Showing posts with label #organization
My thanks to Smead, via, for providing me with free products to facilitate today’s post. All opinions and love of organization are my own. 

If I had a penny for every invoice, bill, receipt or work-related piece of paper I touch in a day, I could buy myself a tall latte at least twice a week with zero budget guilt. As the chief important-paperwork-wrangler for my family’s small businesses, I know the importance of having a workable filing system in place. Notice I say “workable”. What’s workable for me may not be workable for you, so if you find yourself drowning in paperwork, now is the perfect time to research different filing and organizing systems. 

Smead SuperTab file folders
Smead SuperTab folders

No matter what filing and organizing system you choose, you will need to purchase some file folders. During my 15+ years of being a work-at-home mom, I have come to rely on Smead folders. They are practically indestructible. You can easily tear off old labels to re-purpose these folders, or if you are like my husband who doesn’t like labels, you can white out the label area and write new information as needed.

Writing all the important information on a little label area used to be a pain, but Smead has provided a simple solution- Smead SuperTab file Folders! These folders give you a 90% larger label/writing area and will still fit in all file drawers! They hold up to 6 letters easily without crumpling them, too. The pink beauties, shown above, will be used by yours truly for my blog/writing business. 

Smead 3-in-1 SuperTab file folders #homeoffice #filing #wahm
Smead 3-in-1 SuperTab folders

The new Smead 3-in-1 SuperTab folders are in a word, genius! These are perfect for my husband’s cabinet/carpentry business where he has multiple pieces of paperwork per job with him often. He can easily store CAD drawings, job project lists, receipts, paint swatches, and client/architect/designer notes in this huge, 12-letter-size folder. The best part of this SuperTab folder is the Lockit flap at the top that keeps papers secure. Now my husband can walk around job sites and conduct business without fear of dropping important papers.

Smead 12 pocket stadium file #organizer #small business
Smead 12 pocket Stadium File Organizer

This brings me to the last Smead product I had the privilege of reviewing.  The Stadium File Organizer. This beauty of a portable filing cabinet is going in my husband’s shop, where he can keep important paperwork on hand as jobs progress. Since it can hold over 900 sheets in the 12-tiered pockets, we’ll be able to transfer papers from his 3-in-1 folders to the Stadium folders as certain aspects of the job are complete. This will be the holding station until each job is completely done and I make a permanent file for that client.

Thanks to Smead’s newest file folders and organizer, my husband and I will be better able to keep a handle on our complex filing system, which will improve our productivity.  That’s a small business win in our book.

I invite you to learn more about Smead products by using the links provided for each above. Be sure to visit to learn more about their home and office supplies as well.

Please share in comments: How often do you use file folders in your home office? Would you like me to do a more in-depth tutorial on home office organization? Please let me know in comments!

Disclosure: My thanks to Smead and for providing the products mentioned above to facilitate my review.Opinions are 100% my own. No monetary compensation was given. I’m disclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Easy Chalkboard #Craft

in , , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, July 30, 2014

With back to school looming large for us, we are making the most of every minute of our precious summer vacation. So, we chose a craft that is not only quick and easy, but is also useful when those school bells finally ring. This craft was done in less than thirty minutes, and is a perfect addition to my daughters’ room décor. I’ll be able to leave them reminders all year on their personalized chalkboard.

We found everything we needed for our craft project on sale at our local Joann’s craft store, but you can easily find the needed supplies at any craft store. Feel free to shop the sale items, and pick whatever embellishments that suit your décor and mood. My daughters both wanted something classic and feminine, so naturally we went with pearls, satin and flowers in a subtle creamy white theme.


  • 2 – 12x9 Darice wood framed chalkboards
  • 1 sheet Prima decorative paper flowers
  • 1 sheet- K & Company pearl adhesive gems
  • 1 roll – Offray off-white satin ribbon
  • 1- box white Crayola Chalk
  • Glue
  • Q-Tips (to apply glue)

chalkboard #craft supplies #DIY

While both my daughters had agreed on an overall theme when they picked out their supplies, each of them had a different vision for the project, making it uniquely theirs, and making directions subjective.  I’m sure you’ll find a host of products you could use on this project, from paint pens to scrap-booking letters, so let your imagination take the lead.

The Basics:

My daughters chose different uses for their ribbon, one adding a border around her chalkboard, and one making a simple bow as shown in the picture below.

chalkboard #craft ribbon flowers #DIY

  • Glue on ribbons, using Q-Tips to dab on small amounts of glue.
  • Allow to dry.
  • Gently remove Prima paper flowers from package, or leaves will stick to paper.
  • Arrange and glue.
  • Allow to dry.
  • Add K & Company pearl gems. These have self-stick backs, so be sure you place them right where you want them the first time.
  • Tie chalk to ribbon, or allow to rest on top of chalkboard if you’re hanging it up.

This really is a super cute and easy craft your teens and tweens will love to do.

cute chalkboard #craft for #teens #tweens

Please share in comments: What theme would you choose to decorate your chalkboard?