Organizing kids’ spaces

My oldest daughter loves clothes- she loves buying new clothes, but She also loves to change her clothes. Not surprisingly, this has led to some major messing up her dresser and her closet.

Emorie’s closet really needed some Jesus an exorcism some cleaning out. Actually I’m the one who needs Jesus- opening that closet makes me think bad thoughts.

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And the dresser isn’t any better.


I finally got tired of it and decided to fix it. I started by removing anything extra, non fitting, or anything out-of-season from the closet. Then, I straightened what was left.



And suddenly, all of my mean thoughts have disappeared. Isn’t that way better?

And as for the dresser.  Some of the drawers didn’t need more than a minor straightening.


But for the ones that looked like a tornado had run through them, I took everything out of them and used my trusty drawer organizers.

When I was finished, it looked like this:


I know I’ll just be refixing the closet and drawers again soon, but in the meantime, this is so much better.

What small organizing project have you done lately?

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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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New uses for old things: how you can use a shoe organizer in every room

Most people own an over the door shoe rack, or have at least seen one. They’re cheap, they’re easy to find, and they’re strangely versatile. 

Most of us use them just like this:

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Did you know you can use them in almost every room?


Life Hacks

You can cut them and affix them to the back of your bathroom cabinets to hold extra toiletries. 


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You can use them in your laundry room to store bottles of cleaner.


Better Homes and Gardens
Use one for extra storage in your kitchen pantry.


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How about in your mudroom or coat closet to store winter hats, gloves and scarves?


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How about in the playroom to store art supplies?

Or in your craft room to store your own crafty supplies?


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I have three of these things right now. I can’t wait to show you how I’m planning to use them.

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A much more organized pantry


Our pantry used to be very well organized, but we got a little lazy.


And then we got even lazier. Things weren’t put away, things weren’t paired down and thrown away, and things were just…chaotic. 


It was definitely time to do something about it.

I decided to take everything out and assess the space. While it was empty, I gave the room a good cleaning.

I then decided to categorize everything and organize it as according to category. 


I also used some smaller baskets to house fruits and veggies, and two wood crates to make a shelf for my cookbooks. 



I moved some items out of the pantry that didn’t need to be there. 


When I was finished, I had a much more organized space. I love that I can see everything and I know where everything is. 


The space functions so much better for us now. 

Our printer is currently on the brink of death so as soon as I fix it, I’ll make new ones. Then this pantry will be complete.

What space makeovers have you done recently?

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Tuesday Tips and Tricks: Getting organized with one trip to the dollar store 


Have you ever paid attention to the bins and baskets aisle at your local Dollar General, Family Dollar or Dollar Tree? If you haven’t, you definitely should. 

For example, these little white baskets are 3 for a dollar. They are in use all over my house and they make excellent drawer organizers. Here they are organizing some hair bows in my oldest daughter’s dresser.


Next up are plastic chests of drawers. We use them in our bathroom vanities to give us a little more storage space inside the cabinets.


We also use the little plastic baskets as drawer organizers here as well.


Fabric drawers have many uses and are a steal at $4. Here we use them to organize our playroom.


Dollar Stores also have some pretty sweet deals on hangers. I bought the velvet coat hangers in this closet from the Dollar Tree and they have held up amazingly well.

Dollar store baking dishes Make awesome storage bins for your fridge. Plus, the glass ones are dishwasher safe. Plastic food storage containers work well for fridge bins, too.


The Dollar General stores have these awesome metal baskets, which I am using to store cleaning supplies. 


There are a number of different plastic bins available, which we use all over the house in a variety of ways.



These are just a few of my favorite dollar store organizing tools. Please comment down below to share a few of your favorites.

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A re-organized china cabinet


Every home has that one dirty little disorganized secret. It could be a closet…or drawer…or room…or…cabinet. Our China hutch was ours.

The top of it, the visible part, looked great.


But the actual cabinet behind the doors?


Not so much.

It was disorganized and I couldn’t find a thing I needed. When you opened the doors, things threatened to fall out.

I decided to get busy purging. Does anyone else have hundreds of glass vases from the florist?


I donated a few things and found new storage spots for other things.


This mostly empty cabinet in our kitchen is now housing some of our serveware.

This is better, huh? 

I’m still not done but I do think this is a lot better and A LOT less dangerous! 

What small organizing project have you completed recently?

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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. 

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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 😇

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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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?

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