Closet Clean Up

January 6th, 2012

With the New Year here, I am sure many of you have goals/resolutions/tasks/jobs set for yourself to complete.

One job I started working on is cleaning out my closet.

This entails pulling anything out of my closet that is on the floor and sorting through the pile, as well as looking throughand sorting each clothing item that is hanging up.

What made this task a little bit better….having a friend there to help sort and share her opinion on clothing!

I tried many things on.
If I wasn’t sure about it, I tried it on.
If I liked it but my friend wasn’t sure, I tried it on.
If I haven’t worn it in a long time, I tried it on.
There were a few items where my friend didn’t even  say a word, I could just tell by the look on her face that she didn’t like something.
So to the consign/Goodwill pile it went.

Honestly, I still have a mess.  The final product has yet to be seen.   :)

Some tips I have picked up along the way or things that I just do….

1.  Use hangers that are all the same color/style. 
For some reason, I feel that having white hangers helps make things more organized.

2.  Look at each piece of clothing. 
Make sure there aren’t any missing buttons or something else wrong with the item.
Also, if your pants or shirt could use a quick press, pull out your iron and ironing board.

3.  Group clothing by type, then by color.
Some people organize their clothes by color only, I like to group mine by type as well.
Camis, tank tops, dress shirts, plain tshirts, long-sleeved shirts, Iowa State clothing, pants/jeans, dresses, casual tshirts.

4.  Every few months, I hang my clothes with the hanger going the wrong way.
This way, after another few months, if the hanger is still the wrong way, that means I haven’t worn it…..so I should get rid of it.
I will admit, I use to have a hard time with that.  But now, I’m ready to clean stuff out!

5.  Put dryer sheets on my shelves, to keep my closet smelling nice.
Who doesn’t want a closet that smells good?

What tips/suggestions do you have for cleaning out and organizing your closet?

I’ll share my completed closet next month, as well as any tips you have to share.

So until then, grab a friend, and help each other clean out and organize your closets!

Still Need a Christmas Gift?

December 14th, 2011

Believe it or not, I think I have all my Christmas gifts purchased!

No, that doesn’t mean they are all wrapped nice and pretty…..or even completed yet!

I need to {start and} finish a tshirt I’m painting for my nephew.

But, if you are in need of a gift for someone in your life, and just aren’t sure what to do,
I have an idea for you.

Check out all of Jen’s free downloads/printables, and design your own gift!

Some ideas……

A new Mom/Dad:
To Do List
Baby Log
Two Week Planner

Meal Planner

The Health Nut!:
Workout Worksheet
Goal Chart

Food Journal
Meal Planner


The Planner:
Meal Planner
Chore Chart
Project Planner
Perpetual Birthday Calendar


The Organizer:
Canister Labels
Organization Labels

Packing Labels {or for storage tubs}
Storage Container Index


The Traveler:

Ultimate Travel Checklist  {This one is one of my favorites!!}

Other Ideas {without links}:

For the Blogger
The Holiday Planner
Or…print one of everything!

Once you print out all the pages you need/want, organize them somehow for that person.
Whether it is in a folder, a 3-ring binder with tabs, spiral bound, or a tear-off notepad…
that will help make the gift complete.

Tip:  Many copy center/printing places are able to spiral bound items or even make them in to notepad form for a small fee.

There are so many freebies/printables out there online.   Go get them!
{If you aren’t sure of where to look, check out Pinterest!
And if you’d like an invite, just let me know.}

So have fun putting together the perfect gift for someone, that won’t break the bank.

The best part with printables, if you save the file to someplace where you will find it again on your computer, you can print out new sheets for the recipient as needed.


Custom iPhone Cover

December 12th, 2011

Over 1 month ago, I finally paid for my first cell phone.
{All the other cell phones I have had, I got them for free.}

I made the hard decision, and got myself an iPhone.  WAHOO!!   :)

Long before the phone ever arrived….well, even before I ordered it….I started looking online for cell phone covers.

I had no idea how many different ones are available, and how hard the decision would be to make to pick just one.

At one point, I was inspired by another blogger who designed her iPhone cover by taking her own picture and uploading it to a site and getting it that way.  After I looked at the site and the costs, I immediately had a different idea in mind.

After a stop by the book store on the campus I work, my idea was put in to action.
I then spent my lunch break crafting.
{I love it when I can do that!}

My idea….get a clear cell phone cover and design my own inserts that I can change out as I want.

Using PowerPoint {because it does a nice job of making ‘pictures’ when I’m at the office} I pulled together some fun digital scrapbook papers and elements and designed my own personal cover……that can be changed in the future.

{The design pictured is actually my second attempt, since I rearranged things because of the wording on the bottom.  I didn’t notice it the first time.}

After I got home, I took a look at the Lost & Found Christmas papers, which are part of Jen’s line.  I had a friend select 4 Christmas papers for me to use, because I couldn’t make up my mind on which ones to use.

To complete your own custom iPhone {or any type of phone for that matter} cover, you will need a CLEAR cover, a digital design or scrapbook paper, a pencil, an exacto knife, and a mat to cut on.

As you can tell in the picture below, I made the digital design much bigger than it needed to be.  I wanted to be sure I had plenty of extra room to work with or mess up.

I traced the cover on to the design, then cut it out.  Cutting out the camera opening served to be the biggest problem for me.

Just be sure that you cut it out the correct way, so that the camera hole will actually match up!  {I messed that up on one of the papers.}

Paper number 1 for the 1st week of December.

Because I have 4 different Christmas papers cut out, I decided that I would change it out every week.

Once Christmas time passes, I will just keep changing up the paper or digital design to what I feel like, as often as I feel I need to.

I think that makes this the best type of cover!

Instead of spending $30-40 per each cover, I spent $20 on one clear cover.

To change it out will be free or just a few cents if I find a fun scrapbook paper.

Another idea would be to insert pictures of your kids {if you have them}, your favorite niece/nephew/pet, scraps of material glued to a piece of paper, etc.

Don’t let the cell phone cover companies limit what you can do with your cell phone.

I think your phone should represent you, not what is available for you to purchase.

Happy Creating!