Behind the Scenes

You know about me, but do you know about our “Behind the Scenes” folks? Let me introduce them to you!

Patti

Position: Creative Director

What she does for T&O: Web admin, hosts the T&O website, troubleshooting, designs decals, words of encouragement

Favorite item in the shop: Travel Tea Kit

Favorite post type: Adventure/Travel

Favorite organizational tip: “Keep up on the cleaning. When you use something, put it away”

Hobbies: Scouts, stamping, & tea

Life Motto: “Don’t look back, you aren’t going that way”

Coby

Position: Web Admin & (sometimes) Laborer

What he does for T&O: Secondary web development, trouble shoot, weed decals, mail orders

Favorite item in the shop: Custom decals, it’s cool to design your own

Favorite post type: Food/Drink Recipes

Favorite organizational tip: “Teach your dog/kids to put away their own toys”

Hobbies: Gaming, cuddling with Jean & Hazel

Life Motto: “Try forcing an unexpected reboot”

Jean

Position: Head Dog

What she does for T&O: Entertainment, appears in cameos in videos, decal inspiration

Favorite item in the shop: The paw print decal, customized with her name on it!

Favorite post type: Dog treat recipes!

Favorite organizational tip: “If you nap all day, nothing gets dirty!”

Hobbies: Walks and naps

Life Motto: “What doesn’t kill you really freaks out your parents”

Hazel

Position: Security

What she does for T&O: Entertainment, keeps Jean occupied, decal inspiration

Favorite item in the shop: Pikles! We always have one on our walks!

Favorite post type: DIY dog stuff!

Favorite organizational tip: “If you eat all the treats, you don’t have to worry about organizing them!”

Hobbies: Walking, Eating, Barking

Life Motto: “If I can’t roll in it, it ain’t worth havin”

School Year Organization

Hey everyone! It’s September, which for most means BACK TO SCHOOL! Parents, calm down, we know you’re excited. However with B2S comes problems with clutter and messiness. I’m here to help you get everything from your car, to your locker, to your backpack organized! Let’s get started!

Locker:

  • Get a locker shelf to utilize ALL that room in your little locker!

Locker Shelf

  • Magnets are your FRIENDS!
  • DIY a cute locker organizer! Instructions HERE!

Locker Organizer

College Dorm/Apartment:

  • Get a desk for doing homework on, and keep it clean and organized. Designate this desk for ONLY doing homework, and avoid distractions in that area.

Homework Station

  • Get a dry erase calendar. They’re cheap at Walmart. Put any important tests, assignments, field trips, and parties on there. Assign each roommate their own color so you can make sure your plans never get in the way of each others!
  • Schedule your day! Establish a routine. Schedule chores, homework time, and gym time!
  • Create homey comfort in your dorm with a mini kitchen! A mini fridge, small microwave, and a coffee station make a temporary place feel like home!

Coffee Station

  • Lift your bed and store out of season clothes, spare notebooks, old books, etc. under your bed!

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  • Sharing a bathroom with a roommate or in the dorms? Organize all your shower stuff in a great shower caddy, like this one from Thirty One!

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  • Learn to organize your fridge from the start! This makes finding food, making food, and grocery shopping MUCH easier.

Fridge Organization

Backpack:

  • Get a planner! And color code it! Seriously- a calendar, a paper planner, or even an app! Keep your homework and social life straight!
  • Create a survival kit! Pikles and Bundles are on SALE (Promo Code: Back2School), so be sure to get one! Keep an office pack, pencils, ponytails, etc all in one place in your backpack!

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  • Get a pencil pouch so you don’t end up with pencils all over, but still end up using one at the end of the year because you managed to lose them all.

Pencil Pouch

Notebooks:

  • Color code your notebooks and folders. Get 1 notebook for every class, and a matching folder. Color code them, so you immediately know which folder your homework goes in! Keep old homework assignments for reference!
  • Highlighters are the bomb! Get a variety of colors and be consistent on what each color is for. Yellow is important formulas, green for vocabulary, etc!

Highlight Notes

  • Screen Shot your schedule. That way when your walking around school/campus, you can just check your gallery to see your schedule. This is great so you don’t look like a new kid walking around with a paper schedule, you’re simply “checking your phone”.

Car:

  • Keep loose change and spare cash in a gum container in your cup holder!
  • Create a car emergency kit! Like I said earlier, Pikles and Bundles are on SALE!!

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  • Get a trash can for your car! Buy one or create one from a cereal container!

Car Trash Can

  • DIY a cute car organizer! Instructions HERE!

DIY Car Caddy

Those are my quick tips for organization this school year! Now, lets get out and CRUSH THIS YEAR!!

What are some of your favorite organizational tips or products for school? Let me know in the comments below!

Back To School Specials! (Aug-Sept)

Back to school time! I know we all dread it, but let’s make the best out of it and offer some GREAT specials until the end of September!

First up- Backpack Organization!

We are excited to offer 10% off our selection of Pikles! Just enter “Back2School” in the promo code section! These make great organizers for your backpacks, cars, lockers, etc!

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We are also excited to announce our new tea organizers, so check them out too! They are great for all of your Labor Day travels!!

How To: Best Pack a Suitcase!

Ok all, it’s travel season! There are a ton of posts on Facebook and Pinterest about “THE BEST WAYS TO PACK A SUITCASE!”, and there are SO many different ways to pack them! This post explores the different ways, and will truly reveal the best way to pack your suitcase and still have it organized! Check out the video below, or continue reading! Or, better yet, do both!!

I packed 2 weeks of clothes in 1 carry on bag. This consisted of 5 pairs of pants, 5 tops, 2 under shirts, 3 pairs of shoes, 1 dress, 2 belts, 2 scarves, 16 pairs of underwear (one for each day travelling and 2 extra), 17 pairs of socks, 6 bras, my jewelry and toiletry bag, hair straightener/curler, and my Pikle. My undergarments aren’t pictured or in video, but they’re in there!

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Lots to pack! Remember, clothes can be re-worn or washed to save space in your suitcase!

1st up- How I usually pack my suitcase! I usually roll up my clothes and put them in gallon size Ziplock bags, then squeeze the air out to pack! You can also use Packing Cubes or special bags made just for packing. This is my go to method, because it saves space AND protects your clothing!

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Rolled up into bags!

The 2nd method I found on Pinterest, and I call it the “Fold Flat Method”. I can see how this method would be useful for travelling for business, because it seems like it wouldn’t wrinkle your clothes as bad. However, I had to sit on my suitcase to get it to all fit in there!

The 3rd method is straight up rolling in a specified sequence (also found this one on Pinterest). Put your footwear and other heavy stuff in the bottom of your suitcase, towards the wheelbase. Next, roll up your shirts and other tops for your foundation. Then, tightly roll up pants, dresses, and skirts. On top of that, roll up thick jackets and sweaters. On top of that, lay your crushable items such as bras or a voluminous dress. Stash your toiletry items and jewelry in the compartments, and any swimwear, scarves, belts, and underwear anywhere else you can squeeze them!

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Burrito Style!

Overall, which method did I think was the best? Overall I liked all the methods about the same, they all had their pro’s and con’s, and all took up about the same amount of space. So, it comes down to your personal preference!

Pointers for packing:

  • Roll up your underwear! Just shoving them in the suitcase does nothing for you space-wise. Also remember to stack your bras ladies, you don’t want any deformation! I’m going to buy myself one of THESE, how cute and handy!
  • Get a jewelry organizer, or press your jewelry in press-n-seal wrap to prevent tangling.
  • Wear your bulkiest items, but make sure they’re nice to travel in! Comfortable bulky shoes (I usually wear my most comfortable heels so they’re easy to take off during security), a jacket, and even a scarf!
  • Keep your toiletries TSA approved! Remember we are packing in a carry on suitcase, so all of your items have to follow the TSA Guidelines!
  • I like to pack my carry on size of suitcase, because then I can volunteer for FREE gate check! Gate check is awesome, most the time they check it all the way to your destination, it’s FREE, and you don’t have to carry it all around the airport with you!

So that’s this weeks post! Tune in next week to see how to best pack your Carry On for your trip! How do YOU usually pack your suitcase? Any pointers? What is your MUST HAVE item when you travel? I’d love to see your comments below!

Who Am I?

Hey all! Welcome to my blog, Trendy and Organized! You’re here because you want to be Trendy, or Organized, or even both! Welcome to my world!

Why Trendy? I focus on hot new small business and do reviews so you know what they are, who they are, and why they’re doing it! Small businesses are close to my heart, as I grew up with both of my parents running their own companies! As I’ve gotten older, I’ve done everything from working at small time restaurants to running my own direct sales business! I’d like to introduce you to those, and everything in between!

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Organized? If you could see my house, you would understand this one! Let’s take an organizational journey together! Let’s stop worrying about our house being too messy, losing our staplers in our backpack, or not being able to fit people in our cars! This is our organizational journey!

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But- who am I? My name is Jess, and I am a full time college student (Geological Engineering), part time blogger (You’re on here!), and full time dog mom (You’ll see PLENTY of the dogs, trust me!). I am always on the hunt for trending small businesses, and get organized fast tips and tricks! I post them all on here, just for YOU! <3

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Step in to my blog, take a look around, relax, and enjoy yourselves!

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Xoxo, Jess

 

PS- got a small business you want me to review? A MUST HAVE organizational tip? Let me know! Email me at jessica@trendyandorganized.com !