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Get Organized for the Holidays Workshop ~ Give-Away

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It's never too soon to talk about the holidays is it? At least not in my book. Although my job requires me to be in the holiday spirit 12 months of the year (we have our first Christmas campaign meeting at work in January each year...) I still love it and can't wait to start decorating!

The holidays can be really stressful though, there's so much anticipation, so much to do and it can easily become too much.

My friend and sponsor Aby of Simpify 101 has a great workshop on that very subject. It's called Get Organized for The Hoidays Before, During and After and you have a chance to win a spot in the 5 week / 10 lesson online class!

Check out the contents:

  • 5 information-packed lessons including holiday planning forms, checklists, and worksheets you can use year after year.
  • 6 bonus handouts:
    • Bonus handout #1:  Pre-workshop assignment “Create a Holiday Planner.”
    • Bonus handout #2: "Simple + Fun Ways to Celebrate Your Holiday Inspiration Statement" by Aby Garvey
    • Bonus handout #3: “Tips to Simplify the Season” by Aby Garvey
    • Bonus handout #4: “Holiday Meal Planning Made Easy” by Laura of the popular OrgJunkie blog.
    • Bonus handout #5: “Simple + Stylish Holiday Decorating Ideas” by Benita Larsson of the popular Chez Larsson blog! Yes, that's me :) and I'll be joining in the forum for a few days too!
    • Bonus handout #6: “Holiday Card Organizer Project” by Aby Garvey
  • Learn on your time schedule in a format that works for you–online web pages, printable PDF handouts or MP3 audio files.
  • Access to the workshop forum and photo gallery for a full 10 weeks.

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In all you will:

  • Figure what’s most important to you and your family to have a joyful holiday season.
  • Create a holiday planner and fill it up with printable forms and worksheets that will organize all aspects of your holiday preparations. 
  • Create a customized holiday plan so you can get it all done. You’ll be organized, prioritized and energized!
  • Learn practical, doable strategies for simplifying the key areas of your holiday preparations…from cooking, baking and entertaining, to shopping, wrapping and sending out holiday cards.
  • Share gift ideas, recipes, holiday traditions, tips and more in the private workshop forum.
  • Learn a simple process for getting your holiday gifts put away and your home put back together.
  • Learn how to store your holiday décor efficiently and effectively.
  • Get tips and ideas for making next year’s holiday season even better than this year, and exchange ideas with your classmates.
  • Share photos of your holiday decorations and storage solutions in the online photo gallery.
  • Create a simple and fun project to organize your holiday cards so you can enjoy them next year.

I took this class last year and besides from it being great fun (the forum) it also was really, really, useful (the handouts). I learned a lot and enjoyed reading my classmates thoughts on what was important to them during the holidays and it really got me thinking of how I want my own to be.

So, if you want to win a spot in Aby's class which starts November 3rd please let us know via a comment below which one of the workshop topics above interests you the most. Comments will close on Sunday afternoon (my time) and the winner will be announced on Monday! Good luck!

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Bathroom & Boatroom ~ Before in Between & After

I'm sneezing and blowing my nose as I'm writing this. Have a terrible cold and as soon as I'm done I'm getting in under the blanket on my favorite armchair. I'm so not going to work! Great thing is that I'll get a bunch of laundry done today. Every cloud does have it's silver lining.

Before and Afters downstairs coming up!

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Downstairs Bathroom sink side

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1998

I guess this was pre homestyling before putting your house on the market. The used tooth brushes and other hygene products on the yellowed plastic shelf really give this bathroom that special touch, no?

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2008

Still the same tile and basin but we managed to clean up the space slightly. Still not my fave area in the house but I can live with it.

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Bathroom WC side

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1998

It as all very utilitarian and not much style. 

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2008

A little better.

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Boat room window side

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1998

Not very nautical as is but this was to become the boat room. Low ceilings painted dark red, wood floors stained a weird mustard brown and cheapo panels. 

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2004

Floor boards painted white. Wonky walls covered in fabric, ceiling painted white. And there it is, the little former kitchen table, turned into desk upstairs and then desk in here and later catchall in the storage room.


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2009

Early this year I ripped the fabric off the walls, wall papered, painted, repainted the ceiling, trim, windows and floor and Martin and I later built the desk along the window wall.

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Boatroom toward garage 

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1998

The radiator had this odd position on the wall above the day bed. The boat room is partly under ground so mybe this was what one did back in the days? The door leads outside in front of the garage. Cosy decor, don't you think?

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2004

We had the radiator removed and repositioned under the window and because of some very weird phone cable placement in the ceiling I did a quick cover up job with a canopy. Good enough for MIL to come stay which was what the room was used for initially.

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2008

Here's that same corner a year ago. Martin reluctantly agreed to Billy book cases along the wall (he wanted to custom build the whole thing but I put my foot down seeing as I was the one who would have to paint he whole thing...). The odd choice of widths is due to the door being behind the third book case. We figured, if we ever wanted to have access to the door again we could remove that one section. We added trim and molding to give the whole thing a more built in, less Ikea look.

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Boat room garden corner 

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2004

Here's what the foot end of the bed and the two book cases that the previous owners left us looked like a few years ago. My best tip if you want to make people happy AND get rid of stuff is to put "For Free!" ads on Craigslist (Blocket over here). We've gotten rid of so much unwanted stuff that way and it gets snapped up and removed within a couple of hours.

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2008

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2008

This is a fun shot because I didn't arrange it, the crew that came over to shoot a commercial at our house a year and a half ago turned the bed around and I loved the look. We kept it like this for a while but ended up turning it around again because Martin didn't want the desk facing the wall.

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2009

Ok guys, my nose is dripping all over the place. Need to blow it urgently! See ya tomorrow!