Printable Yard Sale Checklist
Printable Yard Sale Checklist
By Erin Huffstetler | 06/25/2015 | 1 Comment
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Getting ready for a yard sale can be quite the undertaking, but it becomes much more manageable, if you break the task up over several weeks. Two to four weeks seems to be about right. And because I’ve organized … oh about a billion yard sales over the years … I put together a checklist to take you through the process.

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Monthly Financial Snapshot
Printable Monthly Financial Snapshot
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/22/2015 | 18 Comments
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Keeping up with your finances doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Use my new Monthly Financial Snapshot printable to stay on top of bills, account balances and your financial goals. Just keep this one page up to date, and you’ll know exactly where you stand.

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Pantry
My Newly Reorganized Pantry
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/14/2015 | 1 Comment
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Like the Sriracha and red wine vinegar on my baking shelf. Clearly that’s where those go, right? I mean, obviously that’s where I should look for them the next time I need them for a recipe.

Yeah, not so much.

Clearly it was time to rethink the way the pantry was organized. And by “rethink” I mean, “make it so painfully obvious where things go, so Mom won’t be tempted to eat anyone.”

So, that’s how I came to reorganize the pantry instead of making dinner. What can I say? Families who keep their pantries neat and orderly get homemade Pad Thai for dinner. Families who don’t get cereal.

Now, I’ve seen lots of pantry redos on the web where everything is in matching containers and looks like it jumped off the page of a magazine, but spoiler alert: this isn’t that kind of redo. Frankly, the thought of forking over the money for 30 matching containers pains me. So, this is the kind of redo that happens when you decide you’re going to fix things using just what you have on hand.

Ready to see how things turned out? Take a look.

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How to Organize Batteries
How to Organize Batteries
By Erin Huffstetler | 02/24/2015 | 2 Comments
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See how big the junk drawer is? There’s plenty of space for everything. Except batteries, evidently. Because no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t find a good way to store them.

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Printable Storage Bin Labels
Printable Storage Bin Labels
By Erin Huffstetler | 02/06/2015 | 2 Comments
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Storage bins are a great organizational tool, but it’s not always easy to remember what you put inside each one. They all look the same once you stow them on a shelf!

I’ve tried labeling them with my label maker, but those labels just aren’t big enough to stand out – especially when your bins are tucked away in a dark corner of the basement or attic.

And they don’t give you enough detail either. Slapping a “Christmas Decorations” label on a bin doesn’t do much to help you find your Christmas wreath when you have five other bins that are labeled the same way.

So, I did what I always do in these situations – I dreamed up a new printable.

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How to Organize Receipts
How to Organize Receipts
By Erin Huffstetler | 01/26/2015 | 9 Comments
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Receipts – sometimes you have to hang on to them, but they sure do make a mess. Piling up on your desk, at the bottom of your purse, on the kitchen counter. Giving you something else to sort through and keep track of. Giving you more clutter to conquer.

If you’re fighting the same battle in your home, I’m happy to report that I finally found a solution. And it’s a simple one.

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How to Organize Greeting Cards
How to Organize Greeting Cards
By Erin Huffstetler | 01/24/2015 | 4 Comments
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Buying ahead saves you time and money, but it only really works, if you have a way to keep everything organized. I’ve made a lot of strides in that department over the years, but it’s something I’m still working on. Something I will probably always be working on. Because life evolves, and your organizational systems have to continue to evolve with it.

I can always tell when I’ve come up with the right organizational solution because things just seem to stay neat and orderly on their own. That’s definitely been the case with the binder system that I created last January. It’s so easy to file papers now that everyone in the house just does it. And they actually put things in the right place. That part is always shocking for a mom.

But there are other areas of our home that aren’t as organized as I’d like them to be. My gift closet is one of those areas.

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Printable Tax Prep Checklist
Printable Tax Prep Checklist
By Erin Huffstetler | 01/09/2015 | 3 Comments
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Starting to pull records together for your tax appointment? Use my tax prep checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything important.

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Girl Scout Permission Slip
School Year Time-Savers
By Erin Huffstetler | 09/15/2014 | No Comments
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School is back in session, and that means everyone’s schedules are back to crazy. To help you stay sane, I thought I’d share a few of my best time-saving tips. These won’t cost you any extra money, but they will save you a bunch of time and trips to the store.

Stock Up on Poster Board

I used to run to the store for poster board every time one of my kids had a project. And. that. got. old. quick. Now, I just buy a big stack of the stuff once a year, and we’re all set. (Target puts it on clearance in the summer).

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Printable Family Calendars
Back-to-School Printables
By Erin Huffstetler | 08/13/2014 | No Comments
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Gearing up for another school year? Here are some printables to help you get ready:

Customize this binder cover with your student’s name or the class it will be used for. Then, print it out, and slide it into the front of a binder.

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Printable Multi-Store Shopping Lists
Printable Multi-Store Shopping Lists
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/22/2014 | 4 Comments
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Cherry-picking the best deals from each store is a great way to save money. It’s how I shop (and I’m sure it’s how a lot of you shop). But you know what you never see? Shopping lists that are set up to handle lists for multiple stores. Makes a lot of sense, right?

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Shoe Size Conversion Chart
Shoe Size Conversion Chart
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/06/2014 | 1 Comment
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Do you know what your shoe size is in Europe and Japan? Nope, neither do I. But it can be really handy information when you’re out thrifting or yard saling and you come across the perfect pair of shoes in a size that you’re not familiar with. Like these adorable French high tops that I spotted in a thrift store last year. I knew my youngest daughter would love them, but I didn’t know what her European shoe size was, and she wasn’t with me to try them on. I decided to take a gamble on them, and happily, they ended up being the right size.

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How to Organize Your Trunk
How to Organize Your Car
By Erin Huffstetler | 04/29/2014 | No Comments
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Need to do something about all that junk in your trunk? Tired of not having everything you need in your car? Here’s a look at how I fixed that for my family …

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Use Hand Towel Holder to Store Scissors
How to Organize Scissors
By Erin Huffstetler | 04/03/2014 | 2 Comments
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My daughters love to create as much as I do, so I’ve been working to organize our arts and craft supplies in a way that makes things easy to find (and hopefully just as easy to put away). We have a gazillion pairs of scissors (the result of my love for vintage scissors), yet I never seem to be able to find a pair when I need them. Frustrating!

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Yard Sale Supplies
Equip Your Car for Yard Saling/Curb Shopping
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/21/2014 | No Comments
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The return of warm weather means the return of yard sale and curb shopping season. Equip your car with the right gear, so you’ll be ready to snag those deal when you spot them. Here’s what I keep in my car (and what I recommend keeping in yours) …

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