Pinterest Friday!

Welcome back to Pinterest Friday!

If you missed last week’s post, you can see it here

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Can I just tell you that it’s not as easy as I thought it would be to

pick my favorite pins each week?

There are just soooo many great ones to choose from!!!

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Well, here goes!

1.  Blog Topics Organizer by Bridgett Edwards

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2.  How to Shoot in Manual Mode for Beginners by So I Married a Mennonite

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3.  How to Clean Your Dishwasher at One Good Thing by Jilee

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4. ¬†Great Video Tutorial for Curling Your Hair at It’s the Small Things Blog

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5.  Laundry Room Makeover at My Cottage Charm

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6. ¬†8 Incredible Edible Treats for St. Patrick’s Day at The Design Confidential

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7.  Chalkboard Menu Tutorial by Whipperberry

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8.  Organizational Labels at World

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9.  Rotisserie Chicken Apple Pecan Salad by Unsophisticook

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10.  Coconut Oil as a Skin Moisturizer by How Does She

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Hope you enjoyed this week’s top 10 pins!


Organizing for 2012…

As I’ve been working on my goal of getting more organized this year, here are a couple of things I’ve put into place this week…we’ll see how they work out…

1. ¬†Countertop file box with file folders for mail to read & file, bills to pay, weekly ads, coupons to be clipped…these photos from Pinterest were my inspiration:

A Bowl Full of Lemons

Mrs Rojas Teaches

2. ¬†Large Family Calendar that sits next to the file box on a Cookbook stand…and a notepad & pen.

4. ¬†Monthly Cleaning & Organizing Calendar Sheet – clipped to outside of file box…Clean Mama’s Clean & Organized 2012 January Calendar is free here…along with many other great ideas!

5. ¬†Coupon Binder – I’ve tried many methods over the years for couponing, the most recent being filing the coupon sheets by date & clipping them when I am making my weekly shopping list using the Grocery Game. ¬†This year I wanted to try something new…I’ve been following the Krazy Coupon Lady on Facebook for awhile now and happened to see her book – “Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey”¬†while in Barnes & Noble. ¬†After glancing through it I came home ready to check out her website and dive in! ¬†Here’s a link to her ideas for organizing a coupon binder, including free downloadable binder category tabs & a video tutorial on setting up your binder.

The Krazy Coupon Lady

It took some time to set up my binder but if I cut out coupons each week when they come in the Sunday newspaper it shouldn’t take me longer than 30-45 mins to stay organized. ¬†I have several blogs that I follow for the best deals at my favorite stores (Ralph’s, Albertson’s, Stater’s, Target & CVS) so I will use those to compile my weekly shopping lists. ¬†Here are a few of my favorites:

*Save at Home

*The Krazy Coupon

*Deal Seeking



Here’s how I did with this week’s shopping:

*Ralph’s – spent $50.62 & saved $61.25 ~ a savings of 55%!

*Albertson’s – spent $88.01 & saved $65.98 ~ a savings of 43%!

*Total – came home with $265.86 worth of groceries that I only paid $138.63 for!

Entry Space ~ Houseworks Holiday Plan

Entry Space Week

320 Sycamore





I’m moving on to Week 13: Entry Space Week

as I am keeping up with the schedule at Organized Christmas.Com

If you are just joining me and would like to see what we worked on in Weeks 1-12,

click the Houseworks Holiday Plan link in the Categories box on the right side of the page.




Here’s some inspiration to get you started!



Pottery Barn





House to Home






Melissa at 320 Sycamore shares her entryway transformation here




So, are you ready to get started on your entryway, front porch or front door?





This Week’s Houseworks Checklist

  • Prepare a welcoming entry space. Front porch or foyer, apartment door or entryway, this week’s focus is on the entry area of the home.Remove clutter, clean and organize the portal to your household this week. Check the front door, cleaning and polishing knob, knocker and any windows. Check the state of the welcome mat; is it time for cleaning or replacement? Check outdoor lights and replace any burned-out bulbs.Declutter doorway storage areas so outdoor shoes, umbrellas or keys find an efficient, attractive home.

    Clean out coat closets and add extra hangers for holiday guests’ use. Be ready to open the door to a wonderful holiday season!

This Week’s Holiday Prep Checklist

  • Set the table ahead. Set the Thanksgiving table a day or two before. You’ll have time to spot (and fix) tarnished silver or stains on the tablecloth. Use sticky notes to mark serving dishes so it’s easy for guests to help.
  • Celebrate American Thanksgiving. (Canadian and UK friends? Enjoy the day off!
  • Shop Black Friday sales! Use your game plan to get the best deals quickly.
  • Inspect and inventory decorations. As seasonal decorations come out of storage, make a quick review of what you have. Test light strands, and add any needed parts or replacements to the shopping list.
  • Begin decorating.
  • Send party invitations. Having a¬†holiday party? Send invitations early. Social calendars fill up quickly in December.
  • Wrap gifts as they are purchased. Every little bit helps, so wrap ahead where possible.
  • Status check. On the first of December, review where you are with holiday prep. Crafts projects and homemade gifts should be finished soon; check for any missing catalog orders.
  • Arrange for baby-sitters. Be quick to call for help as holiday invitations arrive; baby-sitters are busy in December, too.
  • Package send-away gifts for mailing. Be ready to mail send-away gifts by next week.

This Week’s Christmas Planner Pages to Print:

Party PlannerParty PlannerParty BudgetParty BudgetParty Guest ListParty Guest List



Dining Space ~ Houseworks Holiday Plan

Dining Space Week

Country Living



I’m moving on to Week 12: Dining Space Week

as I am keeping up with the schedule at Organized Christmas.Com

If you are just joining me and would like to see what we worked on in Weeks 1-11,

click the Houseworks Holiday Plan link in the Categories box on the right side of the page.



With Thanksgivng just around the corner,

we’re going to spend this week cleaning & organizing our dining spaces!



Need some inspiration?





Kim at Starshine Chic has a great post on a Thanksgiving Tablescape here







Sweet Something Design has a beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape here







Cute & Crafty by Victoria has cute Thanksgiving Printables here






Blissfully Domestic has some great Kid’s table ideas here





This Week’s Holiday Prep Checklist

  • Plan for Thanksgiving Day. Plan table settings, seating and a centerpiece for Thanksgiving Day.
  • Set up a Black Friday Sales game plan. Online bargain sites and e-mail alerts allow Web-savvy shoppers to spot the best deals days before Black Friday. Make entries in your¬†holiday sales plannerand plan shopping strategy as information comes to light.
  • Double up on freezer-friendly dishes. Cooking for the feast, plan to double or triple amounts for any freezer-friendly dishes, and tuck the extras into the freezer for later use. Candidates include pies, unbaked stuffing and–surprise!–garlic mashed potatoes. You’ll enjoy lightening the load for Christmas dinner.
  • Plan holiday parties. If you’ll entertain next month, make plans now.

This Week’s Christmas Planner Pages to Print

"Black Friday" Sales Planner“Black Friday” Sales Planner






Public Spaces ~ Houseworks Holiday Plan

I’m ready to move on to Week 9: Public Space Week

as I am keeping up with the schedule at Organized Christmas.Com

If you are just joining me and would like to see what we worked on in Weeks 1-8,

click the Houseworks Holiday Plan link in the Categories box on the right side of the page.

Here’s what I plan to work on this week:

Declutter, clean and organize the living room or public space.

With the holidays hard upon us, your household’s living room or public space will be on display.

Prepare for family events and drop-in visitors!

Remove all clutter from the living room using the STOP clutter method, then deep-clean the room.

Move furniture pieces and vacuum beneath them, polish fine woods, and clean or vacuum draperies, window coverings or blinds.

Once the living room is clean and free from clutter, take a minimalist’s eye to the room ‘s decorations.

Will your holiday decor shine, or will it compete with current decor items?

Clear tabletops, shelves and corners for the holiday decorations to come.

This Week’s Holiday Prep Checklist:

  • Buy holiday stamps. Seasonal stamp designs are available now, buy holiday stamps early for best selection. Order online fromUSPS.Com to avoid standing in line.

  • Begin saving packaging materials. Recycling makes sense … and cents. As catalog orders arrive, begin to stockpile mailing boxes and packaging material for re-use in December. Store them close to your¬†wrap and mail center to speed holiday mailing chores.

  • Celebrate Halloween. Ready to join the neighborhood fun? Use our free printables to start a¬†Halloween BOO tradition in your neighborhood. Spread the BOO joy!

  • Status Check! Review the progress of the Houseworks Holiday Plan on the first day of the month. If you’re falling behind, adjust goals to a more realistic level.

  • Decorate for Thanksgiving. Remove Halloween decorations and replace them with Thanksgiving-themed items.

  • Complete Christmas cards or letters. Christmas cards should be finished and ready for mailing. ; Stamp envelopes and set them aside until it’s time to mail them next month. Tip: leaving envelopes unsealed makes it easy to add a newsy post-script if the spirit moves.

  • Seasonal safety check. Observe Time Change Sunday with a¬†seasonal safety checklist: change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and flashlights. Don’t forget the first aid kit; will you need to replenish any supplies?


Family Space ~ Houseworks Holiday Plan

Pottery Barn

I’m ready to move on to Week 8: Family Space Week

as I am keeping up with the schedule at Organized Christmas.Com

If you are just joining me and would like to see what we worked on in Weeks 1-7,

click the Houseworks Holiday Plan link in the Categories box on the right side of the page.

Pottery Barn

Here’s what I plan to work on this week:

Family Room Declutter, Organization & Storage

  • Declutter, clean and organize the family room or family area. ¬†I need to declutter magazines that have accumulated, newspapers that need recycling and just an overall good deep-cleaning of our family “rooms”!¬†¬†My glass shelves need to be cleared off and cleaned with glass cleaner…picture frames & knick knacks need to be dusted…

Pottery Barn

  • Then, I’ll straighten up my media cabinet and entertainment areas. I’ll reunite video games and DVDs with their missing cases, and return all entertainment items to their “homes”! ¬†While I’m organizing my movies & music, I’ll do a quick inventory of our holiday favorites and make sure they’re easily accessible for the upcoming holidays. ¬†Here’s a free printable to notate all of your holiday favorites on – this, along with many more free printables can be found at

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