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Thursday Three-The Joyful Organizer’s Favorite Things

From time to time I like to share my favorite things with you.  These aren’t necessarily organizing related items, just items I’ve discovered, started using and want to share with you.

Please note I received samples of some of these items in order to test them out.  My opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.  

A non-orgnaizing related item is Veri Soda*…it’s an all organic soda, make with non-GMO ingredients.  I was able to try this through Moms Meet and I am so glad I did!  It’s sweetened with organic fruit juice, stevia or organic cane sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup and it’s still just 60 calories a can.  It comes in four flavors; Vero Cola, Veri Lemon-Line, Veri Orange and Veri Ginger Ale.  They are all caffeine free.  I love soda….I used to drink diet soda but it’s a storm of chemicals.  I was so thrilled to find Veri soda as a treat to have on a movie night at home. It’s all natural, healthy and won’t blow my yoga session!  Find out more at Veri Soda’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

VeriSoda

*I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

The second item is just something yummy I was able to try out from a friend and then I had to get more of them right away.  SenCha Naturals offers tea mixes, drink mixes and mints, all based on various flavors of green tea.  The drink mixes are just what you need for an afternoon pick me up.  The drink mixes are perfect as a go to morning drink.  (Get your vitamins in early!).  The mints are my absolutely favorite.  They freshen your breath but also taste like a mini dessert.  They are easily carried it their adorable green tins.  (You’ll probably see these tins again in a future blog post).  My favorite flavor is mango.  I’m obsessed.

SenChaNaturals

UCADDY GarageThis next gem is like a bucket, on steroids…..organizing steroids.  The Crawford UCADDY can hold just about anything you want it to.  Here you’ll see photos of it organizing gardening supplies and garage supplies.  I love this because it holds everything you want it to, but it does it with lots of compartments so everything stays organized and in place.  If something spills or the caddy gets dirty, it’s easy to clean. It’s also heavy duty so that you don’t have to worry about it breaking like you would a traditional pail (It holds up to 25 pounds).  The handle makes it easy to grab and go as well.  Other ways I’d use this caddy: to hold cooking items for a camping trip, sports equipment in a car, beach toys, cleaning supplies or even house hold repair supplies.  It had a towel drying bar and a detachable cushion as well.  If you want, you can even mount it to the wall and store it there!  Overall, it’s a multi-tasker that will keep you organized and working!

UCADDY Garden

 

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Spring Clean Your Mind

Want more untraditional spring cleaning tips?  You’re in luck, because here they come! This post is all about spring cleaning your mind.  It’s all about making those changes you’ve been putting off and changing things for the better.  Starting today.

Spring Clean Your Mind

  1. Clean out your address book. Most of us never do this and it’s filled with people we don’t speak to anymore.  Do the same with your Facebook friends, and cell phone.  
  2. Teach your dog one new trick.  They will thank you for the extra attention.  
  3. Meditate for 5 minutes a day for one week.  You’ll feel so good you’ll want to find time every day.
  4. Do a ten minute tidy with your family every day.  Have everyone participate and you’ll accumulate hours of cleaning and organizing without knowing it.
  5. Prepare meals in advance.  If you can’t plan a whole week, plan a few days at a time.  Start using the crockpot, and casseroles and frozen meals to give yourself a break at the end of the day.
  6. Outsource one thing.
  7. Don’t check your personal email every day.  You’ll get get wrapped up in the details, surfing the web and checking work stuff at home.  Spend some time away from the computer.  
  8. Schedule screen free time, once a week with the family.  IT could be as short as ten minutes, but it’s important.  Try not to use screens during meals, meetings and family time.  First person to pull out their phone has to do an extra chore.
  9. Skype with a friend you haven’t seen in ages.  You’ll be glad you did.
  10. Create a spot just for you.  It doesn’t have to be large.  It could be a cushion with a candle in front of it, a yoga mat on the floor or even a chair in the backyard.  Use a screen to divide a room if you don’t have a lot of space to work with.
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Spring Cleaning~An Untraditional Look

We all know what spring cleaning involves dusting the baseboards and washing the linens.  However, there are a few things you may have been putting off and simply let fall between the cracks entirely.  Here are a few suggestions of things to tackle this spring that will help you live safer, simpler and of course, cleaner lives.

Spring Cleaning

  1. Start making your bed if you don’t already.  It gives the room a fresh feel and makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something right away.
  2. If you have trouble finding time to do things like stretch, floss, etc.  Make yourself a chart.  So many adults have a hard time finding time to do these things and at the end of the day, when they are tired, they just collapse into bed.
  3. Make appointments with yourself for organizing, working out, and cleaning. You don’t miss an appointment with your boss, so don’t miss them with yourself.  
  4. Take care of small things in the spring that go over looked:  polish your shoes, dry clean your winter coats, have your jewelry cleaned. These all give you a fresh to the new season.
  5. Spring is a great time of year to attack that sock drawer and underwear drawer and get rid of anything that isn’t pretty or in good shape.  
  6. Start keeping a freezer inventory list.  This makes sure you eat what you’ve bought, make healthy meals and don’t rebuy what you already have.
  7. Clean our your dryer vents.  They can be a fire hazzard and they are often over looked.
  8. Practice your fire evacuation procedures.  Take the time to go over these with your family as they can save your life.  If you don’t have escape ladders in your second floor rooms purchase them.  Also, update your fire extinguishers and replace batteries in smoke detectors.
  9. Send some hand written notes you’ve been meaning to send.
  10. Schedule a lunch date with a friend that you had been procrastinating on.  You will be glad you did!

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Healthy Snacks Delivered to Your Door (And a coupon!)

Staying healthy isn’t easy.  Not only does it take time to hit the gym, you need to eat healthy too.  This means shopping, cooking and being ready on the go. the new Swoob Snack Box helps you out with all of this.

Swoob Snack Box

Don’t know what to eat after a workout?  Always on the search for healthy snacks?  (Yes, I have these issues too.) Swoob’s snack box will deliver a variety of amazing, and healthy snacks right to your mail box every month. Instead of going to the store and over buying, over spending and coming home with ice cream, allow Swoob to sed you a new sampling every month.

These items also make great healthy lunch options!

They have a snack box filled with healthy snacks for any time of day that you need a little pick me up. They also have a fitness box, designed to be consumed before or after gym time.  Toss items into your gym bag and you’re ready to go!

Want to get your own snack box?  Click here and use coupon code SWOOBSTRONG for 20% off!

Swoob also sells an amazing line of sports bras!  Check them out here.

 

 

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Make Your Own Cord Organizers

Organizing cords can be difficult.  The fact that cords come in many shapes and sizes, you need to carry some with you and they get tangled easily, and you have a recipe for an organizing nightmare.  I wanted to give you some ways to organize the cords you use frequently and use on to go.

Make Your Own Cord Organizers

 

I’m going to show you a two different organizers, but I’ll start with the easier of the two.  Here’s what you’ll need:

A piece of leather or faux leather (I used faux leather that I bought on Etsy.)  About 10 inches by 6 inches, BUT you can chose any size you like!

A sharp craft knife

A snap kit (I bought mine for about $10 on Amazon.  It had way more snaps than I used for these projects.)

A hammer (not pictured here)

Cord Organizer Materials

Now the snap kit comes with instructions and they take a little time to figure out.  However, it comes down to this: punch holes, and then add stamps.  Here you will see me using the tool to add holes.  I used a cutting mat underneath to protect my table.  I folded over the edges of the leather and punched holes through the two pieces…this way the edges will seem finished.  See below.

Add Holes

Next you’ll add the snaps. Again, this is through the folded over edge.  You could glue this edge down, but it looked just fine to me and is held together by the snaps.

Add Stamps

Here’s what it looks like when the snaps are affixed and before it’s rolled up.

Finished Cord Wrap

Just roll up the cord you want to carry and wrap the cord organizer around it.  I normally wouldn’t need to carry a cord this large with me, BUT I wanted to show you how large of a cable it could hold.  It’s a great tool for on the go because you can fold it up and tuck it away when you’re not using it!

ClosedWrap

Another version on this is the cord taco….for this one, just cut a circle out of leather.  I used a small glass bowl I have and used the knife to cut around it.  It took me a little while to get it just right.  You could trace and cut too.

Cord Taco Materials

Next, add a snap, just like you did above and you’re ready to travel!  You could make this in any size, but I made it small enough for a phone charger.  It will never get lost or tangled in your bag again!

Cord Taco

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Sunday Success: Pamper Yourself

Sunday Success: Pamper Yourself

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Organizing Tip: Stock Up

Birthday Card Organizing Tip

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