5 Tips to Cut the Clutter

The Holidays bring a surplus of clutter. 
There is the wrapping paper, gifts that need to be wrapped, gifts that have been unwrapped, toys everywhere, baking supplies, handmade diy projects and everything else that goes with the hustle and bustle. 
This year BE PREPARED!
Organize the little stuff with envelopes.
Organize the Little Stuff - All of the little pieces of paper such as receipts, should be put in envelopes labeled and all placed in a basket or in a file so you know where to find them when a gift doesn't fit.

Clean out the closets and donate before the Holidays.
 Donate - There are so many people in need and we as a society have SO much. Clean out your closets, kids rooms, clothes that don't fit, that extra coffee pot under the cabinets or anything else you haven't used in the last year. Wondering where to donate to? I found this excellent list of 101 places that would gladly accept your Donations. Think local as well, I know of several places in our area that accept donations year round.

Americans spend over 3 Billion Dollars per year on Wrapping paper.
Wrapping Paper - Before you spend a small fortune on wrapping paper this year evaluate what you already have. Find a way to organize it. I made this wrapping paper holder a few years back and it's done wonders for me.
Set a budget and know who your buying gifts for this year.
Know What to Buy - My kids in particular are so blessed with Grandparents who spoil the heck out of them for the holidays with toys. Knowing this it greatly helps me to plan what I'll be buying for my kids. I like to buy things that are needed and useful. There are many Christmas Trackers out there so print one off and be prepared to use it.
Christmas decor is beautiful but takes up a lot of space.
Rearrange Your Home - Christmas decor is what makes the holidays fun. A bright tree, Christmas stalkings hung by the fire and a wreath for the front door. With all of the extras you might find your house feeling to tight and restricted especially with extra guests that may be visiting. Plan ahead with the placement of your decor. 

If your looking for more help with being Organized for the Holidays click HERE

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Hiding our Utility Panel

 We've lived in our home for 6 amazing years and I have yet to find a way to hid this ugly, huge, utility panel in our laundry room.  It's such an eye sore. Our laundry room has an odd set up. From our kitchen I can see right into our laundry room and this is what I see. Not idea!

So I've been thinking and searching and pinning ideas and ways to hide this large, grey, ugly piece of metal. And I think I have found the solution!!!!

I purchased this large old mirror this past summer at a yard sale. I love old mirrors and the texture that they have in them. Because of the wires going to the utility box I decided not to put a screw in the wall for fear of being electrocuted. My solution.... I put a hook into the ceiling and hung the mirror with some chain. Adds a little more eye appeal. I added some visual peace of mind with the old lath board that I glued together to hang my wreath on. The "Winter" sign has been in my home for a few years. It was one of my favorite MOPS projects we've done.

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Scrap Wood Trees

I love making projects out of wood and in return get lots of little pieces of scrap wood. Check out these super fun little Trees I made with some of my scraps. I simply cut the ends at 45 degree angles and found pieces that would stack well to make a tree design. I attached them with wood glue, nails and a 1x1 to a base board. I did a little painting and there done! So very cute!

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Where would You rather Work?

 We all work in order to make our homes run as needed and provide for our families. The question is, where would you rather work?

I count myself beyond blessed that I'm able to work from my home office and not a tan box each day. Here are a few home office's that give me inspiration.

 What does your office look like? I would love to see it for even more inspiration!
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Just Thinking Thursday

Think like a Queen!
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Best in the Industry

 I have the absolute privilege to work with some of the most talented people in our Industry each and everyday who have inspired and equipped me to do great things on my journey of owning my own business and working from home for the past 8 years.
Here are a few of their stories:

Micki always believed that in life, you go to school, you get a job, you work hard, you retire and you live happily every after.

Her belief system was shattered when she was downsized from her corporate job that she had for over 18 years.

“I was barely living pay check to pay check with my job, so I was definitely devastated and just didn’t know what I was going to do” says Micki. Keep Reading Micki's Story HERE.

In 1999 Donna had a decision to make; she was pregnant with her second child, and she wanted to be at home with her children.

“I needed about $2000 a month to able to quit my job and stay home,” Donna describes. “I laid in bed at night wondering how I could create that income?

I began my search. Keep Reading Donna's Story HERE.

Amber knows what it's like to be a single mom. She knows how hard it can be to feel like everything is on you. It can be overwhelming.

"Many single moms have to provide everything on their own," Amber says. "But you can rise up and be a champion for your kids. You can model success for them." Keep Reading Amber's Story HERE.

Having a career as a waitress for over 19 years took it’s toll on Cathy.

“My last 10 years of waitressing, I had to work 6 days a week, many were double shifts, just to stay afloat. It was our only source of income after my husband was disabled in a car accident.”

Cathy had no savings or medical plan and the debt continued to accumulate every month. Keep Reading Cathy's Story HERE.

These women have been instrumental in my success as well as so many other families and truly are what I think of when I hear "Team Work Makes the Dream Work". 
Happy Thursday Friends!

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