Organizing Makes Me Happy!

I {love} organization! I have a few things that I just ordered from Thirty-One Gifts for organizing that I wanted to share with you.

This is the Hang-Up Home Organizer. I keep it in my kitchen, on the door to the basement. It contains the following:


Please don’t steal our breakfast menu!

Our chore chart. I used the old one, I just typed it time and made it horizontal to fit the pocket.

Our Bible verse.
I haven’t figured out what to do with the other two pockets yet, but the Sunday and Wednesday pockets hold my Bible class material for my preschool class.
I chose to pay the extra cash~ola and get it personalized. I wanted it to say Sam’s Noggin, but the wording wouldn’t work for what I was allowed. I paid $45 for it, plus $6 for personalization.

After my wall organizer came, I saw this great idea {and giveaway} on a blog I like called IHeart Organizing. {Can you tell why I like it??} Anyway, Jen uses her tote for her business, organizing. When I saw the Organizing Utility Tote, I knew it was just what I was looking for to tote around my homeschool papers and planner.

I ordered Jen’s suggested clear box from the Container Store. I also ordered orange hanging files from Amazon.
I put the file box in my bag, which was $22 plus personalization. In the pocket up front I have my fave Frixion pens for writing in my planner {they erase with friction, and really work!}


My highlighters, which I will explain in my next post about planning.

My trusty, rusty, old, and dusty label maker.
Post-its and binder clips.
These files are for worksheets and other printables I happen upon while the year goes on. I have a planner, but I want to keep records for each child separate so I can keep a transcript more easily. The monthly files will hold projects and studies that I find that are not in the plan for the year, arranged by which month I think they will work best in.
I will be going over what I have planned for long-term planning in another post.
**I was not compensated in any way to write this post. I was not given any of these products to review. This post is brought to you by my sheer joy of organization.**

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  1. Sarah M says

    I have searched high and low to see how others have used the hanging command center. Yours is the best one I have found. Thanks for posting this. I now have some great ideas for setting mine up.

  2. says

    Hi Sam,

    I was just thinking about this bag and adding the files to it. Have you continued to use it that way?

    Also, are you a Thirty One Consultant? If so, let me know so I can buy it through you if/when I decide to.
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  3. Lindsey says

    Hi, I was curious where you got your menu printable at? Simple and neat, just what Ive been looking for. Thanks!

  4. Erin MIles says

    I was wondering what you used to hang the hang-up organizer on your door. I want to do the same thing with mine :) Thanks!

  5. Tara says

    I love these ideas! The wall organizing would be prefect for out family.  Do you have a consultant that you would recommend? I live in Alaska and I searched for one near me, but got a name in KS and can’t order from her site. Any information would help.
    THank you

  6. Tracy Glockle says

    I just discovered 31 and I love them, too. I have such an addiction to anything that makes me look organized.

  7. Jessica lifford says

    By the way… I can come up with a few freebies for you to give away on your blog if you are til interested in giving away a couple itels from Thirty One! Just let me know! You can contact me @ . they may not be in the exact prints though! Just let me know!I would love to help! 

  8. AStableBeginning says

    Wow, that’s pretty neat…I am definitely going to try this. And those pens…please share where you get them! By the way, I love your new blog design, too cute!

  9. Future Mrs. C says

    I am so impressed! This is fabulous and I am so copying you. Well, going to try copying you! Thank you for the inspiration to get my stuff together!!

  10. says

    My inner organizational guru wannabe is drooling over this post! I love to organize, but I just can’t stay this way! And now I can’t use the “I have too many kids” excuse anymore!

  11. says

    I love it!
    I love organizing but sometimes organize so much that I forget where I organized it all. *blush*

    I have different binders that i only remember if I open all of them. I have homemaking, blogging, prek, homeschooling. I have goals, forms, worksheets…all kinds of stuff. But unless I open each one everyday, I have forgotten the planning I’ve done and nothing gets done.

    I guess I need a “go to, everyday” binder to put pieces from each thing in!! Is there such a thing as being “over organized?” Ha ha! 😉

  12. says

    I’m having a party on may 20th and couldn’t decide whether I wanted to put that wall organizer thingy on my wish list but after this post I’m thinking yes I do lol

  13. Teriannm says

    I love the monthly folders idea!! I lose track of so many great ideas because it’s more appropriate for another time of year and by then I forget about them. So copying this idea!! Oh and very pretty bag!

  14. says

    I could spend a large fortune on Thirty-One Gifts (esp. since I get a thumbs up on their products from my husband…but I’m exercising (and breaking a sweat) delayed gratification).

    I <3 those totes and the file box idea to go in it. I do have an anniversary and birthday coming up. hmmm

  15. Reviewsbyheidi says

    Awesome organizational tools! And so trendy and fun-looking too! I’m jealous!

  16. says

    I love your breakfast menu! Ours is really similar. It’s not that I don’t want to take the time to fix breakfast, but I don’t want the temptation/calories. I love my Total Raisin Bran each morning. It’s really hard to eat my raisin bran, though, when I’m making waffles for everyone!

    I wouldn’t say I heart organizing, but I heart the finished product : ).

    Happy organizing!