Saturday, May 26, 2012

DIY hair style- easy!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

DIY notebook-planner or how to get an Arc by Staples notebook system?

Ok, you know that I love organizing and organizational tools. A notebook is  one of organizational tools for me. My  notebook is a DIY notebook-planner. I love it. I got the idea from here and here.
When I lived in NY, I bought a Franklyn Covey system. It is a great system if you agree to cary a heavy notebook with metal rings. I used it for a while, reduced the amount of pages that I carried, and since I went everywhere by foot and had to carry my whole life around (hello, it's NY!), and finally dropped it.
Then I had baby and thought that I don't need a planner.  I was wrong! I suddenly started to forget important things when there were A LOT of things to do. Pinterest had all this wonderful ideas of DIY binders, but after trying I realized that this is not for me. I could design and print my own tabs, but those metal rings are still too heavy!
 I use a simple spiral-bound  THICK notebook as my planner. I draw my own tabs and have a year calendar sticked there. I use a sticky tab dividers to label current month, week, to-do list and  other lists. I'm happy! I'm free from limitations of only ONE planner system, I have plenty of room for my notes and ideas (and I like to write A LOT of them which requires a lot of space), I can customize everything, and it cost me $ 2 or 3 only!!!
But you know me. I'm a perfectionist! I want to switch those pages around! I research disk-bound systems, as Levenger Circa and Arc by Staples. (Comparison is here). The difference is in price only. Arc is cheaper. I wanted to order Arc online, then I found out that Staples US don't ship to other countries. It's foreign stores (UK) don't have a hole puncher!AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! Levenger doesn't ship internationally also, so there is no alternative! AHH!!!!!!!!
What a girl to do?
What kind of planner do you use? Does it work for you? 

Update: Staples UK store answered me that an Arc hole puncher will be available at Oct-Nov only. So, I'll wait!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Organize your drawers

           I am an organization freak and want to share with you several findings that keep me sane.
            Last June we bought two cabinets with drawers, one for me, and one for my DD. Cabinets hold more stuff than cupboards, if you didn't know, try them! I was delighted! Now I have a lot of space to organize our clothes! But even a lot of space doesn't mean organized clothes!
            I folded clothes as stores make it - fold sleeves inside, and fold it once widthwise.This way all your clothes lie one on another, occupy a lot of space and you can't see it all at once. I thought, there has to be a better solution. I found one!

Wow, I actually have FREE space in drawers now(!!!!!!!!)
Well, there is another problem - where to find these drawer dividers? Here is a cheap and quick DIY method

          If you don't like to MAKE anything with your own hands, then what are you doing on my blog? Kidding. There is also another solution, even simplier - boxes. Shoe boxes, or any kind of boxes that looks good. They are sturdier and come in all sizes, just grab one and put it inside the drawer!
        Now I'm happy!

        Here is the bonus- how to pack shirts to avoid wrinkles
How to fold socks

Here is one way to hold your bras

...and this way you can fold a bra that don't have cups. if you have a lot of push-up bras, as I am, this won't work for you because cups will get wrinkled. With them, I just fold straps inside, don't fold cups at all!

How to fold stockings

And here is the best book ever on overall organization - "Organizing from the Inside Out, Second Edition: The Foolproof System For Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life" by Julie Morgenstern

If you have more clever tips on organization, share them!!!!!!

*Disclosure: I'm not affiliated with people who made this videos in any way, it is not an advertisement.