1.02.2012

Organization Week: Easy Organization Tips

how to organize your house

Welcome to the first day of Organization Week here at ECE! We rang in the New Year and are ready for a fresh clean slate – and what better way to start fresh then to get things organized. I don’t know about you guys but as soon as I take down the Christmas tree my head starts buzzing with a million things that I want to do to get my house all cleaned up and ready for the New Year.  I go into deep cleaning mode – and I love deep cleaning mode – It’s funny because at first my house looks like a nightmare and you would never know that under all the junk around everywhere that there is indeed cleaning going on. I pull out EVERYTHING and give EVERYTHING a good wipe down. You know – cleaning the stuff that only gets cleaned once (maybe twice) a year – like all the cabinets and baseboards in the house – and all the nooks and crannies. It just feels so good to get in and get it cleaned and throw away the junk we don’t use or better yet – forgot we had. But what happens after all that deep cleaning is done and cleaning just goes back to normal? How do you stay up on stuff?

Me? I do it a little at a time – With a 2 year old and a 13 month old 14 months apart – a little at a time works best for me! I wanted to share a few tips with you – maybe you have thought of these before and it’s just a refresher or maybe you’ll learn something new but either way here are are some simple organizing tips:

  • Set Goal For Each Room: Whether you are starting from scratch and or simply cleaning up the hurricane your kids created in the family room – set a goal. For me, it would be something like “put all the Thomas & Friends trains back in the bin” or “pick up all the Little People.” But other goals could include buy storage items or wash the curtains – just set a small goal and once you achieve set another one. This eliminates becoming overwhelmed with a project and never completing anything.
  • Throw Away the Junk Mail: When I get my mail, I go out to the mailbox, grab the mail and go through it as I walk back inside. I pretty much have it all sorted out as I reach the door and simply throw the junk into the recycle bin. It never even comes inside. If you do get your junk mail inside – sort though it and toss the stuff you don’t need/want.
  • Clear Out the Clutter: Throw things away! Every few months I go through my closet and if I cannot remember when the last time was I wore something – I donate it or turn it into a craft! Sometimes I find something and hold on to it – for a long time and then I forget about it and then I find it and wonder why I ever held onto it in the first place and chuck it!
  • Use a Filing System: I’ll be totally honest – I am not good at this one. I put all of the things I need to file in one spot but it hardly ever gets filed. Can you say New Year’s Resolution!? But it is a really great idea and would lead to a lot less stress on my part and the “where is that ____” game that I play all the time with myself.
  • Put Things in the Same Spot: Like your keys!! and your wallet!! and your diaper bag!! Then you always know where they are and when you are running late and don’t have time you would have to play the “Where the Heck are my Keys??” game! I made my rope bowl so I could always try and put my keys in the same spot – some days I am better than others {wink}.
  • Pre-Bedtime Clean-Up: After I put my little ones to bed, I take about 10-15 minutes and straighten up the house. I put pillows back on the couches and any remaining toys away – sort the laundry from the day and load up any dishes left in the sink. Nothing to crazy but those 10-15 minutes are a total life saver the next day! Plus it keeps the clutter clear and keeps chores from piling up.
  • Use Baskets: This is my favorite trick for keeping my house cleaned up. I have baskets in my family room and each of my kids rooms for toys. There are some toys that are put away in special totes but for the most part – whichever toys are in that room get thrown into the basket. I also have a basket by our front door for shoes. Every time I find a pair of shoes I throw them into the basket – even my two year old knows that’s where shoes go. I’ll also grab my laundry basket and fill it with everything that needs to go upstairs – then empty it and work my way back downstairs filling it with downstairs items – then if I get distracted I have everything in one spot ready to put away. I pretty much {heart} baskets!
  • Dishes: Start the dishwasher each night before you go to bed and empty it in the morning – then throughout the day fill it back up as you dirty them – then your sink should never overflow!

What tips do you guys have? Do you have an awesome tip that you think should be added to list – leave me a comment and let me know!

Up this week – calendars, more calendars, labels, our family binder – and more!

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8 comments:

Grandma Cantrell said...

My mother taught me that the biggest enemy of a clean house is clutter. I have learned over the last 44 years that she was right. My house may not always be as clean as I would like, but it is clutter-free and that makes it look clean.

I have also learned that every room as one main spot that needs to be clean and the room will feel clean all over. Like in the bedroom, if the bed is made, the room feels clean. In the living room, if the coffee table is clean, the room feels clean. I make sure that at least that one spot in each room is perfect every morning. Amazing the difference it makes!

I also like your 15 minute "straighten up" at night. That is also something my mother taught me to do. It is much nicer starting the morning with things straightened up. After all, the unexpected always hits in the morning.

You have some good ideas here. Thanks.

Tanya Frost said...

I am so excited for your calendar ideas. We just painted our kitchen and I dont want to pin the old dry erase up. I like the function of the dry erase but the esthetics will drive me crazy, not to mention the holes in the wall!

Lolly Jane said...

I clean like you, it sounds. I hate a sink full of dishes and I hate an overflowing laundry basket!

Amy said...

I love all of your ideas!! I love baskets too and have them all over my house as well. They are life savers!!!

Angie said...

Great ideas! Now if only I could put them all into action. I think I best go clean up my house now.

Gallamore West said...

Great tips!! I too start my dishwasher every night, empty it in the morning, fill it throughout the day and never have a sink full of dirty dishes. I LOVE it! Your blog is adorable- I'm your newest follower. Hope you'll stop by mine too!
xo,
Laurie @ Gallamore West

Brittany @ My Decoupaged Life said...

Great tips! I think we get so caught up in the initial cleaning that the maintenance afterwards seems to fall away. I featured this post on my "Show Off Saturday". Hope you'll check it out!
http://www.mydecoupagedlife.com/2012/01/show-off-saturday-organization.html

Between U & Me said...

This is so great! I LOVE it! I would love if you would share this at my Crazy Cute Party happening right now! I've got a totally awesome giveaway that you could win just for linking up! Come on over! ;D

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Oh! And I'm your newest follower!

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