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Organizing with Labels

I’ve been on a bit of an organizing kick lately and it was all spurred on by a lovely basket of goodies that the folks at Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery sent me. The assortment of beautiful labels jumped out and soon I was labeling everything! Here are a few images of my favorite labels and how I used them in my own home…

reusable chalkboard labels for boxes - Simplified Bee #labelsThe scalloped chalkboard labels are fabulous and the fact that they are reusable is the best! Just write, erase, and write again!

durable labels for storage boxes - Simplified Bee #labelsOur garage recently got a little makeover, so the durable labels for all the bins came in very handy. I printed them out using an easy to use template at Avery.

dishwasher safe laels for food containers - Simplified BeeThis freezer and dishwasher safe label is perfect for leftovers.

pretty holiday address labels - Simplified Bee #labels

The Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery offers a variety of festive mailing labels for the holiday, but this one with gold detail went with the Christmas card I already selected!

 reusable chalkboard gift labels - Simplified Bee #labels

And how cute is the round, reusable chalkboard label? I’m using it here as a gift tag. Love it!

Inspired to get organized too? If so, Staples is offering a 40% off coupon on any one Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery product in store, or $4 off $10 at – now until November 16th.

Happy organizing,


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Read full story By on November 14, 2013 in Closets, discounts, Features, home organization, Mail, martha stewart, Organization, product review

Beautiful {and Simple} Ideas for Displaying Christmas Cards

vintage santa sleigh for cards
Receiving Christmas cards from family and friends is one of the big highlights of the season. We collect and display ours in a vintage wicker sleigh. And we have done it this way for several years. But after researching this post for a Simplified Bee reader who asked for creative ideas for displaying holiday cards, we might have a different approach next year.
martha stewart holiday card display
Here is a simple and elegant way to display holiday card using an existing mirror. Martha Stewart used Lametta tinsel to create three swags perfect for hanging season’s greetings.
christmas card display idea country living
Using a picture frame and twine, holiday greeting cards are displayed beautifully with other festive décor. Thank Country Living for this idea!
christmas card garland clothes pin
Hang Christmas cards along a fireplace mantel with twine and colorful clothes pins. So simple! DIY or purchase a kit on Folksy.
christmas card display cabinet ribbon
With a little ribbon crisscrossed, this cabinet becomes a wonderful place to display cards. Brilliant idea found via Living Livelier.
christmas card door ribbon display how to
Hanging cards on a door with decorative ribbons is also a fun idea. Here is the how to via Country Living.
christmas card display board domino

For an eclectic look, layer holiday cards on an existing cork board is also a great idea. This one is from Domino via Centsational Girl.

christmas tree ribbon card display board

Love Kate at Centsational Girl’s corkboard turned card holder using fabric, ribbon and a little nailhead trim – just add some time and it is a simple diy project. Here’s the how to.

window holiday card display idea

And here is Kate’s chain & jingle bell Christmas card display from last year. Isn’t this creative too?  Here’s how she did it with even more inspiration!

Happy Holidays!
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Read full story By on December 13, 2010 in Christmas, DIY, holiday decor, Mail

Interior Design Magazines – Toss Them the Right Way

Interior designer magazines.

We love to read them.

We swoon over them.

We agonize on purging them.

The day will come when you need to reduce the number of magazines piling up and the question is, can we recylce them? In celebration of the 40th Earth Day {April 22, 2010} Earth911’s giving green tips daily and their 34th tip answers our question:


According to the Magazine Publishers of America, only 20 percent of magazines are recycled from the home. Once recycled, magazines cannot be used to make new magazines. However, they do help to make newspaper, tissue, writing paper and paperboard.

Do Something:

Many consumers are afraid to put magazines into paper bins, but the glossy paper does not contaminate paper recycling. Magazines are now accepted by all curbside recycling programs that collect paper. Find out more about your local recycling program using Earth911.

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Read full story By on April 11, 2010 in healthy home, home organization, Mail

Snail Mail Organization With Style

Clutter is visually exhausting. The biggest clutter issue for many of my clients is paper. Piles and piles of paper create a negative atmosphere in any space and can become overwhelming.

Be Eco-Friendly and Reduce Your Mail
Want to reduce the amount of mail you receive? Save paper, time and postage by paying bills online. It also will help you keep track of the bills. It’s easy, it’s efficient, and it’s earth-friendly.
I hate junk mail. There are several great resources available to help you reduce unwanted junk mail. Save a tree and check out, Catalog Choice, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, or TreeHugger.
Tackling the Mail – Simple Tips & Getting Stylishly Organized
Set-up a “one-stop-sorting” workstation for all incoming mail. Make sure you have a surface you can work on. The kitchen counter works for me! The station should include a small file holder or box, a letter-opener, pair of scissors and— a must— recycling bin, shredder or waste basket close at hand.
Here are some stylish file holders or boxes that caught my eye and would dress up any workspace…
This vintage wire tray is simply charming. Found at See Jane Run.
Love this aqua, brown and red mail sorter. So practical, yet fashionable.
This folder box by Semikolon has a classic European design and bold color palette making it a perfect choice for brightening up your workstation.
This sweet chartreuse file folder holder found at Paper Source is beautifully constructed in an elegant blossom linen bookcloth and includes six coordinating file folders. Love the butterfly folder!
Use your designated sorting station daily to tackle incoming mail. First and right away, recycle or toss all junk mail, catalogs, or unwanted promotions. Shred any mail that might contain personal information (SS#, phone #s, medical record #s, etc.). Second, file all mail you need to save. Here are some suggested categories:
• To Pay – bills to be paid
• To Act – rsvp to an event, make a call, etc.
• To File – papers to be filed in your main home filing system (i.e. bank or insurance statements, etc.)• To Read – magazine or catalog
And of course, you need to store all that paper in some pretty little file folders. Here are some of my favorites:
Thomas Paul delivers again… Love these fun file folders in yummy colors and vintage prints.
These Simple Pink folders by Papaya feature soft hues and a sweet bird on a cherry blossom branch and can be purchased at Paper Source.
These chic file folders feature a Rajasthani Paisley pattern found in Indian art. I also love the playful color combinations of chartreuse, curry, papaya and red.

Now go tackle that pile of mail with a sense of style.
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Read full story By on June 4, 2009 in file folders, healthy home, home organization, Mail, organization tips, Organizational tips, reduce unwanted junk mail, sorting snail mail