Board games aren't much fun to play if the pieces are missing, but keeping the boxes for games in spill free condition is also a challenge. These are a few simple options to keep your supply of games and puzzles organized and ready for the fun. Bring on game night!
-Use zipper seal bags to organize game pieces and tape the bags to the inside lid of the box to avoid losing them.
-Take large zipper seal freezer bags and put puzzle pieces into them, then cut out the cover from the puzzle box that shows the picture and store inside the bag. This also saves a ton of space.
-Use bookshelves or storage bins to keep games and puzzles together.
-Keep a basket, bowl, or bin on a game shelf for any of those stray pieces.
Below are a few photos to get your creative juices flowing! How will you contain your puzzles and games? I would love to hear in the comments.
Happy St. Patrick's Day everybody!
Here's a tip for the day, and it's all about cleaning. I know, ugh. This could be my least favorite activity and yours too, I bet. You can take some of the inconvenience out of it, though, if you are prepared.
Household chores can become even more tedious when the right supplies aren't stored together. Taking a few minutes to organize cleaning products and supplies will save you time and energy and make everything more manageable.
-Decide if you prefer one bucket or caddy to keep your supplies in, or one in each location that you use it. We have chosen to keep one in each of our bathrooms and laundry room. This saves the step of searching your home for a product you need anytime you need to clean up.
-Use carrying caddies with handles for cleaning supplies. They are easy to keep clean and keep any leaks from ruining cupboard or closet space.
-Make sure to keep all cleaning supplies locked and out of reach from children and pets.
-Use pegs for hanging brooms, mops, and dusters. We use the wall behind the door in our laundry room for these awkward tools.
-Have enough sponges or cloths for separate jobs (one for kitchen cleaning, a separate one for the bathtub).
These few steps will save you so much time later, and make it faster to clean up that bathroom! I would love to spend less time cleaning. Who's with me!?
Today's challenge is all about cutting down on kitchen clutter. Cooking and baking are so much easier when the kitchen is organized and free of clutter. Here are a few tips that will help make meal preparation so much easier!
1. Store things that you use infrequently, like Christmas cookie cutters, with the holiday decorations instead of in the kitchen. If you only use them once a year, they don't need their own drawer.
2. Use wall space for hooks and towel holders to save counter or cupboard space.
3. Keep necessary and frequently used items within arm's reach to save yourself time.
4. Make recycling easy and efficient by using a dedicated bin.
5. Store less frequently used appliances in the least accessible cupboard, or even out of the kitchen. For example, if you only use a coffee maker when guests arrive you don't need to have it on the counter all the time.
Below is a photo of how I made use of tip #2 using hooks to hold our oven mitts. This change freed up an entire drawer. What is one item that you can remove or relocate in your kitchen?
Happy Thursday! Today's tip to becoming more organized is all about shoes.
Did I get anyone's attention?!
Shoes bring with them signs of exactly where we have been, tracking in the dirt and debris. They are often kicked off tired toes as we arrive home at the end of the day. When shoes aren't on your feet try to keep them stored, organized, and well taken care of. Here are a few ideas to help:
-Place a shoe tray, small rug, or mini shoe rack near all entrances to your home.
-Use shoe storage pockets that hang over the interiors of closet doors to save space.
-Shoe shelves can also be used in unexpected places such as a coat closet. You can see a photo below of the one in my closet.
Taking a few extra moments each day to put shoes in their place will help keep your home clean, your floors uncluttered, and your life easier as you rush out the door. I hope you give this tip a try!