Favorite Organizing Items

Favorite Organizing Items

I've spent a lot of time telling you that you have too much crap and need to get rid of a good portion of it, so I thought I'd throw you a bone.  While there are no magic bullet organizing products to make you organized once and for all (besides tossing most of your crap), there are a few that can make life easier and more beautiful.  

1.  Matching Hangers - You're an adult.  It's time to donate the 143 mismatched hangers and buy 40 that match.  40!?!  Matching?!? Well, yeah, it's hard to use more than 40 items of clothing in a month, so, if you've recently joined the capsule wardrobe bandwagon, 40 should about do it. As for the matching - well, look at all the closets you've pinned on Pinterest.  They all have less than 40 items, the hangers match, and they look gorgeous. Case closed.  While I use the thick plastic ones from Bed, Bath & Beyond, the wood ones or the fuzzy ones from Amazon also look stellar...

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Papers: Week 1 - Scannable

Happy Tax Weekend.  

My guess is you've been swarmed with papers in the last few weeks getting ready for Tax Day. 

Well, now that the flurry is almost over, it's time to shred and scan.

If you haven't already, go download the Scannable app by Evernote.  It's free and life-changing. 

I spent last weekend scanning oodles of papers from my two drawer file cabinet (one drawer for business, one for personal).  My goal is to be paperless by the end of the year and this app is making that possible.  

I used it to scan:

  1. EOBs and briefs from my doctors 
  2. Supporting documents for taxes
  3. Recipes I'd saved 
  4. Travel articles
  5. Car maintenance records on 2 cars from the past 10 years
  6. The original credit card paper that came with the card and that has the whole card number on it (if you've ever lost a card and didn't have your full number handy, you know what a pain that can be)
  7. The travel rewards cards I'd received from Hilton, Starwood, Amtrak etc.
  8. Lots of other miscellaneous papers

When you're done scanning a document, it allows you to save it as a PDF or JPG to your camera roll, Google Drive, iBooks, email, message, etc.  The options are endless. 

If you download it and want some tips, shoot me an email.  

Happy Scanning. :)

Only 1 extra.

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For a long time, I did battle with my fine, frizzy hair and dry skin.  Always stocking up on the latest miracle product that would make my hair and skin soft and glowing like the magazine ads. But I was purchasing new things without using up the old and shoving the old to the back of the cabinet.  I don't think I was alone in this practice.   

After switching to using a shampoo soap bar and pure oil for my hair and skin, I found I could eliminate several toiletries.  To keep the remaining products from taking over the bathroom, I now keep only 1 extra of each.  As an added benefit, I have found that settling on just one type of soap, sunscreen, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. keeps the "ooh shiny! that looks better than what I have!" impulse purchases to a minimum.  

I've come to love the spare, neat look of just having one small-ish bin that contains all our unused, spare products.  In taking the photo below, I realized I needed to order that one replacement of my shampoo bar, deodorant and toothpaste.  It's so easy to keep track of what we have now!  If it's not in the box, we are out.

Do you think you could choose just one of each type toiletry?  

Does this sound crazy to you?