Talents Subway Art

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Found this quote and thought it would make a good Subway Art piece.  For a free download go to my Facebook page & click on "Docs" - please "like" my page also --thanks --enjoy <3

Free Printable via Facebook

Wishing Everyone a Happy Easter.  Hope everyone enjoys the day with family & friends <3

Magnetic Chalkboard Project Board

Friday, March 29, 2013

Today I decided to make an organizing project board.  I purchased this magnetic chalkboard easel board from Target for less than $7.00.  I made a template using Microsoft Word to fit the size Post-it Notes I was using.  Printed off my list and you see the results :-)

As the projects are completed I will move the Post-it notes under the completed section so I can see my accomplishments.  Happy Organizing <3

Week 12 - Organizing the Bedroom Closet

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Week 12March 24th - March 30th **Bedroom Closet**   Wow week 12 already!!  This week's challenge is to organize your bedroom closet.  If your closest is in disarray and you are searching for the mate to the pair of shoes you need for your work outfit, or you search over and over again frantically for that shirt that you planned on wearing only to find you passed over it 5 times already, then it's time to spring clean!  If you start your day by being disorganized it will carry over into the rest of your day!  First remove everything from your closet - yes everything! Then wipe down the shelves, vacuum the cobwebs - now is the time to even give that closet a fresh coat of paint.  Make sure you have adequate lighting in your closet as well.  After everything is removed from your closet - you need to separate these items into 4 piles. Yup 4 piles for this challenge as I added a repair pile/cleaner pile.

Set up you piles as follows:  Toss - throw out items that are damaged or not in good condition to give away.  It's time to de-clutter!

Next pile - donate pile - after you place your items for donation put them in a box or large garbage bag and immediately place them in your car, so when you are out and about the items can be dropped off.

 For the next pile - "the repair pile" access your closet inventory.  Anything that needs to go to a shoe repair store, the cleaners, or a tailor for alterations or repairs.  Gather these items as well and then load into your car and drop off when you are out and about.

The last pile is the "it belongs somewhere else" pile - I am a big offender of this pile.  My closet is my hiding place for Christmas gifts, Easter Baskets and so forth.  Designate somewhere else in the home for these items. I am choosing a storage box to house these items from now on and will keep them on a shelf in the basement.

Some helpful organizing hints:

Hangers - use the same type of hanger throughout the closet.  This will give a neat organized appearance.  I highly recommend "Huggable Hangers" by Joy Mangano.  I am not affiliated with "huggable hangers" nor do I receive any compensation from the company, I just love the product.  Target sells them individually or in a boxed set (and put them on sale).  They come in a wide assortment of colors. Although it is a bit of an initial investment, it is well worth it!  Silk shirts do not fall off the hangers (they have a velvet coating to them), and these hangers will give you so much more room in the closet.  I gained almost 50% more space using these hangers in my closet.  Do not try the "cheaper versions" believe me I have, (tried a brand from a very well know bath store)  and snapped a hanger in my hand, the quality is no where near the same!
Check Target & HSN for prices

Color code your clothes:  Arrange clothes by color - this gives a neater visual appearance as well as makes it easier to put together an outfit.  Keep like items with like items, shirts, pants, etc.

Use baskets or bins for out of season or bulky clothes.  Make sure you label your bins.

Shoe Storage:  Use a shoe rack, shelf,  or plastic boxes for those shoes you don't use on a normal basis.  I purchased a flip flop file for my closet from Clever Container.  This is a hanging file that houses 18 pairs of flip flops or sandals for $20.00. Never lose a pair again!  You can purchase a flip flop file here "Clever Container" Website

Flip Flop file $20.00 holds 18 pairs of flip flops or sandals.
Garment Bags:  Purchased from the "Dollar Tree" protect those expensive suits and dresses. You can grab a bunch for $1.00 each.

Ties, Belts, Purses:  Hang hooks or use organizers to help those little loose end things that clutter up your closet.  You may purchase the following products from "Clever Container" by clicking here "Clever Container Website"

Belt Hanger $11.00 from Clever Container

Handbag Organizer $20.00 from Clever Container
Shelf Dividers $18.00 set of 2 Clever Container

Scarf Hanger $10.00 from Clever Container

Hope this gives you a place to start and some ideas on how to organize your closet.  Make things go smoothly in the morning rush & start your day off right!  Happy Organizing <3

NY Yankees Subway Art

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Wow 3 creations in one day!  I had to get ready for baseball season :-)  I went a little "old school" with the players ~ enjoy <3 Available download for personal use only, not intended for commercial use.

For Free Printable Download Click Here

4th of July Subway Art

Having a 4th of July picnic?  Decorate with these free printables.  All printables will print on 8.5 x11 piece of paper.  Just download to your computer and print out.    I have created a cake banner, napkin wraps, decorative stars for centerpieces, and water bottle labels.

These are for personal use only, not intended to be sold.

Happy 4th <3

To Download Printable Subway Art click here

Scroll down for party printables.
Banner for cake - attach with string to straws
The Photos below are of my Memorial Day Party, the printables have been changed to reflect July 4th. There are water bottle labels, napkin wraps, and food labels.  Enjoy :-) 

Table Labels

Napkin Wraps

Water Bottle Labels

Just roll the napkins with utensils in them and tape the ends closed.

Attach the bottle labels using clean mailing tape - found at the dollar store

Organizing Under the Kitchen Sink

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Week 11:  March 17th - 23rd **Organizing Under the Kitchen Sink**

This has to be the cabinet I hate most in the kitchen.  Seems like it houses so many items for cleaning - yet has the most awkward space because of the plumbing.  I've seen some great ideas, especially on Pintrest as to how to utilize the space around the pipes.  Some have added tension rods and hung spray bottles from them.  I've seen others that have pull out drawers (my space is too tight for one of those).  Since this is a small project for the week, I would encourage you to try organizing another kitchen cabinet or draw that you have been putting off.  Happy Organzing <3

Eric Carle Subway Art

Sunday, March 17, 2013

I think my creativity hits me at night.  For some reason midnight seems to be the hour of choice.  I have no rhyme or reason as to why Eric Carle came to mind last night, although he is one of my daughter's favorite authors when she was little.  I made this with her in mind, remembering all those nights reading "The Quietest Cricket" together.

  For personal use only please, not to be sold or for commercial use ~ thank you. Enjoy <3

 To download free printable click here

Cozi Website

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A great organizing tool I want to share is Cozi.  A great place to organize your family's schedule, shopping lists, etc.  If you prefer, your family will also have access to the calendar via online, Ipad, Smart Phone, etc.  The site will send you email or text message reminders. Click on the link to visit the website.  Cozi Website

Description for the Cozi Website: 

The #1 Family Calendar

Cozi is a free app and website that helps you manage your busy family calendar. Plus it keeps track of everything from school schedules to sports activities, meals, grocery lists, and chores, all in one place.

Organizing Social Media

Monday, March 11, 2013

Sorry this is a week late.  Things were a little hectic at work, grades were due and last week seemed like nonstop meetings.  So here is this week's challenge ~

Week 10:  March 10th - March 16th **Organizing Social Media** Social media is probably the most widely used tool we have.  We check our email, Facebook, Twitter, and Blogs daily, yet we don't seem to organize them on a consistent basis.  This week take some time out and organize your social media.  Delete those pages and pages of emails.  Make folders to keep important emails in a specific place.  I know when I first started on Facebook I played a wide variety of games, which has resulted in numerous friend requests from other gamers.  Honestly the games got way out of control with the number of tasks to complete.  As of now I have over 400 friends and need to weed out the ones who were only on there to play games that I no longer play.  I have met some great people along the way who I am friends with now and I'm glad I've met them through Facebook.  Social media is a great way to make new friends, connect with old ones, and keep in touch with distant family members.  Take some time this week and go through and clean up your social media <3