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10 Simple Solutions for Organized Living

Ten Simple Solutions for Organized Living
Is getting yourself and your family organized something you’ve been wanting to make happen for  awhile?  Something you wish you knew how to do or even just where to start?  When you look around a room and see clutter after more clutter, it can definitely be overwhelming.  Rather than give up and do nothing though, maybe what you need to do is try a different approach.  Let’s go back to the organizing basics!

Sometimes it isn’t so much about starting with this pile here or that pile over there but more a matter of introducing a few daily organizational habits to help keep the clutter and chaos from becoming more than you can manage.

Introducing these 10 simple solutions for organized living into your daily routine will set you up for organizing success and hopefully in no time you’ll be addicted to organizing just like me!  Come on, you know you want to :)

1. Utilize a list notebook

Often chaos ensues because we are trying to juggle too many things in our brains. We can’t focus on any one thing because we are trying to remember everything. It’s exhausting to say the least.

Grab yourself a notebook and just start brain dumping all that needs to be done. Be very detailed with this list because the more steps you list out, the less you have to try and remember. It makes a huge difference to your mental clutter even if you aren’t able to get everything crossed off that list in one day.  Read more about it here.

list notebook

2. Update your family calendar

Now take your list to your calendar (and if you don’t have a central family calendar that every family member can utilize, get one quick!  This one is my favorite.) Make sure your calendar is updated with appointments, school events, things to bring, etc.

For instance, if you need to bring cupcakes to school on Friday, add a note to Thursday’s square to pick them up or make them that day.

3. Menu plan for today

You may not be menu planning for the whole week yet, but you can menu plan for TODAY. Instead of waiting until the witching hour (isn’t that the worst!), plan what you’ll eat that night in the morning.

Check your freezer, pull some meat out, look up a recipe and you’re all set. 10 minutes of pre-planning will again allow you to stop worrying about it for the rest of the day and free up all sorts of head space. See the pattern here?

Mental clutter = overwhelmed

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4. Never leave a room empty-handed

One of my best tips for staying on top of clutter is to make sure you take something with you every time you leave a room. Do it as you go…dirty dishes, laundry, toys, mail, you name it. If it belongs in a room you’ll be going to or passing, bring it with you!

5. Assign tasks to your children

Too many moms are trying to do it alone. Get your kids involved. Start today. Assign them each one task off your list to complete. I know it’s often faster for us just to do it ourselves but the training has to start somewhere.

6. Create a donation station

Every home needs somewhere to collect the things we no longer need. Grab yourself a big box, mark it with the words donation station and let everyone know what it’s for.  More info on how to do it can be found here.

donation station

7. Add 5 things to that donation station everyday

Have every person in your household collect 5 things today to add to that donation station. Set a timer and make a game out of it. See who can be the first to collect their 5 things. Before you know it, that donation station will be full!

8. Create an “I’m Outta Here” shelf

Similarly you need an errand bin by your front door. I call it my “I’m Outta Here” shelf and it’s somewhere I can collect things that need to be returned to a friend, mailed, returned to the store, etc. This way whenever I’m heading out the door I can easily remember what needs to be done and tasks don’t get backlogged.

9. Do a 10-minute tidy before bed

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Do a 10 minute tidy each night before bed to set up your next day for success. Plug in cell phones, check and update your calendar, tidy surfaces, make lunches or whatever it is that needs to be done in order to start the following day on the right foot. It makes a world of difference!

10. Check your attitude

Finally, stop beating yourself up! Coming down hard on yourself does nothing except make you miserable. Tomorrow is another day. Celebrate every accomplishment no matter how small.

Happy Organizing!!

What daily habits have you implemented to stay on top of clutter and chaos?

For more organizing inspiration, please visit my handy dandy Start Here page.

Menu Plan Monday ~ April 14/14 Easter Edition

Menu Plan Monday for April 14/14
Hi friends, how did last week go for you?  Did you stick to your plan or deviate at all?  We had to switch things around a bit but that happens some weeks, I don’t sweat it.  I love how flexible having a menu plan is.  So my daughter’s 17th birthday last week went really great.  I shared some pictures on Instagram but for those that don’t follow me there here is a peak at a few of them.

I sent with her to school a wrapped present to open every hour.  She thought this was so fun.  Free printables are from Thirty Handmade Days blog.

birthday presents
Dinner was so much work but absolutely delicious :)  Recipe links were posted on last week’s Menu Plan Monday post.

birthday supper
birthday fun
I love celebrating birthdays, even my own! :)

What was your favorite recipe that you made last week?  Feel free to share the link with us in the comments.

My Menu Plan for this Week:

Monday:  Baked Tacos (family favorite!)

Tuesday:  Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic served with red potatoes and corn

Wednesday:  Buffalo Style Mozzarella Pork Chops served with rice and broccoli

Thursday:  Leftover buffet

Friday:  Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

Saturday:  The Ultimate BLT Grilled Cheese

Sunday:  Easter Dinner ~  Slow Cooker Honey-Glazed Ham, Cheesy Potato Casserole, Spinach Strawberry Salad and Gluten-Free Blueberry Crisp for dessert

Have a great week and a Happy Easter everyone!

WHAT’S ON YOUR MENU PLAN THIS WEEK?  JOIN US!

Menu Plan Guidelines, banner selections and recipe helpers are here.

More family favorite recipes here.

Don’t forget to join the growing Menu Plan Monday Facebook Page!!

  One of my favorite menu planning resources:

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