Pinspiration: 9 DIY Wreaths!

By on Dec 9, 2013 in DIY, General Tips, Organizing

Want to make your own wreath this year? Maybe you’re just looking around for some inspiration? This post is full of my favorite wreaths and ideas I’ve found through Pinterest. Enjoy and happy crafting! 🙂

See also: 16 Christmas Decor Ideas and Tips, 12 Tips for Present Wrapping and Organization

All of these photos have been found via Pinterest. Each link will link directly to the Pinterest pin in which it was found.

5 Wreaths – Inspiration:

1. Fern wreath with light touches of baby’s breath

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2. An awesome Grinch Christmas wreath!

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3. This is just way too cute!

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4. Wreath + Chalkboard = Love!

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5. Snowman wreath!

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4 DIY Wreaths + Tips and Tricks:

1. Keeping your pine cone wreath clean and dust free – Use salt!

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2. How to make a boxwood wreath – Tutorial

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3. Turn an old picture frame into a great wreath!

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4. Buy any Hobby Lobby letter and wrap it in Christmas tree garland and add lights.

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How to Conduct a Calendar Review – Rashelle Isip

By on Dec 9, 2013 in DIY, General Tips, Organizing

Are you interested in making the most of 2014?

An easy way to plan your future is to take some time to learn from your past.

In this post I’ll show you how to review your calendar from 2013 and start your planning to make 2014 a great one!

Before we get started, make sure you have your calendar from 2013 in hand as well as way to take notes, be it pen and paper or your smartphone or computer.

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Looking Backwards:

Take a moment to go through your calendar for the past year. What do you see?

  • What types of patterns do you see when it comes to your daily, weekly and monthly schedule?
  • Were there any particularly busy weeks or months?
  • What major projects or tasks did you accomplish at home or at work?
  • Did you give yourself enough downtime throughout the year?

Looking Forwards:

Consider how you can use the above information above to better plan for the New Year:

  • Were you happy with the patterns of your schedule on a daily, weekly and monthly basis? What would you keep? What would you change?
  • Were busy weeks or months preventable or were they just unavoidable? What might you do in 2014 to hopefully lessen the impact of these busy times?
  • Having completed projects and tasks, what new items are you looking forward towards creating in the New Year? If you didn’t complete a project or task, will you resolve to finish it, edit it or gently let it go from your life?
  • Were you unhappy with the amount of rest or break time you gave yourself over the past year? If not, you might want to start planning out your holidays/vacations for the next year.
A version of this post originally appeared on www.TheOrderExpert.com on December 26th, 2011.

How about you?

What have you learned from this past calendar year? How will you do things differently in 2014?

Leave a comment below!

Rashelle Isip is an organizing, time management and productivity consultant and blogger who loves who loves bringing order and balance into people’s lives. She is founder of The Order Expert, www.theorderexpert.com, a blog featuring organizing, time management and productivity tips, tricks and inspiration. For more information on Rashelle’s coaching and consulting services for individuals and small businesses, please visit www.rashelleisip.com. You can also follow Rashelle on Twitter @theorderexpert, on FacebookPinterest, and Google+.

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Pinspiration: 12 Tips for Present Wrapping and Organization for Christmas

By on Dec 9, 2013 in DIY, General Tips, Organizing

Christmas will be here before you know it. I put together this post to help your holiday be less stressful and less messy! Having an organized holiday always makes it a more-fun holiday! Here are some of my favorite wrapping ideas and storage tips I found on Pinterest. 🙂

See also: 17 Christmas Decor Ideas and Tips

All of these photos have been found via Pinterest. Each link will link directly to the Pinterest pin in which it was found.

5 Wrapping Storage and Organization Ideas:

1. A small, simple, but cute wrapping storage solution.

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2. Hanging on the inside of a closet door.

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3. Keep wrapping paper in a trash bin for easy access.

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4. Wrapping toilet paper rolls around wrapping paper to keep it rolled up.

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5. Hanging from wire racks.

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4 Wrapping Ideas:

1. Natural and authentic!

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2. Simple gift wrapping with stamped names.

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3. Adorable pom-pom wrapping paper!

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4. Snowman presents! How cute would it be to have one snowman per kid!

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3 Extra Wrapping Ideas and Tips:

1. How-To make a small bow using a fork!

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2. Adorable Christmas tree gift tags.

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3. Super cute and easy snowman gift tags.

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November Pinterest Party

By on Dec 9, 2013 in DIY, General Tips, Organizing

We get together for a monthly family style dinner where we share creative food because we love to eat and try new dishes. Family and friends are welcome because the more, the merrier.  We share our recipes on our Family Style Friday Night Pinterest board so that we can enjoy good food anytime. This is usually an open theme so anything goes!

The set up:

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Pre-party table setting. Simple but festive.

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We set up our buffet with the real dishes. They just make the party more fun than paper and plastic.

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We also used festive orange paper squares to label each dish so that we could add them to our pinterest board.

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Gumdrop turkey craft from Pinterest and Starbust candy corn for the kids and the creative.

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The pre-party beverage bar setup. The buffet was set up as a beverage bar. We had green iced tea, spa water, thai iced coffee, along with a hot cider and cold cider bar set up. Each beverage had it’s own glassware to make trying each new flavor more fun! Adding colorful straws added more interest.

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I served the green iced tea in a beehive container. The spout doesn’t work very well in this container so I added a punch bowl scoop for serving from the top.

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The hot apple cider bar was served either hot or cold with cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and homemade caramel sauce.

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My contribution to the menu was iced thai coffee. It is strong black coffee with a sweetened condensed milk and milk mixture poured over the top. I used long test tube glasses for a refreshing coffee drink.

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Spa water is water and ice layered with lemon and mint. There are so many flavor combinations to make but this one is my favorite.

The party:

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It’s all about the presentation so we added a fall wreath and flowers for some added curb appeal.

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A fully prepped beverage bar.

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The labels had the name of the food item on display and the creators name on the inside so that we wouldn’t forget to add the menu items to our pinterest board and give credit where credit is due.

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My daughter Taylor made mini no bake raspberry cheesecakes in mini tea cups. The recipe was a hit – so simple and delicious!

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My friend Laura made Calzones with red sauce for dipping. There were no leftovers!

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She also made smore marshmallow treats. They were perfect and so good on their own but would also be great dipped in hot chocolate!

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Our group loves to cook and be in conversation. Sonja is an overachiever and brought a main dish and two desserts. We love that about her!! Melody brought a desert and wine that we enjoyed.

Good food and good friends make a great dinner party! We have to do this more often!

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Pinspiration: 17 Christmas Decor Ideas and Tips!

By on Dec 9, 2013 in DIY, General Tips, Organizing

With Christmas approaching closer each day, I wanted to put together some decorating ideas to help your holiday be bright and cheerful! Having an organized holiday always helps the decor look more festive! Here are some of my favorite Christmas decor ideas I found on Pinterest. 🙂

All of these photos have been found via Pinterest. Each link will link directly to the Pinterest pin in which it was found.

5 Decor Ideas:

1. Plants can be joyful too. 🙂

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2. Wrap wire around foam cone to make wire trees.

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3. Hot Cocoa Bar with treats and fixings!

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4. String together marshmallows to create an indoor snowfall!

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5. Great for the kids! Let them decorate their own little house. 🙂

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6 Unique Tree Ideas:

1. Table top Christmas tree

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2. I love having little trees around the house!

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3. It’s a Charlie Brown tree indeed!

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4. Use branches to create a tree for ornaments

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5. Creative snowman tree!

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6. Another creative snowman tree!

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6 Snowmen Ideas:

1. Super cute Snowman.

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2. Remember to represent mans best friend, too!

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3. Remember to let your snowman’s personality shine through!

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4. Mini snowman.

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5. For those of you without snow this Christmas!

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6. Talk about curb appeal! 😉

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10 Tips to Stay Calm and Chaos Free This Holiday Season – Missy Bystrom

By on Dec 9, 2013 in DIY, General Tips, Organizing

Our Holiday tradition: We decorate cookies with the neighbor kids and then delivering them to elderly neighbors.

One of our holiday traditions: We decorate cookies with the neighbor kids and then delivering them to elderly neighbors.

Wouldn’t it be beautiful to fully enjoy and experience a sense of peace during the Holidays?

It seems that many tent to be so preoccupied with all the demands, obligations and expectations during this supposed special time, that its impossible to be present and intentional about the Holidays.

What are some things that can be done to by-pass the chaos and the ‘crazy‘ and rather than ‘surviving‘ the Holidays, they are experienced ‘in-joy‘ and serenity?

  1. Define what the holidays actually mean to you
  2. Rather than giving tons of gifts that become clutter, give ‘consumable‘ gifts
  3. Start a new and SIMPLE tradition – go to a soup kitchen and give of yourself rather than receiving
  4. Make old fashioned cookies, breads or jams and give these instead of ‘stuff
  5. Have a pot-luck open house
  6. Re-cycle, re-use or re-purpose gifts
  7. Do not take on too many obligations
  8. Enjoy the holidays with those you love – and who love you back
  9. Turn off your phone and computer for a few days
  10. Remember what you first determined the holidays meant to you

What are some ways you stay calm and chaos free? Share your ideas in the comments below!

Missy Bystrom PortraitMissy Bystrom is the owner of The Organized Connection located in Cleveland, OH and Orange County, CA.  Missy’s blog gives weekly tips and tricks on becoming more organized and having a more peaceful household.
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Pinspiration: 6 Tips for Kitchen Organization

By on Dec 9, 2013 in DIY, General Tips, Organizing

With Thanksgiving coming up, I thought what better way to prepare for a day of cooking and feasting than some tips and tricks for around your kitchen! Let’s have an organized kitchen this holiday season! 🙂

All of these photos have been found via Pinterest. Each link will link directly to the Pinterest pin in which it was found.

Organized Pantry:

1. Wall-Mount Kitchen Roll Organizer. Great for keeping aluminum foil, wax paper, ect inside the pantry!

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2. Or you can attach a magazine file to your cupboard door as a DIY project!

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3. Use clear plastic containers and glass jars as storage to help you find exactly what you’re looking for – right when you peek into your pantry!

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Organized Fridge:

4. Store pre-made healthy lunches to take to work inside mason jars. Mason jars keep lettuce fresher for longer, too!

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Other Great Ideas:

5. Have a bunch of shopping bags? Here’s a tutorial about wrapping up grocery bags so they come out one by one!

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6. Store your cupcake liners in a clear spaghetti container. It looks so cute to have all of the cupcake liners on display!

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