Goal Setting for 2014

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I love the beginning of a new year!  Yes, I totally realize that each and every day is a new start, but for some reason I love setting goals at the start of a new year.  I try not to make the goals too broad.  I like specific, measurable goals.  This year I picked four specific categories for goal setting:  Marriage, Mothering, Family, and Personal. All of my goals plug into one of these 4 categories.  I am a paper and pen girl.  I know that it drives my computer-loving hubby crazy, but I love to write lists down in a notebook.  Add in some fun-colored markers and I am one happy girl.

I started a new book for my lists.  I’ve been carrying my old book for almost 2 years and it finally just fell apart.  It is a simple graph ruled composition book that I picked up at Staples for a few bucks.  I definitely prefer graph ruled to the traditional composition book.  This is a book that I carry everywhere.  When I think of something that I need to do or think of questions I need to ask a doctor or therapist I write it in this book.  It’s nothing fancy, but it is exactly what I need. Having my list of goals in the front of this book is going to be awesome for me this year!  Here are my goals:

Marriage

1)  weekly date night (we already get 3 hours of respite care on Monday nights that we absolutely cherish)

2)  read 4 marriage books/devotional books

Mothering

1)  monthly dates with each of the girls

2)  write monthly letters to the girls & include them in my Project Life pages

3)  pray with the girls each day

Family

1) memorize one Bible verse each week

2)  read at least one chapter of a book out loud together each day

3)  explore Arizona (Sedona, Grand Canyon, Tombstone, Bisbee, etc)

Personal

1) exercise 60 min/day 6 days a week (I’m pretty much already doing this)

2)  do a Whole 30 (I’m currently reading this book to prepare)

3)  read the Bible through chronologically (I’m using this Bible)

4)  read 52 books (I’ve already started a list in my trusty red notebook)

5)  continue documenting our everyday life with Project Life

6)  run a 5K race 

7)  declutter & simplify 

I’m excited about the things that I will accomplish in 2014.  It’s going to be a big year for us as we continue our journey of better health & prepare to move this summer (hence the decluttering).  

What are your goals for 2014?

Make them great!

JuJu

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Craft Room Organization: Creating a Functional Project Life Station

I am so thrilled to finally share with you pictures of my craft room overhaul!  It was a LONG project.  I truly wanted to do it right and really sort through everything I have.  I got rid of boxes and boxes of old supplies that I’ve had for years that I just had to admit that I’d never use.  I honestly laughed so many different times as I said to myself “What in the world were you thinking when you bought this?”  My sister and I exchanged a lot of texts and phone calls during this process.  We both admitted that we have hoarding issues!

So now that I have confessed my issues to you let me share with you a bit of why I decided it was finally time for a good clean out.  This is my first year doing Project Life.  You can see all of my project life posts for the year so far, HERE.  Since starting to document our daily life this way I have really fallen back in love with photographing and journaling.  I definitely feel that I had lost my passion for recording our family history because of the tremendous amount of guilt I had because I was behind.  I also think I was documenting just the big events in our lives such as birthdays, major holidays, and bigger life events.  Project Life has made me realize that the everyday is not ordinary, it is EXTRAORDINARY!  I love documenting the simple everyday things like the movies we see, where we eat, what snacks the kids are enjoying right now, and what we read.  The four of us have also looked at our project life albums more than any other album I’ve ever made. LOVE that!

Because I realize that Project Life is the only way I want to document our lives from here on out, I realized it was time to let go of the stuff I just won’t use in my albums.  So began “project overhaul”.  If you remember, one of the items on my September Sort-It list was:  create a functional project life station.  My craft area was complete chaos.  I was sure that if anyone fell in there that we might not ever find them.  Below is a picture of what my room looked like at the beginning.  Don’t be jealous!

I know right!  Total chaos.  Well, after hours and hours of sorting, purging, and organizing here are a few pictures of what my overall room looks like now.

I get a lot of questions on how I organize ribbon, embellishments, project life core kits, journal cards, stickers, etc.  So today I’m going to show you a bunch of different pictures of my various stations.  This is going to be picture heavy so I’m going to keep my explanations to a minimum, but don’t hesitate to ask any questions in the comment section.

I organize all of my ribbon and embellishments by color.  I’ve been doing this for years and love this way of organizing.  My ribbon jars sit on the shelves that are pictured above.

During the reorganization of my supplies I moved all my colored embellishments from small rubber containers to the drawers you see on the counter below.

There is a drawer for each color.  Some colors have 2 drawers.

I have a shelf for all of my ink pads, paints, and misters.  Right above that I keep a jar full of buttons.  I don’t separate those by color.  There is just something about a big jar of colorful buttons that makes me smile!

I also bought drawers from IKEA years ago to use for my alphabets and numbers. They were a doozy to put together but I love the functionality of them.  There is a drawer for each letter and number.  It was a lot of work at first but I love having them organized this way.

The letter drawers sit on top of several cubed drawer systems.  Several of these drawers house my project life page protectors.  I have one drawer for the 12×12 designs.

All the other sizes are in the drawer below.

On top of the shelves behind my desk are various stations.  I love that I can turn around and have everything at my fingertips.  The first station has baskets with all my letters (stickers, rub-ons, etc.) as well as word stickers.

The next shelf holds several different vintage trays that I’ve picked up from various places.

The gray box holds all of my flair buttons.  As you can see, I am a HUGE fan of the buttons Leena over at Finding Nana makes.  You can see her shop HERE.

The little letterpress tray holds various project life goodies.  (I’m going to move the numbers over to the drawers where they belong!)

The smaller green box in the back holds various tags, labels, and journal cards.

The next station holds the old, wooden silverware box that you may have seen from this post.  It houses the supplies from the PL core kits that are 4×6 in size.  I also designated several areas to smaller stamps.

This shelf also holds a couple of shell dishes I picked up at an antique shop as well as my box of washii tape.

I bought my desk from Pier 1 Imports about 8 years ago.  I love the heigth and the little cubbies on the side which houses my sets of acryllic stamps.

This isn’t the best shot of my desk top but it will have to do.

I keep my album, paper trimmer, industrial corner rounder, a basket containing necessary supplies (tiny attacher, scissors, adhesive), and an old library card catalog box that has all my PL journaling cards.  Below is a close-up of that card box.

So there you have it!  Like I said, very picture heavy, but I hope it has given you some good ideas.  If you have any questions, please either leave them in the comments or shoot me a message.  My e-mail is in the upper right hand corner of my blog.

I’ve loved being back in my creative space now that it is clean and organized.  I try to spend a little bit of time each day in here.  Whether it be printing pictures or putting my thoughts down on journaling cards.  The picture below sits on my shelf in the craft room.  It makes me smile.

Here’s to a productive week!

Make it great!

JuJu

Project Life was created by Becky Higgins as a simple solution to documenting your memories.  You can learn more about project life here.

September Sort It Update

Just wanted to pop in and give you an update on the sorting I have been doing this month. If you missed my first post about my plan to “sort through September” you can read about it HERE!  I’ve not done nearly as much as I thought I would have by this point, but I’m totally fine with that.  Some of my projects, like sorting through my scrapbook room, are HUGE projects and I’ve spent hours and hours working in there.  I also added a couple of things to the list as I’ve moved through the house and realized that other things needed to be sorted.

So here are a couple of before and after photos of projects I’ve been working on.

The entire list is at the bottom of the post.

#14:  Sort through tool baskets in kitchen drawer.

#7:  Clean out bookshelf by blue recliner.

#24:  Clean out fridge.

Here is a shot of my craft area in progress:

I sat on the floor and sorted paper one evening for quite some time!  Glad to have my paper sorted now.

I also spent a couple of days helping my sister get sorted after her move.  Here is a shot of her letterpress drawer that I organized with all of her project life goodies.

Today I am tackling my laundry room!  As you can see there is a LOT of sorting to do in there.  We already took everything out and it is currently sitting in the hall. I’m hoping that will encourage me to sift through it quickly.

1)  Clean out junk drawer. (I’m sure we all can relate to this!)

2)  Clean out kids’ dish drawer and get rid of old dishes.

3)  Arrange pick up of old fridge and washing machine.

4)  Clean out laundry room. (This is definitely a bigger project!) (In progress)

5)  Make final plans for home-made Christmas gifts.

6)  Clean out craft magazines & books.

7)  Clean out bookshelf by blue recliner.

8)  Sort through medicine cabinet; dispose of old meds.

9)  Clean out Hailey’s dresser drawers.  Clothes to Emily and Goodwill.

10)  Organize garage sale; donate the rest.

11)  Clean out cookbook cabinet.

12)  Clean off small counter and set up mail station.

13)  Shred pile of junk mail. (my dad will be thrilled!)

14)  Sort through tool baskets in kitchen drawer.

15)  Clear cabinet space for cloth rags & towels. (Trying to reduce/eliminate our use of paper towels.)

16)  Clean out under the sink.

17)  Clean out acrylic/rubber stamps.

18)  Unpack office boxes in basement.

19)  Clean out storage closet in basement.

20)  Create a mangeable Project Life (PL) workstation. (In progress)

21)  Put all flair buttons for PL together.

22)  Clean out candle cabinet.

23)  Spray & pull the weeds around our property.

24)  Clean out fridge.

25)  Clean out both cars and take them to the carwash.

*I still have quite a bit still left to do, but I am pleased with what I have accomplished so far.  We’ve had a full September and I wouldn’t have given up anything we’ve done outside of the home in order to have crossed more of my sorting list.  Labor Day weekend was spent out at our church camp.  I sang with the worship team in 5 of the 6 services and Chris worked the sound board for all of the services.  I also went to Los Angeles one weekend with my parents for a training for a company I joined 5 months ago.  I’m so thankful that I was able to attend this event and learn even more about our products.  You can check out my business website HERE!  I plan to share more about how It Works! has helped me focus on living a healthier life so I can be here for my family for a LONG time!  Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions!

How is your sorting going?  I’d love to hear all about it!

Make it great!

JuJu

Planning to Sort Through September

Hello Friends!  I’m sharing something a little different with you today.  We have had a whirlwind of a summer and start to the school year in our household.  The girls are attending a virtual academy this year, which means they are being schooled here at home.  That, coupled with the fact that Chris returned last week after 2 months of military training with bronchitis (that Hailey and I now have as well) leaves you with one, super tired and overwhelmed mama.

I often get asked the question “How do you do all that you do?”.  First off I’m going to tell you that I DON”T do it all!  I’m not going to be one of those people that says in a condescending tone, “Well you know, there ARE 24 hours in a day!”  When I hear people say that, I always want to respond “Well, thanks for that lesson! I had no idea!”  Ok, enough snarkiness!

Yes, there are times where it might look like I have everything together, but I guarantee you that when I am juggling lots of different things, whether they be the kids’ therapies, activities, school work, housework, and taking care of myself, one (or more) of those balls is going to get dropped.  The two that are most often dropped are housework and taking care of myself.  Today I’m going to talk about all things house related.  Aren’t you thrilled?

Right now, my home is in disarray.  After this happening many different times, I have learned two things:

1.  When my days are hectic, my house gets out of control.

2.  When my house gets out of control, I get anxious and overwhelmed.

It truly is a vicious cycle!  I have also noticed that both of my girls get overwhelmed by clutter & excess “stuff”.

I’ve shared with you before that when I have a lot of things to do, I always feel better making a list.  I don’t let all that is on that list overwhelm me.  Instead, knowing it is written down and that I won’t forget to do something relieves a tremendous burden on me.

A few nights ago I was feeling particulary overwhelmed, so I did what a lot of women do in that situation…started surfing Pinterest!  Seriously, I started looking through different organizational boards to get some inspiration.  I then made my way to several of my favorite blogs that I read and came across a challenge on Mel’s blog.  Her friend, Tamar, actually issued the challenge.  I have been reading Tamar’s blog as she shares about her journey following treatment for breast cancer and her desire to eat clean and healthy!  Many of you know that my sister, Jenny, is a breast cancer survivor.  Jenny and I have talked a lot recently about trying to eat clean so I have enjoyed Tamar’s story.

So, here is the gist of the September Sort It Challenge.  Make a list of things that you need to do in your home (inside or out).  These can be big or little.  Some of mine can be completed in 15 minutes or less.  My goal is to get through all of them, however even if I only get through half of them, I will feel great!

1)  Clean out junk drawer. (I’m sure we all can relate to this!)

2)  Clean out kids’ dish drawer and get rid of old dishes.

3)  Arrange pick up of old fridge and washing machine.

4)  Clean out laundry room. (This is definitely a bigger project!)

5)  Make final plans for home-made Christmas gifts.

6)  Clean out craft magazines & books.

7)  Clean out bookshelf by blue recliner.

8)  Sort through medicine cabinet; dispose of old meds.

9)  Clean out Hailey’s dresser drawers.  Clothes to Emily and Goodwill.

10)  Organize garage sale; donate the rest.

11)  Clean out cookbook cabinet.

12)  Clean off small counter and set up mail station.

13)  Shred pile of junk mail. (my dad will be thrilled!)

14)  Sort through tool baskets in kitchen drawer.

15)  Clear cabinet space for cloth rags & towels. (Trying to reduce/eliminate our use of paper towels.)

16)  Clean out under the sink.

17)  Clean out acrylic/rubber stamps.

18)  Unpack office boxes in basement.

19)  Clean out storage closet in basement.

20)  Create a mangeable Project Life (PL) workstation.

21)  Put all flair buttons for PL together.

22)  Clean out candle cabinet.

23)  Spray & pull the weeds around our property.

So that is my list so far!  I may add things as I see other areas that need work.  I will update my list throughout the month here on my blog.  I’m really looking forward to chipping away at this list and getting more control of my home.  I know that I will feel so much better with every item that is crossed off.

We just got word this week that Chris will be promoting to Major at the end of September.  That means a house full of company coming for the promotion ceremony and the celebration we will be hosting.  Even MORE of a motivation to get it done!  I definitely work better under a deadline!

Would you like to join me in the September Sort It challenge?  I would love that!  If you choose to join, leave me a comment with a link to your blog so I can check it out.  Also, make sure you check out Mel’s blog HERE & Tamar’s blog HERE to see what they are sorting!  Thank you Mel & Tamar for the motivation I needed to get it sorted!

Make it great!

JuJu