I don’t know about you, but I would like to be more organized. Let me rephrase, I NEED to be more organized. Things just seem to get away from me sometimes and the best intentions don’t always seem to become reality. So last week I sat down and started searching for some free resources and came up with some really great FREE printables from some amazing bloggers. Here’s how I’m getting organized (and hopefully staying organized) this year!
To start I got a cheap 3 ring binder and printed out only the pages that will work best for my family from DIY Home Sweet Home. She has an amazing assortment of pages and multiple layouts. The best part is all you have to do is pick what’s right for you and print! Of course the pages are adorable and will hopefully help me stay focused?! (OR you can just get my NEW Household Planner, below! 😉 )
I also struggle with keeping up with the household cleaning. There are so many different resources available to help you figure out when to clean what, but I found these few most helpful:
I know if I have a checklist it’s much easier for me to stay focused. I can also take a break to get other work done and come back to the list later. Don’t ask me why, but I’m just wired that if I can check something off a list I feel like I’ve actually accomplished something. It also helps me to not feel overwhelmed about all of the small tasks that can easily consume my day. I am going to get these laminated for my binder, so they can be used regularly without having to re-print them…I’m saving a few trees!
Another area that NEEDS to be tackled is keeping all the little areas in my house that seem to collect “stuff” organized. This includes areas of the kitchen, pantry, and laundry/mud room. For some reason the laundry room, which doubles as our mud room is the place we drop everything. This room has been neglected over the past few months and is need of a major overhaul. Labels seem to help define where things need to go and keep us from just “dumping” things wherever it’s convenient at the moment (at least to some degree). Here is a list of FREE printable labels that I love:
OK, so Scott and I may or may not have heated discussions about the pantry. 😉 It’s been the biggest topic lately on my lack of organizational skills. To be completely fair, it’s an area of the house that has the most stuff crammed into it, that EVERYONE uses. With that said, at the moment it is the number one area of the house that needs to function better. When we first moved into our house, the pantry was just a reach-in closet. I ripped it out and utilized the space under the stairs to make it a walk-in. I originally had it all organized, but this was before the girls were old enough to get their own food, and over the course of several years it has ceased to stay organized. My goal in the next few weeks is take EVERYTHING out and start over… it’s exhausting just thinking about it! Update: The pantry has had an overhaul and you can check it out here: Pantry Organization
So there you have it! Think I can stick to it?!? What about you, are there area of your home/life you need a little help to stay organized?