Let’s Get Organized for the Weekend

posted by Aby Garvey on April 12, 2013 11 Comments

Hello friends! I hope you had a great week. Around here, it was a bit nuts. I’ll spare you the gory details…and just say I’m happy that it is Friday! Before we get to the weekend to-do list, here are a few little updates.

In case you missed it, on Tuesday I was a guest on the Paper Clipping Roundtable podcast. So much fun! It was like a on-air coaching session with two scrapbookers who shared their challenges with organizing their scrapbook areas. Both scrapbookers are working in shared spaces, as opposed to dedicated scrapbook spaces. (So if you’re in the same boat, you might get some ideas you can put into action in your space.) Or if you’ve ever wondered what working with me via my coaching program would be like, this is like a little glimpse behind the scenes of coaching. Hope you enjoy!

Okay…so looking ahead to next week, I’m headed out of town for The National Association of Professional Organizers annual conference and expo in New Orleans. So…there won’t be a Finish It Friday next week. Just a heads up there.

Alright…on to the to-do list!

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  • Run. Must run twice this weekend. Goal is 7 miles. Partial check. I ran 3-1/2 miles. I learned that running after shopping for three hours (standing, walking, etc.) doesn’t work very well. I was actually too store to run on Sunday!! 
  • Help with Spring Fling at Kailea’s school. Check!
  • Watch Tae Kwon Do belt test. Check! 


  • Pack. And generally get ready to be out of town for four days. The great thing about going to an Organizing Convention is that the organizers of the convention are, well, organized. So I have my little travel checklist to call on, as well as the one provided by the conference. But…it’s been a while since I’ve been on a plane. Anything new in the world of flying and airport security that I might need to know? Any good airline travel tips to share? I appreciate any ideas. :)  Check!
  • Errands. Target, etc. Check!
  • Laundry. Check!
  • Plan Meals + Grocery Shop. Check!

Okay…that’s a good starting point for the weekend. What’s on your to-do list this weekend? Thanks for sharing!

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and coaching program

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  • April 12, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Ohh have fun out of town! I am weird and think a convention of organizers would be fun. However, I also love attending my own professional conventions – so refreshing and inspiring! As for plane travel – wear slip on shoes, although if they have the new body scanners at St. Louis you don’t have to take them off for those. I think. Hmm. Oh and you you were your awesome usual self on PRT. LOVED the episode. I love how you ask the right questions.
    Anyway, my to-do list:
    -take girls to children’s music concert Saturday morning
    -project life stuff
    -signing class on Sunday

    -blog posts
    -wedding gift purchased

    I’m sure I have some other stuff I need to get it all down. These posts are so helpful for getting me thinking though! Have a great trip!

    April 15, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Hi, Alissa,
    Thanks so much for the travel tip and your comment about PRT. Glad you enjoyed the episode. :)
    Hope you had a great weekend!
    ~ Aby

    • April 12, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Hi Aby, Have a great trip! I’m finally starting to feel better so I’m going to try and get back on the bandwagon and get some things done.

      Read a book

      Balance Checkbook
      Pay Bills
      Organize Kitchen Drawers
      Organize New Dishes / Cabinets
      Purchase Kitchen Rugs

      Well hopefully I can get some things accomplished. I’ve been following everyone but now I’m glad that I can join in. Have a great and productive weekend.

      April 15, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      Oh Dottie, it’s so great to hear from you! I’ve been worried about you. So glad you are feeling better.

      Hope you had a nice weekend.


      April 15, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Super productive weekend!
      Didn’t read a book!
      Couldn’t find rugs and didn’t get bills paid but everything else is finished. I also go the ironing completely caught up and purchased more kitchen drawer organizers and we tackled them. I also went through several piles I had in the closet. I still have a few more shelves to tackle but it’s shaping up great. And the best part is my sister-in-law came down and took everything I put in the donation pile and stuff I put aside for her. She had to go to the mission and good will store so she saved me a trip. Glad to have everything gone that I went through so far. Have a great week.

      • April 12, 2013 at 4:58 pm

        Hi Aby

        I loved the Paperclipping Roundtable too ~ great to hear about other people’s spaces and your super ideas :D

        so this weekend isn’t yet planned so my list will be rough:

        - grandparents coming for lunch to see little one,
        - plan something outdoors for Sunday for our first warm sunny day in a while

        - laundry ~ the pile has become a mountain due to various things
        - write up shopping list for IKEA trip (hope to go next week)
        - fix one bit of tech (there are a few niggly things waiting on the to do list)

        April 15, 2013 at 12:37 pm

        Thanks, Hannah! Hope you had a great weekend. So jealous you have an IKEA trip planned soon. Fun!

        • April 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm

          I had to close my daycare today for the first time in 12 years of being in business as head lice was brought into my home. Since last night we (my DH and I) have done 10 loads of laundry, shampooed the carpets, sprayed everything, treated everything. We still have about 15 more loads of laundry to do. It will be quite and accomplishment when Monday arrives to have completed it all.

          My plans before all this happened:
          ~1st Soccer game of the Capitol Cup for my Son
          ~Shopping to buy my daughter a new pair of Toms
          ~Letting go of some of my clothes that are now too big for me (whoot whoot)
          ~Skype with my sisters in Australia

          ~Finish the deep cleaning
          ~Yearbook for my son’s school~complete 18 pages
          ~Clear off changing table
          ~Blog Posts
          ~Exchange clothing at Old Navy
          ~Return items to Target
          ~Pick up 2009 Taxes and mail off with payment

          April 15, 2013 at 12:38 pm

          Oh wow, what a project you have on your hands. Hope you go through all the laundry and have that situation under control. And I hope you had time for fun this weekend, too. :) ~ Aby

          • April 12, 2013 at 8:09 pm

            Happy, happy friday everyone!! Have a wonderful trip Aby! This weekend will, thankfully, be a little bit quieter than last.. Thank goodness :-)

            1) A local park has it’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend.. my son and I are going to grab our camera and go for a photo walk
            2) Not sure if this is fun or done.. I read your writeup about cleaning up the TO DO list. I’m going to go thru mine and try to identify some things that can really be removed. It’s always so hard to give up on projects/ideas but I’m sure it can be very freeing

            1) Rake.. spring cleanup.. and this goes on and on :-)
            2) Weekly housework, laundry & food shopping
            3) Now that I’ve decided on an offsite backup company I need to actually register and order the EHD – leftover from last week
            4) Keep on keywording..

            That should be enought to keep me busy.. have a wonderful weekend everyone

            April 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm

            Hope you had a great weekend Donna!