What you need to know about the Organization category of products in the 2019 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle
For part 1 of my 2019 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle review, click here!
Hopefully you had a chance to participate in the A Slob Comes Clean Decluttering Challenge last week. But even if not, you’re going to find so many of the products in the Organization category of the 2019 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle unbelievably helpful!
I’m tackling this particular topic because it polled the highest in the Knitting for Charity with Nicole Facebook group, when I asked which category folks most wanted to see reviewed from this bundle.
And it makes total sense to me. As knitters and/or crocheters, we have an abundance of tools and supplies related to our favorite craft. And if we’re not careful, it can take over our whole house — and create chaos in our lives!
The products in the Organization category of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle alone are easily worth the $29.97 sticker price. It’s really quite amazing to me that we can get so much for so little!
So join me as I take you through the products in this category. I’ll give you my completely honest opinions so that you can decide if this bundle is something worth investing in.
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Products Available in the Organization Category of the 2019 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle
Christmas: Sorted! The Ultimate Planner & Support to Help you Enjoy Every Part of Christmas
Get Organized HQ: 2018 Virtual Summit
Habit Tracker Bundle
Home Project Planner Printable Kit
Homemaking ePlanner: Homekeeping & Project Planning
Mom’s BFF Planner
Purposeful Printable Pack
Time Blocking 101
Ultimate Homeschool Life Management
Christmas: Sorted! The Ultimate Planner & Support to Help you Enjoy Every Part of Christmas: eCourse by Chrissy Halton
Description: Get motivated & inspired throughout the run-up to Christmas. 102-page planner will be your Christmas manual for years to come.
If you, like me, tend to get stressed out around Christmastime every year, this course and planner will be incredibly helpful to you.
I love that there’s a supportive Facebook group available, and that an email series will be sent from October onward. This will give us plenty of time to prepare for Christmas, including knitting those Christmas gifts!
I also love that the planner comes in 4 different styles. There are 2 different sizes, and each size offers both a Sunday start and a Monday start.
The planner is incredibly comprehensive! It includes time planning, to-do lists, budgeting, hosting help, cards and gifts, and food helpers. It’s also undated, so you don’t have to buy a new one every year. Instead, you can print clean copies every year.
The layout and appearance are both simple yet attractive. I think this is something I’ll really enjoy using.
The bonus eBook “Christmas Tips” is also very helpful.
There’s honestly nothing I didn’t like about this collection. It’s terrific, and I’m really looking forward to using it to get my Christmas sorted!
Get Organized HQ: 2018 Virtual Summit: Video Series by Laura Smith
Description: Wish you could sit down and have coffee with someone (or 20+ someones) who is totally non-judgy and knows exactly which manageable steps you should take next to get your life and home running smoothly?
Let’s get this out of the way right from the start. There is a LOT here. A LOT. That can be a great thing or a terrible thing, depending on your point of view. You might take a look here and get completely overwhelmed.
My advice is not to think you can knock this out in an hour (forget it), a day (not likely), or even a week. Instead, try one video a week. Watch or listen over lunch, while running errands, or while on the treadmill or stationary bike or while walking the dog.
Think of this series as a buffet, one you can visit weekly to enjoy the topics that most interest you. The greatest benefit to this series is that the topics offered are so varied. Some of the topics include time management, goal setting, healthy yet frugal eating, project planning, self care, and so much more.
In addition, you’ll get 9 bonuses. Most of these are printables, but a couple are free one-month trial memberships.
Honestly, this video series plus bonuses are easily worth $29.97 alone! Just take them slowly, at your own pace, and you’ll get a lot out of them.
Habit Tracker Bundle: Printable PDF by Emily Bredeson
Description: Not everyone tracks their habits in the same way. This Habit Tracker Bundle includes worksheets to help you track your habits and watch your progress in a way that works for YOU.
This is almost the exact opposite of the preceding product, in that it’s very simple. But it’s by no means less effective. I love that this bundle offers a variety of styles for tracking whatever habit you want to create in your life.
This is a very attractive collection with great possibilities.
I also appreciate the list of suggested habits to track. Just perusing this list is likely to make you want to pursue new habits!
Home Project Planner Printable Kit: Printable PDF by Emily Counts
Description: The Home Project Planner Printable Kit is designed to streamline the planning process and make home projects less stressful.
I love the style and layout of this printable kit; it’s really attractive. You’ll find lots of free bonuses linked inside, including a KonMari checklist, a free time management course, and a list of free ways to automate your to-do list. I love that, too.
This kit also comes with printable graph and notebook-lined paper. I know I’ll find that useful on those spur-of-the-moment times when I’d like to have some lined or graph paper.
The only thing I didn’t really like about this kit is that the Table of Contents was 3 pages long. I know that’s a minor quibble, and for most people it’s probably not a big deal. It does mean that this is packed with helpful project planning pages, which is awesome.
Homemaking ePlanner: Homemaking & Project Planning: Printable PDF by ListPlanIt
Description: Homemaking ePlanner is filled with lists, checklists, worksheets, schedules, inventories, and to-dos in areas such as cleaning, home organizing, needs shopping, and more.
Honestly, I didn’t think this was going to be all that useful to me until I began to scroll through it. Before long, I was sold! I fell in love with the gardening lists, for instance. Everything in this kit is attractive and well laid out.
This also has great information on creating a Master Project List and a Home Management Binder.
I liked the list of recipes for cleaning supplies. From time to time I find myself searching online for such recipes, and it’s nice to have them all in one place.
I also appreciated all the various cleaning schedule varieties. One thing I usually dislike about cleaning schedules is that the person who designed them often seems to believe that one type of cleaning schedule will work for everyone. The variety of schedules in this kit offers several options, one of which is bound to fit you and your family well.
This kit may seem overwhelming at first. But dig in, and I think you’ll be as likely as I was to find several lists, charts, and/or schedules helpful.
Mom’s BFF Planner: Set of Printable PDFs by Antoinette Walker
Description: A great tool and place to keep to keep track of all the little details that you try to keep in your head or jot down on little pieces of note paper around the house.
This particular set comes with two terrific bonuses: a free cleaning guide and a free trial for one month of a cleaning and decluttering program.
The resources here are EXTENSIVE. You’ll find everything from babysitter instructions, to a bill tracker, to an immunization record, to budgeting, to schedules… and much more! Basically, you’ll find pretty much all the planning and record-keeping resources a busy mom needs.
The description is really perfect for what this collection is and does. What’s more, it’s all beautiful.
Purposeful Planner Pack: Printable PDF by Krista O’Reilly-Davi-Digui
Description: Krista uses these worksheets with clients to help them identify and live aligned with their highest values and priorities and stay organized.
It’s all beautiful! Krista mentioned that she teamed up with a creative friend to make these as beautiful as they are functional, and she definitely nailed it there.
As someone who strives to live life with purpose and intention, I do appreciate the way these worksheets don’t just help you make lists, but they help you put together tools that will help you lead the life you want to lead.
In fact, they actually reminded me a lot of Powersheets (which I mentioned in this article), the way they help you set goals by establishing your own unique priorities.
And like Powersheets, I suspect these will work best if you don’t try to fill the whole thing out at once. It will involve a lot of deep reflection and careful thought. It looks like a lot of work, but again, I think in the long run, many will find it beneficial.
If you do happen to be a Powersheets user, I don’t think you’ll need this. But if you don’t use Powersheets, give these a shot. I really have been finding that learning my “why” is important for accomplishing the goals I set. These, to me, look like they can help you do this too.
Time Blocking 101: PDF Workbook by Donna Shenk
Description: Learn what Time Blocking is, find the style of Time Blocking that suits your needs, and learn the benefits of using this time management system.
This is a unique workbook that is both a quick read and a comprehensive one. It includes suggestions and worksheets for tracking your time, a list of tasks to track, a “brain dump” worksheet as well as what she calls a “Trigger List.” I found all of these extremely helpful, especially the Trigger List.
I try to “brain dump” every week, but I’ve often found myself forgetting things. So I think the Trigger List will be incredibly useful to me.
She also provides an incredibly thorough and detailed description of Time Blocks. This is, honestly, the first time blocking resource I’ve seen that actually made me believe I could do this and use it to be more productive.
If you feel like you don’t manage time as effectively as you could, definitely read this workbook and use these strategies.
Ultimate Homeschool Life Management: eCourse by Jennifer Chauvin
Description: This course will help you set up solid systems that you can put into place that will have your home running like a well-oiled machine. It’s more than just balancing housework and homeschool, it’s a course that will help you bring balance to your life.
Whether you’re a homeschooling mom or not, I found that this course offers a lot of practical instruction for getting your home life organized and running smoothly. I found the new habits she suggests you implement really helpful (and I’m working on those even now!). She also has a good system for scheduling housework.
I also loved her lists of chores by age-appropriateness, the printable chore charts and task cards, and her focus on self-care and health/fitness. I thought her ideas for keeping younger kiddos occupied while older kiddos are learning — without screens! — were genius. Oh, and her smoothie recipes! That actually got me making lunchtime smoothies again, a practice I’d abandoned months ago.
One of my favorite things about this course was the way every module built on the previous one. She has a mini decluttering challenge that she suggests for people who are really struggling with that particular issue to start with. And that’s a great challenge; I especially liked the specific tips she offers for each room or type of clutter.
For those who aren’t necessarily deep in the throes of clutter, she has you start with dishes, then laundry, then with meal planning, and so on. It’s a great way to build more organization and routines into your home life.
There were a few things I would have liked to have seen in this course. For instance, she strongly encourages a family to include their kids in chores. I think we all agree that’s important, but she gave pretty much no help in training kids to do just that. She just said “train your kids to…” Yes, but HOW?! (cough sorry… is my own struggle with this issue showing? sheepish grin)
I also would have loved to see more help in finding workouts. She stresses at one point in the course the importance of regular exercise and then says “look on YouTube for free video workouts.” However, if you’re not accustomed to using YouTube in this manner, you might not know how to even start. A little more direction here, I think, would have been helpful.
Finally, she apparently once had a Facebook group linked to this course, but it’s no longer accepting new members. Which is fine, but she still has comments throughout the course referring to the Facebook group. I feel like those probably should have been removed.
I do, however, feel that overall this course will be extremely helpful. Both to mothers who homeschool, and to anyone who feels like their chaotic home lives could use some organization and direction. I think her instruction on organization and routines of homeschooling will be helpful to non-homeschooling families during summer breaks, too.
Vacation Planner: Set of Printable PDFs by Megan Duesterhaus
Description: From packing lists and trip itineraries, to travel logs and so much more, these pages will ensure you don’t overlook a single detail of your next trip!
SHE’S NOT KIDDING. Wow! This is the best vacation planner I could ever even imagine. As I looked through this planner, I wanted to print it out right away and use it for our upcoming vacation in August. It’s so thorough!
I loved that it comes in multiple cover options, as well as being available in both black and white and in color. You’ll find so many fantastic resources in here. I love the summary pages. The daily schedule. The transportation plan. The budgeting. And these are just a chunk from the iceberg. The full glacier (sorry, I’ll stop with the ice metaphors now) is even more packed.
Basically, if you ever plan to go on any kind of vacation, you’re going to love using this planner!
Again, I think even just two or three of the products in this category alone make the bundle worth the $29.97. But the fact that you get all 10 of these resources, in addition to all the goodness from the Decor & Creativity category? In my opinion, that makes this bundle an utter no-brainer!
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Tomorrow, I’ll introduce you to the third category I’m taking a close look at, called In the Kitchen. We all need to eat, yes? The products in this category will help you in so many ways. I can’t wait to share them with you!