I understand how big of a priority it is to keep your home organized while juggling a million things. You don't have to convince me an organized home is better, but sometimes I just need to be reminded. So, in this week's Blog Post, let's dive in and reclaim control over our living space, one step at a time. These are rules I TRY to maintain, and by that I mean it's an ongoing goal that sometimes work out better than others.
1. Divide and Conquer:
Where does clutter tend to always gather in YOUR space? Is it the entryway, kitchen counter, or kids' play area? For us, the laundry room off the front door is the catch all, and the counter top in it is as well.
You know what they say, "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time..."?
Focus on one zone at a time. Set a timer for 15 minutes each day, once a week, with your kids, without your kids, (the important thing is it works for you) , and dedicate that time to decluttering and organizing that particular area.
2. Creating easy systems for your kids to stay organized is Number 1:
Tackle that toy chaos with storage solutions that work for your particular family. This has changed a lot for us as our children have grown from preschoolers, to elementary school kids who can read, to teens. Use labeled bins or baskets to categorize toys pictures for nonreaders etc.., making it easier for your little ones to clean up.
Opt for low shelves or storage cubes within their reach, allowing them to take responsibility for tidying up their own toys. It's a win-win! This applies to breakfast and bath time to. Want them to get their own towel? Then the hook has to be low enough.
3. Command Center Central:
Create a command center to keep your family's schedules and important documents organized. For me this is my planner, and plenty of whatsapp chats, but lots of ideas work.
A wall-mounted calendar or a digital solution to track appointments, activities, and deadlines is helpful. Hooks for backpacks, keys, and purses. Having a designated spot for everything will save you time and prevent frantic searches when you're rushing out the door.
We've been on one floor for the past year or so, and I find our kids really enjoy keeping their things on hooks in their bedroom rather than a mud room style situation, it's all about what works for your family.
4. Plan Your Menu for the Week:
Dedicate some time each week to plan your meals, create a shopping list, and prep ingredients in advance. So many times people think it's just for your family, but make sure you're planning what YOU are going to eat too.
If you like more creativity, choose 3 proteins, 4 easy grab fruits and veggies, a few grains and side vegetables and then just mix and match.
Or, designate a category for each day of the week like "Pasta on Mondays, Chicken on Wednesdays etc..
Our magnetic meal planner and Sunday planning page on our planner is our fav of course. Knowing what's for dinner ahead of time reduces stress and ensures healthier choices for your family.
I always begin this by going through our pantry, fridge and freezer first to see what we already have.
5. Digital De-Cluttering :
Regularly delete unnecessary files and photos from your devices to free up storage space. Create folders to organize important documents and set up filters to manage emails effectively. I've been working hard at this as the business has grown and I've been doing the marketing for several other comapanies as well. Treat it like a tast though, so create folders weekly, spend 5 minutes a day, or any routine that works for you. Just schedule it.
A clean digital space boosts productivity and reduces digital overwhelm.
I'm sure you all do plenty of these, share what works for your family below!