I need good ideas to keep me organized for CHEAP!

Patricia - posted on 03/29/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I've been a stay at home mom for over a year now and I can't keep everything in order like i use to. I have a 4yr old son and a 1yr old daughter that keep me on my toes. My fiance is putting forth effort, but not as much as I'd like him to be!

Anything to keep me motivated is appreciated!!

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I had the same problem when I first became a sahm. This is what I did.

Housekeeping was my biggest issue--I just could not do it all--So I hired my old housekeeper to come back for 1 month and teach me how to do what she did--they use lots of time-saving techniques that I just didn't know about and would have spent years figuring out.
Once I learned the tricks of the trade, so to speak, I started this technique. I have 9 rooms in my house. EVERY DAY I and clean my bedroom, one of the bathrooms, and wipe down/mop the kitchen. Then I look at the rest of the house and pick 3 rooms that need attention. I set my timer for 10 minutes per room and speed clean that room top to bottom. Total, I only spend 70 minutes, but it tends to be spread out through the day. Once I finish a room, that's it for the day. If it gets messed up after that, I'll address it the next day. I try to keep the door closed once I finish a room (aside from the kitchen, which is cleaned as needed, and the living spaces which I'll explain below).

Taming the toys. My home is small, so we don't have a playroom, and even if we did, I doubt my kid would use it. He likes to play in the living room so that he can see me and be a part of my day. I love that we're connected, but hate the scatter of toys in the living room. I put a large, pretty basket in the living room. After he plays, he can toss the toys into the basket, rather than toting them all the way back to his room (which can be a pain when there are several small toys, like action figures, he is playing with at once). This is also helpful for me because I can toss everything in the basket in seconds for vacuuming. Once the basket starts to get full, I give it to J (my kid) and he takes it to his room and puts the toys back. This happens about once a week, less if he is on a toy kick and keeps playing with the same toys that are already in the basket.

The most difficult part of my home to organize was what I call the "Drop Zone" -- the place where everyone drops their stuff when they come into the house. For us, it was the dining room table because it's right by the garage entrance--there was almost always an ugly pile of coats, mail, shopping bags, books, sports equipment, etc. on the table. Look at what gets dropped in your drop zone--shoes? coats? Your purse (I was always looking for my purse because I had a tendency to drop it wherever, but now I have a spot for it). Once you know what you need to store, you can create storage. I cleared off a wall in the garage and put in hooks for sporting equipment & gym bags. I also added a cheap armour (Lowes $115) to store most of our coats. I put hooks inside for coats as well, but I couldn't fit enough for ALL of our coats, so every now and again when our inside hooks are full, I take the coats least likely to be needed soon and put them in the garage--closer than running all the way to bedroom closets, and they are all together so I don't have to visit 3 different rooms or figure out who's coat is who's. Next I hung a sorter for mail & a hook specifically for my purse. Next, I put a pretty table below it and added a basket for sunglasses, odds and ends, and a cup for pens & pencils, a sharpener, and a checkbook (for paying bills, and for J's homework). Below that, I added a trash bin for junk mail, or trash brought in from the cars (like fast food bags). Now that all of that clutter that moves around has a spot, I spend SO MUCH less time searching for my purse or glasses, searching for a pen to pay bills, searching for J's book bag or sports bags, etc. I'm sure I gained at LEAST 3 hours a week.

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Kylie May - posted on 03/31/2013

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Hi, i'm a stay at home mum also, i have a 3 year old girl & 9month old son.
I find the best solution for this is to have a morning routine. I make sure i have a shower before my Husband goes to work. That way im ready for anything & any unexpected guests.
Then i start on the cleaning. Kitchen first, then lounge ect, until the house is done. Of course, toys can be an exception.
Ive taught my daugter that she is only to have one lot of toys out at a time. So if she decided she wants her play-doh, she has to first put her puzzles away. I drilled that into her from the start, so she's pretty good. She wants the play-doh, so usually there is no battle to pack up whatever it was she was playing with.
Also she has 3 kid wheelie bins for toy boxes. She can tip them out, but only in her room. Especially now my baby is on the move, with little bits to choke on... & she is pretty good with that.
I get her involved with cleaning up too, although, she isnt always keen. Which is fine, but she knows that i wont be sitting down to read a book or anything until the house is clean. From start to finish, it only takes at most an hour. By doing bits through out the day helps. I always make sure the benches are wiped down when im in the kitchen. So if im getting her a drink, ect, i make sure the bench is clear. When we are washing our hands in the bathroom, i wipe down the vanity. When i get her out of a bath, i wipe it down. After her sleep during the day, i make her bed... it's little things like that, that keep me ontop of everything. Another great thing to do if you can, is make tea during the day. Even if its only part of the tea, it saves alot of headaches later with cleaning up ect, but i only do this if the kids are having a sleep. If you have to, do the washing in the evening, I always do the washing at night, i just find it easier.
Im well known for being a clean freak & organised, but believe me, my house gets out of hand too! Ive looked around & just not known where to start.
If you can, get a babysitter for a day, possibly even 2, and just do a massive spring clean. Dedicate the time to sorting the house. Everything including the linen cupboards, kitchen cupboards, sort out the pots/pans, tupperware, the whole lot. Then, you know that your house is organised. Send hubby to the dump with everything that needs to be thrown, take the rest to good will. Dont just set it aside for later, it'll never get done lol. & be brutal, if you havnt used something in a while, will you miss it if it's gone?
I know you've probably already tried alot of this, but its the only way im able to keep my house under control! Having a morning routine is key.
There is also Pinterest. There are alot of great ideas, its my favourite website. If you havnt already, you need to check it out.
Hope this helps. If all else fails, make a sign that says "excuse the mess, the children are making memories" :D

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