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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

January 2, 2012

Organizing ideas and Free Printables-vintage and cute

Happy New Year!
I don't know about you but January is always a month where I clean, purge, throw away, get rid of CLUTTER! I put away all Christmas things and then I start cleaning. It sort of comes over me like labor pains. I can't seem to stop it and I actually want to CLEAN!

photo: Country Living
I read in a magazine years ago...if you devote 30 minutes a day to an unfavorite task (use a timer by all means) that at the end of the week you will have devoted 3 1/2 hours to it.  Perhaps completing the task...filing, closet cleaning, drawer cleaning, etc. I can't handle working on filing for 3 hours in one day but I can manage 15-30 minute intervals. Pictures like the one below motivate me to declutter!

photo: Pinterest
One of my favorite sites that gets me inspired when I read through it is this one.
There are tons of free printables to help you get started and have a more organized year!
Make a Home Planner for all important home and family information.
Lots of pictures, and motivating ideas for clearing out the clutter and having a prettier home....

Better Homes and Gardens has beautiful pictures of rooms decorated yet organized....love the wire basket below with vintage tablecloths folded inside it.

Great printables, calendars all for free...

Also an incredible calendar with little projects to declutter every day...little bits of time add up to large projects~DONE! http://go.tipjunkie.com/pr/7525/www.mysimplerlife.com/2012.htm

All 12 months included. I'm so doing this!

Great family site with incredible ideas for families, home organizing, etc.

One great idea we always used was a family calendar in a binder. I kept all three kids' sports and music, school calendars in it. Also kept directions to soccer games, phone numbers of coaches, teachers, team parents, the medical center we used for x-rays, etc. It was priceless for going back to when we couldn't remember a name or school that a football game was played at.

Some free vintage looking labels from http://justsomethingimade.com/

If you will go to her site...Cathe-look at all her amazing FREE LABELS...hover your mouse over the labels and click on them to save them...
make a file folder in your picture file on your computer where you save picture files....
that way when you want to print out a picture file or free printable...it shows you the picture instead of the code...
which is what happens when you save a picture to a word document file!

I usually print these labels out on cardstock and decoupage them onto a canister or jar, or you can print them off onto a page label that fits into your printer, then cut, peel and attach.  I've decorated shelves, baskets, etc. with these labels.

I printed out vintage labels and decoupaged them onto papier mache round boxes that I had painted...I love the look of enamelware (red and white) and wanted a farmhouse look.

You can find the papier mache boxes at Michael's, Joann's, and Hobby Lobby.  They come in all sizes, and are great for storing all kinds of things!

I have more organizing ideas that I will be sharing in the coming days!
"Everything has its own time, and there is a specific time for every activity under heaven....a time  to keep and a time to throw away..."
Ecclesiastes 3:1, 6


Lisa said...

This is great stuff! I love the labels! Enjoy your organizing!
Hugs, Lisa

The Old Parsonage said...

Hi Debbie

All great sites - I actually bought the organized home book a few years ago and love it!

Love how you used Cathe's labels.

Happy New Year my friend!


Sunny Simple Life said...

I love to get things organized too. It is like a drug. Thanks for the link to the label site. I am so wanting to make something with those cuties.

Lil Raggedy Angie said...

Happy New Year ! Thanks for sharing so many wonderful organizational links , I too use January to purge and reorganize cant wait to check all these out ! have a great week! hugs lilraggedyangie

Mecky said...

Great ideas! I will have to be sure to check out the sites you shared. Thank you! January gets me fired up to de-clutter and organized, too. I started in on closets today!
I can't wait to see what ideas you have to share.

Happy New Year!!

Simple Home said...

Wonderful organizing ideas to get us motivated, and beautiful photos to inspire. Thank you Debbie!
Happy New Year to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

All these pics just make me happy! I'm not in cleaning mode yet but I know I will be! I've only taken the tree down and then I take the rest down gradually. ♥