Monday, August 4, 2014

21 Extra! Extra! Organizing Reads!

The Jones family took a little blogging/projecting break to head south for a quick summer vacation, however, we have managed to get two cars parked in our garage again so stay tuned for more updates this week!  Pretty exciting stuff going on, and although we really needed the break, I am excited to get back into house mode.

Until we get unpacked and settled back into a routine, I am stopping in today to share a few other ways to catch up on iHeart Organizing happenings. 


As many of you know, not only do I write at this place I call home, I also contribute over at Better Homes and Garden's Style Spotter's Blog.  Contributing for them has always felt like such a privilege; I really love working with them and being part of their wonderful blog.


Shelving in general is a great solution for storing an endless variety of items, but industrial options offer even more flexibility with the endless ways they can be customized.  Plus, they are rustic and beautiful to look at!  Check out the post: Organize With This: Industrial Shelving


Our furry friends come with a lot of supplies!  Leashes, grooming care and vet papers, oh my!  Check out the post: Organize This: Pet Supplies



Although it is crazy for me to type this out, it is already time to start thinking about heading back to school!  Last week I shared my favorite tips for setting up an organized study space for teens.  Check out the post: Organize This: Back To School Teen Study Space


My friend, Michaela, is beautiful and brilliant and extremely driven to do fantastic things.  She recently launched the amazing Bloom workshop with her dear friend, Ashley.  As part of the first workshop, she invited me to participate in a Design Do's and Don'ts discussion, which you can read right here.  I am crossing my fingers I will be able to attend this workshop in the future; it looks like such a great and inspirational time!

Monica Wang Photography 
 

Last month I was honored to be included in Cache Valley Family Magazine's roundup of summer goal setting tips!  If school is about to start up again in your area, it might be a great post to bookmark for next summer.



And something that I am still pinching myself about and loving on a daily basis, is becoming a contributor to The Daily Mom App!


Fueled by reliable content from reputable sources, the app makes it fast and easy to stay up to speed with the day’s news and lifestyle trends.  This is the first news app tailored for women and is widely known as the best way to streamline screen time because of its efficient design and worthy-of-your-time stories.  I love that it also includes weather, jokes and a calendar countdown page!  Definitely fun and worth checking out!


Totally nerdy of me, but I may have been a giant cup of glee when I spotted that THE Tori Spelling {and fellow bloggerpinned a few of our projects on Pinterest.  I am not sure who was more excited, me or my husband...



I am up on cloud nine and have no intentions of coming down any time soon.  I try to stay calm about seeing our little ideas in the pages of our favorite glossy reads, but really, we know that doesn't happen.  Wine, celebrations and permagrins galore because we were in the August issue of Parents Magazine!!


And as a reminder, this year in September I will hit 5 full years of blogging at this little place I call home.  OK, I didn't say that with enough gumption.  5 YEARS PEOPLE!


I get asked a lot of questions about blogging in general, everything from photography questions to posting schedules to staying on Blogger or migrating to Wordpress.  I thought it would be fun to do a small series over the next few months, about what I have learned during my five years of blogging and share some of the tips and answers to your frequently asked questions.  A few topics I thought I would cover are:  A day in the life, photography {and maybe instagram photos as well}, social media, pros and cons and thoughts on monetizing.  If you have any other questions or topics you would like to see addressed, feel free to pop them in the comments below.  I also think it would be fun to get a few extra opinions from other seasoned bloggers as well, so stay tuned for that series coming soon.

And although I can't possibly help every reader personally with organizing advice, I would love to answer some general organizing dilema's in future You Asked, IHeart Answering blog posts.  Feel free to leave those questions below in the comments, or pop them over to me via email to iheartorganizing@gmail.com with IHEART ANSWERING in the subject line.

Last, but certainly not least, a huge thank you to everyone who supports me and iHeart Organizing each day, sponsors and readers both.  Always know that I never take a moment of what I do for granted, and that I couldn't love it more.  Find last months sponsors below, all amazing companies that I love and support right back.  Cheers to five more years of organizing fun!




21 comments:

  1. Congratulations! You deserve it and can't wait to read your blogging related posts.

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  2. I wish bloggers would talk about the money they make per month. I know that's a personal question, but it's also a legitimate one. No matter what career you go into, you can expect some kind of guestimate for how much money is really obtainable annually. Blogging is no different. If I want to invest my time and money into a career like this, then I would like to have some kind of idea what a real life blogger that started from nothing is making now, 5 years later.

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    1. Thank you for the suggestion! I will definitely chat about my thoughts on blog monitization and a few tips I have learned. As far as how much any blogger makes, it is SO different for each. It depends on how many sponsored posts they take on, the types of ad networks they work with, how they host their blog, expenses they incur, how often they post, etc... Definitely a topic worth chatting about.

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  3. Congrats on 5 years beautiful Jen! You deserve every success.

    I LOVE the idea of hearing your blogging tips and would love to hear how you balance working with brands and keeping your authentic voice that your readers love.

    x

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  4. Congrats on 5 years!!! So glad I stumbled across your blog not all so long ago. :) I can always count on great inspiration. Thanks for sharing your life with all of us.
    PS - love the doggy storage idea!

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  5. Awesome to see your amazing work being featured. I think it would be great to learn about how you got started blogging and how your sponsors work (do they give you money to advertise on your blog or something else?? I'm totally confused by the sponsors.) Love reading your blog and all your advice :)

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    1. Thank you so much! And sponsors are absolutely a hot topic! I will be sure to keep this at the top of the list.

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  6. Here's an iHeart Answering question...

    I've noticed that when you're doing a big organizing session, you empty everything, sort the items into piles elsewhere, and then put those things back in their newly organized space.

    I'm a mom of two very little ones. My time (and energy) to devote to organizing is very small. So I've tried to follow the advice of "one drawer or shelf at a time," but keep finding it's a chicken-or-the-egg situation. I can't do this drawer until I make space in that one, which I can't do until I redo that cupboard, but I can't do that one until this drawer gets done, etc.

    Your "empty all the shelves at once" method seems best in this case, but I don't have a space to dump it all that the kids won't get into (and we all know how much toddlers love to "help" by undoing what you've done), and I don't have that much time to devote to it in one sitting. Neither of them nap very long and I'm totally beat by their bedtime.

    How can I make the best use of my time and space to do an organizing overhaul in this case?

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    1. Great question! And I can totally understand. Organizing can be far more challenging when littles are around full time and wanting to be "helpers" :)

      Maybe try finding a bin that is large enough to hold the contents of a single drawer or cabinet that can be used as your dumping/sorting grounds. Just pop a lid on it and tuck it away in-between sessions. Another option would be to schedule in time after the kids head to bed when you can conquer quick projects.

      xoxo!

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    2. As a mom of two littles, the 'working bin' is a great idea, especially if you're attempting an overhaul. I also find that instead of totally emptying, simply removing what won't belong gives me enough working space for the rest. That works better for 'tweaking' though. Another way to find working space is to focus on one aspect of organizing at a time: first declutter/purge/throw out, then the next time clean, then the next time think about bins/systems to keep stuff corralled. :)

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  7. Congratulations! So many exciting news.

    -Sayeh, The Office Stylist
    http://theofficestylist.com/

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  8. So many exciting things in one post! Congratulations! I am looking forward to you're series on blogging...I go back and forth on a daily basis about trying to make more of my blog or quit all together.

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  9. fabulous post as always Ashley.. i am looking forward to your posts and blog series.. i just shared my black and white bedroom makeover would love if you stopped by.. congratulations on the exciting news..

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  10. Great post Jen! Congratulations on being featured in so many wonderful places and congrats on the five years! I've just had my organizing blog up for one year now and am definitely look forward to your blogging series! I am aiming high with my little blog and would love to work with larger organizing or decor companies. How do I go about reaching for well renowned companies, or do they notice our blog and reach out to us instead? Looking forward to your reply!

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  11. Congratulations on all your exciting accomplishments; I certainly enjoy your blog and the <3 you put into it. Looking forward to your posts on blogging.

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  12. Congrats on an amazing growth is just 5 years! Love the pet supplies organizing pictured here. Pinning for sure!!! :)

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  13. been a blog follower of yours for a little over two years and i cant get enough :) love everything!
    Thanks for all the help
    Showered With Design

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  14. Congrats on 5 years! I LOVE your blog! I would love to hear more about the legal-type stuff you encounter when running a blog such as copyright, forming an LLC, properly sourcing ideas/photos/products, and using fonts or clip art on the blog and in your printables. I know this is not the most exciting stuff, but it so confusing and overwhelming when you don't know what you're doing! Thanks so much!

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    1. Really great question Beth! Because I am no expert, I won't cover that too much, but I will share that I hired a lawyer to assist me with those types of things. I used legalzoom.com to set up my LLC, which was fairly straight-forward, however, for all of the trademarking and copyright items, I hired a local lawyer that specializes in setting that up on my behalf and advising me how to handle specific situations. It is not cheap, but I highly recommend it as it will give you some peace of mind. They can also help you read fine print in usage policies and contracts.

      xoxo!

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