Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Get it Together, Post One

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Hello all!! Welcome back to another great week! I took this weekend off for myself and it was amazing! My husband took care of the kiddos on his own for a night and I got to check into a hotel for some mommy away time. It was incredible and I’ll be talking about it in another post soon.

I hope you have all been having a great time cleaning OUT your homes and getting them organized. Are you feeling a bit lighter and are you having more clarity with your thoughts? It is just so amazing what we can do for our health when we clear out the clutter.

Now that our homes have it all together, it is time to turn our focus or getting our lives organized. I know what you are thinking, can I really get it together? Yes, you can! Will it be perfect everyday? NO! That’s the beauty of life, none of us are perfect, but we can all try our best each day.

The first thing I began doing at the end of 2018 and starting into 2019 was really looking at all of the various events, projects, hobbies, and just general stuff I was trying to do. What conclusion did I come to? I can’t do it all. No one can, and we are going to wear ourselves out trying. I was simply trying to do too much, and it was really stressing me out and bringing me down. I want you to take some time to do a little life audit of your own. What is on your plate? What can you take off?

One thing I have started trying to implement into my planning, if it isn’t a “heck yes” it’s a “heck no” when looking at events, projects, etc. I used to be the type of person who would say yes to pretty much everything. Don’t get me wrong, I love helping; I just found that’s actually what started bringing me down. I began putting everyone else’s needs before my own. I would exhaust myself trying to plan or help with multiple events, projects, etc and it felt like I could just never stop and take a breath.

From there I looked at the various things I was trying to do and thought about which ones didn’t bring me joy, or that I truly didn’t have time to be doing. This is when you have to be the most honest with yourself. For me at least two of the things I said I wasn’t going to do anymore: large events and Poshmark. I love planning events and hosting people in my home. However, the two large parties we do at the end of the year were just way too much for me in 2018. I found that I wasn’t feeling the fun and joy I had in the past. It was tiring, tedious, and actually left me frustrated. This is simply not healthy, so I said no more to them this year.

One thing that helped me really flip the light switch was when I caught myself saying, “Well, if I don’t do it, no one else will.” Then it hit me, WHO CARES?! If other people want to have these parties, they can plan them, they can host them! I had to tell myself that I do not have to be the only one doing all of these things, and if some of them don’t happen, it’s fine and the world is going to keep right on turning.

As for Poshmark, when I first started I felt like I was doing great and selling items, but then it slowed down. I tried keeping up with sharing items, sharing my own listings, etc. I have two kids, and a busy enough life, yet I still really thought that I could maintain this as well. Truth be told, I couldn’t. This app takes a lot of time and you have to share your listings almost constantly to continue to make sales. Now, please don’t get me wrong here this app can be wonderful if you have the time to focus on it! Once we added our second daughter I just didn’t have the time, and I had to be honest with myself about it. I loved the aspect of making a little extra money, and when I had the time, I did! I just knew that for me, it was time to turn my focus to other areas. I had to let go of some of this stress.

We are only two weeks into the new year, and I must say, I am already feeling so much better in many different areas of my life. Doing a personal life audit was hard at first, but I am so thankful that I was able to sit down and be completely honest with myself. I took the time to remind myself that just because I was letting go of some tasks, I in no way was a failure because of them. I am choosing a better, healthier life style, and that is a win in my book!

I want you to go do the same now. Take some time this week to sit down and really look at what is on your schedule, what things are you trying to do that you can let go of? Are you volunteering up your time a little too much? Saying yes a little too quickly? Trying to do way too many things at once? It is time to take back some of YOUR time and ease your stress.

I’ll be back soon with some others way we are going to get our lives together! Stay well, stay happy!

 

 

Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Kitchen Continued

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Welcome back! As promised, here are a few other areas of my kitchen I have organized. I’ll take you through what is located in each section and what items I used to organize it all out.

I hope that you are all finding the happiness in getting your house together!

Pots & Pans

This cupboard can always get people because it can be an awkward mess! Our cupboard space is great, we just weren’t utilizing it correctly. I finally purchased a Pan Organizer and used it to sort out the lids for the various pans. I then sorted out our pans and stacked them by type, then size. I was hoping to use another Pan Organizer for my frying pans, unfortunately the shelf is the back is too low and doesn’t adjust. Making this change (and of course we cleared some stuff out of it prior to organizing it) has made it so much easier for us to get to items while preparing dinner, baking, etc!

Baking Cupboard

I love baking! It brings me such joy, especially when I am able to bake for others. My baking cupboard was MESS though! Cupcake pans and racks awkwardly stacked, stuff everywhere, ugh, it drove me nuts! I used another Pan Organizer to sort out my various baking pans and cooling racks. I was able to sort and “nest” the square baking pans I have; meaning they were able to go one inside the other like a Russian Nesting Doll. One of my other favorite organizing bins pieces are these Storage Boxes. They are such a great size and are perfect for sorting our a large variety of items. I use mine to sort out cookie cutters, cake supplies, and cupcake/decorating supplies.Whatever item I need, I just have to grab one box and my cupboard doesn’t become a disaster again.

Spice Cupboard

The spice cupboard is another area that can just be a swirling vortex of terror. It seems that everything can just end up jammed in there, even if we try to keep it “organized”, it still give us a lot of difficultly to find anything. I am just so happy with how this cupboard turned out after I attacked it! The top shelf I used for our taco items, because we all love tacos, and there are only a few items that can lie flat. The second shelf I used two of these Turntables to sort out our various herbs and spices. The turntable on the left holds herbs and items of that sort, and they are in alphabetical order. The others turntable has all of our spices, also in alphabetical order. Now it takes me almost no time to find what I need as I am preparing a meal. For the bottom shelf I maximized our space by using this Expandable Shelf and sorted items by which I use most, meaning those go in the front. The back shelf I placed any packet mixes, in groups of course, since they are easy to pull out one at a time, The rest was placed in the middle and is easy to get to as well!

Entertaining/Other

We enjoy entertaining through out the year, and have a few items that are used really only during those various events (birthday parties, BBQs, etc). I gave these items their own cupboard space so I don’t have to have them all over the place getting in the way of other pieces in my kitchen. As with every space, I make sure that like items are stored together and that items are stacked in a safe, organized way. Also in this cupboard, since my Keurig is on the counter about it, I keep my boxes of tea! As you can see, I enjoy a variety of teas. One Storage Box holds all the flavors that are caffeinated, the other holds all the herbal and decaf teas. As need I place a few bags in the drawer above this cabinet!

So there you have it! That is how a few other areas of my kitchen are sorted and organized. Are there any other areas in your kitchen you are struggling with, anything else I can share with you? Please let me know!

Until next time, have a beautiful day!

Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Next Steps

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Hello and Happy Monday! How did you do this weekend with finishing up your clean outs and getting those areas organized? How are you feeling as you clean all of this out? I hope you are starting to feel as if a weight is being lifted, and that you are starting to feel some more clarity in your thoughts!

Today we are going to attack that pile you cleared out, and I am going to give you various suggestions on what to do with it all! If you have missed the clean out posts, you can find day one HERE to get started!

As I stated in a previous post, if you were cleaning out your child’s closet, do you have a younger sibling that could wear some of the clothes that are still in nice condition? If so, make sure they are laundered, fold them up and store them in containers like THIS one. These are my favorite because I can easily label them with what size clothing are being stored in it, and I can also see what is in there if I end up needing to find an item quickly. These bins also stack wonderfully!

Clean Out Item Options

What to do with that pile of stuff? Obviously, we want it to go. Here are a few of the things that I have done to help rid of myself of the excess.

  1. Of course there is the first, and most obvious option, find a Thrift Shop in your town, load up the car, and take one trip to drop it off. If this is the option you would like to do, I suggest finding a local Thrift Shop that helps your community directly. Some churches may have location, as well as Humane Society’s. Find one that serves your community in the way that you like the most.
  2. Secondly, as you sort through what items you have, place them into categories. Clothes, home, kitchen, etc. Can certain items be bundled together to be sold? I bundle like sized children’s clothing together and sell them through our local Facebook Sale Groups. If you aren’t sure if you town has one, just search for it! This is an excellent way to not only get some of the items to someone who can use them, but to also earn a little extra money as well.
  3. Garage Sale! This is probably another obvious option. Our neighborhood does a yearly sale in the spring where multiple houses participate. (Participation is, of course, optional!) If you think that this is the avenue you’d like to take for letting go of these excess items, while earning a little bit of extra money, it is a great idea! While garage sales can be a lot of work, if you are well prepared, it won’t be overwhelming. Start early, as Edna Mode says, “Luck favors the prepared.” Start again by sorting your items into categories and deciding how you would like to price them. Pricing always takes the longest when planning a sale, so starting now will not only give you a head start on it, but it will also give you time to go through your home again and see if there are any other items that you can add to your sale. You can price items individually, or you can do a blanket price for certain items. (Example: All Baby clothes, $1.00 per piece.) Or you can allow people to create their own bundles! (Example: DVDs, 6 for $10!) (Please note that I am completely making up numbers, and you should use your best discretion with pricing your own items.)
  4. If you would like to try to make a little bit of money off of the items, but you aren’t sure you want or have the time to sell them yourself, I have two other really good options that will help you. The first, for home and clothing items, you can find local consignment shops. These shops will go through and decide which items they want to try to sell for you. You will not get the money up front, you will get it after they have sold. The shop I use gives you a number and it acts as a sign in on their website, so I can see what items have sold, and which have not. While this may take some time, it gets the items out of your home and will eventually earn you some extra money. If you want to get rid of items, and get money immediately, find your local resale shops. These stores are mostly for clothing, especially popular for kids clothing. These stores will go through your items and decide which items they will take, they will pay you up front for them and that is all the money you will receive.
  5. For name brand/high quality clothing items, you can also try to sell them yourself through Poshmark. Now, this is not going to get these items out of your house, and it can take some time to sell them. You will get a good portion of the money and you choose what price to list the item. This option can also be time consuming as you have to take pictures of the items, create the listings and maintain your “Closet”. Many people have made some good, extra money with this option, it is important to know it is because they have had the time to do so.

Which option do you feel is the best for you? I hope you have success is removing this clutter from your home! This week I will also be focusing on how else I have organized some areas of my kitchen, some of my favorite things, how I maintain these habits, and then we’ll start getting into organizing our lives! Have a wonderful day!

Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Post Three

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We have made it to day three, organization day! Sure, some may think we could have focused on one section at a time and do it all at once, however I just think that cleaning out can be a very healthy way to start the new year. It gives us all a clean slate with which to work. Also, as much we might love shopping, I wanted you to make just one trip to the store. Not to mention, can you imagine how many posts I would have had? You would have been tired of hearing from me.

Miss day two? Find it HERE.

Today you are going to look through all of the areas you cleaned out and consider what you may need in that area to help make it more organized. I suggest grabbing a pencil, paper and tape measure, let’s get started!

I am a BIG fan of bins, totes, racks, and anything that can help me group items together and keep them in place. This will help the areas we have worked on stay tidy, presuming that items are getting placed back where they belong.

As you go through each area, measure the depth, height, and length, and write it down. For kitchens/pantries, and bathrooms, I love THESE from Target. I have used the Medium, Small, and Rectangle for my pantry and baking cupboard. They contain everything nicely and you can see which items are in which bins. While in each area of your house, check out the BINS and see that they have the dimensions in the details section. You’ll be able to measure out the sections to see what will fit and how many you will need.

Below is how I have organized the Kitchen and Bathroom in my house.

Kitchen

In my pantry, I group items together like so:

Breakfast/Cereal*
Sweet Snacks*
Salty Snacks*
Chips/Pretzels*
Candy/Treats*
Daughter’s Lunch Items*
Drink Mixes*
Backup/Extras*
Soups/Canned Chicken
Beans
Broth/Cream Soups
Oils/Vinegars

Each one has their own bin depending on the amount of items needed to go into them. Items with a * are all sorted into the MEDIUM sized bin. The others are all in the RECTANGLE sized bin which are perfect for canned items and tall bottles.

My baking cupboard is organized into the SMALL sized bins sorted this way:

Chocolate/Baking Chips
Powdered Items (Baking Powder/Soda, Corn Starch, etc)
Sprinkles
Candy Melts/Candy Baking Items
Dried/Canned Fruit
Cocoa Powder/Melting Chocolate/Vanilla Extract
Baking/Jello/Pudding Mixes

Also in my baking cupboard I have my Flour and Sugar in THESE canisters, Turbinado Sugar and Arrowroot Powder are stored in THIS size, and my Oats are tucked nicely into one of THESE canisters, all by the Target line Made By Design. My brown sugar and powder sugar are both stored in glass Pyrex containers, and are also in this same cupboard. I use the space on the top shelf to store the bags of extra flour and sugar that will be used to fill in the containers as needed.

Bathroom

I won’t be going into as much detail in my this bathroom section as I did with the kitchens, as I think you get the idea now.

I sort my makeup drawer into two trays that both have multiple compartments. They are similar to THIS one from Target, but I purchased mine, many years ago, from TJ Maxx. As with every other area, I have sorted like items together and given them each a spot. I can see everything clearly and will be able to find each item quickly without having to dig!

I used mesh organizers like THESE in a couple of different sizes. I was able to buy them in individual sizes in store, however can only find the bundle online. Target does have a lot of various options in store to fit your needs! This helps to keep my drawer from getting to messy!

I used the SMALL baskets under my sink to sort the various items I store under there. I also used a small SHELF similar to the one in the link under there as well. Using additional shelfs like that will help you maximize the space, especially in small areas! (They work wonders in kitchens!)

In the drawer where we store all the OTC medications I used THESE trays to sort out the various bottles into like sections. Even my husband went WHOA when I opened this drawer to show him the change I had made. I feel like this would have been a great “before and after” however I was too excited about my trays to take a picture before I cleared it out.

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I hope that you all take the time this weekend to work on your various areas and get it all organized! Remember, the trick to it staying that way is to make sure you are putting things back where they below. Everything has a place!

I’ll be back next week with some more ways that I organized other cabinets in my kitchen, some of my favorite organizing pieces, as well as what we’ll be doing with the stuff we cleared out!

Once we get through getting the house organized, I will move on to how I am getting myself more organized, and less stressed, this year.

Let me know how you are doing, and if you have any questions!

Happy Organizing!

 

Target has not paid my website or myself for the use of links in this post, I just love shopping at Target that much!

 

Organize Your House, Organize Your Life – Post Two

Hello and welcome to day two! How did cleaning out the kitchen go yesterday? I hope it went well and that you are feeling motivated to keep going. Like I said, we are going to organize our house to organize our lives! We WILL get it together and make 2019 an amazing year. If you missed day one, you can find it HERE.

Today’s task is to start cleaning out other areas of your house. Since I don’t live with you (bummer, right?) you’ll have to take some initiative here and really think about where you need to put in the work. Don’t worry though, I am totally here to help you!

Here are some of the main areas I work on in my house:

Here are two things in to keep in mind while doing the following areas/tasks.

  1. If anything can be recycled or thrown out, do it at this time.
  2. If anything is not being used or is no longer wanted, but still has use, choose a specific area to place these items. (Don’t worry, we’ll come back to them!)

Kitchen

Moving on from the food areas of the kitchen, go through each cupboard and sort through everything that is in there. How can you move things around and group them together to make it flow better? In our kitchen we have specific cupboards for: plates/bowls/mugs, glasses/cups/water bottles, pots/pans, tupperware/etc, baking (food) and baking utensils, party/event items, etc. (I will be doing some posts focused on a few of these areas complete with pictures this month.) As you will hear me say many times, group like items together, clean out what you don’t use or don’t need, place usable items in your specific area. Think about organization racks and bins!

The Game Cupboard/Closet

Oooh my goodness all, ours is under stair storage, which I love…until I open the door. I swear, I spend time cleaning it out and reorganizing it, and when I close the door, it’s like a magic spell goes off and all my work is undone. This area can be scary, but it actually won’t take as long as you think to get it done! As with the pantry, we’ll group like items together. Games, puzzles, crafts, etc. Within each category, stack like sized boxes together as well. Take this time to really look at the space and see if you’ll need any containers or bins. Would these help contain some of the mess? If so, take a mental note, that stage is coming soon.

Closets/Dressers

What clothes are you no longer wearing? Anything too small or too big? What clothes are your kids no longer wearing? Time for them to leave your space! Place any useable clothing with the items from the kitchen and game closet. If you have a younger sibling that can wear the older siblings clothing, place those in another area for now. While cleaning items out, take this time to hang like items together, and reorganize your dresser. Also, as always, take a mental note of any organizational items that you may need to make this area more useful.

Bathrooms

Yep, when ready move on to the bathroom, do the same things in these areas, toss or recycle anything that is no longer useful, think about how to place like items together and what organizing items you may need for this area. We can end up with a lot of clutter here, and it seems that while we spend time cleaning the bathroom, we often don’t always have the time to go through the clutter, so now is the perfect time!

Think about any other areas that you may need to clean out and get to it! (Basement? Attic?) Tomorrow we’ll start taking on organization and all that entails, my favorite!!

Let me know how you are doing in the comments below!