Tips and Tutorials Tuesday #25

Tips and Tutorials Tuesday

With Thanksgiving just two days away, the holiday season is officially here. If you are like me, you might be starting to have a bit of “how can it be the end of the year” thoughts coupled with “can I get this all done” and “what are my plans for next year” all tumbled together.

One of the tools I use to stay organized throughout the year is a 8.5″ by 11″ full color, desktop weekly calendar that my husband and I make each year based on his photography. Each week features a nature photograph that was taken by Michael Fuchs and the calendar is spiral bound to lay flat on a table or desk. I keep ours on the kitchen table and note when to change the air filter in our house and other repetitive life chores that are easy to let slide. For more details (including a preview of the interior of the calendar), check out the 2018 Weekly Photo Calendar.

For keeping my quilting business, projects, and life organized, there is nothing better than the Quilter’s Planner. Beyond the monthly and weekly views of the year, I get full use out of the project planning pages, and this year I am going to be loving using the Alison Glass stickers to mark my progress along the way!

And did you see the awesome Ultimate Bundles Giveaway I shared about last Friday (seriously, go check it out – it’s open internationally! I’ll wait….). Well, I wanted to know more about what Ultimate Bundles had to offer, and I found their Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle. The Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle gives you strategies and solutions so you can:

  • create a clutter-free home you can be proud of
  • add sanity-saving routines to your daily grind
  • organize your digital files (and photos, too!)
  • manage your budget like a boss
  • tame your unruly to-do list
  • eliminate paper clutter for good
  • use simple systems for a cleaner, tidier house
  • manage your family’s busy schedule
  • get meals on the table with less fuss

So, clearly, I am planning to dive deep into planning and organization thoughts over my long Thanksgiving weekend. Maybe some of these tools I’m going to be evaluating will resonate with you. Or maybe you can share some of your best organization and planning tips, too! Regardless, I hope you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving and we can all pause to reflect, celebrate gratitude, and enjoy some time to pause this holiday weekend.

I am grateful for the generosity, creativity, and amazing online community. Thank you for linking up; I am looking forward to learning from you!

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  • Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Yvonne! I’ve been trying to get a place for everything for the last couple weeks. We’ll have 7 additional people plus a dog (4 adult children & 3 grand children!) I can’t wait!! Some areas hadn’t been sorted through for 5 years when we had water in the basement.

  • Calendars and organizers are such useful things. We use one of the photography printing services to make a wall calendar for our families each year for Christmas from our photographs during the year. (It has all the birthdays and wedding anniversaries on it, with 9 siblings that’s not insignificant!). I love the quilt organizers, but didn’t fully utilize the one I purchased for this year, so I decided to make my own for this next year. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Your opening statement resonated with me, Yvonne. My Mum’s birthday marks 5 weeks to Christmas Day and we passed that on Monday! It’s all downhill from here! This is my first year using any sort of planner and it’s been great – I get up in the morning and check what’s on my list to be done that day, keep track of deadlines and also record when I start a new project or move to a different stage (for sanity reasons, I think things are taking longer that they actually are, plus it helps with future planning). Happy Thanksgiving!

  • I love the quilter’s planner but it is too big for me to take back and forth. Will be beginning a new one in December to help me focus more!!! Time to look back and look ahead – no regrets about what was accomplished this year. We are settled in our new place and have a big worry off our shoulders. I am grateful for you and your help to the 2017NewQuiltBloggers and the challenges we all rose to then, and are continuing to do so!

  • It seems like a good time to reflect on the organisational challenges of life – I have notebooks but nothing as coherent, or as visually attractive, as your methods.

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)