Give all your things a home!
Clutter is often a result of having no clear place for a specific item to live, such as no spot to put batteries, extra birthday party supplies, or your keys. Take a few moments to decide which items seem to be consistently out of place, and then give them a home!
Please share in the comments what item you give a home to today!
Good morning! I have been thinking about how our lives are made easier, and definitely more entertaining, each day with the variety of small electronics available. Things such as cell phones, Ipods, Kindles, and handheld video games can bring more to our lives, including more clutter. Following some basic guidelines will make owning and using these gadgets even easier.
1. Use a drawer, bin, or decorative basket for all of the cords and accessories.
2. Label all charging and accessory cords with some type of label, fancy or cheap, your choice.
3. Use inexpensive Velcro or rubber bands to keep cords wrapped neatly when not in use.
4. Keep a supply of electronic monitor wipes handy for cleaning screens.
Now go forth and enjoy your entertainment! And, please share in the comments...where do you store your electronics?
When beginning an organizing project it is important to think outside of the box. Don't be afraid to give new life to storage items you might not typically choose for projects. Here are a few examples:
-Fishing tackle boxes are great for craft supplies and batteries. They are lightweight and durable.
-Plastic dish pans are the perfect size for most standard bookshelves and can hold a variety of items. Plus, they are extremely inexpensive. These also can function as a drawer in a pantry.
-Dresser drawers often fit well under beds and stairwells to take advantage of awkward or unused storage space.
-The durable plastic bags in which comforters and blankets are sold make great soft-sided storage for anything from holiday décor to seasonal clothes.
Remember, pause before you buy a new storage box. Instead, try to bring new life to your current household items.
Create a family command center!
Keeping up with the hectic lives of family members can be a challenge, but by creating a family command center you can help calm the chaos. Select a central location where everyone will know where to look, such as a kitchen or entryway. Then, incorporate some, or all, of the following ideas that will keep everyone on track:
-A family calendar with everyone's schedules
-A dry erase board for special reminders
-A list of important phone numbers
-Special instructions, such as how to set the house alarm
-All of your keys
-Stand back and admire your efficient, tidy space!
Ever feel like you are drowning in dirty laundry? Do 1 load of laundry every day. Fully complete it - washed, dried, and put away. You will feel ridiculously accomplished, and enjoy the sight of an empty hamper every now and then.
Help Kids Learn How to Organize!
I hope you are having a great week! Let's chat about kids' bedrooms and playrooms. They are often cluttered with toys, school items, and anything they can drag through the door. Help them to conquer the clutter by setting them up for success with functional storage.
Here are a few ideas to try:
-Instead of one large toy box in which small parts are easily lost, invest in several smaller ones. Or place smaller bins inside of a large toy chest.
-Have kids help sort their items into like piles and put in separate bins, boxes, or totes.
-Label all containers, or use clear containers for younger children who can't read labels yet.
-Use fish nets or pet nets to keep stuffed animals off of the floor. Collapsible laundry hampers are a great solution as well.
-When new toys are brought into your space, take the opportunity to help your children to let go of any others that are no longer loved. A "1 in, 1 out" rule can be very helpful.
Encourage kids to keep their space organized. It will be easier for them to maintain the system when they know there is a special place for each item.
What is your favorite way to store stuffed animals? Please share it in the comments!