Personalized Leuchtturm Journals

Leuchtturm Journals

I just met my perfect notebook — Leuchtturm Journals!  Last April 29, National Book Store launched the “Personalize Your Leuchtturm (loy-turm) Journal” event at their branch in Glorietta, Makati. We got to engrave our names on the soft leather cover of our chosen journal. Here’s me with mine.  You will fall in love with this notebook’s details! From its ink proof and acid proof paper, its numbered pages, its detachable sheets, to its page marker, elastic enclosure band and most of all, the myriad of colors that you can choose from!

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Declutter Start-Up Tips

Living Clutter Free (2)
I cannot understate the benefits of a decluttered home or work space. I assure you, once you start your organized life, you will understand why I am such a big advocate of it. You have less to clean, less stress, more space and more energy for your passions or the people you love. But to start is a big challenge for many. So where in the world should you begin?
January is a great time to start a de-cluttering project. It might feel overwhelming at the start but I promise you, it’s not as painful as it seems to be. Here are some tips to help you get started.

1.    You don’t have to do it all in a day.

If you think you can organize all your closets and all rooms in a day, no wonder you are getting anxiety attacks! You will just end up quitting the project even before you’ve begun. Start small. Just go room by room or space by space.

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Finding the Perfect Planner

I respect digital apps that make our lives easier. I have a calendar and tasklist app on my mobile phone that I just can’t live without. But I also keep an old fashioned planner – you know the kind that’s made of paper and needs an actual pen! 🙂

There is something I love about planners. I find its physicality just more personal. I am the type who likes making micro notes and a ton of micro checklists. It allows me to doodle in spaces, stick notes or used tickets, or use a colored pen whenever I feel like it. I’ve always kept one since I was in high school and it’s so reassuring to know that though my computer may crash or phone might go obsolete, my paper planners will always be there to give me an archaeological preview of the years that was.

That’s why I took a look at three Belle de Jour planners and hopefully this review will help you decide which one best suits you.

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1. Belle de Jour Power Planner

If you’re a girl who needs inspiration all year long, then this is the planner for you. It is filled with pages upon pages of empowering thoughts and tips that will help you achieve the life of your dreams.

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There is a dream board, a happiness list, a travel checklist, a menstrual tracker and so many more!

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What I like about this planner is that you can actually personalize it by adding your name on the front cover.

I bought my first Belle de Jour planner many years ago. Back then what excited me about it were all the discount coupons inside! What girl doesn’t love shopping and eating out right? The 2015 planner comes with a booklet filled with these discount coupons plus stickers, too.

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2. Everything is Possible Planner

Now this is the planner for dreamers! This planner will help you specify your goals and achieve it one step and one day at a time.

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The planner is filled with mantras to keep you on track, a priorities list, a space to document your life learnings and many more.

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3. NAVI: Your Life Navigator Planner

Men need to organize themselves, too! This is the planner for the modern-day explorer and for those who see life as one big adventure.

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It is filled with gridded pages to plot out your week, sketch or write down your thoughts while you collect experiences.

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It is also filled with places from all over the world that may just be part of your next life adventure.

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This concept planner also comes with an expandable back pocket that contains a booklet filled with discount coupons that guys will love.

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So much of our social, family and professional lives are determined by the systems we use to keep track of them.  Good luck finding the perfect planner for you!

Visit their page at www.ilovebdj.com or find them on Facebook.com/ BelledeJourPlanner

How to Store Christmas Wrappers

Christmas is an exciting time for everybody. In Manila, we don’t only celebrate Christmas, we overdo Christmas! We start it as early as October and end the season just after New Year. As soon as the “ber” months come in, malls start playing Christmas carols and décor is up just as soon as Halloween ends.

Along with all the festivities are loads of present wrapping. So today’s blog are some suggestions to keep your wrappers under wraps!

You can store them in a specially made station using rods and pegs.

Here’s another version. If you want to make your own, I think thin tension rods will work well, too.

Your wrapping station can house your ribbons, too. This is smart because it keeps your ribbons from becoming a tangled mess.

Professional organizer, Alejandra Costello, keeps her wrappers organized this way.

You know that little space in the corner of your closet? It makes a great storage place for wrappers.

Or how about the ceiling inside your closet? What a space saver!

If you’re not the DIY type, then use an old wine rack to store your wrappers.

I myself like the idea of using a free standing towel rack to create a complete wrapping station. This way everything you need for gift wrapping comes from just one place. Photo courtesy of my Tita Chito Vasquez.

Good luck finding the perfect solution for your wrappers. Until next time, this is a wrap!

Behind Closed Doors

If you live in a condominium like I do, every available nook and cranny counts! So if you are looking for ways to maximize space, one area of the kitchen that is under-utilized but can be taken full advantage of is the back of your cabinets.

I bought an over-the-door towel rack from Make Room.  This is perfect for me because one, I don’t like punching too many holes on anything, and two, I don’t like exposing my rags so this keeps them nicely hidden from public view.

 

I also bought a few over-the-door hooks from the same store, which I use for my oven glove and mitt. Again, this system keeps my things out of sight and it maximizes the space inside my kitchen cabinet.

 

At Howards Storage World, I found 2 kinds of units to keep used plastic bags in.  The first one is this white plastic dispenser that has suction cups at the back which keeps the thing attached to my kitchen cabinet.  When it gets too heavy though, the suction cups aren’t able to hold the unit up for too long.  There is an option though to replace the suction cups with screws since there are open holes at the back.

 

The second is this stainless steel dispenser.  When buying over-the-door units, always make sure that the hooks that will hang off your cabinet are padded because you don’t want to leave ugly marks on the cabinet once you remove them or replace them with something else.

 

Another way to maximize the back of kitchen cabinets is to get some Command Hooks from National Book Store which can be used to store smaller pans, measuring cups and spoons. Using this system, you don’t have to rummage through drawers when cooking or baking.  Now, don’t worry about the adhesives ruining your cabinet.  If you follow the instructions on the pack on how to remove the hooks, your cabinet finish will stay as is.

 

The same Command Hooks can also be used to store the lids of your pots, which you must agree, really takes up a lot of space!

By making use of all the precious space available, you and your kitchen can work wonders!

Stay organized and happy!

 

ARTWORK ORGANIZING PART 2

Children are wired to be creative.  They invent games, explore, imagine, and as an effect they love to color and paint – inside and outside the line – and even on your living room walls!

Here’s my daughter’s art attack on our living room wall when she was two years old!

 

 

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Thankfully my neighbor introduced me to Magic Eraser and that episode never happened again, whew!

 

But throughout the years, I’ve developed ways on how to organize her artwork!

 

First I have a file case that I use to store her art.  I label the tabs according to her age in months since I’ve been collecting this ever since she was able to hold a pen.

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You can also use some twine and paper clips to hang her best artwork on the wall.  Just follow a one-in-one-out policy.  For every artwork you stick up, you take one down.  

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Never stop your kids from drawing, coloring or painting.  Encourage them to be as imaginative as they can possibly be!

To watch my video about this, please click the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8u8WLutib8

 

 

WORLD WARdrobe

CLUTTER? Chances are your closet is full of it!  So as the New Year starts, it is also time to start eliminating messy habits by tackling your wardrobe with these tips! 

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1. Get Your Mind In Order

Before de-cluttering, make sure you that feel relaxed and open.  I totally understand that letting go is not an easy task.  So do this during a time when you don’t have anything else scheduled and your focus will not be distracted by anything else.  Go ahead and play some music even.  It’s time to tell yourself, “Less is more.”

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2. Judgement Time

You may have saved some big boxes over Christmas. Get 2 big ones out and label them “THROW” and “DONATE”.  Trash bags are okay to use too.   Once you have them, it’s time to go through your closet’s contents one by one.  Pile the ones you want to keep on the bed and as soon as you come across an item that you need to throw or want to donate, put it in one of these boxes.

But what about all those items that you are unsure of because you might want to use them some day? Well, the rule of thumb is if you have not used it for over a year, it’s time to discard it.  By the time that purple skirt or lace top becomes fashionable again, it will probably be tweaked and it won’t be exactly the same.  So…just…let…go. 

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3. Boxes and Bins

For smaller or irregularly shaped items, you can put these in different boxes and bins.  Socks can be in one bin, hair accessories in another.  Sweaters and bulky clothes can also be placed in plastic containers to keep them compact.  Just make sure you label all boxes and bins so you don’t forget what’s inside.  Keeping items this way will help increase storage space.  

Confessions of a Certified OC

I am going to start this blog with a big confession… I wasn’t always obsessed with organizing. In fact, I was the complete opposite. I wanted to be creative, free-thinking and intuitive.  Sooo very right brained!  I thought back then, “Being organized are for control freaks and I don’t want to become a corny left brainer!”…right?  Well, I was wrong.

I landed a marketing job in a television network that needed me to conceptualize new ideas on a daily basis (yoohoo, right brain kicking in) but it also required me to cost out, plan and implement these ideas into fruition (hello, calling the left brain).  So I had no choice but to challenge myself to become more organized.  Yes, having a Palm Pilot helped (remember those personal digital assistants in the 90’s?) but it was more than that.  I needed to change my lifestyle to embrace a more systematic and orderly life. I became so OC (Obsessive Compulsive) that my work station was hailed the neatest one in the office.

Soon after that, a tidal wave of work and a surge of adult life responsibilities quickly heaved in.  I hardly had the energy to finish my to-do lists, much more take the time to be neat and organized.  Being OC just had to take a back seat.

One day, I woke up again to the realization that clutter was taking over my life.  Back then, my husband and I were living in a compact one bedroom condominium that was already filled to the brim with our baby’s stuff, his stuff, my stuff, and just a whole lot of other stuff.  So stuffed was our place we couldn’t even have visitors over.  My excuse was that we had no choice and just had to wait until we could move to a bigger place.  But then I reached a point when every day just felt so hectic, I felt so inefficient with my tasks, important documents and events were forgotten and everything just felt so overwhelming.   Worse, weekend mornings were used to either look for or clean up something… instead of me just relaxing with my husband and daughter.  It was time to take my life back in order!

Fast forward to today.  I am OCfied and loving it!  And I am starting this blog to hopefully help you create a clutter-free life for yourself and your family.  By being OCfied, you will create order in your home, find ways to reduce stress, maximize space and eliminate chaos in your life forever.  If I was able to do it, so can you. ☺