Friday Favorites – 2.24.17

Happy Friday! My Friday Favorites are the items or ideas that I found interesting or inspiring during the week.

1. My studio office got a fresh, new look. Enter a day with more energy than usual and filled with plans of how my studio office would be transformed. My favorite part of the transformation is that my craft table is now by the window which provides tons of natural light.

I used what I already had and shopped my home for the remainder of the items. You don’t have to spend money to get a new look. I will feature the new look in an upcoming blog post and share what you can do to create your own personal space.

2. The warmer weather we experienced had me itching to update our home decor for spring.Our sideboard is one of the items that sees a seasonal change. I know that colder weather will continue for a while, but the inside of our home is ready to go.

3. Dreaming of spring had me dreaming of a new handbag. I ordered this from Sole Society and I love it. It is called the Layton and I have it in the blush color. The bag has lots of interior space and the neutral color will go with anything.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Motivational Mondays – 2.20.17

Last week, I introduced a new series called Motivational Mondays. With this series, I will be highlighting quick and easy tasks that you can complete, making your world more organized.

Today’s Motivational Mondays task helps to organize your Gmail inbox to make it work more efficiently for you. I blogged about keeping my inbox organized here.

Sortd is a Gmail skin that is more than just a way to keep your inbox organized. It’s a way to organize your daily life, as well. The Sortd skin takes the place of my regular Gmail inbox, but I can switch back to it if I choose to.

Inbox

When an email comes into my account, it takes up residence in the left-hand column. I could hide the inbox if I chose to. I will talk about that in more detail later.

 

I’m sure that you noticed that there are no results in my inbox. At the time I am writing this, I had taken care of all of the email that was in my inbox. That is part of the beauty of Sortd. It allows you to designate each email as it comes into your mailbox.

On the left-hand side of the inbox are four icons. The first icons are your folders that you have set up to sort and save your emails.

If there is an email that I want to keep, I put it into the appropriate category so I can reference it later. Along with my cleaning tasks for each season, I also go through and purge my folders of any emails that are no longer needed.

The second icon is the unread email for your account. I set up my Sortd account, so these go directly into my inbox column.

The third icon is for composing new emails.

The last icon is for drafts that you are working on.

task list

At the bottom of the inbox column, there is the word Today with a sunrise icon next to it.

When you click on that, it opens up a task list that you can modify. I’m all about a to-do list.

Sortd columns

The first two columns, in Sortd, are pre-set for you. They are labeled to-do and follow-up.

The to-do column is the second column. I have an email project that is listed, so I know that is something that I need to complete.

If I click on the project name, I can enter the details about the item that I need to remember.

The third column is the follow-up column. The great thing about Sortd is that I can drag emails into any of the columns that have been created. The follow-up column is where I keep the emails that I need to respond to eventually. If they need an immediate response, they stay in my inbox.

The last column is the to-read column. I created this column for items that will require more time to read. Again, if it needs an immediate response, it stays in my inbox.

If I choose to hide my inbox, as I referred to earlier, I see only the lists that have been created. List makers are going to list, right? Once I complete something on one of the lists, I clear it off of the list.

You will notice that I haven’t designated a list name for the final column. I can change the name of the list 2 to something that I need in the future.

I am hopeful that you give Sortd a try. Life is easier to keep track of when it’s Sortd.

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Friday Favorites – 2.17.17

Happy Friday! My Friday Favorites are the items or ideas that I found interesting or inspiring during the week.

I made some changes in my studio office recently. The planner shelf that I had set up was repurposed. I will share more of the changes in an upcoming post.

1. I ordered a cart, this week, to hold my planner supplies. The cart is from Target. I was able to get free shipping, and I earned a small discount with my red card. Win-win! I’ve set it up with all of my planner supplies with the exception of my washi tape and clear stamps. Those items take up residence on my craft table which is right next to the cart.

I’ve set it up with all of my planner supplies with the exception of my washi tape and clear stamps. Those items take up residence on my craft table which is right next to the cart.

2. My washi tape system is still working beautifully. I was able to move it into a cubby that I have on top of my craft table, and it fit perfectly. You can’t plan these things.

3. One of my favorite stores is closing in our town. It has been my go-to for candles, and home decor items. Everything in the store was marked down to 50% off.  I stopped in to grab some wax. Okay, I may have grabbed more than just wax.

One of my finds is the basket pictured below. It didn’t have a price tag, and the owner sold it to me for $3.50. Its original price was over $20.00. I love a good deal.

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Happy Valentine’s Day and a Free Printable

Happy Valentine’s Day! I am hopeful that you have been able to spend Valentine’s Day with the one(s) you love.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I am sharing a free printable with you. This birthday and anniversary tracker will help you to keep track of other special celebrations throughout the year. You can click on the pic below to access the printable. Enjoy!

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Introducing Motivational Mondays

I am introducing a new series to begin each week called Motivational Mondays. I’m going to highlight quick and easy tasks that you can complete, making your world more organized.

This week’s task is one that I saw on social media recently. It’s one of those, “Why didn’t I know this before?” type of things.

The picture below is the plastic bags that we have acquired. They filled a beverage tub that got so full we started stuffing the bags into other plastic bags. The pile of bags occupied a space on the floor of our pantry. Not exactly organized.

I took each bag out of the container and removed the bags that had holes. I laid each bag out flat on a table and folded it in half. Once I was finished, I had several small piles. I made stacks like this for each container that I filled.

Then, I started rolling a folded bag from the bottom end. Once I had rolled it about halfway, I added another folded bag to the top of it and continued rolling the bags together. I did this until I had about ten bags in my stack.

Once my roll was complete, I pulled the end of the bag in the middle out a little bit and put the roll into the tissue container. I talked about repurposing used tissue containers in a previous blog post.

When I pull a bag out, the next bag pops out so I can easily access it the next time I need one. It’s so much better than sorting through a bin of bags, and it looks neat and organized.

It took me about an hour to go through the entire pile of bags that I had. I watched a couple of episodes of a program that I had on my watch list.

Once I was finished, I had seven tissue containers with ten bags in each, and an old wipes container that held twenty bags. That’s 90 bags total!

I’ve found that if something isn’t easily accessible, I won’t use it. I’ve added these containers to our pantry, under our sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms, and in our car. I’m looking forward to using them more frequently and excited that I gained more real estate in our pantry.

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Friday Favorites – 2.10.17

Happy Friday! These are the items or ideas that I found interesting or inspiring during the week.

1. I started watching Victoria which follows the reign of Queen Victoria. It airs on PBS on Sunday night at 9:00 pm and is definitely worth the watch. It won’t fill the void that Downton Abbey left, but it helps.

2. I have a bit of a tote bag problem. My collection continues to expand. I’m not quite sure how that happens. My latest acquisition is from Amazon and is the perfect size for when I’m on the go.

3. My washi tape storage, which I talked about here, is working out perfectly. I love how easy it is to access on my planner shelf.

4. I’m still loving my Happy Planner. I usually plan on Thursday for the following week. My classic Happy Planner layout, for next week, is pictured below.

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Creating a Craft Space You Love

I enjoy crafting, and I’m thankful that I have a dedicated space to do it.

My first craft space was a tote bag. I then occupied a spot, in part of the closet, in our home office. I had a few storage cubes and a rolling cart to keep my things organized.

In a previous post, I talked about how my studio office came to be. My studio office used to be my son’s bedroom. I have spent the last five years making it my own.

Not everyone is lucky enough to have an entire room as a dedicated crafting space. I had to wait until my kids were grown to move my space into an actual room.

Creating your craft space is a personal journey. Here are some ideas to help get you started.

Make it your own

My studio office serves a dual purpose. It is a crafting space but also acts as a personal office space for me.

My craft space is a reflection of who I am. Unlike the main rooms of our home, I add things to my crafting space that are fun and funky. Color and patterns play a considerable role in this area.

Over the last few years, I have added furniture, light fixtures, and decor. These items are things that I love and plan on using for years to come.

Even when my crafting space occupied only a part of a closet, I added things to make it my own. I would post things on the wall behind my storage unit and add framed items or decor on top of it.

Display items that you make

Since your craft space should be a reflection of you, put some of the things that you create on display. I display the printables that I create each month and a magnetic board that I created a few years ago. When someone asks me what I make, I can show them.

Don’t buy all the things

There are so many beautiful things out there, and it is easy to buy all the things when you are first putting together your craft space. I made this mistake by purchasing a couple of things that I ended up moving to other rooms in our home. You need to find what inspires you and think about what you want the result to look like. I got much of my inspiration on Pinterest.

Be patient

It takes some time to put together a finished space. My craft space started out with what was in the closet space, and a rug I purchased.

I borrowed quite a few pieces from other rooms in our home. Bookshelves came from our closet. A storage armoire used to hold towels and sheets.

Eventually, I was able to add a crafting table and a tall rolling cart for storage.  I found a desk that I liked last year and was able to exchange it for my son’s old desk that I was using. Decorative items and wall hangings finish off my space, although I change them out frequently.

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Reorganizing My Planner Supplies


Now that I have found planner peace, I decided that I need to move all of my planner supplies into one, easily accessible spot. Previously, they occupied spaces that were close to one another. If I wanted stickers or stamps, I accessed a couple of drawers in my storage system. If I wanted washi tape, I grabbed it from my rolling cart that houses my Silhouette.

Previously, they occupied spaces that were close to one another. If I wanted stickers or stamps, I accessed a couple of drawers in my wall storage system. If I wanted washi tape, I grabbed it from my rolling cart that houses my Silhouette.

My system, although organized,  wasn’t exactly streamlined to work efficiently.

Storage changes

I moved all of my planner supplies to a shelving unit that sits next to my desk. It is within arm’s reach and perfectly houses my planner supplies.  All of my planners, stickers, sticky notes, washi tape, pens, and planner extras now occupy space there.

On the top shelf, I store my planners and sticker books that I’ve written about in a previous post. They are stored in a clear, acrylic file box that sits vertically on a shelf. The sticker albums also occupy this space.

A scrap paper box that I have organized by color sits on the end of the shelf. I haven’t used scrapbook paper in my planner yet, but I’m thinking about trying it in one of my layouts soon.

Washi tape was transferred into two acrylic, 3-drawer containers. I talked about it here. They are easy to see and, now, even easier to access. One container is on the top shelf, and the other occupies space on the bottom shelf.

On the bottom shelf, other stickers and planner extras are stored in a card file box that I moved to the shelving unit along with the storage container for the stickers that have been cut already.

The sticky notes that I use while I’m planning are in a notecard box. I talked about that here. It sits on top of one of the washi tape storage boxes. On the other washi tape box, I have another notecard box that holds smaller scrap pieces and tags.

Many of the pens that I use sit on top of my desk. For those that aren’t used as frequently, I chose another clear, acrylic file box to store them. I also have two canisters sitting next to the file box for markers.

I’m pleased with how my new system is working out. It is definitely easier when everything is in one place.

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Washi Tape Storage

 

I’m always looking for new ways to organize the items in our home. My most recent reorganization project was the washi tape storage in my studio office.

In a previous post, I talked about pretty, organizational storage. My washi tape storage was one of the storage items that I spoke about in that post. I was using a Snapware container to house my tape.

That system has served me for over five years. The only drawback was that there were no dividers within each level. It was not a huge deal for me, though.

In putting together my planner shelves, I wanted something that would work with my new organizing system.

Based on a suggestion that I found online, I searched on Amazon and found a stackable organizer for glasses. It has three drawers, and each drawer has three compartments. The washi tape fits perfectly!

Even after I added all of my washi tape, I still had room to spare. I may have to expand my collection.

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Valentine’s Day and Two Free Printables

The decor in our home changes with each season. I talked about the changes that I make in a previous post. One area that sees monthly changes is my studio office.

One thing that sees this change are the frames that I have dedicated for monthly printables. These frames sit on a shelf above an armoire that I use for storage.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I created two printables to use in my studio office. They were too cute not to share.

If you click on the pictures below, it will take you to each printable. You can download, and print them to use.

I print mine on cardstock. That way, I can file them away to use again next year. I may even use them to make printables or stickers for my Happy Planner.

Until next time,

 

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