Sunday, 28 July 2013

How to Organize: Jewellery :)

Welcome if you're visiting my blog from the Organize It! link party OR "WE" Heart Organizing Challenge! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy reading my blog! Happy organizing! :)

Sparkly stones, glistening gold, shimmering silver and so much more! If you are a lady reading this post, you  might already know what all of these are found in - Jewellery! (or you probably read the title :P) Having all of your jewellery on a single tray doesn't really help prevent everything from getting tangled or turning it into a big mess! So, to know ways on organizing your jewellery (and how I organize mine), keep on reading! Please read till the end, I've saved the best for last!

*not sponsored, links are non-affiliated, images are from respective websites unless mentioned otherwise, I just wanted to provide links where you could buy the products at the best price! Collages made using!* :)

Price breakdown: 
$ = <$10 - $20
$$ = >$20 - $30
$$$ = >$30 

1. Jewel;ery trees/Stands:
  • Pros: Displays your jewellery, can be used for decoration & organization!
  • Cons: Usually a bit more on the expensive side, takes up desktop/dresser/vanity/etc. space
  • Price: $-$$ 
  • Ideal if: You want decoration, organization & have plenty of space to spare! 
  • Products: 
  (Starting from top left corner, clockwise)
3. Earring/Bracelet Stand | $8.90  
4. Black jewelery tree (for necklaces, earrings & bracelets) | $20
2. Hooks/knobs/pins on cork boards:
  • Pros: A great space saver, it also displays your jewellery, can be used for both decoration & organization, you can DIY! 
  • Cons: Hooks/knobs may not be strong enough to support all of your jewellery so you may have to purchase more of them, also you may run out of space too!
  • Ideal if: You want to DIY an organizer while adding your own personal touches to it & don't have a lot of space to spare! 
  • Price: $-$$, depending on the amount you spend on making it!
  • How to: Take a cork board (you can paint it or add wallpaper, etc), fix some hooks/knobs (or even pins for earrings) onto it - a zigzag order would seem the best and hang your pieces up! Framing the board to make it look extra glam is an option too!
  • Ideas: (I tried to find some pictures for inspiration!)
 (Starting from top left corner, clockwise)
1. PollyH | Pinterest
2. PamelaAlexis | Pinterest
3. AsteMarie | Pinterest 
4. Sptoday | Pinterest

 3. Ties holders: (yes, tie holders) - for NECKLACES
  • Pros: Can be hung in your closet, a space saver, can sort by different weights/lengths/colours/etc., inexpensive,
  • Cons: can be used only for necklaces (or ties & belts but they're not jewellery), sometimes necklaces can get tangled (depending on the one you have) but they usually don't! 
  • Ideal if: You have a lot of necklaces and are short on space!
  • Price: $
  • Products:
 (starting from top left corner, clockwise)
1. Tie/Belt organizer | $10.49
2. Twirl-A-Tie organizer (or necklace!) | $2 (better for lighter necklaces instead of chunky ones)
My Necklace Organizer! (images are my own)
I have the 1st organizer (in previous picture) but I got mine locally for $4
I twist the necklaces (like if I were to wear them as a bracelet) and store them!
 Here's how I organize it:
On the left side - silver necklaces
On the right side - Gold necklaces
On the belt hooks - Heavier necklaces
 4. Jewelery chests/boxes:
  • Pros: Protect more delicate items better, good if you have a small amount of jewellery 
  • Cons: Tend to occupy more space, much more expensive 
  • Ideal if: Your jewellery collection consists mainly of delicate items!
  • Price: $$$ 
  • Products:

(left to right)

1. Wooden chest | $75
2. Acrylic chest | $109.99

5. Hanging jewellery organizers: 
  • Pros: A major space saver, stores a lot, reasonable price, allows you to see all of your items at once
  • Cons: pockets may not have zippers, not the best for delicate items
  • Ideal if: You are very short on space & have a lot to store! 
  • Price: $
  • Products:

(left to right)

2. Canvas organizer | $13.72

My jewellery organizer (#1 in the previous pic)
Top (right side top image):
- bangles
- rings
- bracelets
Bottom (right side bottom image):
- chains
-hair accessories

Top (right side top image):
- watches
- hoop earrings
Bottom (right side bottom image)
- more earrings (I was obsessed in 5th grade :P)
- 2 hair ties

You can definitely come up with more ideas too - for example you can use a storage utility box like this - 
(A utility box from Creative Options Crafts - I even mention this here!)
Make sure you line the box with felt so your jewelery doesn't get damaged! 
That's 5 - or should I say 6? ;) easy ways to organize your jewellery! Thanks a TON for reading! I had a lot of fun writing this post even though it took me a while! Which one's your favourite? Do you have any other ways on how you organize your jewellery? Leave a comment below! I love reading & replying to comments! Also, please go ahead & subscribe so you know when I post next! Thanks! :)

-Kavya :)
 "Confidence is your best accessory. Never leave home without it."

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Studying Subjects: Social Studies! :)

What war was fought, when, where & why? Where are different types of vegetation or wildlife found? How is the government formed? How are banks run?

Well, to answer all of the above questions and more, we need to study Social Studies (SS). To be more specific, History, Geography, Civics/Democratic Politics & Economics. I'm done with SS for the rest of my life but had to study it for the past 7 years (and I got good grades in it too!) So, let me tell you a few ways how! (if you don't know what this series is, click here!)

General study tips:
  • Read a LOT: Honestly, the more you read, the better you know the subject! Now, understanding the subject is much much better than memorizing it but you do kind of have to memorize a lot anyways!

  • Highlight! I used 3 different colours to highlight (pictured above) - Blue (important terms), green (definitions) & yellow (general points). The colour really does strike you while studying (hence making it a little less boring for those of you who find it so). It also helps you revise quicker because you find certain points easier with just a glance!  
  • Number points: (pictured above) If you have subjective exams especially with essay type questions, this will help you in framing points without making separate notes, hence saving time! For us, a 3 mark question meant you needed to write 3 or 6 points whereas a 5 mark question meant writing 5-10 points! Numbering the points did really help me!

Specific study tips:

1. History:
  • Make timelines: When it comes to history, timelines are your best friend! You can type/write one and either summarize events and/or describe what happened during any particular time periods. 
  • Storytime?! If you don't want to make a timeline, just know the basic sequence of events & learn it like a story!
  • Flash cards: Remembering particular dates/names in History is usually pretty important! Learn them through flash cards or timelines! 
2. Geography:
  • Visualize: Directions come into play quite a bit in Geography! Suppose you're reading about physical features - River A flows in through the Northern states, river B flows through the Southern states, Mountain range C is on the Western side of the country, etc. You could even draw it roughly! 
  • Maps: Depending on the number of places you have to locate, maps can be tough! The best tip I can give you is practice marking the places again and again!
3. Civics/Political science:
  • Relate events: This is the most helpful tip I can give you! Relate the material that you're studying to current/recent events! For example, if you are learning about elections and elections are going on, make sure you read the newspaper to understand better! Usually, this subject also has a lot of laws/amendments to learn about which may be related to bills or the constitution so reading the newspaper will help a lot!
4. Economics:
  • Create examples: I've studied economics for only 2 years (while I've studied the above topics for 7) and this is what helps me the most! I've found quite a few situations (example: violation of rights, going to court, loans, etc) where making up an example will help in understanding the subject a lot better! After all, it's always easier to understand with examples!  
That's it! Thanks a TON for reading! I hope these tips helped you! Feel free to leave a comment below -whether it's requests, more tips or anything! Also, I would love to know what is your favourite topic out of the 4 that I've mentioned in this post! While you're at it, please go ahead and subscribe so you know when I post next! Thanks!

-Kavya :)
 "If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday". - Pearl Buck

Monday, 22 July 2013

School Staples: Introduction! :)

In this post, I'll be giving you an introduction on a school related series I'm doing soon!

Series scoop:
  • Name: School Staples
  • What: Telling you school essentials whether it's supplies, books and everything else! I'll also tell you how to choose the best ones for you!
  • When: Anytime!
Feel free to tell me your thoughts on this series or ideas for other ones! I'll also try to create printables too! Please go ahead and subscribe so you know when I post next! Thanks! :)

-Kavya :)
"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet." - Aristotle  

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Planner alternatives?! :)

In my previous post, "How to Organize: your Planner", I mentioned how important using a planner is to be organized. Well, not everyone may want to use a planner so if you are one of those people, don't fret! I'll give you quite a few ways on how you can still be organized without using one - starting from a planner to the simplest method of all!

You can also use any of these methods to organize different parts of your life!  :)

*not sponsored, links are non-affiliated, images are from respective websites unless mentioned otherwise, I just wanted to provide links where you could buy the products at the best price! All opinions are my own!* :)

#1 - A monthly/weekly planner:
  • Ideal if you: Can stick to a planner and utilize it to the max! (see what I did there?)
  • Not the best choice if: you may forget to write in it (which may happen when you start using one but if you keep forgetting to use it, it's probably not the best option for you!)
  • Products:
$8.11 | (this is what I have!)
#2 -  An undated weekly planner:
  • Ideal if you: Have a more flexible schedule, lighter workload or simply if you tend to forget to write in your planner even though you may want to! 
  • Not the best choice if: You have a ton of deadlines to meet! 
  • Products:
$2.24 |

At-A-Glance has some pretty good ones too!
#3 - A calendar: 
  • Ideal if you: Have a ton of deadlines to meet, without a lot of day-to-day work (may just have a standard routine)
  • Not the best choice if: You have repetitive events month after month! 
  • Products:

#4  - A weekly whiteboard calendar:
  • Ideal if you: Don't mind "erasing" the week after it's over, have a very light workload most of the time!
  • Not the best choice if: You require looking back at dates often, have many long-term projects, etc.
  • Products:
$11.34 |

$13.99 | (A little bit more expensive but you'll be able to use it for years!)
#5 - Post-it notes!
  • Ideal if you: have absolutely no intention of using a planner but may want to be organized on a few days - take a post-it note, date it and just jot down whatever you need to do! (If you're in school, you might even be able to stick it in your locker or just stick it in your binder/notebook and write when you need to!), have mainly day-to-day work instead of long-term projects
  • Not the best choice if: You require looking back at days/months, have a lot of work all the time, etc.
  • Products: 
These are ones I got locally for a $1! Steal! Try to find schedule like ones!
That's it! Thanks a TON for reading! Feel free to leave a comment below on what item you use to organize your life or if you have any other alternatives, you can share them too! Please go ahead and follow or subscribe for more posts! Thanks! :)
-Kavya :)
"In all planning you make a list and you set priorities." – Alan Lakein

Monday, 8 July 2013

How to Organize: Your Planner! :)

*Welcome to my blog if you're visiting from the Organize It! link party! (click to go back to it!) Thanks a lot for stopping by! I hope you enjoy reading my post! :)*

Organizing your space is important. Organizing your time is important. Thus, organizing your life is important.
#1 organizing tool - the mighty planner (ok, that's a little bit dramatic) but it's 100% true. In this post, I'll tell you on how you can organize your planner (If you don't know what this series is, click here!)

*not sponsored, links are non-affiliated, images are from respective websites unless mentioned otherwise, I just wanted to provide links where you could buy the products at the best price!* :)

First off, why is a planner an essential for being organized?
  • It helps you keep track of your work - assignments, tests, presentations, etc.
  • It allows you to manage your time wisely.
  • You can see what you have to do at a glance.
  • It helps prevent procrastination!   
And much more!
Once you know why you need a planner, you need to organize that and I'll give you a few ideas on how you can do so!

[I am an 11th a 12th grader, so this is slightly more student oriented, however, I've done my best to include other ideas as well!]

Materials you may require:

1. Page flags (by Post-it) | 2. Notetabs (by Avery) | 3. Page markers (by Post-it)
 4. Highlighters 
 5. Pens of different colours (my favourite ones are the Papermate Inkjoy pens!)
 6. Different sized sticky notes (Post-its)

7. Finally, a planner! (mine is by Plan Ahead & I love it! - Click here to buy what I think is the same one for the current year!)

I took an empty page of my planner and planned it out in a few different ways! 

How to organize: 
  • Keep a notetab labelled "Month" and a flag labelled "Week" 
  • If you want you could also use smaller notetabs for each month in case you refer back to previous months often! 

1. Writing in different coloured pens:
  • Assign either each subject or work (chore, class, activity, etc) that you have a certain colour.
  • a. Write your tasks in points - like I've done above on Monday and Tuesday
  • b. Prioritize your tasks - use numbers - like I've done on Wednesday (1 - very important, 3 - not very important, 2 - kind of important) or assign each priority a different colour!
  • Pros: Simple, keeps you organized! (this is the method that I use!)
  • Cons: Takes a little bit more time to write
  • Ideal for: People who have time between their classes/work to actually sit down and write!
2. Highlighting in different colours: 

  • Just as method 1, assign each task that you have to do a colour & highlight the task in it!
  • a. (in the picture above the other one above) Highlight each task by priority - like I've done on Thursday!
  • b. Highlight each task by a particular colour - like I've done on Friday! 
  • Pros: Easy, makes your planner very colourful!
  • Cons: Takes some time to highlight everything! 
  • Ideal for: People who don't have enough time to write & highlight their tasks immediately but do later!
3. Write in coloured pens & highlight! 
  • I've done this on Saturday and honesty, you can just combine 2 or more ways to organize your planner to the max! 
  • For example, you can assign each subject/type of work a colour code for writing & prioritize by using highlighters! 
  • You will have a super-duper colourful planner if you do use this way! :) 

More tips & tricks!
  • Use a post-it page marker! (like I've done on Monday & Thursday) Stick one on an important day - whether you have a test, performance, an event to go to, a meeting, etc. 
  • Colour-code them too by assigning each page marker a colour or simply just write in whatever color you've already assigned! (I've just written an event on Tuesday's line but I think that using post-its is better! What about you?)
  • Plan ahead - Either on Sunday or the "Notes" section (if you have one), stick a small post-it note and write any events, occasions, tests, due dates, etc. so you know what's coming for you in the next week!
  • Not sure if you've noticed in the above 2 pictures but I've actually highlighted a few days' names - this is to organize any recurring activities like classes or basically, anything that occurs on a weekly basis! For example - I've highlighted Monday & Friday in 1 colour (yellow) , Wednesday & Saturday in another (green) and finally Sunday in another (blue)! Let's say, yellow and green represent 2 classes A & B respectively while blue represents that it's a holiday (I have school on Saturday too!)
  • Managing colour codes - I've mentioned SO many colour-codes, to make sure you don't mix them up (if you do colour code), write you code down in the "Notes" section or on a sticky note and place it in the back cover of your planner for easy access!
That's all! Thanks a TON for reading this long post! I hope it helped you in some way! 
Feel free to leave a comment below telling me if you are going to use any tips that I mentioned or if you have other ones, I would love to know too! Any other requests are totally accepted too! While you're at it, please go ahead and subscribe or follow so you know when I post next! Thanks! :)

-Kavya :)
"Plans are nothing; planning is everything." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

Monday, 1 July 2013

Perfect Prioritizing :)

Prioritizing plays a major role in being organized! It helps you keep your work on track!
There are 3 major ways that you can prioritize:

1. Date:
  • How: based on the due date (that is dreaded deadlines) - whichever comes first, do that! 
  • Ideal for: Tests, projects, events
2. Difficulty:
  • How: Easy, medium, hard
  • Ideal for: Cramming, studying for multiple tests on a single day, last-minute work
3. Importance:
  • How: Simple - least important, most important and the middle category OR as how I like to put it - What HAS to be done, what can be done LATER and what just needs to be done EVENTUALLY
  •  Ideal for: Schoolwork, events - exams are more important than doing homework right?
You might be wondering, well how can you prioritize?
  • Numbering/Lettering - Just assign a number/letter to each category! Ideal for prioritzing based on difficulty & importance
  • Colour coding - Assign each category a colour! For prioritizing by date, prioritize from a certain day, maybe the beginning of a month for example - assign each week a certain colour! 
Make sure if you are prioritizing for a single day, mix the priorities up! I mean to say that don't plan to do 2 difficult events as well as study for 2 extremely important tests! 
That's all! It's that simple! Thanks a TON for reading! Comment below telling me if you are going to start prioritizing now! If you have any other requests, feel free to leave them below!
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-Kavya :)
"The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities." - Stephen Covey