Ready, Set, Spring Cleaning Prep! 

By: Marla Bautista 

Winter seems to never end. Lucky for you, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Spring is near. You know what that means. Time to Spring clean your home, your car, your business, and anything else that accumulates clutter, dust, and unnecessary paper work. But before you go on a Marie Kondo Purge, let’s chat about a few things you can do to prevent the return of clutter and stay organized throughout the year. 

Bills, Bills, Bills

Does your home or office seem to be a collection zone for paperwork? From Junk mail, to old bills, the amount of unnecessary paperwork continues to pile up. Here are a few tips to slow and ultimately eliminate, the clutter of unneeded forestry in your space. 

  • Go Paperless. You can eliminate the amount of paper you accumulate by changing the delivery of your bills to a paperless option. 
  • Shred unnecessary documents like old bills and junk mail. 
  • Get off the list. You can ask not to be contacted by credit companies. This will reduce the amount of paperwork coming to your home or office. 

A Safe Place

Having a safe place to keep important documents and information so it is readily available is essential in staying organized.

  • Buy a safe. Having a safe in your home is a great way to keep your personal or high value items secure from damage or possible theft.  Keep important documents like; birth certificates, passports, expensive jewelry, and any other irreplaceable items, inside. 
  • Prepare a Home Maintenance Binder. You can repurpose an empty binder you already have in your home or purchase a new one for a few bucks. In it, keep checklists for all things home related. Grocery Checklists, cleaning checklists, child care checklists, etc. 

Make a List and Check it Twice 

Checklists are a must have if you are on the go or you like to multitask.  Using a home maintenance binder, keeps all your checklists in one easily accessible location. Check out a few popular, free checklists. In the case of an emergency, all your important info and home instructions can be easily found and carried out by anyone. Life can be unpredictable and sometimes you may need a little help. 

Plan your Future 

Make a plan going forward.  Schedule dates to complete specific tasks around your home. Make a commitment to a routine. Try doing a ten-minute power cleaning every day, by yourself or with your family. Set a timer and get to it! Believe it or not, this will significantly cut down on waste, dust, and clutter in your home. 

Take Your Time 

Trying to do it all at once may seem a bit overwhelming.  Take your time.  Complete one task per day or challenge yourself to do more.  Whatever goal you make, make it with intention. It can be stressful looking at the big picture. Divide and conquer! You can do it! Good luck and happy Spring! 
Marla Bautista is an Army Wife and mother of three. She is the Published Author of My Thoughts Abandoned, released in 2017. As a Freelance Writer and Blogger, she has written for many publications including Military Spouse Magazine, Military Families Magazine, and Harness Magazine. Her passion is giving back to people in need. Marla is the Co-Founder of The Bautista Project, a custom décor and apparel company, which uses a percentage of their profits to provide for homeless communities.

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MAKE THE MOST OF ANY SIZED SPACE WITH ELFA FROM THE CONTAINER STORE

elfa is the original custom shelving and drawer system that’s perfect for any room in your home. From your closet to your pantry, elfa works just about anywhere that needs organizing.

Here are a few of our favorite elfa components to get organized throughout the home.

Platinum elfa Utility Mesh Door & Wall Rack System Components

Create a flexible, customized storage center on the back of a door or on a wall with this rack system. Mix and match baskets, board boxes, and hooks to achieve your desired level of organization.

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White Cabinet-Sized elfa Mesh Easy Gliders

Optimize your lower cabinet space with these mesh gliders. Store pots and pans, bowls, and even food with convenience and ease.

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Lynk Tall White Solid Shelf Dividers Pkg/2

Slide these dividers onto a solid shelf to organize sweaters, linens, books, and even purses. Keep everything separate and in its place without compromising design.

 

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MAKE THE MOST OF ANY SIZED SPACE WITH ELFA FROM THE CONTAINER STORE

elfa is the original custom shelving and drawer system that’s perfect for any room in your home. From your closet to your pantry, elfa works just about anywhere that needs organizing. 

Here are a few of our favorite elfa components to get organized throughout the home.

Platinum elfa Utility Mesh Door & Wall Rack System Components

Create a flexible, customized storage center on the back of a door or on a wall with this rack system. Mix and match baskets, board boxes, and hooks to achieve your desired level of organization.

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White Cabinet-Sized elfa Mesh Easy Gliders

Optimize your lower cabinet space with these mesh gliders. Store pots and pans, bowls, and even food with convenience and ease.

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Lynk Tall White Solid Shelf Dividers Pkg/2

Slide these dividers onto a solid shelf to organize sweaters, linens, books, and even purses. Keep everything separate and in its place without compromising design.

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Mom & Office Must Have’s

Every now and then I come across some great products that I LOVE. I can’t help but open my wallet and spend a little. I love things when it comes to my office… so just understand that. Emily Ley at Simplified just launched some new goodies, and I want to share them with you all!!

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  • Weekly Calendar Dry Erase Magnet is a great addition to your kitchen space! Perfect for noting appointments and schedules in a beautiful, functional way. The Weekly Calendar Magnet measures 8 x 6″ and features gold foil details and a Watercolor Floral pattern.
  • Blank Notes Dry Erase Magnet is a perfect addition to your kitchen space! Jot down notes, ideas, or quick reminders in a beautiful, functional way. The Blank Notes Magnet measures 8 x 6″ and features gold foil details and our classic navy + dot pattern.
  • To Do List Dry Erase Magnet is a great addition to your kitchen space! Perfect for noting tasks, chores, and errands in a beautiful, functional way. The To Do List Magnet measures 4 x 6″ and features gold foil details and a light blue + white stripe pattern.
  • Lined Notes Dry Erase Magnet is a great addition to your kitchen space! Perfect for noting groceries to buy, notes, and lists in a beautiful, functional way. The Lined Notes Magnet measures 4 x 6″ and features gold foil details and a clean pink + white stripe pattern.
  • Buy a bundle and save! Our new Dry Erase Magnet Bundle is a beautiful and functional way to keep track of your lists, notes, schedule, and more. Each magnet is packaged individually with a black dry erase marker (with a magnetic marker top—perfect for easy storage!) inside a cello bag.

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The Prettiest 2018 Planners, EVER!

It is hard to believe that it is already September and 2018 is just around the corner. Most businesses find that they need to start planning for the new year, can you believe that!? I know I am one of them and I am starting to plan goals for my new year.. With that being said, I am in LOVE with these perfect planners: Simpflied Planners by Emily Ley. 

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The Simplified Planner is a beautiful, joyful agenda for busy women in all seasons of life. Designed minimally on purpose, its open pages serve as a fresh start every day. We believe margin matters, and our mission is to inspire women to organize, simplify, and carve white space for the good stuff of life.

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Seriously you have to check these out for yourself.. And don’t let them get away… They were just launched TODAY, but they usually sell out quick, within a few days so HURRY!

Simplifed Planner + Page Marker

Did I mention how FREAKIN adorable they are?!? Go get your shopping on so 2018 will be successful!!

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The perfect planners for the forgetful mama

Hey Mama.

If you are anything like me you are forgetful.. You know you need to do things but can’t ever keep track of what you need to do. I have something that helps me get things done all the time… It is Emily Leys Planners!!! Seriously, they are fun, cute, and get me to plan!!

The best part is that they have brand new Academic Simplified Planners!!!! I just snagged a few of mine.. You should hurry and grab one too. If you are anything like me you are forgetful.. You know you need to do things but can’t ever keep track of what you need to do. This planner is a life saver!! #SimplifiedPlanner

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2017-2018 Academic Weekly Fancy Floral

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2017-2018 Academic Daily Gold Pineapple

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2017-2018 Academic Daily Gold Dot

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The Simplified Planner is unlike other planners out there – it was designed SUPER simple, on purpose. Emily is a busy mom of three little ones (6, 2, and 2 <- yep, toddler twins!) and a business owner. And in late 2011, she needed a place to keep it all together that would allow a fresh start every day. She needed something VERY simple. The Simplified Planner includes space to keep track of your schedule, tasks, meals, and notes – and that’s it! Here are a few highlights below:

– Perfectly portable, Daily: 7 x 9″ // Weekly : 6 x 8″

– Runs August 2017 – July 2018 – True gold binding

– BEST planner paper in the world (Mohawk Via Vellum)

– Color on every page

– Inside pocket

– Stickers included

– Amazing packaging

To celebrate the launch, they are also offering FREE monogramming on every Simplified Planner purchase (a $6 value!) + FREE SHIPPING on orders of $100! That is a MEGA steal so make sure to take advantage of this deal.

PLUS their accessories make a great addition to each order – and are perfect to use in the Simplified Planner or accessorize a desk. Our most popular accessories are:

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Happy Stripe Pen –> Matches the Simplified Planner!

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Pineapple Pen Cup –> The perfect accessory for a desk!

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Coffee Cup Paper Clips –> The cutest paper clips!

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