Tuesday, April 28, 2015

How to Handle Paper Clutter

Today, I'm so excited to bring you a guest post from a sweet lady. Mary is a professional organizer and mother of four. She loves to organize, create, decorate and then blog about it at MaryOrganizes. Mary doesn't chase after perfection, her goals are a healthy home and happy life. She has amazing organizing skills and is here to help me out with all my back and forth traveling I've been doing. Now..let's handle that paper clutter before it controls us!

How to Handle Paper Clutter :: OrganizingMadeFun.com 

 If paper is your problem, you are not alone! 

Laundry and Paper are the monsters of homemaking and are more similar than you realize. A good strategy for laundry maintenance can teach you a lot about how to solve your paper problem. Your dirty clothes go in a hamper until its time to wash it. It would be a waste of time and energy to wash each piece of laundry one at a time as it becomes dirty. I use my inbox as my paper hamper and I save time dealing similar types of papers (or loads) at the same time. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

A Mother's Day Organized Gift Guide

With Mother's Day around the corner, your kids {aka, your hubby} may need some helpful hints as to what Mom might want to have as a gift. Or perhaps, you have a special mom in your life and you can't figure out what to get her! So, I've come up with 10 organized gifts you {or your mom} might like to have for Mother's Day!

A Mother's Day Organized Gift Guide :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Hidden Cost of Clutter

I am going to be traveling quite a bit in the next few weeks. To help me fill in while I'm busy, I've got some amazing organizing bloggers who will fill in here and there...like seriously amazing! If you'd like to see what I'm up to, head over to Instagram and follow me there. I'll be heading to a blog conference this week and then more fun after that...

Hi Organizing Made Fun readers! I'm Hilda and I blog over at From Overwhelmed To Organized.  I love sharing tips to help overwhelmed people declutter and organize their homes.

Thanks for having me here Becky!  I'm excited to share about one of my favorite topics... decluttering! Do you have clutter in your home?  Have you been wanting to declutter but just haven't been motivated enough to get started? Well I'm hoping today's post will give you a little push towards purging some things from your home!

There are several ways that having clutter in your home costs you - financially, non-financially, and when you're moving.  This posts shares some of these hidden costs of clutter and offers tips and support to help you start decluttering.

Did you know that your clutter is costing you money all the time?  There are some obvious ways... like making late payment charges due to overdue bills you couldn't find... or re-purchasing items that you already have but can't find when you need them. But clutter also has costs associated with it in other ways that you may not think of.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Our Cute Playhouse Updated for a Tween

Our backyard has been so much fun to have and use for all kinds of things - including entertaining of adults and kids. We recently got rid of our kids swingset, since they are now {almost} 16 and 11 1/2. They really didn't play on it anymore and we have a big RV parking pad there now! But, we DID keep the cute, little playhouse. I plan on keeping that around awhile. It's had a hard year, what with all the kids and people over that it sits under two large avocado trees that think it's fall in the summer and shed leaves all summer long...among other stuff. We never really finished the floor well when we made it over a few years ago. It shows!

Inside kids' playhouse :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Well, I came up with a {cheap} idea to keep the inside a little cleaner and found another cheap way to make the floors look amazing. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My Secrets to Making {Summer} Entertaining EASY!

If you've ever followed me on Instagram, you'd notice that we have people over - a LOT! Like, we have people over weekly, sometimes several times a week, depending on what's going on and what time of the season it is. And, we have people over year round on our outdoor patio. We can do that since we live in a place that has such great weather. But, no matter where you live, your can still get some ideas from me on how to make things easier when entertaining. Sadly, after asking on Facebook, many of my readers tell me they NEVER have people over! Oh, you are missing out on so much when you don't. It's so great to share your home with others. 

My Secrets to Making {Summer} Entertaining EASY :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Friday, April 10, 2015

Easy, Inexpensive Nail Polish Organization

{Written by Tiffany}

One of our Facebook followers recently asked us to comment on how to organize nail polish.  This got me thinking about the messy nail-drawer in my bathroom that I have been meaning to organize.

Easy, Inexpensive Nail Polish Organization :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Our {Americana Themed} Outdoor Patio Decorating Updates

Spring is here and undoubtedly you are either already outside as much as possible or you're getting ready to be! We are definitely enjoying the spring weather and our outdoor patio is officially spruced up! I'm so excited and can't wait to show you my decorating updates!

Americana Themed Outdoor Patio Decorating :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Friday, April 3, 2015

Dealing with Junk Mail

Junk mail is a source of stress for many of us.  My niece hadn’t even moved into their new home, yet she was buried under an onslaught of junk mail…a full month before moving in!  She sent me these photos.Insert photos somewhere please….Junk mail certainly wastes a lot of our natural resources and clutters up our personal and mental space.Where does it come from and why is there so much of it?

Here are great ways to deal with junk mail :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Thanks for Jill of Simply Organized for her post today!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

How Autism Changed Our Lives

You may or not know that we have a 15 year old son with autism. He was diagnosed over 12 years ago. It was a bittersweet day. Since then, I have grown passionate about helping other moms get organized and help their child that has autism. I bet that just about every one of you knows of someone who has an autistic child or you have one of your own. These kids aren't typical, but they sure are special! Today is "Light It Up Blue" day and we have our blue porch light on to symbolize the day. I also plan on teaching a class on Monday, April 6th from 11:30-12 PM PST {12:30 MST, 1:30 CST, 2:30 EST} about autism and special needs and how to help manage this with essential oils. 


April is Autism Awareness Month :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

If you'd like to join me and learn more about how to use essential oils for special needs kids and adults - particularly autistic - please click on the picture above or click HERE to RSVP to the Google Hangout {it's a live stream webinar so you can be in your jammies watching if you want - no one will hear or see you}. The first three people to join as a wellness advocate that day will receive a special gift from me - something I have NEVER offered before! Find out what it is and learn more about autism and essential oils!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March is done, and its been Fun!

This March we have sprung ahead right into Spring cleaning,decorating and organizing here at Organizing Made Fun.  

Friday, March 27, 2015

How to Declutter and Get Organized Right NOW!!

I wrote this piece for 30 Handmade Days several months ago and I wanted to share it with you because it's important for all of you to declutter and get organized this spring! Don't get stuck drowning in clutter...don't make excuses! Read this and get inspired!

How to Declutter and Get Organized Right NOW :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A "New" Bathroom in the Small Space

We had a bunch of company stay with us a few weeks ago. Annually we house pastors from around the country at our home to stay while they attend a local conference. This year we had 9 pastors stay with us. We even borrowed another RV/motorhome from my sister in law and housed some more of them so they'd be comfortable. We kept them all over the house and outside in the motorhomes. We want them to be comfortable. We had another visitor stay overnight with us right after they left, too. It was a blessing to have the motorhome as a guest house for each visitor. My goal has been to make it feel less like an RV and more like a small cottage. So, I showed you the little kitchen update I did last week and today I'm showing you another new small space update - the bathroom! 

RV bathroom before :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Cleaning and Organizing with Essential Oils!

Spring Cleaning!! Ok, seriously, I don't get excited about cleaning AT ALL! But, when I add some essential oils, THEN I'm a little more excited! I taught a class on Monday all about using essential oils with spring cleaning. So, do you want to see it? Of course you do...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Five Practical Ways to Deal with Laundry and Kids!

Does laundry make your head spin? Are you constantly trying to figure out how to get it all done  - and your kids are making more and more laundry? Well, I've found some practical ways, five to be exact, to deal with laundry and kids!

Five Practical Ways to Deal with Laundry and Kids! OrganizingMadeFun.com

Friday, March 13, 2015

Tiling the Kitchen - an RV update

If you haven't figured it out by now, I love a good project. Our "new to us" RV has been a lot of fun for me and it's brought up a lot of ways for me to really get creative. Why in the world would I take a perfectly nice looking RV and make all these changes? Well, we are using our RV for more than just our vacations - it's become our guest house now, too. So, the first thing I worked on was the kitchen! 

RV makeover before of kitchen :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Here is what the kitchen looked like when we bought the RV just a couple of months ago. It's perfectly nice and simple. There isn't anything wrong with it - I just don't care for the splotchy "sponge paint" wallpaper and border wallpaper look. And, here is what it looks like now.