Saturday, October 1, 2011

31 Days To a More Organized Life: Day 1 - We Dream

"Tasks that take 31 Minutes or less to make your life...just a little bit easier!"

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Welcome to Day 1!

Ever have the feeling that you ran around all day,
yet somehow you didn’t accomplish one thing?

Today’s an easy one.
Take 31 minutes – or whatever spare time you dream.

Autumn is underway. What do you want for this season?
If you can envision it, you have a much better chance of getting there.

Think about cozy.
Where did you pack your throw blankets from last season? Time to pop them in the laundry to freshen them up. (At our house we have a quilt that is crazy big and keeps everyone on the couch all snuggly. And, there’s a giant quilt pillow to fight over.)

Are you a fan of flannel sheets? Not a fan of plaid? They come in so many more colors and patterns nowadays. Snatch them up online using Nextag and Bizrate to comparison shop. Flannel sheets are a great way to keep warm even when you turn down the heat.

Speaking of saving money, do you have thermal lined curtains? Personally I have a big old crush on the Country Curtains online store – probably because they send out such cute catalogs. Do you have a draft catcher? They come in handy and you can find easy tutorials online if you have a youngster who likes craft projects.

Lastly, think entertainment. We really like curling up watching movies with hot chocolate and popcorn. (Yes, together!) Maybe a couple of bean bags are just what the family needs to get all warm and cozy this autumn.

Handy Tips:
Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons never expire - just ignore the date on them. So, keep your eyes peeled on the mailbox. You can use as many coupons in a transaction as you’d like. And, if you buy something and don’t have a coupon (like when I ask my husband to stop there) just save the receipt. Stop at the service desk on your next visit, hand them your receipt and a coupon and they’ll give you the savings in cash. You can sign up for e-mail coupons, too.

Like Pottery Barn?
Who doesn’t? I like PB even better when I can get free shipping!

I'm a big fan of Lands’ End.
You can return pretty much anything at any time without a receipt. (They keep a great database so if your dog eats your homework receipt, they can usually find the info you need to return or exchange your item. Get on their e-mail list and they send you great discounts with free shipping on a regular basis. As in "all the time."

We're answering the invitation from The Nester's 31 Days Series - you can read more about her invitation here.

Stop back tomorrow!

We'll see when we'll work on finding lost cash...
And making your wallet SMALLER - in a GOOD way!

Miss anything?
You can catch up with the rest of the 31 days series here.

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Want to share?
Take a few moments and share your vision for autumn with us in the comments below.
Want to catch up?

Day 31 - Creating Your Dream Kitchen and Life!
Day 30 - Keep It Simple
Day 29 - Organizing Your Closet or Coat Rack
Day 28 - Raking It In
Day 27 - Take the Pill - Clean the Medicine Cabinet
Day 26 - Creative Uses For Storage Containers (Part 2)
Day 25 - Grab and Go!
Day 24 - Use What You've Got
Day 23 - No, Really...Look Over There!
Day 22 - Do you need THIS over THERE! (Part 2)
Day 21 - Do you need THIS over THERE! (Part 1)
Day 20 - Wish and Gift Lists
Day 19 - Grace and Rest
Day 18 - Easy Free Ornament Storage
Day 17 - Pantries and Shelters
Day 16 - Do You Have a Blue Box
Day 15 - A Blast From the Past
Day 14 - What would make it WORK?
Day 13 - Filling the Wasted Space
Day 12 - Spice Things Up
Day 11 - Clean out Your Purse and Wallet
Day 10 - Simple Safety Tips
Day 9 - Sorting the Sock Drawer
Day 8 - Creative Uses for Food Storage Containers
Day 7 - The Dreaded Junk Drawer (Part 2)
Day 6 - The Dreaded Junk Drawer (Part 1)
Day 5 - Cleaning and Organizing Your Cell Phone
Day 4 - Getting a Grip on Storage Containers
Day 3 - "Waxing Poetic"
Day 2 - Grab Those Gift Cards
Day 1 - We Dream

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Alene said...

Love your bloggy world. Need your 31 days of tips coming. Thanks.

I love Bed, Bath, and Beyond!

Sharon said...

I didn't know that BBB coupons never expire - thank you! Now when you say I can use as many as I want in a transaction - what??? So if I have a $5 off coupon and a 20% off coupon, how do I use both? Do I have to buy at least two items and one coupon attaches to each item??

Dana @ Cooking At Cafe D said...

Hi Sharon,
Each region seems to get different values of coupons. Here in the Chicagoland area, we seem to get "$5 off purchase of $15 of more and "20% of any item" coupons. (My sis in Michigan usually sees "15% off" - not 20% off.)

Sometimes you are lucky and get a "20% off YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE" coupons.

Usually, I have found that BBB will take any combo of the $5 off and "15% or 20 % off 1 item" coupons. Have 8 things in your cart? Hand 8 them coupons. Cool, eh?

When you are lucky enough to get the "20% off your entire purchase" coupons, they normally take just that one.

Does that help?

BTW, I tried to response directly by mail but your default blogger setting is set to no-reply. (MANY bloggers have this set and don't mean to.)

If you want to change that, here's a post that will tell you how!


Laura S Reading said...

Interesting tip for BBB. I think their prices are high but if there is a good coupon I am game.

Kristina @ A Home Made by Kiki said...

I did know that BB&B coupons didn't expire, but I didn't think about buying something and then coming back with the coupon. I have had to make a second trip back so many times just because I didn't have my coupon with me! I love anything to do with organization so I am really looking forward to your tips this month!

Dana @ Cooking At Cafe D said...

@Kristina -
I'm so glad you found us.
The tips I'm sharing this month are certainly not rocket science. But, they have made things a lot easier in our home. Hopefully, they will do the same for yours!

@DogsMom - Yep,I feel the same about some of their prices. Their selection - especially in the kitchen section - is what brings me back.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dana, I love it that you have begun your 31 days with dream. I usually need to psyche myself up before I jump in. Your cozy fireplace photo gives me warm fuzzies. Looking forward to more great ideas and inspiration. I signed up to follow you. Blessings, Wanda

Dana @ Cooking At Cafe D said...

Hi Wanda,
I'm so glad you connected with the "dream" part.
Hope we give you some ideas along the way.

Thanks for commenting.
I hope you'll stop back soon!

Michelle @ Delicate Construction said...

What a great series, I look forward to reading more! I am visiting from Somewhat Simple and I am a new follower!
Hope you have a great weekend!

Jackie said...

Great ideas! What a fun series. Thanks for linking up!

Jen + Jeff said...

Hi! I'm your newest follower from the organized home linky party over at I am so excited to see your posts as well!


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