Ten Tools for Organization

Today I am sharing with you my favorite tools for organizing my life. These are things I use in many ways so I am sharing my top ten items and some ways they help me organize.

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1. Label Maker- Back in the day (I can’t believe I am saying that but it’s true), they had label makers that were strips of plastic and using a spinning dial, letters were punched into the film, and came out raised. At the time, it was a pretty cool gadget, but it only came in one font and took a while with the dial. Now these wonderful label maker come in all kinds of fonts and styles that make labeling folders and boxes a breeze. They are also great for labeling shelves, personal items and drawers.

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2. Sticky Notes – I use these every day to jot down notes, ideas and reminders. They are also great because they are color coded and are moveable. The tiny ones are great to bookmark articles, recipes and notes.

3. Binders – You have heard me mention my household binder before, but I also use binders for my blog, my parents health information, school information, travel and recipes. Binders are a wonderful way to organize information that needs to be readily available.

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4. Folders – File folders are great for information that does not need to be within arms reach, but needs to be accessed at different times. They are also great for holding receipts, statements and tax information. I love the beautiful array of styles that they come in as well.

5. Storage Caddies – I have several of these in different areas of my home. Besides my household command center, I use them for crafts, pens, stationery and note cards.

paper clutter, paper management

6. Plastic Zippered Storage Bags – These are so useful for so much beyond food. They are great for travel, craft supplies, appliance accessories and souvenirs.

7. Photo and Shoe Boxes – I use shoe and photo boxes for gift baskets, organizing supplies and photos.

8. Smart Phone – Possibly the greatest invention in my lifetime (after the laptop computer) has allowed me to keep my to do lists, grocery lists, contact information, photos and notes all in one place. Honestly, how did we do it before these?

Smartphone

9. Index Cards – These are a great way to sort and log information. I use mine for organizing my blog contacts, recipes, cleaning schedules and as storage inventory logs.

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10. Color Markers/Highlighters – I love color so I often write in different colors so that I can find my notes quickly.  I love markers and tend to have more than I need, but I use them a lot.

Do you use these items? What is your favorite organization tool?

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Southern California office manager who loves to blog about time-saving recipes, entertaining, craft, party ideas and local events. Life is about making the most of your time.

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  1. Oh, to have a label maker again. I had one at my job as a high school guidance counselor. I was labeling all day long (ok, maybe not ALL day but I needed special labels for college applications, scholarships, etc. LOTS of labels) Label makers are fun!

    Also, the caddies are a big fave with me. Love the decorator caddies like you have on your counter. Caddies should be pretty.

    Thanks so much for linking on my Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. Please come back again next week? ♥

  2. I loved all of those ideas!!!
    If you haven’t already done so, come link up your home organization blog at our linky blog hop goign on all month long.
    http://www.kgstyleblogs.com/2013/03/linky-hop-link-your-home-organizing.html

    xoxo,
    Khloe
    http://www.kgstyleblogs.com

  3. I really need to invest in a label maker! I also use binders to keep me organized. One thing that I’ve found super helpful is a bill payment organizer to check off when each bill is paid for the month. A lifesaver indeed! Stopping in from SITS!

  4. Our office is in serious need of organization. I think I’m going to pitch your command center photo to him tonight! I also think that the over-the-door clear shoe bag is going to become my favorite storage tool. It’s done amazing things for our Lego collection.

  5. I had one of those dial label makers! Wasn’t that bright orange tape the craziest?! I love my label maker and it’s one of my favourite organizing tools. Great collection tools Raquel!

  6. I agree with all of these things. I especially love my label maker. I label everything!

    I found you today through the Happy Kids blog hop. :)

  7. I’m SO excited to have found your blog through the Bloglovin’ link up! I’m a huge lover of organization, and I’ll be changing office spaces soon so these tips will come in handy!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier as well! xo

    -Elissa
    http://www.sparklesandprays.com

  8. I’ve been wanting a label maker :)

  9. Wow Raquel! You really give the term “super organized” a new meaning!!

    I consider myself moderately organized now – though when I was a general manager of a hotel, it was the most organized I have ever been in my life (because I had no other choice LOL)

    I love the binders, and yes, what did we do before a smart phone?? I have a great TO DO APP for you. I have been through them ALL the expensive ones and the free ones and I just am obsessed with ASTRID. It is a to do list, but one you can make into any category you want, further, you will get email notifications at the end (or beginning) of the day for tasks you need to carry out or have not done…even better, you can allocate a task to someone in your household, or work – so, so cool.

    Thanks for the tips as usual!

    Jeanine
    A Fabulous Life in Jamaica

  10. I love these tips! I do a lot of my planning on my cellphone with reminders set to help cut down on my post-it problem. lol! I love the idea of using something pretty to organize. The pink organizer looks great on your counter.

  11. I so need to get organized! These are great tips! I’m pinning in hope my disorganized friends (like me!) will take the hint– It’s time to get organized!

  12. I love them all! My husband calls me an office depot junkie. I must get a kitchen caddy like that!

  13. Awesome post! Pin this for later. Found you through the link party!

  14. These are just some absolute amazing tools to use for organizing. I learned some things today!

    Just wanted to let you know that your featured little excerpt will be up on my blog tomorrow.
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    xoxo,
    Khloe

  15. Love me a labelmaker!! Thanks for linking up at One Organic Mama! Hope to see you back on Thursday morning! Check out the FAB Features from THE Pin it Party #2!!

  16. Congratulations, Raquel! This post was PINNED to THE Pin It Party’s Best of the Best pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/creativegeekery/the-pin-it-party-the-best-of-the-best/

    That means TWO of the links you posted were chosen. You ROCK! Hope you will come back this week and link up again! http://bit.ly/15bMC19

    XO, ellie @ creative geekery

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