What’s New at Organized Charm

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may have noticed it’s been inactive (or veeery sparsely active) for quite a while. 

If you’ve just landed here for the first time, welcome! I’m Kirsten!

I just wanted to give y’all a little update about what’s been going on in my normal life, Organized Charm, and a few little changes:

First- Why Organized Charm only had 8 posts last year:

So, I’ve been teaching Kindergarten for as long as I’ve been writing OC posts. However, last year was a drastic change for me because I switched from private schools to public school. And wow, what a difference it was!

If you are a public school teacher, I definitely applaud you because it was SO MUCH MORE challenging than I could possibly have imagined! The meetings, the class sizes, the testing… The paperwork alone was exhausting!

Additionally, I was working in a low-income, urban environment so my class roster was constantly changing. Due to unstable living environments, I had students coming in and leaving throughout the year with no warning… which also made it a really emotional year.

As a teacher, it’s really hard to invest your time and energy your students and then just have them disappear one day. It’s also difficult to never really have your routines and procedures in place because new students are coming in every week. 

I learned SO much from my experience but I’ll definitely save it for a different post!

On to the part that impacted Organized Charm- 

Our particular school had an extended day (7:45-4:30). I can probably count on one hand the number of days that I left “on time”. 

On an early day, I left between 5:30-6:00. On a meeting night, my team stayed until the janitor kicked us out at 8:30. Luckily, I LOVED my teaching team because we spent a lot of time together. 

So, unfortunately, there wasn’t really a lot of extra time/energy left for posting on Organized Charm or any of its social media outlets. 

If you have an unanswered comment, email, question, or requested post… I am SO sorry! I am currently working to catch up on them all!

Second- The “updated” version of Organized Charm

Another thing that’s been difficult about writing is that… I’m not in college anymore. 

So, writing about college-related things and study tips can be kind of difficult the further and further into non-academic life that I get. But don’t worry, I’m always one step away from going back to school… again 🙂 I’ll still write about school, of course, but I also need to throw in some more “grown up” stuff to keep OC relevant to my life! 

Even though I’m not regularly writing about school and studying anymore, there is already SO MUCH of that content on Organized Charm that I think it’s still a good resource for college students! 

I rounded up all of those posts and put them together under the “Organized College” tab at the top of the page. If that page is a little too overwhelming for you, I also broke those posts down into 3 smaller categories:

If you’ve been a reader of OC since Day 1, chances are, you’re getting pretty close to graduation!

If that’s you, then you may want to start checking out the “Organized Career” tab, which will be updated frequently on job search tips, networking, and other fun “grown-up” things! 

I am really excited to say that I finally have my DREAM job in my DREAM school! So, I will definitely be sharing more tips about finding and starting a new job!

Another thing that is different about OC is that I closed my Etsy store and I am no longer accepting sponsorships and/or sponsored blog posts. 

I REALLY appreciate y’all’s support of Organized Charm’s Etsy store! And for entering the giveaways, checking out the products, etc.

BUT, you’ve heard that expression “too many irons in the fire”? 

I mean, I’ve never actually seen an iron in a fire, but I can certainly make up what I think it means. And what I think it means is that, when you try to do too much, you don’t really do any of it well

That’s kind of how I felt about Etsy. I just didn’t have the time to invest what needed to be invested into it. Sponsorships were kind of the same thing. 

I have had the chance to work with some great companies and review some incredible products over the past few years. However, it can be really stressful to keep up with all the deadlines, requirements, etc. that come along with sponsorships. 

I just want OC to be a thing that brings me joy, not another obligation in my already busy life. I am excited to say that I feel like it’s fun again! 

Third- Organized Charm around the Social Media Universe

Kind of along the same lines of making blogging fun again, I want to make social media fun again… not another obligation. 

Like everyone, I have platforms that I absolutely love and others that aren’t particularly my favorite. So, I’ve decided that, instead of trying to post everywhere, I’ll just post on my favorite platforms and not worry so much about the others!

I tend to be a big fan of platforms that are visual-based because I just want to look at pretty pictures (I mean, who doesn’t?)! 

If you’re looking for OC’s social media accounts that will be used the most frequently, become a follower of these:

If you want to be notified about new posts but not be bombarded with endless photos of my planner and closet organization projects, become a follower of these: 

(Welll… they may still have a few photos of my planner.)

And, of course, you can always follow OC via email/RSS feed by entering your email address in the “Join Our List” box to the right!

You can also still request a post via the Request page! 

Reader requests are my absolute favorite and I am working to queue these posts as quickly as possible! 🙂 

Thank you SO much!

Thanks for making it to the end of this (lengthy) post!

OC readers are literally the best and I am truly excited to restart this blog and make it more post-grad friendly! 🙂 

One Lovely Blog Award


I am so, so excited to have been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Dani from Dani Dearest, which is a super precious blog on WordPress! Some of my very favorite things are her goals page { might just have to steal that idea 😉 }, this paint swatch wall, and this motivation wall {which I’m totally looking around for a place to do in my home as I’m writing this}! Definitely check her blog out because it is full of creative awesomeness! And creativity. And cute ideas. And other great things!

Here are the rules for this award…

Thank the person who nominated you & include a link to their blog 
List the rules & display the award 
List seven facts about yourself 
Nominate another blogger(s) {as many as you want!} & let them know they have been nominated 
Follow the blogger who nominated you 

And here are the 7 facts about me…

1. I hate e-mail.
If e-mail were magically “uninvented” tomorrow, it would be one of the happiest days of my life. I am one of those people who opens e-mails (and texts), reads them, responds mentally, and goes along with my life. I have literally had the same e-mail sitting in my inbox for 19 days because so much time has gone by that at this point, it’s just awkward. I’m like, should I just pretend I never got it or should I respond and have that person know that it actually took me 20 days to respond to an e-mail?! Maybe I can set up an automated message that says: “Just tweet me”? That would be totally professional, right?
2. I love penguins and turtles.
These two completely random animals are definitely my faves. The penguins probably because they’re adorable. And they mate for life. And Happy Feet. You know, all the normal reasons. Turtles because they’re just so cute and slow and always needing help crossing the street! Nothing breaks my heart more than the fact that Turtle Soup is a thing. PLUS, the week we got engaged in Puerto Vallarta, Derek and I released baby sea turtles! I named mine Warrior. He named his Tiger Shark Bait. Typical.
3. I’m like the real-life Cady Heron.
The first day of Ninth Grade? Yep, totally my first day of school ever. I had to get Kindergarten shots before I went. I was home schooled from pre-k all the way through middle school. And I just wanted to be around people and get up early and take notes and complain about mean teachers (that were not my mom) and do all the things that all of my friends got to do! I loved the idea of school and the back to school shopping (obviously, I still do) and the rules and the sneaking to pass notes in class and having a consistent schedule every day! I was so happy when I finally started high school! School is so fetch!
4. I’m a vegetarian. 
Well, actually Pescetarian but vegetarian is easier to explain. I don’t eat meat that isn’t fish. I think I stopped eating red meat around 10 years ago. Slowly, I kind of just started to lose my desire for eating any white meat except chicken (because it’s nearly impossible to live in the South and not eat chicken). But then… my parents got Jane, Lizzie, and Mrs. Bennett… pet chickens! So one night at their house, they served BBQ chicken for dinner, and that was just the last straw for me. #barbarians 
5. New Orleans is my happy place.
Well, NOLA and the beach. And Italy. I have a lot of happy places, but New Orleans is the most accessible. It is my favorite of all places. It’s where I had my super-spectuacular bachelorette party! Right now, we live right next to the Memphis train station and every morning at 6:15 the train stops to pick people up on its way to the Big Easy… and I just want to be on that train! The music, the food, the architecture, the people, the shopping, the culture, the drinks! There is just no place else like it! We are planning a trip for my birthday weekend in November and I am so, so, so, so, so, so excited! Yaaaaaay!
6. When I was little, I wanted to be an architect.
Or a Marine Biologist. Or both, if my schedule allowed it (it didn’t… either did the geography). I used to spend hours of my life drawing floor plans of houses, drawing furniture into books of floor plans of houses, and best of all? Model homes! Gah, what an exciting childhood, right? It’s like I was 12 going on 40. I don’t know what it is but I still totally enjoy floor plans, and maps, and globes. Maybe because they look so organized? Or maybe it’s because they’re like new calendars: full of possibility! 
7. I have the coolest “baby brother” ever.
My brother is the best. No, really. His personality is like a mixture of Bill Murray and Kramer from Seinfeld. He recently moved to Flagstaff. to volunteer with the American Conservation Experience for 6 months… they’ve camped in Utah and California. Let me tell you this, if there was ever an antithesis of me, it’s this kid. I like the outdoors in small doses, preferably followed by a 45-minute shower. And you’ve seen the daily prioritized study list that fills up my academic planner, right? He literally wrote things like: “HIST: Start giving a s about this class”. Except he never leaves any letters out. 
And those are my 7! 🙂

I nominate Michelle from Restoration Spring!

…which is a blog all about fresh starts, makeovers, and second chances. It’s also written by the totally crazy, beekeeping, composting, gardening, hippie mother. Or as I like to call her, Kiki 🙂

About Kirsten

{ Avid Alphabetical-Orderer // Chronic Color-Coder }

I live in Memphis, TN.

I am currently working on my Master’s Degree in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership at the University of Memphis. I would like to say this is my last degree, but I won’t make any promises. 

I teach Pre-K/Kindergarten in a Montessori School. I am obsessed with organizing everything in my life (and possibly everyone). 

I am also the wife of a snarky police officer who refuses to be organized.

We have 2 bad dogs who specialize in cuteness and mischief.
(mostly the mischief)

If I own it, there is a 100% chance it’s alphabetized or color-coded (or messily piled in a corner while I figure out what the heck to do with it).  I hoard motivational quotes on Pinterest. Every holiday is my favorite one. I buy too many storage bins. I always cry at weddings. And I have 4 calendars. 
I really appreciate you taking the time out of your day to check out this blog!

Always feel free to suggest a project, ask a question, or just say hi