Here We Go Again!

I'm feeling overwhelmed by my house again and as I said in My Clutter Recovery post, that was just the beginning and I have a lot more to go!  So tomorrow I'll be starting a set of challenges from the past.  Peter Walsh's 31 Days To Get Organized from 2013.  Are you interested, too?  Please, join me!  It's been half a year since the 2014 "31 Days" so the timing is great.  And the 2015 "31 Days" will be here in just 6 months!  It'll be the best July you've ever had!  Or, it will at least be the most freeing July you've ever had, tell it to your neighbor!

Peter recently posted a link to a website where all of the past challenges can be found.  It's a guide with a list of the challenges including videos and place for discussion and questions.  It looks like this:

Here's a link to the 2013 Challenge.  Register there to get to the guide.  It's free right now, but I don't know for how long!  I'll be on Instagram @tellittoyourneighbor and Facebook @tellittoyourneighbor documenting the journey with before and after pictures (I hope you don't mind, this keeps me motivated)!  I'd love for you to join me, the more of us working together the better the motivation!!!  Use the hashtags #31Days2GetOrganized and #GetOrganizedInJuly if you're public and if you're private, please tag me so I can see your hard work!  Let's do it!


A Few Birthday Party Tips

This is the last post of Birthday Party Week!  (Pretend it's still the month of May and I didn't start this birthday party week a month ago.  Ha!)  This post is a little different, it's a few tips to make your life easier.  First, I found a way to cut my stress in half when setting up a party-on-location, tell it to your neighbor!  All you need is a laundry basket and Jumbo storage bags:

Take all of your supplies out of their packaging.  That means unwrap plates, napkins, candles, decorations, you name it.

Put like things in jumbo storage bags.  For example all the unwrapped plates, napkins and utensils in one bag.

Then put everything you need for the party into a laundry basket.  Now everything is easy to transport from house to car to party.

The stress of setting up a party-on-location is cut in half because all the time it took to unwrap everything was completed at home ahead of time.  And all the trash is taken care of and left at home!

I used this same tip for my TITYN DIY Night.

And also for my daughter's Wild Kratts party at the Houston Zoo.  A second reason this cuts stress in half: When you get to the party, you can hand a party helper a bag and they can pretty much figure out what needs to be done with it. :)

The second tip is to reuse your party decorations for a birthday morning surprise, tell it to your neighbor!  Whether it's streamers on the bedroom door or hanging from the chandelier for breakfast, it only takes a second because you already have it from the birthday party.  I've done this twice now (it's another benefit of my clutter recovery).

Third, I am terrible at thank you notes but I am very thankful!  I know our party guests want to know we received their gift, that it didn't get left behind.  I like to see a kiddo's reaction to a gift and I assume other people do as well.  Also, I enjoy making a slideshow with music, it doesn't fail to procrastination like a handwritten note does for me.  So I created a slideshow and sent it to our friends to say thank you.  I couldn't worry about etiquette here, this slideshow is way better than the usual: no thank you note at all.  It's a new era for thank you etiquette, whatever works for you!