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Getting Organized

Getting Organized Tools Confession: my pantry is an absolute disaster. Over the holidays I accumulated a lot of extra stuff … big bags of flour, snacks suitable for entertaining, and yummy treats as gifts. This morning as I reached for my son’s cereal box (and the contents spilled all over the floor) I resolved to tackle the whole messy kitchen situation.

Organizing comes down to having a home for everything … and, I believe, a pretty home for everything. Here are some tools I *hope* will help keep me organized in the New Year:  1/ Large canning jars for storing bulk food  2/ An organizer tray for my messy utensil drawer  3/ Super cute container bins in my favorite ombre colors  4/ a P Touch for labeling the cute bins.

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excuses, excuses …

I know, I’ve neglected the blog this month. Sorry! I hate excuses, but I have to say that with the combo of planning for a sixth birthday party (2 parties, actually), a house full of guests (whom I don’t get to see very often), stomach flu, preparation for NYIGF, creation of a brand new greeting card collection, a few unexpected design opportunities (requiring an updated portfolio), a huge design project with an overseas client, and an overall blah feeling, I’ve been overwhelmed and haven’t done a very good job with this blog thing. Do you ever feel overwhelmed? What do you do to cope? My desk is a real mess right now. I think that I’ll clean it off and have a fresh start…maybe that will help.

One thing that is helping our family stay organized this year is a chalkboard. It’s been collecting cobwebs in the corner of the warehouse for years, but we just cleaned it up and put it up in the kitchen, at 6 year-old eye level, with our son’s to do items for the day. Every morning while he eats breakfast we talk about what we’ll do that day and put it up on the board. I think it helps to have some structure to the day. He also really enjoys checking things off as we complete them. Sometimes he erases things he doesn’t like to do (the word “homework” seems to mysteriously dissapear nearly every day).

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business advice: craft, inc.

The just released “Craft Inc. Business Planner: the Ultimate Organizer for Turning Your Crafts into Cash,” by Meg Ilasco, is a must have for anyone thinking of starting a creative business. The original book, Craft Inc., offers tips from experts who successfully turned their creative hobbies into careers. This workbook is full of advice and worksheets to help guide creative entrepreneurs as they pursue their creative business dreams.

Here at the Delphine studio, we get dozens of inquiries every month for business advice. My first piece of advice: buy these books!

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get organized: personal calling cards

letterpress calling cards by delphine


Calling cards are chic. Much better to give someone one of these personalized letterpress calling cards than one of these. Right?

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posh travel jewelry cases


I’ve always been a sucker for fancy jewelry cases: they feed both sides of my brain as they are beautiful & lovely AND inspire organization and order. I love the green one, of course. These McKenna Travel Folios are from Pottery Barn and come in lots of larger jewelry box sizes as well.

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