Friday, December 28, 2012


While I've taken a break from keeping up this blog, I decided to pop on over and invite anyone who happens along here and all my former followers to a workshop entitled, LIVE YOUR DREAM LIFE NOW!. Who wouldn't want to live their "dream life", right?

I'll be posting this FREE workshop every Monday for 8 weeks beginning on January 7th. For details see my November 26th post on Hob Nobbers.

Anyone can just follow along but I would love it if you would let me know you are taking the course by e-mailing me @ I'll be sending out reminders and a bit of information via e-mail.

Feel free to pass on this invitation through your blog as well.

New Year's resolutions are OK but it's more fun to create the life you've imagined! So check out this course and sign up NOW!

See you on January 7th!
Sandy ; )

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Thanks for stopping by! I am currently not keeping this blog updated. ; (

 I would love to have you visit my MAIN blog at Hob Nobbers.  I have too many ideas and not enough time so I'm sticking to the one blog for now!

Thanks so much!


Monday, July 16, 2012


Granddaughters arriving for Gramma Camp.
Teaching grandson to play golf.
Just as important as organizing the spaces of your home, is planning fun events in your life. This IS, afterall, a blog about "A Well Ordered LIFE" which includes ordering and planning the FUN!  I find that if I don't plan things, they won't "just happen". For example, at the end of one summer I found myself thinking, " We never went on an old fashioned picnic!" The grandkids were busy with Mission Trips, Vacation Bible School, camping out, swimming lessons etc. The guys golfed on their days off, vacations were taken, and EVERY YEAR I think about going on a simple  picnic, but one year didn't actually PLAN one! What's a summer without an old fashioned family picnic? Oh sure, we had LOTS of family gatherings where we grilled out and ate together. But a picnic where we'd go to a favorite spot... to eat outside... on a picnic table...we did not do. I simply forgot to put it on the "planning schedule". Have you ever had something YOU wanted to do but it didn't happen due to lack of planning?

Learning to make felted soap
I can be spontaneous, but mainly  I'm a BIG PLANNER. So every summer I come up with a "Summer Plan". I take out the calendar for June, July, and August and begin mapping out SUMMER FUN! That might include weddings to go to, my husband's golf get-away, vacations, reunions, etc. It's a bit different now that our kids are married and out of the house. But "Gramma and Grampa" still need to have some fun!

One of the things we started doing when our grandkids were old enough was to hold "Gramma Camp" for a week in the summer. Gramma plans the fun and Grampa is the "assistant" and just does what he is told.  ;)  The grandkids stay overnight for a week and we plan fun things to do every day! We have a theme for the week, take day trips, make crafts, learn new things, etc. The grandkids look forward to it every summer. During the week we take pictures of the fun and we put it together in a real hardcover book through Shutterfly. If you haven't made a book through Shutterfly, you should check it out! You can have books of memories to keep forever. Now that the grandkids are older and know how to use the computer better than I do, they put it together themselves. They even put in a dedication page including a photo of the dedication recipient. One year it was dedicated to their little baby brother who was too young to come to Gramma Camp. Another year it was their parents. Just putting together the book itself is an fun activity for them during the week. Gramma Camp helps us create memories that will last a lifetime.

We also try to plan "day trips" to see things that are close enough to drive to, enjoy, and get back before the day is over. I also include in our Summer Fun time, some days to just stay at home and read those books I wanted to get through. Summer "exercise" is another thing I plan because, trust me, if I don't plan it, I won't do it! I still include it under the "fun" category to fool myself into thinking it's fun.

Maybe there are fun things that YOU"D like to do in the summer months but need to plan. How about that sewing project you've wanted to complete. Or that camping trip you've always wanted to take. Or maybe just a bike ride each week. Whatever fun you want to have in the summer, make sure you plan intentionally as to when and how you will make it happen. Get out your bucket list and decide to be able to cross some things off this summer.

Have fun drawing up your SUMMER CALENDAR OF FUN and then get busy planning it! You'll never regret making a decision to do this planning but you JUST may regret not doing those things you've always wanted to do but  just let time get away with you and NOT doing them.


Monday, July 9, 2012


So I'm continuing on organizing a drawer or part of a closet in 30 minute spurts of time during the summer. It is still working great! Each shelf or drawer completed motivates me even more. You'll see a few of the pantry shelves here...I'm fortunate to have a large walk-in pantry. I lined each shelf with a covering that can be taken off and washed. The red baskets are filled with paper goods ( plates, cups, etc ). And I finally found a place for my cookbooks that are accessible but off the kitchen counters.
The biggest bonus in organizing the kitchen and pantry drawers this summer has been  that it has motivated me to do more cooking and baking and even more importantly.... helping me to LOVE cooking and baking! In fact, I just made four loaves of Sour Cream Banana Bread!

 If you have been one who would love to bake or cook more often but find yourself putting it off, you might want to try getting your kitchen better organized! It makes a WORLD of difference!


Tuesday, July 3, 2012


                                   HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

Sunday, June 24, 2012


Soon I hope to have a pantry like this!
I've been so busy organizing I haven't had time to post! Just kidding! I COULD spend more time organizing but I want to have a LIFE which is actually my MAIN goal. So what I HAVE been doing is spending time with family! So where does "organizing" come in? This IS a blog on organizing after all.  I know we want and need orderly homes but I don't want that to take over my life so what I came up with is a plan to organize  my life and home in 30 minute chunks a day. 

 My husband and I had planned to try and get our pantry and kitchen organized this summer so I knew I would need some organizational items. So I  took a trip to the dollar store and purchased a few items that might help in organizing. That was my FIRST 30 minutes of organizing time. But it got me even MORE motivated to get it done.

In 30 minute chunks I have organized  an armoire ( with  two shelves and four drawers) filled with dishes and table linens, three kitchen drawers and three HUGE shelves in the pantry. I'm still working on the rest but I feel GREAT about what has already been accomplished! Here are the steps I took to get going:

1) Went through kitchen, pantry, and armoire and took out those things that I haven't used in the last year and other things that needed to be discarded. One pile went into the trash and the other pile was picked up by my daughter-in-law for her garage sale whose proceeds would be sending our granddaughter on a mission trip! Yeah! Mission accomplished and I was even able to help my granddaughter raise money for her trip.   30 minutes ( husband helped )

2) Trip to the Dollar Store to purchase supplies. This got me more motivated and cost less than $10.00!  30 minutes

3) Ripped out two layers of shelf paper on one big shelf in the pantry, wiped down the shelf, layed a washable removeable pad on the shelf and filled the shelf in an organized fashion. 30 minutes

4) Continued this pattern with another two shelves, the armoire, and three kitchen drawers @ 30 minutes each.

It's not getting done in a day but I'm moving forward and it's feeling GOOD! I could feel the  difference after just ONE shelf was organized! I also have SO MUCH MORE SPACE left after many things were given away or discarded. Thirty minutes was just right for me but if you are working outside the home maybe you'll need to take only 15 minute chunks. The time frame doesn't matter as long as you keep at it a little at a time.

My goal in organizing is not to let it control my life but to get items in my home put away in an orderly fashion so I can find everything at a moment's notice. I'll then have more time for REAL LIFE AND REAL LIVING! Because, let's face it, who wants to spend he rest of their lives organizing?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


"Your home is a garbage processing center where new things are purchased and slowly demoted through various stages of 'trashification' until you're done."     Jerry Seinfeld
Doesn't this "feel" great?

I had to laugh at Jerry Seinfeld's description of what happens to our "stuff". But when I thought about it,  that's kind of what happens to things in OUR home.  After  a while things get "old" and they move into the "trash" category.

So we have a garage sale...  to get rid of the stuff that has gone through the end stage of "trashification". Then after we get rid of our "trash", we go to someone else's garage sale and buy their ...ah, treasures. Oh, did I say that out loud? That's not supposed to be a part of this de-cluttering work. Well, don't forget, one man's trash is another man's treasure! And that is how it happens...

No wonder we all feel the need  at some point to SIMPLIFY, DECLUTTER, and CREATE ORDER! But ORDERING OUR LIVES  can be FUN AND EASY and in the end can lead to CALM AND COMFORT! So what are you waiting for? Today we're going to  do the SIMPLE work on THE PLAN OF DE-CLUTTERING OUR SPACES.

I know there are people out there who don't like chaos in their lives and homes and yet they just can't seem to get it together to get the job of organizing done. So I'm trying to share the simplest and funnest ( that's not really a word but I'm using it ) ideas that ANYONE can do to start de-cluttering in order to SIMPLIFY ( don't you LOVE that word? ) your life.


A comfy cozy spot.
First  of all find a comfy cozy spot to sit in, grab a notebook and pen, and don't forget a cup of tea or coffee. Now relax because this is going to be the easy part.

1)Take a deep breathe, look around you, and BE GRATEFUL for all that you have.
2) Make an INTENTIONAL DECISION to begin enjoying the calm feeling that simplifying brings and that you will begin to enjoy  beautiful things without having to bring everything into your home. You might want to write this down in a statement that you can look at to remind yourself.
3) Make an intentional decision to spend less on "things" and more on "experiences". Make a list of experiences that you would enjoy doing with your family or friends. This is not to say that you can't buy "stuff" any more. ( more on that in another post )
4) Make a list of the" categories" of the items that need to be organized (except in the kitchen as we'll deal with that separately.) ie. books, clothing, jewelry, linens, papers, etc.
5) Sit back and VISUALIZE how your home might look with more order and less clutter. Imagine THE CALM you will feel with this new order and simplicity in your home.
6) Map out a time frame as to when you will accomplish this de-cluttering process. You can take as long as you want with this. It's all up to you. You don't want this to stress you out so take a year if you need to. For example, you might want to get all your paper items organized first and plan on taking the month of January to accomplish this. You can work on your clothes in February. If you have  more time and can do it quicker, set the time frame accordingly. This is an individual process as some people have more time than others. Just be sure to set a realistic time frame, one that will be comfortable for you to accomplish without stress.
7) Start a file of organizing ideas and photos that you wish to follow to accomplish your de-cluttering and organizing. These ideas will help to motivate you and get you excited about creating order in your home. PINTEREST is a great way to do this without adding more clutter but vision workbooks work well also. You can check out my "Organizing Board and Vintage Organizing Board" on PINTEREST by clicking on the button on the left sidebar.
8) Make a list of ways you choose to discard your excess: Salvation Army, friends, Goodwill, garage sale, throw away.

Now that you have a simple plan in place, your thoughts are focused on de-cluttering, and you have a time frame to follow, you can begin to get more detailed. That will be in another post. Enjoy this process for now.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...