I NEED organization help!!

Brittany - posted on 01/03/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I am a single mom with three kids and have no place to put anything..! My kitchen is always a mess, as well as their rooms and the living room... I have no clue where to even begin with it all!

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Stephanie - posted on 01/04/2009

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why dont you try getting three boxes diffrent coulours and putting each of there names on maby that mite help them to put there toys away in there very own box hope this helpsx

Mary - posted on 01/04/2009

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My sister gave me good advice-clean one room a day really well. The kitchen unfortunately has to be done everyday, but as parts of the kitchen get organized it will be easier. As for organizing, do one drawer, closet, or small area a day.

Jennifer - posted on 01/04/2009

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Start small and gradually work bigger....don't overhwlem yourself quickly and set realistic goals. Be kind to yourself and remember it's only stuff nothing to get angry about. (I have gotten angry about stuff before and it is not fair to the people around.) Good luck. (no advice about organizing as I stink it this area too)

Mary - posted on 01/04/2009

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Have you tried FlyLady.com? She has some really good ways to help those of us who are overwhelmed with trying to keep up. Some of her ideas are a little corny and if you sign up for her emails, you'll be bombarded BUT you can "pick and choose" ideas that work for you.

Carla - posted on 01/04/2009

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hello!
We have 3 kids and I put all of their toys in clear plastic bins by style...ie puzzle, doll, lego etc. They stack in the basement and I rotate the toys and donate often. their bedrooms only have books........so clean up is a breeze.
Kitchen is tough when you are preparing 3 meals a day. I go through the cupboards often and donate what I have not used in 6 mos.
good luck! You are amazing doing it on your own.

Monica - posted on 01/04/2009

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Brittany, I know how frustrating it can be...I have 3 children myself and as they get older it only gets worse. So, the best suggestion I can make is spend 15 minutes a day dejunking...have a throw away, give away and keep bag/box and spend those 15 minutes filling them up. It might be best to do this when the kids are not in the room since you'll be able to get rid of things they haven't used in a while and don't even remember they have them (if they see them they'll want to play with them) Once you do this, then try to get some sort of storage for what you have left...bins, tubs, etc and teach them to put their stuff away.
hope this helps
good luck!

Tanya - posted on 01/04/2009

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Go to IKEA!!! Go and buy the big wall of cubbies. We have a small home with no play room. We now have two kids with toys in every room. I couldn't take it anymore. I created a play area in the corner of the living room. Buy a big shelving unit (cubbies) as well as bins or baskets. Organize the toys in these baskets and take pictures of what is in the baskets. This way everything has it's place. When a new toy comes into the home, one toy must leave. My daughter has a collection of stuffed animals. When she gets a new animal or Barbie she picks one that has to go. I tell her that they will go to a little girl who's mommy doesn't have money to buy her one of her own and I donate them to friends or to the church. Right before Christmas we donated all of the toys that she hadn't played with in three months. (She doesn't miss them at all). Also, when she is out of the house, I just throw stuff out. She doesn't even notice. With three children, I can only imagine!! We have a newborn, so I am already making room for all of his toys!!! Good Luck!!

Antonia - posted on 01/04/2009

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Yes I agree with making a place for each item. Its nessecary! Im a single mum too and Im stuck living with my folks for the meantime and the house is always a disaster because there are no set places for anything. go with one room at a time and start with one type of item eg: clothes, then paper...

Kimberlee - posted on 01/03/2009

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Find a place for everything one step at a time. For example, when kids come home from school, have a place for backpacks, shoes and coats, such as a shoe rack, hooks, shelves in a closet or a place in the garage before they come in.

In bedrooms, have shelves, containers, drawers, maybe a bookcase, hooks in closet or on back of door for bathrobe, towel, belts, etc. ORGANIZE BY CATEGORY







. Books go here, dolls go here, Jewelry in this box. Sports equippment might have a rack in the garage or a specific section in room.

In kitchen, try using a lazy-Susan for spices. Baking ingredients such as vanilla and nutmeg on one, cooking ingredients such as thyme and oregano on another. Tupperware should have it's own cupboard and so should your pots and pans. Glasses here, plates and bowls there. My pantry is small, so Baking stuff below, breakfast foods on next shelf, dinner foods on next, all my staples such as canned foods go in another spot. NO JUNK DRAWERS! Sorry, even my fridge is organized.

Unfortunately, kids don't always clean up after themselves, but in my house my kitchen, living room and powder room are clutter-free zones. At 16,15 and 14, their bedrooms aren't usually clean unless they want money.

Jana - posted on 01/03/2009

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First thing I would do since we just had a major gift giving holiday would be to clean house. Get rid of toys that havn't been touch in a while. Your kids might not want to part with them but chances are they don't play with them either. Tell them you are trying to make more room and just get rid of the toys you know they can cope with giving up. My sister-in-law told my the best advice that I try to remember "Don't keep things to keep things" She used to save baby clothes, toys etc just hoping to pass them on. Unless the outfit/toy was truely senimental, or she knew that the clothes/toys could be pass along to a child in the next month, she just donated the stuff so she could keep up with being organized. That advice has worked for me, I no longer keep things that "might" be used someday. As for organizing your kitchen, I can't help you because my kitchen is the same way, although I have seen that lazy susans are good for organizing spices and putting pasta/rice/beans in clear plastic containers that stack are helpful. Good luck

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