Can you believe summer break is over and back to school season is in full force? Putting some organization in place helps make the transition easier.
This year, I was really excited to refresh my kids’ homework station and set up a few systems to manage the daily flow of school papers.
Even if your kids have already started school be sure to read along for tips you can implement to make things run smoother in your home.
1. DESIGNATE A STUDY ZONE AND DEDICATE A CABINET OR DRAWER FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES.
About 8 years ago, I transformed this china cabinet into a more modern piece by removing the glass doors, beefing up the shelves, and painting it white. Last year I converted it into our study area cabinet and it has worked well for us.
To get ready for this school year I de-cluttered anything old or broken, replenished our supplies and rearranged things to make them more accessible for my 1st and 6th grader.
I contained the flashcards into a container to keep them all in one place. I sorted stickers and smaller school supplies into these little drawer organizers. Their dictionary and thesaurus are sitting next to their writing, crosswords, coloring, math and other activity books where I organized them into these IKEA magazine holders. My favorite part is the green silverware caddie I re-purposed for their colored markers. Everything is accessible and labeled.
Inspiration from my hike up Yomemite's Vernal Falls
This summer, we had our first ever vacation in my family and we went to Yosemite for four days.
Wow! Is it gorgeous up there!?
We hiked up Yosemite Falls, Glacier Point and Bridal Veil Falls during our first few days.
Super-easy breathtaking hikes, the kind where you get to enjoy the journey on the way up there.
Well, on our last day we decided to try a little more difficult hike to Vernal falls.
The Yosemite pamphlet says it’s a strenuous hike.
But, it didn't faze me for some reason.
I felt emotionally ready thinking about the steep hike or so I thought.
On the way up there I started feeling out of breath, my legs hurt, my back hurt, and doubt set in.
In that moment I couldn’t help but relate to how my clients feel when they make the decision to de-clutter their lives.
One of my clients said to me one time… ”My chest feels tight; I go in and then turn around not knowing where to start.”
Having a system to keep all your receipts organized is essential for saving you time when it’s time to file. It is important to create a system that suits your style and space available. Some people prefer binders to files, for example, and that may be an option for you. Here are 4 tax organization tools that you could add to your tax prep and make your tax filing go smoother.
1. Mile IQ - Tracking your miles by hand is time-consuming and hard to remember when you start your drive. What I love most about Mile IQ is that it automatically starts tracking your drive when your car is in motion. You get an alert reminding you to classify your drive and you can write notes about that drive (even who you had that lunch meeting with). You get a report monthly and it’s very simple to generate a report for taxes. There is a free trial version and if you are ready to upgrade, here's a link for a discount. Click here
2. Small File accordion - $6.99 - Keep this small accordion file in your purse for your store receipts. Prevents receipts from swimming around in your purse or getting lost and can double as a coupon holder. Helps when you need to do store returns as well.
Have you ever felt like you keep spinning your wheels and can’t catch up?
Like the more you try to grab traction, you just can’t?
Or have there been times in your life where you have felt heavy and unclear about your direction?
We all have!
I can remember a few times in my life where these feelings have been the strongest.
Every single time the thing that has helped me get back on track has been to de-clutter and simplify my life.
To “subtract” from my space, my life, and schedule what doesn’t make sense in it.
Alejandra Costello, Organizing guru says: “It’s like trying to build a puzzle that requires only 250 pieces but you have 500 pieces in your hands.”
This gift comes with no strings attached!
One of the things I've witnessed while helping people de-clutter is the guilt attached to letting go of a gift they don't like because a family member gifted it to them.
Do you relate?
Do you ever feel obligated to keep an item even though you don't use it or love it?
Then, It ends up collecting dust in a corner or hides in a closet?
It is amazing to me how many emotions are attached to stuff!
Learning to let-go is something we all need to work on, but it gets easier the more you practice it.
Sometimes we need to learn to look past the actual physical item, and think about how it relates to your life and what your goals are.
If you don't use it can you pass it on to someone else that will?
When I work with my clients, I like to go through the items that don't hold so much emotional attachment for them, first.
It's easier to dig deep once you remove clutter from fogging your thoughts.