I am trying to get back into blogging. I'll start with a guest blogger today, Kathleen and what better way to start than with organization. I mentioned last time that I started a new position at work along with juggling my wife and mommy duties. I can always use tips to better organize my home and life :)
Take it away Kathleen.
4 Simple Strategies for a Clean and Organized Home
Tired of overcrowded shelves, out of place toys, and books and magazines all over the place? With your busy life you probably have no time for housework. But if you develop a good cleaning system and you involve family members in it, you will manage to keep your home in sparkling condition. Here are four simple strategies to keep your home organized and clean.
1. Find a home for all toys
One thing is for sure, if you don't have a designated place for all your child's toys, chances are you trip on them all the time in the living room, in the playroom and even in the kitchen (because kids like dropping things everywhere).
You can store all your children's toys in a wicker bin or hamper. A great idea is to use color containers so when your children have to clean up their toys, they will put the red ones in a red container, the green ones in a green container, and so on and so forth. This will lessen the likelihood that they will lose their toys. Imagine your kid screaming to the top of their lungs that they want that blue toy not the green one. And then everyone in the house starts looking for the blue toy because your small one just won't be able to get through the day without it. Yeah, sweet moments. If you really want to save yourself some headaches, do find a home for your children's toys. They may not notice the difference, but you will.
2. Keep your closet organized
What's the point of keeping your home organized if your closet is overcrowded and you can't find anything there? If you need to search for your favorite T-shirt for ages or you have a huge pile of scarves on the floor, it means it's time to do something about it. First, sort through your clothes to see if you wear all of them. You will surely find items you haven't used in a year. If so, just dispose of it. Then make sure to place the clothes you wear frequently in the front of your closet. Keep all out of season clothes on higher shelves or in the back of the closet. Keep shoes in one place. Use hangers to organize your dresses, skirts, belts and scarves.
3. Let family members know who is in charge of what
Creating a system for who does what in the house is another essential step are saying from Fulham Clean Start. As much as your family wants to leave all domestic chores to you, they have to get their fair share, too. Put one person in charge of washing the dishes and another in charge of folding clothes. Dividing housework has many benefits. It keeps everyone busy around the home. Instead of one person doing everything and complaining about it, everybody will be involved. Plus, family members are less likely to make messes if they know they'll have to clean them themselves. What's more, you'll know who to blame for the dirty plates in the sink or the unattended laundry in the bathroom. No more finger-pointing. Now you will be able to tell who didn't do their part. Dividing the burden also means more free time for you.
4. Use storage wisely
Make sure to use all available storage space and put all items you don't use regularly out of sight but within easy access. If you are short of space, utilize wall storage and all the nooks and crannies available in the house. Doors make great storage areas as well. And what about that space above your kitchen cabinets? You just need to be more creative.
Are there any other strategies you like using? We would love to hear about them.