Category Archives: Ideas

Tip 4 from GOC #3 – Write a mental note

It might sound ridiculous, but writing a mental note really works!

Writing a mental note can really help you find what you're looking for.

Your brain works on patterns.  The more you can reinforce those patterns, the more successful your brain will be at retrieving the information you need.

When you're sorting and organizing your supplies, write mental notes about where you put things.  This a very simple process of "thinking" about things as you put them away.  During class I gave the example of putting "Stars" into your "shapes" section in your 4 Section System.

As you put your "Stars" away, think about all the places you might use stars - Birthday, Celebration, 4th of July, camping...Now, reinforce the mental note by saying to yourself, either out loud or internally, "I'm storing my star shapes in the shapes category. Stars are great for birthdays, celebrations, 4th of July, and camping."  Mental note written and underlined!

This works for anything.  Try it the next time you set your keys down.

Leave a comment below and let me know how it works out.

Tip 2 from GOC #3 – Keep it simple, easy gets done.

When you’re organizing your supplies, your goal should be to keep things together you use together.  Think about your silverware drawer. Everything you need to set the table is in one place. Easy. When you need to put things away, you know exactly where they go. Easy. Make it easy on yourself to find your supplies AND… Continue Reading

Rock Star – Big Benefits

Rock Star – Big Benefits

Yesterday was the first day of the 2014 Resolve to Get Organized Challenge.  (If you’re unfamiliar with the challenge, you can click the link above and get the details on our website.)  The first session of the GOC is always about setting yourself up for success and identifying what the Big Benefits will be.  I… Continue Reading

Think Simply – Organize Well

Think Simply – Organize Well

Teaching classes, answering emails, responding to online posts – in each of these arenas I regularly find that we try to “over think” the issue of organization.For me organization can be boiled down into one simple concept – finding what I need, when I need it.There are a few things that can put a “hitch… Continue Reading

Purge Patrol – Love it more when you have less!

 If the very idea of eliminating something that is still useful induces nausea or gives you hives, rest assured you’re not alone.  There are many reasons we have trouble getting rid of “stuff”: 1.       We’ve attached to that stuff/thing “emotionally”. 2.       We don’t want to be wasteful –  financially, ecologically, or just generally . 3.      … Continue Reading

More about The Expedit System

 Several questions popped up after my post yesterday.   Yes, you can store your ScrapRack Spinders in the Expedit, they can be stored standing up or laying flat.  I have a couple of Spinders with extra pages on them that are in one of the cubes. The Dividers are a little too large and will curl… Continue Reading

Towel Toss Challenge

Last week my son went into the hall closet and grabbed a towel to take to school.  It wasn’t just any towel he was in search of, it was a “Finding Nemo” beach towel that has been in our family for, ohhhh, probably 10 years.  This particular towel is a favorite towel not because of… Continue Reading

Purge Patrol – Love it more when you have less!

 If the very idea of eliminating something that is still useful induces nausea or gives you hives, rest assured you’re not alone.  There are many reasons we have trouble getting rid of “stuff”: 1.       We’ve attached to that stuff/thing “emotionally”. 2.       We don’t want to be wasteful –  financially, ecologically, or just generally . 3.      … Continue Reading

Back to Basics – Why you need a 4 Section System

  What better place to start than at the beginning.  The key to being organized is having a system that is easy to use, easy to remember and easy to stick with.  Think about your system  as a foundation – it’s the thing that gives stability, ensures longevity, and provides security.  Many of us have… Continue Reading

Tiny Tasks, Big Results – Day 13, Christmas Card Organization

Organizing Christmas Cards from years past – and this year too.What to do with Christmas Cards at the end of the season, hmmm….it’s always an emotional decision.  We hate to throw them away, but what can be done with them? Here’s a fast, simple idea:Tie them in bundles with beautiful ribbons and pack them away with… Continue Reading

Tiny Tasks, Big Results – Day 12, Holiday Decoration Swap

Do the Decoration Swap   Empty your Christmas storage totes onto the kitchen or dining room table.  Using the now empty totes, go through the areas of your home you plan to decorate – clear coffee tables, mantles and shelves of your everyday decorative items. Put these everyday items into the Christmas totes. Since these totes already have a home… Continue Reading

YIKES! I’ve become a Collector

Bags, Bags everywhere, which one will I use?   Probably the same one I have right now because I can’t find the one I need. 🙁A confession:  – “I don’t always practice what I preach.”For those of you who have taken my classes, participated in webinars or just follow along with posts on FB/Twitter you… Continue Reading

If you’re well organized you’ll be able to craft on the fly. Keeping things organized makes it easy to create items on the fly!  Don’t miss out on an opportunity to craft because “it just takes too long to find your stuff.”  Get Organized and you’ll be able to create quickly and easily.  Join us… Continue Reading

Digital Idea Organization

There are so many great ideas that we find on the internet, in emails, posted on Facebook or pinned to Pinterest.  Keeping track of all of them can be overwhelming to say the least. Yesterday I hosted a “how to” webinar on getting all of these ideas organized into one easy to use digital notebook… Continue Reading

Creating an online journal using Word

One of the challenges with journaling in our scrapbooks is having access to the information.  You can create a simple online journal using a standard word processing program like Word.  Follow these easy steps and you’ll be journaling in no time. Open a new Word document. Save it As Journal on your Desktop. Start each… Continue Reading

Camping Organization – Simple Shower Kits

One of the biggest challenges when you’re camping is getting everybody off to the shower with everything they need and having them return with it.   Putting together a basic shower kit is easy. Start with a Silverware Tote/caddy or other waterproof type carrier. The plastic baskets that are sold for carrying around cleaning products… Continue Reading

Organizing your Scrapbooking Layout Ideas

Scrapbooking Magazines, Papercrafting Magazines, Emails, Websites These are all filled with wonderful layout ideas for not only scrapbooking, but cardmaking, gifts, home decor projects and more. There’s nothing more frustrating than knowing you have the perfect idea stashed away in a magazine but then not being able to find it. Idea organization can be very… Continue Reading

Organizing Scrapbook Ideas and Patterns

Stay Consistent – That’s my Mantra 🙂 One of the things that makes you successful with organization is developing a strong system and then sticking with it. When it comes to organizing Scrapbooking Ideas and/or Paper Piecing Patterns you want to stay with the same system as with all of your other supplies. My best… Continue Reading

Organized Camping

Food – Try to prepare as much ahead of time as possible. Slicing veggies for cooking before you go and storing them in ziplock bags makes it really easy to put meals together. Put meats into ziplock bags with marinade prior to leaving the house also, that way you just put them right onto the… Continue Reading