Inexpensive Container Store Planner Finds

I was excited when I first discovered The Container Store, but I wasn’t excited about the prices. While I love organization and all sorts of containers, there were cheaper alternatives to what the store was selling. The closest one to me was nearly an hour away, but recently one opened that’s just 20 minutes away. The store layout is amazing, categorized (as it should be), and there’s some inexpensive finds that are worth looking into. Check out my inexpensive planner favs below!

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Power Hour | Crush the Chaos

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I know I’m not the only one scrambling to get my house semi-decent for company. I feel like the holiday season is when everyone cleans strives to keep their homes clean for entertaining, but throughout the year that may not be the case. I spent this past weekend deep cleaning my downstairs and I still have things to do. One thing in particular, such as cleaning my bathroom right before company arrives, is on my list. Although I do this regularly, I want it to be in tip top shape. This post is all about my Power Hour tips, plus a playlist of videos to get you motivated. Ready, set, crush the chaos!

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Back to School | Organization Hacks 

Welcome to day 4 of my back to school week here on the blog. I will have a new post every day this week with tips & tricks to crush the clutter early in the school year. These posts are geared for the little ones to those in college.

Day 1 was a back to school supplies haul, day 2 was a portable homework station, and day 3 was tips on how to effectively use a planner. Today I’ll be sharing quick organization hacks.

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Back to School | Homework Station

Welcome to day 2 of my back to school week here on the blog. I will have a new post every day this week with tips & tricks to crush the clutter early in the school year. These posts are geared for the little ones to those in college.

Day 1 was a back to school supplies haul and today will feature a quick and easy homework station. As always, click the links throughout the post for related posts and links to purchase items featured.

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Back to School | Supplies Haul + Money Saving Tips

Welcome to day 1 of my back to school week here on the blog. I will have a new post every day this week with tips & tricks to crush the clutter early in the school year. These posts are geared for the little ones to those in college.

This first post is a back to school supplies haul with items from Target, Michaels, Dollar Tree, and Staples. In additional, I’ll be sharing my top 3 money saving tips when it comes to shopping for supplies.

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Bedroom Revamp | Nightstand Reorganization

Welcome to another edition of my bedroom revamp series. The first installment was my dresser trash to treasure. We come across pieces that are inexpensive at the time, yet break down, but there’s no sense in throwing it away if you can make it work. I revamped my dresser and made it work for me since I don’t have a budget to buy a new one. Click HERE to read more on that revamp.

In this edition I’ll be sharing how I reorganized an old nightstand. Keep reading for my top organization tips.

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Plan With Me: February 2016

It’s FEBRUARY! January is over and my anniversary month has arrived. I wanted to have fun with this layout and play with the washi that I had along with stickers from the Target One Spot. Despite wanting to make the spread pretty, I wanted to  find a balance between decorative and functional.

First up I grabbed my January spread so that it’d be easier for me to mark my bills. I wasn’t a fan of my January spread and when I’m not a fan I don’t use it. The only thing I added were my gas trackers. I usually just put bills, birthdays, and when I’m babysitting in my monthly spread. Adding decorative stickers can easily overcrowd the calendar.

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I had a lot of fun placing the stickers and due to the way that my bills fell this month, I tried something different in my sidebar. I go to the chiropractor on a weekly basis and I marked my appointments in the sidebar opposed to the month view. The wadi was fun to play with and I added just about all the Valentine washi that I had. Aside from washi tapes, I used washi samples from Heidi Swapp that I can’t wait to continue to use throughout the month.

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The newest addition to this spread was a card. I had received it in a planner swap and I had recently just opened the set when I created my spread for the week of January 25th-31st. I took the card and I added an Erin Condren quote sticker along with stickers from a Heid Swapp sheet. Sometimes when you don’t plan you get great results and I just placed the stickers without much thought. Thankfully it worked.

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I also decorated my divider as usual, which I’m not a huge fan of. I didn’t have scrapbook paper to match for the month so I used photo paper. It didn’t adhere all that well, but I’ll leave it as is. I did decorate my ‘This Month Currently’ sheet which I will use to mark goals of the month and as they’re completed I’ll put a heart next to them. I love the way it turned out and I’ll definitely be decorating from now on.

 

Declutter 101: Car Organization Tips

I spend around 2 hours a day in my car commuting to and from work. My car can become a dumping ground from receipts, to loose change everywhere, and a closet in my trunk. Why take it inside when I have the space? Who cares if my back seat has the scarf and flats I meant to take in a week ago? Yes, those candy wrappers are still there.

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My Happy Planner Experience

I’ve been planning in the Me & My Big Ideas Happy Planner since May. The planner did not officially begin until July so upon my initial purchase I bought the extension pack. With 2015 coming to an end and since I’ve been using my Happy Planner daily, I wanted to share my overall experience of the planner. First, check out my initial review below:

From my initial use, there’s a lot of things that I love about the Happy Planner a lot of things that I hate. There’s waves of craze in the planner word and while most people are Erin Condren addicts, the Happy Planner has not gone unnoticed this past fall. When the planner was first released I did not see a lot of reviews on it nor many planner spreads. All that picked up in the fall and really surged with the release of the box kits.  Now on to the pros/cons.

LIKES —

1. Price | With a planner that has a similar layout to the vertical Erin Condren this is definitely in the price range for those wanting to try out that style. Most planners that I have used in the past have been vertical and after using the vertical style I’ll never go back. For those interested in the Erin Condren, but don’t want to pay $50, the Happy Planner is an amazing alternative at just half the price. Not bad for an 18 month planner.

2. Customization | The discbound system makes it easy to take the pages in and out which makes it easier for planning. Also with the discbound system you could use a Levenger hole punch and MAMBI will be releasing their own version, but you easily use a hole punch and scissors to add to the planner.

3. Layout | The boxes of the Happy Planner are longer than that of the Erin Condren boxes which gives more room for writing. Whether you’re layering stickers or making a long to do list, there’s lots of space. I wish that the dated versions would have had the Morning/Afternoon/Evening on the side opposed to the corner (‘Good Things Are Going to Happen’ edition). You could easily cover that with washi.

DISLIKES —

1.COVERS! | I absolutely despise the covers of the Happy Planner. When I first received mine within a month the holes were coming a part as well as the edges. I contacted MAMBI in regards to my issue and thankfully they sent me another one free of charge. I purchased the additional covers from Hobby Lobby along with the expander rings hoping that would help, but the covers still didn’t stick and the planner was still too bulky. I plan on finding other cover options on Etsy and I still want to give the new matching MAMBI covers a chance.

2. Non-Laminated Tabs | For all those that are purchasing the Happy Planner now, have no fear the tabs are laminated. For those that purchased when the planner was first released, you’ve probably added packaging tape for a DIY lamination. I’m not sure why the tabs weren’t laminated to begin with. Definitely a downside for those that initially purchased.

3. Different Dividers | I have the ‘Good Things Are Going To Happen’ version of the Happy Planner and the dividers are horrible. I gifted a different Happy Planner for my friend and her dividers match for the various occasions throughout the year. I’m more into the holiday spirit and while I dislike the monthly dividers, I really liked that this version did not have the standard heading similar to the Erin Condren.

Overall I am very happy with my planner and I have been able to fix the issues I’ve had minus the cover. As far as the cover, that’s something that I need to purchase, maybe DIY my own, and search further on Etsy. I’ve put packaging tape on the tabs so they’re not as flimsy. Then for the different dividers I’ve created my own for October, November, and December. You can check out my December divider below:

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I have since separated my planner from 2015 to 2016 and it’s like a fresh start creating layouts in January being that the planner is so thin. A part of me wants to try out the Erin Condren, but for the price point of the Happy Planner along with the various sticker options of the MAMBI brand, I’m content. Planner peace? Pretty much.

Spicy Saturday (V.14): Office [RE]organization

I took a break from blogging this week, one because I’m in the process of “rebranding” and two I needed to get organized. Check out my initial office organization post, HERE, HERE, and HERE. It’s hard for me to function when everything around me is in disarray. Aside from having a mess around me it’s hard to be creative when my office is not appealing. I had a bookshelf that just housed books. I know the typical purpose, but after watching CoupontoProvide videos on YouTube, I was inspired to switch up my office and I love my new corner. I have additional supplies I would like to add in the future, but for now it’s functional and appealing. Mission accomplished.

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On top of the shelf I wanted it to be a bit decorative so I have a lamp that’s been in my family for ages, my Steelers (#STEELERNATION) salt shakers, a quote, and in the accordion filer I have card stock paper sorted by color along with construction paper and various printing paper.

IMG_20150425_134946On the shelves, it’s still a bit of a work in progress, but I’m pleased with what I’ve done over the course of two days. On the top shelf I have what I’ll reach for more frequently which includes my post-its/stick notes (whatever you call them), various markers/pens, stickers, and supplies. All containers are from Target except for my stickers one which is recycled from a bath set I received. All labels are a combination of Dollar Tree chalkboard labels and the rectangular labels from Target.

The second shelf has a snap ware set which holds glue, stamps, wood shapes, and thank you cards. More target storage that holds my mini notebooks, a huge obsession, and ribbon and washi tape. I have ordered a new planner which is similar to the Arc planner I created last year, but I think this one I’ll actually keep up with. The craze for planners revolves around brands such as: Erin Condren, Kiki K, Lilly Pulitzer, etc., but I love disc bound books. Check out YouTube for reviews on planners and to find the right one for you. Be on the lookout for a future post/review on my new planner.

Back to the shelves, the last shelf just holds supplies that I don’t reach for as much. I want to fit another bin on the bottom, maybe even two, but I’d have to find two that fit. I’m happy with the space so far, but I do see muse;f adding and switching up the layout. I’d love to add a drawer set (which I can’t remember the name of) from Michaels. It retails for $80 and I didn’t want to dish out the cash when theres 50% off coupons floating around occasionally. I’ve waited this long, I’ll keep waiting.

Check out a detailed look at my shelves in the video below:

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