Happy Wednesday! Here is a question for you...
Do you have a drop zone? I'm talking about a command center, or the place you put all the stuff in your hands when you walk in the front door? Where is this place? Did you intentionally choose it, or was it happenstance?
With a little focused planning this space could become your best time-saver! This spot should be convenient, easily accessible (visualize dropping things right in), and have room for all your essentials. Things that might live here include a basket for papers/mail, a bowl or hook for keys, a phone charger, and a spot for your workbag or purse. Once you have chosen this zone, you will always know where to find these items when you need them.
Here is a pic of my own drop zone. This spot is at the end of my kitchen counter. It is a straight shot from the garage or front door. :)
Where is your drop zone? Please share in the comments below!
Nobody loves making their bed. At least, not anyone I've ever met. We see it as a time-consuming nuisance first thing in the morning. We ask our kids to do it. They hate it too. So, what's the point? Why should you ever bother making your bed? You are only going to (hopefully) return to it at the end of the day.
Here are a few reasons why making your bed can be a very good thing...
1) It sets a tone of success and accomplishment for your day when your feet first hit the floor. Check! One thing done already! You may now proceed kicking butt and taking names. :-)
2) When the bed is made, you are less likely to leave other items lying around which don't belong there. I'm talking about unfolded laundry and clothes tried on before leaving the house.
3) A tidy bed is a little bit of cozy luxury that welcomes you when you are ready to rest at the end of the day. You can choose if it is simple and straightforward, or mounded with decorative pillows.
Are any of these reasons compelling for you to try making your bed? Please share in the comments if you are a bed maker, or why you don't.
When things begin piling up in our spaces, it is often because they do not have a designated home. I am issuing a challenge to any and all who choose to accept it: Find three items today that are lying around in your home, and choose where they will live. It will be so much easier to put things away and tidy up when you know where it goes. I would love to hear about the items you find...and where they live now! Bonus points for sharing a photo in the comments! Let's all inspire each other. :-D😀
Have you ever tried meal planning? It may sound intimidating and time-consuming. But it doesn't have to be. It can be a very effective tool for staying organized, saving time and money all week long! If you are looking for motivation, check out the photos below. This is my lunch meal prep that I completed on Sunday morning. This is the spicy, cheesy chorizo casserole that my husband and I will eat for lunches all week long! 😋
Interested in learning more? I would love to chat with you if you want more info about meal prepping or other ways to get organized! Share your favorite favorite lunch in the comments.
Have you ever thought that you just can't get organized because you've tried in the past without success? Fear not!! There are multitudes of methods for organizing homes and reducing clutter. The key is to find the one that works best for YOU. Don't be afraid to try new ways if something is not working. Sometimes, several methods used together will be the best approach. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1) Timer tidy: set a timer for 5-10 minutes and remove clutter (a great family activity!).
2) Rewards: a clean and orderly house on Saturday means a day at the park.
3) Morning minutes: spend 10 minutes each morning readying the home for the day. (this also works well done in the evening for those with more energy at night!)
4) Empty spaces: remember it is OK to have empty spaces in your home.
5) Trading: when you bring a new item into the home, decide which item could be traded out so you can avoid accumulating clutter.
6) Planning: before bringing anything into the home, plan where it will be used and stored.
The challenge for today is to try out one of these methods that may be new to you. Share in the comments which number you could try out today! I like #1, because you have an excuse to stop when it goes off. :-)
Have you ever thought about keeping your budget organized? Organizing your life is about more than sorting your old shoes. It is about taking control of your finances as well. It is crucial to know how you are spending your money...and why. An organized budget will help lead you one step closer to an organized life.
Budgeting is basically organizing categories and expenses. The initial budgeting process is the most challenging, but is well worth it. Look at your expenses and categorize them. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
-Needs: mortgage, rent, insurance, groceries, gas
-Wants: entertainment, dining out, cable
-Savings: 401k, vacation, home improvement
Once you have accounted for how your money is being spent now, it will be much easier to see how you can start to make any changes.
Let's chat about goals...
Creating goals for organizing your space is an essential key to success. You can start small and work up to those larger, more daunting tasks. Instead of setting one large goal of attaining an Organized Home, break up the organization into rooms, functions, or even closets or drawers. Goal setting might look something like this:
1. Organize bedroom closet and donate clothes that aren't worn to local shelter.
2. Sort through linen closet and mark sheets according to bed size.
3. Clean laundry room and install shelves.
4. Declutter home office.
5. Clean son's room, and help him donate unused toys to needy children.
Breaking down into manageable pieces the overwhelming task of organizing a living space is crucial for reaching your goals! Which goal will you tackle today? Please share the number in the comments below. Or reply with the one that works for you. :-)
Our patios, decks, and yards are extensions of our homes and can provide us with additional living spaces. Don't forget to organize these so that they can remain valuable additions to your home. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1. Use weatherproof furniture so you don't have to bring it in and out according to the weather forecast.
2. Design a simple landscape that lets you use and maintain your property easily. The more items you place in a yard, the more items you have to mow and trim around.
3. Invest in outdoor storage containers for decks and patios. Smaller items can be stored in these for easy access.
Think about how you want to spend your time outside, and create a space that allows you to do just that. Now, enjoy!
Good morning! Is it back-to-school time where you are? Or maybe you are just looking to stay on top of your work tasks. Either way, let's chat about organizing your assignments.
Assignments aren't just for those attending school. We are given work assignments, parenting assignments, or volunteer assignments. Ensuring that you are ready for your task takes a just a little bit of planning and organizing to make the grade.
1.Keep a list of all assignments and tasks in a notebook, folder, or spreadsheet.
2. Subdivide the list into categories each week (i.e. tasks to be completed at home or work assignments), including due dates! Having the deadline in front of you will help ensure everything gets done.
3. Add to the list the supplies you will need in order to complete the task. If you are in charge of helping with the neighborhood picnic, this list might include food, garbage cans, signs-up sheets, or park benches.
4. Determine which supplies you already have and which ones are still needed.
5. Identify who, if anyone, can help you complete the task.
6. Bonus step: Make notes of challenges along the way and outcomes. This will help for future tasks.
Finally, sit back and admire a job well done!
Now that we've talked about clearing clutter from our schedules, let's move on to the clutter on our computers. Our computers can be extremely valuable tools in our lives, but they can also become inadvertently overloaded with information. It is far too easy to over-stuff a computer, because the clutter can be easily hidden from view.
However, clutter can make your computer run slower, make it more difficult to find what you need, and make life more challenging. Try these few steps to reduce computer clutter.
Today let's chat about removing clutter from your schedule.
Just like the closets and attics in our homes, our lives and schedules can become filled with clutter. You can live a more fulfilling life when you reduce the clutter caused by not prioritizing time. Here are a few ways to make that happen...
1. Manage your schedule by looking for things to remove. If it does not give you joy, provide you with something in return (we need those jobs!), or enrich your life, consider dropping it from your schedule.
2. Make shopping lists so you can make fewer runs to the grocery store.
3. Don't be afraid to delegate to others. Family members can certainly help carry the load. Or, it may be time to hire an assistant for yard work, cleaning, or other tasks.
4. This one may be the toughest to carry out....Don't be afraid to say “No” when asked to commit to something.
Removing clutter from your schedule might seem impossible, but there is usually at least one thing we can all change to lead purpose-filled lives. What item could you change in your schedule today? Please share in the comments.
Today's tips are all about preparing for moving day with more than boxes.
Moving can be an exciting opportunity, but it can also be filled with stress. Reduce the anxiety about moving by preparing in advance.
**Make sure each item is actually worth moving. Don't pack items just to get them packed. Take the time now to get rid of clutter, donate to charities, and throw out the trash.
**Keep a master moving list and folder with all of the information you might need, including floor plan measurements of the new home and moving company estimates.
**Get down to the bare minimum with your food supply so you don't have to worry about transporting food and keeping it cold and fresh.
**Start by packing the things you use less frequently, such as decorative items.
**Make sure to label everything by content and for which new room it is destined. Assigning a color to each space can be very helpful! See a great example from the Container Store in the pics below.
Take a breath, and have a smooth moving day!
Here is another strategy that worked for us on our recent rv trip...
Meet the collapsible crate by Tontarelli (CleverCrate also makes a larger, very durable version). It is my new favorite thing! This crate is super versatile and folds down to take up minimal space. We used it inside the rv to contain all of our shoes. We minimized dirt tracking inside, and were always able to locate the shoe we needed. You can see in the photo that it fit snugly behind the front passenger seat. After our trip, we folded it down and put it into a duffel bag that we then used as a carry-on for our flight home. This post is in no way sponsored, I just really love how helpful this product was.
What would you store inside this crate? I would love to hear in the comments below!
Yes, we are nerdy and named the rv we rented to drive from the Seattle area to Chicago. This is one similar to ours.
You may already be aware that I LOVE a good packing cube. And, they did not fail me on this roadtrip. It turns out that they are also an excellent way to keep clothing accessible and contained in a swaying RV. Keep these indispensible tools in mind on your next roadtrip!
My family and I have just returned from a 3-week road trip coast to coast from Washington state all the way to Maine. We had a crazy adventure including 10 days in an RV (1st time!) and many nights in a variety of hotels. In the coming days, I would love to share a few organizing strategies that worked (and didn't!), and some observations from the trip. Stay tuned!
For today, I thought you might like to see a great example of organizing done well "in the wild". I took this photo at a complimentary breakfast bar in an Ohio hotel.
Some of the most treasured items can be the most difficult to organize. When it comes to photographs, whether prints, negatives, or digital files, it is essential to have a system in place for organizing the captured memories. You knew I was going to suggest a system, right?
Here are a few suggestions to get you started...
-Invest in a few inexpensive photo storage boxes and label them.
-Keep several sturdy envelopes on hand for negatives, and keep the negatives with the original photos.
-Create files for digital pictures so that as soon as you upload pictures from your camera you can drop them into the appropriate folders (holidays, dates, people, special events…).
I set up a system recently in my own home computer for all of the digital photos. Take the time to set up an intuitive system for YOU. A bit of prep time to gather or create these supplies will save you hours of time searching for that favorite photograph, and the integrity of your physical pictures will also be preserved. Then you can sit back, smile and revisit all those fun memories.
Storage spaces are valuable tools in our lives and can be true time and energy savers when used efficiently. Start by making a plan for creating and using your storage spaces to make life easier.
1) Make a list of the categories you need to store (holiday decorations, seasonal clothing, keepsakes, etc.).
2) Make an inventory of available storage spaces (under the bed, closets, garages, etc.).
3) Account for the sizes of storage spaces and any restrictions (for example - garages might get damp).
4) Assign each storage category to a space.
5) Use durable storage containers and group like items together. Help yourself locate items later by making sure to label these!
**Extra credit if you're nerdy like me: Keep a list of where each category is stored for future reference. This is only in case you think there MAY be a slight chance you won't remember in 6 months...just sayin'. 😉
Remember, you don't need to have enormous closets or attics in order to organize your home. Use what you've got!
A bit of time in preparation up front will save you money and irritation later when everything you need is ready and waiting. 😋
Do you plan your meals for the week in advance? Let me know in the comments!
For children or adults, desks can play important roles in everyday activities. Design your desk to function for the work you do, and the work will become easier. Here are some steps to get started....
**Empty all drawers and surfaces.
**Wash down the desk with an appropriate cleaner.
**Sort items by function and get rid of anything that is broken or no longer needed.
**Use drawer dividers to contain items returning to the desk.
**Store items in the desk that are actually used at the desk. 😉
**Hang shelves above or near the desk for storing extra items.
**Hang a magnet, or cork board to post important notes to get them off of the desk top.
**Use Velcro straps to reduce cord tangles.
What desk will you tackle today? Please share in the comments below!
My family and I are preparing for a summer roadtrip! I am thinking a lot about where to keep everything that will need to come with us in the rv. These look like some great ideas.
Now let's switch it up....please share any rv tips you have for me in the comments below! 😀
Hang your shelves upside down so that the brackets automatically create built-in compartments. This is such a simple, smart solution. Has anyone tried this in their closet, or other space? Please share in the comments!
Good morning! Let's organize playrooms for more fun!
Organizing playrooms or play spaces for children can increase the amount of fun had, and reduce the clutter and mess. Here are a few ideas which may save your sanity.
**Use birthdays and holidays as opportunities to sort toys with kids. Broken toys can be tossed, and ones that are no longer used can be donated.
**Take a section of a wall and use chalkboard paint for hours of fun without much space required. Or, simply use an easel (as in the photo below).
**Hang canvas shoe storage bags on the back of the door so kids can easily store and find small toys.
**Designate areas for different activities.
**Use simple shelving instead of large toy boxes (bottomless mysteries) and use smaller bins so finding specific toys is easier.
**Make sure all furniture, storage units, or flooring you use are easy to clean.
Check out the photos below to see how a space can be transformed!
My thought for today is about keeping things where you use them. Sounds simple enough, right? One way to try this for yourself might be to keep cleaners in the bathroom, perhaps beneath the sink. Having toilet cleaner, Windex, and Lysol wipes right there onsite will save you time when your bathroom needs a refresh.
I took my own advice and began keeping the vacuum cleaner, plugged in, right outside the door to the laundry room. Does it look glamorous? Not at all. But, we use it there every day to vacuum up cat litter. Why not save some time and aggravation when taking care of everyday tasks? Who says saving time isn't a beautiful thing?
Who's starting to think about a fun road trip? 😀 We are planning one for the end of June, after school lets out. Today's tips are all about staying organized in your vehicle.
Whether we commute daily to work or are the local chauffeur to the neighborhood kids, it is invaluable to keep our vehicles maintained and organized. It will certainly save you time and effort later. Start with a few basics that will get you on the road to organized travels.
1) Have at least one small trash receptacle in the vehicle, or 2 if it has more than 2 rows of seating. Even a plastic bag will work.
2) Keep reusable bags under the driver's seat or in the door pocket.
3) Keep a folder in your glove box with a secure closure for important papers such as insurance documents, maintenance records, and mileage logs. This will ensure they are easy to access.
4) Invest in backseat storage containers for kids to keep books, crayons, and travel games.
5) Place a small tote in the trunk for transporting small items so they won't roll around while you travel.
Organization on the road is much easier when we take a few minutes to prepare before sliding behind the wheel.
Please share a comment or photo of how YOU like to stay organized your vehicle!