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How to Keep Your Desk Organized

I am still in the middle of my spring cleaning and I am feeling pretty good about my progress so far. I know before too long I’m going to have to add outdoor chores to my list and once that begins these extra projects of mine will be null and void.  About a year ago, I redid my office and I just love that space.  It’s a really beautiful pink and I love sitting in there for hours and letting my creativity flow. I will have to do a reveal soon. Let’s talk about how to keep your desk organized so you work smarter not harder.

How to organize your desk to be more efficient and productive at work. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

  1. Go paperless. If going paperless just isn’t going to happen, break down your papers in groups. File keepsakes, pay bills, and shred all others.
  2. Have cute organizers for little items.  There are so many cute containers now that are inexpensive.  Use those in your theme color for paper clips, erasers, Post-it, etc…
  3. Put things you don’t use daily in decorative boxes.  I love Sugar Paper LA boxes.  You can also find beautiful ones at Michaels and Home Goods.
  4. Have a bulletin board with all your inspiration pictures.  My mood board is right above my desk and it really reflects my style and branding for my blog.  It helps keep me focused and if I need a little Inspiration I can take a peek for ideas.
  5. Make it functional. Some offices double as guest rooms so you need to make sure you decorate so the room accomplishes both goals.
  6. Storage is key.  What storage items can help you get things off your desk?  Maybe a file cabinet, shelves, baskets, and a closet.
  7. What kind of desk do you need? When purchasing your desk you may want to think about what your needs are. Are you going to need drawers or display shelves?
  8. Get a comfortable chair.  The chair is just as important as the desk.  You will be spending lots of hours here. Pick something that will give you support and is comfortable.
  9. Hide the cords.  If you have a computer or desk lamp you want to have a plan for hiding the cords.  You can decide this as you decide where to place your desk.
  10. Try to hide office printers and trash cans if you can.  If you can take these bulky items and hide them than your office will make more of a statement.

How to organize your desk to be more efficient and productive at work. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

I would love to hear some of the things you guys do to keep your offices ready for optimum productivity.  Also, what do your offices look like right now?  Do you work from home or in a traditional setting?  Please leave a comment below and share this with a friend.  Let’s be friends.  If you want to see more decor and fun content, follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

What Do you Do With All Your Phone Pictures?

Do you have a ton of pictures on your phone like I do? Does it ever get to the point where you are deleting things you really want to save because you don’t have anymore storage left?  What do you do with all those pictures?  How can we make it easier to make sure we always get the shot and don’t miss the important moments?

My son made his middle school basketball team for the second year.  My husband and I attend all the games.  I usually use my Canon to take most of the photos.  However, I like to have my phone to video him being announced in the starting line up and little things like that.  The very first city tournament of the season they won. We beat one of our top rivals. Obviously that was a big moment I wanted to capture. I took my camera out to video the award ceremony.  I videoed the second place award and I went to tape us getting the first place trophy and my phone says, “there is no more storage.”  That is so frustrating.  Has this ever happened to you?  This was the most important moment of the game and I was missing it.  There was no way I was going to get that memory back. I really wanted to record that so my son would be able to see it later.  This is not the only time this has happened to me.  It has happened at a Taylor Swift concert, at my daughter’s cheer competitions and the list goes on.  How can you make sure you have enough memory to capture these important memories when the time comes? I am not very tech savvy, but here are a couple ideas on ways to store some of your photos.

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ICLOUD PHOTOS- If you are an apple user, iCloud photo Library allows you to sync all your devices so your photos are automatically uploaded to your iPad and MacBook.  Just remember when you delete something from one place you are deleting it from everywhere.  Your recently deleted folder holds pictures and videos for 30 days.  So if you delete something by accident check there.

There are great photo printers you use for phone photos like this one from Sharper Image.  It is called the Smart Phone Photo Cube Printer.  It prints 4×6 pictures without having to be hooked up to your computer.  It is compatible with iPhones, iPads, galaxy, and other android devices.  This is a wonderful choice for all those pictures that have accumulated on your phone and you are looking for a way to print and display them.

The digital photo frames are also an option.  You can download your pictures onto these frames and they make wonderful lasting memories that you can look at and change frequently.  I think these make wonderful gifts for grandparents.

I use dropbox to store a lot of my photos on my computer.  My photographer uses this to send me my photos once they have been processed as well.  It is a great way for me to see my photos quickly and then store them on my computer.

Hopefully you have already figured out a solution for your photo storage needs and have not run into many issues like I have in the past. Do you have any other ideas you could share with me about photo storage?  I would love to hear your comments.  I am getting better about storing my photos, but it has taken me several stubborn mishaps before I got the hang of it.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

Properly Organizing Your Christmas Decor

If you’re like me, it takes several weeks to get your home looking the way you want it to for Christmas.  When it’s over, I get a little sad.  I know I will have to put all those beautiful decorations away for another year.  My family loves the lights and decor as much as I do. The house just seems bare when you take down the lights and extra decor.  However, all good things must come to an end and things need to get back to “normal.” There are several things I like to do to make sure my Christmas items are properly organized and put back safely in the attic for next year.

Organizing Your Christmas Decorations

How to Properly Store Christmas Items

  1.  The first thing I like to do is assess what decorations I currently have.  There are several reasons you need to do this.  Some items may not be working anymore or have broken in the process of decorating.   After Christmas is a great time to do any shopping for clearance and sale items.
  2. Use any new inspiration you may have seen throughout the season to come up with new decor ideas for next year.  You may see items that would work with your new theme and you can purchase them for great prices now.
  3. Organize all wrapping materials so you know what you need for next year.  I wrap my kid’s gifts in the paper of their choosing so they are easy to find under the tree.  However, I wrap other packages in paper to match the color palette of my theme.  Knowing this information helps me purchase wrapping paper, ribbon, and gift embellishments year round.
  4. Untangle all lights, garland, and ribbon so items do not become a jumbled up mess in storage.  Use plastic bags or tissue paper to keep items separated.  Label these items and place with the correct storage bin.  I like to hang my wreaths on nails in my attic.  They stay fluffed and the bows stay beautiful all year round.
hang wreath on nails.

Hang wreaths on nails in your attic or storage space.

           5.  Wrapping glass items in bubble wrap or tissue paper is very important. Decorations are very expensive and you don’t want to lose any to improper packaging. Be careful with decor with odd shapes such as reindeer antlers as they tend to be very fragile and hard to store.

        6.   Buy bins for safe and easy storage.  The plastic ones make things easy to see inside.  However, the green and red ones make it visually appealing if you have lots of boxes and bins in your attic.  They easily stand out and you know they are your Christmas items.  Getting the same size bins make it easy for stacking.

             7.   Label boxes with clear packaging tape so you know what contents are in each bin.  You can also move this tape around as your items change or you move the item to another bin.

            8.    Package like items together.  You can group items by theme, color, or specific area such as banister decor etc… It is also a great idea to label what room the bin should go in once out of storage.  That way if someone is helping you bring your boxes down they can easily read where to take the items.

        9.  This is a great time to check your addresses as you receive cards from friends.  Match them with your contacts and change any that you had wrong.  Also purchase cards after Christmas to get a great price on after season items.  Once purchased, you can store with your Thanksgiving items so you can start addressing your envelopes around that time.  It’s never too early to start getting organized.

          10.  Lastly, as you’re taking Christmas items down, deep clean before putting your winter items back on the shelves.  This is a great time to have your home in pristine condition.  I don’t like to put items back unless the house is clean.

I hope these tips helped you get organized and will save you time and hassle when you pull out your items next year.  If you put things back nicely you will be rewarded when you take things out and everything is nicely wrapped, organized, and in great condition.  I hope you all had an amazing holiday and happy New Year to you and your Family.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Freshmen Must Have College Packing List

This is the weekend you’ve been waiting for all summer.  The time has finally come to gain some independence and step out on your own.  However, you will be much better off if you start this adventure with a dorm room that is well organized with the essentials. Below is a must have college checklist that will be helpful when shopping and packing.

Bedding

  • comforter
  • twin sheets
  • mattress pad
  • pillows
  • area rug
  • alarm clock

Toiletries

  • towels
  • washclothes
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • shower shoes
  • razors
  • other make up products
  • shower caddy
  • plastic organizer for the bathroom
  • laundry basket
  • detergent
  • coins for laundry
  • toilet bowl cleaner
  • bathroom cleaner
  • trashcan
  • Shower Curtain

School Supplies

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • TV/Cable Cord/Power Strip
  • Desk Lamp
  • Notebooks and school supplies
  • stamps/envelopes
  • batteries
  • flash drive
  • docking station/chargers

Miscellaneous

  • band aids
  • thermometer
  • tylenol
  • vitamins
  • mirror
  • camera
  • bike
  • food
  • clothes
  • broom/dustpan
  • dustbuster
  • fridge
  • microwave

Going to college is a huge responsibility, but it is also a lot of fun.  For some of you this is your first test of freedom and a chance to show your parents how well you can do on your own.  The best piece of advice I could give you is to take what your parents have taught you and be the person you’ve always wanted to be.  There are no preconceived stereotypes because no one knows you. So take the confidence you may have lacked in high school and go out there and make friends, study hard and make great grades and make this the best experience of your life.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Having Your Own Work Space

What Works Best For You?

Blogging is a very different job.  Unless you are very involved with collaborations and have a great sense of community out there in the blogging world, blogging is a very isolating job.  Also people don’t really get what you do and don’t tend to understand what you’re going through. You work alone and a lot of times you are questioning yourself and the validity of what you’re doing.

One thing that can help make you feel validated and have a purpose is to have your own workspace.  It is hard to work from your master bedroom in your pajamas and feel like you are creating masterpieces day after day.  Your environment is a big part of how you feel each day and affects the creativity you put out.

I always feel a lot more motivated when I’m dressed to the nines and I’m sitting in my office creating posts that are worthy of being published.  My files are all there and if I get stuck I have tons of resources to search through to get me going again. My office is not completely the way I want it, but it’s mine and I love having a place I can call my own.  How do you feel about your workspace?  What special things make it YOUR space?

A Space to Call Yours

Sometimes you don’t have a room you can use just for yourself.  I took a guest room and shared it to make my office.  Also you can put a small desk in a closet and make an office space.  Just something you can call your own.  Some people do well getting dressed and going to a cafe or the library.  whatever works for you will make your work more efficient and in turn more productive. Don’t use what may work for your friend.  Really take a look at what you think would work for you and go for it.

office desk

Have an area to call your own. Even if it’s just a desk.

Distractions Can Kill Your Productivity

Taking away distractions is also a key component to productivity.  If you work at home with kids, you need to pick the best times that work for you.  Can you work while they nap?  How about while they’re at school?  Would early in the morning before everyone gets up work?  You are the only one who knows what works best for you. I have insomnia so I do my best work in the middle of the night. This schedule wouldn’t work for most people.

Also get rid of things that might take you away from getting your work done efficiently.  You may spend too much time on social media or checking your email.  Although these things are important for bloggers, they can get you off track if done in excessive amounts.  Set a certain amount of time to get this done ahead of time and then move on.  Some people like to have noise on in the background, but if you are one that could easily get distracted by tv then leave it off.

Scheduling is a Must

Often times working moms feel a since of guilt juggling work and being a wife and mother.  We wear so many different hats it’s hard to stay in one particular zone.  Setting a permanent schedule is a big deal to keeping you on track.  Your family needs to know when you’re working you are not available to them.  Setting these boundaries in the beginning is very important.  I like to be the best mom and wife I can be, but blogging is also important to me.  In order to do this, I have to balance my time properly. When I’m blogging I focus my time on doing that well.  When I’m at home, I need to stay off social media and give my family my full attention.  Then I feel I’ve given it my best shot and most days are successes.  The key is to have a good balance between your home life and your work.  Zig Ziglar said, “I believe that successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life.”

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

My Library Makeover- Before and After

One of my guilty pleasures is reading.  I love buying BOOKS!!!  I love fiction, non fiction, self help, inspirational, religious, magazines etc…  My husband doesn’t understand  how I can be reading several books at a time.  I’m usually reading a non fiction book because I really enjoy learning and keeping my mind sharp.  However, fiction books are just pure fun and always easy reads. I always have one of those on my night stand.  Since I buy books even though I haven’t finished the ones I currently own (I have a serious book problem) my bookshelves in my library are in need of a little (ok a LOT) TLC.  I love styling bookshelves and these really need to be shaped up.

I would like to take these bookshelves, in my library, and give them a little makeover.  I’m not currently teaching and my kids are both teenagers, so I can really knock down the amount of children’s books I have on my shelves.  I would like to have a shelf down low for my nieces and nephew for when they visit.  Weeding out the huge amount of my guided reading and teaching books will really make room for other things I would like to display on the shelves.

Here is a before picture of the library with all the books that are currently being

stored on the shelves.

BEFORE

My library

The before picture of my library. What a hot mess!!!!

Here is the after picture of the library after I packed away the books I wasn’t using anymore.  This gave me plenty of room to actually style the books that were left and plenty of space left for decorating as well.

Library

It took me 6 hours to box up all these books.

Here is a picture of the library after the bookshelves have been styled.

AFTER

library finished.

The finished product.

This project was a huge undertaking, but I really wanted to be able to find my books quickly.  I decided to organize the books by color and then use some of my decorations to fill in the empty spaces.  I am so pleased with the way it turned out. I can even get to my wedding album and all my scrapbooks.  Let me know if you’ve taken on a project recently and how it turned out.  I would love to hear from you.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

 

 

 

Decluttering for the Holidays

As the holidays are quickly approaching you may start to feel a little overwhelmed with your long to do list.  I’m sure the last thing you want to do is add something painful like decluttering your home. But when I’m feeling stressed it is usually because the walls feel like they are closing in on me. One of the best feelings is to accomplish something that has been hanging over your head.  You can also help someone else by donating your gently used items.

We are doing some remodeling in our home and this really forced me to purge my closets and most of the rooms in the house.  Here are a few tips I learned along the way.  I am in no way an expert, but I’m trying to minimize the “stuff” in our home that we just don’t need. I hope these tips are helpful.

DECLUTTERING For The Holidays

  1. Even if you paid a lot of money for an item (or have only worn it once), if you’re not getting use out of it….. DONATE!  This tends to be the toughest rule for me.  I have a hard time getting rid of something expensive or something I wasted my money on. It’s just collecting dust in your closet, but someone else could really use it.
  2. In your closet, face all the hangers one way.  However, as you wear the clothing hang them back facing the opposite way.  In 6 months, all the clothes that you haven’t worn will still be facing the original way.  These are the clothes that you can give away. (Except maybe for seasonal pieces)
  3. Get your kids and spouse on board.  This doesn’t have to be just your job.  Kids tend to know what they play with and what they don’t use anymore.  It is great for them to get a feel for helping others from a young age.
  4. Invest in some sturdy storage boxes.  I cleaned out our built in desk and storage cabinet in the kitchen.  A lot of it was trash that needed to be thrown away or shredded, but some of it needed to be kept.  However, I didn’t need a bunch of warranties and phone case boxes in the desk area.  So I bought a couple storage boxes and organized the stuff and stored them in the attic.  This way I can get to them easily, but they’re not junking up my kitchen anymore.
  5. Don’t forget to go through things that could be expired like medicines, food from the pantry etc…. Throwing these items away could give you the room you’ve been looking for in that bathroom closet.

I hope you can use some of these tips to make your home a little less cluttered.  I know they helped me, but I’m still a work in progress.

Your truly,

Jenn