Today marks the first full week of 2011! Like pretty much everyone else on the planet, we are planning on making 2011 bigger and better. We’re also going to focus on keeping things a little more organized. Not that we were un-organized before, but now that we have more things going on (ie: house renovations, this blog and so on), we have more to keep track of. So today, we though we’d share a few of our favorite things, old and new, that help us stay organized around the house…

I’ve been buying one of these little guys at the beginning of every year for the past three years or so. The Paper Source Mini Date Book is perfect for keeping tabs on your day-to-day schedule, birthdays and special events. The cover is made from recycled leather which gives it that oh so yummy leather smell (weird thing to point out, I know) and it’s filled with 100% recycled paper making you stylishly organized and eco-friendly. It also comes with some super cute appointment stickers that I love using.

At least two of these things end up in our cart every single time we take a trip to IKEA. Ranging from $5.99 to $12.99 for two, these handy Kassett boxes are affordable and so nice to have around. They take some time putting together and they are a little hard on the fingers, but it’s totally worth the effort. We use these to house important papers, extra computer cables, CF cards and lots of other goodies. We used the bigger models during our move to keep track of things like Bentley’s toys, office stuff and important books/papers so we could get to them easily rather than digging through random boxes in the storage unit.

Yet another great find from Paper Source! This Wall Art Calendar isn’t ideal for keeping track of your day-to-day schedule, but it works if you are looking for something to simply keep you up to date or even some monthly wall art. Every month brings unique colorful artwork that would be the perfect finishing touch to any kitchen, home office or utility room. And if that isn’t enough to make you covet this one-of-a-kind calender, on the back of each page are templates and instructions on how to cut and fold the sheets to create pillow boxes, file folders, note cards and square boxes. How cool is that?

I pretty much love anything from Russell+Hazel. It’s just a fact, Jack. These days I’m particularly loving their Index Dividers. Some of you may have realized by now, we are notebook people (hence the blog design!). We have a notebook for everything form interior design ideas to Bentley’s medical records. These particular tabs are super durable and don’t bend or tear easily like other tabs we’ve used — which is a major plus. Aside from being handy, it’s about time someone is making dividers in fun, stylish colors rather than the office-norm neon or primary colors!

After four years of college and three years of apartment-living, we are now that we are unpacking every single thing we own, we’ve come across a lot of things we want to keep but don’t necessarily need inside the house year around. Things like seasonal decorations, keepsakes and whatnot. So we’re planning on keeping them in the attic. Coming from an apartment with minimal storage (though it had pretty good sized-closets), this is a luxury to us first-time-home-owners. In order to keep things organized up there, we are using these Sterilite storage containers. We purchased the clear/tinted ones so we can easily see what’s inside without having to dig through them. To make things even easier, we are using certain colors for certain things: Red for Christmas decorations, green for other seasonal decorations, purple for keepsakes and clear/gray for home decor items that we don’t want to put in the “yard sale pile” but we aren’t ready/wanting to use yet. Since we were already on a storage-box-buying rampage, we decided to go ahead and pick up a few blue containers for future things we might want to store. So far, the system is proving to be a good idea and it gives us peace of mind to know that if we need to get something from the attic, we know exactly where to look for it.

Our last, but most certainly not least favorite thing that helps us stay organized is the Dymo LetraTag Plus Personal Label Maker. It’s safe to say that we use this little guy on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis these days. Greg uses it mainly for labeling his many many containers of computer parts and guitar stuff. I use it for… what do I not use it for? I use it for a ton of things and am finding new ways to use it all the time. Most recently, I’ve started using it to put purchase dates on specialty spices from Tom Leonard’s or Trader Joe’s that may not have an expiration date. Either it’s a good idea or I’m just looking for things to label. I may need help.

So there you have a few of our favorite things that help keep us organized and will hopefully help 2011 to be full of organized, color-coded, labeled bliss.


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    January 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I love anything from Paper-Source. In my book, they can do no wrong.

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    Linda b
    January 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I couldn’t live without my Dymo!

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    January 7, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Hey there! Just found your blog and I love it! I live “just down the street” in Norfolk and have been taking on our first home since we bought it in July 2009. Looking forward to following you and hope you come say hello!

    Trish @This Life of Ours

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    January 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    That’s a great idea (the colored containers!). I wish our attic resembled some sort of organization. Good post!

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    January 9, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Great ideas for getting more organized! Alexandra and I are working on de-clutting our houses in 2011. Stop by and visit us.

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    January 13, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I came across your blog while searching for “dining room turned office” ideas for my own house! Love what you are doing with your house and I am so jealous of your bathrooms!

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    January 18, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Hi i have just found you rblog, i love it. can’t wait for the next update.

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    January 21, 2011 at 10:56 am

    The label maker is a great idea! I Could have used that 3 moves ago.

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    Debra dean lunsford
    January 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Great job Ashley and Greg!! Hope you win!

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