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25 Brilliant Ways to Organize Toys

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25 Brilliant Ways to Organize Toys

Still plugging away in our 31 Day Organizing Challenge? Our organizing focus this week has been the playroom, and we're starting to see the other side of it, hooray! Since there's different strokes for different folks-- and different solutions for different types of toys-- I've rounded up 25 clever ways to organize toys, games, stuffed animals, bath toys, and all the wonderful detritus life with kids may bring. NOTE: for more information on each idea, be sure to visit the link above each … [Read more...]

5-Second Cord Organizing Solution {Organize Everything}

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This neat trick will organize your wires and cords in seconds flat!

Cords and wires. Wires and cords. My husband loooooves himself a cord and we have approximately 17 of every type. They drive me bananas, but until the entire world goes wireless we're stuck with cord overload-- so I might as well figure out a way to wrangle them. And I did. And you're gonna LOVE it because it takes 5 seconds and costs less than a large box of Ziploc bags. A few years ago I gave my husband a roll of Velcro cable ties in his stocking as a HINT. Let's just say didn't take the … [Read more...]

A Day in the Life of an Essential Oiler

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Take a peek into the life of an oily family to see HOW to use essential oils on a daily basis to support health and wellness!

I'm taking a quick break from our Decluttering & Organizing Challenge today to answer one of the biggest questions I get asked about essential oils: HOW do you use essential oils, and WHAT do you use them for on a day-to-day basis? Looking back, it's hard to believe that I started using essential oils just 9 months ago. It feels like a lifetime, the way we've incorporated them into our daily routine. It's not an understatement to declare they've given me my life back. A year ago I was … [Read more...]

The BEST Organizing Tip (With the Weirdest Name)

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The one tip (with a funny name) that will help you organize MORE in LESS time!

We're mid-way through the month, how are you doing with the decluttering and organizing challenge? I'm feeling great about how things are shaping up over here, the house is alternatively a mess as I take things apart and looking great as I put it back together, lather, rinse repeat for each room.  We're SO CLOSE to the finish line, and that's when the frustration can set in.  Because decorating and organizing is a blast and all, but I'm chomping at the bit to be creative again. Paint some … [Read more...]

23 Free Printables to Organize Everything

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23 Free Printables to Organize Everything

Do you know what screams organization? Organizing printables!  Do you hear it screaming "ORGANIZE MEEEEEEEE" at the top of it's lungs? 'Cause either it totally is, or my Whole30 diet is messing with my head.  I'm a sucker for free printables, so if you're anything like me you're going to geek out over what I have for you today: 23 FREE organizing printables to help you Declutter and Organize Everything this month. They cover everything from bills & budgets to daily planners to menu … [Read more...]

How to Stop Clutter in it’s Tracks

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Tired of organizing your clutter? Here's the ONE TIP that will stop clutter in it's tracks, allow you to breathe, and simplify your life-- clutter free!

Hello lovelies! No, I didn't forget about our organizing challenge-- life got busy BUT I'm still doing at least one of the 15 minute decluttering tasks each day and it feels so darn good to organize and see the donation pile grow bigger and bigger.  However, there's a scary truth however that's been nagging at me as I dig through our outgrown clothes and unused kitchen items. Why is there so much stuff to begin with? I try not to spend frivolously, and yet our house is bursting at the seams. … [Read more...]

10 Must-Read Tips BEFORE Decluttering

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10 Must-Read Tips BEFORE Decluttering

I know the DECLUTTER AND ORGANIZE EVERYTHING challenge has everyone chomping at the bit to declutter, but WAIT! Put down the trash bag, just for one minute. I know you're ready to organize and simplify, but before you begin I have a few important tips to read to set the stage for success. These tips will really give you a framework for decluttering so you don't waste time and energy. And since no one wants a bunch of clutter in a post about decluttering, I narrowed it down to 10 of the BEST … [Read more...]

10 Life-Changing Ways to Find Extra Time in your Day

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I always complain I don't have enough time in the day, but these easy lifechanging timesavers showed me how to quickly work smarter, not harder!

If you saw yesterday's free decluttering printable (31 Things to Declutter in Under 15 Minutes), you may be saying to yourself, "that's great Carrie, but how on earth do I find 15 free minutes every day?" Or you might be saying "clearly you haven't seen my sock drawer."  But if it's the former, I wanted to share ten life-changing ways I've found extra time in my day. Some were really easy. Some were harder (sniff! My Facebook app!) but ALL bought me tons more time in the day. Do you agree with … [Read more...]

Free Printable: 31 Things to Decluttter in 15 Minutes or Less

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31 Areas to Declutter in 15 Mintues or less! This post is FULL of ideas for decluttering in just a few minutes a day as part of the Organize Everything 31 Day Challenge.

You've made it to day 5 of the DECLUTTER AND ORGANIZE EVERYTHING CHALLENGE, and we're just getting started! The glorious break between Christmas and New Years meant full-on decluttering and organizing mode for us. I can not WAIT to show you the Hoarder-worthy 'befores' and much better 'afters'. However, the new year also means back to the grind for most of us so time will be limited. Don't let that deter you or halt your progress, even on busy days you can still find 15 minutes in your day, … [Read more...]

Top Tips to Organize & Declutter Your Home

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20 top organizing and decluttering tips to help you get organized this year!

It's Day 3 of our DECLUTTER AND ORGANIZE EVERYTHING Challenge, and a weekend to boot, so that means the energy is high to dig in and really tackle the clutter. I've been blogging 5 years now (!!!) and over the years have amassed many posts on organizing and decluttering. Please don't think my home is perfectly organized and clean. It's not. Especially today after 10 days off of school. ;-) However we're a creative bunch with many projects going on at any given time, plus I work from home and run … [Read more...]

Personalized Organization and Decluttering Plan {Free Printable!}

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Get organized this year with a FREE PRINTABLE Decluttering and Organization Plan!

It's 2015, and we're off to a great start with our DECLUTTER AND ORGANIZE EVERYTHING CHALLENGE! That really does need to be in all caps you guys, because it is SO BIG. It's not always going to be easy, but working to make your home clutter-free, organized, and simplified is going to feel so good. SO DARN GOOD. More caps. I truly do speak like that. You may be wondering why I didn't just focus on decluttering OR organization. I mean, the challenge name alone is a mouthful (trust me, I silently … [Read more...]

Declutter and Organize Everything CHALLENGE!

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Declutter and Organize EVERYTHING Challenge! Tips, Tools, & Motivation to organize your entire home in 31 days

Happy New Year everyone! I'm not sure about you, but January always jump starts a frenzy of decluttering and organizing for our home. Between the cold weather keeping us inside, influx of Christmas gifts, and mid-season outgrowing of kids' clothes we're stuffed to the gills and ready to declutter and organize. I've been planning this for awhile, so I'm finally happy to announce that I'm running a 31 Day Declutter and Organize Everything Challenge so everyone can participate, motivate, and get … [Read more...]

14 Posts that Rocked the Blog in 2014

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Best of 2014: the posts that rocked the blog this year!

I've spent 2 hours attempting to write this opening paragraph. Not because I have anything life-changing to say, but rather I can't seem to find the right balance between sharing what an incredible year it's been and conveying my deepest gratitude to YOU who made it all possible. I mean, do I scream at the top of my lungs "here's the most popular posts on my blog this year!" or shyly say "golly gee, these posts did pretty well I suppose". What I really want to say is "I LOVE MY JOB WITH ALL MY … [Read more...]

How We Drastically Changed Our Christmas Mornings {for the better}

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Tips for minimizing the mess on Christmas morning and keeping the focus on the real meaning of the season

Is there anything MORE FUN than Christmas morning? The chaos of unwrapping gifts, squeals of delight, my husband and I sitting bleary-eyed watching it all unfold... it truly is the most wonderful day of the year. HOWEVER, I've learned a few things over the years about making the morning go smoothly, minimizing the mess while not interrupting the fun, and also teaching my kids it's not about what you GET, but what you GIVE too. Here's what's in our Christmas Morning Survival Kit, which I tuck in … [Read more...]

FREE Printable Christmas Decorations Inventory List

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Free Printable Christmas Decorations Inventory and Christmas Organization Tips!

I know, I know, you don't even have all the decorations up yet and here I am already discussing post-Christmas organization! Can't help myself, I'm a planner, so in the middle of the decorating and attempting to locate missing bins and lights and wreaths it occurred to me there was a better way to find all the decorations that have been creatively tucked into various corners of my home. Believe it or not, having an inventory decreases the amount of stuff you'll have because you won't find … [Read more...]

Great Gift Ideas for HER {Holiday Gift Guide}

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Great Gift Ideas for Her: fantastic gift ideas for the women on your list, yourself included! {holiday gift guide 2014}

Almost all our gifts have been bought and even wrapped (I can assure you, that is a first, and it only happened because my husband suggested cracking open a bottle of wine and watching Love Actually so we wrapped during the movie last Saturday, wild times...) and now it's time for a little day dreaming. A little wish making. A little... Dear Santa... slip a few of these under the tree for me, please.  ;-) These gift ideas for women would also be appreciated by best friends, sisters, mothers, … [Read more...]

As Ever, Ideas for the Last Minute Christmas Card Sender

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A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

I wish I had a legitimate excuse for always ordering my Christmas cards late, but I don't. I mean, EVERYONE is busy. But even my busy friends still seem to get their cards in the mail on time. Let's face it, I'll probably always be a last minute Christmas card sender. It's not that I love my friends and family any less (in fact, I probably love them more than they know), but I'm always waiting for the 'perfect' photo. And the 'perfect' stamps. And the 'perfect' time to sit down and put them … [Read more...]

Stunning Ideas from the Philadelphia Design Home 2014

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Stunning high-end interior design ideas from the Philly Design Home!

A few weeks back before the holiday decorations came tumbling out and everyone decked the halls, I joined a few of my fellow Philly Social Media Moms friends at the invitation of Comcast to tour Philadelphia's Design Home and learn just how 'smart' some new homes are getting! From stunning decor to a bubbling pool to incredible futuristic features, it was certainly an eye-opening day. I've always loved soaking up other people's home designs, so it felt good to be able to openly oogle the … [Read more...]

Christmas Home Tour {Holiday Decorating Ideas, Lemonade Style}

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A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

Each year I struggle with posting a Christmas home tour. Not because I don't love decorating for the holidays-- obviously I do, hence the glam Scandinavian handmade holiday explosion!-- but rather it's because I strive to keep this blog a place of reality. And the reality is that I have two young kiddos and very little free time to spend fluffing pillows and arranging greenery for hours on end. There may be a season where that IS my reality; perhaps next year when both kids are in school full … [Read more...]