to organize jewelry.

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1. A mirror with hidden jewelry storage. This maximizes space and let’s you accessorize your whole outfit because that’s what you’ll be looking at right before you open this baby up. From Love Chic Living.

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2. This looks like DIY heaven. I love this idea! So simple and so beautiful. From the Row House Nest.

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3. This shabby-chic shadow box turned jewelry organizer is awesome for chunkier fashion jewelry and delicate chains and charms alike. From The Stir.

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4. Why have a jewelry box when you can have a jewelry drawer? I love the compartments for each set of earrings. There is a place for everything and everything in it’s place. From Fresh American Style.

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5. When I saw this, I couldn’t get over how inventive it is. A silverware tray turned jewelry display case–genius! From BuzzFeed.

When you’re having trouble organizing something–especially something that comes in a variety of sizes like jewelry–you’ll need to get creative. Shop your house, look at what you already have, and expand from there. I can’t wait Signatureto show you how I organize all my jewelry. Stay tuned!