Any home organizing ideas?

Sarah - posted on 05/25/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Trying to get our home more organized....with three little ones it i hard to keep up with all the housework lol

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It's something that has to be dealt with on an almost daily basis. Recently, I took 2 whole weeks to do nothing but organize. Picking up every day is so much easier now that everything has a place. Here are some things that helped me as I was organizing.

1. Everything has a place. If there is no place for it, get rid of it.
2. If you haven't used it in over six months, get rid of it.
3. If you don't really like it, get rid of it.
****LESS REALLY IS MORE****
4. Depending on the amount of space you have, give each kid 2-3 baskets for all their toys. My daughter has one in the living room and one in her room. When birthday and Christmas rolls around, we go through all the toys and get rid of what won't fit in the baskets. For bigger toys, they must either push into her closet or fit in her room without it being in the way.
5. My daughter is 2, and it is HER responsibility to put away her toys in the baskets. We do that before nap time and bedtime everyday.
6. Eliminate furniture that is only used as a catch-all (do you have a table that no on uses, it just becomes a place to hold clutter?) We sold an end table for this very reason.
7. Sort mail and throw away junk mail immediately.
8. If you re-use clothes and toys from child to child, get those big plastic containers. It will keep them nice and neat in the attic or storage room until you need them. Don't forget to label them!

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Sarah - posted on 05/26/2010

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hehe Jane, it is possible just takes a bit of work each day. I should imagine it's alot harder if you're not a sahm like I am. I know if I was working all day I would not feel so inclined to clean and tidy as much as I do now. Although I suppose it wouldn't need so much cleaning and tidying as we wouldn't be home to make a mess.

Jane - posted on 05/25/2010

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my sister-in-law assured me it's nex to impossible to keep a house organized before your kids are in school full time.

Sarah - posted on 05/25/2010

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I have a set of drawers in my sons room, each drawer is labeled, Lego, Big Blocks, Cars, Animals, Figurines etc. So that everything has it's place and it's easy for him to keep organised and tidy up. I have a big toy box in the lounge for all the baby and toddler toys. Plastic containers with wheels and lids that slide under beds are fantastic if you don't have a garage or attic to store clothes between kids or between seasons. Bed Caddies are great for the kids rooms too, here is a link for if you want to make your own one
http://www.kids-sewing-projects.com/couc...
it says couch or bed caddy. Great space savers, yo ucan make smaller versions for the back of desk chairs.

Chrissy - posted on 05/25/2010

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We live in a small space (a trailer home), 2 adults, 3 kids here all the time and 1 every other weekend and wednesdays, so I totally understand organization. Toys are put into toy bins, big toys under beds, I have a "pantry" (cabnit) that I bought at Walmart that I store all our boxed food in, but can be used for anything. I hope that this helps just a little. Is your home small and need more room or just cluttered with toys?

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