Organization

Spring Cleaning Challenge

The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and here in the north woods we are starting to open our windows again! Spring for me, while beautiful, can also be challenging with all the melting snow and the mud that it creates. By this time of year, I am beyond ready to get rid of the winter blues and freshen up my home. This year I have created a spring cleaning challenge in my bullet journal. This is useful to keep myself on track for all my tasks. I know many of you are home right now so I thought that you might feel like challenging yourself, too!

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Spring Cleaning Challenge

I am planning on spreading out this challenge over a couple of weeks. I will attempt to tackle a couple of tasks each day and see how it goes. There are a number of items on my list that are going to take much longer than others.

I also decided to get a little crafty with the water colors in my bullet journal for this spread, something subtle with some color. Using a bullet journal is no nice to keep all my thoughts, to do’s, and other information in one place.

Spring cleaning challenge bullet journal spread

Products

For all the items on this list I will be using my homemade cleaners and my eco friendly laundry soap.

Kitchen

  • Clean fridge and oven
  • Take all items out of the cabinets, assess items, clean shelves, and place items back
  • Clean counter tops, fronts of cabinets, floors, moldings, and windows

Bathroom

  • Take all items out of the vanity, assess items, clean shelves and drawers, and place items back
  • Clean vanity, sink, mirror and window
  • Clean the shower, toilet, floor, and molding
  • Wash the shower curtain

Linen Closet

  • Take items out and assess
  • Clean floor, shelves, and molding
  • Place items back

Hall Closet

  • Go through hats, clothes, and shoes, and toss or donate unneeded items
  • Clean the floor, shelves, and moldings

Living Room

  • Dust all surfaces
  • Put up spring decor
  • Move furniture and clean floors and moldings
  • Wash windows and wash curtains

Dining Room

  • Move furniture and clean floors and moldings
  • Wash windows and curtains
  • Go through any buffets or china cabinets

Bedrooms

  • Go through the closet and dresser and donate or toss items that are not needed. Place items that need to be repaired aside.
  • Clean windows and curtains
  • Move bed and night stands and clean floor and moldings.
  • Wash all bedding

Storage/Basement

  • Go through items and toss, donate, or repurpose
  • Clean walls, molding, and floor

Entry/Hallway

  • Clean floors, molding, and windows
  • Clean any storage or tables

So that’s my spring cleaning challenge! Wish me luck as I try to tackle all the items on this list. Hopefully you have found this list helpful and inspirational as you tackle your own spring cleaning.

January 2020 Bullet Journal Set Up

I am so excited to get started with the January 2020 bullet journal set up. It is a new year , new month, and a new journal! This year I decided to follow Shayda Campbell tutorials on YouTube. I highly suggest you go check out her January 2020 bullet journal set up video. She sets up each month with that month’s flower; January is the month of carnations. I have taken inspiration from Shayda but have changed and added spreads to suit my needs. That is the great thing about bullet journals – they are so versatile!

January Spread

This is my January cover page featuring the carnation and a quote. I also include a quote “Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today.” I thought it was fitting for the start of a new year. Next is my monthly calendar. I love having this spread nice and big so I can add in all my events and important dates. I, of course, reference my future log when filling out this spread.

bullet journal set up monthly calendar
expense tracker

These next two spreads are some of my monthly trackers. The first one is my expense tracker where I record my expenses for the year. Once the month is complete I will record in the my expense tracking section in the beginning of my bullet journal. In past months I just had an open page where I would list every purchase. However, this month I decided to do something a little different – I sectioned the spread off into the categories I like to track.

My next spread is my habit tracker and my brain dump page. The habit tracker is great for keeping track of whatever you need. I plan on keeping track of when I floss (I am trying to remember to do it every day and the tracker is a good motivator) and also simple things like when I water my plants. The brain dump is just that – a place where I can write down whatever is on my brain. Sometimes it helps to just get it down on paper.

bullet journal set up habit tracker

Weekly Spread

The final spread I have is my weekly lay out. I have decided to give this version a try this year. In past years I gave each day a lot of space and wrote a to do list on each day. So this month I am going to try having a smaller section to record events for each day with a larger section for a running to do list for the week. I also include a section for a shopping list and a tracker for my posting.

Bullet journal Weekly Spread

So what do you think of this bullet journal set up for January 2020? Let me know in the comments below and check out my post on my bullet journal set up.

How To Make a Rope Shelf

As part of my small bathroom makeover Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 I wanted to put some shelving on the far wall. I had originally made box type shelving but didn’t like it. So, Plan B is this rope shelving. Honestly, I was surprised at how easy it was to make! So join me in my latest post on how to make a rope shelf.

This rope shelf turned out great and was made in an afternoon. Luckily I had extra wood and the rope was left over from another project. I used 1*8 pine and 1/2 inch sisal rope. All I needed to get were the hooks and the O rings for hanging up the shelf.

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Materials and Tools

Materials needed:

Tools needed:

  • Saw (electric or hand)
  • Sander and sand paper
  • Clips or heavy duty scissors
  • Drill and 5/8 inch paddle drill bit
  • Rag
  • Tape
  • Straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Tape Measure
  • Level
  • Clamp
Step One

The first step is to cut the wood to size. I chose to make three shelves using a piece of 1*8 cut to 20 inches. The great part of this project is that the shelving unit can be very customized to meet the needs of the space. The depth, length, and number of shelves can all be changed. If the length gets to long, add extra rope in between for stability.

Step Two

The second step is to drill holes in each corner of the shelves. Measure one inch from each edge, and mark with a pencil. Using the drill and paddle drill bit, drill holes though each corner.

Pro tip – do not drill all the way through on the first side. Drill through enough that the drill bit has just broken though the bottom of the wood. Once this is done, flip the wood over and use the small hole to position the drill bit and continue from the other side. This will prevent the wood from splintering (see the second picture with my helper Samoa).

How to make a DIY rope shelving unit
Step Three

The next step is to measure and cut the rope. For this project, cut two lengths measuring 8 feet. I left plenty of extra rope because I would rather cut some away at the end then have too little to complete my project.

Next find the center of each rope. From the center, measure and tape the distance between each shelf. I used 12 inches between each. When I got it into the bathroom, I ended up wanting to change the distance. The great thing about this shelf is that it is easy to change.

Step Four

Before threading the rope through the wood, insert the O rings on to the middle of each rope. Next, line up the end of the tape with the top of the shelf. Then tie a knot under the shelf. Keep it fairly loose for now. The knot can be tightened when you’re checking that it is level during the hanging process.

How to make a DIY rope shelving unit
Step Five

Using a level and tape measure, determine where the hooks should be placed on the wall. Mark where the screws should be inserted with a pencil. Drill holes in the walls and insert dry wall anchors. Next, install hooks using the drill and screws. Hang the rope shelves using the O rings. Take the level and place it on each of the shelves, adjusting any of the knots that need to be adjusted and tightening the remaining knots. Finally, cut off the ends to the desired length and either rap the ends with string or fray the ends to the knot. Then decorate!

How to make a DIY rope shelving unit

I found this project to be pretty easy and it’s a great look for the bathroom!

What did you think of this post on how to make a rope shelf? Have you given it a try? Let me know in the comments below!

how to make a rope shelf

Secret Weapon To Getting Things Done!

Secret Weapon to Getting Things Done.

Trying to do it all is exhausting…and if I am being honest, impossible. But I do have a secret weapon that helps me get things done. And now I am sharing it with you!

The Secret – Lists! Yep, that’s it. Write things down! It will help you stay organized and on top of things.

The Secret Weapon – Google Keep. Google Keep is an Android app, although I am sure iPhone has something similar, I just have no idea what it is..

Why do I love Google Keep so much? It keeps all my notes and lists together in one spot. It is basically like post-its for my phone. Anytime something comes to mind, I can jot it down in my phone so I remember to take care of it.

Below are some Google Keep tips for keeping on top of things.

Working Together

One of the best functions of Google Keep is the collaboration ability and the person I collaborate with the most is my husband. We work together on reaching our goals. It gives us the ability to both add things to the list and cross things off. Being on the same page and in communication together is also a secret weapon we use to get things done.

Shopping Lists

I have a running shopping list, and each store has its own list. As I am going about my week, whenever I think I need something I put it on the list. I don’t know how many times I have found myself in a store, wandering aimlessly, knowing that I need something but can’t remember what. This has solved that problem – whenever I know I need something it goes on the list. It is also a shared list, so if my husband thinks of something he needs, onto the list it goes.

Having a clear list for shopping also has the added benefit of keeping me on budget. It also saves time, with no more aimless wandering, so I can get in and out of a store relativity quickly. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have all day to be shopping. Usually I have more than one stop to make and I have found if I want to get through everything before Little One starts to get tired, it’s best to go quickly!

Secret Weapon to Getting Things Done.
Packing Lists

Gone are the days when my husband and I jump in the car for a spontaneous adventure. It takes much more planning these days. To help with this I keep a packing list of everything we need to bring. I don’t know about you but our baby needs a lot of stuff!

In the week before a trip I uncheck all the items from the last trip, taking note of what is on there and what I may need to take off or add. I also include things that we need to make sure we grab for ourselves. Also any stray items, like that dish I have been meaning to return or Christmas presents.

When getting ready to leave we both have our Keep list open and we check things off the list. Before we leave we go through it one more time…just in case we have missed something.

This has saved us so many headaches over forgotten items. It has also helped the bank account by being prepared instead of having to stop and buy something we forgot.

To Do Lists

This is hands down the list that I utilize the most – my running to-do list. I have two separate lists: the things that can get done in 5 minutes or less and a list of things that take longer. As always, this is a shared list with my husband so we can both work on stuff.

The 5 minute list is great for quick things that I’m meaning to do but don’t seem to get around to doing, like making phone calls.

The other list has mostly our house projects on it. A pro tip is to separate each task into smaller segments. This will help the task feel less overwhelming and give an added satisfaction of crossing something off the list. An example would be my bathroom makeover (See part 1 here). My to-do list is really long because each task is separated down to something like needing extra coats of paint.

Gift Lists

Gift lists have been one of my most helpful lists. I have lists for each family member. Whenever I hear them say I want such and such, or I could really use this or that, it goes on the list. This has come in handy more times than I can count, especially when someone asks for gift ideas or I need ideas for myself.

If I also run into something I think someone would like, I add it to the list. I have felt the frustration before when trying to shop for someone, and I ask them what they would like and they have no idea. This has helped us answer those questions for others.

I know my husband has a running list of ideas for gifts for me too. 😉

Bucket List

This is probably the funnest ongoing list: the bucket list! Any time we come up with a place we want to go we jot it down here, both near and far. Any time we get that itch to travel we take a look at this list and pick a place.

Important Things to Remember

Getting things done is a journey – there is no way to get everything done in one day. There are always things that pop up. Try to do a little each day and you will make progress on your goals. Hopefully these tips can help you stay organized when things do pop up.

Don’t forget to have fun. It’s important to get things done and take care of your family, home and self, but it is important to have fun, too!

Did you find my secret weapon to getting things done helpful? Let me know your how your organization is going in the comments below!

Secret Weapon to Getting Things Done.

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