Unleashing Your Inner Organizer

I have a confession to make: without my to-do lists, I would be utterly lost.

I have never been one of “the organized ones”. My desk is always filled with clutter. My bedroom is perpetually messy — ok I confess, I don’t make my bed every day! But I’m very organized about the way I spend my time. I generally plan every aspect of my day, from when I do laundry, go to the gym, plan family dinner, and most importantly take a much needed break to watch Drop Dead Diva (a guilty pleasure – and all of season one is on Netflix!).

Yet now, in the middle of July, the lazy summer attitude has begun to crush my productivity, which is sure to be a problem when fall comes and the back-to-school craze hits my household at full force. I need to seriously think about that nagging little word, ‘order’.

A great place to start is always gathering lovely materials that make me want to burst with organization. Writing everything down helps me plan my “to do’s” (plus I LOVE drawing a big fat line through each finished task). Carolina Pad offers tons of school, office, and arts and craft products that are really great for career gals or full time moms who love to see their lists on cool paper products.

In an attempt to offer helpful products on my website, we’ve added calendars, notepads, and organizers that we designed ourselves based on how we plan our days. We hope you too will love our Organize Me notepads that can be customized for any tasks you might want to list:

If you want to keep your time organized, a calendar is essential to remember short and long term commitments. Make sure you pick one that suits your personality and style so you can keep up the motivation to use it.

You can get this calendar with your chosen color and text over at our website.

Also check out our notepads, bag tags, and stickers. Even if you manage to stay organized, there’s no guarantee that your kids will. This is our fun way to make the process a lot easier!

Now you need a little coaching and inspiration?  One of my all-time favorite blogs is Organizing Junkie. Laura proudly calls herself an “organizing addict”, and on her blog she provides useful tips for storage, menu planning, and scheduling. Make sure you subscribe to the blog so you can stay in the know about all of her awesome give-a-ways for a chance to win cute calendars and storage materials!

If you’re so overwhelmed by your own disorganization that you don’t even know where to start with all of this information, the Get Organized Wizard is probably the best way for extreme results fast. This helps you plan your whole day so that it’s virtually impossible to ignore the things you have to do. This claims to help you reach long-term goals through a step-by-step system that will lead you to a “life makeover”.  If anybody has given it a try, we would love to hear about the results!

Last but not least, Kim Cossette is a professional organizer in Atlanta we met at a local networking meeting. She does a wonderful job of organizing lives, even her website is perfectly organized in such a cute way! If you’re from a different area, you can subscribe to her monthly newsletter and get a free e-book!

Hopefully, you found something in this post that will help you get excited about de-cluttering your life. Organization is all about doing things one step at a time without getting overwhelmed. Try to take a deep breath and relax so that you can spend more time doing things you want to do and less time stressing about all the things you HAVE to do.  Happy organizing!


How to Host the HOTTEST Summer Party!

There’s something about early summer that just aches for celebration. It’s time to relax by the pool, hang out with old friends, and sip pink lemonade on your porch or on the beach. And if you (like me) are on a budget this summer, and you can’t vacation nearly as you would like, a great way to bring the vacation home is to host a summer party. Buy a new towel, maybe a colorful floaty or two, and make a splash!

Beach themed pool parties are simple to throw and always a lot of fun. It’s a great excuse to make refreshing, summery drinks. One of my favorites is the “Cranberry Fizz”,which is mix of cranberry juice and lemonade…or with cranberry liqueur (instead of juice) and a dash of white rum if you so choose. Delicious!

Summer parties are perfect for kids because this time of year offers so many opportunities outside where they’ll have fun without making a huge mess. A great idea we saw was a party at an Environmental Center, which is a simple way to get kids excited about learning in a fun and active way:

Also, it’s hard to believe, but 4th of July is just around the corner! Luckily, that means there’s another opportunity to get creative with patriotic festivities. One of my favorite blogs for party planning of all varieties is Celebrations at Home.  There’s even a recent post featuring an “All American” Backyard Picnic! The photos of the ice cream cookie dessert table are mouth-watering. All together, the end result is an adorable aesthetic look that evokes nostalgic memories of relaxed, all-American fun.

 

I love the glass bottles and red, white, and blue pinwheels. Simple details and vintage style really make a party memorable and unique.

Decorating can be super easy, especially for 4th of July when there’s a color scheme to follow! A bright tablecloth is a good place to start. Next, Bella Grace Party Designs provides some adorable 4th of July free printables that are perfect for stickers on jars of jam (or cupcakes-in-a-jar!), gift tags, or can even be used for scrap booking purposes later. Cute and easy.

Of course, the invitation is also important as the first step of party planning! Everyone loves getting invitations, and you’ll want to be sure that the invitation suits your party’s style. We’ve been busy working on lots of new invitations that make us really excited to throw the perfect summer party.

Check out letterbox.com for more! We also have a special on bag tags, which are fun to use as goody bags/party favors so guests can attach them to their summer beach bags and travel gear.

Let us know below how you celebrate your summer….we’d love to see your photos!