Organizing For Your Lifestyle – A New Book & Giveaway!

Everyone around here knows that I LOVE organization. My theory is, life is CRAZY. There are TONS of things you’ll never be prepared for, but by being organized and ready for the things you CAN be, you can combat the rest of the craziness with confidence!

So when I got wind of a new book on organization, I wanted to share it with all of you – in more than one way! Check it out!

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Organizing for Your Lifestyle is a fun, inspiring guide to organizing all aspects of your life, from socks to suitcases.

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On Comparing Planners – Erin Condren vs. Plum Paper

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There is still a HUGE planner giveaway happening until midnight tonight! Head over and enter if you haven’t yet done so! —> CLICK HERE <—

There are tons of digital ways to plan and schedule life these days. And, contrary to what you might think, I would LOVE to go digital in my planning. I really would! In fact, I used to BE a digital planner…until that fateful day when my computer calendar didn’t sync with my email or my phone, and I didn’t realize it. Well, I didn’t realize it until I had already missed two meetings and let down an excellent client. At that point, I decided to trust good ol’ pen and paper once more, and, no matter how much wishful digital planning thinking I do, I just can’t get past the fact that a sync might not happen once more. I just can’t do it.

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So, a couple years back, I decided that, if I was going to do old-fashioned pen and paper planner, I wanted it to be fun and pretty and colorful! I wanted to be able to mark important events in style, and sometimes use the planner as more of a journal when it came to specific events. In lieu of all that, I purchased an Erin Condren planner.

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A HUGE Planner GIVEAWAY!

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In the midst of getting the twins through their first cold (poor baby girls!) and my hubby being out of town for work (it’s been a bit chaotic around our house!) I wanted to pop by and share a fun giveaway with all of you! 

Let me preface this by saying: I’m a fan of a paper planner. I’ve been that way since that one time that my Google calendars didn’t sync properly, and I didn’t know they didn’t sync properly, and I ended up missing several appointments. Back to paper it was, and I’ve been like that ever since!

So when I had the opportunity to participate in an actual paper planner (and goodies!) giveaway, well. You know I had to! And I knew all of you would love the opportunity to win, too!

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This is so so so me…who else? Show of hands!

Meet the Planner Giveaway Sponsors

Here are the fabulous planner giveaway sponsors, and their answers to a couple of goal-oriented and planner-related questions. Please take a moment to get to know them before enterring the giveaway.

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On the Road in 2016

Y’all know I normally do a “Top 5 Posts” post at the beginning of each month, looking back at the previous month to see what was most popular around here! Well, I figured I’d stop and see what the top 5 posts were for all of 2016! Are you ready?!

February

1. The Top 10 Creative Ways to Use Concrete in Your House – This was a fantastic post on a variety of creative ways concrete can be used in home decor! 

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Why Declutter and Organize Your House?

I’ve heard folks talk quite a bit about their New Year’s resolutions in the past week or so – you probably have, too! And something I keep hearing over and over from people is, “I’m gonna declutter my house!”

I’m right there, too. I have a whole list of spaces in my home that need some major decluttering, and I’ve already started on a few of them. But the other day, someone asked me why I was even bothering with it at all! They felt as if clutter was what happened when life happened, and there was nothing that could be done about it. 

First of all, I don’t believe that for a second. Second of all, I know it’s not true in MY home, so I knew it couldn’t be true for everyone. And third, when Mackenzie  Fox contacted me with a guest post on this very topic, I then had the facts to back up my assumptions! She puts it quite well, and gives us some simple steps to follow to get the decluttering process going! Read on…

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Do you live in a highly-organized living space, or can you just not be bothered about the “creative” chaos that surrounds you? If you belong to the second category, you might want to re-consider your fondness of clutter for the following, very important reasons (quite a few of them are related to your health):

  • Although you might think you are living in the perfect symbiosis with your clutter, the fact remains that it does cause stress and anxiety. Huffington Post conducted a survey which showed that a whopping 84% of people were worried that their homes were not clean or organized enough, while 42% feel anxious when their houses are unorganized and cluttered.

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