What’s keeping you from achieving your goals? Perhaps it’s a simple obstacle that can be avoided. For me, locating and choosing my workout gear each day was taking long enough that I would delay my workout and sometimes skip it entirely. I know, that sounds like a dumb excuse, right? Yep, you’re exactly right. But, it was enough of a barrier that I was using it to procrastinate doing the thing I already didn’t want to do.
So what is the solution? In this case batching the decision-making was the answer! I wanted to get in some type of workout each day so I laid out 7 outfits and literally bundled them together. Now they live in a dedicated drawer in my dresser. It’s super simple to grab a bundle and get dressed in the morning. Then I’m ready to go! This process only needs to be done 1X/week. Guess I’ve outsmarted myself for the moment. 😜
What decisions could you batch together to save yourself time and get your home or schedule organized? Please share in the comments!
Day 24 is here in the July Clutter Independence Challenge!
Today is all about accessories. This may mean purses, jewelry, hair stuff, or scarves. For me, I knew I had surplus nail polish, hair ties and that pair of shoes I’ve been keeping, but just never wear. Take a look at the category you need to give a little TLC. You know which one! 😉
Please share in the comments what you let go today.
Are you ready for Day 14 in the July Clutter Independence Challenge?
Let’s move into the entryway and coat closet areas. This may include shoes, coats, and possibly decor. Take a hard look at anything that you didn’t wear over the winter. It’s likely you won’t want it in the next one either. Do you have room to hang someone’s coat, or even all of your own? Here is my bag of hats and scarves that didn’t make the cut this time.
Please share what you discover in your entryway! 😊
Day 7 has arrived in the July Clutter Independence Challenge! Are you still with me in this?!
Today we tackle another guest room or child’s bedroom. I moved into the guest room. I didn’t think I would find much here. (This is a recurring theme!) Then, I recalled my “stash” of organizing products that I keep in that closet. These are the extra items that I think I may want to use in a future project. This line of thinking is definitely a hazard in my line of work! Anybody else out there save these just-in-case items? Please share so I don’t feel alone!
**Never fear, no curious cats will be donated today. 😂
Spring has not yet arrived where I live. How about you? It isn't even quite March yet, so I guess I should be patient awhile longer. But, there is no reason to wait to begin spring organizing in your home! Here is one easy category to organize today to get your spring off to great start:
Cold weather accessories! Now is a perfect time to assess what you have worn or used in the last several months. This can include boots, coats, hats, scarves and gloves. It should be simple to determine what you've been loving, and what didn't make the cut. Letting go of those items that sat on the sideline will free up valuable real estate.
I am in this with you. I just found 2 pair of gloves that I've been holding onto. They never keep my fingers warm, but I've been thinking, "maybe this year will be different!". No more, off to the donation bin they go. What winter items will you let go of today? Please share in the comments!
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!
Happy Thursday, my friend!
Today I am pondering bookshelves and wanted to share some ideas. Bookshelves are for more than just books! Using them to their fullest potential will help you get your home organized. They come in all sizes and styles and can be used in almost any type of room. They are a really fantastic storage solution.
Here are some ideas of what you can store there:
-Board games, puzzles, and DVDs
-Photo albums and favorite pictures
-Small potted plants or containers with pet items like leashes and toys
-Catchall containers for items such as vehicle keys or cell phone accessories
-Baskets with phone books, address books, or pens and notepads
-Decorative containers with household items such as remotes and flashlights
-Gifts for upcoming birthdays, and events
Even if your home is short on closet and cabinet space you can stay organized by using bookshelves as sturdy, and often beautiful, pieces of functional storage.
Below is a pic of how this solution has done the trick in my own office closet. What do you keep on your bookshelves?? I would love to hear about it in the comments.
I hope you are doing well and are still focused on getting organized! Today's tip is to organize your closet doors.
The interior side of a closet door can be the prime location for thorough organization. Hang a plastic or canvas pocket organizer on the closet door and use it all year round to help keep items in their place.
-During cold months of the year, use the pockets in a coat closet for hats, scarves, pairs of mittens and gloves, and even extra ice scrapers.
-In warmer months, fill the pockets with flip-flops, suntan lotion, swimming goggles, deflated pool toys, and bug spray.
-If you have kids, each child can have one or two rows of pockets for their own items, and won't have to struggle to find what they need on the shelves.
-An office/guest room door can also be a great place to store office supplies.
-The bathroom door can be used to corral nail polish/supplies, and hair bands.
Pocket organizers are inexpensive ways to utilize space efficiently and keep all of those small items stored away, making your day just a little easier. Here are a few pics for inspiration.
Which door in your home will become the perfect storage space for you? Do you use pocket organizers? I would love to hear about it in the comments below! :D
Whether it is the holidays, a special birthday, or a bridal shower, throughout the year there are gifts to be wrapped. Make the giving easier by organizing a simple, effective gift wrapping station, bin, or entire area including:
-A tote with scissors, tape, pens, and markers
-A tote with labels, ribbons, bows, gift cards, and bubble wrap
-A larger tote with wrapping paper, gift bags, and tissue paper
Keep all of these supplies together and your gift giving will be a lot easier when you don't have to hunt for anything. You can even add an envelope into one of the totes to store gift receipts or shipping invoices. Your system can be as simple or elaborate as you have space or enthusiasm.
Here are a few pics of how we keep gift giving organized in our home. How do you like to store your gift giving supplies? I would love to hear about it in the comments.
Who has tried "filing" their folded shirts in a drawer? It has really worked well for my 10 year old son. He can see the print on each one, and can easily select which one he wants to wear. Also, a folding board can help even small children to fold their own clothes!
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!
Today's challenge is taming your utility closet. Maybe this is a closet, or just an area where you keep the tools for keeping your home clean.
Step 1. Bring all of the tools together here which may have wandered off into other areas.
Step 2. Weed out any duplicates, broken items, or tools you don't use.
Step 3. Return everything to your newly organized utility space.
Step 4. Pat yourself on the back and move on with your day!
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!