Organizing with Thirty One

The new year is here and Thirty One has everything you will need to help you get organized this year.  I will be getting a sneak peak of the NEW Spring catalog on Saturday at Product Premiere.  It is always an exciting and fun time, connecting with my Thirty One sisters.  Yes, I squirreled…

Thirty One has been showing their appreciation for you, our customers since mid-December with Weekly Deals.  This is a NEW version of our annual Outlet Sale, the best part is NEW products are added every week.  Some are retired prints and products while others are currently prints and products which may (or may not) be available in the NEW Spring catalog.  Be sure to check them out.  The sale only lasts until January 14th.

I know, what does all of this have to do with organizing, right?  Well, this month we are introducing a NEW product from the Spring line-up: the Your Way Display Bin.  This bin lets you organize the rooms in your house or your closets, pantry or office space. The open design is short in the front and tall in the back for easy access and display. The side handles make carrying the bin and contents a breeze. It is  5″H (front)/7.5″H (back) x 15″W x 12.75″D, the best part is it can be personalized!   Check out the many uses…

Would you like help getting organized while earning FREE and discounted products?  Send me a snapshot (if you aren’t local) of the area you want to get organized, I will make some suggestions – options with and without Thirty One products.  We will schedule a 31-minute Facebook party to show you, your friends and your family how to get organized.  I will share solution sets and tips.  As friends and family place orders, you will be able to get organized with FREE and discounted products?  Easy, right?  I do all of the work and YOU reap the benefits!

As a hostess, you will also have the opportunity to purchase a Stand Tall Bundle which includes another NEW Spring product – the Medium Stand Tall Bin.

If you don’t like FREE stuff, then you can just shop.  Did you know it only takes 6 orders of at least $35 to get some FREE products?  No pressure!  You can shop the Weekly Deals and claim this month’s Customer Special with a $35 purchase…

Next week the Retirement List will be out as well as some sneak peaks of the NEW Spring catalog.  Don’t want to host your own party, join the fun as we “Get Organized” in my Facebook event.

Maybe you are stressing over the upcoming holiday bills or thought about getting a part-time job.  Why not try this “purse gig”?  Whether you are looking for some friendships/sisterhood, some me time or some extra money, Thirty One could be just what you are looking for.  This is a great time to join (believe it or not) as we ramp up for our 15th Anniversary Celebration.  You can earn money during the Weekly Deals, host online parties during the crazy cold weather and make your own hours.  There are currently TWO enrollment kits to pick from and a NEW one coming in the next week or so. Have questions?  ASK!  I’m happy to help you…

So, who is ready to get organized?  Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Prepping to Declutter

Happy Monday!  Everywhere you turn people are looking to declutter their home and their life.  Let’s be honest, we all have too much stuff.  Whether you are a confessed hoarder or just a gatherer – there is plenty of things we can let go of, right?  For some the process is easy.  My daughter used to say when I was in “de-clutter mode” – if you aren’t attached or a have a purpose, you are going.

I would love to say, I am the one who declutters and sells things.  Well, it used to be the case.  Set up at a local flea market, sell things dirt cheap and then donate the rest.  Unfortunately things have changed.  Flea markets are harder to come by and most people are looking on social media to do their shopping.  Now, it just is easier to donate things – to a local cause or to the church rummage sale.

The reality is many of us have a hard time letting go (of anything).   Have you ever thought about “prepping” to declutter?  Let’s face it, decluttering is hard. If it wasn’t we would have done it a long time ago, right?  

I found a great blog post by “Creating My Happiness” with some tips on preparing for our decluttering journey.  With my recent health struggles, I get overwhelmed easily by all the stuff in the house.  I would love minimalism but I am not sure it is for us, but I definitely wanted to get as close to clutter free as we can get.Mental Preparation
Yes, you need to mentally prepare to declutter.  You have to be ready to let go of stuff. I mean it is easy to say “we have way too much stuff” but when we actually have to declutter and toss, we have a hard time making it happen.  We develop attachments to our things, remembering where we got them or who gave them to us. Or are you a “just in case” person?  The one who keeps things around because someday you may need it.

On a sliding scale from 1 to 10, how much stuff do you have; with 1 being completely minimalist and 10 being Hoarders level clutter.  We are probably in the 5 or 6 range in our house.  If I honestly opened all of the drawers and closets.

Now, you know where you are in the scale – where would you like to be?  Be honest about it.    I mean if you are at an 8, you are not going to get to a 2 in just one round of decluttering.  Also, you need to consider if you would be happy living at a 2 with little stuff. For some, it is the stuff which brings them happiness more than it brings them stress.

What to have on hand
You are ready to go.  You have mentally prepared yourself and now you need to make sure you have the tools to help you be successful. Yes, there are tools to decluttering!

Garbage bags. I love the suggestion of having 2 different color trash bags. This way you can use one color for items you’re tossing, and the other for items you are donating. Kristen of We Are That Family. suggests the items we donate should be things we no longer need, but we would use ourselves if we did need them. Having worked the last rummage sale at church, we sale many things people should have just tossed in the trash or recycled like torn clothes, or broken toys.

Cleaning supplies. Yup, you are going to have to clean as you are clearing out stuff.  Dust bunnies have found a home.  Hairballs (the cat sheds like crazy!).  So, make sure you have a vacuum nearby, dusters, and cleaning spray. My new favorite all purpose cleaner is a vinegar/water mix because it gets rid of odors while it cleans.  I was amazed how well this simple solution cleans.

Your phone. No, it is not so you can check social media or get side tracked from you decluttering mission.  You can take pictures of items you want to get rid of, ask if anyone wants them, or sell them in a local tag sale group. The key is to put a time limit on how long you’ll hold on to these things though. Put them all in one spot (or box) so if they eon’t go, you can donate them.  You don’t want to clutter up another spot hanging on to things for others.

Having a moment of indecision?  Not sure what to do about something you have never worn or used given to you by a family member?  Call a friend, let them be your lifeline.  Use your phone so they can remind you, even though you get rid of the ugly sweater, you’re not getting rid of the love or memories of the person who gee it to you.

So who’s ready to declutter! What are your best tips for getting ready to declutter?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

 

How to Organize Your Kitchen

our-kitchenHappy Monday!  I don’t know about you but the kitchen seems to be the hardest spot to keep organized.  Mind you, ours is one of those galley type kitchens in the condo so it doesn’t have much counter space to begin with.  Just one thing out of place and it is like chaos.

For most people, the kitchen and pantry are the most used ares of your home.  This is where family gathers, stuff gets dropped and where friends congregate when they come to visit.  Consequently, it quickly falls into chaos and clutter.

Here are some ideas for keeping the kitchen counters clear and the pantry organized. An organized pantry allows you to see what you have which saves trips to the store, money, and time.

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Bananas are a must have fruit in our house.  So this is a simple fix to keep them off the counter.  I also find they don’t bruise as easily as when they are on the counter.  Separating them does keep them from turning brown longer but makes for a cluttered counter.

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Do you love keeping things together? I hate opening the pantry and having to look around to find snacks. Using Thirty One’s cubes and rectangles allows me to keep similar foods together.  Personalizing the standards like snacks, pasta, etc can be done to keep things neat.  Or, you can use the chalk front and write your own label for those combinations which change frequently.  It makes it easier and faster to cook. Makes It easy to take inventory before I head to the store. Here’s a close-up of the bins:

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You can use them for various boxes of pasta or bags.  Since we are gluten free, I have found most of the pasta is in bags so the bins make it easy to keep the cabinets neat. Canned good are no exception to the keeping like items together rule. Canned goods can go into a bin, just like boxed foods. If you want to clean the shelf, it’s much easier to move one bin than all these cans separately.

storageorganizing24-300x214  I believe food storage lids are some how related to socks. They always seem to go missing for no reason and with no trace. Another alternative to keeping them together, and in a place you can see them, is critical to keeping them where you can use them. This can also be used to pot lids.  You can usually pick up stands like this in the dollar store.

double-duty-caddy Another solution to those pesky lids is Thirty One’s Double Duty caddy.  This handy bag works for craft, mail, car or cleaning storage solutions. It’s a great diaper caddy, too.  Approx. 10 1/2″H x 10″L x 8″D

8631800a Thirty One’s new Hang It Pocket Organizer is great for the kitchen as a command center.  Pockets for papers, keys, gloves or whatever else is tossed on your counter.  Get organized in the mudroom, office or playroom with this five-pocket organizer which can be tied on a door or hung on the wall. Extra-roomy pockets are great for craft supplies, file folders or even kids’ toys. Dimensions: 20″H x 24.75″L

What are some of your favorite tips for keeping your kitchen neat and tidy?  Share them with us…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

 

Organizing in 2017

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Monday morning and it is time to start another week…. or are you one of those people who are off for Martin Luther King Day?

Today, I am going to talk about organizing.  I’m sure there are one or two of you who have it on your New Year’s Resolution list, right?  Honestly, I can be a “hot mess” despite my best efforts to organize. You would think having a business with AMAZING organizational products I would be organized, right?

A two floor condo allows you certain perks – I am sure these are not in the sales brochure. The first floor of my home is always neat with some dust bunnies taking up residence. Most days they feel safe but there are occasions when they should fear for their life.  Things are put away for the most part.  There are certain areas – like the coffee table which has become a tiny office for hubby since I have claimed the lower level of the condo.  He has small, neat, “organized” piles.  The basket of bills in the foyer is now under control with the new system of sorting as the mail comes in the house.  Hubby is a once a month bill payer so the basket gets cleaned out then whether it needs it or not.  We have the “lived in look” as far as decorating.  I believe (finally) people stopping are here to see us not how clean (or messy) our house is, right? A girl can dream…..

Then you go to the second floor which consists of the family room, my office and Belinda’s bedroom. Yes, it will always be her room even though she is grown and married.  Lately, I have been thinking (the first step, right?) on what is the best way to organize the family room AND my office so it works for me and my business.  I mean, I am the one who spends most of their time down there, right? I have an “organized mess”. I know where things are but I am sure the set-up is not efficient and costs me a lot of time when I am looking for something.  Have I described your home or office?  Maybe you have small children or you work from home too.  Whatever the case, there is always room to get more organized.  Of course cleaning out (tossing and donating) stuff too helps.  I am doing it a little bit at a time.

Enter home organization products from Thirty One.  Here are some of our amazing products in various settings:

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Clever uses for our Large Utility Totes… they are not just for the grocery store or for keeping things from rolling around the trunk of the car.  They are also a great way to store thing son shelves – sports equipment, sheets, blankets, towels, beach stuff… you get the picture, right?hero-2

Stand Tall Bins is a great solution for sorting laundry. The Square Storage Bin (retiring as of January 31st) can hold blankets and large pillows in the living room for easy access when the kids (or you) need them.

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Do you have a playroom for the kids or does their bedroom double as one?  Why not try our cubes to hide the “little things” and the NEW Hang It Pocket Organizer for papers and “stuff”.  The Your Way cubes and the Your Way rectangles are in my office to keep all of my “stuff” close and neatly put away.

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Does your pantry need help? The chalk fronts on some of the Your Way Cubes and Rectangles let you mark what is in them and then wipe off and change it to something else.

How have you used our “home organization” products to help your “hot mess”? Share YOUR creative uses for our products and how they have helped to transform YOUR crazy household. Who knows I or others might even be inspired.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Sweet Potato & White Bean Burgers

Thank you  Tasty for today’s recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potato, roasted, peeled
  • 15 oz white bean, 1 can, drained, rinsed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ⅓ cup nutritional yeast
  • ⅓ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • canola oil (I use the spray instead of actual order to save points.
  • chipotle mayo (optional, not included in point total)
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F/180˚C.
  2. In a large bowl, add the roasted sweet potato, white beans, onion, parsley, lemon juice, and seasonings.
  3. Using a potato masher, mash the ingredients until thoroughly mixed together.
  4. Once mashed, add the bread crumbs and mix them in.
  5. In a pan, heat a small amount of oil over medium heat. Add the patties and cook for 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Place patties on buns, and top with chipotle mayo, avocado, and red onion.
  7. Enjoy!

As I start cooking more and more from scratch, I findI need to get organized in the kitchen.  Tossed out the spices which have been there since the age of time and am starting fresh.  Containers instead of bags tossed on shelves makes it so much easier to find things  Organize your pantry so you can find things AND you know what is there.  I am forever buying new stuff because I couldn’t find something.

  

Did you know the Your Way organizing products are the customer special this month at Thirty One?  Check them out at our Facebook “Get Organized in 2018” event for more tips and tricks.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!