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If I were more organized, I would be a better person…

This is a phrase that I often hear that little voice inside my head uttering. When I look at a pile of mail, stack of magazines, stuff that needs to be put away, this is what I hear.

Why am I convinced that I would be a better person? Because clutter and disorganization makes me irritable. I get frustrated because I can’t find things. Right now I can’t find a spa gift certificate – ironically that is the very thing that could relax me. I swear that I just saw it…about a month ago…right there.

So what is my block…why don’t I just up and organize myself to avoid all the frustration? I need the right tools to get organized. I need the right containers, files, boxes, etc. I’m in what seems like an endless search for the perfect tools.

I’m going to start filing (here) when I find just the right thing. Then slowly I will purchase them, and eventually I will be a better (and more organized) person.

What are your favorite tools for staying organized?

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non-mushy lovin’

I’ve never been into hearts, pink, or mushy things…but every once in a while I will see something “love” related and think “ahh…that’s nice.” Usually it has to be non-glittery, have a vintagy feel, perhaps be a bit quirky, or be slightly rustic in it’s own way.

Anywhoo… here are a few Valentine’s Day/Love inspired things that caught my eye and met my non-mush approval.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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Sources, left to right: I Love You, in Binary Code – $10; two recycled wooden LOVE signs, painted to order – $42 each; Love What You Do print – $14.95; “Soldiers Goodbye & Bobbie the Cat”, 1945 – via Flickr.

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Friday wish list from Etsy and Supermarket

I’ve decided that I absolutely want need these things!

From one of the favorites, Etsy, and one of my newly discovered favorites…Supermarket!

Sources: Vintage large gas station number 3; Organic eco-portable laptop bag (even though I don’t have a laptop yet… I will someday and I’ll want this bag!); Vintage Art Deco metal sign letters; Anna Mix Necklace.

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9 Destructive Reasons We Cling to Clutter by Christine Kane

Today’s article is written by Christine Kane, a mentor, coach, blogger, and singer. She is very inspiring, check out her blog here.

Clutter might as well be a four letter word. I’m as guilty as anyone else, I definitely have clutter lurking in my home and life…but I’m getting better. This article has helped me, perhaps it can help you too.
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overwhelmed woman

“Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A retired man once told me he loved going camping with his wife because camping showed her how simple life can be “without all that bloomin’ stuff she keeps everywhere!”

He’s right!

Our lives are meant to be simple. Our intuition and creativity thrive when given freedom and space. Clutter is a disease. Each moment we ignore the reasons we hold on to things we don’t want, those things rob us of energy, health, and clarity. Yes, clutter is destructive!

If you’re a clutter-clinger, be kind to yourself. Begin with an awareness of your thoughts and excuses. For starters, read over this list to see if you can find YOUR excuse!

Clutter Excuse #1: “I’d be a mean horrible person if I…”

Guilt is heavy gooey energy that convinces us we’re bad people if we let go of heirlooms, knick-knacks, unwanted clothing or gifts.

These items clutter up our lives and keep us in a comfortable – but draining – place. And conveniently, we never have to decide what we actually do want in our environment. We become environmental victims. Often, that spreads into other parts of our lives too!

Clutter Excuse #2 – “I spent so much on it!”

Do you punish yourself for having made a bad choice by keeping the item around? Or convince yourself that you’re going to get your money’s worth – even if it drains the heck out of you?

You won’t. And it will.

We’ve all done stupid things. And we’ve all had to let them go. Now it’s your turn.

Clutter Excuse #3 – “I might need this someday.”

I often wonder how many idle telephone cords exist in the world. Way in the back of old desk drawers. Stuffed on closet shelves. They can’t be gotten rid of.

Why?

Because we might need them some day.

Evidently, some day – in spite of technological progress – you’re going to need that particular grey phone cord that came in the box with a phone you bought in 1989.

Throw it out. Now.

Same thing goes for: The broken fax machine, switch plates from your first house, and every glass flower vase that came with deliveries.

Clutter Excuse #4 – “I might do this someday.”

I know. I know.

Someday you’ll take those broken pieces of china you’ve collected and create a beautiful mosaic birdbath. And you’ll go through those stacks of magazines and make that collage for your sister’s 30th birthday party. (She’s 51 now.)

Now – I don’t mean to deny you your plans and dreams. However, I urge you to consider experiencing theinfinite relief that appears when you let old project ideas go.

Call your sister and tell her the collage ain’t gonna happen. Buy a mosaic birdbath from an artist who makes her living from creating such treasures.

And then, make space for what you want to do. Don’t fill your space with what you should do.

Clutter Excuse #5 – “I gotta look good to my guests.”

CD’s. Books. DVD’s. Are these items treasured? Or are they simply a prop so your guests will be impressed by your intelligence and diverse tastes?

Remember this: we are motivated by two things: Fear or Love. Which of these keeps you clinging to items because of appearances?

Clutter Excuse #6 – “I Don’t Know Where It Goes.”

When items don’t have a home, it’s harder to determine whether or not they are clutter. Some things mayseem like clutter – like the cute card that your daughter made that floats around from drawer to drawer – but they’re not clutter.

They’re homeless.

Once you start defining spaces for items, then it’s easier to see when something doesn’t fit anywhere and should just get tossed.

Clutter Excuse #7 – “My thoughts don’t have any power. Do they?”

Everything has energy. The thoughts you have about the things in your home CREATE energy. If you are surrounded by stuff you keep out of guilt, then your environment holds guilt. If you hang on to stuff given to you by your ex, and you still feel bitter – then there is bitterness in your home.

Get it?

It’s either fueling you or draining you. If anything triggers you, then that is your barometer. Let it go.

Clutter Excuse #8 – “But I never wore it!”

See Clutter Excuse #2.

Clutter Excuse #9 – “There’s too much stuff!”

Overwhelm can stop us in our tracks. If this article makes you aware that there are lots of items in your life you don’t like, then go slow. Schedule small chunks of time each day. It takes time to be clutter-free! But the newfound clarity and lightness are worth it!

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Christine Kane is the Mentor to Women Who are Changing the World. She helps women uplevel their lives, their businesses and their success. Her weekly LiveCreative eZine goes out to over 12,000 subscribers. If you are ready to take your life and your world to the next level, you can sign up for a F.R.E.E. subscription at http://christinekane.com.

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Favorite Etsy find of the day

Scouring through Etsy.com tonight and I fell in love with this print. Need I say more?

Purchase it for yourself (or for me) here.

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Architecturally interesting… cat houses

I came across this fantastic website (fantastic if you’re a cat lover), ModernCat.net where they featured a room with catwalks…for cats. This inspired me to look around online for more architecturally interesting cat houses.

Someday kitties…someday.

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Sources: Jayne’s DIY Kitty Playspace from Moderncat.net; Light and Airy Cat Room; The Cat’s House; Handmade Toast Cat Home; Handmade Cat House; Corrugated Cardboard Cat Cabin; Hepper Pod Pet Bed

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Stylish Tape Dispensers?

I am not sure why I have become obsessed with tape dispensers lately, perhaps it’s because the one I have is oh-so boring. Turns out there are many lovely, well designed, “designer,” tape dispensers out there–it just took some searching to find them.

FORTUNE magazine even wrote a short piece,  “Poppin.com: Bringing Style to Tape Dispensers,” in the February, 2011 issue. So far, Poppin.com isn’t up and running yet, but they’ll take your email and let you know when they’re ready.

Glad to know I’m not the only one thinking about this! Check out some truly stylish tape dispensers below.

images of designer tape dispensers

1) Cassette Tape, Tape Dispenser from J-me.co.uk, $20 – Very cool, but it makes me said to think that so many kids may not truly appreciate this since they may have NEVER seen an actual cassette tape before! Hmm…make me feel slightly old.

2) Heavy Weight Tape Dispenser from SeeJaneWork.com, $40 – Love the utilitarian-ness of this; plus it’s very functional.

3) Silver Tape Dispenser from SeeJaneWork.com, $30 – For the luxe desk space, very chic.

4) One Hand Tape Dispenser from CanoeOnline.net, $125 *gasp* – I do love the style of this, although for some reason I think my cats would a) bite on the the tall part and b) attack and then stick to the tape sticking up.

5) Stickit Tape Dispenser, from MomaStore.org, $20 – Not only do I love this because it’s orange, I love it because it makes sense. Allow me to explain why they named it the way they did. It has a sticky polyurethane gel base which secures it to any surface so it stays put when dispensing tape. Bonus: it doesn’t leave a sticky reside behind. Genius.

6) Electronic Tape Dispenser, from LincolnStationers.com, $29.50 – For the kid in all of us! It reminds me of those Kinnect things. So fun, I wonder how well it really works?

7) Choco Tape Dispenser, from MomaStore.org, $28.95 – Made of Walnut, this definately should have been included in my “wooden wish list.” Bonus: It comes with one roll of patterned Japanese washi paper tape.

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Cheeky Office Supplies

Whether you work in a less than exciting environment or you simply have a great sense of humor, these somewhat bold office supplies can come in handy. These items would make excellent gifts for a co-worker or of course yourself. Click on the links to get a closer look or to purchase. *Please note: These are simply items that I came across online and wanted to share with you. I am not being compensated in any way.*

cheeky office supplies


  1. “Thanks for Being” stamp from The Paper Source – Lets you then check off your choice of:   You      An A**hole    or     Both.
    Appropriate for many occasions, don’t you think?
  2. “WTF” stamp, from The Paper Source – Punctuation options of:     “!”    “?”    or    “!?”
  3. “Stuff” file folders from Knock Knock – Why shouldn’t filing be fun? This set includes the shown “stuff” folder as well as “Bills to: Pay on Time; Pay Late; or Default On,” and “Documents: Important; Worthless; Forged.”
  4. “To Do” file folders, also from Knock Knock – bring some honesty to your filing process. This set includes the “To Do” folders shown, as well as: “To Ponder: In My Spare Time; Truly, Madly, Deeply; Under Duress; Under My Pillow; When Pigs Are Flying.” and “To File: Immediately; Under Lock and Key; By Somebody Else; In the Round File; In a Big Pile.”
  5. “Useless” file folders from Knock Knock – call files like they really are! This set also includes: “Papers to Shuffle Endlessly Thereby Accomplishing Nothing.” and “Stuff to Hide From Boss, Spouse, or Otherwise NOSY Individual.”
  6. &  7. “Holy Crap & Sh!t erasers” from The Paper Source – These words tend to find there way into my vocabulary when I make a mistake…let’s be honest here.

Have you come across some humorous office supplies? Share them with us in the comments below!

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Favorite Sites to Visit

I love love love finding a good blog or website! Over time I have put together a list of just a few of my favorite sties. I hope you enjoy!

Food

Food Gawker
Warning: this site will have you drooling. Combining food, photography AND recipes. Figure out what to cook based on what looks good…genius.

Shopping

Etsy.com
Most everyone is familiar with etsy.com…but it’s still a favorite. Handmade goods from crafters around the globe. I have SO many wants from this site.

Renegade Handmade
Another fantastic place to purchase handmade goodies. From jewelry to paper goods, it’s all good stuff.

The Curiosity Shoppe
The brain child of Lauren Smith and Derek Fagerstrom, a lovely and strange little shop full of wonderful finds. *They are living my dream!*

For Fun

Netted by the Webbys
Daily email that will direct you to some very cool, or as they say “unmissable” sites, apps and online stuff that make life better.

Clients From Hell
Pretty self explanatory. Hey, designers need to vent too!

Free Mahjong
It’s just a fun distraction and something to take the edge off. I’m going to warn you though… it’s addicting.

The Style Test
A fun little visual style test.

Design

Design Sponge
A daily website dedicated to home and product design run by Brooklyn-based writer, Grace Bonney. This is yet another blog that makes me salivate. *a little secret I’ll share with you…I hope to someday be a contributor to Design Sponge*

How About Orange
The blog of Jessica Jones, a graphic and textile designer. This is one of my favorite blogs of all time. I have literally caught myself squealing with excitement when I get an update in my inbox.

Prickly Pear Bloom
A fellow blogger and visual artist, Tracy Harris. I could (and have) spend hours paging through her blog.

Tin Eye
Ever have an image but can’t find the source? Allow me to introduce you to Tin Eye, a reverse image search engine.

Spoonflower
Print your own custom designs on fabric! How cool is that?!

Blue Vertigo
A GIANT database of links! From free stock images to fonts and even sounds! A must have bookmark for any designer.

All Graphic Design
A blog which focuses on web and graphic design. Articles range from career and educational advice, info about design software, lists of resources and tools…basically all information that graphic designers would find interesting.

Graphic Design Blender
“The best business tips for graphic and web designers.”

Designers Tool Box
From envelope sizes to binding styles, find a plethora of printing and web layout resources.

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Home Office Inspiration

Lately I’ve been thinking “Perhaps I’m not getting any work done because I’m not feeling inspired in my new home office surroundings.” (*Note: Yes, I am aware that this is simply an excuse for not being productive. I am OK with that.) So I decided to get inspired by other peoples home offices. Below are photos that I found (via Flickr and apartment therapy) of some home offices that I wish were mine.

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