This rotating goal list is a lot more visual than a regular to-do list in a notebook, making it more fun for you to accomplish your tasks. Just hang it by your desk, and you'll feel more motivated in no time!
People have problems transitioning from paper to pixels, but tech tools are a handy way to keep you organized. Not only is it great for the environment, but it's also a lot more convenient to do all your organizing from one platform. I'm sharing some of my favorite websites that help me stay organized. Take the plunge this October and start organizing with just a few clicks of your mouse!
Monday always seems like it comes too quickly, and in that morning rush, it's easy to forget the most important things that get you through the day. It might seem like a no-brainer, but remembering to take your essentials with you by having a designated place for them will save you time and — worst-case scenario — a day without your phone or ID.
- Wallet: If you know you're going to be swapping purses on Monday, make sure to transfer your wallet, too. That includes taking out IDs and credit cards from the clutch you used on Saturday night.
- Cell Phone: Charging your phone in the morning will not only guarantee that it has enough power to last you through the day, but it also means you'll have a regular place to keep it. Before you leave, make a mental note to grab it from the charging station.
- Keys: Find a place by the door where you can place your keys as soon as you walk in. That way, you'll know just where they are when you head out. Consider buying a wall-mounted key rack so you never forget.
- Sunglasses: It'll be hard to forget your shades if you keep them next to something that you wear every day, like a watch or your favorite pair of earrings.
You might not be able to live without other items like lip balm or headphones, and the trick here is pretty much the same: when it comes to having a place to keep them, consistency is key.
Ignoring your bathroom is a missed design opportunity. Whether it's the master bath, a shared bathroom down the hall, or a powder room, there are ways to turn this often neglected room into one worthy of hosting guests — really! From the lighting down to the details, we have 10 key elements that have the ability to take your bathroom to an entirely new level. Read on to find out how to up your bathroom game!
- Ample lighting: While lighting is key to any space, it is especially important to bathrooms. Proper lighting not only makes a space seem larger, it's practical too. This isn't to say that you can't have a dark, moody bathroom either. If it's a powder room, dramatic lighting can work, but if it's your main bathroom or a guest bath, ample lighting is more than important.
- The perfect mirror: What's a bathroom without a mirror? Not just for vanity purposes, a mirror can be a statement piece or art. Swapping out mirrors is also a great way to make your bathroom feel custom, especially if you're a renter.
- Bath linens: Linens are an instant upgrade that will tie the space together. Be sure to have more than one set and use linens to add color and pattern. Similar to pillows, you can swap out your guests towels, so don't be afraid to be bold — they aren't permanent!
- Storage: There is nothing worse than a cluttered countertop. If you're remodeling, keep storage in mind. For a more affordable update, style your bath with storage. Consider baskets, decorative shelving, and pieces that double as decor.
- An element of art: Bathroom art is often debatable . . . after all, it is the bathroom. We say go for it. Just like any other room, art completes a space. While it doesn't have to be a painting. Try a unique wall paper, moulding, or small decorative objects.
- Texture: Use bath mats, window treatments, and a shower curtain to soften your bathroom and add texture. But please, do not add a fabric cover to your toilet seat!
- Color: Bathroom color is a personal preference. While some like crisp, white bathrooms, others aren't afraid of color. It all depends on personal taste, but stick with a consistent pallet and avoid colored appliances. In other words, white toilets are often best.
- Accessories: Bathroom accessories are decorative and functional. Yes, a trash can is considered an accessory and can be rather chic! Adding a pretty soap dish, tray, and tissue holder will also add style. Similar to an outfit, keep your bathroom's accessories consistent using similar colors and finishes.
- Hardware: Another great way to give your bathroom a custom feel (without moving walls) is swapping out the hardware. This includes everything from the towel rack to the faucet.
- Small touches: Allow the small things to fully bring your room together. Adding fresh flowers, a candle, and a nice bar of soap creates spa-like vibe, especially when you've got guests.
- Chuck your Summer clothes. "If you didn’t wear that summer dress or those shorts during the entire season, there’s very little chance you’re going to wear it next. Time to get rid of it — no matter how cute it is or how much it cost. It’s taking up space in your closet and it has to go."
- Get containers. "Once you’ve pared down the essentials that you want to keep, and after you’ve had a chance to clean them all, grab an airtight container (a closable bin, a zippered plastic bag, and/or a set of vacuum bags), fill it with the clothes and a couple of cedar blocks to keep away the bugs. "
- Find a place. "Find an out-of-the-way place to store these clothes until the weather starts getting warm again." One great option for clothing storage is to keep them under your bed.
- Examine Winter clothing. "Similarly, for your winter clothes which have been hibernating . . . examine each piece carefully. Make sure it still fits you, that it hasn’t been damaged since last season [by bugs, water, and smells], and make sure you still love it. If it fits all of those criteria, then move it to the front of the closet or the top of the dresser."
The battle to win the toy storage wars has a new tool in its arsenal — meet Mimish Designs' Storage Beanbag! A combination beanbag chair, ottoman, toy, and storage solution, the Storage Beanbag was designed by mom-of-two Andrea Soto who was feeling a bit overwhelmed with all of her kids' toys. With limited space in her Brooklyn apartment, she needed a functional, kid-friendly place to put her little ones' out-of-season clothes and soft toys.
The Storage Beanbag has a beanbag top filled with post-consumer recycled "beans" and an empty bottom with 5,650 cubic inches for storage. That's a whole lot of space to hold stuffed animals, Winter coats, Summer beach towels, and more. It's also a very comfortable place for tots to curl up and read a book, sit and do their Rainbow Loom, or just relax. Available in 14 different colors — five in machine-washable microsuede ($159), six in spot-cleanable cotton ($149), and three in organic cotton ($169), the Storage Beanbag is designed to fit in any room.
Moving to a different city is like planning a wedding. You're full of excitement and anticipation, but it can feel totally overwhelming unless you take the process one little step at a time. For my recent move from San Francisco to New York, this meant making lots of to-do lists. And furiously scribbling notes on the go about more things to add to the lists.
To save you the trouble, I've put together a handy cross-country moving checklist for renters. For your next big move, consider this part of your homework done.
- Set your moving date and notify your landlord that you're moving.
- Set up a "moving" folder in your email and/or a dedicated notebook to keep things organized.
- Obtain as many boxes and as much bubble wrap as humanly possible.
- Set up a time to do a walk-through of your apartment with your landlord.
- Find an apartment or temporary housing at your new location.
- Call your credit card company to let them know you are moving, so they aren't surprised by big charges.
- Provide your landlord with your new address.
- Research and hire movers or reserve a truck rental.
- Make travel plans or purchase tickets for your cross-country flight or drive.
- Do a major apartment cleanout and donate or sell books, CDs, clothes, and other items.
- Back up your computer data.
- Sell large furniture items you don't want to move, on Craigslist.
- Arrange a Salvation Army or Goodwill pickup after the movers leave.
- Set up mail forwarding with the US Postal Service.
- Change your mailing address for magazines, Netflix, and other subscriptions.
- Change the billing address for your credit cards, savings accounts, and other financial accounts.
- Transfer your insurance (renter's, medical, etc.) to your new address.
- Close your local checking account and open one in your new city.
- Discontinue cable, electric, gas, and other utilities.
- Set up cable, electricity, gas, and other utilities in your new location.
- Change your address with your cell phone provider.
- Discontinue any automatic bill pay.
- Find new doctors and a dentist in your new location.
- Find a new hair stylist and other beauty services.
- Register to vote in your new city.
- Obtain a driver's license or other photo ID in your new city.
Kids will be kids, and one of the most fun things about childhood is exercising a creative imagination. While we're constantly in awe of our children's amazing creations, the paintings, sculptures, and sketches do tend to pile up at an insanely fast pace. Rather than rent out a storage unit or kick off a search for a new house with room for a full-on art gallery, we're big advocates of a few smart new apps that'll take your kids' creations digital. Because it's much easier to manage gigabytes than square footage. Here, four of our favorites (all of which are free, by the way!):
1. KeepyA new app with plenty of upgrade options to maximize your storage space, Keepy allows you to snap a photo of your kids' creations, tweak the lighting and color, and organize by artist, location, and date. If you've got multiple kids, you can easily manage multiple profiles. Keepy also allows your kids to record video notes on their creations, and share them with their biggest fans (namely, their grandparents).
2. CanvslyLike Keepy, Canvsly allows you to upload and organize your kids' creations. If you have preexisting snaps of their art on your phone, you can easily import those into the app as well and create a timeline of your kids' masterworks. Private by default, Canvsly allows you to control the audience you share with. There's also a smart account share feature that makes it easy for multiple parents or caregivers to maintain kids' galleries without gaps or overlaps.
The problem with highlighters is that you usually can't undo the marks without ruining the paper. Enter the washi tape — a type of translucent masking tape that comes in different colors and pretty patterns. Using pretty tape to showcase your different projects will make your calendar more visually appealing and easier to analyze. If there is an urgent project, you can always mark it with pink or red washi tape and mark more casual events in lighter tones. That way, you'll be able to prioritize with ease.
Source: Take Two They're Small