For many homes the problem is the same: too many electrical cords running every which way, cluttering space and twisting through our lives. You can reduce that cord clutter in a few easy steps.
-First, unplug and identify each cord, checking for nicks or cuts that might cause it to be a danger to people and pets.
-Use simple file folder sticky labels (or your favorite kind) to clearly label to what each cord belongs so that when multiple items are plugged-in next to each other there is no more following the cord to determine the owner.
-Where cords are lying along the ground, especially in multiples, use plastic tubing around the cords to conceal and contain the cord clutter.
Which cords will you corral today?
Here is a tip to save you time that can be done immediately. It's all about lists!
Busy lives can be made easier by keeping 1 or 2 central household lists for things like groceries and household supplies.
Step 1: Place a notepad on your refrigerator for everyone in the household to see, or keep a small notepad with your car keys.
Step 2: When someone notices an item needs to be purchased, such as bread or paper towels, he or she can easily add it to the list.
One main list can be used or several smaller ones for separate shopping destinations. When it is time to shop you can grab the list and go! This simple system encourages everyone to help in the process of running the household, and saves the shopper time and energy.
Do you make lists? Where do you like to keep them? If not, where will you start to keep a list today? I would love to hear! Here is a photo of the notepad we have on our refrigerator for inspiration.
Don't forget about the wealth of unused space on your walls, back of doors, and cabinets. I used a shoe organizer mounted on the wall inside our coat closet to contain my scarves, and I have recently added in our gloves. They are super easy to see, and put back now!
What vertical space is there in your home that is just waiting to be used? I would love to hear about it!