Organizing Junkie Links and a Co-hosting Event!

I’m sure you know by now that I contribute a post twice a month at I’m an Organizing Junkie.  But, yikes, I sure have been a slacker in linking up my latest contributions!  I don’t know why, because it involves a huge chunk of my time to create useful content for her readers.  So, I’ll give you a binge list of all my recent posts and let you catch up on my work, with the most recent one being this past Saturday.  Oh, and you know I love your comments, so feel free to share some written love (hint, hint).  :)

Here they are in reverse chronological order…

Back to School Kitchen Command Center for Kids

Travel Organization: Children’s Clothing Bundles

Travel Organization: Bracelets

Toddler Bib Storage

Travel Organization: Men’s Neck Ties

Organizing Keepsake Cards

Organizing Artwork and a FREE Printable

Freezer Friendly Labels

Wow, that really is a lot of published posts I’ve neglected to share with you.  Please catch up at your leisure or just look at the pretty pictures.  Either way, thanks for being loyal.  Muah!

***Also (and this is a BIG also), I’m co-hosting a really awesome collection of back to school organizational ideas this week!  I haven’t had the chance to talk much about the blogging conference I attended last month, but the best part about the weekend was getting to meet some of my adored bloggers I’ve been reading for years.  One site I love (a team of three megga talented girls) was especially exciting to meet, the girls behind 11 Magnolia Lane.  They invited me to be a part of their Operation: Organization Back to School Edition, such an honor!

Operation Organization BTS

I’ll be sure to give the link this Wednesday when my co-hosting goes live.  Until then, please meander through their lovely site and read the other co-host contributions already published (I’ll supply the links to follow below).  They’re currently offering 3 trendy monogrammed labels as a giveaway right now, so be sure to enter when you head over there (I did). :)

DIY Homework Station by Simply Organized

Command Center Kitchen Cupboard by Eleven Gables

Organized Office by Dixie Delights

Kids’ Artwork Display Wall by Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss

Organizined Wall Calendar by Honey We’re Home

Wednesday 8/13 by lil’ ol ME! :)

Thursday 8/14 by The Pink Clutch Blog

Friday 8/15 by 11 Magnolia Lane

 I’ll be giving updates on Facebook, Twitter, and my personal fave – Instagram all week long about this co-hosting event!

Happy Monday and happy back-to-school binge reading!



How NOT to Paint a Clipboard {and a Few How-to Pointers}

I created a colorful cornucopia of organization in my kitchen hallway.  It includes dozens of printables from THIS back-to-school bundle.

(I know I’m beating a dead horse, but order your own 90+ pages of school organization HERE before it’s gone today!)

I turned to the ever-popular clipboard to display some of my command center lists.  Of course, they’re too boring when left alone and the colorful ones sold in stores are over priced, so I got started painting.

A funny on how to and NOT to paint a clipboard

I made some wrong moves and thought it would be more entertaining to show you how to avoid my pitfalls.  So here goes, nothing like a blog to keep ya honest!

(1.)  Don’t forget the power of a light sanding.  Although I could feel some rough patches, I didn’t think it would matter once they were painted.  Boy, was I wrong!

Sand it or regret it!

It wouldn’t take much; a light and quick sanding would do the trick just fine to avoid ugly patches on your clipboard, but I wouldn’t know cuz I skipped that part.

How NOT to paint clipboards

(2.)  Don’t use washitape as an alternative to painters tape.  Yeah, washitape and painter’s tape are not interchangeable.  I used washi to seal the edges of the metal clip part, like this…

DO NOT use washitape as painter's tape, it will destroy the clipboard!

When I removed the tape, I had ugly fuzzy patches where the surface of the clipboard was marred for eternity.

ugly marks from using washitape instead of painter's tape

See it around the edges of the clip?  Yeah, it still looks ugly if you get up close.  For the most part, I don’t expect my company and visitors to snoop closely at my clipboards.  However, if they do when my back is turned, they’re in for a surprise dose of not-so-good-looking-DIY.

(3.)  Priming is your friend.  I didn’t prime.  As a result, paint became my enemy, my it-needs-100-coats-to-cover-the-board enemy.  I lost count of how many layers of paint I swished around the clipboard, but it had to be near triple digits.  I skipped the most basic step to cut down on time.  My “short-cut” cost me twice as much work.  Take it from me, it’s not worth it for a $1 clipboard.

Quicker still, they sell prime in spray paint cans, how easy is that?!!  It would have taken me seconds to spray a layer of primer and be done, but no, I had to do it the hard way.

spray paint primer

(4.)  Brush choice matters.  I started with some fancy pants paint brush only to switch over to the cheap foam brush sold everywhere this time of year.  I though the foam brush would soak up more paint, but in the end it actually gave the best coverage (I know, because I had to paint 100 coats and all).

Burshes for painting clipboards

(5.)  Different paint, different parts.  The metal clippy thing is best covered with a spray paint made for metal.  Metal paint medium on metal structure, makes sense.

How NOT to paint a clipboard.

(6.)  Craft paint works.  Yeah, it works better than spray paint on the board part.  Or, maybe the spraying didn’t work for me because I didn’t prime.  Either way, sixty-some cent craft paint works just fine and it goes a long way too.

(7.)  Another no-brainer, don’t use craft paint on your office rug.  If you do (like me someone I know), put down a huge cardboard barrier.  I used the opened boxes from my recent Ikea trip.  I also did ALL my spray painting in our open-door garage.  No room for funny jokes when it comes to inhalation safety – take it outside, waayyyyy outside!  On the bright side, I gave myself an orange manicure (see Instagram for that joke to make sense).

Ikea boxes are good paint shields

(8.)  Give it a coat of some kind of sealer.  This also comes in spray paint version or a paintable medium like Mod-Podge.  Just coat with some kind of durable top coat to make your hard work (and 100 layers of paint) last longer.

spray a protective coat over your finish product

(9).  Display for all who enter your home to see.  Yeah, it’s just a $1 clipboard, but it took time to paint and more time looking like a spray-painting maniac in front of your neighbors… so you’re gonna wanna display those particle board puppies.

colorful command center for back-to-school organization

(10.)  By all means, wait until the very last minute to get a workin’ cuz nothing beats watching paint dry.  Not!  (Okay what era did that expression surface from?  Must be from excessive inhalation of spray paint.)

Anywho, I’ve had these posts ready for several days, but the clipboards weren’t all purdied-up for ya.  So, right before it was time to start scheduling my posts, I started painting.  Yes, that was me up late spray painting the one-thousandth layer (uh, are the layer numbers climbing or is it just me?) while getting eaten by mosquitoes and stared at by neighbors who now, thanks to my own procrastination, think I’m the new crazy lady.  Don’t wait, just don’t.

Painting clipboards for a command center

Goodbye for now.  That’s all the blunders I can share in one post.  Come back again for the final reveal and some unexpected touches to my Kitchen Command Center!  Happy Friday y’all!


Kitchen Command Center: Meal Planning {Part 1}

I’m not a fan of pushing products on people, but I will ALWAYS highlight goodies I think are valuable, especially when it comes to organizing and gaining control over paper clutter.  That’s exactly how I feel about this BACK-TO-SCHOOL-ORGANIZING-BUNDLE.  I don’t want you to miss the sale because when it’s gone… it’s G.O.N.E.  Order yours now (click HERE) while I take the rest of the week and weekend showing you how I put everything to good use in my new Kitchen Command Center.

Remember, there are 9 (yes, really 9!) mini bundles within this large grouping of printables.  Today’s post is just the beginning of how I’ve started using my printables.

Colorful and inexpensive Kitchen Command center to make back-to-school meal planning easier

Meal planning, ugh!  It’s a chore for me.  I’m reminded of a teenager complaining she has nothing to wear while standing next to her closet full of clothes.  I never think I have a recipe repertoire yet I have a shelf full of cookbooks.  It feels like we eat the same meal every day, three times a day but we don’t.

Here to help —> a meal planning back-to-school printable and it comes in this bundle I’ve been talking about (read more HERE).  Jen from I Heart Organizing designed this set, so you know it has trendy colors while also thoroughly organized.

I recently had the chance to meet Jen at the Haven 2014 conference.  She’s as sweet as she is talented!  (Please excuse the quality of my cell phone camera.  To answer your question, no I’m not pregnant, just a bad dress design.  Also, you should know I hate posting pics of myself, so this is a rarity to prove a point.) :)

Meeting Jen of I Heart Organizing

Jen’s printable portion totals 7 pages of meal planning goodies.  I want to highlight two of those pages now and you’ll see a few of the others later this week.

Up first, the “Family Favorite Meals” list.  I printed off a few pages and sat down with a pile of cookbooks and recipe cards.

Using my free printable to organize meal plans for the school year

Just like that highschooler who takes inventory of her closet and realizes she has enough clothing for a lifetime, my inventory revealed a surprisingly long list of likes.  My eyes were opened to how many dinner favorites we have (more than enough) and how few homemade snacks I make.  I quickly realized what food areas were truly lacking and what were not.  Surprisingly, I had a firm foundation of meals to draw upon for the upcoming stressful days school year.

Just in case you don’t believe me, here it is all filled in…

Meal planning is a breeze with a few good organizing tools

My goal of this school year is to be prepared for the “usual” (ie dinner) so that I’m less stressed during the inevitable “unusual” events that surface.  That said, meal planning was a first priority because, well, it always seems to be mealtime around here.  Having our family faves accessible will help the weekly meal planning go faster.

Next up, the weekly “to Eat, to Buy” plan and shopping list.

Organizing the weekly meals

I filled out four of these weekly schedules (to total a month’s worth of meals planned), each with different dinners for the week.  Breakfast and lunches were different for one entire week but some choices were repeated by the second, third, and fourth weeks.  On the right side, I added a grocery list of the recipes.

My purpose of creating weekly meals with corresponding grocery lists is to have a quick guideline when I need it.  I won’t always defer to these “meal maps” but when energy is low and I’m dreading the work, these will be lifesavers.

Mapping out a few weekly meal plans

I keep my meal planning lists and general outlines in a colorful folder, which ultimately resides in the Kitchen Command Center.  On the yellow clipboard you see below, I post the current week’s worth of meals.  No more trying to remember what I had planned and no more hubby asking “what’s for dinner”.  He can meander over to the list himself and get excited (or not) about whatever dish is being served.

Meal planning in color

Meal Planning {Part 2} is on the horizon as well as more highlights of the printables you will receive as a part of the Back-to-School Organizing Bundle.  If you’re not sure about ordering this set, check back tomorrow for more features but do NOT wait to order.  It’s available for a limited time only (sale ends this Saturday) and I can’t change the deadline.

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P.S. More bundle highlights soon as I reveal my new Kitchen Command Center this weekend!


Order Your Back-to-School Bundle NOW!

Somewhere along the line, I lost a few hours in my day and a few days in my week.  I don’t know how it happened, but I have three posts about this Back-to-School Organizing Bundle yet none of them are ready (putting the finishing touches on now).  Don’t let my delay hold you back from ordering your bundle (order HERE) because time is almost up on this sale (it ends this Saturday)!

Zip over HERE or read more about it HERE.  By the time you have your goodies printed out, I’ll be hustling not one, not two, but three posts about how I’ve incorporated these printables into our daily routine.  I’ll also be writing about a 4th usage in my regular contribution at I’m an Organizing Junkie this Saturday (spoiler alert – it’ll be about kids).

Here are a few sneak peaks to prove I really am working fast and furious…

Colorful Command Center

Looks like I have another coat of yellow to spray…

Command Center Getting Painted

Seriously, this organizing bundle, filled with 9 mini-bundles, is all-inclusive!  I have plenty of ways to prove it’s usefulness; there’s something for everyone.  And you can’t ignore all the fun colors…

Back to School Organizing Bundle worth every penny!

Get ready for an organizing palooza from UBH, the first one hopefully by this evening!  Until then, purchase your bundle now!


Back to School Printable “Organizing” Bundle SALE!!!

Back to School Printable Bundle


Maybe it was the recent move or the fact that summer temps are still a blazin’ here in Florida, but the 2014/15 school year approached fast!  This will be my 5-year-old’s first year of school.  With a few sniffles and a big deep breath, I’m heading into unfamiliar territory fully prepared.  Yep, PREPARED!  Whether you’re a newbie like me or a veteran school mom, I want you to feel the same!  I’ve teamed up with some very talented bloggers to bring you an amazing back to school bundle of organized goodies…


It’s back to school month and time to get your house, kids, and schedule back in order. This calls for another fabulous printable bundle, hosted by Clean Mama & A Bowl Full of Lemons. Only this time, it’s going to be a little bit different. Our brand new printables are exclusive to this sale only. These are brand new, never before seen creations designed from nine of the most talented bloggers online. This bundle has everything you need to start the school year off right. From menu planning, chores, and schedules, to first day of school pictures, labels and beyond. It’s all included in this one of a kind bundle. You will not see duplicate kits that have been featured in other bundle sales before. These are all brand new! From August 1st to the 9th, you will have a chance to purchase this organizing back-to-school bundle. You don’t want to miss out. It’s a good thing.

What’s included in the Back to School Printable Bundle?
You will receive 9 exclusive printable pdf kits (93 pages) in this fabulous bundle. The digital files can be printed out & used in planners, home management binders or even placed on your fridge. This exclusive bundle is 78% off the retail price!

  • A Bowl Full of Lemons – First Day of School Signs
  • Clean Mama – School Information Kit
  • Organizing Homelife -Homeschool Planner
  • The Handmade Home – 25 Toy Organization Labels
  • iHeart Organizing – Menu Planning Kit
  • TomKat Studio – Lunch Box notes
  • Simplify 101 – Back-to-School Planning Kit
  • Modern Parents Messy Kids – Kids’ Responsibility & Money Management Kit
  • Jones Design Company – K-12 School Memories Kit

Back to School Printable Organizing Bundle

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How much does the bundle cost?
The Back to School Printable Bundle is only $20. That’s an amazing 78% off the retail cost of the kits!

How long is the bundle for sale?
The bundle will be available from 8am EST on 8/1/14 through 11:59 pm EST on 8/9/14. There are no exceptions.

Details about each kit:
Listed below are the pictures, details, and links to the 9 exclusive kits within the Back to School Bundle. If you have any specific questions about a kit, please email the blog associated with the kit. For general Bundle questions, you can contact us at back2schoolbundle at Please look at the FAQ page before emailing with questions. All kits are pdf files and will be sent to you in a zip file, once payment has been made (instant download). All files are 8.5 x 11 inches unless stated in the description. Visit the FAQ page for details on how to resize the pages to fit into smaller planners.


A Bowl Full of Lemons

A Bowl Full of Lemons


A Bowl Full of Lemons is a popular lifestyle blog that focuses on “home keeping”. You will see an array of topics such as organizing, cleaning, budgeting, planning, & preparedness. Sometimes life gets so busy that we become overwhelmed and don’t know how to get back on track again. As a wife, mother of 3, registered nurse, photographer, and blogger, Toni is the first to admit life can get busy and clutter begins to accumulate. Her goal is to help you achieve order within your busy lives & to help you find balance while creating an environment of peace and order. Whether it’s cleaning up your finances & getting on a budget, finding a cleaning routine that works for you, or setting up a system of organization within your home, A Bowl Full of Lemons is there to help guide you.





First Day of School Printables by A Bowl Full of Lemons


First Day of School Signs (15 Pages)

A $7 Value


First Day of School Signs are perfect for those must have pictures of your growing children. This 15 page kit includes Preschool through 12th grade. Have your children hold up a sign and take a snapshot of them on the porch, in front of the school, or in their childhood bedroom. Print them out year after year! They will be so happy to pose for you. ;)


First Day of School Signs via A Bowl Full of Lemons


First Day of School Signs via A Bowl Full of Lemons


First Day of School Signs via A Bowl Full of Lemons


First Day of School Signs via A Bowl Full of Lemons

Clean Mama

Clean Mama


Becky (Clean Mama) is a cleaning expert, a wife and mom to three, a business owner, an author, and a former art teacher. She’s always looking for new ways to simplify and streamline cleaning and organizing. Her shop, Clean Mama Printables specializes in original organizational documents designed to take the work out of organizing your life. The Clean Mama mantra is “everyday life. simplified.” because homekeeping can be adorable, fun AND easily implemented into your life!



School Information Kit - Clean Mama Printables


School Information Kit (8 Pages)

A $15 Value

The Clean Mama Printables School Information Kit includes 8 fillable/editable documents designed to help you keep all that important information together with one simple to use kit. Get organized with 2 cover sheets to choose from, classmate contacts, 2 school day schedules to choose from, school phone numbers, weekly schedule, and a conversation tracker. You’ll love how easy and accessible this kit will make all that important school information.

School Information Kit - editable - CMP


School Information Kit - close-up - CMP


School Information Kit - 2 page spread - CMP

Modern Parents Messy KidsMPMK


Stephanie Morgan is the founder and managing editor of Modern Parents Messy Kids (MPMK for Short). From “Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life” to “The Make Play Vault”, her site provides thousands of parents with daily inspiration on kid-friendly food, play ideas, parenting topics, home organization and what to do with all those photos!


Shop: MPMK Printables


Responsibility Printables MPMK


Kids’ Responsibility & Money Management Kit (11 Pages)

A $7.99 Value

Teaching our kids to be contributing members of the family through routines, “family jobs” and “earning jobs” is one of our most important roles as parents. Not only does it instill within them responsibility and self-reliance, when done right, it also serves to teach fundamental life skills including saving, budgeting and even giving back.
Our new Kids’ Responsibility & Money Management Kit has everything you need to get kids of all ages started on the right track including:
  • Morning and evening routine charts (blanks and using images for pre-readers)
  • “Family Jobs” and “Earning Job” charts
  • A Kids’ budgeting Ledger
  • A Savings Goal Chart
  • Printable Spend/Save/Share piggy bank labels


Responsibility Printables MPMK


Responsibility Printables MPMK


Responsibility Printables MPMK

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Organizing Homelife is a blog dedicated to helping you organize your home and life. You’ll find home management tips and tricks, DIY ideas and inspiration, menu and recipe planning, labels, schedules, and lots of printables (both free and in my shop). My goal is to inspire you to get organized so you can enjoy more time doing the things you want to with the people you love.



Homeschool Planner via Organizing Homelife


Homeschool Planner (10 Pages)

A $12 Value

This 10 page printable Homeschool Planner is a result of over 10 years of homeschooling experience. I have homeschooled all four of my kids and am currently teaching a Kindergartener, 3rd grader, middle schooler, and high schooler. This planner will help you organize annual attendance records and planning schedules. It includes a year-at-a-glance calendar, a six week planner which also includes goal setting (great for planning in manageable chunks), 2 weekly planners (1 page per week and 2 pages per week), and two styles of covers.

Homeschool Planner


Homeschool Planner Goals


Homeschool Planner Year at a Glance

The Handmade Home


The Handmade Home


You can find Jamin and Ashley Mills most days over at as the voices and inspiration behind the Handmade Home, where they share their life, DIY spirit, inspiration and humor. The two met as college sweethearts at Auburn University where they began their love affair in tinkering with projects that turned them into full fledged “Do it yourselvers”. Their favorite projects are their three little ones as well as their lovable mutt who found her way into their logo. The two not only co-create a space on the web for beauty, laughter and love, but have also co-authored 4 books in the Handmade Home Book series. They currently reside in the tropics of Alabama where they have perfected the art of sipping sweet tea while operating power tools.



Handmade Home AD

Toy Organization Labels (15 Pages)

A $10 Value

The Handmade Home Printables include 25 Toy Organization Labels.

The Handmade Home Toy Organization Labels


The Handmade Home Toy Organization Labels

The Tomkat Studio

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Kim Stoegbauer is the a Party Stylist and Founder of The TomKat Studio Blog + Shop. She shares inspiration on a daily basis on her blog for parties, decorating, crafts and recipes. Kim frequently styles for HGTV and DIY Network, and brand partners including Pottery Barn Kids and Shutterfly.



Tomkat Studio Lunchbox Notes

The TomKat Studio – Lunch Box notes (5 Pages)

A $12.50 Value

Tomkat Studio Lunchbox Notes


Lunchbox Notes



simplify 101


Simplify 101 Aby


At simplify 101 we believe life is more fulfilling (and fun!) when you’re organized in a way that’s just right for you. We offer online classes that make getting organized easy and affordable. They’re designed to help you create customized organizing systems that cut clutter and reduce stress, giving you more time for what matters most to you.



Simplify 101 Printables


Back-to-School Planning Kit (9 Pages)

$9 Value

The simplify 101 back-to-school planning kit includes printables to organize your time, schedule and to-do list as you transition from the lazy days of summer back to school-year structure. The kit includes a back-to-school checklist, a back-to-school countdown planner, an errands list, a clothes-shopping list, a template for tried + true simple dinner ideas, and a two-page weekly planner. Plus you’ll get exclusive organizing tips from expert organizer Aby Garvey.

Simplify 101 Back to School Planning Kit


Simplify 101 Back to School Planning Kit 3


Simplify 101 Back to School Planning Kit 2

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I Heart Organizing


Give a little extra life to your everyday checklists and printables with the help of IHeart Organizing! Vibrant colors and patterns will keep you smiling as you tackle organizing projects big and small. Just download and print at home!



I Heart Organizing Meal Planning Printables

Menu planning Kit (7 Pages)

$10 Value

With the kiddos heading back to school and the sports season getting back in full swing, be ahead of the game with your daily meals! This kit will give you a place to jot down your “go to” family meals and school lunch ideas as well as plan around those busy schedules. Baseball game on Tuesday? No need to hit the drive through because you will have already planned sub sandwiches ahead of time. Lacking variety in everyday lunch packing? Keep an ongoing list of ideas to reference each week. It also gives you a chance to take inventory of your stock so you can plan around the food you have, saving you time and money at the grocery store!

I Heart Organizing Meal Planning


I Heart Organizing Meal Planning


I Heart Organizing Meal Planning


Jones Design Company

Jones Design Company


Jones Design Company is a lifestyle blog about decorating, simple projects, pretty things, being a mom, and honest thoughts on life. As a self-taught graphic designer, Emily adores helping others find their creativity and hopes you leave the blog feeling inspired and encouraged. At JDC you’ll find hundreds of free printables, templates, fonts and tutorials as well as a shop with charming art prints, a monthly organization club, beginning graphic design class and more.



Jones Design Company School Memory Kit


K-12 School Memory Kit (13 Pages)

$4.99 Value

Document the special details of your child’s school year with these k-12 school year memory sheets. Simply print, add a photo and have your child fill in the blanks. There is room for a signature, details of their school year as well as favorites worth remembering (like activities and best moment of the school year). What a fun way to capture memories!

Jones Design Company School Memory Kit

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