These organization ideas are going to be your BFF in the new year to come!
Who is ready to get their ducks in a row. This is the point each year when I begin to crave organization. There are so many things happening, that I long for the days when everything is in order and the to-do list is much more manageable. There is something about the holidays that has me wanting peace more than anything else and that begins right in the walls of my home. What is a girl to do? Head to Pinterest and get some organization ideas that will have me armed and prepared to tackle the weeks ahead!
Weekly Cleaning Schedule by 30 Handmade Days
An Organized Cleaning Closet by The 36th Avenue
20 Organizing Ideas by The Real Thing with the Coake Family
7 Steps to an Organized Fridge by Decorating Your Small Space
Bathroom Cabinet Organization by Living Locurto
School Paperwork Organization by I Heart Organizing
Pretty Kitchen Countertop Organization Ideas by The Kitchn
The Simplest Closet Organization Ideas that No One is Using by The Creek Line House
Home Office Organization Ideas by A Bowl Full of Lemons
Make a Toy Garage Parking Lot from I’m an Organizing Junkie
Shoe Cubby from Sincerely Sara D
I think you’ll also love these organization tips, too!
What’s your favorite? Do you do any of these?
These are the list of items we use in our home. Alternatives are what I am aspiring to work towards doing more of. We need to be more self-conscious about what we are doing to our beautiful Earth. Also, this is a brilliant way to be creative and save more money.
|Bath: Bar for body, hair, and handwashing; the moisturizing bar for body|
|Bath: Cotton fabric rounds|
|Bath: DIY mouthwash|
|Bath: Recycled/biodegradable toilet paper wrapped in paper (Tushy) + bidet|
|Bath (ladies): Thinx period panties and menstrual cup|
|Cleaning: All-purpose cleaner (make at home in a reusable container)|
|Cleaning: Compostable bamboo brush heads for dishes|
|Cleaning: Bar soap for dish soap|
|Cleaning: Rag towels for cleaning|
|Clothing: Thrifting clothes|
|Dog: Flush dog poop down the toilet|
|Eating: Beeswax wraps instead of cling/aluminum/ziplock|
|Eating: Cloth napkins|
|Eating: Pyrex and stainless steel containers for food storage|
|Eating: Reusable Cinemark popcorn and drink container|
|Eating: Reusable straws|
|Food: Bulk hummus, pesto in a mason jar|
|Food: Flour/sugar/salt from bulk|
|Food: Compost egg containers|
|Food: Compost pizza box|
|Food: Condiments: Make pickled jalapenos|
|Food: Distilled water made at home|
|Food: Make juice at home|
|Food: Make kefir at home|
|Food: Make own bread/buy a fresh loaf in own bag|
|Food: Make own ice cream|
|Food: meat packaging (the butcher paper) in compost (bokashi)|
|Food: Nuts/dried fruits/spices/chocolate/candy/popcorn from bulk|
|Food: Oils: Vinegar, olive oil, coconut oil, honey in bulk|
|Food: Package free produce|
|Food: Scraps composting (bokashi!)|
|Laundry: Wool dryer balls|
|Paper: Books (library + kindle)|
|Paper: Credit card mailings opt-out|
|Paper: Digital newspaper|
|Travel: Boarding passes + tickets in-app|
|Travel: Hotel toiletries when traveling: bring all from home in reusable containers (shampoo bars, body soap bar, face soap bar, face lotion de-potted, body lotion de-potted)|
|Travel: Que bottle for water|
|Bath: Hair + styling spray*||Best option atm|
|Bath: Shaving cream can||Bar shave soap|
|Bath: Sunscreen spray||Best option atm|
|Dog: Canned food||Best option atm|
|Dog: Toothpaste in a metal tube||Best option atm|
|Food: Baking powder||Best option atm|
|Food: Canned sparkle water||Best option atm|
|Food: Canned veggies, sauces, pantry items||Best option atm|
|Food: Cider*||Fill reusable growler|
|Food: Cooking spray||Make at home using a refillable can or don’t buy anymore|
|Dog: Treats||Make at home; buy bulk|
|Food: Baking soda||The best option at the moment|
|Food: Butter; compost paper||The best option at the moment|
|Food: Cereal inbox (plastic liner inside can be recycled)||The best option at the moment|
|Food: Cookies, crackers in a box (but also with plastic at times-not recyclable)||Buy in bulk with own bag; make own|
|Food: Cream cheese wrapper in paper box||The best option at the moment|
|Food: Garlic bread (but also with plastic-not recyclable)||Make at home|
|Food: Milk and cream in a box||The best option at the moment|
|Food: Pasta in a box||The best option at the moment|
|Food: Tea||Buy tea in bulk with own bag|
|Food: Vegetable/chicken broth||Make at home using veggie/chicken scraps|
|Home: Candles||Make at home using old jars; buy beeswax candle kits from Etsy; buy soy wax/wicks from Refill Revolution (packaged in the paper)|
|Laundry: Biodegradable laundry detergent in cardboard||The best option at the moment|
|Paper: Amazon boxes||Buy self without packaging; save boxes to re-ship|
|Paper: Junk mail||Contacted to remove self from catalogs and mailings|
|Paper: Magazines*||Digital edition; only get ones you love|
|Paper: Receipts||Email whenever possible|
|Bath: Antiperspirant – European Nivea (husband)||The best option at the moment|
|Bath: Face + body oil||Buy bulk from Refill Revolution|
|Bath: Face wash||Bar soap|
|Bath: Nail polish (8-free)*||The best option at the moment|
|Bath: Natural deodorant – Meow Meow Tweet (me)||The best option at the moment|
|Food: Condiments (siracha, pastes. ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, bread yeast, jam)||Make at home (too much work); reuse glass containers for storage|
|Food: Pasta sauce||Make at home using canned tomato|
|Food: Peanut butter||Buy bulk|
|Food: Salad dressing||Make at home|
|Food: Vanilla extract||Best option atm|
|Food: Yogurt||Reuse glass container for storage|
|Home: Essential oils||Buy from Refill Revolution and mail back bottle|
|Home: A room spray||Make at home|
|Bath: Face sunscreen, moisturizer, masks||Find in glass; no pump; Return to Origins|
|Bath: Haircare products||Use aluminum or glass container; Return to Origins|
|Bath: Medications||No other option|
|Bath: Nail polish remover||Switch to a non-toxic formula in a glass bottle|
|Bath: Toothpaste||TerraCycle; metal tube|
|Cleaning: Dishwasher Packets||Biodegradeable dishwasher detergent in cardboard|
|Cleaning: Shower + toilet cleaner||Make at home|
|Dog: Teeth spray||TerraCycle|
|Food: Baking sprinkles*||Find in a glass jar or packaged in paper|
|Food: Berries||Buy from farmers market; bulk pick at berry farm once/year|
|Food: Plastic container lids||Lids are generally small and fall off the recycling conveyor belts. Always make sure that a plastic lid is attached to a plastic container so that it gets through the system.|
|Food: Granola||Buy in bulk; TerraCycle current bags|
|Food: Salad box||Buy in bulk? (difficult to find)|
|Home: Ant killer/household chemicals||Get from city’s chemical reuse facility for free/reusing|
|Laundry: Dry cleaning bags||Don’t dry clean?|
|Paper: Amazon boxes interior packaging||Buy at the store without packaging; buy bulk orders; save packaging for re-use|
|Bath: Beauty product pumps||Stop getting things with pumps; Return to Origins, TerraCycle|
|Bath: Brush heads/toothbrushes||TerraCycle; Switch to bamboo brushes|
|Bath: Floss container||TerraCycle; water flosser + dental lace|
|Bath: Floss picks (Meera) and floss (AJ)||Biodegradeable floss|
|Bath: Hair elastics||Eco-friendly version|
|Bath: Makeup products*||Buy products that containers can be returned to the maker or recycled; Return to Origins|
|Bath: Razor blades||Safety razor|
|Bath: Tissues||Hand kerchief|
|Cleaning: Trash bags||Find biodegradable|
|Dog: Dog food bag (split with canned)||Best option atm|
|Eating: Wax paper||Stop using it!|
|Food: Cheese wrap||Buy in bulk and ask to put in beeswax wrap|
|Food: Chips/snack bag||On TerraCycle waitlist|
|Food: Frozen fruits/veggies||Buy fresh and freeze at home|
|Food: Take out containers/styrofoam||Bring your own takeout container; stop using this (it can’t REALLY be recycled!)|
|Home: Air filter||Reusable air filter|
|Home: Pens||Refillable pens using ink in glass jars (use up existing first); donate old to Pen Guy Art|
|Home: Water filter||Ship back to recycle (for a fee)|
|Laundry: Lint roller||Ever lint|
|Paper: Gift cards||Online only cards|
|Paper: Label stickers||No avoiding this|
|Paper: Tape||Use washi tape when possible; get a boxed tape with refillable dispenser|
Do you really need all that stuff? This advice from the Organizing Queen will help you decide what stays and what goes, fast.
Unless you’re living underneath a (very cluttered) rock, you know Marie Kondo is the ultimate organization queen. Her best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is jam-packed with tips that will turn your messy room into a neat, minimalist oasis. Read along for 10 genius tips from Kondo that will change your life in minutes.
1. Keep only what brings you joy
Would you have seconds of that Buffalo shrimp macaroni and cheese if you didn’t love it? Would you continue to watch a bad movie? Um, no. So why should you treat your belongings any different? Marie Kondo’s advice is simple: Keep what brings you joy and get rid of everything else.
2. Tackle categories, not rooms
Decluttering your home is a huge undertaking, so it’s important you have a plan before you get down to business. Organizing room by room seems efficient, but Kondo urges you to focus on categories. Think about it this way: You probably have a lot of towels scattered throughout your house. By taking stock of all your bathroom, kitchen and powder room towels at once, you can get rid of any duplicates or towels that have overstayed their welcome.
3. Don’t let nostalgia cloud your judgment
A movie ticket stub from your favorite film or a program from your kid’s school play may tug at your heartstrings, but these mementos aren’t doing your space any favors. So why keep them around? We know what you’re thinking: What if yesteryear’s trinkets bring you joy? Find a way to consolidate ’em. Instead of having a box with old birthday cards from Grandma Sue, place them in a scrapbook that can fit on your newly organized bookshelf. Or store your treasured family recipes in these clever ways.
4. Respect your belongings
Look at your closet. Are dresses slipping off intertwined hangers? Are expensive shoes scattered all over the floor? It’s OK, you’re not alone. We’re not sure what we think of Marie Kondo personifying clothes—she asks her readers to consider their clothes’ feelings—but we do see the importance of taking care of them. Regardless of how much their clothes cost, nobody wants to face the world in wrinkled, stained or scuffed pieces!
5. Learn the art of folding
If you don’t have a dresser, we recommend you get one, stat. According to Kondo, your clothes will be “happier” if you fold them. After you fold your scarves, dresses, and pants, Kondo recommends stacking them vertically in your closet—she claims you can fit 20 to 40 folded piece where you’d normally be able to hang ten.
6. Get rid of the paperwork
Speaking of superfluous systems, your filing cabinet needs to go. It’s the digital age, after all! You can find copies of almost every paper in your home office online. As for those important documents—like your birth certificate and recent W2s—Kondo advises whittling down your paperwork into two piles: “Papers to Save” and “Papers to Deal With.”
7. Ditch the fancy storage systems
Before you whip out your credit card to buy that fancy spice rack, Kondo recommends detoxing your home first. She argues the only reason we think we need those pricey filing systems is that we have too much stuff. Go ahead, donate what you don’t need. You and your space will feel infinitely better.
8. Store everything standing upright
If you’ve spent the majority of your life stacking your socks, bras, and underwear on top of each other, you’re in for a surprise. The organization queen recommends you store items side by side, so they look more like a row of book spines. Why?
“This will allow you to see what’s inside at a glance and take inventory of what you own,” Kondo said told Architectural Digest. “If you store your clothes in a drawer standing upright, you will be able to survey how many articles you own that are the same color. This will prevent you from unknowingly buying more of the same type of clothing.”
9. Start from square one
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you want to give your wardrobe a complete overhaul, you’ll need to remove all your clothes from your closet. Sure, it sounds time-consuming, but Kondo argues it’ll be easier to spot duplicates and items that don’t bring you joy. Once you donate the clothes you don’t want, you can replenish your closet with your favorite pieces.
10. Dig deep
Saying goodbye is never easy, but there are some items we can’t bring ourselves to discard. Before you start your organizational awakening, Kondo urges you to ask yourself why. She explains most items fall into one of three categories: an attachment to the past, fear of the future or a combination of both. The better you understand why you can’t part ways with those old kitchen gadgets from Grandma, the easier it’ll be to conquer that obstacle and have a brighter (and indisputably cleaner) future.
I think we all need this list from time to time, to help us declutter and organize our lives!
What do you think?
I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Today is the day for the Weekly Meal Plan and this week is Thanksgiving. Therefore, Monday – Wednesday I’ll make normal meals then Thursday a huge, wonderful Thanksgiving meal Friday – Sunday … Leftovers? Pretty much sums up the week so here it goes.
Monday – Burritos (Rice, black beans, corn, salsa, sour cream, cheese, steak strips, green peppers, red peppers, yellow peppers and onions cooked on the stove) I’ll take a picture of my beautiful burritos this week to show you. Price = $12.50
Tuesday – Chicken Alfredo with broccoli and carrots. Delicious and I do make my sauce homemade so the total comes to $13 for everything. Not bad and really really tasty. I do add in rolls.
Wednesday – Baked Spaghetti is a hit with the kids. A little garlic bread and salad on the side, it’s nearly perfect. We spend around $11 on this meal.
Thursday – Thanksgiving! Roasted Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Classic Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Warm Rolls, Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, Pecan Pie. I feel like I’m forgetting something … Not sure. But I can’t wait! Price = $35 ( I know I’m forgetting something)
Friday – Sunday is leftovers from Thanksgiving. If our stomachs can even handle more food. I’d really like to help others this Thanksgiving also.
This weeks menu is going to cost us $71.50. I’m not complaining. I think this is very nice.
When I was younger my Mother and I would go to homeless shelters and make food and pass it out all day for those in need and it was a memory I’ll forever cherish. It was so nice to be with them during the holidays and I’d love to do that again. We have all kinds of memories of Thanksgiving, as I know you do also and I’d love to hear some of yours.
I feel so blessed to be able to have my family together on Thanksgiving, God willing. Enjoying our food, and spending some great moments together.
We will definitely play some board games! That is always fun and I’m sure they’ll be a game on TV to watch. I need to check in and see if there is anything local that would be fun to do, like a parade or something.
What are some things you love to do on Thanksgiving? Any favorite memories?