Organized Charm

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Best Organizing Blogs 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a list of my favorite organizing blogs. And, I have to say, I’m pretty loyal to my favorites! However, thanks to Pinterest, I’m always finding new and awesome blogs that help keep life clean and tidy!

Here are a few of my recent favorites!

Laura’s Plans 

Creating Organization Solutions for Moms

What drew me to this blog was her post on organized kids’ art spaces. I LOVE her use of storage: shelves, cubbies, pails. And  that everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) is labeled!  I’ll be so excited when our little one is big enough to have his very own art space! :)

Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body 

Design a Home & Life You Love

Aside from her obvious sense of humor, what I love about this blog is that there are SO MANY great organization ideas and posts! She does a lot of round-ups of favorite ideas/products, which always look fantastic! Also, there is a lot of design advice for after you get everything organized! 

Sarah M. Dorsey Designs

Interior Designer, DIYer, Graphic Designer

This girl is good! Like, really good. Her blog is full of design ideas, DIY projects, and other great home organization and d├ęcor projects! She moves a lot, so she’s always got fresh new ideas about how to decorate the spaces in her home! 

Hopefully, these blogs will provide you with enough inspiration to finish up (or start) your summer projects! If you’re looking for more organization blogs to follow, check out my Organization Ideas board on Pinterest! It’s always full of new ideas from great bloggers! 

Happy organizing! :) 

What are some of your favorite organization blogs? I’m always looking for more, so please list them below!! 

Follow @OrganizedCharm on Instagram for daily organization inspiration! 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Best Academic Planners for 2017-2018

Even though I’m an adult living in adult-world, I’m still a teacher, which means that I still use academic planners! They just work so much better for my life than a traditional January-December spread would.

Right now, I’m using a pretty Karen Adams Designs agenda. I still have my Passion Planner, but I’m not using it quite as much now that school’s out. I’m lucky if I have one thing scheduled each day (#teacherproblems). 

After quite a bit of "research", I ultimately went with the Plum Paper Planner (more on that later)! However, here are the top three others I had it narrowed down to and why! 

Here are my favorite 2017-2018 academic planners! 

Lilly Pulitzer Agenda

What I Like About It:

  • Let’s start with the obvious: It’s pretty! Who wouldn’t get excited about seeing their plans surrounded in colorful Lilly artwork?
  • Tabs: I’m a HUGE fan of monthly tabs! They make planning so much easier!
  • Stickers: The Lilly Stickers are so cute and add a lot of happiness to your traditional monthly layout.
  • Size Choices: With four size choices, it’s easy to choose the one that works best for you, whether you want to keep it on your desk or carry it around with you all day!


Passion Planner

What I Like About It:

  •  Durable: The faux leather cover keeps your planner safe, even when it’s buried deep in your purse!
  • Blank and Grid Sheets: “I’ll never use all these extra sheets!” I thought when I got my first Passion Planner. Ha! I keep so many lists back there that it’s ridiculous!
  •  Monthly Reflection Pages: We know that we should be reflecting on ourselves all the time, but it can be hard to remember! A reflection page follows each monthly spread, keeping you always striving to be your best and brightest self!
  • Daily Plans: The 30-minute intervals keep me on track. They also keep me from overscheduling myself (like I like to do). It’s so easy to block out time (and to see large blocks of wasted time)!

The Preppy Geek Planner

What I Like About It:

  • Customizable Weekly Spread: My all-time favorite planner had this feature and I still miss it! Type six different areas of your life (classes, kids, etc.) to keep everything on track each week!
  • Editable: Type in your own plans, use your own fonts, write your own reminders. There is just something more professional-looking about typing out your plans!
  • Printable: Some people don’t like planners that you print and bind yourself. However, I do because you put them in whatever order you want and eliminate pages you don’t need!
  • Bright Colors: It’s not hard to get me to spend my money… just show me some bright colors and I’m asking where to put my credit card information!

Of course, there are hundreds of academic planners out there! These are just the three that I found the most exciting (today)! I am always on the lookout for the best planners each season!

The more you plan, the more you achieve, right?! :) 

Any tips for finding planners? Do you have a favorite academic planner? Would you recommend it to others? Why or why not? 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

7 Ways to Declutter Your Life This Month

Can you believe it’s already July?

Wait. Was that dramatic enough? Let me try it again…


Is it just me or is time really flying by lately? 

People told me this would happen when I got older

I really like to think of the beginning of each new month as a fresh start and an opportunity to clear a few more things in my life to neutral. 

Since school starts back next month (yay!), I am spending July focusing on habits and developing better ones. A good rule is to have a definite "clear to neutral" action at the end of each of your daily habits/routines. 

For example: After you finish working on your computer, close all of your windows and clear any saved documents off of your desktop. 

By adding that ending task of closing windows and clearing the desktop, you are ensuring that you will be clear-headed and focused the next time you turn on your computer to get to work! (well… at least it’s a start!)

Here are the 7 Clear to Neutral habits I’m working on for the new school year!

After Using Personal Computer...

-Take action on or file any items left on desktop
-Create folders for any lingering documents/photos on desktop
-Go through folders and make subfolders if needed

After Using Wallet...

-File/Toss any old receipts 
-Clear out change
-Throw out old/used gift cards

After Using Home Work Space...

-Clear off desk
-Throw away/recycle any old papers
-Make sure all office supplies have a home (and put them there!) 

After Using Work Computer...

-Take action on any items left on desktop
-Place all documents on desktop in appropriate folder
-Create subfolders for any overcrowded folders

Before Leaving Email Inbox...

-Unsubscribe from unwanted email lists
-Delete ALL advertiser emails in inbox
-"Star" any emails that require action steps

Before Leaving Work...

-Make a “to-do” basket and put work for tomorrow in it
-Put away/toss every other item on desk
-Create tomorrow's "to-do" list

After Doing Laundry...

-Wash, fold, organize clean items
-Put any out of season items in storage bin
-Clear off hooks/surfaces in laundry area

Those are the habits I'm working on starting in July (so that hopefully they'll be second nature during the school year)! 

If you need help thinking of what to "clear to neutral", use this list OR look around and find areas that are stressing you out/causing too much friction in your own life! This is a great way to give yourself a nice, fresh start to the new month! 

And give yourself a head start on keeping your life together (somewhat) once school starts back! :) 

What are some areas that you’re going to focus on? By the way, do you have a great system for keeping your computers clean and clutter free? (Asking for a friend). Please share all your organization secrets below! 

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