Organization

Door Organizer

Category: Organization

I use the "days of the week over the door clothes organizer" for my kids. At the beginning of the week, I put their school clothes in it and they know what they are supposed to wear that week. It has helped my mornings tremendously! No arguing or fussing about what to wear. Here it is...
http://www.lillianvernon.com/Product/Daysoftheweekhangingorganizer.

Grocery List Organization

Category: Organization

I organize my grocery list according to where thing are in the store and my route around the store. For example, all produce items are first on my list, then meats, then dairy, etc. This way I am much less likely to forget things and have to take multiple trips down each aisle backtracking to get things I forgot. It also make my list husband-friendly in case I need him to go to the store for me. :)

Rotate Toys

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Instead of having all the kids' toys out for them to play with all the time, I put two-thirds of them away in a tub in their closet. Every few months I rotate out the toys. Not only does this simplify cleaning up the mess the toys make, it gives the kids "new toys" to play with every so often. When you have 3 kids 3 and under like I do, anything that can be done to make clean up faster and easier is a must!

Sorting Mail

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I go through the garage after getting my mail. My recycle bin and garbage can are right next to the door. I sort through junk mail and pitch it before it even enters the house. Clutter=stress. No clutter, no (ok less) stress.

Color Coding Dishes

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With three kids, there is a constant struggle to keep up with laundry and dirty dishes. The dishes can just get ridiculously piled up at times! So, a couple of years ago, I went out and bought each of our 5 family members a dinner plate, salad plate, a bowl, and a cup. Each set is color-coordinated. Everyone is responsible for their own dishes. We have one of those dish-washer thingamabobs with the soap in the handle and a sponge on the end. Of course, we have other dishes for when company comes, but they are up high on the top shelf. It has made a HUGE difference with keeping up with the dishes.

Notebook

Category: Organization

I am a big fan of a notebook/notepad. I have one from Thirty-one called a fold-n-go. It has a zipper pouch to keep receipts, a notepad, and a multipurpose pocket. I love being able to keep my grocery list and coupons, to-do list, and receipts all in one place. Plus, if I have an idea or thought I need to jot down (because I know I will forget later), I've got it with me. It's also a great place to keep track of my prayer list. If I read/hear someone or something I need to pray for, I jot it down so that I always have the list with me. If I'm waiting for the doctor, waiting for my kiddo to get out of school, or just have a few minutes on my lunch break, I can whip out the list and pray then and there!

Keeping Earrings Together

Category: Organization

I have a hard time keeping my pierced earrings (hooks and posts) together so I bought two inexpensive 3 section mail holders. They are three different heights so I can hang the longest earrings on the back section and the shortest ones in front. Each section has a mesh-like backing so I can even put post earrings thru the mesh to keep them together. It makes it so much easier to pick out my earrings each day without my bi-focals!

Dry Erase Board

Category: Organization

I keep track of what we run out of and what we need from the store by putting a blank dry erase board (about 8X11) on the fridge. When someone in the house uses the last of something, they write it on the board. I add things to it as well, such as paper towels, toilet paper, etc. Then, when I go to the store, I take the board with me, place it in the basket of the cart and as I find items on the list, I wipe it off. When the board is cleared, I'm done shopping! In addition to getting the entire family involved in the household management, I no longer have to empty my purse of all the little hand-written, paper/pen lists that used to pile up in there. When I get home, the board goes back on the fridge and the process starts over again. It's great!

Kitchen Tongs

Category: Organization

I discovered that storing kitchen tongs (the spring type) in an empty paper towel roll does a great job of keeping the utensil drawer more tidy. No longer do the tongs get stuck opening and closing the drawer, and they take up less space that way!