Monday, December 28, 2015

Favorite Things Party: Favorite Organizational Tools

Happy Monday, Friends!  Before I dive into the last Favorite Things Party of 2015, I wanted to take a minute to talk about the tragic tornadoes that hit Rowlett and Garland - cities not far from where we live.  I'm sure everyone has heard, but about 11 tornadoes ripped through several Dallas suburbs resulting in immeasurable damage and lives lost.  I can't imagine.

Several people have gotten in touch with me to ask about how to help and after talking with a few people I have an answer for you.  Friends of ours, Josh and Courtney, started Mission Regan in 2010 and they're on the ground helping out.


They're currently collecting diapers, formula and baby food and you can get in touch with them HERE to arrange drop-off.  If you're not local, you can donate online at https://www.missionregan.org/partners and put "tornado relief" in the notes.

Also, Mission Regan has a warehouse full of medical supplies that they send worldwide available to people in need - so if you know of someone affected by the tornadoes who needs nebulizers, needles, ostomy supplies, cath supplies, and virtually anything else - get in touch with Mission Regan and they can help fill those needs.


I can hardly believe it's the LAST Favorite Things Party of 2015!  I have so enjoyed sharing lots of favorites with all of you and reading about your favorite things as well. 

For our last party we're talking favorite organizational items and I have a few that I'm excited to share (again!). 

First up are these acrylic drawer organizers.  They're amazingly sturdy and have managed to keep me organized and orderly all year long.  Best part... the 6-section organizer is under $10!!!

(my drawer fit the 6-section next to the 3-section)


Next up are these small flip-top storage boxes.  They're perfect for nail polish, kids toys, markers and other miscellaneous items.  I love that the lids are attached so you (read: kids) can't lose track of them.


I'm also a fan of their larger counterpart ;)  We don't have a playroom, so we store the kids toys in their closets and these are a great size for MagFormers, plastic animals and other sets.


Another favorite organizational tool I use are recycling containers and boxes to organize our craft closet.


I love using candle jars to store small craft supplies.  When the candle is done, I pour boiling water in the jar, wash it out with soap and water (sometimes it requires a little scrubbing) and voila!  Love that they have lids as well.


Last up on my list is my Day Designer.  I was given one to review last spring and I fell in LOVE!  The thick paper, the sturdy cover, the strong tabs - I love it all.


 I'm keeping track of lots of schedules, appointments and to-dos and love that the Day Designer gives me lots of space to write both monthly...


... and daily.  I write down TONS and love having it all in one spot.

(PS - my favorite pens to use are these and these)


And thanks to the lovely Whitney English and other girls at Day Designer I'm giving away one of their mini editions to one of you!  Just in time to get organized for 2016!


There are several ways to enter, so be sure to check them out below!


Last up, Erika and I are switching things up for 2016 and instead of hosting our monthly Favorite Things Parties we're going to be starting new series...


We decided to go with more open-ended topics so everyone could join in and there's really no right or wrong way to participate.  Mark your calendars, girls!


   
    http://www.inlinkz.com/new/view.php?id=593243" title="click to view in an external page.">An InLinkz Link-up
   


Thank you so much to Day Designer for providing me with the mini designer to give away.  Also, this post contained affiliate links which means that if you clicked on a link and purchased an item I may receive a small commission.  THANK YOU!!!

30 comments:

  1. This post makes me want to clean out my closets!! Happy Monday :)!

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  2. Such a pretty planner! Love those black and white stripes! Love!

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  3. I am going to follow along and pick up some organization tricks for 2016!
    I may just be getting old, but the cursive font for the new prompts is kinda hard to read. Maybe you could rewrite it in a different font??
    Happy New Year!

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    1. I was going to make the same request about the font on the 2016 list. Would it be possible to rewrite it bigger and a font with less serifs (like arial or tahoma). Thank you!

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    2. Did y'all click on it to make it bigger? I may enlarge it and see if that helps. THANKS!

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    3. Sorry, hard for me to read the prompts too even when it's enlarged. :)

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  4. Looking forward to the new link up! And I need some of those bins for my kiddos closets !! Have a great week !

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  5. MIND BLOWN with the candle jars as storage containers! Seriously genius!!!!!

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  6. I got the drawer organizers (or similar ones) after reading about them on your blog and they're the best things ever! :) Love the candle jar storage too. Will start saving those jars from now on!

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    1. YAY! So glad you're loving them! Have a wonderful day!

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  7. I followed your advice with the candle jars as containers... love them! I pop the remaining wax out then throw them in the dishwasher... they come out sparkling!

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  8. The tornadoes are so scary and we are definitely praying for all the families. One my my sons had an ostomy bag when he was a baby. We have a lot of supplies leftover. Do you know if mission regan needs any of these supplies? Or should I just contact them?

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    1. If you get in touch with them they'll be able to tell you. Thank you so much!!!

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  9. I love your planner book! I use one but nothing so fancy. I've tried to get with the calendar on my phone but just can't do it. I need to see it! I'm not into a journal so I love to keep them as a wonderful reminder of all the things we have done and places we go. I may need to step it up from the freebie I've used for years!

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    1. I've tried several times to use the phone apps and calendars and such and I just can't!!! Love the idea of keeping them! Thanks, Diana!

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  10. Hi Andrea do you have the link up on here? I can't see any of the bloggers that linked up. Thanks!!

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  11. One more question! Sorry! Did you used to use the Simplified Planner? Which one did you like best if you did?

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    1. Hey! I have used the Simplified before and they're both great. I'm using the Day Designer right now because I like the size and paper thickness. Hope that helps!

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  12. I love this topic but the link up link isn't working. Help!

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  13. I remember you mentioning the candle jar idea from earlier, so I have been doing that since then and that has kept me better organized :)

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  14. I need to pick up those containers for toys! Xavier had taken a liking to Lego's, so I need some good storage for all those tiny pieces!

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