Taming the Paper Piles with Amy Carrol (Vlog)

Taming the Paper Piles with Amy Carrol (Vlog)

Taming the paper piles

Paper, paper everywhere! Do you have more paper piles in the form of mail, bills, and notes than you know what to do with? Amy has a simple system to help you tame the paper monster.

Today Amy shows you her notebook system she’s used for several years to help tame the paper piles. It was especially helpful when her kids were small, but even now she uses it to organize papers and keep everything she needs at her fingertips.

One Small Win: Make a family notebook to corral your papers.

Amy Carroll

Amy Carroll

Amy Carroll is a speaker, writer, and International Initiatives Coordinator with Proverbs 31 Ministries. She’s the author of Breaking Up with Perfect as well as the director and coach of Next Step Speaker Services. Amy and her husband live in lovely Holly Springs, NC with a bossy miniature dachshund. You can find her on any given day texting her two sons at college, typing at her computer, reading a book, or trying to figure out one more alternative to cooking dinner.

Share life with Amy at www.amycarroll.org

Get Yourself Organized for Christmas Project 20: Get Your Table Stuff Ready

Get Yourself Organized for Christmas Project 20: Get Your Table Stuff Ready

Christmas Project 20

When was the last time you served a beautiful Christmas dinner on a nicely decorated table with your favorite poinsettia table runner, nice silverware and glasses, pine cones to decorate each place setting, and Thomas the Tank Engine napkins?? (huh?!? Uumm yep it happened). Check out the full story in the book under Project 20 Tablecloths, Napkins and Foof, Oh My!

For More Details: Get Yourself Organized For Christmas – Page  106

Well my friend, today we are not going to let that happen to you, no sir-y we are simply finding all of our table decorations and linens and getting them ready all in one spot.

Assignment and Supplies: Find your napkins (the ones you intend to use), tablecloths (wash it if there are spots), runners, napkin rings, plates, silverware and stemware or glasses.

**Note** if you are striving for simplicity this year and are going the shabby-chic method of paper or plastic, make a list of the things you need to purchase and where. (There is some real cute stuff out there these days that make a table look great. Don’t feel bad about it, remember your goal of simplicity). Embrace it!

Did you know that Evite has a blog section all about planning for parties? They can help you get ready so you too, don’t serve Christmas dinner with themed birthday party napkins! Check it out here.

Share Your Thoughts

Share with us! When did you have your party all set only to discover the teeny tiny thing of having no ______ ?   What did you do??  This year, join us in our vow to be prepared! Plan today what you will need for tomorrow.

Get Yourself Organized for Christmas Project 13: Decor Day

Get Yourself Organized for Christmas Project 13: Decor Day

Christmas Project 13

“It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go.”

Today is the day to start making your home look like Christmas. It is time to get our all of your Christmas decor. You don’t have to do all your decorating today but time to get a start on things, especially outdoor decorating. If you live in a climate that has a cold winter season, you need to get those lights and decorations out before the snow starts if it hasn’t already.

This also gives you some time to take inventory and go and purchase items you still need.

Today is a fun day and if you haven’t starting feeling the Christmas Spirit yet, today should get you in the mood. Amp up the Christmas spirit by turning on some holiday music, or your favorite Christmas movie, and inviting your family to help you decorate. Decorating can become something fun for everyone, and you will not feel like it is entirely your responsibility.

Assignment: Get some of your decorating done.

  • Decorate outside as soon as possible.
  • As you are unpacking your holiday trimmings, be sure to set aside anything you no longer use or love and give those items to charity.
  • Make use of the boxes you are emptying and pack away some of your regular decor to make space for your holiday decor.
  • Make a list of decorative items you need to purchase. (Remind yourself to make a list of items needed for next year when you are putting this year’s décor away.)

For More Details: Get Yourself Organized For Christmas – Page 77

Supplies: 1) Your Christmas décor boxes from last year. 2) A Christmas tree removal bag. 3) Ornament hooks

Share Your Thoughts:

Any tips for decorating?  Were your decorations organized neatly from last year? If not, any tips for improving how they are stored for next year? How does it feel to have some of your decorating done?   Did you throw away anything or donate to charity?

Love to decorate and be creative? Try your hand at making a candy wreath with these steps from our friends at Evite!

In Which We Spur Each Other On for Organizing

In Which We Spur Each Other On for Organizing


4 Quick Start Organizing Eval StepsThe Challenge 2014 is underway and it brings even more goals to accomplish. But how do we make organizing work?  Here are Four Quick Start Evaluation Steps to make any organizing goal more manageable:

1. Find two friends (at least) to do the project with you. It doesn’t matter if they’re phone friends, Internet buddies, or face-to-face girlfriends you meet with at Starbucks down the street. Find someone to keep you accountable.

2. Pick a room—any room to start the purge. I would pick the room that’s giving you the most stress and start there. You’ll feel better when some of the pressure is taken off.

3. Evaluate your plan. This is where people often give up.  If something doesn’t work, they will scrap the whole idea. You decide what steps you’re going to take each day. Then after trying it, see if that is a good goal.  Feel free to change it, but just keep your focus on trying to organize areas of your life.

4. Be flexible. The intention of The 2014 Things Challenge  is not to add stress, but to make your life simpler by removing the clutter from your life and helping you stay organized. Just do something, intentionally, every day. If you can be flexible in the day to day goals, you will learn to be flexible when things come up that you cannot control.  And in this way, we are no longer jut purging clutter from our homes, but also the clutter of disappointment or anxiety if something doesn’t go perfectly in our life.  Because let’s be real.  Life on earth is not perfect. But we do have a perfect God that will help us get through it!


30 Organizing Projects You Can Do While Watching a 30 Minute TV Show

30 Organizing Projects You Can Do While Watching a 30 Minute TV Show

You can accomplish a great deal while watching your favorite TV program. Here are 30 Organizing Projects you can do the next time your favorite show is on.

1. Clean out your handbag

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2. Clear out your phone of email

3. Clean your keyboard

4. Take unused keys off your keychain

5. Match all your unmatched socks

6. Go through a stack of magazines and recycle anything older than three months

7. Check the balance on a gift card online and write the amount on the front with a permanent marker

8. Put bookplates in your books

9. File Recipes

10. Shred documents with personal info on them (only during commercials)

11. Make a meal plan for this week

12. Go through all your pens and throw out the ones that are dried up

13. Go through your DVDs and put any in a bag that you don’t watch anymore so you can give them away

14. Sort your mail

15. Clean out your diaper bag

16. Answer 10 easy emails

17. Grab a kitchen drawer and sort through it and wipe it down

18. Address and send birthday cards for the month

19. Write 3 thank you notes

20. Start a shopping list

21.   Fix a button on a shirt

22.   Fold three loads of laundry (and put them away during the commercials)

23.   Cut out coupons and put them in your wallet

24.   Gather up any business cards and put them in your computer contacts

25.   Take pictures of your kids artwork before “thinning it out” (throwing it away)

26.   Clean out your child’s backpack

27.   Make sure your family calendars match

28.   Download photos from your phone to PC (or set up for it to be done automatically through Facebook)

29.   Order supplies online (ink, batteries, craft supplies, specialty foods, vitamins, etc.)

30.   Download movies, audio books or music for your next flight or road trip

 

Q4USo tell me – what do you like to get done while watching your favorite TV show?