Monday, 21 November 2011

3 of the best Organising Blogs

As I said in my previous post, I've recently felt an intense desire to get my house in order. So much has happened over the past few months and so much is about to change, I think it's probably down to a need to feel more in control. My normally super efficient self is floundering under the pressure so I'm having to utilise more tools in order to make sense of it all!

If you asked anyone at my publishing company, they would tell you I was Miss Organisation herself. I have lists, spreadsheets and systems for everything. If you saw my home, it's quite a different story! But I do enjoy organising. I do enjoy creating systems and making everything 'just so'. So much so, that I enjoy reading about other people's systems and adapting them to my life too! Here's my top three organising blogs at the moment:

This blog combines the seemingly mundane with the pretty to make organising seem like the most fun. Everything is geared towards making the home a more efficient and organised place, seriously, this lady has systems for everything! I also love her interiors ideas, making organising solutions a practical and natural part of your decor. Jen designs the cutest printables (many of which I use myself) so that you can adopt her systems too. Plenty of them are free, or you can purchase customised versions and packs from her shop.

Although this blog hasn't been updated in a while, it's still definitely worth a look purely because of the amount of resource that remains on the site. Whether you want to kick into action Laura's 52 week challenge or you want to get in on Menu Planning Monday, there's sure to be something that you'll find useful and inspiring. As soon as I move into my new flat and we adopt a few new routines with new shopping habits, I'm intending on getting involved in menu planning. There's also a good few printables here that will help you put your plans into action!

Tip Junkie is vast and covers tips for everything you could possibly need in life. But if it's organising you're after, check out the 'Organize' section. This site will mainly direct you to anywhere on the web that has cool organising ideas and printables so it's a great way to find new blogs and friends. Check out Tip Junkie Printables as well for plenty of list-making candy!

Also of note:
I only stumbled upon The Nest Effect the other day but I fully intend on having a proper browse. Love the design. Love the organising and love the crafts. This is a girl after my own heart!
Evernote. Ever found yourself scribbling important bits of information in various different places? Got 10 notebooks for 10 different areas of life, plus a mixture of digital reminders and favourite websites saved between work and home? Never fear! I use Evernote to keep everything in one place. I can log in from work or home and it also synchs with my android phone so wherever I am, I can make a note and come back to it. If I find a website I love, I clip it to my account, or if I want to write a blog post on the move, I write it in Evernote so that I can come back to it on my home computer later. This tool, is seriously a lifesaver!

So, there you have it, five sites that I use and read on a regular basis to keep organised (and to gawp at cute things!).

(Just so you know, I link to these sites because I love them and find them useful, I haven't been paid or bribed in any way!)

Thursday, 17 November 2011

I'm back!

I'm so happy to return to my poor, neglected blog after such a long time. The truth is, it's been a tough and busy year. My lifestyle just hasn't allowed me to devote my spare time to blogging. This makes me ever-so sad because as part of my job I read a lot of blogs and I often have a browse during my lunch hour, however it seems I'm always on the outside looking in rather than having the time to jump into the wonderful bloggy community.

I hope, however, that this is all about to change, for three reasons:

- In a couple of weeks time I am starting a new job. Rather than travelling for 2 hours to get to work, I will now be travelling a mere 30 minutes, giving me more time to devote to my hobbies and interests.
- My new job does not involve writing about craft all day, in fact, it doesn't involve much creative writing at all so I will be looking for a creative outlet.
- In a couple of weeks we are moving house. To a much nicer house. A house that I will actually want to spend time in. This not only means that I will have much to write about over the coming months, but I will also have a home in which I want to be. At the moment I have a tendency to avoid going home for a number of reasons, but I really intend on making our new flat like a home rather than a crashpad so I'll be wanting to spend a lot more time there (blogging)!

So, the blog may take many forms, but at the moment I intend to focus on the following areas:

- Organisation
Recently I've felt an intense need to get my house in order. I've become addicted to organising blogs, printables and little things in life that help me run my life more smoothly. Of course I dream that my new house will give me a clean slate on which to work, form new habits and really put into practise what I'm learning.
- Interiors
As I said, I want to make my house a home. I've never done this before. Despite being married for four years, I still feel like I'm still living in student digs. It's a shabby rental, so nothing matches and it never quite looks clean. But the new flat is much nicer and it's unfurnished so I can start from scratch and build up things that I really, really love. Watch this space!
- Crafts
Sometimes, partly because I do it for a living, and partly because I am loyal to the particular brand that I work for, I find it difficult to blog about crafts in the way I would like. But in my new job these constraints will be lessened so I will be free to talk about what I want to talk about. It also means that I won't be distracted by the many, many crafty things that I come across on a daily basis, and I can be more specific and targeted in my skills.

I think that will probably be enough to keep me busy! and hopefully this poor, neglected blog can once again flourish into something inspiring and informative for those of you who like that type of thing!