School Supply Organization | 30 Day Challenge

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Can you believe the first day of school is just around the corner? Eleven long weeks have flown by and now routine and organization are a must to your every day.

I’ve said it before, I never want Summer to end but there is something about Fall that has me looking forward to this next chapter of our year. We get our routine back, our schedules, and time to get organized.
Maybe you can create that thing you’ve been dreaming of all summer, brainstorm that business you hope to start, or just get back to normal and breathe a sigh of relief.
For us, Fall means hockey. 6am practices, three times a week, weekends away at tournaments, and games every weekend across southern Ontario plus businesses that we run, volunteer work that we do, and most importantly family time. This is what most families look like, it’s what we do and I can hear you saying, we wouldn’t have it any other way!
Let’s get our school supply organization done and finished so we can enjoy our last holiday weekend of the summer.
Grab all the supplies, like everything. Bag, lunch bag, indoor shoes… and put them on the kitchen table or coffee table.
We use Mabels Labels to keep our things organized and easily returned if lost. We have used the same scissors and earphones for about four years from using these labels, which means saving money in the long run.
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Separate what you need on the list from what you will keep at home as spare and put those spare items away.
school supply organization
Source: Mabelslabels.com
school supply organization
Source: Mabelslabels.com

Label what will go in the pencil-case, bag etc. Don’t forget the shoe labels! Ever since my son got off the bus with only ONE shoe we have used these shoe labels to prevent them getting lost again. I know really? How does that even happen?

But anyhoo…
Check your list, pack their bag, put it away, and go enjoy the last days of summer!

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Day One – Purse Organization

Day Two – Fridge Organization

Day Three – Freezer Organization

Day Four – Jewellery Organization

Day Five – Closet Organization

Day Six – Junk Drawer Organization

Day Seven – It’s your day off!

Day Eight – Entertainment Organization

Day Nine – Pantry Organization

Day Ten – Magazine & Book Organization

Day Eleven – Desk Organization

Day Twelve – Paper Organization

Day Thirteen – Linens and Laundry Organization

Day Fourteen –  Back-to-school Lunch Plans

Day Fifteen – Cleaning Supplies Organization

Day Sixteen – Medicines & First Aid Organization

Day Seventeen – Toy Organization

Day Eighteen – Sock Drawer Organization

Day Nineteen – Bedside Table Organization

Day Twenty – You earned a day off!

Day Twenty-One – Back-to-School Organization

Day Twenty-Two – Car Organization

Day Twenty-Three – Shoe Organization

Day Twenty-Four – Makeup Organization

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Organize Your Planner | 30 Day Challenge

Update your planner with the school year holidays, birthdays, and celebrations your invited to or are planning yourself.
Add sport games, extra-curricular activities and date nights for the next few months.
I schedule one hour each month to sync our calendars. I mostly use my phone and subscribe to calendars so important dates are automatically added to my daily calendar. The calendar on my phone is synced with my desktop and the family iPad so which ever one I’m using I know it’s updated and correct. We have a family calendar in my iCal so the family know where are, what we are doing at all times, with reminders set up so if I forget, they know what’s what.
My husband doesn’t use technology at. All. So he relies on the fridge calendar…and that is updated once a month and added to as things arise.
I use my daily planner for what I need to get done today. My big three and whatever else needs to knocked off during the day.
I also use a big-picture digital planner on my desktop called Omni-Focus. This helps me plan marketing, web development, editorial content, photography shoots and so much more. It does cost quite a bit but if it works and helps keep my ADD mind in check I’m ok with paying for a good, tried and tested product. If you don’t want to jump in to a paid app, research Trello or Asana, they are free to use and will help you just as much.
So get your planner organized, and breathe a sigh of relief at your level of organization right now!
Still relying on post-it notes? Pick up one of these beautiful planners from Indigo.ca

We have some inspiration over on our Pinterest boards.

Just landed on our 30-day Challenge? Think it’s just what you need to reset?

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Day One – Purse Organization

Day Two – Fridge Organization

Day Three – Freezer Organization

Day Four – Jewellery Organization

Day Five – Closet Organization

Day Six – Junk Drawer Organization

Day Seven – It’s your day off!

Day Eight – Entertainment Organization

Day Nine – Pantry Organization

Day Ten – Magazine & Book Organization

Day Eleven – Desk Organization

Day Twelve – Paper Organization

Day Thirteen – Linens and Laundry Organization

Day Fourteen –  Back-to-school Lunch Plans

Day Fifteen – Cleaning Supplies Organization

Day Sixteen – Medicines & First Aid Organization

Day Seventeen – Toy Organization

Day Eighteen – Sock Drawer Organization

Day Nineteen – Bedside Table Organization

Day Twenty – You earned a day off!

Day Twenty-One – Back-to-School Organization

Day Twenty-Two – Car Organization

Day Twenty-Three – Shoe Organization

Day Twenty-Four – Makeup Organization

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Organize Your Phone | 30 Day Challenge

Organize your phoneOrganizing your phone isn’t something you here of very often, but honestly how much are you losing in the depths of your phone? What if your phone was organized and you knew where everything was? Wouldn’t you feel better and more in control of your life? What if you lost your phone, would you shrivel up and die, and EVERYTHING is in there? Would you be heart-broken at losing your precious everyday images?
If one of these resonates with you then let’s get your phone organized and keep that heartbattack at bay!
What is most important to you that you keep on your phone?
What do you have/need on a daily basis that would be best served in a place you can it easily?
Start with these items and move your files and items around to suit you. Hell you can organize your phone while your kids are doing a craft, watching a move, or playing in the backyard.
My two most important phone organization tips are…
Pair like apps with like apps. On my phone I have all my games in one app holder (sorry, I don’t know the correct terminology so you get my slang!) and all the kids games in another. I have all my photography apps together, my business apps together, social media, and so on.
Organize your images and then please, please print your images. Phones and technology will change but a printed image stands the test of time. They are your living proof, your family legacy, and your pride and joy, so give them the time they deserve and send them to Costco through the Costco app. It’s quick and easy, I promise.
We will be running a photo series in September to show you how to dive in to printing your images, getting your images off your hard drive and on to the walls of your home. With monthly reminders and easy apps to use to give you back control of this overwhelming project.
Back up your phone
I use iCloud to back up my phone, so if it is lost I don’t have to worry about it. I love the images I post on Instagram and every time I post I have Dropbox grab that image and save it for me so I can print the, at the end of the month. Then I have a printed memory of what I posted on Instagram which if you think about it are important memories you wanted to share with your audience so why wouldn’t you keep a record of that?
I try to use apps that syncs with my desktop apps (like Evernote and Adobe) or Dropbox (like Scrivener) so I can work on the go and it feeds back to my desktop computer and I can hit the ground running when I start to work. We are working on an article that lists out favour apps and we will share that as soon as we can!
I also use my iCloud account (I know Google Drive works the same way) to store all my files so I can send them immediately if someone needs anything. Using Google docs is amazing way to stay on top of your files and have them at your finger tips.

Just landed on our 30-day Challenge? Think it’s just what you need to reset?

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Day One – Purse Organization

Day Two – Fridge Organization

Day Three – Freezer Organization

Day Four – Jewellery Organization

Day Five – Closet Organization

Day Six – Junk Drawer Organization

Day Seven – It’s your day off!

Day Eight – Entertainment Organization

Day Nine – Pantry Organization

Day Ten – Magazine & Book Organization

Day Eleven – Desk Organization

Day Twelve – Paper Organization

Day Thirteen – Linens and Laundry Organization

Day Fourteen –  Back-to-school Lunch Plans

Day Fifteen – Cleaning Supplies Organization

Day Sixteen – Medicines & First Aid Organization

Day Seventeen – Toy Organization

Day Eighteen – Sock Drawer Organization

Day Nineteen – Bedside Table Organization

Day Twenty – You earned a day off!

Day Twenty-One – Back-to-School Organization

Day Twenty-Two – Car Organization

Day Twenty-Three – Shoe Organization

Day Twenty-Five – Makeup Organization

Day Twenty-Six – Back-to-School Clothing

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Back to School Clothing | 30 Day Challenge

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Today we are working on our back to school clothing. I know this is probably the least favourite on my to-do list but let’s rip off the band-aid and get it done.

Questions to ask yourself before you start…

  • What will the weather be like in September?
  • Can I purchase things in October or should I take advantage of the sales now
  • Have the kids grown?
  • Do I have any hand me downs or items I purchased last year as they were on sale?

Set up a donation box and have your child/children try on their clothing so you can make a list of what fits and what you can donate.

Put away the items you are keeping but make sure you make a note of what they have so you can simply add to it.

Here are the minimum clothing quantities you need:

Socks 10 – 14 Pairs
Underwear 10 – 14 Pairs
Shirts/T-Shirts    8 – 10
Sweatshirts/Sweaters    3
Long Sleeve Shirts    5 (plus a dressy shirt for any special occasions)
Pants    7 (plus one dressy pair)

Shoes: Indoor, Outdoor x 2, Boots and a dressy pair just in case.

Write your list, do the math and go hit the sales, but do it fast! No one wants to leave it to the last-minute and have to stand in line ups…Christmas anyone?

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We have some inspiration over on our Pinterest boards.

Just landed on our 30-day Challenge? Think it’s just what you need to reset?

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Day One – Purse Organization

Day Two – Fridge Organization

Day Three – Freezer Organization

Day Four – Jewellery Organization

Day Five – Closet Organization

Day Six – Junk Drawer Organization

Day Seven – It’s your day off!

Day Eight – Entertainment Organization

Day Nine – Pantry Organization

Day Ten – Magazine & Book Organization

Day Eleven – Desk Organization

Day Twelve – Paper Organization

Day Thirteen – Linens and Laundry Organization

Day Fourteen –  Back-to-school Lunch Plans

Day Fifteen – Cleaning Supplies Organization

Day Sixteen – Medicines & First Aid Organization

Day Seventeen – Toy Organization

Day Eighteen – Sock Drawer Organization

Day Nineteen – Bedside Table Organization

Day Twenty – You earned a day off!

Day Twenty-One – Back-to-School Organization

Day Twenty-Two – Car Organization

Day Twenty-Three – Shoe Organization

Day Twenty-Four – Makeup Organization

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Make-up Organization | 30 Day Challenge

Make-up Organization
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You wear makeup pretty much every day but did you know you should give your make up a clean sweep every six months?

Makeup has a shelf life but companies in Canada aren’t required to show that on it’s products. To prevent yourself getting a nasty eye infection see the guidelines below on what and when to toss.
  • Mascara – 3 months
  • Liquid Eyeliner – 6 months or less
  • Liquid Foundation and Concealer – 6 to 12 months
  • Cream Blush and Eyeshadow – 6 to 12 months
  • Powder Blush and Eyeshadow – 1 year
  • Lipstick – 1 year
  • Moisturizers and Skin Care – 1 to 2 years
  • Eyeliner and Lipliner Pencils – Up to 2 years
Start by emptying all your make up out, try to remember when you bought items and discard. What about the items you never use? Toss them too.
Clean your brushes
Clean your boxes, or bags whatever you store your makeup in.
Organize your products by class. Lipsticks together, eye-shadows etc.
Put all your products in their place, step back and take a look at how organized it feels and how easy it will be to find what you need every morning.
We have some inspiration over on our Pinterest boards.

Just landed on our 30-day Challenge? Think it’s just what you need to reset?

Start Here

Day One – Purse Organization

Day Two – Fridge Organization

Day Three – Freezer Organization

Day Four – Jewellery Organization

Day Five – Closet Organization

Day Six – Junk Drawer Organization

Day Seven – It’s your day off!

Day Eight – Entertainment Organization

Day Nine – Pantry Organization

Day Ten – Magazine & Book Organization

Day Eleven – Desk Organization

Day Twelve – Paper Organization

Day Thirteen – Linens and Laundry Organization

Day Fourteen –  Back-to-school Lunch Plans

Day Fifteen – Cleaning Supplies Organization

Day Sixteen – Medicines & First Aid Organization

Day Seventeen – Toy Organization

Day Eighteen – Sock Drawer Organization

Day Nineteen – Bedside Table Organization

Day Twenty – You earned a day off!

Day Twenty-One – Back-to-School Organization

Day Twenty-Two – Car Organization

Day Twenty-Three – Shoe Organization

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