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New Year, New Organized You

I'm going bold but classy with my organization this year, using my new Kate Spade New York large black/white striped agenda.

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As the New Year arrives, many of us are reflecting on the previous year. Did we accomplish our resolutions? Was the year meaningful? Did I do everything I could to make it great?

When it comes to reflecting on the past year, all I have to do is flip through my planner/agenda from 2016 and see just how much I accomplished. Knowing I conquered it all like a boss makes me feel like a super woman/mom/boss/girlfriend (and all the other amazing things I am).

As a working at home mom, I have tons to do and keeping up with it all gets difficult. I get involved with so many different things between work, blogging and family, taking on multiple tasks, all of which have their own deadlines. And quite honestly, I can’t keep up with them all unless I write them down. This is the main reason a planner is a must-have for me and you can definitely get a good look at my schedule just from taking a peek inside.

This year I decided to go bold, but still keep it classy with a large black/white striped Kate Spade New York agenda. I’ve actually been using it since the beginning of December since it’s a 17 month book and so far I’m really loving it.

I'm going bold but classy with my organization this year, using my new Kate Spade New York large black/white striped agenda.

With tab dividers for each month, there’s a mini to-do list compliments of Kate Spade New York featured for each one. I consider this a simple reminder to not get too busy to live and have fun.

January’s To-Do’s:

  • Send lots of thank-you notes
  • Read between the lines
  • Make a snow angel
  • Host a clothing swap
  • Join a book club

I'm going bold but classy with my organization this year, using my new Kate Spade New York large black/white striped agenda.

Behind each tab you’ll find a full monthly calendar, along with weekly divisions broken down by day. This is where I make a lot of entries in my own planner. It’s the only way I can keep up with what I need to get done that specific day and an easy way for me to mark each item off as I complete it. It’s certainly nothing overly complicated, but exactly what I need to keep my year organized.

Other notable features:

  • Large size (9.25″ x 7″ x 2″)
  • Beautiful hardcover
  • Elastic closure for secure keeping
  • Metallic gold spiral binding
  • 2 interior pockets for filing
  • Complete annual calendar
  • Section to note celebrations by month
  • List of 2017 holidays
  • Multiple pages of notes in the front as well as a couple pages behind each month’s tab

I just love the black/white stripes of my Kate Spade New York agenda, but if stripes aren’t your thing, there are other designs to choose from including Gold Polka Dots, Gold Caning and a Floral design. No matter which design strikes your eye, it can be purchased for $36. And I have to say this is probably the best $36 I’ve spent so far for the New Year.

I'm going bold but classy with my organization this year, using my new Kate Spade New York large black/white striped agenda. I'm going bold but classy with my organization this year, using my new Kate Spade New York large black/white striped agenda. I'm going bold but classy with my organization this year, using my new Kate Spade New York large black/white striped agenda.

Do you use a planner/agenda to stay organized? Which Kate Spade New York agenda design is your favorite?

*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.  I did not receive product in exchange for a review, but am simply sharing my love for a new organizational tool. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

It’s a Great Week to Buy Furniture

From October 9th-15th, Target is having a HUGE sale on furniture. Every day there's a different deal on a different furniture category, and on top of that an extra 20% savings on every furniture purchase of $150+! That's double savings!
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If I weren’t moving within the next month, I would be making time to be at Target every day this week. Why? Because Target is having a HUGE furniture sale!

Quite frankly I don’t need anything else to move and am currently trying to purge as much as I can, but I sure do love to cycle out pieces of furniture and decor to keep things looking fresh around the home.

Every day at Target this week, there will be a different sale on different furniture categories. And this starts TODAY! In addition to the daily sales, all week Target is offering 20% off all furniture purchases of $150+ (October 9th – 15th). That’s double savings!  I hope you’re ready!

From October 9th-15th, Target is having a HUGE sale on furniture. Every day there's a different deal on a different furniture category, and on top of that an extra 20% savings on every furniture purchase of $150+! That's double savings!

Sunday (10/9): 30% off barstools.

Monday (10/10): Extra 15% off furniture.

Tuesday (10/11): 30% off living room furniture.

Wednesday (10/12): 30% off dining and accent chairs.

Thursday (10/13): 30% off office furniture.

Friday (10/14): 30% off bedroom furniture.

Saturday (10/15): 30% off kids furniture.

From October 9th-15th, Target is having a HUGE sale on furniture. Every day there's a different deal on a different furniture category, and on top of that an extra 20% savings on every furniture purchase of $150+! That's double savings!

Hmmm, on second thought I might just have to get a larger moving truck! Who knows when we’ll see savings like this again.

What day will you be shopping this week?

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Making Time to Declutter with a Yard Sale

Follow these 10 tips and you're sure to have a successful yard sale.

One of my goals this year has been to really clean up my home and get rid of anything that isn’t needed or simply doesn’t get used.  When things get over cluttered and I don’t feel comfortable in my own home anymore, I know it’s time to get rid of stuff.  This year it was definitely time to do this.

So this past Saturday my family held a yard sale to clear our home of all the clutter.  This certainly isn’t our first yard sale and surely won’t be our last, but after having a number of yard sales in the past, we’ve learned a few things about having a successful one.  And by successful I mean one that truly gets rid of the clutter and also puts a nice chunk of change in our wallet.

Follow these 10 essential tips and you’re sure to have a successful yard sale of your own.

1. Prepare

Preparing is essential to having a successful yard sale.  Weeks and maybe even months before you plan to have a yard sale, you need to start gathering items you want to sell.  If you really want to declutter, you should go through all drawers, closets, cabinets and even the garage.  There may even be items sitting displayed around the home that you really don’t want anymore, but since they’re already displayed, you just left them be.  Now is the time to let them go.

2. Organize

Once you’ve done your preliminary preparation in the months and weeks beforehand, you’ll want to organize everything at least a few days before the big sale.  Separate kids clothes and items, from adult clothes and items.  Have nicer clothing you want to hang for display/attention?  Put them on hangers and have them ready.  Keep all breakables together and then all miscellaneous items together.

Follow these 10 tips and you're sure to have a successful yard sale.

Keeping like items together and having an organized set up is an indication to buyers that you take care of your items.  Who wouldn’t prefer an organized home?  The same thing translates to a yard sale.

Organizing beforehand will make things much easier for you when yard sale day arrives.  You can simply pull like items out and place them on a table together, and because you’ve organized beforehand, it will save you time the morning of the yard sale.

3. Place items for attention

Placing larger yard sale items near the street will draw attention to your yard sale.  Things like furniture, strollers, baby swings, comforter sets, lamps, ceiling fans, washers, dryers, anything on the large side, will be eye catching for passersby and are likely to cause people to stop.

Follow these 10 tips and you're sure to have a successful yard sale.

Another great way to catch someone’s attention is to hang nicer clothing (like those still with tags attached or flashy in-style items) on the garage or up towards the house.  Make buyers walk up towards the home so that they have to walk by everything else.  It almost forces them to browse everything else you have, just because they want to see what that item is that’s hanging up.  Don’t have a garage?  Tie a line between 2 trees and hang some clothes from it.

4. Price appropriately

Keep in mind this is a yard sale.  You want to get rid of unwanted stuff and yard sale goers want to get a good deal.  Don’t price things at retail or even resale.  If you price low (priced to go) you’ll sale a lot more and make more money overall.  I’m not saying give your stuff away, but price things reasonably for a yard sale.

Follow these 10 tips and you're sure to have a successful yard sale.

Some of the prices we used were:

  • Used baby clothing – 2 pieces for $1
  • Used adult clothing – $1 per piece
  • Cups/dishes – $0.25 each
  • Picture frames – $1 each

If you have clothing or other items that are sets, price them as a set so buyers don’t have the option to separate them.  For example, I had tons of baby outfits that were complete 2 or 3 piece sets.  I placed them each in a Ziploc bag and priced them for $2 or $3, rather than 2/$1.  Or for items that still have tags attached or have never been taken out of their package, price them a little higher than your used items, but still reasonable for a yard sale.

I had a woman come looking specifically for baby clothes and she literally bought every single baby clothing item I had.  She got a ton of great stuff and I made about $100 just on baby clothes!

5. Negotiate

Even if you mark prices on your items, yard sale goers are always looking for the best deal they can get.  Be prepared for offers less than you’ve marked or even lesser offers on bundles of items.  It’s up to you whether to accept an offer or not, but I say it’s always nice to let buyers have a bundle deal, one that works for both you and the buyer.

6. Donate

If the goal of having a yard sale is to declutter your home, don’t take anything you’re trying to sell back inside, even if you don’t sell it.  When the yard sale is over, load up whatever is left and take it straight to a donation center.

Follow these 10 tips and you're sure to have a successful yard sale.

Keeping in mind that everything you don’t sell is going to be donated, 2-3 hours before you plan to end the yard sale, reduce your prices.  Most buyers arrive early in the morning so they can get first pick of what you’re selling, so traffic will slow down later in the day.  But if you reduce your prices, the sales will keep rolling in.  In fact, some buyers will come in the morning for first pick and then return later in the day to see what’s left at reduced prices.

We changed our adult clothing price from $1 per piece to $0.50 per piece, at about 3 hours before the end of the yard sale, and we were able to keep selling right up until the end.  This helped put a little more money in our pockets and also created less stuff that we had to haul to our local donation center after the yard sale.

7. Start Early

Be prepared to start super early.  Yard sale goers will start arriving as soon as daylight hits.  Get up about 2 hours earlier than sunrise and start getting your items out and ready for buyers.  No matter how early we start, we’re usually still putting items out at least an hour after buyers start arriving.  And keep in mind that most sales occur earlier in the day, so the more you have out, the more sells you’re going to make.

8. Invite a friend

The more stuff you have to offer at a yard sale, the more successful it’s going to be because there’s more to attract buyers.  Inviting a friend or family member to join your yard sale and sale items of their own, will not only help both of you declutter, but it will provide a larger variety of items for buyers to choose from.  If you’re up to it, maybe even try making it a neighborhood sale.

9. Advertise

If you don’t advertise your yard sale, people won’t know about it.  It’s not necessary to advertise a week ahead of time and it really only takes 1-2 days.  If you live in an area where there’s not a lot of traffic, then you may want to put some signs up 2 days before.  On the other hand, if you live in a high traffic area, simply put up some signs the afternoon before the yard sale.  It’s ideal to advertise by at least 2 or 3 pm the day before your yard sale.  That way, evening traffic heading home from work will get the chance to see your signs.

Follow these 10 tips and you're sure to have a successful yard sale.

Be sure to advertise at busy intersections and especially at the end of your street.  You have to guide buyers to your home with your signs.  Elaborate signs aren’t necessary, but just make sure your signs are visible to drivers.  We usually have a few weather proof signs and then a few homemade posters.

10. Offer free cold water

In general, most yard sales are in the summer time and that means hot weather.  It’s something simple, but offering free cold water to yard sale goers is a nice gesture.  Fill a cooler with ice and bottles of water, and offer it to buyers as they pay.  Not everyone will accept, but those who do will certainly appreciate the offer.  This was the first year we tried this and noticed that after providing water, a lot of buyers went back to look some more and many bought more stuff.

Follow these 10 tips and you're sure to have a successful yard sale.

Put these 10 tips to use and you will definitely have a successful yard sale.  You can easily make upwards of a few hundred dollars in just a matter of hours.  This past weekend we got up at 5 am to be ready for buyers at 7 am.  When things slowed at about 1:30 pm, we took down our signs/advertising and loaded up everything that was left, to take to our local donation center.  In just that short amount of time we made over $600!  I’d say that’s a pretty nice payoff and icing on the cake after the benefit of decluttering our home.

*These tips are ones that personally work for me, but may not work for all.  I am only sharing my own experiences and opinions are 100% my own.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Making Time for Organization: Pinterest

Making Time for Organization: Pinterest

A lot of times we may look to Pinterest for ideas on organizing, but quite frankly, I realized not too long ago that my Pinterest needed some organizing of its own. Have you ever gone to your profile on Pinterest to look for something you know you pinned, but can’t find it? Well, that’s what happened to me!

With the way Pinterest is organized with different boards we can create for different things, finding what I’m looking for shouldn’t even be a problem. But what I discovered is that my Pinterest profile was so unorganized and I had different boards that really could have been consolidated, and because of this I was missing out. I mean, do I really need boards titled Decor, Decorating, AND Kids Decorations? Yea, I definitely don’t need three different boards for decoration ideas.

With this in mind, I set out on a mission and made time last week to organize my Pinterest profile. Now, I’m no guru on organization or Pinterest, but these are just a few tips I can share on how to keep your own Pinterest profile under control and appealing.

1.  Consolidate your boards.

This is what I just described with all of my different decoration boards I had going on.  Rather than having so many, I changed the name of one of the existing decoration boards and moved everything from the others into that one.  Then I was able to completely delete the other two I didn’t need.

Making Time for Organization: Pinterest

And as embarrassing as it is, decoration ideas wasn’t the only type of category that I had this problem with.  I also had a Cooking board and various other Recipe boards.  I was able to place pins from my Cooking board into other fitting categories and then deleted that particular one.

And that was just the tip of the iceberg.  There were many more that I consolidated.  It’s no wonder I couldn’t find anything I was looking for!

2.  Delete irrelevant pins/boards.

As time goes on and we change as people, there are probably some pins or boards we have that just simply aren’t relevant to us anymore.  For example, at one point I was considering making homemade candle holders and selling them.  At another point I considered sewing and crafting women’s and children’s cooking aprons.  And I had a board for each of these with tons of pins in each one.

As it turned out, I ended up not doing either of those things and no longer have any interest in them.  So why do I even have or need these boards/pins anymore?  I went through and did keep a few that I thought I might use in the future or that I want to try, but I was easily able to fit them into other existing boards.  Once I moved the ones I wanted to keep, I was able to delete the ones I didn’t.

3.  Delete dead links/pins.

I used to write for another blog before starting my own, but unfortunately that blog is no longer up and running.  I had TONS of pins that linked back to that blog page, including recipes, blog reviews, gift guides, and so much more.  But because that blog is no longer live, all of those pins contain dead links.

I know all too well the anguish that comes over me when I click on a pin just to find it doesn’t go anywhere.  So be sure to go through and periodically check some of your pins to see if they still link somewhere.  If they’re just dead links, delete them.  They’re of no use to you and no use to anyone else who may come across your pin.

4.  Update board names.

One thing I was able to do to make my profile more interesting was update the names of some boards.  Rather than having a simple and boring Fashion board, I changed the name to Fashionably Great (a play on fashionably late).  This is just something simple to spice up your profile and make it more fun and attractive for other Pinterest-goers who may want to share or browse your pins.

Making Time for Organization: Pinterest

This also ties in with my problem of having three boards that technically could have been one.  By changing the name of one board, I was able to move other pins into it and delete the now empty boards.

5.  Update board descriptions.

I am very guilty of creating boards and not putting in a description.  For other Pinterest-goers who may be interested in the same things as you, including a board description may help them find what they’re looking for.  Keep in mind that on Pinterest, you can follow a single board, rather than someone’s entire profile, so board descriptions come in handy.

Making Time for Organization: Pinterest

6.  Edit board cover photos to be appealing.

When creating a new board, by default, Pinterest makes the photo of your first pin the cover photo for that board.  Sometimes those photos aren’t necessarily the most appealing.  You can change this by editing your board’s cover photo and choosing a pin within that board that better represents what the board is about.  Clear photos go a long way in drawing attention to your boards and pins.

Making Time for Organization: Pinterest

7.  Be consistent when pinning.

Once you’ve got your profile nice and organized how you want it, you have to stay consistent when pinning new stuff.  For example, I have a board for DIY, but many times DIY projects can fit in other categories like holidays, organizing, decorations, all kinds of things.  You need to decide how you’re going to pin certain things when you come across them.

For me personally, I’ve decided that most DIY pins will go to my DIY board, no matter what it’s for.  I decided that because if I’m looking for something that I know was a DIY project, I’m more likely to go to my DIY board than somewhere else.  Staying consistent like this will make finding pins much easier in the future.

Organizing my Pinterest profile took quite a bit of time and there are still things I need to do, but I know once it’s exactly how I want it, it will be much easier for me to find what I’m looking for.  And not only that, but it will help anyone who follows my profile or particular boards of mine, to get access to things they’re most interested in as well.

What Pinterest organization ideas can you share?