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Ziploop Mobile Shopping Organizer

Whether you are re-decorating your living room, remodeling your kitchen or building from the ground up, house projects produce lots of receipts. Couple that with the purchases you make everyday and it can be hard to keep them all organized. Lucky for us, there’s now Ziploop – an exciting mobile shopping organizer app making paper-free shopping, saving and returns super simple.

Ziploop Mobile Shopping App

In addition to organizing receipts, Ziploop saves reward cards, discounts, and return deadlines (key when purchasing home goods!) allowing you to never miss a sale or discount! For all of you who’ve forgotten to bring a coupon with you to a store, Ziploop has a solution for that too. It gives you the ability to scan store coupons so that they are with you at all times. Brilliant, right? And if that’s not enough functionality for you, Ziploop lets you tag your receipts and rewards under multiple categories you create (i.e. kitchen, bath, gifts, school) so you know exactly what you’ve purchased for that home project, family event or school fundraiser! Love this!

 

Ziploop Mobile Shopping App

Even if you don’t have a home project, organizing your spending all in one place with Ziploop will reduce the stress of shopping, ensure you receive coupon savings and help you return items with ease. To learn more,  watch a quick video on how life can be made easier with this amazing app and then download it for free (yep!) on your mobile device (iPhone/iPad or Android) or head to the website.

I know, I know. You want it. You need it. Go get it!

Happy organizing,

Cristin

 

*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Ziploop, although all opinions are my own.

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Read full story By on January 28, 2014 in home organization, Organization, Organizational tips, Paperwork, time management, Tips/Tricks

My Office + Organized Home Office Products

Once you get on an organizing roll, it’s hard to stop (at least for me!)  After organizing my desk, it motivated me to tackle my bookcases in my home office. They really weren’t bad, but needed to be streamlined and I wanted them to have a refreshed look.  To help me reach my goal, the folks at See Jane Work at Office Depot asked me to select items from their new collection. Combining fresh style and organization, the See Jane Work collection offers super stylish office accessories in a variety of fun patterns (chevron, herringbone, stripes florals, and more) and color palettes (aqua blue, shades of pink, black, white, and more). They are perfect for mixing and matching. Best yet, they are really affordable!

stylish home office bookshelves // simplified beekids art boxes - simplified bee and see jane work

To coordinate with items I already owned, I selected items from the See Jane Work Collection in hues of aqua and white. To corral my kids artwork and over-sized school papers, I picked at a pair of decorative art boxes. I love them. They have an overlapping magnetic lid closure which is really slick! I also added a few white magazine files to conceal mismatched file folders, shelter magazines and home decor catalogs. Adding pops of white can help a space look fresh, airy and modern.

stylish home office storage // simplified bee

To keep my active product samples easy to get to, I selected a fabric bin with fun grommet handles and herringbone detail inside.

home office storage ideas // www.simplifiedbee.com

My client projects are organized using binders. When I spotted the herringbone in blue, I knew they’d work with my shelf and company’s image. Next to the binders, I placed a series of white decorative storage boxes. They are now used to organize my fabric samples by color.

succulents and hexagons // simplified bee

I can’t tell you how many readers say, “I saw a hexagon or honeycomb pattern and thought of Simplified Bee.” As a nod to the shape, I added a new art print and placed it next to a current fave – succulents.

be brave art // simplified bee

I also picked up this darling “Be Brave” print as a reminder that God is with me at all times.

I love my “new” bookcase! What’s your favorite element?

Happy organizing,

Cristin

*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Office Depot, although all opinions are my own.

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Read full story By on January 21, 2014 in bookshelves, Decluttering, decorating small spaces, etsy, home accessories, home organization, interior design, Interiors, office supplies, office/study, organization tips, Organizational tips, Paperwork, simplified bee portfolio, storage, Tips/Tricks

Decluttering Tips & Family Circle

Have you been procrastinating and putting off those home organizing projects you wanted to tackle in 2014? It’s not too late to start. To get you motivated, I’d recommend reading Clutter-Free in 31 Days in this month’s Family Circle. It has some great decluttering tips and tricks from over a dozen mom bloggers.

decluttering tips // simplified bee

And yes, I’m thrilled to say that I was asked for a tip or two for the article. My tip for day 10 is above. You know I love those trays, so here are a few of my faves…

Happy organizing,

Cristin

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Read full story By on January 17, 2014 in Decluttering, home organization, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, Tips/Tricks

Organized Travel

Whether I’m traveling for a weekend or for over a week, being organized is essential to making the trip go smoothly. I’ve always considered my packing techniques good, until I met Eagle Creek. The luggage company known for it’s functional, durable and flexible products, asked me pick out some items for review.  Without knowing much about the brand or products, I have to admit I was a little reluctant (I don’t review every product that comes my way!). However, I was pleasantly surprised with the high-quality and durable construction of the Eagle Creek products I selected – which makes this review sooo much easier!

packing for a weekend trip - Simplified Bee

I tested the products on a recent weekend trip. Here’s a look at all the items I needed to pack – I know, a girl’s gotta have lots of options!

packing system cubes for suitcase - Simplified Bee

First I selected the rolling, lightweight carry-on, Tarmac 22. Indeed at 7lbs 4 ozs, this is a light bag! Even though the luggage has an expandable main compartment, I also selected the Pack-it Specter Cube Set to help organize and maximize the space. The zippered pouches are very lightweight as well and I was amazed at how much I could cram in each! (kinda like the Chinese food takeout boxes!) I also love that they are water resistant! With the packing system, I was able to get all of my clothing (roll clothing for maximum efficiency), shoes and toiletries fitting perfectly in the main compartment.

padded front pocket - luggage review - Simplified Bee

I didn’t need it for this trip, but the front exterior pocket is padded – great for storing tablets and most laptops.

durable expanable luggage review - Simplified Bee

The coat keeper came in very handy and helped free up my hands. I also added a couple lime zipper pull not only for a fun pop of color, but to allow me to quickly identify my luggage in the future at those crazy baggage claims.

Although these products haven’t been tested long term, I’m not worried because Eagle Creek offers a lifetime warranty. Don’t you love when company’s stand behind their products like this? You’ll have to check out Eagle Creek.

If you’ll be traveling this holiday season, you may be interested in this archived article I wrote with more organized travel tips!

Bon voyage!

Cristin

*Disclosure: The travel products in this post were provided by Eagle Creek, however all opinions are my own.

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Read full story By on November 19, 2013 in Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, product review, Tips/Tricks, travel tips