Where to Begin |

Where to begin

A Bowl Full of Lemons is a growing community of people who aspire to get their lives in order.  If you are new, Hello!  I’m so glad you are here. Before you begin, think about what you are looking to achieve here at ABFOL.  Do you want to get your home organized from top to bottom?  Do you want to learn some cleaning tips?  Is your budget a mess? Or are you looking to make new friends? There are many places you can begin, but the easiest way to get your life in order the “ABFOL way” is to follow these simple steps…


1.  CONNECT WITH ME – I love to share my homekeeping tips on my blog and throughout my social media channels.  Sometimes I may share different things on each of them.   Stay connected with me to get the latest happenings.  Take a minute to follow me on these social media channels.

Connect with me
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/abowlfulloflemons
Twitter: https://twitter.com/organizedclean
Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/toni_hammersley
Instagram: http://followgram.me/tonihammersley
Google+: https://plus.google.com

2. JOIN MY FACEBOOK GROUPS –   I have several Facebook groups filled with women and men who help each other in different areas of their lives every day.  Browse the groups below and see what area you are most interested in.  You can even join them all!  They are fabulous!


Budgeting Group – Need help getting on and sticking to a budget?  Join this group to ask budgeting questions & share your ideas.

Home Organization Group – This is my most popular group, with over 30,000 members.  This group is a general “homekeeping” group where you can ask questions & share ideas on everything related to home management (cleaning, organizing, decorating, etc).

Project Life Group – This is a group of women who have a passion for scrapbooking & project life.  In this group, you can share your PL layouts, find inspiration from others, share store sales, files, your PL setup and organization, and create memories for your family.

Planner Swap & Sell Group – This group is devoted to anyone who is looking to purchase a planner, sell a planner or trade a planner for another style.  Its a fun group!

ABFOL Book Club Group – This group is a monthly virtual book club open to the fans of ABFOL. If you love to read, this group is definitely for you.


3.  CLEAN YOUR HOUSE – Learn a simple yet effective method of daily cleaning with 7 steps on (this page).  I share a system on how to get your house clean and keep it clean.  Before you begin organizing, you really need to clean up.  If you don’t, it will be harder to get through the organizing challenges.  Begin with step 1 and follow through the entire week.  Once you are finished with this step, you are ready to begin the organizing challenges.




4.  ORGANIZE YOUR HOUSE –  Home Organization 101 is a 14 week challenge devoted to getting your entire house organized.  Begin (here).  Click on the “Kitchen” at the bottom of the page and work your way through the 14 weeks.  Once you have completed this challenge, you can start working on your budget.


Linen closet organization


5.  CREATE A BUDGET – In order to become fully organized, you need to get your household budget in check.  Begin (here) for a 5 day series that will teach you how to create a functional household budget.


Budget Binder  ABFOL 4


6.  PREPARE YOUR FAMILY FOR EMERGENCIES – Every home needs an emergency survival kit.  Are you prepared for emergencies?  Complete (this) 8 week series that will get your family prepared for emergencies.  Begin on Week 1 “Storage”. This is a super important step in the “Life Organization” process.




28 comments on “Where to begin

  1. Marie says:

    Besides your Rainbow Planner do you have a Master Planner that you work from, i.e., work Master Planner, then transfer info to Rainbow Planner on a weekly basis, etc.

  2. Ms. Monica says:

    Thank you!! I think I may finally get it together. I’ll keep you posted.

  3. A.J. says:

    Thank you for bringing back the original 21 day challenge
    with the linky photos! I still use the 21 day challenge
    to get back on track with cleaning, organizing and purging
    my home. It has made a world of difference! Thanks again!

  4. Jan says:

    Hi i can’t find your name in the blog…i really like your design and ideas and very inspired by you!!
    i’m just a beginner in this planner world addict:)) because i’m really not an organized person i thought maybe it could drive me to do things:)
    so i bought a planner such an expensive filofax i can’t believe i spent so much money on it. yet to arrive .(it’s cost me with the delivery 144$!!!)because i live in country in asia and we don’t have those things.
    so i wanted to know where do you recommend to buy the inserts for the filofax like card crafts and sticker and little stuff. i bought in aliexpress some washi tapes it’s cost me like something like 30$ . i’m already spent so much so i need your advice where can i buy this things in chip price but nice things like you have here thank you very much!

  5. Janie Behr says:

    I am visually disabled but active and have three jobs, four adult children, one grandson, one son getting married,two dogs,I don’t drive and need help with transportation and I need help with ORGANIZATION! You have alot of choices and not sure how to put together the kits that will fit my needs. Thank you
    Janie BEHR

    • Toni says:


      Its really going to depend on what you are looking to organize? Pets, menu planning, etc? You can start out with a couple of them and go from there. I would say health and pets for sure. :)

  6. rosalind says:

    Want to start the 30 day purge, thanks for having me!!!

  7. Liz says:

    I love your kitchen counters. Are they granite? Quartz? What color name are they?!

  8. You have the cutest Calendar in your office picture on your desk with “oh what a week with the ……..” I love it and love calendars and organizing my days!! WHERE DID YOU FIND THAT CALENDAR????

  9. shari says:

    I ordered the budget and I received no download and it was deducted from my account

  10. Lisa says:

    Hi there! Just wanted you to know that I think your blog is great and I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award! (no pressure to accept) Take a peek: http://wp.me/p5queU-5Y
    ~Lisa @ Cuppa Sunshine & Sugar

  11. Hope says:

    Tried to sign up for emails but I never received a comfirmation or any emails

  12. Sue Carlson says:

    Hello, I just joined and was “approved”.. I don;t understand that process, but glad I was approved. I have a question. Since joining, my FB notifications has been inundated with thousands of posts…. How do I not get so many without shutting it off entirely??

    Second, I studid design and have worked as a designer. I finally finished my dream kitchen a few years ago (after a 20 year wait)….I am an organizer and thought it would be interesting to see how other people organize and to offer suggestions.


    Sue Carlson

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Sue, You can turn the notifications off or hide it from your newsfeed and that way you won’t drown out everything else.

  13. Kendal Visagie says:

    Hi Good Day
    I wasn’t sure how exactly to contact you. I wanted to buy the 2014 Core kit for my A5 size planner, and I noticed that the kit does not come in the A5 size and the
    8.5 x 11 is going to be to big.
    Please advise.


    • Rachel says:

      Currently we are not offering additional sized planners and do not have a release date for them if they will be available.

  14. arda beekman says:

    I order from the printable shop a week ago. How long does it take to come.
    I also started the 14 week challenge for organization of my home and I love it. Shared it with my friends and they are doing the same. Thanks for the ideas.

    • Rachel says:

      The files are emailed immediately upon payment. Please be sure to check your spam or ‘other’ folder as sometimes the email can end up there. If you are unable to locate the files, please send a copy of your invoice to abfolassistant@gmail.com

  15. Teri Offield says:

    Hi Toni, i have not left your site all weekend. I love all your ideas and printables. My question is do you have a printable package for starting and keeping track of a small business? Would you be able to make one? I wouldnt need it right away. I already plan to get your tax package among many others.
    Thanks, Teri

  16. LIsa says:

    Do you think you’ll do a homeschool planner for 2015-2016??? I’d love one :) I make my own usually (I have to have everything match and be pretty!) but am not up to it creatively this year.

  17. Amy Kirkpatrick says:

    I ordered the 2015 book to start on Sunday for $65 over 5 weeks ago and I have not received it. This is not very organized to lose orders.

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