Another Organisational Tip… and Thank You to Sponsors!

Further down in this post there’s another organisational tip for you, but I want to start off by saying a big Thank You to my lovely giveaway sponsors.
When I was planning this weekend, I wanted it to be full of giveaways. I knew that even if my posts were interesting, there’s still an extra thrill that comes with the chance to get your hand on free stash, right?! I knew I could only afford to spend a certain amount, and me and my husband sat down and carefully worked out what I could afford to spend (all the giveaway prizes except for the sponsored giveaways were bought by me). I knew I could get some decent prizes with the budget we worked out, but I really needed some more for the weekend to feel full of great stuff to win!
So I contacted some shops asking if they would like to sponsor a giveaway, giving them all the details of the weekend, and telling them about me and my blog stats. I was a little scared. I worried that they might think ‘who’d want to sponsor her?’. But I kept telling myself that if I didn’t ask then I definitely wouldn’t get!
I am so grateful to SJ Crafts, Riky and Nina, Scrap Chic Kits, and Julie Kirk, for sponsoring their respective giveaways this weekend. Thanks so much for supporting Jennifer’s Jumbles by doing this, it wouldn’t have been the same weekend without you! I feel like I’ve gotten to know each shop owner a little more, and I know I’ll keep going back to buying stuff from their shops!
The Giveaways are now CLOSED! Thanks to everyone who entered. The winners will be announced on Thursday 5th July!

If you missed any of these sponsored giveaways, then here’s the links. You could win:
Make sure you’ve entered them all – and hurry, they all end tomorrow night, Monday 2nd July, at 11.59pm BST! 
If you want to pop to their shops again at all, then you can use their sponsor buttons, which will be in my sidebar for the next month!
Now, for your penultimate organisational tip of the weekend:
Spend time to make time.
I’m trying to get myself out of the habit of thinking that a thing will take too long to organise, so I don’t even bother starting it. I know that a lot of things that I’ve spent time organising over 2012 have helped me to streamline my life.
If I hadn’t spent 3 evenings trying to figure out my top 3 scrapbooking brands, then I’d still be spending too much time browsing blogs and products from other brands.
If I had taken the time to organise all my kids toys, and to teach my daughter to pack them away too, then I’d still be getting frustrated over the chaotic mess each evening.
And if I hadn’t spent time figuring out the best way to photograph my work, then I’d still be wasting time wandering around the house to find the good spot each time I tried to get some pictures of my crafts.
Obviuosly that’s just a selection of the ways I’ve spent time organising over the last 6 months, which has helped me to have more time – to do even more organising!
For example, I spent half an hour watching TV the other night, with a pile of paper scraps and my Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch beside me. I half-filled a glass with butterflies of all different colours. This has helped rid me of some scraps, so I have less of a pile to sift through each time I want to use some, and has given me a quick, ready made embellishment to add to my projects when I’m in a hurry, yay! (This is similar to Clair’s egg-cups of punched shapes that she shared in her blog hop post!)
Have you been putting off organising something because you think it will take too long? Is there a small step you could take to begin the process?

Don’t forget that commenting on this post, or any post from this weekend, will enter you into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED} – but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning it here.
See you soon for the final Organisation Celebration post! x
  • I’m new to your blog and have really loved the organisational tips. thank you for doing this series. Diolch yn fawr.

    July 1, 2012 at 8:23 pm
  • I’ve been putting off sorting all my pages that aren’t in albums….but I’m definately going to do it in the summer break.

    July 1, 2012 at 8:27 pm
  • I’ve got a huge pile of pages that aren’t in albums, although they are sorted roughly into themes – trouble is, as soon as I put them into a book, I find I have another one to slot in, so they all have to come out again…I’m thinking about giving up on albums and using pretty boxes instead.

    July 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm
  • thanks for the best tip of all! spend time to make time! thanks for the great weekend of ideas and tips!

    July 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm
  • I organized all the blogs in my reader when I was proctoring an exam on Saturday – such a fun accomplishment!Rinda

    July 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm
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    This weekend I have put my blogs in the blog reader you suggested! Life changing! Seriously! My husband may not thank you that now I have better access to them, though. LOLBethany

    July 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm
  • I love your thought- you must spend time to make time- it makes sense and will be a reminder the next time I’m thinking of putting something off!

    July 1, 2012 at 9:56 pm
  • I guess you know by now that I’ve been putting off sorting my photos. You have given me enough inspiration to get to it.

    July 1, 2012 at 10:03 pm
  • I am off to sort and cut down my scraps by colour and to store them in a plastic storage bin that has dividers!

    July 1, 2012 at 11:11 pm
  • I have definitely been putting off organizing certain things because the task seems so daunting. But you’re totally right, I really just need to take the first step and have confidence that all will follow after that.

    July 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm
  • I put off a lot, so much that I have no idea what I need to organize at this point… I have so much to do, it is just finding the time to do it…

    July 2, 2012 at 1:06 am
  • I think that is a really valuable tip – spend time to make time! Thanks for putting this weekend together, I’ve really enjoyed it!

    July 2, 2012 at 2:14 am
  • I think I learn a lot of organizing tips from this few days.. But, I think I will not start this week, perhaps on next two weeks. I need to get my house ready for my son birthday party on august.

    July 2, 2012 at 3:28 am
  • Spend time to make time – what a fabulous gem to take with me into the week ahead! You’ve shared some brilliant ideas this weekend – thank you so much. 🙂

    July 2, 2012 at 4:07 am
  • Love the idea of punching scraps while watching tv – I’ll definitely be doing that in future!

    July 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm
  • I did the same thing last night,only I was punching boring circles not lovely butterflies!

    July 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm
  • Love the tip to spend time to make time I really need to remember that! I really love the idea of the prepunched shapes from scrap paper and will definitely be trying that! 🙂

    July 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm
  • Yup – sometimes the size of the “to-do” list is just so daunting I switch off – but baby steps add up!I’m loving the idea of sorting my scraps into stacks (Clair) and punching some shapes ready – I already have an envelope of MS butterflies as I don’t own that particular punch – just borrowed it at a crop and used it with scraps! Going to do the same with a few more of my own punches – and store them in envelopes with windows for easy viewing!

    July 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm
  • You’re right, is just one small step at a time, you’re really inspires me to organise, thanks a lot

    July 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm
  • Thanks for the organizational tips! Taking time to make time, heehee. I love the feeling of organizing my stash or kid’s toys. They play better with organized toys and so do I!

    July 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm

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