Control The Clutter: Basic Organizing Tips For The Everyday Mom
Good Evening, Friends!
Spring is coming (it seems like springtime weather might already be here) and, if you’re anything like me, you’ve got Spring cleaning on the brain already. With the approaching warmer weather, our team has been thinking about ways that we can control the clutter and tonight I’m excited to share iFamilyKC Mom Squad blogger Erin’s tips on organizing the chaos with you. Take a look…
Get me out from under the rubble!
Lately I’ve been working on organizing and decluttering my house! It is such a great feeling to know that everything will soon have a place in my home. I’ve found a lot of helpful tips and methods that are really working for my family! I thought I might share with you some ideas I’ve found to get you going in different areas of your own house.
- Bathroom: This one focuses specifically on the bath toys. My kids toys were spread out all over the counters and floor. The rubber ducks must’ve invited some of their friends to the pond, because before I knew it, they were EVERYWHERE!! So I found a really easy way to organize the toys and the kids are even motivated to pick them up after bath time! Whoa! Now I’ve got you’re attention, huh? Thankfully, my husband is very handy and with his help, we got to work! Four dollar store bins, 8 zip ties, and a shower curtain rod is all it took to get our toys beautifully organized.
- Kitchen: The thought of organizing and decluttering my kitchen frightened me, I have to admit. Once I got in there and started on the junk drawer, the other drawers were easy and I was on a roll! I think every kitchen should have a catchall junk drawer BUT there is a great way to keep it nice and tidy! First, I took everything out of my junk drawer. What I found was I didn’t NEED half the stuff in it and it was trash! Old owners manuals (why keep these at all when they are online?), expired coupons, shopping lists with no magnetic backs (what is the point of those?). After happily trashing all of that, I found different sized Tupperware bowls that had sadly lost their lids and I began to sort everything into those bowls. The finished product is fantastic! No more rummaging through the drawer while owners manuals and coupons that expired in 1985 come flying out at me like Doc in his DeLorean! One more side note I’d like to add: if you have more than one set of measure spoons or cups, you do not need them (get rid of them!)
- School work organization: This last thing is a work in progress of mine that is definitely weighing a lot on my mind! Every day, my kindergartner comes home with beautiful artwork, school papers and flyers. I cherish these so much and have a hard time parting with any of it. A mountain of papers is starting to form on my dining room table that needs to be tackled ASAP! I’ve come up with a system that just might work for me and maybe you too.
- Go through the backpack each night and sort the papers: artwork, schoolwork, and flyers. Log the information from the flyers into your phone or wall calendar and THROW the paper away! Easy!
- Get some sort of a bin with hanging folders and label them (maybe by quarter?). After displaying your future Monet’s pieces for a while, file them away along with any other worksheets or papers you decide on.
- Another idea I LOVE is to take a picture of the different artwork you are most proud of and create a photo book online. Shutterfly often has a free 8×8 photo book promo code. It is great way to preserve their precious masterpieces by creating a condensed album that can be shared in the future.
These are just a few random ideas for areas of your house that may need some attention. I feel so much better after clearing out things we don’t need and giving us a little room to breathe! I’d like to hear what other ideas you’ve come up with in your own house to help your family stay a little more organized and out from under the rubble.
From iFamily to Yours,
Erin Booth, mother of 2 little ones and 1 big. Grandma to another little one.
(1 year old son, 6 year old daughter, 20 year old stepson, and 9 month old grandbaby girl)