At the end of every year this sense of urgency comes over me to get organized before January. In years past, I would walk my home and make a note of all the things I put off the previous twelve months that have now created little pockets of clutter seemingly every where. This year I am purposely ignoring the house mess to focus on the blog mess first.
There have been a lot of starts and stops with Knot Your Way in 2017. When I published my first post there were goals I had that are much different than the goals I am ending the year on. Now, I admit when I began my blog I didn’t have a defined direction. As time has passed and I have shared patterns and projects both here and through my other blog Notions & Necessities, I can see that both are in desperate need of some attention and focus…maybe even some consolidation.
Last week I spent a whole day online searching for forms to help me tame this beast and let me say I could not be more grateful for the people who put the work into the forms they offered for free!!!
My biggest find by far was the Ultimate Blog Planner Kit 2018!! Finding this 15 page FREE printable was such a relief! Designer Blogs clearly worked hard on this comprehensive kit and it was so easy to download and print that I signed up for their newsletters. I love the kit and I hope they have more of this awesomeness in 2018! If you are considering starting a blog or need to organize a current blog, I highly recommend checking out Designer Blogs.
Once I had a bank of forms I could use to get the blog organized, I now had to address the issues surrounding the crafts I create. At first I didn’t think it would be a daunting task, but since I have been crafting for over 20 years with no real system of record…..well, it’s daunting to say the least. Nevertheless, I am tackling this project with the resolve to get it all together from material and supplies to patterns and posts.
The easiest way for me to share the information that I gathered and found incredibly useful is to just list them out for you. Whether you are crafting, blogging, or just trying to organize your personal space; these free printables are so helpful!
Free Printables for Staying Organized
Pattern Cards – found at Isn’t That Sew. The pattern card is for sewing projects. I love that it has a place to sketch or paste a finished photo on. I will be attaching these to each sewing pattern.
Binder Covers– I have 6 different binders I will be using to sort my chaos and I would love to have beautiful binder covers….I found a real gem at Home School Giveaways when I came across a post from August 2015 for some very colorful AND editable covers with pretty spine cutouts too!!!
Monthly Calendars 2017– I need to do some back tracking with postings from this year. Luckily, I found colorfully bordered monthly calendars for 2017 at Short Stop Designs. I put these to work right away and I love the color theme. It makes me want to get the months in order!
WIP Cards– I found the perfect work in progress forms for my needs at Frogging Along. More than one WIP card prints on a page, so I get more cards for less printer ink AND all the information I need to have is right there on the form. Another time saver for me 🙂
Hooker’s Journal– The Crochet Crowd has a free Hooker’s Journal. I downloaded the whole kit and I have added the Reference Page, Notes, and Monthly Challenges into my 2018 organizational tools. The kit is very comprehensive and has a number of useful pages.
Project Details Form– I found a very simple but very useful form at Craft Diaries. I actually love the spacing on the form and the fact that there is a lot of room for notes. I will be using this form with every project I work on so I can track it’s origin.
Blog Post Planner (with & without lists)- This form was a real gem I found just this morning. It was clear from the post and the forms themselves that Anderson and Grant put a lot of work into this. Since I am still learning about the networking aspects of blogging, I am so grateful for this!
So, that’s what I have so far in the organization department. I love all these tools and I am incredibly grateful to the people who not only put these forms together, but then offered them for FREE! Trying to do all the work to create forms for myself would have been a very long task. Using the links above, I have a good grasp on my system of postings and crafting from here on forward and it only took me a day to get it all situated.
I have a system in place that allows me the ability to highlight patterns I have worked in the past as well as current ideas for projects. Things are put together in a way that is understandable and requires minimal paper pushing. That’s always a good thing.
Are you currently working on an organizational project? I would love to hear about your methods and what works best for you. It doesn’t just have to be about fiber crafting either….I need to organize my kids, appointments, the family schedule, meals, shopping….you name it.