- Go paper-free.
- Make an art box for each child.
- Reduce the amount of stuff you need to organize.
- A place for everything and everything in its place.
- Don't aim for perfection.
- Get your kids involved.
- Spend a little time every day cleaning and organizing.
- Maximize your space. Things that aren't used often should go in the basement or the attic. Store somethings on wall hooks.
- Use reusable shopping bags so you cut back on the number of plastic grocery bags that you keep around.
- Create a "Family Owner's Manual" with schedules and important numbers.
- Get rid of unused toys.
- Get rid of unused anything. Clothes, books, AP European History Notecards, whatever.
- Choose smart storage options for your children's toys.
- Store toys and games near where they are typically played with.
- Make a back-up box, to have all computer program disks in one place.
- Get rid of cd cases and just use a disk folder.
- Create separate computer user account to keep the desktop uncluttered.
- Group things together. Helmets with bikes, etc.
- Make a charity bin.
- Assign each family member a basket for essential items such as wallet, keys and phone.
- Make a temporary dumping container that must be emptied daily.
- Create a system for your pantry. If you have the space organizing ingredient by recipe can make your life easier.
- Assess your 'stuff' at least monthly. What have you not used in the past year?
- Make lists. To-do lists. Grocery lists. Goals. Things for the man to do. Christmas gifts. Whatever. (If you guys haven't noticed yet I am a serious list junky. Lists are how I survive in life.)
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Secrets of Organized Homes
Secrets of Organized Homes", and here's what they suggested, plus a few of my own.