Keeping an organized home doesn't have
to be difficult. Here are some quick and easy tips for
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Keeping a neat, tidy, organized home isnít always easy when you have children. You want to create a clutter free oasis of calm; they want to take over the house with their legos.
So who wins? |
Well, with a little thought and careful planning you both can win. Here are some easy
tips you can use to have an organized home and create the peaceful yet child friendly home youíve been dreaming of.
Before starting you should make a plan of what needs to be done. Go
through each room and identify what room needs extra
storage, what type of storage, etc. You should then
invest in a few storage and space saving solutions.
This is also a good time to reconsider room layouts. By
organizing furniture and storage in a practical order it
will be easier to stay organized and keep things tidy.
If the kids are constantly leaving clothes on their
bedroom floors, give them each a laundry hamper they can
keep in a corner of their rooms or closet to make it
easy and accessible for them to quickly throw the
laundry in the basket.
Color code their bedroom drawers or toy boxes to make it
easier to put away things. For example, cars and trains
can go in a yellow box while legos go in the green box.
You can do this for the sock drawer or t-shirts drawer by
placing a color sticker on each one or you can even
label it with a picture of the items meant to go in
Little steps like this can make the overall task of
staying organized a lot easier.
Once you have your storage sorted you can start
organizing by tackling one room at a time. Make three
piles, one for charity, one for keeping and one for the
trash and be ruthless. If you havenít used it within the
last month and unless it has sentimental value then you
can either store it or give it away. Think of how much
better youíll feel coming home to a clutter free house.
Now that you have a plan and have all your storage
solutions ready, itís time to get down to business and
start organizing your house. Here are a few tips to help
you do just that and more importantly help you stay
organized for the long term.
Recycle old newspapers and magazines - Donít let them
pile up all around your house, more than likely you
wonít get back to that newspaper article or magazine
column again so once you finish with it, recycle it.
Have a message station Ė Keep your telephone, pens, note
pads, mail and calendar in one central location. Jot
down all important dates and appointments as soon as you
Have a filing system Ė Donít let piles of papers clutter
your house. Deal with bills and mail as soon as you get
it. Set up a filing system for pending and need to be
filed items, and donít forget to file them. Also, take a
little time and actually clean out your old papers and
files. If you havenít used something in a while but
donít want to get rid of it put it in a box labeled old
files and store it away in your attic or garage.
Put it Away Ė First you need to make sure you have a
place for everything in your house, then get into the
habit of putting things away as soon as you finish with
them. Teach your kids to do the same. If you take a few
seconds to put things away youíll never have an
overwhelming problem on your hands. Make sure the kids
know there is an appropriate place for everything.
Multitask Ė Donít let precious minutes slip away. If
youíre on hold on the telephone why not use that time to
clean out your purse. If a friend calls for a chat,
clean the house or fold the laundry while youíre
talking. Youíll get your chores done without even
The Basket Technique Ė Works especially well if your
house is set over two or more floors. Go from room to
room with one large basket and place items that donít
belong in the room inside your basket. Then simply put
the items back where they belong. This will save you
time and help keep things organized.
The Evening Tidy Ė Each evening take a few minutes to
put things back in their place. Try to do a quick tidy
and leave your things ready for the next day. You could
set out placemats for breakfast and pack the kids
This will help you avoid rushing in the morning but
youíll also feel good to wake up to a neat and tidy
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