How to organize your linen closet

I know I sound like a total organizing nerd when I say this, but my linen closet is one of my favorite parts of our whole apartment. It’s so organized, and it always stays that way with little to no effort. This amazing system was the result of a major strategic effort on my part. This is the first apartment I’ve lived in with a linen closet of this capacity, so I’ve had a lot of time to consider my approach. Does anyone else dream about these things?Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 8.19.46 PM
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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.

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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Mother’s Day Gifts for the Organized Mama

If you didn’t know already, Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday May 10th — that’s next weekend! It came up so fast this year and I can hardly believe that tomorrow is already May. Yikes!

Anyways, most Moms have a lot going on. Whether they have young kids, older children or grandchildren, help keeping their lives organized is always appreciated. Without giving the impression of “Hey, you’re a slob” or “Hey, you’re a neat freak,” any of the following gifts are perfect for any type of mother in your life. Check it out.

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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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Link Roundup 4/24/15

Not only was it my birthday week, but I found out my sister is ready to have her baby at any time now! I’m so excited for another niece I can hardly stand it. While I was crossing my fingers for her to be born on my birthday, Stacey’s due date isn’t until May 11th, so I’m hoping for a healthy birth for mom and baby.

This week I’ve also had the honor and privilege of being accepted into the Her Campus Blogger Network, which is why I have that cool new banner in the sidebar. I’ve already met a lot of great bloggers who I’m learning a lot from. I can only see Life in Order improving from my experience within the network.

Also, the cupcakes pictured below were made and decorated by my BFF, Dana. Props to her for her amazing baking skills, and props to me for choosing a best friend who brings me baked goods.

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1. Ximena Ramirez’s Washington Heights, New York City Home Tour via The Everygirl – This small apartment packs a big punch when it comes to being uniquely and eclectically decorated.

2. Better Homes and Garden’s Top 25 Real Life Bedrooms – I would love to see more big names showcasing real life living spaces – even though most of these do still look perfect!

3. This week, Cupcakes and Cashmere showed us her organized bookshelf in her weekly Five Things post. Like everything else she does, she nailed it.

4. Guest Bloggers Bridget and Casey from the DIY Playbook show us how to organize keys with a little bit of flair on iHeartOrganizing.

5. I found a new blog that I love (and so should you). She’s a fellow Her Campus Blogger Network gal, and I sure do love her stuff. Especially this post about planner essentials. She’s Erica from Girl, Organized.

Hope you guys had a great week and have fun plans for the weekend ahead. It’s been a little cold up here for the past couple of days, so maybe that means I’ll be staying in and working on organizing new spaces of my apartment to share. Hmmmm …

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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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