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Getting Organized: Time to Conquer Your Clutter!

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Getting Organized: Time to Conquer Your Clutter

Are you tired of wasting precious time shuffling papers and looking for your missing shoe, or your vanishing purse? You dream of short-cuts to make your life more organized and conquer your clutter, but is it possible?

I’ve been on a getting organized kick for the past year. I know you have the same great reasons for wanting to be more organized as I do. You want the best for your family. You want to teach your kids to live in calm, not chaos. You want to be patient without losing your mind in the insanity of so much stuff. And you simply want to sa our the time you have, instead of running around chasing clutter. But sometimes it feels too overwhelming.

Maybe you’ve tried to get more organized before, and failed. Or thought you found the perfect system, only to have it not work for you at all. You’re not alone.

I know what it’s like to feel that getting organized shouldn’t be so hard, and the answer definitely isn’t to keep wasting money on more storage containers or pricey planners, either!

What if you could learn from a group of organizing gurus all at once — regular people who’ve found practical solutions to their everyday struggles, and want to share their best tips and tactics with you in all the areas you find most challenging?

Because when you have the right info and tools at your fingertips, it’s so much easier. You know which papers to keep (and which should immediately be thrown away). You’re more confident to say no to activities on your calendar that don’t matter (and yes to those that do). You start learning the difference between what you need and what will only add to the clutter in your home. You feel less stressed (and you’ll probably enjoy life more, too).

That’s why Stephanie and her team have put together the Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle for the very first time. Their customers have been begging for help with streamlining their lives. The answer was this super opportunity to get a complete collection of organizational resources for a crazy low price.

This package includes 38 digital products to help you declutter every aspect of your life, including how to organize your photos, family systems, meal planning, time management, and much more. Altogether, it’s worth over $650!

Plus, it comes with two brilliant bonus offers worth over $40:

    • SaneBox – To help you clean up your inbox in minutes and save you 12 hours per month ($20 value)
    • YNAB – A FREE four month trial to the popular budgeting software ($20 value)

Besides being so incredibly helpful and inspiring, one of the things I like best about this bundle is the price. By offering the bundle for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over $650 worth of amazing products for a whopping 95% off!

Here’s how it works:

      1. Visit the website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this Super Bundle, then click “Get my copy now!” to go through their simple 3-step checkout process.
      2. You’ll receive an email with a login to the online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, printing out planners, and redeeming your free bonus products.
      3. Use the Getting Started Guide so you don’t get overwhelmed and can pick which area you want to tackle first and start getting organized!

The most important detail, is that this bundle is available for only 6 days! After Monday night, January 30th, the sale ends and all of these wonderful resource will have to be bought individually.

I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE to learn more or to buy the bundle.

It’s even backed by a full money-back happiness guarantee, so you can know for sure that it’s right for you. And it’s all digital, so no pricey shipping costs!

No one should have to feel overwhelmed because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need. By finding systems and strategies that work for us as moms and homeschoolers, our homes and daily lives can be much calmer than in the past. Getting organized is making all the difference in the world and I want the same for you and your family. Now is the perfect time – when the weather is frightful and you’re cooped up inside!

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Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Organizing Your Email Inbox

Face it. Your email inbox is out of control. If you’re anything like me, you’re addicted to emails and freebies from homeschool companies. You’re drowning in emails and have all but given up on organizing your email inbox. But it can get better! You can succeed at organizing your email inbox. It really does help save time and clear your head to have a nice, clean inbox. Get to inbox zero with these tips and tools.

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Organizing Your Email Inbox

To get your inbox organized in 2016, start with the free Unroll.me service! I use the free app IOS app on my iPhone, but you can also use Unroll.Me on your computer. I challenge you to see how many emails you can swipe through and unsubscribe to right now!

With the first scan, this is how many subscriptions Unroll.Me found …

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Yes that does say a whopping 348!

I’ve been using Unroll.Me for over a week now and I am proud to say I have unsubscribed from 110 email lists!

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Sure, I still have some work to do because 266 emails is too many, but it’s progress. I receive the rest of the emails in a daily roll up that’s easy to glance through and open any that are important. Then I just delete them in one big batch – MUCH faster than opening them one at a time!

Check out Unroll.Me now – it’s free! I challenge you to see how many email subscriptions you can get rid of that you don’t really need and that simply waste your time every day.

Unroll.Me probably won’t solve the problem for good, though. You have to have a system to deal with each of your emails. Here are a few of the tips I learned in a course that helped me get to inbox zero:

  1. Create folders and store emails you want to keep in them for easy reference later – for instance, you could create a Homeschooling in Nova Scotia folder for keeping any of these posts you want to refer to later *grin*
  2. Set filters on incoming emails so they drop right into the relevant folder instead of cluttering your inbox, to be read when you open the folder.
  3. Set a time to go through your inbox each day. Don’t read every email as it comes in all day long.

Here is a snapshot of my email inbox before:

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Yes, I had a problem: 37,406 unread emails PLUS 27,321 read emails sitting in my inbox for a whopping 64,727 total! Yikes! After taking the Mind Organization for Moms course, I worked away at my inbox little by little and had whittled it down to 29,373 unread about a week later PLUS 24,858 read for 54,021. I kept going and got my inbox to zero:

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Tada!

The course I took was Mind Organization for Moms. It also taught me how to get my piles of paper under control and my life organized. It’s based on the Getting Things Done method but tailored to suit busy moms. I highly recommend setting aside some time to go through the course – it’s fantastic! You can check out the Mind Organization for Moms course here.

How many unread emails are sitting in your inbox? Can you beat my old inbox full of 64,727 total emails? Let me know in the comments below!

If you’d like more tips and tricks for getting organized in your home and homeschool, check out my Getting Organized posts on meal planning and problematic kitchen cupboards. And check out posts from the Canadian Homeschool Blogging team at The Canadian Homeschooler for more organizing ideas!

Love, Luck &

Laughter,

Kimberly

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Getting Organized: Meal Planning with Build a Menu

Are you focusing on getting organized in 2016? I am! I started with my kitchen this year. As I shared earlier, I started getting organized by taking care of my problematic kitchen cupboards and decluttering my kitchen day by day using Simply Stacie’s kitchen decluttering calendar. I also shared that my word of the year is CREATE and I am creating beautiful spaces and also creating some yummy meals in the kitchen by diving back into meal planning with Build a Menu and their yummy recipes!

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Getting Organized: Meal Planning with Build a Menu

I will confess, I got out of the meal planning habit so my goal is to get back into it this week. The Build a Menu sale this week is the perfect time to take advantage of Build a Menu’s awesome service.

We’re not talking only suppers here, either. You can meal plan for breakfast, lunch, supper, and snacks with Build a Menu! It’s as easy as 1-2-3. Choose your grocery store (use “any grocery store” if yours isn’t listed), choose your meals (including awesome categories such as Gluten Free, Dine on a Dime, Vegetarian, and more) OR input your own recipes, view and/or print your recipes and calendar complete with shopping list! One of our favourite Build a Menu recipes is the Vegetable Fried Rice. Being able to add your own recipes is awesome, because we all have our family favourites!

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But what if you don’t have time to build your own menu this week? Build a Menu has a solution for that too, the Done-4-You Plan! Pick the category you want and Build a Menu will send you a complete menu and shopping list every Friday! Incredible time saver! I chose the Family Friendly option for my family 🙂 I can’t wait to see what recipes drop in my inbox this Friday!

Click here to check out Build A Menu. If you decide to subscribe, use coupon code BAM12for35 to get a 12 month membership PLUS the Done-4-You plan for free ($82.95 value) for only $35.00 US. That’s less than $2 US per month! The BOGO sale ends January 31st, 2016. Unclutter your mind – get rid of the what’s for supper question. Start meal planning with Build a Menu and their yummy recipes today and meal plan with ease!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Getting Organized: Problematic Kitchen Cupboards

Are you trying to get organized in 2016? I sure am! I am so tired of all this clutter – it clutters my home AND my mind. Every spare chance I get will be devoted to creating beautiful spaces in my home. CREATE is my 2016 word. If you haven’t chosen a word for 2016, get some help choosing a word of the year here. I think the kitchen is a good place to start …

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Getting Organized: Problematic Kitchen Cupboards

We have been living in our current home for several years now. The lazy susan cupboard, pictured above. has been the bane of my existence the whole time. It seemed like a great place to keep all our Tupperware, since it’s so large but Tupperware is so light that everything flew off the spinning shelves and got stuck in behind! Luckily my daughter is still small enough to squeeze most of herself in the cupboard and grab everything that fell in behind the shelving.

We thought about putting canned goods in the lazy susan cupboard because they’re nice and heavy, but we have a nice pantry cupboard for them already. So, we gave the pots and pans a try.

I didn’t take a photo of my lazy susan full of Tupperware (it was embarassing). Here is my ridiculously not organized pots and pans cupboard though (I swear, it’s not all my fault – my 16 year old son doesn’t know how to stack).

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I took everything out of it and tried putting everything in the corner cupboard. It works very well! Nothing flies out because it’s nice and heavy. Just look:

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I still have to figure out the best way to set up the Tupperware in the other cupboard. I’m not quite there yet. I will try to share once it’s all organized.

Don’t forget to get your kids involved in cleaning and decluttering! I couldn’t have done this without my daughter. This is a great way to teach kids how to clean and organize the home – part of home economics! Make it part of your homeschool day.

If you think the kitchen is a good place to start, too, check out Simply Stacie’s 30 Days to a Clean and Organized Kitchen list with just one cleaning/organizing project to tackle per day – what a great list to work through! Start number one today, or start on the day of the month it today when you’re reading this, and get the rest done on the first day of the month – however you want to tackle it. If you miss a day, just catch up or work the next day regardless of the date on the calendar. Crossing each one off will feel so good and at the end you can see all that you’ve accomplished on one page!

Another great way to get organized this month is to check out The Canadian Homeschooler’s Organize Your Home in 20(ish) Days Challenge. Get tips from a real organization expert, ooh! The first challenge of Week 1: Supplies is to corral all your writing implements into containers – I’m off to do that now, wish me luck!

What are you getting organized this month? Do you have a lazy susan cupboard or other problematic cupboard – how do you use it? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &

Laughter,

Kimberly