Organization – May Designs

Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 9.23.37 PMHow’s your January going?! It’s flying by, right?

We’re half way (half way!) through the first month of the year, so it’s a good time to check in and see how your calendar skills, organization techniques and goal setting is going. Are you doing well or need a quick reset? We all have to do it. Great intentions need constant tending in order to move us forward.

One of my favorite designers for making all this organization more colorful and fun is May Designs. Originally known for their customizable, soft-sided notebooks, they have everything from desk and wall calendars, gratitude journals and even fun planner stickers to keep the task of staying organized easy, creative and affordable.

One of my favorite products is their desk calendar. Once the month is over, flip over the card, cut it in half and it is meant to be used to send a note to someone. Pretty clever!Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 9.24.49 PM

Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 9.23.14 PM Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 9.22.53 PM Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 9.20.23 PM Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 9.19.36 PM Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 9.19.19 PMIt’s never to late for a fresh start, so if you haven’t gotten organized yet….get the tools that will help you make the most of the remaining 11.5 months of 2017!

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New Month, New Start

160829_goop_0584-1Continuing with the idea of September being a new start for many (new school year, renewed focus, jumpstart the coming year), I thought it would be fun to share some simple, yet clever ideas to make the most of this month.

  1. Jazz up your morning breakfast with these healthy “breakfast bowl” ideas – get recipes here

enhanced-13864-1463508892-5bn-ps027_journa_j_201609061125362. Have you heard of “bullet journaling”? My husband turned me onto this relatively new method of planning/organizing/journaling after seeing an article in the WSJ. And, I must admit to being intrigued. I have gone back and forth between paper and digital and have a few tools I try to use each day, so this simplified version is something I am considering. You can learn more about it here!le-catch-luncheon-1-1024x6833. Plan a Fall gathering before the crush of the holidays is upon us. Take inspiration from this gorgeous, outdoor fete created by designer,  Jenni Kayne, Le Catch and Jessica De Ruiter. Recipes and addtional photos here!

Just as students are beginning a new year and learning new things….perhaps we can, too!

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images: goop, bullet journal, rip + tan (photography by katrina dickson)

Time to Get Organized

organizedIt’s that time of year.

For many of you who have shared “first day of school” photos on Facebook, I can see that the routines have already begun. For most folks I know, we are in the last weeks of summer and the routines begin anew after Labor Day. Whichever camp you’re in, it’s time to take stock of how things are working and make adjustments where necessary.

Whether you’re ordering new backpacks or just excited for the next season, this time of year brings opportunities to get organized. Here are a few things I’m focusing on this month.2016-planner-download-printable-5-e1453353360629Evaluate and update your calendar/planner system:

I have bounced back and forth b/w keeping a paper calendar and a digital one. I’ve finally broken down and decided I need to do both. The paper one so I can really see what’s coming (helpful in planning ahead) and digital so I will always have my schedule with me (ideal for when making appointments).

Go ahead and put down all the dates that you know are set. Birthdays, back to school night, vacations, monthly meetings. You think you’ll remember, but I find I forget if it’s not on my calendar.NotePads-pink-web-v2-banner_1024x1024Conquer the “what’s for dinner” dilemna:

Inspired by Jenny Steffens Hobick and her detailed dinner list, I’m creating one of my own. I’m going through all my favorite cookbooks (which mainly means Ina Garten) and writing down all the recipes I know our family likes or would like, by category. Then, I’ll ask my family to weigh in each Sunday, so I can plan ahead and not rely on the same 5 things we normally have in rotation. Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 8.22.50 PM Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 8.23.00 PMUpdate the holiday card list:

Ok…I know it’s still summer, but this is one of those things that really sneaks up on you. Last year, I used Minted’s address assistant and though it took some time on the front end, it was such a relief to have it done when I ordered my cards and have Minted address them. I kept the envelopes of friends who moved and just updated those. So, now it’s done. Of course, I haven’t even begun thinking about a photo for our card, but at least the tedious part is complete.Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 10.15.47 PMSo, that’s where I’m starting. I made the trek to Staples today for school supplies and am still slugging through my to-do list, but I think if you get a jump on just a few things, it will leave more time for the fun stuff this Fall. In the meantime, back to your summer books, beach days and al fresco dinners.

What do you do to get ready for a new season?

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images: day designer, sugar paper, the sarah johnson, minted, jenny steffens hobick