Hey there and happy 2019! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! I took a couple of weeks off for some much-needed rest and enjoyed the holidays with my family! During my time off I took the opportunity to set some new goals and get my house organized!
Do you do this at the beginning of a new year? I’m not really the resolution type but I do like to take the time to reflect and see what we can improve on. The new year seems like a good time to do that! I have more thoughts I’ll share on that another time but for today I thought I’d share how we did this for our family as it pertains to keeping the house and our schedule organized and less stressful.
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Decluttering and Getting Organized
Before Christmas, my daughter and I cleaned out our game cabinet and you can read about that process here. Then we tackled the playroom. It was a disaster, as you can see.
I gave the kids a large cardboard box and told them they had to fill it up with toys they didn’t play with anymore. We went through every tub and storage container. We ended up with more than a box-full to get rid of and two bags of trash! It looks much better now!
My husband jokes that if it’s not nailed down, I’ll throw it away. I hate clutter so if it’s been sitting there for a few days and no one has claimed it, it’s gone. The older I get the more I feel that less stuff = less stress!
The Craft Room
I had hoped to share pictures, but our sewer line is being replaced and this room is currently full of all the dirty laundry since we haven’t been able to use our washing machine. Another time!
The kids love having a separate area for their crafts. My two youngest especially enjoy being creative. I have a rolling cart with drawers where the kids store their materials. Each box is labeled and houses crayons, markers, coloring books, paint, colored pencils, erasers, plain white and construction paper, stamps, and more. This way they can let those creative juices flow whenever the urge strikes!
We also took the time to clean and reorganize this room over the break. Our neighbor was getting rid of a wood table and two chairs and let us have them for free. They’re perfect for this room! We cleaned them up and set them towards the front of the space. Now the kids can use the table to do puzzles and Perler beads (they love these and it keeps them busy for hours!), color or do a project! It’s solid wood but nothing fancy so they can mess up the top with no worries about ruining anything.
We also have a desk and printer (we recently purchased this one and it’s been great!) in there for paying bills, etc. so I used some time to shred old papers (we purchased this shredder last year), clean out the drawers and get reset for the new year.
Next came the closets. I recently reorganized our hall closet, but the bedrooms needed some work. I went through all of my clothes and got rid of the ones I don’t wear anymore and let go of most of the ones that didn’t fit. Ya know the pile you set aside hoping you’ll fit into again someday? Yep, those…
I went through my purses and bags and shoes and only kept what I needed.
I cleaned out both of my son’s closets (my oldest is a PACKRAT), throwing away trash, getting rid of clothes and shoes that were too small, and decluttering. We went through their books and got rid of the ones that they were too old for or didn’t want to read again. They’re so nice and clean and now there’s a designated place for everything, which helps them when they’re picking up their room!
Our pantry is in with our laundry room and the whole thing is getting a makeover so it was a good time to go through and reorganize the space. I removed all of the contents and wiped down the shelves. Then I checked expiration dates on everything and got rid of anything that was past date.
I put everything back in place in a way that made sense to me: baking items on one shelf, canned goods on another. Cereal, oatmeal and granola bars in another spot and boxed items above that.
As for the rest of the house, we cleaned and vacuumed (this would be a great time to get your vents cleaned out! You can find more about that in this post) and worked on getting into the habit of picking up after ourselves so that it hopefully doesn’t look like a disaster during the week when we’re busier. Which brings me to the next part…
After organizing the house we set some goals to hopefully enable us to keep it looking that way. Our kids already have assigned chores that they’re supposed to do every day, but with the business of school and work, we had let a lot of it go by the wayside. I’m in the process of updating their chore charts and we worked on getting into the habit of doing them on a daily basis again.
We also started making them go through each room every night before bed and put away anything that belongs to them. This should have been a no-brainer, but sadly, we just weren’t making them do it.
I made a goal to do one load of laundry (wash, dry, put away) each day so that we don’t get so behind.
Back in October or so, we also started having our kids get their backpacks ready, lay out their clothes, and make their lunches every night before school the next day and this has been really helpful.
Does your mail get piled up like ours? This is another goal I’ve made. To go through the mail as soon as I take it out of the box and put it in the proper place whether it’s the trash, or the organizer by our desk that has a place for bills, coupons, etc. We’re bad about laying it down on the table or kitchen counter and leaving it to sit for days.
Lastly, I am trying to get in the habit of making our bed each morning before we leave the room after getting ready. This is probably me being weird, but it just makes you feel more organized and clean when your bed is made!
One (kind of random) goal we made was to make a list of upcoming things we know we need and budget for them. We can be bad about letting things go and then all of a sudden we need to replace or purchase several things at once. Whether it’s kitchen appliances, tires for the car, or smaller things like dishes (we’ve had them for several years and they’re chipped and missing pieces) and baseball cleats for our son, we’re making them part of our monthly budget.
Whew! Well, that’s it! If you’re still with me, thank you for taking the time to read this post! I hope you found some helpful tips for your home. I’d love to hear some of the goals you’ve set or any organization tips you have! Have a blessed day!
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