Prepping For 2013 Already??

This year is going by at a terrifyingly fast pace.  I’m constantly saying that, but it seriously feels to become more and more true as I get older.  If you’ve been reading this blog somewhat consistently, you know I love trying out new things – restaurants, beauty products, scoring a deal on a new top, etc., but there are certain things I have found to work for me that I stay very loyal to.

I’ve always had a thing for calendars, and although most of my schedule is on my phone for convenience, I feel more organized and on top of things if I can physically write the things I need to do on a large calendar.  My absolute favorite is the Paper Source Academic Great Big Wall Calendar $29.95, that normally sits below my laptop.  Of course I stock up on new Gel Pens to color coordinate for the new year as well, and the light brown paper really makes the colors pop!

In the past, I’ve run into trouble forgetting to order one in time and finding myself a quarter into the new year feeling lost because it has been sold out, so last year I decided to sign up for an email reminder, which I just got!  I love Paper Source for fun gifts, stationary, and find this particular product useful because it is big enough to pack in my busy days within its’ squares and also write notes on the side.  I like to put a small resolution on each month’s notes column like “Drink More Water” or “Clean One Drawer/Week” to remind myself that little goals are easier to obtain.  I’m experienced enough to know that year-long resolutions (at least for me) go right out the window.

 

Magazine Holders

To say I get a lot of magazines is an understatement.  They have been a place of inspiration and a pleasure source since before I can remember and they are actually the reason this blog is named “ear-marked”.  I spent hours of my childhood flipping through them, turning down – or ear-marking – pages of things I had to have.

Yes, it’s true that most of these things were never purchased, but in the moment, the possibility seemed real.  What has resulted is a timeline of things I have loved.  A while ago, after realizing going from one end of my apartment to the other was more like swimming through Lucky’s and Elle Decor’s, I decided to invest in a large straw basket and promised myself I would keep my collection to the contents of it.  I started tearing out pages and filing them instead of keeping whole magazines – except for the ones that were so special just could not be thrown away.

Well, my basket looks more like a game of magazine Jenga at this point and is literally about to topple over.  What’s wrong with two baskets anyway?

Magazine Holders:

West Elm Braided Magazine Bag $39

Etsy Pomegranate Vintage Magazine Rack $60

The Container Store Rugby Stripe Bin $14.99

Urban Outfitters Reclaimed Wood Magazine Rack $64

West Elm Felt Storage Bin $29

Household Essentials Banana Leaf Magazine Rack $29.99

Urban Outfitters Flourish Storage Side Table $44

Pottery Barn Mercer Floor Magazine Rack $179

Coaster Cappuccino Magazine Rack $64.99

Urban Outfitters Wire Storage Basket $39

Pottery Barn Rustic Magazine Rack $59.99

See Jane Work Vintage Basket $22

Pottery Barn Rattan Magazine Basket $59

Etsy Shabby Pink Flamingo Lime Green Painted Metal Magazine Rack $32

Crate & Barrel Samar Oval Basket $39.95

Home Organization

I’m always on the lookout for things to keep around the house that help me get organized and cut down on time.  There’s too much going on every day to remember everything and there’s nothing worse than remembering your best friend’s birthday… was yesterday.  I was so excited to find a Birthday Calendar that is both cute and useful year after year.  The flip-book is by Linda & Harriet.  They’ve chosen 12 unique, eye catching designs for each month, printed on a nice thick card stock – and for $30?  It’s a steal!  photos below taken from website

   

Home/Office Accessories:

Gold Piggy Bank from Design Public photo taken from website $200

*Saving money can be fun!

 

Magnetic Kitchen Timer from Kikkerland photo taken from website $17
*put this on your fridge

Love the Pack This and What to Eat lists from Knock Knock photos taken from website $6.50 each
*The Pack This list has everything you could ever need for a trip so you can check off what you have and see what you are missing.  The What To Eat list helps you plan what to buy for the week at the grocery store.

Letter Set from Kate Spade photo taken from website $39
*comes with 15 note-cards for 5 different occasions so you’ll never be stopping at a grocery store on the way to a party again
Mini Address Book from Moleskin and Fun Pencils from Anthropologie photos taken from website $5.95+ (depending on size) and $12
*It’s funny how no one has anyone’s address anymore!  It becomes useful when you want to send out an invitation to something or a birthday surprise for a friend.  I always write in pencil, however, because my friends move almost every year!
Colored Journal from The Daily Planner photo taken from website $22.95
*I write a lot of notes and like to keep a journal with me at all times.  I love how this one has different colored pages.
  
Gift Set Binder from Russell + Hazel photo taken from website $48
*I’m crazy about filing everything and am always on the lookout for binders that don’t scream Staples or Office Depot.  This site has lots of fun options and this gift set comes with great dividers, paper and sticky notes
Mail and Key Rack from Bed Bath & Beyond photo taken from website $9.99
*I’m always misplacing my keys, so getting in the habit of putting them on a key rack is critical.  I also love how this one has a place for mail – I would put unpaid bills in there and not take them out until they are paid.

Desktop File from Russell + Hazel photo taken from website $30
*Russell + Hazel has all sizes of these boxes to store documents, gift wrapping or whatever you might need to organize and I like how the grey is a little more chic than the styles you might fight at a larger retailer

*I saw these and couldn’t not post them.  A dictionary and thesaurus totally dedicated to Fashion terms??  Kind of amazing.  They also have a standard Patent Leather Dictionary and Patent Leather Thesaurus.  This site is filled with great office/home supplies as well!  Check it out.

Wake Up Light Plus from Philips photo taken from website $169.99
*Part of being organized is having the time to do what you need to.  Right now I just use the alarm on my phone, but have been keeping my eye out for something a little less startling.  This machine actually simulates the sun rising 30 minutes before your alarm.  The light gets gradually stronger until you have to get up and what’s better is it comes with soothing sounds that start silent and get louder as the minutes go by.  THIS is how we should be waking up!!