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Menu Planner for Mini Binders

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Menu Planner for Mini Binders

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For those of you who have mini planners, I have created an easy to use menu planner.

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Every Sunday, I plan our meals for the week and it takes only minutes to do with my menu planner. This menu planner, if laminated, are sturdy and reusable week after week. But before I introduce these pages, here are a few items you may need. Many of these items are optional but will make putting your menu planner together and easier and some items just make it pretty. I’ve also added links if you’d like to purchase them online.

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  1. adjustable hole punch
  2. paper cutter (optional) *scissors will do
  3. laminator or you can take them to an office supply store that will laminate them for you or you can use #4 below
  4. mini binder page protectors (optional) you can use these instead of laminating your pages
  5. Post-It page markers (optional)* you can use a dry erase marker as well (see my example below)

menu planner binder ringsFor those who do not have a mini binder, you can still use these pages by punching a singular hole on the top left corner of each page and threading a keychain ring or binder ring clip through the hole.

I created these sheets so that you can print on both sides to save paper. If you are going to use the menu plan for more than one meal, I suggest printing more of the inventory sheets. After printing all your sheets, I suggest laminating them. If you don’t have a laminator, you can get them laminated at most office supplies stores where they will also cut and hole punch your sheets.

Planner Inventory Sheets

The first few pages of the menu planner consist of the inventory sheets as well as a shopping list page for when you run out of an item. These sheets are divided into proteins; grains, rice, pastas, and potatoes; fruits and vegetables; dairy; miscellaneous; and lastly beverages and desserts. Using Post-Its colorful page markers, I use a different color for each category. This makes finding items and relocating items easier to manage.

three inventory pages for menu plannershopping list for menu planner

*See below on how to make your markers prettier using your printer

Creating your inventory for the first time will probably be the only time consuming part of using this plan. After that, it should only take you a couple of minutes to adjust your inventory each week, preferably after you’ve done your weekly shopping.

Daily Plan Sheets

Your daily plan sheets will consist of two days per side. On the last sheet, I created a rainy day/leftovers section which I use to plan a back up meal. It is my go-to page if we are suppose to barbecue and the weather doesn’t allow for it. Or if something unexpected happens during the week making little time to cook a whole meal, I can then easily switch out a meal for any leftovers I have on hand.

example daily menu planner

Now, if you don’t want to use Post-It markers, then you can also use a dry erase marker and write in both your inventory and meals as I have done below. I recommend using dry erase markers with a fine tip.

example of dry erase menu planner

When planning my meals, I personally like to take out all my sheets and lay them before me. This way, I am not constantly flipping back and forth in my binder.

Making Your Page Markers Prettier

If you are an organizing neat freak like me, then here is how you can make your menu planner prettier with a consistent font on your page markers. First, get your inventory list ready.

inventory list for menu planner

In your word processor, format your document with narrow margins and three columns. In my photo above I only used two but three columns will save you paper. Choose the font that you like and make it bold. I used Lucida Handwriting. For foods that are 13 characters or less including spaces, I went with a font size of 18. In the photos below, you can see where some of my longer food names, like mashed potatoes, went beyond the page marker. To avoid this, go with a size 16 font and it should work. Lastly, you want to double space your page to leave room for your page markers.

After you have written all your inventory items, go ahead and print and do not close out your document. After printing, take your page markers and cover each item with your preferred color as neatly as possible.

partial food list with page markers for menu plannerpage markers covering inventory list of food for menu planner

When you are done, place your list back into your printer feeder/tray so that when it reprints, it will print on the same side of your written page. Hit print again and Voila! Your page markers will be pre-printed with your food items.

printed page markers for menu planner

Now, eventually your page markers will get worn out as you continue to enjoy your menu planner so save your document on your computer as well as the printed version. This way, all you have to do is add page markers to the already printed version. So far, I have been using my planner for over a month and I have yet to change out my markers due to wear.

So if you are ready to try out my menu planner, click here and enjoy!

UPDATE: Click here for my free 2017 Mini Planner Cover and Year-at-a-Glance Sheet as well as the 2017 bookmark.

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Bra Organizer, Simple and *Free

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Bra Organizer, Simple and *Free

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*free bra organizer if you have a closet full of department store hangers

Corralling My Bras

For those of you who follow me, you know that I am a big fan of Marie Kondo and her sparking joy method for tidying one’s home. As I continued my KM journey, I kept having problems with one area, storage of my bras. I have over 20 bras ranging from sports bras to what I like to call my comfy ‘house’ bras. With all these bras, it was becoming completely unmanageable in my drawer. I tried corralling them in a shoe box, as per Marie Kondo’s advice, but they just wouldn’t stay organized.

Aha! I Found my Bra Organizer

When looking at my closet, I found was that I had a lot of Kohls hangers. I also noticed that they all had a tab sticking out of the bottom middle, directly under the hanger hook. This tab had two openings that when I inserted the hook of another hanger into the tab, it fit perfectly. Voila! My simple and free bra organizer!

using Kohls Hanger design for bra organizer

removing size tag from hanger bra organizerAs you can see above, I used a pocket knife to remove the size tag located on the hanger’s neck.

Making Them Pretty

Once finished, I realized that they were kind of boring and decided to pretty them up. For one, I glued felt to the hanger, wrapped it with ribbon, and added a bow.

Ribbon covered hanger bra organizer

For a couple of them, I painted the flat wider portion of the center with paint and then wrote on top of the paint using chalk markers. I think they came out cute.hanger for bra organizer

For others, I made tags that can be inserted into that front portion.

Home Sweet Home tag for Bra organizer

Now it was time to start connecting them.

Connecting Hangers for bra organizerAfter fitting my bras onto all the hangers, I placed them in my closet and they barely took any space. You could also hang them on the back of a door if closet space is an issue.

Bra Display of bra organizer

Anyway, if you are looking for a way to organize your bras in a way that does not take up space horizontally in your closet, try checking your closet for store hangers with these tabs. You might just have them and didn’t notice.

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I have also made some [content_upgrade id=6048]Bra Organizer Tags[/content_upgrade] that you can download here. To make them colorful, I used neon colored cardstock.

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Planner Templates for Mini Binders

Free Planner Templates for Mini Binders

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It is finally here: free planner templates for mini binders!

UPDATE: Click here for my free 2017 Mini Planner Cover and Year-at-a-Glance Sheet as well as the 2017 bookmark.

If you’ve read my last post on planners you would know that I love having a planner but was unhappy with those sold at most stores. There was never one that fully worked with my lifestyle and so I tried my hand at making my own. I also wanted something compact so I found a pretty mini binder and went to work on creating paper-efficient planner templates that would fit my mini binder. Now, I know that it’s mid-August but I will be working on 2017 very soon especially for those who want to use this as a student planner.

Before you print!

Before you print, you will need some supplies and others are just optional but can make putting this together much easier (and prettier).

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  1. mini binder(5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″) Avery has a few of these with pretty designs
  2. hole punch
  3. paper cutter (optional) *scissors will do
  4. laminator (optional) *packaging tape will do
  5. mini binder page protectors (optional) *you may need reinforcement labels
  6. index tabs (optional)
  7. heavy paper or cardstock (optional) *you may need reinforcement labels
  8. highlighters or color coding labels (optional)

Here is What You’ll Get

Planner Covers with Year-At-A-Glance

So, I have made several cover pages with a cute ‘charm’. And don’t worry, the website name pictured here will not be there when you download your cover. They are butterfly, heart, purple sun, flowers, cat, apple, and yoga mom. There is also a student planner cover (not pictured). If anyone has suggestions for 2017 ‘charms’ just let me know in the comments below and I’ll get on them soon.

After printing out your cover, I suggest folding it and then put it into a page protector. This will help make it last longer. Or you can print it on cardstock, hole punch it, and use reinforcement labels.

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Bookmark

I’ve also created a bookmark to keep your daily pages organized. On it, are the last six months so that you do not have to flip to the front’s year-at-a-glance. When you print these there will be two sets of bookmarks: light blue/apricot and pink/apricot. After folding mine in half (along the middle gray column), I laminated it but you can also use packaging tape to make it durable.

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After laminating it, hole punch the left side. Remember that you want the bookmark to stick above the pages so line up the holes to the height you would like it at. Using scissors, make a single snip from the hole to the left edge of paper.

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Cut the top left corner as shown in the picture so that it doesn’t get in the way of the binder rings’ tabs.

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Then insert the bookmark. Now it can be moved daily without having to open the binder rings.bookmarkinsert

Month Covers

Update: I discontinued the month covers for 2017. Click here to get you 2017 mini binder planner cover and year-at-glance.

Your free planner templates will also come with monthly covers. On the back is a space for notes. These will run from September-December 2016. I am working on 2017 and will make this available in November in case you are using this as a student planner.

When you print these, make sure you are using both sides of sheet. That is, September/Notes pages should have October/Notes on back and the same goes for November and December. Then cut each sheet in half for each month.

planner template month page protector

If you decide to put them in page protectors or laminate them, don’t forget that you can use dry erase markers to make notes.

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If you decide to forgo the page protectors or lamination, then I suggest using card stock or heavy paper and/or reinforcement labels. This will help to make them last throughout the month. This is actually what I do for my binder. As you can see I hole punch it and use Post-It tabs to help me locate the month.

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There a couple of ways to use your month cover. One way is to highlight special days as shown. I am in love with Sharpie’s liquid highlighters!

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Or you can use Avery’s color code labels as shown here.

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Daily Pages

Last but not least, the daily pages. Some have filled in headings and some are blank. Choose the one that works for you and your child. These are created so that you can save on paper. Each sheet, if you print them front and back, has four days. These sheets are highly customizable so after downloading your free templates, you can keep printing these for years to come.

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Here is a sample of the upper portion of my daily page as I would use it. The upper portion is like a to-do list. You can use the left column to add in a time or as a check off box. For the goals section, I added fitness, learning, family and me time. Again, you can customize this to fit your goals. Next, is the pay, errands, and menu section.

top sample page

The lower part of the page, I assigned the green section as my “Blog” to-do section. But again, you use this section as you see fit. Label it whatever you’d like. And, of course, no day is complete without having a few chores to do. I also added a shopping list and notes section.

bottom sample page

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Customizing Planners

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Customizing Planners

UPDATE: Click here for my free 2017 Mini Planner Cover and Year-at-a-Glance Sheet as well as the 2017 bookmark.

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Trying My Hand at Customizing Planners

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I know, I know. Customizing planners is now the latest rage. But I swear I had no idea it was the latest fad until I stepped into a Michael’s and saw shelves of stuff dedicated to putting one together. For years now I have looked for planners and organizers that suited my freakishly organized ways…there are none! So I end up buying those planners that just have a lot of lines where I just insert those ‘things to do’ items. It turned out to be equivalent to a mini notebook. My current planner has a 4 months-at-a-glance set up (see arrows in pic below), which I like, and lines for specific times of the day. Pretty boring and most of all ugly.

black planner cover customizing plannersinside classic planner customizing plannersWith my current planner ending in June, I decided to start shopping for a more customizable and pretty planner. The search was on and it was going nowhere. One day while needing to go to Michael’s for paint supplies, I came across their display for creating one’s own planner. I was intrigued with all the beautiful shiny parts that one can buy to create a planner but I was also turned off by what I saw as clutter. Their binders were beautiful but everything else was just clutter with hundreds of stickers and doodads. While this may seem cute for some people I don’t think I could get anything done having to wade through all that stuff. So the next logical step for me to do is to create my own planner and begin customizing it to fit my lifestyle. It wouldn’t hurt to make it look pretty too.

To get started on this new endeavor, I quickly wrote down those things that I wanted in a planner. One thing I needed was a way to remind me of all the things that need my attention on a daily basis. This could be accomplished by listing certain topics on a daily page. Some planners had a ‘bills to pay’ section or ‘errands’ but I needed more than that. I wanted more sections for other parts of my life like fitness goals. I also wanted sections to cover my homeschooling and blogging duties. Lastly, I wanted to have my months (current and next month, if possible), visible on my pages.

Once I felt that I had listed everything I wanted, I got started on creating the most awesome planner. Not! OMG! I didn’t realize how difficult this was to put together. The easiest part was purchasing my beautiful shell of a binder. I got mine at Walmart for under $4. It is made by Avery.

Pretty Mini Binder customizing plannersHaving used a letter size binder a few years ago which I didn’t like for various reasons, I opted for a mini one this time.

Mistake #1 in customizing planners: learn how to use your margins for optimum space and don’t forget that you will need to hole punch these.

Mistake #2 in customizing planners: so that you are not wasting paper, learn how to create printables keeping in mind what the other side of the sheet will look like. You don’t want to hole punch through tomorrow’s schedule.

Mistake #3 in customizing planners: DO NOT ADD MONTHS TO YOUR DAILY SHEETS. This was the worst part. Because I wanted my 4-months-at-a-glance aspect, I had to make sure everything was in order, and if I made a small mistake, then I would have to start over and waste more paper. Not only that but I had to create separate files for each month and make more modifications for the beginning of each month and end. It was just crazy.

Mistake #4 in customizing planners: underestimating how much paper it would take for creating a two-page daily sheet. I was only able to fit two months at a time in my binder.

Mistake #5 in customizing planners: taking my creation to Office Max to be printed out. For about 100 color pages back and front, they wanted to charge me $120, this was without cutting my pages in half and having them hole punched. Never mind, OM, I’ll do it myself.

Ok, so after learning from those mistakes above, I learned how to create my planner without having to rip out all my hair. I learned what margins worked best, used my alignment buttons correctly to avoid hole punch errors, and I made myself a pretty page divider that holds my months at-a-glance. After working with my daily two-page layout, I realized that I did not need that much space and was able to condense my daily aspects into one page. I, also, used one page for Saturday and Sunday planning.

Below is the evolution of my planner (sorry for the blurriness, I’m in the midst of learning how to post better photos). I am now working on adding more parts such as a monthly goals worksheet, fitness goals sheet, finance organizer, blogging planner, and a menu planner. I know, I know, where am I going to fit it? Again, it’s all about optimizing paper space, getting rid of what you don’t need, and coming up with creative ways to fit in the stuff you need. If I can successfully get this finished, I am hoping this could be the start of a cute side business. I wonder if I can make a go of customizing planners for different individuals but first, I’ll test them on the family, starting with hubby’s beer brewing planner and the kid’s student’s planners….binder cover page customizing plannersyear at a glance customizing plannersmonth at a glance customizing plannersMonth covers customizing planners

 

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1st attempt on daily pages: two-page layout
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last and final attempt on creating a one- page daily sheet for binder
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bookmark like divider with months on front and back

 

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bookmark in binder replacing 4 months at a glance aspect that i love

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How to Easily Organize and Maintain a Small Bathroom

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If you have a small bathroom, you know that the biggest challenge is finding space for all your stuff. Well, thanks to Marie Kondo, I am able to not only organize my small bathroom but also maintain it. There is no more clutter and my bathroom cleaning routine is now down to 15 minutes a week.

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Using the Kon-Mari Approach

As you can probably tell, I am a big fan of Marie Kondo and her philosophical method of organizing: if something no longer sparks joy in your life, it’s time to get rid of it. I recently finished organizing my clothes, paperwork, and nostalgic items using her Kon-Mari method but I was not looking forward to using her approach in my bathroom. Why?

Well, I don’t mind the purging and organizing part but I did not like her idea of “keeping things out of the bath.” According to Ms. Kondo, all shampoos, conditioners, cleansers, soaps, razors, etc. are NOT to be kept/stored in one’s bath/shower stall. Huh?! I mean, who doesn’t have bath shelves built into the walls, or a storage/organizer caddy hanging off the shower head filled with all our bath necessities? Isn’t that what they are for?

But trying to keep an open mind, I finally relented. My only regret is that I did not do it sooner.

How I Tamed My Small Bathroom

Marie Kondo gives valid reasons for keeping items such as shampoo bottles and soap out of one’s shower area. She suggests removing all these things after every shower/bath and wiping them down dry ( and yes, this includes the bar of soap). I thought this is going to be interesting.

The first thing I did was purge a lot of stuff like hair products I no longer use and cosmetic samples I swore I was going to try. Then, I removed everything out of the bathroom. And I mean, EVERYTHING. As I was removing items, I organized them into separate categories like ‘hair’ products, ‘oral care’ products, etc.

After cleaning the empty bathroom, I slowly began putting stuff back noting things I didn’t necessarily need in the bathroom. For instance, I usually put on my make up in the bedroom so I relocated my makeup to a dresser drawer that was empty from my last purge. All my first aid/cough & cold medicines were put into bins and relocated to a linen closet in the hallway.

Once this was done, I assessed my bathroom storage areas to see how I can organize what was left and have a bathroom that was clean and minimalistic. I also scoured the house looking for any decorative baskets and bins I had laying around. The result after putting everything away? Take a look for yourself:

The After Effects of Kon-Mari on My Small Bathroom

 

The Vanity

 

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The only thing on my vanity: hand soap and my little bamboo plant. Very minimal and clean.

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The Shower Stall

 

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Notice that nothing but my purple bath sponge stays in there.

 

Cabinet Above the Toilet

 

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This is a cabinet storage above the toilet where I keep toilet paper and other toiletries.

 

Small Storage Unit Between Toilet and Sink

 

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Additional storage between toilet and sink. I store my bulkier things in here.

 

Other Miscellaneous Items

 

If you decide to tackle your small bathroom the same way, I suggest that you purchase a pack of plain white washcloths. I got a large pack from Walmart very cheap. I fold  my washcloths, Kon-Mari style, and keep them by the sink in a pretty bin. This makes it easy to grab one after my shower and wipe down everything before putting them away under the vanity.  Then, I just pop the washcloth into the hamper.

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Our basket of washcloths folded Kon-Mari style.

Oh, and one last thing: my feminine hygiene products. I keep these in a pretty box that I got from Michael’s. This is kept on the toilet tank.

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 Now, It’s Your Turn

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If you would like to learn more about the Kon-Mari approach, I suggest picking up a copy of her books: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy. Click here to read my review of her book and see the results of my first purge. Both books can be purchased on Amazon by clicking on the links below.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

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Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Uporganizing a small bathroom marie kondo

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So how are you organizing your small bathroom? Let me know below in the comments. Also, visit our Facebook site and post a photo of your small bathroom progress. I would love to see what you’ve done.

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Marie Kondo Book Review

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Marie Kondo Book Review

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Organizers, Get this Book!

I just wanted to let you know that I recently finished Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” a few weeks ago and have been putting her advice to practice since. I have always hailed myself as highly organized until I read this book. The author put my organizational skills to shame. This is my hands-on Marie Kondo book review and how it has changed my life.

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First, let me say that the book is an easy read. The minute I began reading it, I was hooked. Honestly, I read it so quickly because I couldn’t wait to start organizing. I wanted to see if it was true that her methods would change my life.

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This is one part of my closet before I read the book. It is now completely empty.

So, without giving too much away, you can expect that you will have to do some purging. In my house, I am forever purging my stuff but it turns out that I have been doing it wrong. Yes, there is a method for doing it right. Once you purge, Ms. Kondo then shows you how to properly tidy what is left of your items. Again, I didn’t think I needed advice on this but I was so wrong.

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This half of the closet was also filled to the max with my clothes. After reading the book, this is what I was left with. I even had room to hang my bathing suits and my high end bras.

Now I wish I can say that I followed her book to a tee but there were some things I did not follow just because I felt my method made a little more sense to me.

marie kondo book review clothes closet
As you can see, all my clothes on the bottom rack are gone but I still had not organized my husband’s on the top.

 

marie kondo book review clothes closet
This is my husband’s side after tidying. Notice the bottom. It has remained empty.

Now for the life-changing part. The author talks about all the different ways tidying up will help change your life and I have to say that I have seen some of these changes take place in my own home. This includes the money I have saved. When I went through the purging stage I found so many clothes that I had purchased “on clearance” and never wore. Because most of it was from Kohls, I had no trouble returning these items. I ended up with $88.97. Not only did I save, but I learned something about myself. I learned that I was purchasing things because they were bargains and not because I really wanted them. So now I have started to become more aware of my purchases. When I was completely done with the purging of my clothing, I had bags and bags of stuff that I ended up donating to charity.

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First receipt of returns.
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Second receipt of returns.

Ms. Kondo hails from Japan so there was some aspects of her book that I could not identify with such as the apparent hoarding of “lecture materials” by her countrymen. From what I read, I suspect that she may not be married or have children only because any reference to their roles in tidying was limited to examples from her clients. I was left wanting more on how I can best tidy my children’s rooms. I also wished she had expounded on other household items like linens. Another complaint I have is that she didn’t provide any photos or pictures showing how to implement some of her methods. I found myself rereading passages and hoped that I was doing it right.

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This was just ‘my’ clothes alone. I donated all of it to the local charity thrift shop.

Despite the above criticisms I have of this book, they are minor. The benefits I received from tidying most certainly outshined my complaints. I still highly recommend this book even to those who claim to be avid organizers. My sister who purchased this book recently informed that Ms. Kondo has another book out that does enhance this book by providing pictures on how to tackle her tidying method called “Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up.”

So readers, I hope you enjoyed the hands-on Marie Kondo book review. If organizing and starting afresh this new year is on your resolution’s list, let my say that this book would make a great stocking stuffer for anyone, clean freak or not.

If you’ve read the book please feel free to leave your Marie Kondo book review in the comments section below.

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Seasonal Purging, Organizing Closets

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Seasonal Purging

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Before Purging

As I write this post, it has been autumn for at least a couple of weeks. Here, in the southern part of Virginia, the cooler air is just starting to creep in slowly. This is when we have days where we start out wearing pants in the morning, and then by noon, we are tearing them off and putting on shorts. These “in-between” times, is when I do most of my closet organizing. This is what I call our seasonal purging time. This is when I look at the past season’s clothing and see what was worn, what wasn’t worn, and what doesn’t fit anymore.

jackcloset seasonal purgingBefore I begin going through clothes, I get out my clothing checklist. I have made this available for you to check out below. It is a simple table which just lists clothing items for each member of the family. Since the boys are twins, I just make one column for them.

Clothing Checklist

It is here that I note the current sizes and/or make a note that I may be needing an item soon. For example, the boys’ shoe size is now approaching 3. They still wear their size 2’s but when I see a sale on kid’s shoes/sneakers, I will buy them in the next size and then check them off the list knowing I should be good for a while. I do the same for myself and hubby. If I see that I am having to give a lot of my summer clothes away, I will make sure to buy those particular items as they go on sale this fall/winter.

Now, onto the purging.

I usually tackle the boys’ closets first. Since it is fall, I take out any summer clothes that I think were beginning to become snug on them. I set these aside for my sister who has a younger son;

my closet seasonal purging

she will also send me her older sons’ clothing for my boys. If you don’t know anyone who could use your hand-me-downs, give them to charity. Just don’t forget to document the clothing type, its condition, and the name of charity. You can itemize your deductions on your tax forms. I also check the condition of the clothes. If they are severely worn (not too surprising with boys), then I make them into rags or trash them.

After purging, it is time to organize.

In my storage, I keep the clothes that my sister sends me for the boys in boxes. I mark these with the sizes and type of clothing inside. Since I am switching to winter clothes, I look for those boxes that contain pants, long-sleeved shirts, etc.

After I’ve finished organizing their closet, I go onto to hubby’s closet and do the same and so on in my own closet. You might be wondering about clothing in dressers and such, but I usually keep things in there that I can’t “hang” in the closet such as underwear, shorts, and socks. For these, I also quickly go through them, purge, and note if I need to replenish anything.

boys clothes storage seasonal purgingI know that for some people, this post may seem trivial and unnecessary. But I have been to other people’s homes and let’s just say that their closets are so jam packed, mostly from out of style clothes that they have kept for years…I suppose, in hopes, that it will come back in style?

I am currently reading Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. As much as I claim to be organized, I always tell myself, you can do more. So I’m hoping to find more and better ways of organizing. I’ve only read the first two chapters and have to say that it seems to involve a lot of purging. I will give a review in a future post about this book when I’m done reading it.

Well, readers, I hope I have helped someone to ditch their old clothes. Better yet, recycle or donate them to people who could use them. Happy Organizing!!!

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