Stace at random

Random ramblings of a California girl living in a Kansas world


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Mail Sorter Makeover

I posted recently about my office organization project. I finally got all of my papers sorted into my hanging file box. Yay!

Then I moved on to project #2 – my mail sorter makeover.

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Don’t laugh at my “art”! I am not an artist – and obviously not good with a paint pen. 😛

By using supplies that I already had on hand, the total cost was $3.77! I purchased the sorter at a garage sale for $1.00. I purchased some peel & stick letter stencils at Walmart for $2.77. The white paint I got for FREE during a Valspar free sample paint offer. (This offer is no longer available, but I linked to it so you can check back periodically, since they run this special every once in awhile). The black paint and painting supplies I already had on hand.

Anyway, for someone who is not crafty AT ALL, I think it turned out pretty good. I love cheap, easy projects like this one!

Of course, now I have no excuse for piles of mail stacking up on my desk. 😉


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My Fitness Pal

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Have any of you heard of, or are you using the My Fitness Pal app? My doctor recommended it to me recently, so I put it on my phone and I have to say that I really like it, so far.

For me, like a lot of you out there, just holding myself accountable and seeing my progress each day is a huge help with my weight loss. I am less likely to eat that candy or extra cheese pizza or ice cream (my favorite guilty pleasure!) if I can see how many calories I am consuming.

And I lost 3.2 pounds in the first week. Yay!

I’ve used quite a few different apps and online food and exercise tracking sites and I have to say that this is by far the easiest that I have used. And it’s completely FREE! 

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Slowly But Surely…

For some reason – maybe too much Pinterest..? – I have a sudden, much needed, urge to completely organize our home office.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a long time coming. I can blame it, in part, on the fact that our home was built in 1888, when no one believed in storage. There are minimal closets and cupboards, so we have to get very creative in how to organize and store things. I’m also not very good at decorating, so I haven’t known how to organize without my office looking like a storage unit, crammed full of moving boxes. 😉

So, it’s no surprise that my office is in a constant state of disarray. Stacks of papers to file. Mail everywhere. Stacks of coupons. Stacks of magazines. Bins full of kid projects and school papers. The list goes on.

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This is how I’ve spent most of this morning:

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Creating hanging files and sorting through little stacks of papers. It’s an exciting life I lead. I’m tellin’ ya… 🙂

I’m on a mission to get this office completely organized by the end of January. I’ll keep you posted!

Next on my list is to create a sorting system for incoming mail and one for school papers. I’m open to suggestions! (HINT, HINT!)