Hello, Tuesday Blog Readers!! I’m so happy you’ve made your way here. As I sit down to write these blog posts every week I always ask myself, “What do people need to hear this week?” and “What do I have to share?” Well this week, I think what people need to hear is:
First, a thank you to all the people helping down in Texas. It’s truly remarkable to see how good the world is when tragedy hits. Seeing footage of people stranded on roofs, or animals stuck in cages soaking wet, it all breaks my heart. So, to all the people physically there lending a hand and to the people sending support and prayers from afar, Thank you. If you haven’t but want to lend a hand, you can click here and donate. Every dollar helps! It’s refreshing to see people come together, I just wish it didn’t have to be only in time of need.
It’s not said very often. We may forget to say it to our loved ones we may take for granted, or to strangers who do something nice but we are caught up in our own day. Or maybe we do say thank you, but it’s a blanket ‘Thank you’. No, I want this ‘Thank you’ to be rooted in deep gratitude.
I started this blog two months ago. I started by welcoming the community and sharing what I believed Organization was and why I started it. In the back of my head as I wrote I was scared and doubting if people would read what I had to say. I imagine it’s the feeling everyone gets as they start something new – scared and terrified, yet excited and hopeful. Well, you all showed me. The amount of support and encouragement I have received has been so uplifting and for that, I thank you. Deep, genuine thanks.
So, “Get to know, Emily”. Well, I’ve hinted to parts of my life through the blog, social media, #GoodFindFridays and throughout the website, but here it goes:
I am a 23-year-old sister, auntie, daughter, wife and puppy mother.
I am the youngest of four girls, and my sisters are my best friends. All three married great guys, whom I am proud to call my Brother-in-Laws. They also make pretty great kids – my 5 nieces and nephews bring so much joy to any room they’re in. If you ever need a mood booster, just look at the world from a child’s point of view.
Our parents are the greatest. To this day I don’t know how they raised four girls to be genuinely nice human beings who contribute to society and have stayed true to their faith and remained friends (because we want to, not because we have to!). I mean I know I’m biased, but our parents are pretty awesome. They have supported, encouraged and pushed us to be the best versions of ourselves and for that, Mom and Dad—we thank you.
I graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Industrial Engineering. I took a liking to the efficiency and process improvement aspect of my schooling as well as workplace organization (shocker, I know.). In my Senior year of college, I started Optimal Organization as the result of a class project. I continued to do odd and end jobs throughout the rest of my time at Iowa State as a way to make some extra money and help with my own expenses. I graduated knowing I had found my passion in Optimal Organization and Industrial Engineering, and with knowing that I found the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.
Three weeks ago, I married my best friend with all our friends and family present. I'm proud to have gained the great, supportive family I did as in-laws. We now live in Wisconsin with our one-year-old pup, Steve.
I am so blessed and grateful to have the life I have. That feeling of gratitude, love and support is what I want to give back to the world through organization. Organization looks different for everyone, so it is Optimal Organization’s mission to make it work for you and your specific situation. I’m here to make your life easier and help you achieve that perfect, efficient and stress-free environment.
Thank you for reading to the end and for supporting Optimal Organization by telling a friend at work or everyone else you know, sharing posts, or becoming a client yourself. You make my job a dream come true.
Until next time, Happy Organizing 😊
If you’re just tuning in, welcome!! Like I mentioned in Organized Backpacking- Part 1, I am a beginner and newbie to backpacking. My husband deserves most if not all credit (maybe split with my mother-in-law 😊) for ensuring I am prepared and comfortable in all our adventures. This is so important in having a positive experience. Having the right gear is the make or break thing for backpacking. That being said, there are good substitutes for the items I have, but I’m sharing the items that have made my experiences top notch 😊
The purpose of this week’s blog is to make sure that you’re prepared and organized throughout your trip.
Happy Tuesday! Today we’re talking about backpacking, specifically the attention to detail of meal planning. When you’re camping in the back country, being organized is more important than you’d initially think. Being prepared and thinking ahead is vital to a successful, fun and safe backpacking trip.
I’m a new adventurer. I didn’t know how much I loved being outside camping and hiking until I met my husband. He opened my eyes to how much fun it can be!! BUT, only if you’re prepared. It’s really easy to hate it if you’re miserable. The reason for these next few blogs are meant to prepare you if you’re a beginner to camping/hiking/backpacking. Today, we will be focusing on meal planning, because we all gotta eat!
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog on meal planning for everyday home life. The same methods apply, the differences come with what meals you choose and what happens when you get home from the grocery store. In case you missed that blog, you can find it here. Once you get home lay everything out on the counter. Divide the ingredients into the meals. The important thing when backpacking is making sure that all your foods are nonperishable. If you are just camping (where your car is right by your tent) you can get a little fancier with your meals, but for backpacking specifically try to keep it simple. I got all the ingredients at Aldi, so it was really affordable and fit well with our budget!! Other tips are to have minimal ingredients, cleanup and garbage. Here’s what we decided for our Mini-Honeymoon trip last weekend:
I love to entertain. I love to make people feel welcome and give them a place that they can call home while they are away from their own. Organizing your guest bedroom or preparing for guests is simple and if you have it ready ahead of time, you won’t be scrambling around like a chicken with its head cut off an hour before they are set to arrive.
I like to make their bedroom feel like they belong there and it’s truly their bedroom. Simple things do that like having a charger by their bed, plugged in and ready to go, and a blanket that makes them feel like their own Grandma knit it for them. The other thing I like to do came from my sister’s friend – I like to have a framed picture of our wifi and password. This takes out the need for them to ask and makes them feel welcomed by giving them, what now a-days feels like, the keys to the castle.
Next take a shallow, under-the-bed bin and put two towels, and one set of sheets in it. These should only be designated to the Guest Bedroom. By doing this you won’t have to make your laundry routine revolve around when your guests are coming. Next, get a toiletries bag (a great option is a previous #GoodFindFriday! Take a look back here). In this toiletries bag, put a toothbrush & travel toothpaste, travel sized mouthwash and lotion, hairbrush, and maybe a few feminine products. In a gallon sized zip-lock put shampoo, conditioner & body wash/bar of soap. I prefer to do full size shampoo and conditioners because for my long hair the travel sized only last me one or two showers. Include the toiletries and zip-lock in the bin.
If you have a closet attached, leave some extra hangers ready to go for them. The other main consideration when having guests is meal planning for more people and/or budgeting for eating out. A few weeks back I wrote blogs on both topics (meal planning and budgeting), so take a look at those!!
Now all you need to do before they get there is change the sheets, change the towels, stock the shower and put the toiletries bag out! You could even arrange everything on the bed in a welcome basket form if you’re feeling fancy. Having extra pillows and blankets and/or a fan is also a good idea, as temperature makes a huge difference in comfort 😊
Even if you do not have a separate designated guest bedroom, you can still have all this set aside and ready for an air mattress or pull out couch.
With just these few tricks and prep work now, it’ll make having guests less hectic! More importantly, having their room or space ready to go will help you to relax and be able to enjoy their company even more 😊
Photo by: Desembola-Paint
Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University. There she learned how valuable organization can be in being productive. She chose to use this knowledge and help others achieve this productivity and optimization in their homes and small businesses. Read & Enjoy and as always, let us know if you have any questions!