Monthly Archives: March 2017

Spring Cleaning Tips and Free Printables for the Entire Family

Spring symbolizes a new beginning.  It marks the awakening of mother nature from its deep slumber during Winter.  The season is also widely packed with activities and events like spring break, Easter, and for moms – Spring Cleaning!

In our previous blog post, we shared some wonderful printer storage ideas to kick off the spring cleaning fever and help you start organizing your home or office.  But spring cleaning isn’t only for mom’s or homemakers!  It is a wonderful bonding opportunity for the entire family.

Here are some Spring Cleaning Activities that you can do with the family.  Oh, and it comes with some fun free spring cleaning printables, too!

Free De-Clutter Printables

Where should you start?  Spring cleaning can feel quite overwhelming, especially when you start surveying all the rooms and things that you need to start organizing.

Before you can begin organizing and cleaning your home, you first need to get rid of all the clutter!  We’re talking about all the items that can either be thrown away or stored.

Source: SunnyDayFamily.com | Not sure about where to start? This Decluttering Checklist will surely point you in the right direction.

Laura of the Sunny Day Family recommends 75 things to Throw Away, which she put together in this FREE printable checklist.  The list is made up of things that are taking up space, crowding your closets, and adding to the disorganization of your household.

Photo courtesy of Home Storage Solutions 101

But not everything is meant to be thrown away.  The folks from Home Storage Solutions 101 recommend that you have 6 piles when decluttering your home:

  1. Keep in Room
  2. Put Away in Another Room
  3. Donate or Give Away
  4. Sell
  5. Trash
  6. Recycle or Repurpose

This Simple Declutter Formula is something that you should do in each room to make sure that you have everything covered by the end of your decluttering activities.

Free Printable Labels for Organizing

After you’re done with your decluttering activities, it’s now time for you to start organizing all the items that were not donated, given away, sold, or thrown away.  You can keep them in wicker baskets, boxes, or in the recycled or repurposed items that you have kept from your declutter pile.  Pinterest has loads of creative storage ideas that you can start with.

Image Source: Abby of Just a Girl and Her Blog

Abby of Just a Girl and Her Blog recommends having a contents list, which you can stick onto the inside of the box lid or on the box itself, so it’s easier for you to retrieve items from storage.

Source: A Cultivated Nest

Labels are a very important part of organizing.  The good news is that there are also a lot of fun free printable labels to choose from online!  Just like these 15 Free Printable Labels by Manuela Williams of A Cultivated Nest.

You can use them as tags on wicker baskets, sticker labels on glass containers and apply them wherever you see fit.

Kids Printable Cleaning Checklist

Many adults struggle with “adulting”, because they grew up without much exposure to household chores.  Teach your kids to get organized while they are young by including them in your cleaning activities.

Photo courtesy of Katie Berry of the House Wife How-To’s

Most parents don’t engage their kids with any cleaning activity, because they’re afraid that it will only start an argument or, for younger kids, it may lengthen the cleaning process and you just want to get it over and done with as soon as possible.

Katie Berry of House Wife How-To’s says that “A cleaning checklist for kids rooms empowers your children to take responsibility for their space while helping them learn important life skills.”  She shares that most of the headaches that arose from asking her kids to clean their room were simply because they didn’t know how to do it right.  She shares this free printable cleaning checklist on her blog to help parents in making cleaning a fun activity for everyone!

Spring Cleaning Jobs for Kids courtesy of Jacquie Fisher from KCEdventures.com

Jacquie Fisher also believes that kids NEED to learn how to do age-appropriate chores while they grow up.  She recommends giving the kids their own cleaning tools (kid size, of course!) to help them get enthusiastic about their chores.  She shares this free printable checklist with age-appropriate spring cleaning jobs that kids can help with.

Engage Your Husband in All the Spring Cleaning Fun

Ladies, it’s time to face the facts (if you haven’t realized this already) that your husbands will not be as excited with spring cleaning as you are.  The good news is that there are a lot of activities that they can help out with, which will make spring cleaning fun for them as well.

The tool shed or garage is your husbands’ domain.  So, it’s important to tell them about what you’re planning to do to re-organize it before you start doing anything.  We recommend that you appeal to the handyman in your husband and show them these 21 Brilliant Garage Organizing Ideas by the LighterSide of Real Estate.  Remember – it’s a partnership, so plan out your organizing activity together to make it fun for the two of you.

Spring Cleaning is a great opportunity to get everybody in your home organized.  It also provides a great bonding opportunity for you and your family.  We hope that these free printables and tips will help you in making the most out of this year’s spring cleaning experience!

Tidy Up for Spring with these Cool Printer Storage Ideas

What better way to welcome the season of life than through the age-old tradition of spring cleaning?

In our previous blog post, Organize Your Life this 2017 with these FREE printables, we talked about making room in your life for all the blessings and opportunities that you want to receive this 2017.  If you haven’t had the chance to do so, then spring time is the perfect opportunity for you to conduct a thorough cleaning of your home or office.

Let’s start with your trust old printer

It can be difficult to find the perfect spot to store your printer.  It’s big and bulky, so it usually stands out and ends up being an eyesore in your home or office layout.

But finding the right place for your printer isn’t just a matter of aesthetics.  Proper printer storage is one way of taking care of your printer, so it can continue to run on optimal performance.  This will also help you save on repair or replacement costs in the future.

Our team has put together these cool printer storage ideas that can help you protect your printing device, while keeping your home or office space stylish and tidy.

Wicker Basket Hidden Printer Storage

This cool printer storage idea from DIY Playbook will allow you to hide your printer in a way that it blends in your room or office design.

You can store your printer in a wicker basket to keep it safe from dirt and other contaminants, while allowing it to fit into your furniture and overall room design.

Cut a window for the area where the paper comes out, so you won’t need to worry about taking it out of the box whenever you need to use your printer.  DIY Playbook has a set of instructions to help you in completing this cool storage idea for your printer.

Printer Rolling Cart

Turn old furniture into your very own printer rolling cart with these instructions from DIYProjects.com

Who says that you need to keep your printer in just one place?  This neat printer storage idea allows you to move your printer wherever it is needed for easier access and improve your productivity.

The lower layers of the cart can easily hold other print supplies, such as paper, paper clips and folders for quick access.  This will allow you to move your printer from the office to your living area or wherever you and your children are working on your art activities.

You don’t even have to buy a new cart to make this happen. This neat idea from DIY projects allows you to convert old furniture – such as a bedside table – into your very own printer rolling cart.  You can also use kitchen serving trolleys and it will produce the same results.

Hidden Printer Cabinet Crate

Safely store your printer in these re-used wooden crates through this creative idea from TheRefurbishedHome.com

We love this printer storage idea because it’s DIY and it allows you to recycle simple materials.  This makes it cost-efficient and rather genius, really!

These custom printer cabinet crates from TheRefurbishedHome.com will allow you to neatly hide away your printer and keep it mobile by adding rollers at the bottom.  It also adds a bit of a shabby chic feel to any room or office, don’t you think?

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There are so many other printer storage ideas that have been shared with us by our users and which we have found online, but we had to limit this blog post to our 3 favorite storage ideas for now.  Follow us on Pinterest for more cool printer storage ideas.

But don’t limit your imagination and creativity with these ideas alone.  Whatever you do, just have fun with it and don’t be afraid to add your personal touch. It’s always nice to keep things fresh and try something new.  And while you’re at it, invite a few friends to come over to help and you can do the same for them, too! Now, spring up from that bed and get started! Happy spring cleaning!

Printer Monitoring Software: A Closer Look at PaperCut

Investing in the right printing equipment can lead to increased productivity and lowered printing costs.  But there are times when in-house printing can seem more tedious and hard to manage, which is why most companies feel that outsourcing to a print shop is a better option.

If you already have the right printing equipment in place, it’s not yet too late for you to make the most out of your investment.  All you need is the right process and tools to help you monitor and manage the printing activities in your office.

Our team has conducted a review of different printing management programs that can help you identify cost-saving opportunities and track printer usage.  Gone are the days when you would need your employees to sign their names on a logbook or printing sheet, which can be disregarded or lost!  You can now monitor all the printing activities in your office from your computer – even if you’re out of the office!

PaperCut

Image courtesy of PaperCut | PaperCut is one of the leading printer management software in the market today

Founded in 1998 by two university students, PaperCut has made its way to the top of the list of print monitoring programs in the market.  It is a FREE software that silently tracks employee usage by individual, department, or office, and reports usage costs in comparison with budgets and environmental impact.

The software provides real time activity logs and reports information such as the time of printing, name of printer, total number of pages printed, document names and titles, and much more.  PaperCut encourages the responsible use of company resources and creates an environment-friendly workplace.

Boost Your Printing Set-up with PaperCut

Below are 6 possible ways you can boost your print set-up with PaperCut:

Print Visibility

The PaperCut dashboard gives you a comprehensive view of who is printing, which printer they are using, what documents are being printed, and a time stamp for each print activity.  So, you won’t have to guess who printed the 2,000-page document that has now left you with very low print supplies.

Print Policies

You can formulate printing policies that would encourage responsible use of the printer, or make some intelligent rules to limit user behavior.  You can also use the program’s built in controls such as encouraging double-sided printing and more.

Mobile and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) Printing

PaperCut is compatible with numerous mobile print solutions like Google Cloud Print, iOS Printing, email, and also Web Print.  This will allow your staff to print from whatever device they are on, wherever they are.

Document and Device Security

PaperCut helps you protect confidential and sensitive information with their Find-Me printing system.  It allows your employee to find the nearest printer from a list of available printers, which is well-suited for big offices that operate under a common printer fleet.  Users can simply print under a virtual queue, and go to a print release station near them that PaperCut will automatically assign for them.

You can also secure and add a layer of security using digital signatures and watermarks to include the owner ID in every document printed.

Cost Control

Monitor cost by individual, department, or client.  You can set print quotas for every employee or department to encourage them to only print necessary documents.

Social Responsibility

One thing that we love most about PaperCut is that it measures environmental impact.  This printer monitoring software goes above and beyond by adopting sustainable practices and nurturing the culture of your organization to be more responsible about the environment by providing in depth reports on the environmental impact of your printing activities.

PaperCut Solutions

PaperCut offers two types of solutions depending on your current need or set-up: PaperCut NG and PaperCut MF.

PaperCut NG is the entry-level version of the product that includes basic features and services.  When you sign up for PaperCut NG, you will automatically be given a 40-Day Free Trial of PaperCut MF, which offers all the PaperCut features and support.  This is highly recommended for Small to Medium Businesses (SMBs) with limited budget, but it’s very DIY so you will have to configure the software on your own.

PaperCut MF provides you with everything that PaperCut has to offer.  It includes features such as Find-Me printing and Secure Print Release, while ensuring that you have ample support through the PaperCut Certified Partner Network.

PaperCut offers a free trial so you can test out the software before deciding on which product you need for your business and situation.  Overall, our team enjoyed PaperCut and we highly recommend it if you want to improve your printing efficiency and manage your office supplies better.

5 Mardi Gras Printables To Spice Up Any Celebration

Mardi Gras is a celebratory tradition that is practiced in many places.  The season varies with each city. For some like Louisiana and New Orleans, the whole celebration stretches from the 12th day of Christmas until the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.  While some cities start celebrating on New Year’s Eve, some just celebrate on the day itself and some practice it three days before lent.

To put it simply, Mardi Gras is a French word that means “Fat Tuesday”.  This is because in the olden times, the night before lent is the last night of eating rich and fatty foods and come Ash Wednesday, the fasting begins.

This night traditionally means that everybody gets to “get fat”, eat their hearts out and just forget who they are and their social status, thus the masks.  Masks and Mardi Gras cannot go without each other.  So, what better way to celebrate it than to throw a party and make use of these amazing Mardi Gras printable party items.

Mardi Gras Printable Banner

Source: MardiGrasOutlet.com | These festive Mardi Gras Banners can add a festive feeling to any room.

If you are looking for something to decorate your wall, or even your staircase, then these pennant banners from mardigrasoutlet.com is the perfect choice for you.  Spice up a black stretch of wall, or add these to the garlands in your staircase to make sure your house gets that festive Mardi Gras feel.

Mardi Gras Printable Masks

Source: Ellie.com | Free yourself from inhibitions at any festive occasion with these elegant printable masks.

Mardi Gras will not be complete without the masks.  In the old times, people used masks to hide their personality and social status so they can eat and party all they want before the fasting for lent begins. This is why masks became associated with Mardi Gras.

Take away your inhibitions and feast all you want with these beautiful printable masks.  These masks will surely add excitement to any occasion.

Mardi Gras Printable Jester Hat

Source: MardiGrasOutlet.com | You and your kids will surely have fun putting together this printable jester hat.

If you want to give your visitors more options to choose from, print out some jester hats to add to the mix.  This will help them release their inner clown and add to the overall fun of your party.

Mardi Gras Printable Stickers

Source: MardiGrasOutlet.com | Add more color to your celebration using these vibrant Mardi Gras printable stickers

Make your household items stand out with these Mardi Gras printable stickers!  You can use them as stickers or gift tags for your giveaways.  This is something that both you and your children will have lots of fun with.

Mardi Gras Printable Invitations

Source: Printable Party Invitations UK | Set the overall feel of your party by sending your guests these elegant Mardi Gras invitations.

No party will be complete without invitations. Print these invitations and distribute them to your guests. What better way to introduce them to the theme of the party than to let them see it in the invitation.

In preparation for lent, I’m sure your guests will be glad to wear masks and forget their social status for just a night and eat the night away. Make them enjoy this night with added spices. All you need are the sources, the right supplies and a little bit of creativity.