Five Fun Ways to Organize Your Computer Desktop

Jul 1, 2014
I find it hard to work when my physical workspace is cluttered and that includes my digital workspace.

My computer desktop had become a mess lately as I had accumulated so many files, folders, and images that didn't really need to be there. I decided that I needed to get organized and the first step was to trash everything I no longer needed and then I moved the rest of the items to their appropriate folders.

I didn't get to take a "before" picture of my desktop, but this is what it looked like after I was done cleaning up:

It looked better but was a little boring so I did a search for desktop wallpapers and found this one which I downloaded from Imgur. 


I downloaded the image to my desktop and then I re-arranged all the icons and folders on my desktop. 

This is what it looks like now:

Fun right?? I put all my folders on the little shelves and the bulletin board is where I put files that I'm currently working on, as well as certain applications like Sticky Note.  On the tiny desk, I dragged my USB icon as I use it a lot. 

It may seem silly, but I have to admit that I got a lot of satisfaction out of organzing my computer desktop in this way -- it was almost like fixing up a digital dollhouse office! :D

When I was looking for wallpapers, I found four more that are free to download and will help you to keep your computer desktop organized:

Lana Red Studio

Lily Ashbury

Design Love Fest

To download these wallpapers just click the links under each photo and enjoy getting organized!

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Jewelry Tree Giveaway!

Feb 24, 2014
[GIVEAWAY CLOSED - Congratulations to Glo for winning the Jewelry Tree!]

I love jewelry because it's like the frosting on top of a cake, or the exclamation mark at the end of a sentence, but like anything it can contribute to clutter, often becoming a tangled mess.

To keep jewelry organized, I prefer a method that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing like this wooden jewelry tree from Etsy shop, Stuff About Things.

Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings can be hung from the branches.

It's laser cut and made out of plantation grown Poplar Ply.

It comes ready to assemble!

Sara the shop owner, is from Australia and she sells a variety of laser cut, handcrafted items (custom requests are welcome) that would make great gifts too!

This week, Sara is giving away one of her beautiful jewelry trees to one lucky winner!

To enter the giveaway, please visit Stuff About Things and leave a comment below with a link to your favorite item from her shop.

This giveaway will be open for one week from February 24 - March 3, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. This giveaway is open worldwide!

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Purse Organizer Giveaway!

Feb 17, 2014
[GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED -- Congratulations to Katy (thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com)
for winning the purse organizer!]

We all know that Etsy is a great place to find amazing handmade products and that includes things for getting organized! Priya is from India and runs an Etsy shop called Daffysdream, where she sells her beautiful handmade purse organizers. She has generously offered to give away a large purse organizer in a beautiful merlot color that you can see in the photos below:

The exterior of the organizer has six pockets in various sizes.

The inside has eight pockets plus a zipper compartment. 

There's even a key holder for keeping your keys within easy reach!

For a chance to win, please visit Daffysdream and leave a comment below letting us know your favorite item from the shop.

To simply learn more about Priya and her creative process, please see her About page on Etsy.

This giveaway will be open for one week from February 17 to February 24, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. This giveaway is open to anyone worldwide!

Good luck! :)
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How to Make a Money Management Notebook

Jan 8, 2014
Happy 2014!

At the end or beginning of each new year, I like to take the time to get my files and folders organized.

For 2013 I created a Financial Binder as a place to keep all our financial documents and I used it to create a budget and bill management system for our household. This worked out really well and I liked how useful it was for keeping all our important papers in one place.

This year, I still plan to use the binder for filing and storage, but since binders are big, clunky, and not very portable, I decided to make a Money Management notebook to complement our Financial Binder.

First I planned how I wanted to organize the notebook. I decided that I wanted to have different sections for Bills, Important Info, Budgeting, Expenses, and Debts, in that order.

Then I printed out my Half Letter Size Money Management forms as follows:

  • Bill Payment Checklist printable - double sided (I really only need 1 of these as they are good for the whole year, but I wanted to print something on the other side of the page too, so I did!)
  • Bill Payment Checklist printable in another style - Page one one side and page 2 on the other side.  (I included both styles of checklists in my notebook as I couldn't decide which one I wanted to use.) 
  • Bank Account Information printable - double sided
  • Credit Card Information printable - double sided
  • 12 Budget Planner printables for each month of the year - page 1 on one side and page 2 on the other side.
  • 52 Daily Expense trackers - double sided which equals 26 pages (It's only me and my husband so I figure we only need two pages of expense tracking for each week of the year.)
  • 1 Debt Payment Tracker - Page 1 on one side and page 2 on the other side.

I made a simple cover for my notebook and since I don't have a borderless printer, I brought my USB key containing the PDF of the cover to a copy shop and had the cover printed on thick, glossy paper.

Then I arranged all my printables in the order described above and had the notebook spiral bound at the same copy shop. They even provided a thin plastic layer to protect the printed cover!

When I brought the notebook home, I wanted to make it easy to find each section so I used self-adhesive divider tabs and used my label maker to label them. In hindsight it would have been great to have half-letter size dividers before I had the notebook bound, but I didn't have any so I made use of what I had at home.

I love how I can just take this with me wherever I go which is especially helpful for keeping track of our daily expenses. It's a little too early to tell for sure, but so far I'm really happy with how the Money Management Notebook is working out! 

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