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Ric Rac Dishtowels

I was planning on doing a post about meeting the Pioneer Woman today, but I am still waiting for one photo…so I am going to post these darling dishtowels instead!  :)

Is anyone out there still working on your goals that you set?  I am still using this book, by Connie Sokol, and I am loving the fact that I set a new goal each week and then I REWARD myself!  It really seems silly that a grown woman needs a reward in order to get her goals accomplished, but guess what?  It is working…so I will keep doing it if it works!  My goal for the week was to clean out two, (yes, I have two) dishtowel drawers!  I purged the old ones and washed and ironed all of my aprons and folded everything neatly.  It looks so good, that sometimes I just open the drawer to look at how wonderful it looks!  Well my reward was that I got to make two new dishtowels.  I had this fabric from our trip last March and I still had not made them up, so I told myself that was going to be my reward…to make these darling dishtowels.

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Storage Made Easy!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Rubbermaid® All AccessTM Organizers for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

With Spring in the air it is time to start my spring cleaning and getting my house organized!  I love anything that will help me get organized and yet keep my things where I can see what I have.  That is why is am in love with these new  Rubbermaid® All Access™ organizers. 

Rubbermaid® All AccessTM storage containers

They are perfect for storing all kinds of things like all my gardening tools and supplies because you can stack them on top of each other yet you still have access to all of the bins!  I love this idea and whoever came up with this idea is a genius!  I can put my gloves and tools in one bin and my fertilizers and plant foods in another stack them on top of each other and still have access to both bins at the same time!

These Rubbermaid® All Access™ organizers come in a variety of colors, so you can even color code your organizing efforts!  These would be great in kids playrooms, garages, closets and storage areas!  They look great and they make it easy to organize any room.

The Rubbermaid® All Access™ organizers can be found at Walmart stores around the country, so they are easy to find.

What storage area needs helps in your home?  Why not let the Rubbermaid® All Access™ organizers help you?  I know they will help me!

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Easy to Sew Zippered Pouches!

Yesterday we had another one of our sewing classes for Relief Society in my church.  I taught them how to put in a zipper and we made these fun zippered pouches!

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These are so fun to make and they are a great project to learn how to put a zipper in!   This is a beginning sewing class so all of the projects are simple to make.  There are a lot of pictures in this tutorial, but do not let that discourage you.  These are literally a 15-20 minute project once you have made one and know how to do them! Continue reading

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Handmade Smash Journal

I hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas and that you are still enjoying time with your loved ones!  We had a great Christmas Eve gathering with all of our family and it was so fun to have all of my family together!  We had dinner and a fun night of sharing our White Envelope Stories (we changed this up just a bit this year and had the kids all tell us what they did).  We then we opened presents with all of the adult men getting a Nerf gun and having an all out competition with a target drawn on one of my french doors!  (Even my 86 year old dad got in on the action!)  It was crazy!

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Then we all settled down to read the Nativity story in Luke 2.  The kids loved the nativity costumes and it turned out really cute to have them act out the different parts!

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So are you now ready to move into 2013?

 It seems like we all turn to organizing and setting some goals for the new year and I have a fun little idea for you.  I am not very good at setting goals because they are the same every year, which means that I am not very good at accomplishing the goals that I set for myself!  But I am good at making lists and accomplishing a lot of the things on my list, so I love the idea of the Smash journals.  If you are not familiar with them, the basic idea behind them is that you just “smash” your ideas, pictures, magazine articles, ticket stubs, etc into your book.  Here is the description from the Smash Pinterest page:

“So, what do you Smash? Well, it doesn’t have to be a life event, just the special little moments and mementos of your day—some of that stuff in your junk drawer, for example. A snapshot, a ticket stub from that movie you loved, a newspaper clipping, a magazine snippet, a cardboard coaster from a favorite restaurant, your child’s first crayon doodle…get the idea? Smash it, jot a note or add a caption sticker, and go! Smash is a great way to document everyday life or a road trip.”

So I made some “Smash” books for some of my Christmas gifts this year!

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Cute Car Kit

Summer is almost here and I have a fun, cute idea for your car!  How many of you feel like you spend more time in your car than in your home?  I know that I used to feel that way when my kids were involved in sports, dance, music etc.  It seemed like all I did was carpool!  If this sounds like you, then you need this handy little kit to leave in your car and you will always be prepared! Continue reading

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Recipe Book Dividers

It is January and I am still trying to do a little bit of organizing, I had this BIG stack of recipes that I had printed from different websites, pages that I had ripped out of magazines and some recipes that were handwritten by myself or given to me by a friend.  So I decided that I really needed to get them all organized, since they are recipes that I use and I was getting tired of flipping through the whole entire stack to find one recipe!  As I was looking through these recipes I noticed that some of them had been printed 3 years ago!  So I would say that it was definitely time to get my act together.  :)

I went to Costco and bought this plain white binder that you can put a page in the front of it and also in the spine.  This is the 2″ size. Continue reading

Getting Organized

I am still busy cleaning and dejunking.  I have been working in my closet in the bedroom.  I have filled 3 big garbage bags full of clothes, shoes, belts, etc. to donate.  I am determined to clean my closet before I put any of my new clothes in there!  Tomorrow I will clean off the shelves and the built in drawers and then I will be done with my closet and I hope to continue throughout my whole house throughout the next few weeks.

I have been searching the web for different sites with helpful hints.  One of my favorite sites is Flylady.net  She has some great ideas and encourages “baby steps” which I like.  She has a journal that you can make to keep yourself organized and you can even join her email and she will send you an email every day of what to do that day.  The one thing that is her trademark is to shine your kitchen sink every night before you go to bed, so that when you wake up in the morning you will have one thing that is clean and ready for you to start the day!  I really like that and I know that when I do it, I feel better about the day knowing that I do not need to start my day by do dishes.

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A book that my DIL told me about is: The Joy of Less. This is a minimalist living guide.  It is a good guide for dejunking, although she is a little extreme in some of her thinking, (I guess I’m not a true minimalist because I like my stuff too much!)  But there are some great ideas and steps to getting rid of your stuff, and the book goes through every room in your house and tells you how to go about cleaning out each room.

The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life

There is another blog called My Simpler Life that has a calendar for 2012 with something every day that you can clean.  You can download it and use it to get yourself organized.

What are some of your best organizing tips?  I would love for you to leave a comment and tell me what works for you!