Organization

Each Day's Chore

Category: Organization

To simplify keeping our household clean & organized I have come up with routine where I do specific things on certain days of the week every week. They are things that won't take more than 30 minutes total so it doesn't take a lot of time. For example, on Monday I clean the bathrooms, on Tuesday I clean the kitchen, Wednesday I take care of bills, filing, shredding, Thursday I dust & collect garbage, Friday I clean out my purse, the car, and email. This keeps up the major areas of our life and we don't spend our whole weekend reorganizing & cleaning.

Meal Calendar

Category: Organization

At the end of every year I purchase a wall calendar at Target for $1.00. The calendar has boxes big enough to write in the meals I plan for a month. I can prepare my grocery list and stick to it! This allows less food wasted and more savings. The key is to be flexible enough to change meal plans if you have enough leftovers for the next day.

Color Coordination

Category: Organization

I attend school while working full-time. It's important that I keep my schoolwork organized. I color coordinate my classes as much as possible. If I have a blue textbook, I use a blue folder for my papers. Green book? green folder. When I mark the due dates for the assignments in my calendar, I color coordinate them as well.

Outgoing Mail

Category: Organization

At the beginning of each month, I write out the necessary paperwork for the month's bills, and any cards or other correspondence for upcoming birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special occasions that I would be sending. I put these items in the appropriate envelopes, address them and then I place the date when each letter needs to be mailed in the corner where the stamp will go. I arrange these envelopes in order, by the ones that need to be mailed the earliest. That way, they are all ready, and just need to be mailed on the appropriate day.

Forgetting Bills

Category: Organization

I sometimes have trouble keeping track of the due dates of the monthly bills. To help manage this, as the bills come in the mail I first place them in an expanding file, organized by their due dates. Then, on a monthly calendar, I write the bills in according to their due dates, or the date they need to be mailed if it's not a bill that's paid online. I also enter this date on an "event reminder calendar" (from a Hallmark card computer program), that pops up on my computer each morning, so I know what's due to be paid or mailed that day. That way, nothing is ever late because I forgot!

Turning Hangers Backwards

Category: Organization

At the beginning of every season I turn my hangers backwards of that seasons clothes then turn them back around after I wear an item. At the end of the season any hangers that are still backwards those clothes go into my rummage pile for our rummage sale we have every year. Also, if I buy a new shirt I take out a new shirt to rummage. It keeps the bulk down.

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Category: Organization

I have made a file for each month for anniversary and birthdays. I think this is going to help me remember everyone's birthday and anniversary.

Organizing Kitchen Drawers

Category: Organization

One of my absolute FAVORITE things to do for organizing the kitchen drawers - once the paper towels have all been used up, take the roll and use it to store your kitchen tongs (toast tongs, gripper tongs, silicone tongs, etc). Close the tongs, then slide them into the paper roll and voila - more drawer space, and those darn things aren't getting stuck on everything in the drawer when you pull something else out!

Unclutter Your Life

Category: Organization

Throw 10 things away a day to unclutter your life. Example: short pencil, old appointment card, paper clip, rubber band. If you are uncluttered in your home your mind will be uncluttered too.

Decorating for Christmas

Category: Organization

To simplify decorating for Christmas, I have each room's decorations placed in it's own clear tub with the name of the room written on a white card and taped to the inside so it is visible. Once you have decorated, take a picture of each area in that room and put that photo(s) in the box when you put everything away. Next Christmas, get out the boxes and use the photo to remind you where each item goes. I have been doing this for over 30 years. Have my daughter doing it to. We can't imagine doing it any other way!