The Essential Guide To Home Organization

While you might think that your home is well-coiffed, full of wonderful decor ideas and a true reflection of your personality, this doesn’t mean that your humble abode is well organized. Clutter within the home can cause clutter in the mind. While it may sound a little odd, living in a messy environment can cause you to suffer from acute bouts of stress and anxiety. By clearing your living spaces and having a more airy, light and free atmosphere, your mental health will respond in kind. You don’t have to have a sterile, sparse and boring home. You simply need to free your house from junk, and ensure that the ornaments and knick-knacks that you adore to see around you have an allocated place whether this is a bookshelf or some other form of storage.

Being organized may sound simple, but it can be hard to transfer this skill into our homes. If you need to declutter your home and you need some storage solution ideas to inspire your re-organization plans, check out this essential home organization guide.

The Living Room

This central space is the area where the whole family congregates in the evening to relax, kick back and watch TV, and enjoy one another’s company. It’s all too easy for this hub of the home to begin to look untidy and chaotic. If you have little people living in the home, you might be sick of the stray train set sticking out from under the sofa and the other toys lurking on the floor. It can be tough to work out how best to store kids’ stuff. Baskets are a good option as they can often be deep and sit well within bookcases. Square shaped storage units are also effective, as they fit cubed boxes inside to store away soft teddies and bulky shaped toys. Alternatively, you might want to make a feature of a toy box within your living room, which may even double up as a coffee table.

Don’t just assume that it is only your floor that can look messy. Wall spaces can become scuffed with heavy traffic moving in and out of the room. Get a magic eraser style cleaning cloth to scrub these away. If your walls are cluttered with artwork and photos, think about streamlining the gallery. Consider investing in some custom picture frames to give your black and white shots of London and your kids artwork some more uniformity. This can neaten up your wall space without breaking the bank.

The Kitchen

It doesn’t take much at all to make a kitchen look untidy. A few too many plates in the sink, crumbs on the worktop and overflowing pot drawers can make you feel less than enthusiastic about cooking up a feast. It can be challenging to work out an organization system for your utensils, gadgetry and kitchen tools. If you have a drawer of doom that houses everything that doesn’t have a home, you need to banish this forever. Everything within your kitchen needs a home.

Head into your cupboards and look at all of your cans and dry goods. Anything out of date needs chucking. Anything in date but that you will never eat can be donated to a food bank. There are many can carousels that can help you increase the storage capacity of your cupboards by intuitively storing your tuna, beans and tinned veg. You could also find some great Tupperware options for pasta and rice storage. Think of cupboard re-organization as a game of Tetris. It takes a bit of practice but you will prevail.

If you have excess pots and pans and you cannot streamline them too much because you adore cooking, then why not invest in some hooks or floating shelves? These can accommodate a range of pans and utensils. This is a good option if you want to maintain a clear space on your worktop.

The Bedroom

Your bedroom should be a haven of relaxation where you can rest your weary bones and get a restful night’s sleep. All too often, our bedrooms can turn into a giant clothes horse. If you have lots of clothes, it’s time to store them away. Fitted wardrobes, while expensive, can utilize every iota of space in your room, even using the eaves if you are in the roof space of your home. Sometimes, our clothes are excessive and we need to streamline them. If you are the sort of person who heads out to the shops, purchases outfits like they are going out of fashion and then puts them in a drawer complete with the labels on never to wear them, you need to think about shifting them.

Head onto eBay and list any new and unworn items of clothing that you have. They will find a strong price, especially if you have designer tops or dresses. eBay is a common online auction site that can help you to make some extra cash while re-organizing your home.

In the kids’ bedrooms, you might be pulling your hair out at the amount of junk and stuff in their rooms. For teenagers, their rooms are their private spaces so it can be difficult for you to even enter them, but the smell may suggest that they are not that clean. Bargain with your child, offering up some extra Internet time or a trip to the cinema in exchange for them tidying their room. Inspect how they get on and then suggest a trip to the furniture store to pick up a new bookcase or a chest of drawers to put away excess clothing or books.

The Bathroom

If you are struggling with storage in your bathroom, consider adding a vanity cupboard beneath your basin. This can add space to store toilet rolls, cleaning products and toiletries. Many bathrooms are small, so it can be tricky to work out how to store your beauty products. Even a simple mirror swap can help. Think about a vanity mirror or a mirror with a shelf underneath it. This tiny shelf can store shower creme, shaving foam and razors. A tiny adjustment to a tiny room can be impactful.

The key to organization is storage and the ability to declutter effectively. Don’t hoard, focus on the decluttering job and go room by room methodically organizing your living areas so that they are tidy, light and airy.

 

12 DIY Home Organization Ideas You’ll Love

When your house isn’t organized, it can drive you and your family up the wall as you search for things that never seem to be in the same place. Not to mention that being around chaos can be stressful. To help you find peace again, these 12 DIY home organization ideas are ones you’ll want to try in different rooms.

1. Add Towel Bars to the Inside of the Linen Closet

If you always seem to have too many towels and not enough space, then hang a towel bar or two on the inside of the linen closet door. It could be a towel to grab for cleaning or the one you reserve for guests who show up unexpectedly.

2. Hooks for Pots and Pans

If all your pots and pans don’t fit in the drawer at the bottom of the stove, then stop trying to jam them in there! It’ll only frustrate you, and then the drawer never seems to close all the way.

Instead, put hooks along the sides of cupboards in the kitchen to use the open space for storage. As for the lids, store them in a wall organizer so you can see them at a glance and pick the best one for the pot.

3. Put a Tension Rod inside the Spice Jar Cupboard

Do you use a lot of spices? If so, put a tension bar within the cupboard to make it two shelves rather than one. The small jars will sit on top of the rod and rest on the back of the cupboard.

You’ll maximize the vertical space with this DIY project. A bonus is being able to see the labels at a glance so you can pick them to use while cooking.

4. File Papers by Color

Sort papers so that you can find them easily (and quickly). Instead of having piles of random papers in one room of your home, or on the kitchen table, keep them in dangling file folders within a drawer or storage box.

Go the extra step by color coordinating file folders, depending on the topic. For example, make receipts the blue folder, designate red for appliance manuals, and green for past tax returns. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll know exactly where to look for what you need.

5. Skylight above Closet

Without proper lighting, your clothes closet is dark, and you might forget what’s in the back or not see the garments in their best light. To showcase your favorite shirts, dresses, and other pieces, install a skylight above for natural lighting.

  1. Put Up Corner Shelves

Corners are places that can seem awkward to some people, but they’re a great place for shelves. Put books, photos, vases, and more on them.

Shelves add storage space to any room, whether they’re in the corner or not. Get shelving online using NetVoucherCodes.co.uk and save money that you can then put toward the skylight mentioned earlier or another DIY project.   

7. Open Laundry Basket – No Lid!

This one’s a shocker, right? For as long as you can remember, you’ve been hiding your dirty laundry.

But the best way to make sure it always goes into the hamper rather than the floor is to make it super easy for everyone in the house to add to it. So, opt for an open hamper.

Also, put it in the corner of the bedroom or laundry room, rather than tucked in the back of a closet. That way, clothes are easy to toss into it, and seeing the basket is a gentle reminder to use it.

8. Simple TP Organizer

If you’re not sure where to store the toilet paper, here’s a quick solution. Take rolls out of the packaging and put into a magazine holder at the side of the toilet.

Then extra rolls are within reach of guests or anyone in your family who uses up the last of a roll and is looking for more. Decorate the magazine holders if you want, using contact paper to match your bathroom.

9. More on Spices…

Here is another clever home organization tip for spices. Take old baby jar bottles, remove the labels, and wash thoroughly, then fill them with spices for a uniform look.

Next, find free printables online for labels for them. Lastly, store the jars upside down in the cabinet or drawer for a classy look.

10. Takeout Menus Go Here

If you get takeout a lot, group together the go-to menus. Then put them into the fridge!

Yes, that makes sense, right? Put them on the side of a middle shelf in a clear container you can just take out when you want to order pizza or another treat.

11. Cleaning Supply Basket

Rather than having bottles of cleaners spread throughout the house, keeping them in one place is a major time saver. Keep them in a basket or even a plastic bucket so that you can pull it out whenever it’s cleaning time. Conveniently take the basket from room to room with you.

12. Drawers for Under-Bed Storage

Why waste the room under the bed? It’s valuable storage space.

A simple DIY project is to take drawers from an old dresser and put wheels on them. Then fill the drawers with extra clothes as part of your goal to declutter your closet.

Other items to put in the drawers are shoes and extra toiletries. Then roll the drawers under the bed, and just bring them out whenever you want to grab something from there.

Staying Organized

Once done these DIY projects, then it’s important to make sure you keep the place clean and everything in its place. Otherwise, you’ll be back to square one. Take your family around the house to show them how to file papers and the new storage locations, like under the bed.

Better yet, involve them in the DIY ideas! Get their ideas on how to improve rooms around the home so that it really is a comfortable place for everyone who lives there and looks great too.

 

Free Daily Planner Printable for Mom Bloggers

I’ve only made a few printables on my blog, and it has been a long time since I made one! I saw a lot of daily planning sheets and bullet journal pages on Pinterest, but I couldn’t find one that had everything I was looking for in a planning page.

I need a planning sheet where I can write daily goals, but in particular I wanted a page where I could write down plans for my blog and online work.  And I also wanted one where I could write plans and goals for myself as a housewife and mom.  Since I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, I made THIS!

At the top of the page, I made a spot for inspirational words and scripture.  Beside this is a notes section.

The next section I will be devoting to business, but the categories could easily fit for personal use:  Goals, To Create, To Write, To Share.

Then I have a section titled To Clean and To Cook.

Finally I have a sections marked To Do and To Buy.  And finally I have a section marked To Teach.  I made this section so I could make notes of things I’ll be teaching my son, but it could be used if you’re teaching an actual class or if you teach things on your blog.

Download Your Free Daily Planner Printable 

Katie Daisy Planner Review

Disclosure: Today’s post contains affiliate links. The images are from from my Katie Daisy planner. I do NOT own these images and am merely sharing them for my review and recommendation purposes.

With a new year comes a new planner!  I love getting new planners…the empty pages are so clean, and there are just so many possibilities ahead to fill them!

In the past I have a bought a lot of Blue Sky Planners.  They always have very simple, clean, and pretty designs available.  And they have a variety of sizes and formats.  But last year I went a different route. And for the second year in a row, I’ve chosen a planner by Katie Daisy. These planners are just beautiful! They make me feel so energized and inspired! Let’s check it out!

Format

The planners are 5×7 sized.  (I do wish they came in a standard notebook size. That is what I’ve always purchased in the past, but these are so pretty I can deal with the small size.)

They have a front pocket and a page marker for you, which can be very convenient.  They also have a full monthly calendar followed by weekly pages, which is the format that I like.  (If a planner doesn’t have this 2-page month calender, I’m not in to it!)  It’s also a 7-month calendar so you can buy these toward the end of the year and go ahead and start using it!

Artwork, Quotes, and Notes

Now what sets these planners apart from others I’ve purchased is the beautiful art work, inspired quotes, and places for you to make notes and journal.  I decided to share the above page. It is one of my favorites from the planner and a great example!

I find these note pages are great for making lists and notes about what is going on.  They can also be great for journaling and writing notes to yourself to get you motivated.

 

I decided to end this post with a photo of one of the quote pages.  I think if we woke up with this quote in mind each day, our day would be much brighter, happier, and more productive.  (Don’t you agree?)

If you still don’t have a planner for this year, I invite you to check out the Katie Daisy planner, as well as the Katie Daisy Wall Calendar.

Instant Savings on Huggies® at Sam’s Club + Baby Changing Supplies Organizer

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MoreHuggiesMoreSavings #CollectiveBias

As many of you know, my Simply Sweet Home will be even sweeter about a month from now, as we welcome our newest member, Baby Thaxton!  I am currently 35 weeks pregnant. As you can imagine, I am in the middle of final baby preparations: cleaning house, packing hospital bags, purchasing last minute supplies, and getting everything organized.  Phew!  One thing I don’t have to worry about right away is diapers and wipes.  Thanks to Sam’s Club, we have stocked up on plenty of those for a while!

Sam’s Club is THE place to stock up on must-have supplies for your family or small business.  In the past, I’ve saved a lot of money on health and beauty supplies, pet items, office supplies, and cleaning products.  Now that I’m pregnant, I get to take a peek at the must-have items for baby!  Sam’s Club has everything from baby toys and clothes, to essentials like diapers, wipes, and formula!  Today I’m going to talk about why Sam’s Club is a great place to shop for baby essentials. I also have information on an instant savings deal with Huggies® at Sam’s Club and a tutorial to help you organize your baby changing supplies! [Read more…]

Free Printable Blog Planners and Calendars for 2017

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At the beginning of each year I like to share a few blog planners and calendars that I’ve found for the new year.  Since it is mid January already, I feel this post is a little late, but I try to devote my entire month of January to organizing and reorganizing, as well as setting my goals for the new year.  If you’re like me, and you’re still trying to wrap your head around the new year and make plans, then these printables should be a great resource for you.  I hope you enjoy them! [Read more…]

Free 2017 Year in Focus Printables + How to Make Printables with GraphicStock

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One thing I try to do as we approach a new year is to share is some printables and calendars, so next week you can look forward to seeing a round up of blog planners, post planners, calendars and 2017 printables, but for today’s I have a special 2017 Year in Focus Printable set for you.  I made the printable set for you myself, using graphics from GraphicStock.  They are THE destination for online graphics with over 250,000 photos, illustrations, and vectors.  You can find everything you need to create fun printables, graphic design for your website, and so much more!

Before we get to the printable set, I’m going to show you just how easy it is to make printables, using images from GraphicStock. [Read more…]

Getting Ready for Spring Cleaning

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Kimberly-Clark and The Motherhood. The opinions are my own.

Getting Ready for Spring Cleaning

It is time to spring in to spring!  And you know that means!  It’s time to do a little spring cleaning!  Last week I showed you some outdoor projects and tips to get your yard spring ready, and today I’ll be talking about how you can prepare to do some spring cleaning within your house, and I’ll share some of my spring cleaning must-have supplies  and must-do projects and tips. [Read more…]

5 Tips for Menu Planning Success

Have you ever struggled to get dinner on the table?  Have you ever felt like your head was spinning after being asked the question, “What are we having for dinner?”  Has the subject of dinner ever started an argument in your house?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you probably need to start menu planning!

Now before we start, I have to confess that I am not a die-hard menu planner.  I don’t spend a lot of time making out a plan, and when I make a plan I like to leave myself some wiggle room.  Sometimes things come up, and we just don’t have the time or frankly, we don’t feel like cooking!  I also reserve a right to change my mind and my husband reserves a right to change his mind, and when that happens, we divert from the plan!  BUT…overall I find that the week goes a lot smoother when I have a menu planned out.

On one hand it’s good to know what I will be cooking each day, so I can properly schedule my cooking around the day’s events.  Secondly, by making a menu plan, I can ensure that I have all the groceries I need for the week.  (No more eating out, because we’re missing key ingredients!)  Third, I can actually save money on my groceries, because I will only buy the items on the list I’ve made, and the list is based on my menu plan! [Read more…]

Deep Spring Cleaning: The Grungy Garage

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After a long few months stuck indoors due to impossibly terrible cold weather, it is intensely pleasing to scour the house of dust and grime and breathe the fresh, warm spring air. Yet, most people don’t go nearly deep enough in their spring cleans. Though your kitchen, living room, bedrooms, and bathrooms definitely deserve your attention after winter, your garage needs just as much TLC ― if not more.

If you are like most people, you have not cleaned or organized your garage since you moved in. This spring, you can finally wrest control of this space, so you can maximize your storage and minimize your waste and clutter. [Read more…]