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Organization 101 ...

With back to school right around the corner, or here for some of us, the time is perfect to chat about getting organized!

If you are like me at all this time of year I make all kinds of resolutions to keep organized during the school year.  I say things like ... "that paperwork won't sit out and drive me crazy", "I will have a system this year for that" and of course, "three schools won't be stressful at all". 

Ha! to the BWAHAHA!  Each year I promise myself things and each year it happens over and over again!

I do love an organized space and I feel like the paperwork that accompanies school children is simply ridiculous.  It eats me alive each and every year.  I am always looking to improve my systems and to find another, better way.  Am I the only one?

My go to's for organization tips ... 

Jen has some amazing printables for meal planning and keeping track of your donations.  I love her little signs when you are purging to use for KEEP, DONATE and RECYCLE.

Samantha is darling and everything about her says organization.  We met briefly at Haven and I adored her from the word HELLO.  

I love her post on organizing bedding and her post on the wine closet is ah-mazing!!!

Ginny is really good and fun to read.  Some of her posts I have to skip over but this one on paint storage stopped me in my tracks.  I have one million paint cans and need to do this stat!!

I also love the idea of a kitchen command center ... I am trying to figure out if this is the best option for all our absolute important things I need to put my hands on daily.  The kids have taken over my kitchen desk with their school paperwork and the special ed papers alone eats one whole shelf.  The command center sounds pretty good to me!

Her 31 day purge sounds so good to me.  Yes, I know the post is from 2014, but purging is always a good idea.  The Cellar has helped me tremendously to purge some of the amazing things I had been keeping at the house for "someday" but there is so much more to sort through.  Kids rooms, basement ... how quickly it all adds up!


Do you have a time of year you commit yourself to being more pulled together ... the new year, the beginning of school, spring?  What works for you?

Have a great Tuesday!


  1. Oh my, I remember all the papers!! I found that if I took 5 minutes daily to sort through the girls papers and throw out the things we did not need and file the rest in their binders (had one for each) that it helped me stay on top of it. I have two huge tasks ahead of me this year (at least I hope this is the year as I have said this the past few)...organize our photos and the girls school papers. You know, the ones you keep because they are sentimental, but you have no idea what to do with them so you put them in a giant bin and forget about them?!!

  2. Thanks for helping point me in the right direction! I just showed my husband your cover picture and he said, "I like her!" Haha - he is always telling me that it is time to purge.

  3. You are SOOOO sweet! Thank you sweet friend! I loved meeting you too - so awesome to finally meet lovely bloggers I've been chatting with or following for so long. Everyone is really so nice!


  4. Ha, memories! Once when my daughter showed up to a girl scout meeting in plain clothes instead of some costume, the leader asked me if I did not read the memo. I wanted to scream "the one that was 3 pages long and single spaced!" Good lord, just send home a slip of paper that says "Wear a Costume on Monday". Period!

  5. I've been slowly purging this summer.... donated boxes of books that have been packed away for 10 years. Seriously - if I haven't re-read them in 10 years, when will I??! It's so hard to decide what to get rid of, and what to save for "someday". But I know I feel so good when I donate a few boxes of stuff! Get it out! :)



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