How To Declutter Playroom

Today’s mission is to declutter your playroom, without making a bigger mess in the process, and without overwhelm.

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If you just read that sentence about not being overwhelmed, or not making a huge mess as you deal with playroom clutter, and laughed, thinking that was unrealistic, that’s OK.

My guess, though, is that you haven’t yet done all the other toy decluttering missions that have led up to this mission today (and that all fall under the umbrella of the Organize Toys & Games Challenge), and so you’re not quite ready to declutter the playroom yet.

Instead, I encourage you to work through some of the earlier missions from this week in the Declutter 365 calendar, because once you work through them today’s task in the playroom will seem much more doable.

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The earlier Declutter 365 missions that will prepare you to tackle your playroom (or the area where you kids play in your home, if you don’t have a room dedicated just to this function), are as follows:

So go do those missions, taking as much time as you need for each of them, and then come back to this one!

What To Do Once You’re Ready To Declutter Your Playroom

Playrooms are the area of your home where you’ve got a LOT of toys and games, potentially, for your kids. So it’s helpful to get rid of broken ones, excess toys, and things your kids have outgrown or don’t enjoy, so there is less for them to pull out, and more room for them to spread out and play with what they do enjoy playing with.

Some of the best playrooms aren’t necessarily stuffed with toys and games, but instead provide lots of open space, where kids can get a little rambunctious, and also make elaborate set ups with toys that use their imagination in creative and interesting ways.

Keeping in mind your end goal for this space will help you keep removing stuff from the area until it fulfills the functions that you want it to have in your home.

If, after you’ve done all the Declutter 365 missions listed above, for various types of toys and games, you still have some clutter left in your playroom today’s the day to tackle it.

So you don’t get overwhelmed, I want you to only work on one small area at a time. I encourage you to go in this order, decluttering each space one at a time:

  • Playroom shelves, drawers and cubbies
  • Playroom flat surfaces, like desks, tabletops, etc.
  • Playroom floor, removing excess items that should not be there, to give you a large open space for play

If you do just one of those small areas of your playroom at a time, cleaning up as you go as described in more detail in my how to declutter article, you will not become overwhelmed, and you won’t make a huge mess that leaves the space more of a disaster than when it began.

Simple formula for how to declutter your home

As you can see, depending on how much stuff you’ve got, and how big the room is, this may not be a 15 minute mission for you, but instead a 15 minute at a time mission. That’s OK. It will take how long it will take.

But if you clean up, and remove clutter from the area as part of each of the decluttering sessions, you’ll continually make progress, so that eventually it will get done.

Be Ready To Do A Couple Rounds Of Decluttering, Circling Back To Areas You Already Decluttered Once

Depending on how much stuff you had in your playroom, and how large the space is, it wouldn’t be surprising to need to do a couple different rounds of decluttering, where you do one pass through all the items stored in the room, and then feel the need to do yet another round.

For example, you might come across a couple of different bins containing toy dinosaurs as you do your inital decluttering, and as you find them you think, “I want to keep some of these dinosaurs, my kids still love playing with them.”

After you’ve done your initial pass through the whole room though, and you’ve removed a lot of clutter, you’ll now have more room to reshuffle and move items around, putting like toys and games with like. Once you combine all the dinosaur toys together that you kept in the first round of decluttering, you might discover that you had more than you initially thought, and that means you’ll do yet another round of decluttering, only keeping as many dinosaur toys as fit into a particular container, and then donating the rest.

This type of circling back around, and doing multiple rounds of decluttering is common, normal, and helpful.

If, in the past, the room was so packed with stuff that it was hard to move things around, it’s no wonder as you re-sort items once you’ve got more space that you might need to do additional decluttering.

Don’t be discouraged, you’ll get there. Decluttering is like peeling back the layers of an onion, so just keep going.

For example, see the before and after photos above of a basement playroom, sent in by a reader, Monica. She worked for quite a while to make all that progress, and said that by the end she’d cleared out 10 bags of stuff!

Give it time, and as many 15 minute rounds of decluttering as necessary, and you can do that too!

Photos From Readers Who’ve Already Done This Mission

Below I’ve gathered quite a few photos from readers who’ve already done this mission, to hopefully get you inspired to tackle this task for yourself.

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Above are several before and after photos Katie shared when she tackled this mission. She stated, “I did my 4 year old daughter’s playroom. Here are some before photos, toys and more toys.”

In addition, she shared several after photos, explaining, “She loves it ❤️” Further, she said, “The end result — 7 bags of clutter and the rest organized into bins, including dolls, stuffed animals, and a craft section. It took 5 hours was so excited to be done.”

Here’s another one, this one from a reader, Malinda.

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Malinda said, “I did the playroom today. Only took an hour. Now I can clean and paint and make it into miss 8s new room. I still have a tub of odd bits and pieces to put away.”

Next, are before and after photos sent in by a reader, Jak, showing when she decluttered her “5 year old girls play room.”

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Finally, below is another set of photos sent in showing after pictures only, when a reader, Beth, decluttered her kids’ playroom.

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Are You Ready To Get Rid Of Your Playroom Clutter?

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This photo is from a reader, Mandi, who said, “This is my daughter’s playroom. By no means spotless but she has fun in there.”

She’ll have even more fun in there when it’s decluttered and allows her even more room to play!

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I hope seeing these pictures and instructions have inspired you to get rid of your playroom clutter as well.

When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you’re loving the results you’re getting I would encourage you to keep going.

I’ve got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.

Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!

Tips & Ideas For Organizing Your Playroom Once It’s Decluttered

Once you’ve got this room clutter free, you may want to head onto the next step, organizing what’s left.

I’ve got a couple resources on the site that can help you with this task.

First, make sure to check out the Organize Toys & Games Challenge here on the site, since it gives some great tips for organizing toys in general, and also has links to lots of articles about organizing specific types of toys.

Organize Toys & Games Challenge

In addition, check out this Kids Playroom Storage & Organization Hall of Fame, where I’ve showcased some really great organized playrooms as shown by Challenge participants.

Kids Playroom storage and organization hall of fame


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How To Declutter Yard Tools And Equipment

How To Declutter Yard Tools And Equipment



Today’s mission is to declutter yard tools and equipment in and around your home. This is also a continuation of yesterday’s mission where I asked you to declutter gardening supplies and equipment.

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This mission is designed to be done while working on the Organize Outdoor & Garden Storage Areas Challenge here on the site, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge.

Of course, you can do it anytime that you feel it’s necessary, but during the preparation for the changes of the seasons is a great time, because you can either get ready to use the equipment and tools again, when caring for the lawn, yard and garden, or put these pieces of equipment and supplies away at the end of the season, before winter.

As discussed more in yesterday’s mission, the idea is to give you a couple of days to get rid of equipment and tools that you use outdoors in your home, with yesterday focused on smaller supplies, and today dealing with larger equipment.

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Everyone has different types of supplies they use for caring for their lawn and yard, but common types of items that you should at least evaluate today, to see if you should keep or get rid of them, include lawn mowers and other power equipment, wheel barrows, garden hoses, and rakes and shovels.

It may also include equipment you use for snow removal in the winter, such as snow shovels and snow blowers.

As always, I’m not telling you to get rid of anything that you regularly use and need. That would be silly, and wasteful.

Instead, this is the day to make sure you actually do use and need the stuff you’re keeping, to make sure it hasn’t turned into useless (at least to you) clutter.

Removing any types of tools and equipment that isn’t serving a purpose for you will free up a lot of storage space in places like your garage or your outdoor storage shed, that can otherwise be used for other purposes, or give you more room to move around and use the equipment you’re keeping.

How to declutter your outdoor storage shed

Get rid of the usual clutter suspects, such as broken equipment, unused tools (such as those not used within the last year), and the least favorites if you have multiples of something you don’t need to have multiples of (like several rakes, if you only need one).

Remember, it’s not decluttered from your home, until it is gone, so take the time as part of this mission to decide how you’ll get rid of these items, such as donation, selling, or scrapping or recyling the equipment.

Photos From Participants Who’ve Already Done This Mission

Here are some photos sent in by other Declutter 365 participants, showing what they accomplished as part of this mission.

My hope is that these photos will get you inspired to tackle your own lawn tools and equipment, to get rid of the clutter.

First, here’s a photo from Rignach, when she decluttered her garden shed. The pile of tools and equipment was to be sold.

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In addition, below is a collage of photos from another participant, Lisa, who said, “Cleaned out the shed last weekend!”

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Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?

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I hope seeing these pictures has inspired you to get rid of your yard and garden clutter, in whatever form, including supplies, equipment and tools.

When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you’re loving the results you’re getting I would encourage you to keep going.

I’ve got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.

Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!

If you want to declutter similar items, check out this article with tips for decluttering tools.

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5 Rules For Clothes Storage {To Keep Them Looking Great}

When you store your clothes it’s because you want to get them out later and use them, so here’s the 5 rules for clothes storage to keep them looking great.

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Have you ever stored clothing, just to pull it out later and have strange yellow stains on it, or notice the elastic is shot, or that pests got into them and now everything has little holes?

If so you know how frustrating and disappointing that can be. But if you follow the 5 rules listed below when storing clothes for yourself, or for your younger kids to wear, when you pull them back out again for later use they’ll still look great, and won’t have any musty or moth ball like smells either.


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Rule 1. Clean Clothes Before Storing

One of the most important rules for clothes storage is to make sure you clean your clothes properly before storing them, by either washing or dry cleaning them.

They might not look dirty, visually, but with time any dirt, sweat or soil on the clothing will cause set in stains, and these dirty areas are often the cause of the yellow looking stains you find when you get out stored clothes (especially prevalent with baby clothes).

In addition, dirty clothes are more likely to attract pests, which is another good reason to make sure they’re cleaned before storing them.

If you dry clean your clothes before storage make sure to take the time to take off the plastic bags from the garments when you get them back. Leaving the bags on traps moisture inside, which can cause your clothes to smell musty with time.

Similarly, all clothes need to be completely dry before they’re stored, not even still slightly damp from their recent wash, because again, the moisture will cause mildew and mold growth. (You can use my mildew stain removal guide if you do encounter this problem.)

Rule 2. Choose A Good Storage Location

There are many good places in your home for you to store clothes. The best locations are those which are cool, dry, and well ventilated.

We’ve already discussed how excess moisture can cause clothes to get musty or even mildewed, and excess heat can damage clothing fibers or embellishments (especially elastics) and also set in stains. You also want to avoid storage locations in direct sunlight because the sun can actually fade clothes (think about drapes that begin to bleach after a long time in the sun).

Because of extreme heat the attic may not be an ideal storage location for clothes, and if your basement is prone to flooding or excessive moisture then you most likely don’t want to store your clothes there, either.

Most climate-controlled areas of your home will do. A favorite place for those who don’t have much other space is under the bed (although make sure you use the right containers to hold the clothes, which I’ll discuss below).

Rule 3. Choose Good Hangers For Hanging Clothing Storage

For those clothes you decide to store hanging up, make sure you use good sturdy wide hangers, not flimsy wire ones. This will help your clothes retain their proper shape and not get stretched out.

Further, hanging clothes need to be covered to keep them from getting dusty, and to deter pests. Use zippered fabric garment bags for the hanging clothes’ protection.

Rule 4. Choose Good Boxes Or Containers For Folded Clothes Storage

Many of your clothes you’ll want to fold and store, instead of keeping them hung up. It is important to choose the proper containers for your folded clothes storage to keep them safe, and looking their best.

Do not store your clothes in cardboard boxes. The boxes themselves attract pests who eat the cardboard, plus the acidity within the cardboard can discolor clothes. Further, you cannot tightly seal cardboard boxes, and they do not offer any protection against water damage.

Instead of cardboard I suggest plastic bin boxes or containers, or breathable sturdy fabric containers (as long as they have a lid that closes tightly). These meet all the criteria for safe storage of your clothes and are easy to find in a large variety of shapes and sizes, so you’ll find the type that will fit into the space you’ve got.

Make sure to label your boxes with the contents inside, so you can find what you need. I suggest you label with something short, like “Boys size 6-6X” and then use a clothing inventory form (you can get one at the link) to go into more detail about what’s in the container, such as 5 pairs of pants and 6 shirts, all in size 6 or 6X.

If you want to store clothes under your bed, such as when they’re not in season, look for containers with good fitting tops that are long and shallow, and designed for under bed storage.

Otherwise, make sure you get containers that are uniform in size to make stacking easier.

Here are some good choices. This shows you the wide variety of shapes and sizes you can choose from.

You can also use older suitcases to store clothing as well, but if you then need to use the suitcase for travel while the clothes are still stored in there it can be a huge hassle.

Rule 5. Make Sure To Deter Pests During Storage

One of the most common problems with storing clothes is when pests invade, such as clothes moths or carpet beetles. When this happens you’re left with holey clothes that are unwearable.

However, I do not recommend the old method to deter clothes moths, which was moth balls or crystals. These smell really bad, and can potentially be bad for your health since they contain insecticides.

Therefore, to deter pests it is important to follow the rules above, especially the rule to clean clothing before storage, and also to use the proper containers for holding your clothes. Doing these two things will significantly reduce the risk of pest invasions.

In addition, though, if you’re concerned about moths you can add some cedar blocks or balls (such as those shown on the left) into the storage container with your clothes. The cedar oil is a moth deterrent, but for it to be effective you should be able to smell the cedar. You’ll need to periodically sand down the blocks to release more of the scent. In addition, there have been some instances where the cedar blocks have, when they’ve been in prolonged contact with clothes, caused stains or discoloration, so you may want to loosely wrap the block with an old sheet or something similar to prevent such staining.

If you follow these five rules for clothes storage when you pull your clothes back out for the next season, or when your younger child grows into the clothes and is ready to wear the hand me downs, they’ll still look (and smell) as good as when you put them in!

Make Sure To Take The Organizing Challenge!

When you’re working on storing outgrown kids’ clothes, or doing a seasonal clothing switch, make sure you are using all the ideas in the Outgrown & Seasonal Clothing Storage Challenge here.

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How To Declutter Hangers

How To Declutter Hangers

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Today’s mission is to declutter hangers. Here’s how to do it, with tips and reminders so you don’t forget something when doing the mission.

This mission is designed to be done either during the

Laundry Organization Challenge

, or one of the

Closet Organization Challenge

(there’s one for adults and

for kids

).

It may be easiest for this mission to gather up all your excess hangers that are not currently being used into one pile and then you’ll be able to evaluate which ones to keep versus to declutter, when you see them all together.

Prime locations to gather hangers from include all bedroom closets, coat and hall closets, and in your laundry room.

Once you see all the hangers currently not in use together you can better realize how many extra hangers you’ve got.

As with all decluttering missions that we do as part of the Declutter 365 missions, I’m not suggesting you get rid of all extra hangers. After all, some may break, or you may get additional clothing in the future which needs a hanger.

However, if you’re rather surprised by the large amount of extra hangers you were able to gather then it is most likely time to let some of them go.

(On the flip side, if you’re always searching for another hanger you don’t need to declutter them, but it might mean you need to declutter some of your clothes instead. Try the declutter hanging clothes in your closet mission here.)

Prime types of hangers to declutter include those that are bent or broken, those you absolutely detest for whatever reason, extremely flimsy ones that either bend with too much weight on

them or break easily, and those where you have too many of a specific type.

For example, many people detest thin wire hangers, and some really don’t like store hangers, like the kind you bring home with you from the clothing stores. Do yourself a favor and get rid of the ones you don’t like to use. They’ll just aggravate you every time you use one you don’t like, and life’s too short for that!

decluttered hangers from clothing store

In addition, depending on the size and age of your kids, it may be time to get rid of the baby or kid sized hangers if everyone in the household has outgrown them now.

Look seriously at all the hangers you’ve gathered up from throughout your home and answer for yourself the question of whether it is important to you that they are uniform in size, shape, and color or not. Some people really like things uniform, and for some people it makes very little difference. Know your personality and work with it.

Make sure to keep some of each major variety that you use, including sturdy hangers for heavy coats, skirt or pants hangers, non-slip hangers for sleeveless blouses, kids hangers if needed, etc.

It may surprise you how beneficial getting rid of excess hangers can be. It will free up a lot of room in your closets so you can actually more easily fit the clothing that is hanging up on hangers, when the empty ones aren’t just taking up room on the closet rod.

Below I’ll discuss briefly what you can do with the hangers you’ve decided to get rid of from your home.

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Declutter Top Of Dresser

How To Declutter Your Dresser Top

How to get a text each morning telling you what to declutter that day, from Home Storage Solutions 101


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Today’s decluttering mission is to declutter the top of your dresser.

We’ll do inside the dresser drawers as a separate mission another day (you can

click here to read that mission now, about decluttering clothes from these drawers

).

Today though, just clear off the top of your dresser so stuff that shouldn’t be there is gone.

It’s a flat surface and for many people that means it’s a magnet for items that you’ll “just put down for a minute,” and then hours, days, gasp . . . months later those things are still there!

So, today’s the day to see the top of this surface again. It would be a good time to dust as well if it’s been a while. Ready, set, go!

You can get more information on how to declutter flat surfaces and then keep them that way here.

Declutter flat surface in your home

Bonus points if you tell me what types of items seem to accumulate on top of your dresser.

Plus, I’d love to hear what you think should stay there most of the time. After all you don’t have to have the top completely cleared off.

You might like to have something decorative, for example, but I tend to think it’s more calming to have some clear surfaces, especially in your bedroom, so if you feel the same really get ruthless with clearing the area.

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What Kinds Of Things Do You Keep On Top Of Your Dresser?

The photo above is from a reader, Jessica. She explained, about the top of this piece of furniture, “My issue is this. Lol, don’t judge me. Lotions, meds I take every morning, perfumes, body sprays, etc.”

That sentiment was echoed by many readers who’ve taken on this challenge.

Examples Of Common Types Of Clutter On Many People’s Dressers

Here are some common types of items that seem to end up on this flat surface. The trend is that often the dresser becomes a catch all when you don’t have a real home for certain things as you undress, or walk into the room with the item in your hands:

The thing to remember, though, is that a mostly clear and clutter free surface is really so much more calming and relaxing, and ultimately that is one of the purposes of your bedroom. To be a place for you to rest and relax.

So as you remove items from this surface take some time and think about where its home is. If you don’t have a convenient place for it, perhaps make one.

So, for example, if you always have change in your pocket each night that lands on the dresser, perhaps put a little bank on your dresser that you use to collect your change and then treat yourself or the family to something when it gets full.

It doesn’t have to be difficult or hard to be effective!

Potential Items You Might Want To Keep On Your Dresser Even After Decluttering

Of course, like I said, you don’t have to keep the flat surface completely clear. Many people find this to be too sterile.

Here are ideas of what could be appropriate to keep there. It all depends on how much you want there, and how much room you’ve got. Only you know what will work best for yourself.

    • Small jewelry box, or holder for other accessories

    • Framed picture of family or friends

    • Decorative knick knacks (within reason) such as a candle, artwork, lamps, etc.

  • Alarm clock, remote controls, or other items just like you might find on a nightstand, if your dresser does double duty for this function as well

Whatever you keep on your dresser top, make sure that you regularly remove items that don’t belong, and that should be put away, to keep the space clutter free.

You can do this tidying up as part of a daily routine. Find out more about how and why to adopt a daily tidy up routine here.

How and why to adopt a daily tidy up routine

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You Can Do This Mission! Just Look At These Great Results For Inspiration

Before

Before

After

After

Before After

The pictures above are from a reader, Amanda, who took on this mission and produced some great results quickly.

She said, though, of the after picture, “Now I just have to deal with the junk.”

Yeah, unfortunately you do, otherwise you’ve just shuffled your clutter around. Like I said though, take a few minutes and try to make homes for the obvious items that seem to take up residence over and over again on your dresser top, and keeping it clear from now on will be much easier.

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How to Fold and Organize T-Shirts

How to Fold and Organize T-Shirts

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Originally published August 2012 and updated August 2020.

Wondering how to fold and organize t-shirts like a professional organizer? I’ve been using the KonMari folding technique since 2012 (before it was a big deal) and I can tell you that it really does work.

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I do a lot of my organizing sitting in front of the TV with my family.  Not that we watch a lot of  TV.  Really.  But it’s an easy way to tackle a chore that needs to be done and still spend time with the family.  I call it “couch potato organizing.”

Does that sound easy or lazy?  Maybe it’s both.  Hmm, will have to think on that one.  It’s a great way to not feel guilty. 

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FAQs About The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

FAQs About The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

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Q3: How do I know I’m actually getting good quality products and not just a bunch of “throw-away” eBooks?

A3: The Ultimate Bundles team spends months reviewing potential contributors, and they only accept the best resources for inclusion. Many of these are even full-length eCourses with video tutorials! This year, the team was even more selective than usual, and it shows in the quality of this year’s resources.


Q4: What’s the difference between this year’s bundle and previous years?

A4: If you’ve been a reader of this site for a while you’re familiar with Ultimate Bundles because I have been partnering with them for years. The reason is that I personally know many of those within the company, and many of the authors who contribute to the bundles, and I know the products they put together are great. But that also means many of you may have bought previous bundles, such as other year’s of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, or other bundles also put out by the company, such as the recent Productivity Bundle, Master Your Money Bundle, or others.

While there are 51 resources in the 2020 version of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, these are all new products, which means that even if you’ve purchased previous bundles this is new material!!!


Q5: OK, but what if I buy it and don’t like it?

A5: I seriously don’t think this will happen, because I never recommend anything that isn’t good quality, and also because historically Ultimate Bundles has a very low return rate because they also work hard to only provide quality.

Since 2013, Ultimate Bundles has been selling the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle (and I’m pretty sure I’ve been offering it since the first year it was available!)

Over the years a crazy number of people (over 139,000!!!) have invested in themselves by grabbing a copy of various year’s bundle.

People like Nikki, who grabbed a previous version, and said:

“The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle has been a total game-changer for me. As a new momma of two, I have less time to find the resources I need (and more of a need for the actual resources!). Recipes, meal planning & cleaning templates, and SO much more- all in one place! It’s a busy mother’s dream.”

Or Jen, who also bought a previous year’s Homemaking Bundle:

“This bundle is absolutely amazing! It was my first bundle and experience with Ultimate Bundles. Now, I’m an avid follower and supporter! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle has brought clarity, purpose, and positivity to my life. I am more grounded and peaceful. My home is full of love. I have grown as a person and increased my educational pursuits. I feel inspired!”

But you don’t have to take my word, or that of these other purchasers. Instead, Ultimate Bundles has gone a step further to make sure you’re happy with your purchase.

That’s why this Bundle has a 100% happiness guarantee refund policy. If you don’t love it, just email customerservice@ultimate-bundles.com within 30 days to ask for a full refund.

There's a 30 day happiness guarantee for this bundle!


Q6: This sounds too good to be true. Can you prove it’s not?

A6: I know it seems too good to be true. Pay $29.97 for $1,298.36 in resources? Doesn’t that mean someone’s losing big time? Or the prices are inflated?

I totally get your concerns. I’ve been an affiliate for Ultimate Bundles for years and I can tell you everything is 100% legitimate. I offer these bundles to my readers because they’re a great value. And when you buy a bundle through your favorite blogger (hopefully me!), you’ll support them, too! Plus, the bundle is only offered for a short time, which is why I keep reminding you about it. 😉

In short, it’s a great deal for everyone. Ultimate Bundles is a reputable company. If you try the bundle and don’t like it, just ask their friendly, helpful customer happiness team for a refund within 30 days of purchasing.


Q7: What are the cheat sheets?

A7: The cheat sheets were created because bundle customers wanted a quick way to find the resources that were most applicable to them right now. These Cliff Notes-style summaries, which are an add-on for an additional $10, will not only allow you to zone in on which resources you should start with, they’ll also allow you to absorb the key principles wayyyy faster. Which helps you take care of your home, your family, and yourself – without missing a beat. 🙂

Examples of the Cheat Sheets you can get for the 2020 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle


Q8: Will this bundle be available again later?

A8: The participants in this year’s bundle can’t afford to have their products at such a deep discount for such a long time, so once the sale is over tonight, on Friday, June 26th, you will not be able to get this bundle again, except perhaps during a quick flash sale, quite a few months from now.

This is how much longer this bundle is on sale:

Get your bundle now!

I hope that fully answers your questions! In my opinion, there really is no downside, and there is a ton of upside. But I’ll leave that up to you. Make sure to check out all the resources and you can ask me any questions you have below, in the comments, or in the Facebook page or group, or via email!

Remember, you can also read my full review of the 2020 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle here.

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Organizing Bathroom Drawers and Cupboards

Supplies, tips and ideas for organizing bathroom drawers and cupboards.

Practical ideas for organizing your bathroom drawers and cupboards and some of my favorite supplies for a beautifully functional bathroom! Video included.

Read more: ORGANIZING BATHROOM DRAWERS AND CUPBOARDS via TIDBITS

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These genius ideas will help you make the most of your small (but mighty) space.

Turn your bathroom into a true zen zone with these stylish carts, storage cabinets, and shower hacks. With these bathroom organizing ideas, you’ll know exactly where to find all of your go-to cleaning products, toiletries, and linens, ultimately saving time and easing stress. A tidier (read: prettier) master bathroom may even inspire you to amp up your self-care routine. But before you unwind, keep your decluttering streak going with these organization tips for the rest of your home.

Read more: 20 Smart Bathroom Organizing Ideas That’ll Make Getting Ready So Much Easier via Good Housekeeping

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Spruce up your bathroom with these tips and tricks.

It’s time to declutter your bathroom once and for all. These smart organizing ideas will get your washroom tidy in no time. You might even get inspired to neaten up the rest of your house!

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How to Organize Your Personal Files

How to Organize Your Personal Files

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What’s on your bucket list? Maybe you want to travel to Paris, hit a hole-in-one, or simply spend more time with family.

Each of us has a unique list of things we want to accomplish in life, but one activity that should be on everyone’s to-do list is getting affairs in order. This includes gathering and organizing personal information, financial records, and legal documents.

After a death occurs, loved ones are often tasked with many responsibilities. By compiling, sorting, and organizing these important papers, you can relieve your loved ones of this work.

Continue reading to learn the most important personal information you need to gather and how to organize it.

Read more: How to Organize Your Personal Information via Busch Cares

This article on important planning documents is provided by Everplans — The web’s leading resource for planning and organizing your life. Create, store and share important documents that your loved ones might need.

Your personal information will be essential for your family to wrap up your personal affairs.

By organizing your personal information, you can help your family more easily:

Read more: Personal Information, Documents, And Accounts To Organize And Share via Everplans

Learning how to organize personal information, is very important and should be one of your categories when you set up your paperwork system. On the page which discusses your home filling system, I talk you through picking a consistent system, which will work for your needs and the way you think. However, when you organize your personal information there tends to be a mix of paper based and electronic files, not to mention all those codes and numbers which belong to each individual person nowadays. This page looks at all of those tricky bits of information and aims, to give you a host of ideas which will help you to organize personal information in your household.

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5 Steps to STAYING Organized

It occurred to me that so many books, TV shows and Google searches are out there about “getting organized”. Today I’d like to give you some tips on staying organized.

Most people have read a book or two about organizing – heck, some people have purchased 2 or 3 books on the subject. Getting organized can be overwhelming! So what if you get motivated, declutter, donate, toss and generally whip your place into shape… then 6 months later, you are right back to where you started? Sound familiar? It’s not that uncommon.

So, how do you prevent stuff like this from happening? Here’s some tips to help you get organized and stay that way:

  1. Be realistic: if you don’t want to color-code files, then good grief – DON’T. It’s not a law! Use whatever you feel you can keep up in the long run.
  2. Take little “bites”: If you’re on hold on the phone, pull out the junk drawer and sort through it. Sort through a small box of pictures while watching a familiar movie – set a goal to be done with the box by the time the movie ends. Smaller bite-sized projects can be a great way to start a large project, and avoid the “crash and burn” syndrome of overhauling your entire home in a weekend.
  3. Keep up your system: If you put in a new filing system, use it. If you assign homes for jackets or keys, be sure to use them. Try them out for 30 days before deciding to change it.
  4. Maintain: Don’t let your clutter pile up again. Make decisions, and stick to your plan. Remember to be consistent.
  5. Lean into the turn: It’s a fact of life that sometimes stuff happens. Babies are born, people get married, kids go off to school, people pass on and leave their stuff and grief for those that loved them, new jobs… and the list goes on. Sometimes life throws you a curve, just lean into it and come out the other side without throwing away all your hard work.

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In the workplace, we all need a place to stay organized, especially depending on the type of business. A common reason many people are disorganized, is because they lack a proper workspace. Many assume it’s just due to laziness, but this isn’t always the case. Because of a cramped office space, it’s often difficult to organize all your papers and folders. Either you need to better utilize your office, or move into a new office where you have more space.

Whether you work from home as a contractor or freelancer, or are in the workplace, having office space for your business is important. After all, your employees definitely have a place to work, whether it’s their own private office, or a personal cubicle. On the other hand, it’s not just enough that you have your own office to work, but what are some ways you can improve on this? Are your making the best of your personal office? Are you still being distracted by things around you? Here are some ways you can improve.

#1. Clean Up Your Office

First and foremost, if your office is a mess, you need to clean it up. After all, how will you be able to work if all your papers are scattered around? Even more so, you’ll have trouble locating your papers and folders if things are disorganized. By organizing your files and folders, you’ll not only get a clearer picture of what needs to be accomplished, but you’re also setting a good example for your employees. Not to mention the business as a whole. As another way to organize and clean your office, use separate and unique folders for each type of document. Have you thought about color coding your folders? As an example, put all of your essential papers in a red folder (as if to signify their importance), while any miscellaneous documents could go in a green folder or any miscellaneous color of your choosing.

#2. Move to a New Office

As I mentioned earlier, another reason you might be disorganized, is due to a lack of office space. After all, you can’t lay out your files in the way you want to if there’s no room to do so. If this is the case, then consider moving to a new office, or expanding your current one. Obviously, it’ll give you the opportunity to work more efficiently, but it also gives you a chance to turn your office into more than just a place to work.

Have you considered buying accessories for your office, such as decorations? While this doesn’t necessarily serve a purpose in helping you complete your tasks, don’t forget that this is your own personal office. Why not lighten up the mood a bit? Many people have this mindset that an office should be a place devoid of any relaxation and enjoyment. However, it shouldn’t just be a place where you work on tasks, it should also be a place where you enjoy working on said tasks. Having more space in your office, allows you to design it the way you want.

#3. Find a Quiet Place to Work

This mainly applies to those who work from home. One of the keys to improving your office space, is to be free of distractions, and find a quiet place to work. First of all, do you have kids or pets? If not, this is a huge opportunity for you. If you do have children, on the other hand, finding a quiet space is absolutely essential. Either way, whatever space you plan to use, don’t be afraid to turn it into an office. Remember, this is where you’re going to be working a majority of the time. Regardless of whether its your family room or bedroom, clean up, organize everything, and get started!

Whether you work from home or are in a business, these are some tips for creating the perfect office space for your business.

For more information about ways to improve your office space in the workplace, which will lead to better success in your business, feel free to contact me today. Whether you’re looking for ways to improve your business security, or are looking to optimize your customer service with voice intelligence, I look forward to hearing from you, and assisting you in the best way possible.

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How {And Why} To Declutter Files From File Cabinet Annually

How {And Why} To Declutter Files From File Cabinet Annually


Today’s mission, as part of the Declutter 365 missions, is to declutter files from your file cabinet, and make it an annual occurrence.

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This mission is designed to be done while working on the Organize Home Filing System Challenge here on the site, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenges.

I’ve placed this mission within the Declutter Calendar to fall as the second day of decluttering your file cabinet, file box, or binders used for filing in your house for the reason that no matter how much you clear out of your home filing system now, later on you’ll need to clear out more.

That’s just the nature of paper clutter. Some papers you keep in your filing cabinet that are important now become unimportant with time, such as copies of old bills or bank statements, or information about events that have now passed, or papers about property you no longer own.

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In addition, with time you also receive new papers that are important to keep, such as your most recent bank statements, or the title to the new car you purchased. If you keep everything that has become obsolete in your filing cabinet, instead of clearing it out, you’ll eventually run out of room for the new stuff.

Today I want you to realize that clearing out your file cabinets the first time, thoroughly, may take you a while, but from now on you’ll regularly clear out these files, on an annual basis, so you’ve always got room for the currently important stuff.

When Should You Do This Decluttering Task, Annually?

If you follow along with the Declutter 365 missions each year, as many people do, so that they can maintain the clutter free environment of their home once they’ve got it that way, this mission reoccurs annually, and therefore you can use the Declutter 365 calendar and my reminders to help you remember to do this task.

However, since many of the files I suggest clearing out, annually, are those labeled from older years, another good time to do this task is around the beginning of the calendar year.

Others like to do it right after finishing their taxes for the year, as a way of clearing out old material after that big task is completed.

You choose which time seems best to you, just start doing it sometime, annually, from now on.

What Types Of Files Should You Declutter Annually?

Generally, when doing this mission, you’ll be looking for older files, such as ones with dates on them, like your paid bill stubs file or old tax return files, that have passed the date you need to keep them, so you can grab the entire file and get rid of all its contents.

(Remember, the documents within these types of files are typically things you want to shred instead of just throwing them into the recycling bin.)

To help you with this task, refresh your knowledge of how long to keep various types of papers with this article, so you can feel confident that you’re getting rid of the right old papers.

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In addition, check out the general mission on getting rid of file clutter here for general details of decluttering the paper in your home files.

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Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?

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I hope this mission has inspired you to declutter excess paper clutter from your file cabinets or binders regularly.

When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you’re loving the results you’re getting I would encourage you to keep going.

I’ve got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.

Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!

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Today’s mission is to get rid of file clutter from your home filing system, because you know not everything you once filed in there is actually worth keeping, right?

This mission is designed to be done while working on the Organize Your Home’s Filing System Challenge here on the site, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge.

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The reason this is such an important mission is that part of having an organized filing system in your home is making sure you’re only keeping things in it that you really and truly need. There’s only so much space in your file box, or the file drawer or cabinet, and if you’re trying to shove even more papers into a too crowded space it makes you not want to file at all.

Plus, getting rid of old and useless papers makes it easier for you to find the stuff you do really need to keep and access periodically with less frustration, and less time wasted.

How To Get Rid Of File Clutter During This Mission

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Depending on how many files you’ve got, and how old those files are, this may not be a 15 minute mission for you. Instead, this may be a 15 minutes at a time mission.

With any mission that you need to work on in 15 minute increments make sure to give yourself a few minutes of those 15, at the end, to do any clean up needed, so you don’t make a bigger mess in the process. That can include putting things away, putting stuff in the recycling bin, or shredding papers.

To go through these files, you’re going to approach it in the exact same way that you approach big stacks of paper you’ve got lying on flat surfaces. The advantage you have with your filing is that you’ve most likely already done an initial sort with it, and have it labeled, at least partially, with what it is.

Therefore, you’re likely to find that going through these files actually takes less time to sort through than a large stack of random paper piles you’ve got lying around.

To help you, here are a few resources on the site you can use:

    • 4 Questions To Ask Yourself When Decluttering Paper – This article will help you feel comfortable in making decisions of what to keep and what to get rid of, because it can be a bit nerve wracking sometimes, especially when decluttering file folders, because, after all, at one point you thought this was something you needed to keep.
    • How Long Should You Keep Papers {Including Printable Cheat Sheet} – this article explains how long to keep various documents, such as tax returns, bills, insurance paperwork, and more, which is exactly the type of stuff you will come across when decluttering file folders
  • 15 Types Of Documents You Should Shred – when you do decide to get rid of certain paperwork from your old files, some of it can go in the recycling bin, but other papers should be shredded for your privacy. Here’s how to know what types of papers need to be shredded.

Make It A Habit To Purge Old Files Annually To Keep File Clutter At Bay From Now On

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Once you’ve cleared out perhaps years of accumulated paperwork from old files, you know you never want to take on such a huge decluttering project again.

But here’s the thing. File clutter is going to creep back up on you, inevitably. That’s because I suggest, as part of your weekly paperwork session that one of the tasks you do is file more paperwork that comes into your home. Over time it builds up.

So what’s the best way to deal with that paperwork from now on, so the task never gets too overwhelming? It is to do an annual purge of your file folders, looking through everything and getting rid of anything that has gotten too old to need to keep, or that is no longer useful or relevant to your life.

You can learn more about how to declutter files in your file cabinet annually here.

Make Sure You’re Ready To Shred A Lot Of Paper When Doing This Mission

When doing this annual purge, or the initial decluttering session of these files, make sure you either have a

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to shred any documents that should not be trashed (and recycled) whole, or that you use a shredding service if you’ve got a lot.

This can be a very satisfying decluttering mission, because you’ll most likely get rid of a lot of paper clutter and really consolidate the contents of your file drawers. To get you inspired I’ve collected some photos sent in by readers, below, who’ve already done the mission, so scroll down to check them out.

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