It's ironic that this post is today considering that my house is currently a hot mess and I wasn't organized enough to think about delaying this post until a day that wasn't the day after Christmas :)
That said... here are a few of my favorite organizational tips and tricks.
Tip 1: CHEAP Acrylic Drawer Organizer
I picked up some acrylic drawer organizers a few years ago and they are the BEST!
You can find the acrylic drawer organizers below...
. They're inexpensive and have held up beautifully.
Tip 2: Flip Top Containers
These CD cases are awesome because they hold a lot and stack neatly in my linen closet. I also use these for storing game pieces, Legos and other little bits and pieces around the house.
They're PERFECT for nail polishes and I love that the lids don't get lost (because they're attached). And you can get a pack of 12 for less than $15 on Amazon!
And if you order the CD size, you should probably order the shoe box sized ones for kids toys as well :)
Tip 3: Glass Baking Storage
I love to bake, but HATED how cluttered my cabinets were with half bags of chocolate chips, oats, powdered sugar,etc. so I picked up these glass containers at WalMart. I think the smaller ones were $4/each and the larger ones (for flour and sugar - which I apparently need to replenish!) were about $5. It is so nice to have the things I use most often visible and accessible and not buried in a basket filled with half empty packages.
Tip 4: Repurpose Containers You Already Have
I am a total sucker for little boxes and containers for organizing drawers and shelves. I love to be organized - and love to do it on the cheap. Or for free. In our old office, this drawer was organized with a silverware box (super sturdy) and a little vase from several years ago.
In closets (especially my "craft closet") I like to repurpose boxes and jars to keep supplies tidy.
The top shelf has old photo albums and yearbooks and such and the rest of the shelves house party supplies, crafty things, etc.
When I'm done with a candle I'll pour boiling water into the jar (to get the wax to separate from the side) and use it to store smaller items.
Tip 5: The best trays ever!
These trays have made clean up soooooo much easier and they're great for coloring and play doh. The raised sides keep crumbs on the tray and they wipe clean super easily (and can go in the dishwasher as well). We use them multiple times a day and can't imagine not having them! You can find them HERE.
Tip 6: Find a planner you love and will actually use :)
I've ben using the Day Designer for a couple of years and can't imagine switching.
The paper is thick, the binding is heavy duty and the tabs are substantial and there's A TON of room. It's perfection. You can read more about it (as well as the pens I use in it) HERE.
Tip 7: Daily Laundry
We do laundry on the daily. The kids have a hamper upstairs, but every night it gets emptied straight into the washer (or they take off their dirty clothes and throw them straight into the washer when they get home). I wash and dry everything (EVERY THING) on cold every night no matter how big the load is. Typically we'll fold it before bed and Dave puts it away in the morning (he goes in later than I do). When we skip a day (or 3) things get crazy so this system works well for us..
Tip 8: Prioritize and give yourself some grace
Being out of my house from 7 am - after 4 pm five days a week doesn't leave much time to get a lot of the little things done... but teamwork plays a BIG role and Dave is the best partner EVER. We used to have a cleaning service (#allthepraisehands), but after we moved we decided to get a pool service and lawn service instead. As much as I work, Dave works even crazier hours and I hated that in his "free time" he was mowing and trimming and all of that. We decided to handle the inside together and hire help for the outside :) and so far it's been great. We try our hardest to pick up at night and tackle a couple of cleaning tasks every day (i.e. bathrooms a couple of nights a week, vacuuming upstairs and down a couple of times, etc.).
So. Grace This one is hard for me. In our house there's probably going to be a basket (or three) of unfolded laundry, I'm probably going to forget a dentist appointment, and I probably won't get to vacuum my stairs as often as I'd like. But that's okay. It doesn't have to be perfect to be perfect, right? :)
So... Erika and I have LOVED hosting Let's Talk this year and we have fun new plans in store for 2017 (details coming soon!!!). I'm excited to read all of your awesome organizational ideas so link up below or share in the comments!
Happy Monday, Friends!
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