31 Things to Purge This Year

31 Things to Purge This Year

I love purging. Not just the feeling of satisfaction of having more breathing space in my home, but I always find purging to be a wake up call to my spending habits. It helps me realize just how much money I’m “throwing away” on things I end up not using or liking in the end.

If you want to enjoy a calmer home and keep more money in your pocket (because you’ve realized how much you’re wasting!), then I’ve got the perfect list for you! 31 Things you can purge this year. Choose a few or choose all 31 and get to work!

Even if you just choose a few things off this list it will feel so good to lighten up! Most of these things are items none of us need but we hang onto “just in case we need it” and feel panic at the thought of letting them go.

  1. Out of date makeup– It’s just unsafe for your skin and eyes! Toss it out and treat yourself to a new lipstick or eyeshadow!

  2. VHS tapes– If you are still clinging to vhs it’s time to let it go, it’s not coming back.

  3. Old cell phones– Many electronics stores or phone companies have boxes for recycling cell phones and batteries where you can toss them.

  4. Spices that have expired– Check your cupboards and pantry, toss out old spices. Here’s an article with details about how long spices last.

  5. Non working electronics– If you haven’t dropped off the stereo or dvd player to be fixed and have no immediate plans to do so, just get rid of it.

  6. Old stretched out bras– Keep those comfy old jogging pants but stretched out bras are not doing you any favors.

  7. Plastic bags– While it is handy saving your grocery store bags for other uses, we all wind up with an excess of them that we just don’t need.  Toss them in the recycling.

  8. Ragged towels and washcloths– If they can be upcycled for cleaning rags, cut them up into small pieces and find a new home for them. Otherwise get them out of there. Treat yourself to a new set if needed.

  9. Clothes that don’t fit– Clothes more than onr size too small/too big should be donated or sold in a garage sale.

  10. Unused or duplicate kitchen utensils– 6 wooden spoons? 3 meat mallets? Unopened egg poacher? Clean it all out of those drawers!

  11. Books– If you have read it and won’t read it again or you didn’t like it then it’s time to clean off your shelves and nightstand.

  12. Single Earrings– If it has been in the jewelry box for a year with no mate, chances are it will always be a single, go ahead and set it free.

  13. Single Socks– When you are all caught up on your laundry go through your odd sock basket and match up, get rid of any without mates.

  14. Unloved toys– Donate or toss toys as needed. After the holidays kids have an excess and this is a great time to purge.

  15. Unused sports equipment– Ice skates from lessons from two years ago that have never been picked up again? Donate them. Dry basketball? Toss it!

  16. Items that don’t belong to you– If you have a spot that houses casserole dishes, borrowed books, etc waiting to be returned to friends and family that you borrowed from,  go ahead and return it all asap!

  17. Paperwork– Junk mail, old bills, or other out of date filing. Grab an inexpensive paper shredder or toss them in the fire.

  18. Odd storage containers– You know that cabinet with plastic bowls that have no lids or lids that have no bottoms? Get in there and toss out mismatched pieces.

  19. Old linens– While towels may be cut down and used for rags in the garage, other items like sheets that either don’t fit or won’t be used on current beds, excess comforters (keep one spare) etc, can be purged.

  20. Blurry photos– If you have a box full of family photos through the years remove and toss the really bad ones, if that is the only one you have for an event you might keep it but otherwise just keep the best of the best.

  21. Ink Cartridges– If you have a stockpile of old empty ink cartridges you can find somewhere local to recycle or many places like Staples let you use them for credit towards new ones.

  22. Freezer items– Freezer burnt, well past their date, inedible or unappealing food should be tossed!

  23. Dried up pens– Take 5 minutes to go through the mug of pens on the desk or wherever else you keep them, test them all on paper quick and throw out the ones that are dried up or leaking.

  24. Manuals– I used to be one that kept every single manual/instruction book for every piece of equipment i owned, I had a drawer full of them and rarely ever needed to look at them.  Then I realized that I could find them on the manufacturer’s website should I ever need them and I tossed those suckers out!

  25. Spare change– Unless you are saving up for something really big, It’s time to grab that change jar, clean out  couch cushions, get that pile on the dryer and turn it all in. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi or a new top!

  26. Craft supplies– Take an afternoon to go through them and donate items you won’t use in the next couple of months to a Children’s program or somewhere else that could use them.

  27. Paint– Do you have a garage shelf full of paint that you keep just in case? If it’s just for touch ups pour some into a small mason jar with a lid to keep. Otherwise dispose of it properly

  28. Personal care items– Old perfumes, lotions,and shampoo bottles with 2” left in the bottom-get them out of the bathroom for good.

  29. Cards– Get in your wallet or purse and purge out customer loyalty, rewards cards, empty gift cards and the like.

  30. Pet toys– Toys that are shredded, dirty, and unplayed with should be tossed, just like kids toys they need to be purged and occasionally replaced.

  31. Boxes– Do you have a big collection of boxes somewhere, either packaging or packing boxes for another just in case? Clear them out and make room.

Anything else that you would add to the list? Did you get any good ideas for a starting place?

No Spend Challenge: Time to Declutter

I don’t know about you, but every time I do some sort of no spend challenge, I get the urge to declutter and organize. Maybe it’s my way of occupying my time instead of thinking I have to be in a store. What ever the reason, I love the feeling I get after  I finish a good purge. Really makes me consider why I want to buy anything new for the house.

Several of you have mentioned in the Simply Frugal Community that you have already started organizing without my prompting and I think that is so excellent!

I’ve actually done quite a bit of decluttering already (in December) because we were going to list our house for sale. I think thanks to our efforts, it sold really fast! As in, we listed it on a Friday, had a showing on Sunday, then an offer on Monday. Blew us away with how quickly everything went!

On that note, this week, we’re going to spend some time decluttering, organizing and cleaning!

I just don’t see the need in keeping or moving anything that we still won’t use, just because our house is bigger. Saves the hassle of packing it up!

Rather than following a set list of tasks, I’m going to list out a whole bunch of suggestions for areas/things you can declutter. Pick what speaks to you! Choose one, or choose a bunch!

  • Organize Coupons
  • Organize/Purge Toys
  • Organize Purses
  • Organize Board Games
  • Put Away Christmas Decorations
  • Organize Craft Supplies
  • Organize/Purge Footwear
  • Organize/Purge Books
  • Purge Clothes
  • Organize Bathroom Cupboards
  • Organize Nightstands
  • Organize Electronics (cords, batteries…etc)
  • Clean Under Beds
  • Tidy Desk/Organize Digital Photos
  • Refill Spices (wipe bottles)
  • Work on Filing System, Shred Papers
  • Clean Fridge and Freezers
  • Organize/Clean Pantry Cupboards
  • Organize Office Supplies
  • Tidy/Purge Linens (Sheets, Towels)
  • Organize Recipes

As I start packing up our stuff for the move, I’ll be going through everything. But this week, I really want to try to get my filing and recipes in order!

Tomorrow, look for a post outlining 31 items you can purge right away. You know, in case you just need a list telling you exactly what you don’t need to hang on to any more. 🙂

I’d love to know what you will be working on this week? Let me know in the comments below!

Christmas Decoration Storage Inventory Printable

Christmas decoration storage inventory printable

Well, Christmas is finished for another year. You may be thinking of taking down all your decorations but dreading the mess that your storage area becomes. Or what about next Christmas when you can’t find the specific decorations you’re looking for?

Look no further, I’ve got you covered with this handy Christmas Decoration Storage Inventory printable! Simply print out a page or two (depending on how many boxes you have) and get to work filling the paper out as you put away decorations. Label the boxes with the corresponding number that you have marked on the papers. For example, on the paper, box #1 includes all the Christmas lights. Be sure to label the actual box with #1 too!

Print your Christmas Decoration Storage Inventory printable here.

Free Printable 2017 Weekly Household Planner

Here’s a GREAT freebie from The Confident Mom! It’s a FREE printable 2017 weekly household planner!  If you are a day planner user you’ll want to check out this free (and pretty!) 2017 planner!  You receive two versions with your download: a ‘blank’ version and a ‘just tell me what to do’ version.

If you’d like to build a complete home management binder, you can also purchase a special supplement pack for only $7.00.

The Weekly Household Planner Supplement includes the following digital fill-in forms:

Master Family Planner. Keep track of the entire family’s activities on a daily/weekly basis all in one convenient place.
Special Occasion Calendar/Gift Planner. You’ll always be prepared for the next birthday or special occasion.
Holiday Gift Planner Worksheet. Keep track of your holiday shopping list and purchases and what still needs wrapped or delivered. Never forget that well-hidden gift again!
Babysitter Information Form. This form makes it easy to provide your sitter with all the information he or she needs so you can relax and enjoy your time away.
Quick Contacts. Helps you keep important emergency contacts available for easy reference when you need them in a hurry as well as frequently used numbers.
Family Emergency/Medical Information Form. Record your family’s medical and insurance information on this form—it will be easy to find and share with those that need it.
Website/App List for Kids. An easy way your kids can list the websites they want to visit, or apps or songs they want to buy. This gives you a chance to review first and make sure the content is age appropriate!
Website/App List for Me. A place to record websites you want to visit or apps you want to buy during your downtime.
Account Keeper Sheet. Keep track of online accounts, including usernames and passwords. Never get locked out of your account again!
Household Maintenance Log. Record when you did routine maintenance items, such as changing your furnace filter.
Special Occasion Reminder Chart. To help you plan card gifting for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.
Gifts Received List. Record gifts received which also creates a log for thank-you cards you need to send.
Let’s Plan a Party Form. Keep track of party planning details such as guest list, menu, party favors, and activities.
Blessings For Your Home. Because everyone needs some daily inspiration.
Weekly Menu Planner/Shopping List. So you arrive at the store prepared and don’t over-purchase.
NEW—Track Donations. Make tax time easier when you write down all your donations on one form for the year.
NEW—Freezer/Pantry Inventory. Helps with meal planning and also saves you from purchasing something you already have on hand.
NEW—Multi-Store Shopping List. Get rid of all those little sticky notes and scraps of paper! List all your shopping list items for different stores on one organized form.
Monthly Bill Schedule. Never miss a payment again when you record your monthly bills and payments on this new form!
Bible Bookmarks. Use these monthly reading bookmarks with suggested reading each day of the month, enabling you to read the entire bible in a year.

The printable 2017 planner is free, but you can add the supplemental home management forms (which are editable) for only $7.00!

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: Order Christmas Cards

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: Order Christmas Cards

It’s about this time of year when I really start to get excited about the Christmas season.  I get a bit of an urge to turn on the Christmas carols and swap out my fall decor for some winter decorations.  Also, have you seen Pinterest lately?  This is the time of year when amazing Christmas stuff gets pinned!

Alas, it’s so easy to get carried away dreaming about all the projects you want to do.  Adding too many crafts, baking and activities can be overwhelming!

Every year I struggle with wanting to make all sorts of neat things to feature on Simply Frugal.  But the reality is, I have limited time with a two very busy little girls underfoot and other responsibilities to deal with.  So any project I do accomplish has to be simple and quick.  Preferably something I can do in about an hour, including picture taking!

All this to say, you don’t have to pack your schedule full of Christmas activities, baking, crafting and shopping in order to have a festive and memorable season.

This is why I’m breaking down the steps to an organized Christmas by one task a week.  It’s good to have direction and a plan in place!  I know without a plan, I become quite scatterbrained! 😛  8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas is about creating a more relaxed Christmas season with just the right amount of extra projects and activities.

Here’s this week’s task:

Order Christmas Cards

Now, I realize that many of you are not likely to order custom Christmas cards but for those of you that do, now is a great time to do so!  Custom Christmas cards can take a while to arrive in the mail and if you want them to be sent out to friends & family in a timely fashion, I’d get on it this week. 🙂

Here are a few designs I love, along with some deals!

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Vistaprint Canada has a great selection and currently offering their Christmas cards at 50% off for a limited time with the coupon code CHRISTMAS.

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Shutterfly usually has some great coupon codes going that should save you a bundle on high quality cards!

Pink dot Design has a wonderful selection of Christmas cards!

Etsy also has a ton of shop owners who create beautiful custom cards and templates!

If you aren’t the type to order custom cards you can of course buy a set of boxed cards and add a photo and a letter if you wish!  That’s what I’ll be doing this year.  I bought a box of cards last year on clearance so I’ll be sticking in our family photo and hand delivering to friends and mailing to out of town family.

Oh, and I’ve got a post telling you how you can create your own FREE custom photo cards.  You won’t want to miss it!

This week along with ordering/buying Christmas cards, take care of these tasks as well:

  • buy stamps, envelopes, if necessary
  • write Christmas letter, if desired
  • put family photos inside, if desired

Do you send out Christmas cards each year?

Here are the posts in the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series so far:

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: Plan your Holiday Calendar

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: Plan Your Holiday Calendar

There are so many fun things to do throughout the Christmas season.  Gingerbread house making, caroling, Christmas plays, cookie exchanges, dinner parties, Christmas light looking, craft making and even holiday movie watching.  There is so much to do, there may not be enough time to do it all!

Why won’t you be able to do everything you want to do?  Well, because there’s grocery shopping, laundry, dinner making and everyday life stuff that still has to happen!

This is where planning comes in really handy.  After all, life is busy, and it’ll be hard to get the fun things on the schedule if you don’t plan ahead.

Here are the steps to take if you want to do a lot of fun holiday things this year:

Grab your Calendar

First of all, grab your calendar and mark down all the things you know will be happening regardless of the holidays.  Doctor’s appointments, school activities, office parties…etc.

Talk as a Family

Next, you’ll want to gather the family to discuss all the activities each of you want to do.  Sledding? Cookie decorating party? Christmas play watching?  Brainstorm to your heart’s content.  Make sure to write down all the Christmas movies you want to watch and even the crafts you want to do. (I have a cool Holiday Bucket List included in the Holiday Planner that’s available in the new Simply Frugal store that should come in handy!)

Prioritize

Since there are likely more ideas than time, take a look over the calendar again and plan for the activities you can realistically accomplish.  Even with the regular everyday life stuff added in.

Back to the Budget

Before you get carried away with grandiose plans, go back to your budget.  What did you allot for fun?  The case may be that you’ll have to save some activities for future years.

Fill in your Calendar

Now fill in your calendar with all the activities that you can set in stone. Buy those concert tickets and finalize plans with friends, then put them on the calendar.  Make sure to allow for some quiet nights/days at home!

Holiday activities are supposed to be fun so don’t stress about doing everything.  Just make a point of doing the things you want to do instead of wishing they would happen. Planning in advance will make the season more relaxing.

I’d love to know, what’s one thing you’ll be adding to your calendar this year?

Sign up for the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas newsletter to receive a FREE Christmas Dinner Checklist!  This checklist is quite detailed and will help you remember all the details needed for a memory filled dinner with family and friends. You’ll also receive a weekly email with each week’s “task”.

Here are the posts in the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series so far:

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas

What the Heck is a Bullet Journal and How Can it Help Me?

Bullet Journal ideas - What is a bullet journal and how can it help me?

If you are on Pinterest at all you have undoubtedly seen Bullet Journals.  Maybe you have looked into them a bit, maybe not. I am going to assume for the sake of this post that you are intrigued but haven’t given it much research.

If you find the rigidity of common planners is just too hard to maintain and stick with, you may find that a bullet journal, in its simpleness, is better suited to you. Read on and find out just what the heck a bullet journal is and if it’s the planner system you have been looking for.

Bullet Journals were created by Ryder Carroll of bulletjournal.com and you can find out some additional info by checking out his site.  Originally they were more utilitarian and then this community just sort of… exploded, people who wanted to use the simplicity of a bullet journal but add a touch of art and color to their pages.  Bullet journals are a system of notes, lists, brainstorming,  calendars, etc… Much more fluid than your typical planner,  the bullet journal system allows you to create a layout that works for you and also make it beautiful!

What do you need to get started? All you need to start is a journal and a pen, where you go from there is up to you. You can grab packs of wonderfully fluid pens in every shade of the rainbow for writing and sketching, stickers and washi tape that the bullet journal community love to use for making their pages pop. The creativity in your book, even if you are not an artist makes you look forward to writing your lists and checking items off every day.

The one rule of bullet journals as they are is …there are no rules. This is your book, and instead of making your style fit the book, it can be designed to suit you.

But, to help you get started I recommend you at least…

Decide how you want to use it– However, this may change as you make it your own. Do you want to divide up work and home into boxes? Use the front of each page as a calendar and the back as a task list?

Start with a key page – A list of symbols to note items that are completed, pushed back, high priority, etc.. These symbols can be used

Make an index– To quickly reference and find your various sections like daily schedules, lists, and monthly goals.

Grab some supplies to make it fun– Below I have a few fun items you may want to really get creative with your bullet journaling. Keep them all together in a pretty basket or bag.

Here are some of my favorite Bullet Journal items:

The Journal

Dotted journals are the most popular notebook option for Bullet journaling. The dots allow for plenty of artistic freedom but give you a hint of lines for making boxes or other shapes.

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The Pens

Pretty ink just makes it more fun to write out those mundane lists and goals! You can use just black but colors are just so inviting. I like these pens.

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The Washi

Let me caution you, pretty washi tape can quickly become a bit of an addiction. You can find it in every color, theme, and size you would hope for. I use it across the top or sides of my pages for color and also to separate sections on each page.

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Bullet journaling can help you get your life organized. Everything from your weekly menus to school meetings without the fuss and structure of a box planner. You may find you fill up your journal quickly using it daily or you may just use a couple pages per week. Either way it’s your bullet journal so make it work for you.

Are you a bullet journaler? I would love to hear your favorite tips and tricks below in the comments.

35 Things to Get Rid of Now

35 Things to Get Rid of Now

While you may think you have nothing left to donate or throw out if you're in the midst of a purge, here are 35 things to get rid of now.

It always amazes me how much stuff we can accumulate. How is it that despite many of us being on a tight budget these days, we still manage to be overrun with too much stuff? There’s a reason the tiny house craze and the concept of living with less are appealing to so many. While you may think you have nothing left to donate or throw out, here are 35 things to get rid of now.

1) That pile of stuff “to be repaired” (You know, the broken items you are honestly never going to get around to fixing, including ripped clothes.)

2) That other pile of stuff “to be repurposed” (If you don’t have a specific project in mind, toss it.)

3) Old receipts, statements, paper clutter (Invest in a shredder and get rid of any papers past their prime.)

4) Expired coupons

5) Old batteries (Don’t just throw them in the garbage. Check out Call2Recycle.ca.)

6) Old magazines, catalogs, newspapers, and newsletters

7) Things that don’t fit (Including ill-fitting bras, maternity clothes and children’s clothes, too)

8) Things you are hanging on to because of guilt (Ugly gifts from family members…)

9) Old cell phones

10) Old pet stuff (Unless you definitely plan to get another pet in the near future, donate these items to your local animal shelter.)

11) Expired medication (Drop these off at your nearest pharmacy, where they’ll make sure to dispose of them properly.)

12) Expired cosmetics and skincare

13) Nearly empty cosmetics and skincare products

14) Wrong cosmetics and/or skincare for your skin type (Including samples and free gifts with purchase that you’ve collected over time)

15) Period underwear (Girl, get some black underwear and toss those ugly ones!)

16) Too many clothes for the wrong season (Do you own 10 bathing suits, but only swim a handful of times? Do you have 5 pairs of snow boots, but live in a rainy climate?)

17) Outdated clothes that you can’t even salvage as a costume (If they’re not funny enough for Halloween, but too funny for everyday wear, it might be time to donate them.)

18) Jewelry you dislike, is broken, or tarnished.

19) Shoes that stink, are worn out, or uncomfortable (When’s the last time you wore them?)

20) Toxic cleaning products. (Find out how I clean our whole house without harsh chemicals, here.)

21) Unnecessary kitchen items (We all have space-wasters that we never actually use, including, but not limited to gravy boats, fine china, strange gadgets, multiples, and too many cookbooks.)

22) Expired food

23) Food that you won’t eat before it expires (Take these to your local food bank or soup kitchen before it’s too late.)

24) Home décor (including art) that doesn’t express who you are or doesn’t bring you joy

25) Scratchy or uncomfortable throw pillows and blankets

26) Children’s art in excess (Take pictures of them for a digital scrapbook instead of filing away mass quantities of finger paint masterpieces.)

27) Children’s toy’s in excess (If they aren’t age appropriate, are missing pieces, are no longer being played with, books that have ripped pages, or are all used up, it’s time to let them go!)

28) Baby stuff (If you are done having babies, if the items may change by the time you have another one, if they won’t last, if they can be repurchased secondhand for cheap instead of storing them for years…give them to someone who will benefit from them now.)

29) Defunct art & craft supplies (If the supplies are dried up, smell funny or you just have too much of a certain item. Ask yourself whether you even scrapbook/knit/etc. anymore.)

30) Excess office and school supplies (These can be donated to a teacher in your community.)

31) Outdated calendars and planners

32) Damaged luggage and excess bags (Totes, free-with-purchase makeup bags and beach bags)

33) Rusty or moldy patio furniture

34) Broken pots, damaged hoses and any other yard items that have seen better days

35) Anything cardboard (It attracts bugs, so find a different material to store your things in.)

Want a handy dandy printable checklist that you can use as you’re going through your things? Download it here:

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Organize Every Closet in Your Home in a Weekend

Organizing projects can seem daunting, but if you stay on task and don’t let time get away from you, you can at least tackle the closets in your house by the time the weekend is up. While you may need to enlist a friend to be the objective voice of reason (as to whether to keep or toss something), it can be done!

Here’s how to Organize Every Closet in Your Home in a Weekend:

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Start with the bedroom closets.

In each bedroom closet, you’ll need to go through the contents and sort each into like piles (clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.). You’ll also want to make a few other piles for items to donate, return to original owner, or toss. Deciding what gets the ax can be hard, and is the most time-consuming part of the whole process. If you just can’t do it, assume you are keeping it all and organize it! Next, you’ll want to hang everything by category (tops, bottoms, dresses, etc.). Keep in mind that if you hang everything on the same style of hanger, the clothes will line up evenly, which matters aesthetically, but also keeps clothes wrinkle-free. Keep all of your shoes in one place, whether that’s a hanging organizer or a shoe rack. Some people use a cubby system, while others use clear plastic boxes. Whatever floats your boat! Be sure to save room for accessories, hats, gloves, scarves and even jewelry. Use containers to keep them wrangled in one place, or hang hooks on the wall, if room allows.

Move onto the bathroom linen closet.

This is a closet that I highly recommend you take the time to sort, toss and donate from. It’s typically a tight space, so why waste precious real estate on expired medicines and cosmetics, or stained linens? Once you have the items you are going to keep, designate a first aid container and label it so that anyone visiting your home can access these items in an emergency. Keep cosmetics together and group them into containers based on what they are (This includes bath, body, and hair products.) If you have the wall space, hang blow dryers, curling irons and flat irons. You could also designate a heat-safe shelf for setting these items after use. Fold all of your linens as similarly as possible and as compactly as possible. I like to roll our towels.

Next, tackle the kids’ closets.

You’ll handle these the way you handled the other bedroom closets with a few additions. Stack any games or puzzles that live in the closet by size and put any other toys that would normally end up in there inside of containers on the top shelf. Depending on the size of the closet, you can put a large, plastic tote on the bottom for outgrown items that you plan to hand down to another child, or you could set up a cubby shelf for toy, book, shoe or accessory storage.

Finally, organize that pantry!

Sort the items into categories and set aside foods you intend to donate. Check the dates on everything. You have to make sure all food, including spices, are still good. To really get on top of your kitchen organization game, use matching containers (either labeled or clear) to house cereal, pasta, rice, flour, sugar, coffee and other items of this nature. If you have workout supplements, baby items or pet supplies, be sure to separate them into different spaces.

Now exhale! While your house may still have clutter to handle, you can focus on those areas another weekend, knowing at least there are no skeletons left in your closets!

If you’re struggling to organize your clothing, this post that outlines 7 ways to pare down your clothes should really help!

Organize every closet in your home in a weekend? It can be done! Here's the step by step to making that organizing task less daunting.

21 Awesome Planners to Inspire You Now

Love a great planner? Here are 21 awesome planners to inspire you now!

I’m must confess. If I could, I would buy all the pretty planners out there. Just the idea of having all my to-do’s and ideas in one place gets practical old me really excited. Now don’t get me wrong, I do actually own a planner of my own and I love it. In fact I buy the same one year after year. It’s a Blueline Daily planner like this one, but it doesn’t have time slots and I purchase it in-store at Staples. I love that I have an entire page devoted to one day. I can jot down my to-dos, appointments, reminders, menu plan, shopping list and even my ideas!

If you’re a planner geek like me but haven’t quite found “the one” yet, this round up is sure to help you find something that will work for you!

Here are 21 Awesome Planners to Inspire You Now:

  1. Chalk It Up Softcover Planner (Monthly planner, July 2016 to June 2017)
  2. Botanical Garden by The Happy Planner (Monthly planner, July 2016 to June 2017)
  3. Believe You Can LifePlanner by Erin Condren (Available in 12 and 18 months)
  4. Floral Spiral Planner by Kate Spade (Monthly planner, August 2016 – December 2017)
  5. Marble Blonde Agenda by ban.do (17 months)
  6. Color Me by Simplicity Planner (Monthly planner, July 2016 to June 2017)
  7. Bohemian planner by Blueline (Weekly, July 2016 to July 2017)
  8. Gold Dots large planner by Kate Spade (Monthly, August 2016 – December 2017)
  9. Pop Art by Vera Bradley (Monthly & weekly, July 2016 to December 2017)
  10. EPIC BLOG: One-Year Editorial Planner (Monthly calendar)
  11. Hello Kitty Softcover Planner (2017)
  12. Make It Happen Printable College Student Planner by Brilliant Business Mom (2016-2017)
  13. Peter Pan Leatherbound Planner by Storybook Journals (Monthly planner, July 2016 to June 2017)
  14. The Brilliant Life Planner by Brilliant Business Mom
  15. Bella Planner by Kimaani Studio (2016 complete planner bundle)
  16. Black Spotty Dot by Day Designer Mid-Year Flagship Edition (Monthly, June 2016 to May 2017)
  17. Get to Work Book (Monthly, July 2016 to June 2017)
  18. 2017 Desktop by Rifle Paper Co. (Monthly & weekly, August 2016 to December 2017)
  19. Fancy Floral Simplified Planner by Emily Ley (Monthly, August 2016 to July 2017)
  20. Birds & Bees Blush Limited Edition by Passion Planner (Monthly & weekly, 2017)
  21. The Living Well Planner by Living Well Spending Less (Undated)

I’d love to know, do you have a favourite planner?