Thursday tips and tricks: Simplifying your cleaning routine


I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have a clean house. In fact, with two children in single digits, it’s almost never clean. 

If you come to my house and it looks clean, it’s probably put away and straightened, but not spotless.

I used to be the mom who’d spend all of Saturday morning cleaning the house, but then I realized we’d lose our entire day to house cleaning. 

I realized I needed to do some sort of daily cleaning. I found this cleaning schedule on Pinterest, and I liked the idea of it, but I needed to adapt it so that it met our needs.

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I came up with this:


You won’t be able to find a one size fits all solution for your family, but you can find an idea you like and adapt it for your needs.

So, is my house perfectly clean now? No. But it is cleaner than it used to be and I don’t have to lose my whole Saturday to cleaning. 

Which gives me more time with these sweeties:


And that’s a win in my book. 

Linking to StonegableWorthing CourtCedar Hill FarmhouseConfessions of a Plate AddictThe Turquoiseaquifer and HomeA Place of My TasteThe Happy Housie, The Blissful Bee, My PinterventuresThe Lady Prefers to SaveThe Kolb Corner, Craving Some Creativity,  Let’s Get Crafty, Diane and Dean DIY,  Starfish CottageBluesky Kitchen,  Potentially Chic,  McCall Manor, and Odds and Evans,  The Quintessential MommyChristine Everyday,  Little Miss DexterousD√©cor To AdorePoofing the PillowsAt Home With JemmaWhite Spray Paint,  and French Country Cottage!

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Organization: night stands and bed tables

Our night stands needed some serious help:


Look at all that clutter. So much stuff that we don’t even use! 

I got right to work: first I cleared the top of the nightstand and tried to separate what we use from what we don’t. I put away the things we didn’t use and straightened up the things we DO use.


I know that humidifier and baby monitor aren’t exactly blogger gold, but this is our room we actually live in, and we do actually use those things. I don’t want to show you a model home, I want to be real. So excuse the ugly ūüėá

I did the same to the inside of the drawer. Out with the unused and in with the necessities.


Broken tablet? Socks I do not wear that don’t fit in my sock drawer?


That’s better, right? Now there is a cute dish for my jewelry, my headphones, my Bible and some books I’m currently reading. 


There’s also a flashlight, foot cream, lip gloss and a pen. 

What’s in your nightstand?

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Organization tips: Owners manuals


On the bottom of our office bookshelves is an insignificant looking basket.


What’s in this basket, you ask? Well, up until last week, it used to contain one of the biggest messes in our home:


That jumbled up, crammed together mess consists of our owner’s manuals.

I knew we’d never be able to find a thing in that box, so I decided to give it a little organized touch.


I started by sorting the owners manuals into piles by function. I then put each category into a hanging file folder.


Then, I printed these handy labels from WordLabel.com, cut them out and stapled them to the folder fronts.


Is it just me, or is that 1,000 times better? And best of all, we can find everything!!

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How to stay organized 

Last week, we discussed why it is important to be organized, and how being organized positively impacts your health. This week, I am going to share some tips for getting organized, but also maintaining it.

  1. Sort and purge

The first step to getting organized is to pare down and simplify. I like to make three piles- one pile of things to keep, one pile of things to trash, and one of things to donate.

2. Categorize, categorize and categorize

I like to dump everything into a really big pile and sort it into piles with like objects. Then, store all the like objects together in a bin or basket…. and pop a label on it.

Make sure the label indicates exactly what’s in the basket or bin, and that nothing else gets put in to the basket.

3. A place for everything

Use some boxes, containers, or bins to corrall your newly “categorized” items. Make sure you have a specific place to put everything.

4.  Regularly re-organize

Keep a regular “maintenance” schedule so you can make sure you’re staying organized. If something isn’t working for you, restructure it to meet your needs and then try again. Go through your bins and baskets regularly to correctly put away things that might have gone into the wrong basket. Throw away things you no longer use or need. Donate things that you don’t use anymore.

6. Pick up and put away

This is where we struggle in our home. When you get something out, return it to its proper spot when you’re finished with it. Grab a basket and walk around your home before bed each night, and pick up anything you see that isn’t put away. I feel a little silly writing that since it seems like a given, but it’s definitely something we struggle with here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our tips for cleaning and organizing your home!

 

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DIY Fridge Coasters


Last week, as part of the 21-Day Organizing Challenge, I cleaned and reorganized our fridge and freezer.


I’ve always liked and wanted some Fridge Coasters but I didn’t necessarily love the price.


I recently saw a post in which a blogger created her own Fridge Coasters using plastic place mats. That’s a neat idea, but I couldn’t find any place mats I liked that weren’t expensive.

Enter shelf liner.

I found some shelf liner I liked that could still be wiped down.


I cut the liner to fit my shelves and used packing tape to cover the seams. I am really happy with how it turned out. Plus, my fridge is so easy to clean.


What do you think?

Linking to¬†Stonegable,¬†Worthing Court,¬†Cedar Hill Farmhouse,¬†Confessions of a Plate Addict,¬†The Turquoiseaquifer and Home,¬†A Place of My Taste,¬†The Happy Housie,¬†The Blissful Bee,¬†My Pinterventures,¬†The Lady Prefers to Save,¬†The Kolb Corner,¬†Craving Some Creativity,¬†¬†Let’s Get Crafty,¬†Diane and Dean DIY,¬†¬†Starfish Cottage,¬†Bluesky Kitchen, ¬†Potentially Chic, ¬†McCall Manor,¬†and¬†Odds and Evans,¬†¬†The Quintessential Mommy,¬†Christine Everyday,¬†¬†Little Miss Dexterous,¬†D√©cor To Adore,¬†Poofing the Pillows,¬†At Home With Jemma,¬†White Spray Paint, ¬†and¬†French Country Cottage!

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Weekend Reading 

I hope you’ve had a wonderful week! We’ve had a busy but great week around here.

I am really enjoying my new Scripture Sunday series “New Years Resolutions” so if you haven’t checked that out, make sure you do.


In the meantime, here is what I am reading today:


My husband gave me The Magnolia Story for Christmas and it is wonderful. I have both laughed and cried reading it.


Using your smartphone to stay organized while traveling

Apartment Therapy: How to Display Collections that Look Organized

Pretty Organized: Simplify Your Morning Routine
Have a wonderful week!

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21-day challenge: under the beds

Under the bed is actually a great place for storage. It can easily get out of hand if you aren’t careful, though.

Underneath my oldest daughter’s bed, we store her old baby blankets (the ones people made that we will never part with) and her out of season clothes.


Under my youngest daughter’s bed is where we store my wedding dress and our surplus baby products.


Underneath our bed was out of control.

We store our table leaves there, but there were things under our bed I didn’t know about.


I made three piles: put away, throw away, and donate.



Now, the only things under our bed are gift wrap supplies, a guitar, and table leaves. It’s way better.

Here’s what’s coming up next on the 21-day challenge:


Stay tuned for medicine storage, craft supplies, home office and fridge/freezer.

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21-day challenge: Laundry room 


Blessedly, I redid our laundry room this year, so not much organizing was needed. Sadly, we kind of let it get out of order and looking like this:


Umm, what?

I started by taking everything off the top of the appliances.

Then, I sorted them and put them back in their proper places.

When I was finished, the laundry room looked like this:

I could definitely fold clothes there if I wanted.

Here’s what’s coming up next on the 21-day challenge:

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21-day challenge 2017


It’s that time again… a new year, a newly organized home. Each year, I take time in January to reflect on our spaces and change what isn’t working. Some spaces just need straightening up a bit, but others need a complete overhaul. 

As always, I’m inviting each of you to join in. You don’t have to do all the challenges, and you don’t have to do the same spaces in your home I have chosen. All I ask is that you share a before and after photo on social media with the hashtag #ons21daychallenge

Here is the list:


Come along for the ride and take the tour with me! Hope to see you there!!!!
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Taming the paper clutter 

‚ÄčI don’t know about you, but we surely seem to be drowning in paper, and I don’t mean the spendable kind.  
Each day,  it seems like there is a lot of mail, Emorie’s school papers and who knows what else.  I thought for this week’s organization post we could talk about methods of management for all the papers. 

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1. Sort that mail!
In our house,  we have three mail bins. One is for outgoing mail,  while the other is for bills and one is for anything that needs to be filed. Anything else goes straight to the shredder.

3. Use a paper shredder 

You would be surprised how much junk mail we get each month. Our papery shredder really comes in handy.  I’ve started shredding junk mail as soon as it comes in.  

5. National “Do Not Mail” List 

Yes,  it’s a thing and it’s awesome. Remember when the “do not call” list first became popular? This is the same kind of thing but for opting out of Unwanted bulk mail. I encourage you to try. 

6. Finance binder

We use a finance binder to hold on to bill stubs and other documents.  It’s nice having all of those things in one convenient place and it truly does help you track where your money is going. 

7.Put Those School Papers in A Folder

We use two fingers at our home.  One is for parent communications and one for homework.  This is working well so far. 

What paper organization tips do you use? Feel free to comment below and share!!
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