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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Organizing Inspiration and a Sale!

I'm always trying to get organized. Always

Usually, fairly unsuccessfully.

However, since starting this blog, I have had a few successful organizing projects like the kitchen pantry (that was a big job) and my school lunch station (a simple project, but still in use today).

Since this is always one of my New Year's resolutions, I decided to get a jump start and get some organizing projects done before then end of 2012.

My Wish List To Do List:

1. Entry Closet (currently used to house all of our board games and a bunch of other really important stuff junk), since we really don't need a coat closet here in AZ, I will continue to keep our games in there, but also want to use it to hold the vaccum, brooms, steam mop which are all currently taking up space in the pantry.

2. Hall Closet (I guess this is kind of like an entry closet too, since you see it upon entering the front door and our entry closet is more like a coat closet). This is a big project, but I plan to make this into one of those closet turned mud rooms I see all over pinterest.

Like this:

3. Linen closet (currently a heaping pile of blankets, towels, sheets - a total mess). We took the doors off this closet a while ago b/c they are those awful accordian doors (like the ones on my pantry - yes, replacing those is still on my list. So, now our unorganized linen closet is open for all to see. It's lovely.

Since I have recently become a Thirty-One Consultant (check my side bar to check out my website and facebook page), I am so excited to see all the organizing ideas people come up with for Thirty-One products!

For all of you scrapbookers and other crafters, this Large Utility Tote is perfect for holding your Cricut or Silhouette machines:

I do not have one of these machines, but I do have a ton of cake decorating supplies that this bag would be perfect for. People also use this bag in their trunk to hold groceries, making the trip into the house much easier after shopping. These Large Utility Totes were also being carried around on HGTV's Dina's Party:


I used my Large Utility Tote all summer as our pool bag. I kept our beach towels, goggles, sunscreen, pool toys etc. all ready to carry to the pool.

For my linen closet, I plan to use these Large Utility Totes to store extra blankets and pillows that I currently keep up high in the closet, but always seem to get unfolded or become unruly looking.

Something like this, but only on the top shelf:

Check out this pantry:

Here are some super cute ideas for the bathroom:

Love the tissue holder! Those would be great teacher gifts too since they are always asking for tissues for their classroom.

Speaking of great teacher gifts:

This bag would also make a nice diaper bag or baby shower gift:

I am totally using this bag for my cleaning supplies. I currently have a plastic tote made for holding cleaning supplies, but it is not tall enough, so some of the bottles seem to want to tip out of the bucket, it also does not hold everything the way this bag does:

Go check out A Bowl Full of Lemons blog, she did a whole post on how she uses these totes.

And if I ever have a home office....

Right now, a mobile office is more my speed:

If I had stairs, I love this idea:

So here is where the sale comes in. Yes, I did mention SALE at the beginning of this post.

In the month of October, for every $31 you spend, you can get one of 5 different bags for 50% off including the Organizing Utility Tote from this post (as well as the Super Organizing Tote and the Retro Metro Bag and Totes):

Go to my Thirty-One website to shop through October to get this special. Also, I am having a Mystery Hostess Online Party starting today through Fri. Oct. 26th. Anyone who orders from my website under the "Mystery Hostess Party" event will automatically be entered in a drawing to win all of the hostess rewards from that party. You'll get all the rewards of hosting a party, without actually hosting a party! Pretty awesome, right?!

There will also be some really great bloggers hosting a giveaway of Thirty-One products for me in the near future, so stay tuned.

And you can stay up to date on all of my sales, giveaways and other special offers by joining my Thirty One Facebook group.

Happy Shopping!

Linking up here:
Happy WINSday Giveaway Linky

October Overhauling


  1. Thanks for linking up on Wayback Wednesdays. It was so lovely to meet you and to get acquainted with your little niche in Blogosphere which is quite nice.
    Your newest follower,
    Cathy Kennedy's Blog

  2. I loved looking at all the pictures, you have some good ideas there.

    I very much like your blog and I'm a new follower via GFC through wednesday hop.

    Hope you can pop over to my blog sometime.

  3. Thanks so much for all of your wonderful organizing inspirations! Love the scrapbooking tote!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  4. WOW! You have compiled some incredible organizational tips. I am sure you are more organized than any of us will ever hope to be, even if you are continually striving to stay organized. Thanks for sharing your inspiration and your ideas.

  5. Wow! There are some great ideas here. I never knew there were so many creative ways to use totes. I'm your newest follower and I'm seriously into October Overhauling my craft room. Hopefully you can pop over sometime for a visit. Have a great weekend!
    Tuula :)

  6. i cannot get over these ideas of yous. thanks for sharing these with us.