Do It All Calendar Giveaway

September is the month for organization! This month, Lily Ashbury is giving away a Do-it-All 17 month calendar to one of our lucky readers. We want to know… what do you do to keep organized? We’d like each of you to share 1 organization tip that keeps you clear of chaos and clutter. One lucky winner will be randomly selected and they will win a brand new calendar like the one above. To enter, simply leave your organizational tip as a comment on this blog post. We will announce the winner on Tuesday, August 30th.¬†Good luck!

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16 Responses to “Do It All Calendar Giveaway”

  1. Hueisei says:

    I normally keep a personal diary on my bag to record my appointment or to do thing.

  2. Kathy Heaverlo says:

    If you get it out… put it away!

  3. Have a lot of jewelry and running out of space? A great and low cost alternative to store you pieces, or other tiny objects, is in empty egg cartons. Each carton has a compartment so no jewelery will get tangled, a lid to prevent from tarnishing, and is easily stackable. You are also going green at the cost of a carton of eggs, literally!

  4. MoeWest says:

    I’ve always been a list maker. It’s very satisfying to check off the items as they get done.
    Regarding Catherine’s egg carton for jewelery comment above: I’ve been using ice cube trays for earrings. I think I’ll switch to egg cartons now and free up those ice cube trays for their intended purpose!

  5. Andra says:

    I make lists especially when we are going somewhere so that I don’t forget things. I start writing them down 2 or 3 days before we leave so that in the rush of packing and life I hopefully don’t forget anything!

  6. Suzanne says:

    We have a family calendar so it isn’t on the calendar then it doesn’t exist! That is the only way we can keep everyones needs organized

  7. Lee says:

    I am a list maker but even better than that, I find that walking from the mailbox to the trash can and then into the house means that I don’t bring a lot of extra clutter into the house. We always get so many fliers that just end up in the trash or recycling anyway, that just taking a few extra steps on the walk back into the house keeps me from accumulating trash in the house.

  8. Kay in MN says:

    I have a countertop painted with ‘chalk’ paint, and my husband and I write notes or reminders to each other as well as the grocery list.

    K in mn

  9. Vanessa says:

    To organize my binders, i always make sure to spend at least 5 minutes a day to make sure everything is filed correctly by date! I also make sure to put my papers back as soon as I am done with them if i take them out.

  10. Beth T. says:

    To keep our refrigerator organized, we bought little stick-on “dots” and when we put away leftovers, we attach a dot to the container, marked with the date. No more wondering whether something is too old or playing the, “when did we have that lasagna?” game.

  11. Jan says:

    I’m a “messy organized”, I always know where things are, but they’re not tucked away out of sight. I’ve kept a day timer, in my purse, for years, that way I’m always where I should be.

  12. Dianne says:

    I replaced the corner table in the entry with a decorative 2-drawer file cabinet in the entry. The top drawer contains hanging files labeled: “In” for papers the kids bring home from school that need signatures, etc. so that I only need to check my file for what the kids need; “Name” (one for each family member) for papers I’ve looked over, signed, attached a check, etc. and are ready to be grabbed and taken back to school (or work…or the insurance agent, etc.); “Mail” for mail when it’s brought in but before it gets opened; “To Calendar” for neighborhood flyers, wedding announcements, or notes from school with events needing to be calendered. Even the day’s newspaper gets tossed in the back part of the drawer. Everything is in one spot and the house is less cluttered. (Non-confidential files are kept in the second drawer where they aren’t forgotten….long-term projects like term-papers or activities like sketching supplies, embroidery or a Sudoku book. It’s all there to grab on the way in or out.)

    Everyone has learned that it’s much faster to stop at the door than to have everything scattered throughout the house and lost, forgotten, or ignored. Whether coming or going, it’s really quick to check the file with their name and put papers into the files where they will get attention. Best of all, I don’t have to scout the house for everything…I just have to pull a file and process mail, the “in” stuff, or calendar things. It definitely looks tidier in our home too!

  13. Meredith F. says:

    I am a list maker! If it is not written down – I cannot remember it! Crazy! I need to get organized with other things – such as mail and just general clutter you accumulate over the week. Maybe this will help me?!

  14. Emma says:

    I’m a real list maker – ultra organised. Your latest fabric line – Summer House was on my list for ages and it finally arrived from the States to New Zealand for me last week. Beautiful and bright – for our spring. My tip: write it down to de-clutter and separate your list into: people to call, things to buy and jobs.

  15. I love to clip ideas from magazines rather than keep the entire magazine, which can take up a ton of space. I store all of them in plastic sheet protectors in binders and I can easily refer to them in the future!

  16. Cathie says:

    With 4 children at 3 different schools I sometimes get buried under school newsletters and permission slips etc. As soon as the children come home I put any notes brought home in a file with plastic sleeves. That way no important information is lost and I can refer back to past newsletters if need be.

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