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Best Name Labels for Back-to-School

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For many the day has already arrived. For others it’s just around the corner. I’m referring to the first day of school. In preparation for back-to-school, my own family has been compiling all the supplies needed for the school year. Folders, pencils (regular and colored), pens, calendars, scissors, glue, staplers, rulers, makers, paper (lined, plain and grid) – the list goes on and on. To avoid all these items going missing, getting mixed-up or ending up in the lost-and-found box, it’s important to add labels with your child’s name on it. I also like to label their backpacks, lunch bags, water bottles and outwear clothing. Adding personalized name labels not only helps prevent loss, but saves you time and money. With a focus on variety, durability and style, I’ve rounded-up the best name labels for back-to-school. Here’s what made the short list:

best name labels for back-to-school // #labels #organized #school

1 // P-Touch Easy-to-Use Label Maker – because of its versatility to create custom labels with one of 8 fonts, 97 frames and more than 600 symbols. Durable, laminated and specialty (including iron-on for clothing) tapes in a variety of colors and widths are available.

2 // Tiny Prints – because of the quality and adorable designs offered – a look and feel that’s perfect for the younger child in preschool and elementary school.

3 // Kidecals – because they offer a variety of style for a range of ages including preschools, tweens and college students. Love that their labels are PBA-free too!

4 // Emily Press Labels – because their award winning Preschool Shoe labels help little ones put their shoes on the correct feet all by themselves. Children match their shoe labels side by side to create a whole image. Love this!

5 // Name Bubbles – because of all the designs are so darn cute! Love the new Peanuts labels the best. I’ve also used these labels and can say they really hold up!

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Read full story By on August 20, 2015 in baby and children, back-to-school, home organization, office supplies, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, Paperwork, product review, school paperwork, Tips/Tricks

Round-up :: DIY Message Boards

Having difficulty juggling appointments, activities and homework schedules for your family? As my kids have gotten older, I’ve found that it’s more and more challenging to kept it all straight. A message board in our kitchen nook has helped us tremendously. If you are are need of a command center, I’ve rounded up a few DIY message board options that you may want to consider.

DIY message center // kitchen command center // BHG

Love this sleek, colorful dry-erase message board via BHG. It’s made from a piece of glass that’s simply been painted on the back and framed. Love!

DIY magnetic message board #organized #home #messages

This DIY magnetic board from 4 Men and 1 Lady, is made of a 26 gauge galvanized steel sheet and then framed.  It also doubles as a dry erase board for quick messages. Would love great in a kitchen, mudroom or playroom.

DIY message board // entryway organization #diy

The folks at Martha Stewart created this chic message center using a store-bought cork board that was painted and upgraded with a brass rod to hold mail and hooks to hold keys. Love the many functions it provides!

wall mounted craft paper roll // diy message board #diy #message

Although this option isn’t as versatile as the others, I love the simplicity. The could be a fun DIY project or purchased through George & Willy.

happy organizing,


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Read full story By on March 9, 2015 in DIY, home organization, kitchens, martha stewart, office supplies, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, Paperwork, Tips/Tricks

Get Organized :: Clutter Free Living Picks

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organized workbench pegboard // clutter-free living

Hello 2015! With the new year brings new resolutions. One goal that tops the list for many of us is getting our homes and lives organized. Easier said than done though! Cleaning closets, organizing garages and clearing the clutter takes planning, time and motivation. In the spirit of getting organized in 2015, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite clutter free living items. Hoping one or two will help motivate you to get organized this new year too!

get organized // clutter-free living products //


product links:

1. laundry bin on wheels // 2. handsome storage boxes // 3. gorgeous tray

4. acrylic organizer for cosmetics // 5. vertical shelving

6. metallic bin // 7. purse organizer // 8. mudroom wall organizer

happy & organized 2015,


*first image via the design files

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Read full story By on January 5, 2015 in home organization, office/study, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, overcome procrastination, storage, Tips/Tricks

Our Small Walk-in Closet Design

rough walk-in closet - simplified bee

One criteria for the new addition in our home was a walk-in closet for the master bedroom. The closet space is on the small side (roughly 6′ x 7′) and because it needed to be designed for me and my husband’s clothing, it had to be highly functional. I turned to and partnered with the nice folks at EasyClosets for help designing the perfect system for our closet. Over the phone and online, I worked with an EasyClosets designer to create a custom closet that maximizes storage from floor to ceiling and delivers a super stylish look. Functional and beautiful. Love!

small walk-in closet design // EasyClosets // Simplified Bee


Here’s a look at the overall design. As you can see we utilized several functional storage features including full-extension drawers, double hanging rods and a fabulous slanted shoe shelf. Once I placed the order it only took a few days for the boxes to arrive. Yes, there were quite a few boxes too!

EasyClosets install // Simplified Bee #closets


The install was done by my husband. He knocked the whole project out in a weekend. Don’t have the time or not a weekend warrior? No worries, EasyClosets can help find a professional to install it for you.

small walk-in closet design // simplified bee

For a clean look, I selected flat drawer fronts, driftwood finish and modern chrome pulls. I love how it came together and was so excited to start filling it with our shoes clothing and accessories. Next week, I’m going to be sharing more images of our small walk-in closet design. Stay tuned!

happy organizing,


*disclosure: This post was sponsored by EasyClosets, however all opinions are my own (as always!)

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Read full story By on August 6, 2014 in Closets, home organization, Interiors, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, Tips/Tricks, wallpaper