The New Year is almost upon us! One of your resolutions may be to have a more organized home, and I am here to help! This month I’ll be writing about some organizational tips and tricks to help even the busiest mom (or non-mom) stay organized! Today I am starting off with ten simple ones to get you started:
1. Have kids in school? If you said yes, then you are familiar with all the papers that come home daily. Some of these are important and others are not. When your kids come home, go through their backpacks immediately. Ditch the junk and have a system for the important papers. I hang up my reminders and homework on a cork board above my “mommy command center“. Going though them immediately will help reduce the potential for piles.
2. Do the same with the mail. Thankfully, nowadays, there isn’t as much “snail mail” as in the past, but going though mail immediately will help prevent clutter. Get rid of junk mail and file important papers.
3. Organize kids toys together in like bins. I do this in their bedrooms and also in the living room (since we don’t have a playroom). I even go one step further and LABEL each bin: “babies” “blocks” “cars & trucks”. If you have very small kids draw or print a picture on the tags so they can help you clean up easier!
4. If space allows, get each child a bin for their shoes and another one for miscellaneous items, such as hats, mittens and sunglasses. I use a 9 square cubby to organize my kids bins. You can see that here. I also label these with their names.
5. Buy drawer organizers, ESPECIALLY for that “junk drawer“. These usually cost less than $10 and are money very well spent. This will allow for pens, pencils and tacks to safely stay organized for everyone to use.
6. Make a Home Management binder to organize your household papers. I use mine (you can see that here) to organize our bills, important contact info and account info. This way, when new bills come in the mail (which very few do since we are mostly all paperless but there are still a few) they can be filed in here so they are in one safe place.
7. Make a medical binder. I have an additional binder for all of our medical information and medical spending accounts receipts. This is kept next to my Home Management binder and when we do to the doctor, I keep a note in the binder of what the appointment was for and a running total of how much we spend. Keeping this info is partly due to the fact that out FSA requires info from us from time to time, but it’s always a great way to make sure you are not getting overcharged for visits or procedures.
8. Repurpose items to help organize everyday items. My jewelry was once a mess so I used a square from a metal put-together shelving system and hung my earrings on it (see that here) and more recently bought an ornament hanger on clearance and used it to hang my necklaces on:
I would have loved it if it were a speck taller but for $3 you couldn’t go wrong! Now my necklaces aren’t getting all tangled up and are easy to access.
9. Keep like items together. Put craft supplies together: crayons in one basket, markers in another. Same goes for toys, clothes, shoes, snacks; you name it. Number one rule of organizing is: A place for everything and everything in it’s place.
10. AVOID THE PILE. I detest piles. I cannot stand when I have a stack of stuff to do. Yes it happens occasionally but I have a rule of trying to get rid of all piles by the end of the evening. This way, I can start the new day off fresh and ready to go! Now, while this doesn’t happen every day, if it happens most days then I’m on the right path.
Following these ten simple ways to stay organized will help you have a more simpler house and home. If you have a place for evehything, you can begin to employ your kids to help you out, since they will know where everything goes!
Stay tuned to a few more “simply organized” posts this month with more tips and tricks to stay organized!
What’s your favorite, simple way to stay organized?