Category Archives: House

October Closet Cleanout

“I’ll probably wear that this Fall…” but it’s been in my closet for 4 years and I haven’t worn it since before baby #3.

“I might wear that next Summer…” even though I didn’t wear it ONCE this summer.

“What if I need that if I go somewhere fancy?” …when do I ever go somewhere fancy?

This is what goes through my mind every time I think about getting rid of a piece of clothing.  I’ve tried the backwards hanger trick. I’ve pulled things out of the closet for garage sales, but had second thoughts as I was putting it out for the sale. I’ve moved twice and while I got rid of a few items, I have SEVERAL of the same clothes I had from when I lived in an apartment in 2007.

So I’m taking a stand against hoarding clothes! I loved my September decluttering calendar so much that I made one for October – this time, targeting my unnecessary amount of clothes.

Grab the freebie below (or screenshot it on your phone!) and join me. We start tomorrow!

October Closet Cleanout

Mission: Organization

When I started part-time I knew I needed to do something “extra” each day instead of the usual cleaning. Over the last 4 years of living here, so much has gotten shoved to the bottom of a very long to-do list. Just keeping up with laundry, dishes, wiping counters, cleaning sinks and mirrors, the floors, and so on and so on and so on…..was enough to keep me from doing anything beyond that.

Every time I open a closet, there is the clutter staring at me saying “Remember when you shoved me in here in 2015 and said you’d do it next weekend/next month/next Thanksgiving Break?”

So I’m taking a stand against that clutter and getting it organized!

I started with a list and every weekday in August, I tackled one of them.

I know you don’t care how neat my Tupperware cupboard is or how organized it looks under my bathroom sinks . BUT I do hope it inspires you to make your own list and cross some projects off. My house is starting to feel cleaner, bigger! I feel less stressed without having to struggle in the Tupperware cupboard or dig through all those cans and bottles to find my mousse!

Having a calendar with a plan is definitely going to hold me accountable! I’ve made a Mission: Organization Calendar for you, too. One version has my plan for the rest of September to give you some ideas. The other version is a blank calendar for you to print and fill in.  I also have a second calendar that’s exactly the same, but it is editable.  Enjoy your organized house! And let me know if you are using it by tagging me!

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Weekly Organization of Kids’ Outfits

Getting myself and 4 other little humans dressed in the morning is quite a feat! Picking out their clothes every morning, realizing there were no pants to match, the shirt was too small, a stain showed up out of nowhere and so on…was wasting precious time. After my third child arrived (a short 17 months after my 2nd child), I knew I had to get organized if I ever wanted to make it to work on time.

I wisened up and began a Sunday routine of picking out everyone’s clothes for the work week. Most weeks, I try to include a 6th outfit as a wild card, in case the weather changes, they aren’t feeling that day’s outfit, or whatever reason that comes up to totally throw off my morning.

All closets (my two middles share), have a hanging organizer where I store the clothes. Like I always say, it’s not fancy, it’s functional.

In the morning, they grab the outfit they want to wear that day. For my oldest two, it is organized by “special”, meaning Monday is P.E. day so it is a sporty outfit, Tuesday is Music, so she can wear skinny jeans and boots, and so on.

This has been such a great timesaver for us! Some Sundays I dread it, but when a crazy morning hits I am thankful I took the time to organize it!

What are your tips for the outfit situation?

Pack-Your-Own-Lunchbox Station

When only my first child was in K-2, I was able to pack her lunch at night or in the morning, no problem. But now that BP is in Kindergarten and they aren’t always taking lunches on the same days, I knew I needed something to save my sanity.  I’m all about giving my children responsibilities they can handle, which makes less work for me!

So I introduced the Pack-Your-Own-Lunch Station. And they loved it!

I got these containers at Walmart, but see they have something similar on Amazon!

This was a way for each of us to have control over what was in their lunchboxes. I provided the food choices, and they got to pick which ones went in each day. This also ensured they would actually eat what was packed in their lunchbox. Don’t you hate when the lunchbox comes home and there are warm cheese sticks??

We have 4 baskets: Dairy/Protein, Fruit, Vegetable, and Other.  They take water for their drink, buy a school milk, or sometimes they get to take a juice box or flavored water pouch.   They may take one item from each basket. If they would like a sandwich, they have to “order” it the night before so I know.

Not only is this saving me time and encouraging responsibility, it’s teaching them about the food groups and healthy eating habits.

Each week, I try to change it up by including different items in each basket. I also look at the school lunch calendar to see how many lunches are going to be packed that week and plan accordingly.

 

Fruit

 

Dairy and Protein

 

Veggies

 

Other

 

How do you pack your child’s lunches? What healthy options do you include?

7 Tips To Stop Being Chronically Late

I don’t remember when I became chronically late.  It was probably around 2010 when I had my first child. Let’s blame the kids. Over the years, and after much complaining by my husband of my lateness, I’ve come up with some simple ways to get out of the house on time.

  1. Lay everything out the night before.

This sounds so simple, but so many times at night I just wanted to sit. I already cleaned up supper, did the dishes, folded some laundry, and picked up the floor. Why would I want to add yet another chore to my nightly to do list?  Well…10 minutes at night saves you 10 minutes in the morning.

  1. Provide a Morning Routine Chart for your kiddos.

This was a game changer for us. We thought our kids knew what to do in the morning. Turns out, a visual was a great reminder for them to keep moving in the morning.  This gives you time to get little ones ready while the big ones help themselves.

  1. Be completely ready before the kids get up.

So many times, my husband was still showering or I was doing my hair while eating breakfast when it was time to get the kids out of bed. If you are ready to walk out the door, the majority of your time can be spent helping them.

  1. Have a Lunchbox Station.

In my fridge, I have a system where the girls can grab and pack their lunch either in the morning or the night before.  If this doesn’t work for you, pack their lunches (and yours!) the night before.

  1. Create a time margin.

For me, this means telling myself I need to leave 15 minutes before I actually need to leave. This allows for any disasters that may arise.

  1. Have a place for shoes.

How many times have you been running late only to hear “I can’t find my shoes!!!” and a massive shoe hunt ensues when you should be in the car already??  Throughout the week, we throw all shoes found in the garage or around the house in a bucket by the garage door. On Sundays, the girls take all of their shoes to their room and match them.

  1. Pick out outfits on Sundays.

Nothing is more annoying that grabbing an outfit for your child and she hates it. Or your daughter coming out of her room in clothes that would be more suitable for mismatch day. To ease the pain of picking out clothes, I put 5 outfits for each girl in their closet organizers. In the morning, they grab and wear.  For me, I pick out my own 5 and hang in my closet.

I would love to hear YOUR tips on being on time with children! This chronically late turned sometimes late mama could always use advice in this area!