Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tips to Improve your Nighttime Routine

I am partnering with IKEA to share some of my best tips for the #First59 Campaign. 

It's always been important in our home to have a nighttime routine. I've been a mom for nearly 17 years and STILL have the kids do a simple nighttime routine, and I have my own too! I have come up with 16 great ways to do that, using a few simple everyday products from IKEA and some creativity, to keep your mornings and evenings from becoming a nightmare! Today I'm going to share two of my tips, focusing on your nighttime routine. You can find all the tips from myself and other experts by going to IKEA's First59 page

Tips to Improve your Nighttime Routine :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

How to Freshen Up an Outdoor Candle

Summer is just about here and spring has been especially good to us this year - we've had a little bit of rain and lots of amazing weather. Well, living in Southern California, we've usually got good weather, but we also get lots of dirty smog and it can make things outside look awful! I have these lovely plastic, outdoor candles that I like to have on my deck to look pretty. But, they don't look so great! So, I made them pretty again!

Fix your outdoor candles this easily :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Friday, May 13, 2016

How to Properly Fold a T-Shirt

Years ago I showed you a method of folding shirts and it seems that everyone is now figuring out a similar method! I do this method with my kids, mine, and my husband's shirts. It makes things completely tidy, organized, and fits twice as many in your drawer! Wow! How is it done?

How to Properly Fold a T-Shirt :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

How to Organize with CARDBOARD - 11 Ways

When it comes to organizing, I'm a big fan of getting the most bang for your buck! Cardboard is one of those things we all seem to have around, for FREE, that we can use to organize! So, I've got 11 ways to organize using cardboard. 

How to Organize with CARDBOARD :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Friday, May 6, 2016

Why I'm Dreaming of a Black Kitchen

Disclosure: MasterBrand cabinets provided me the cabinets I used in this kitchen remodel. I bought the rest of the materials with my own money. The opinions I shared about using these materials are my own, and MasterBrand did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

Did you just say a BLACK kitchen? Yep, you read that right. Our home was built in 1947 and someone "updated" the kitchen around 1971 with some special homemade cabinets. Those cabinets have just about finished their life now...they are falling apart, the avocado green tile kitchen counters are cracked and broken. The kitchen has served us well the last ten years we've lived in this house. I've even painted all the cabinets in an attempt to give the kitchen a cuteness factor. It IS cute, but these cabinets are crazy weird sizes. 

Dreaming of a BLACK kitchen :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

What Mom Really Wants for Mother's Day

The longer I've been a mother, the more I realize what I really want for Mother's Day isn't something fancy or even something expensive. Being a mom is hard work, there's no doubt about it. And, I have to "adult" just about every day, that's just part of it! 

What  Mom  Really  Wants  for  Mother's  Day :: OrganzingMadeFun.com

Friday, April 29, 2016

April fun and Keeping up with life!

Its hard to believe April is already done! I've been busy traveling and learning all sorts of wonderful things that I am so excited to share with you in the coming months on OMF. 

This month we've had a month of spring themed posts including gardening, traveling and spring cleaning.  If you missed anything you can find it here.

Things have been so busy around here that I have renewed my zeal for organization every day in order to simply keep up with life. I wanted to take the time to share 6 quick tips that help me keep my home in order in the midst of a busy month like I've just had.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Gardening Ideas for Earth Day

One of my favorite things to do is to be in my garden and get outside and just enjoy nature and soak up some sun. My mom has an amazing garden in her central coast home and so I probably have just grown up watching her tend to all her beautiful flowers and enjoy it too. 

Gardening Ideas for Earth Day :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

In my southern California home, I've had to learn to adapt to our rather dry climate. We don't get a lot of rain. So, as I mentioned in my last post, we ripped out our front yard and never regretted doing that one bit! Today I wanted to share with you some of my past gardening I've done around here and abroad to inspire you. Plus, it's Earth Day, and why now celebrate with getting some earth under your fingernails? I am such a "nature" girl and love anything homeopathic, natural, and hollistic so it's fun to get outside and enjoy some gardening. So, I wanted to share some of my passed gardening posts with you to enjoy! It might get you some 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I Need Help Desperately!

Yes, it's true! I need help - desperately. I know that I'm totally inept in a lot of areas. You see, nearly six years ago I decided I needed to start a blog about organizing. Why organizing? Well, at the time, there weren't a lot of blogs about organizing. I liked to organize and thought it was fun. Many of my friends would come to me and ask my advice about how to get certain areas organized in their home and how to get their kids to organize and how to be scheduled! So, I thought I'd start a blog for my friends to refer to so they could look up ideas. I had NO idea it would turn into a full time business! Honestly, I didn't. I didn't make a dime for over a year and a half. I had a few posts start going viral - my 15 minute a day cleanng schedule {which remains my TOP post for the past six years} and my series "31 Days to Cheaply Organize Your Home" absolutely took off and started blogging "full time". But, I am NOT all that smart when it comes to all things blogging. So, each year I attend a conference where I learn more about this stuff! I want to share, first, how I pack for my conference because it might surprise you!

How to pack a suitcase for a conference :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Friday, April 8, 2016

Front Yard Amazing Flower Update

Two years ago, we took the plunge and ripped out all our grass! Living in Southern California, trying to keep our front yard grass green was not only costing us a small fortune, but just not smart for our living area. We have drought conditions and we just can't use all our water to keep our yard pretty - and it was city mandated! We are only allowed to water our yard one time per week on a specific day, from October through April. We are only allowed to water two times per week on specified days from April to October. So, keeping grass green when it's up in the high 90's, low 100's, wasn't working! That's why we ripped out our grass. And it turned out AMAZING! Today I wanted to share an update on what our yard is looking like two years later. 

Amazing, Drought Tolerant Front Yard :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

20+ Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

OK, so spring has come now for most of us. Does it motivate you to get up and clean your entire house? Me either...not a big fan of the whole clean everything, but it's a necessity of life and so I have come up with easier ways to get things clean and quickly - that's just sort of how I work! I have everything from cleaning make up brushes to naturally clean laundry to getting your house clean in just 15 minutes a day! No joke!

20+ Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Friday, April 1, 2016

Spring Tips

Spring is beautiful and we've been having lots of fun getting clean and organized this season so far. In march we shared tips for labeling, spring cleaning, night stand organization and even tips on finding the best deals on your organizational products.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

7 Ways to Organize a Junk Drawer

Junk drawers - we probably all have at least ONE of those, right? I have a drawer I dub as my junk drawer - do you? I have come up with seven ways to organize that junk drawer AND if you have more than one, we'd better get working on that, too!

7 Ways to Organize a Junk Drawer :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Friday, March 25, 2016

Spring Cleaning: 6 Ways to Turn Any Job Into a Game!

Is your housework getting you down?  We tend to wish we could be like Jeannie on "I dream of Jeannie" or Samantha on "Bewitched" and magically get our homes in order so that we can sit back with our feet up and relax.  We look at cleaning the kitchen and doing the laundry in much the same way that Jane and Michael looked at Mary Poppins when she suggested they play "Tidy up the nursery."  Here are six ways I like to "find the fun" in midst of the daily grind. 

6 Ways To Turn Any Job Into A Game! :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Best Way to Spend the First and Last Part of Your Day

This post is in partnership with IKEA. 

About three blocks away from our home is Ikea. Yes, Ikea! We live three blocks away! City living has its perks! And, our Ikea is MOVING about 1/2 a mile down to make room for the LARGEST Ikea in the United States that is being built SO close to us!!! You can probably guess that I'm a BIG fan of Ikea and I shop there often - sometime I'm going to have to give you my best tips for getting the most out of an IKEA trip. 

IKEA :: OrganizingMadeFun.com

Some would even argue that I love lKEA so much that I painted my house the same colors....but enough about my crazy obsession with IKEA!

Today I am SO excited to share with you that I am partnering with IKEA! Can you believe it? One of my all-time favorite places to shop and find ways to get organized, and IKEA wants to work with me!