Unorganized recipes?

My Tastebook!

How many favorite recipes do you have? How many different cook books do you have to pull out to find all of them? My problem was that my faves were scattered in different books, print outs and on index cards.

My husband actually came across this really cool site that helps you organize your recipes. So I tried it out and its awesome!

You can add up to 100 recipes in one book. You can choose a cover, upload your own pictures for your recipes, share your recipes with your friends and family and buy gift certificates. You can upload recipes from recipe websites as well.

I uploaded all of my favorites for the holidays. It took me a few nights to complete it, but it was well worth it. You can also order copies of it if you wanted to give it as a gift.

I highly recommend this site!

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The gift supply monster among us.

Now that Christmas and Valentine’s Day is over, it was now a good time for me to get the rolls of ribbon, gift bags and wrap in order.  My collection of Christmas gift wrap had outgrown the upright Rubbermaid container it was in. So I ordered a really neat gift wrap duffel from  I wanted it separate from my other non-Christmas wrapping paper. I have others in a separate storage container under my bed.  The upright container was in my master closet and it was time to find a new home for it.

I had always kept my Christmas gift bags separate from the rest of the occasions, but what was making everything unorganized were the rolls of Christmas ribbon, gift tags and bows. Since my box of Christmas bags is full, I bought a Red and Green craft supply box to hold all those loose ends. Scissors, tape, large rolls of Christmas ribbon, pre-made bows and gift tags are all in one place. This really helps my husband when he’s wrapping my gifts the night before Christmas. Ok, so Christmas is squared away and I won’t have to look at it till December.

My biggest issue was TISSUE PAPER! How is it that tissue paper becomes a monster so quickly? I did have all the Christmas tissue in the Christmas gift bag box, so I always knew how much of it I had…so I thought!

How many times have we purchased more red,white and green tissue paper, only to find more as we’re stuffing bags? Plenty of times here! I clearly was unorganized with the Christmas colored paper and spent more money than I should have. Lesson learned.

So that leaves the rest of the tissue paper which I had mixed into my gift bag box.  I pulled it all out and threw it into a bag until I knew what to do with it. I always ran out and bought more tissue thinking I didn’t have enough or the right color. One kiddo is at school and the baby is asleep, time to get that job done!

I had an extra Sterlite box perfect for tissue paper. I did have to fold the tissue in half, no big deal. I flattened each sheet out. I didn’t realize how many colors I had and how much! I even found Valentine’s paper that I could of used this month.

I ordered a ribbon organizer from I like it a lot and I just placed an order for another one. These are for ribbon other than Christmas.

You can try this 2 ways. Either put all of your prints together or coordinate the prints with the solids. I had more solids than prints, so I decided to keep my solids together. I first folded up all the white paper. Now that I know exactly how much I have, I won’t buy more next time I need to stuff a gift bag. Then I used the rainbow color scheme as to how I wanted to place the solids. I started with black, then 2 shades of purple, 2 shades of blue, green, orange, yellow, 2 shades of pink and 2 shades of red. Then I flattened and folded all of the prints and place them on top.

I do like to have a variety of colors on hand, so now that I can see what I have I know not to get the same colors. Some of this paper was used and in good condition and the rest was still in the plastic packaging. I emptied all of the packages and flattened them out. I wanted to see exactly how much I had of each color.

Now I know I have more black and white tissue paper than any other color in the box. I need to beef up on my greens, yellows and pinks. Maybe even throw in some wedding printed tissue in there as well.

I also like to keep different occasions in wrapping paper on hand. Baby shower, boy and girl birthday, sophisticated prints, wedding, Valentine’s Day and Easter on hand.

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Where do your shoes live?

Imelda Marcos, I’m not. Nor do I have a big shoe fetish, but I know many who do!

Shoes multiply quickly and sometimes end up everywhere but where they should be.

Where do your shoes live?

Under the bed being accompanied by dust bunnies and Christmas wrap?

On the floor board of your car, getting stepped on by your kids?

In a pile by the backdoor, front door or mud room?

Missing its mate under clutter on your closet floor?

Hanging for dear life on a non functional shoe tree that always falls over?

If you checked off any of these scenarios, then maybe its time to try something new.

We all have shoes we don’t wear all the time, like formal/evening wear shoes and boots. I’ve found a great product to be able to store them away and create more space in your closet.

These are awesome shoe boxes! I’ve been able to recover 2ft of shelf space on the shelf above my dowel rod. You can stack them one on top of the other to save space. These boxes are clear so you can see your shoes. Easy to assemble. I used one to store my clutches too. I plan on ordering more of these!

Got boots? Check these out.

If you’ve got the money and the room, here’s the mother of all shoe cubbies!

But before you place your order, you’ll need to see how many boxes you need. I would start by doing a clean out of old shoes. If you didn’t wear those sandals last summer, out they go! Donate them! If you didn’t wear those boots at all last Winter, let them warm up someone else’s feet. Find a donation center near by or call up one that does pick ups. Don’t keep shoes just because you once loved them. If you really don’t have any use for them, move on. Make room for some new shoes!

Shoe storage

Do you have a clutter problem?

I’m not the creator of this quiz, but I do want to pass it along for you to take. This was an assignment I did. You can grade your answers at the end to see if you’re clutter bug or an organized individual.

Do You Have A Clutter Problem? How Bad Is It?

Take this quiz to find out.

1. Could you have a party without cleaning up first?

A.   Guests could eat off the floor. Bring em in!

B.   Maybe tomorrow. The living room’s a mess, but I can hide it away in a few hours.

C.   Um, I don’t have parties here. Can we go bowling instead?

2. Do your clothes fit in your closet?

A.   Of course. They’re hung in order by color and season.

B.   They fit, I guess, but I have no idea what’s on the top shelf.

C.   They fall on my head when I open the door. Is that so wrong?

3. Without looking, do you know where to find your car keys, your unpaid bills, and your home or renter’s insurance policy?

A.   Absolutely…want me to get them right now?

B.   All except the insurance. It must be somewhere in my husband’s/wife’s/partner’s office.

C.   Sure—just give me 10 minutes to find them. Or an hour.

4. What is on your dining room table right now?

A.   Wood polish and a rag –I was just wiping it.

B.   A few piles of bills…and my child’s art collection.

C.   So much stuff that I can’t see the table.

5. How many magazines are in your house right now?

A.   Three–the current issue of each magazine I get.

B.   Oh, a lot, But I need for my job.

C.   I have every issue of National Geographic ever published. It’s an outstanding collection.

6. How many paper and shopping bags are you saving?

A.    A handful –we use them to recycle newspapers.

B.     An overstuffed milk crate plus a few extra. You never know that size bag you’ll need.

C.   Every single bag that enters the house.

7. Answer the following questions with a Yes or No:

A.   If you had to change a light bulb, could you find one?

B.   Are all your DVDs and CDs in their sleeves?

C.   Are kid’s toys anywhere except in their rooms or designated play areas?

D.   Are there dirty dishes in the sink?

E.   Are dirty clothes anywhere but in the hamper?

F.    Are out-of-date medications in your medicine chest?

G. Are all bills paid and papers filed?

H.   Does every item of clothing in your closet fit you now?

Score Yourself:

Questions 1-6: Give yourself zero points for every A’ one point for every B’ two points for every C.

Questions 7: Give yourself a point if you answered: a) no, b) no, c) yes, d) no e) yes, f) yes, g) no, h) no.

Add all your points together.

If You Scored:

10-20 points: Uh-oh! Looks like you’re a HARD-CORE HOARDER. It’s amazing that you found a pen to take this quiz. But don’t take it too hard or feel overwhelmed: the first step is admitting the problem.

Do remember that sometimes a first round of de-cluttering isn’t enough. A few months after your first purge, you’ll look at the same stuff you thought you couldn’t throw out and realize you haven’t touched it since your cleanup. It takes a while to get used to the idea that if you don’t use it, if it’s not part of your life, it doesn’t serve your goals, then it’s just a waste of space.

3-9 Points: Good news. You’re a CLUTTER VICTIM. This may not sound like good news, but it means that you, like so many others, have fallen victim to the clutter build-up that’s hard to avoid when you have a busy life, diverse interests, disposable income, family memorabilia and a steady influx of purchases and junk mail. Not to worry. With a reasonable amount of effort you’ll be able to get your clutter issues under control and keep them that way.

0-2 Points: Congratulations! You’re CLUTTER-FREE. Give yourself a pat on the back, but don’t get lazy. Staying clutter-free takes work.

(Excerpted from It’s All Too Much by Peter Walsh)