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Bathroom Organization for Busy Families

Let’s be honest… bathroom organization is not usually on the top of our list of things to do. It does, however, offer great benefits in terms of saving time and keeping the bathroom clean.

Bathroom organization will save time because everything will be right where you need it when you’re getting ready to go somewhere. It will help to keep the bathroom clean because everything will have a place and you will have a system to help with bathroom cleaning on a daily basis.

Where do we start?

The same place we start in every area of the house…clean and purge! Go through the bathroom and get rid of everything you don’t need or use. Then give it a good, thorough cleaning. This would be a good time to throw a new coat of paint on the walls too, if you want-just to help freshen things up.

Now for the organizing…

Each person who uses the bathroom on a regular basis should have his/her own space in the bathroom. It doesn’t have to be a big space-it just needs to be a place where he/she can keep personal belongings. A drawer works great. If you don’t have enough drawers, you can purchase plastic bins, caddies, or even stackable drawers that fit under the cabinet. The key is for each person to put their things back in the designated space after each use. Some items might be shared by everyone-cotton swabs, toothpaste, etc. Have a central location for these types of things. You can keep them out in the open in decorative containers or store them in a separate drawer that is available to everyone.

You also need one more caddy to keep cleaning supplies. If you have small children, make sure you have a place in the bathroom that is locked or out of their reach. A great item to keep in the cleaning caddy is disposable cleaning wipes. Everyday, someone should use the wipes to wipe down the sink area and toilet.

You also need some sort of a daily shower spray. If you want to invest in it, the Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner is a great cleaning tool. The last person to take a shower each day just pushes a button and the shower is cleaned automatically.

As for the toilet, there are many products on the market that are placed in the tank to help with daily cleaning. It will really cut down on the number of times you have to actually scrub the potty.

In the shower or tub, you need containers or shelves to keep bathing items. If children use the bathroom, include a water-friendly container for toys as well.

Make sure to have a place to house extra toilet paper next to the toilet. You should also have towel racks and hooks to keep wet towels off the floor. A dual hamper is great to have too, so you don’t mix good clothes with damp towels in the laundry.

Save some space in a cabinet for larger personal care items that you don’t want out in the open, but won’t fit in an individual’s drawer. You can also keep extra supplies, such as soap or shampoo here.

The final thing to consider is where to keep towels and washcloths. This really depends on the storage available in your bathroom. If you have room in a linen closet or in a cabinet, keep them there. If not, you may have to get creative. Use a basket and roll folded towels to maximize space. Hanging towel organizers are also great.

Incorporating these ideas into your bathroom organization will ease frustration for the whole family. But don’t forget…it will take your family time to adjust. Be patient with them!

 

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How to Organize Kitchen Cabinets

How to Organize Kitchen Cabinets

 

The amount of items that home cooks need to store in their kitchen cabinets is mind boggling. The sheer number of different types of items makes cabinets harder to organize than any other space in your kitchen and that is why sticking to a simple organization strategy is key. Namely, group like items with like items.

See the basic process of organizing your kitchen cabinets, with in-depth resources to help you. Don’t try to tackle this project until you’re motivated to see it through. This is a fairly big undertaking (on the level of organizing the garage and your clothes closets), so it’s important to be motivated to keep going, no matter how much of a mess you may create halfway through.

Read more: Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets in 5 Simple Steps via The Spruce

Trying out new kitchen organization ideas in small spaces be extra challenging.

Using every available space in your small kitchen will make your kitchen look cluttered, instead, you need to find a balance of keeping only what you need and use in your kitchen and decluttering or storing the rest.

The following organization ideas for small kitchens include extra storage ideas, space-saving ideas and some just plain genius kitchen ideas for small spaces.

Read more: 24 Insanely Clever Ways to Organize Your Small Kitchen via Little House Lovely Home

 

Having an organized, clutter-free kitchen makes everything from cooking dinner to making coffee a thousand times easier. But what if your kitchen doesn’t have cabinets? Where are you supposed to put your plates, mugs, and snacks?

The answer: Wherever they can fit.

When there’s no obvious place to store dishes, food, and appliances, you have to think outside the cabinet. Here are 13 genius ways to arrange and organize a kitchen without cabinets:

Read more: 13 Miracle Solutions For Arranging And Organizing A Kitchen Without Cabinets via Make Space

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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.

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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

 

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!

Read more: 25 Bathroom Organization Ideas to Make Mornings Less Hectic via Country Living

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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 To Declutter Your Wardrobe Of Accessories Clutter

How To Declutter Your Wardrobe Of Accessories Clutter


Today’s mission is to declutter your wardrobe of accessories, such as excess ties, belts and scarves, to clear the clutter from your closet or clothes drawers.

This mission is designed to be done while we’re focused on the Organize Jewelry & Accessories Challenge here on the site, which is one of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenges. Of course, it also dovetails into two other challenges we’ve recently done, the Organize Master Bedroom Closet Challenge and the Organize Master Bedroom Challenge, depending on where you keep any of the accessories we’ll focus on during this mission, within your home.

As always, I try to break down these daily Declutter 365 missions into smaller, more manageable chunks of activity, so you can get it done within a shorter period of time, and without feeling overwhelmed or tackling too much at once.

Since this is somewhat of a catch all mission, if that means you need to focus on just one type of accessory at a time, instead all of your accessories at once, and then repeat the whole mission again with another type of accessory, that’s exactly what you should do.

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How To Declutter Hats & Caps

Today’s mission is to declutter hats and caps from your wardrobe and home.

This mission is designed to be done during the

Organize Jewelry and Accessories Challenge

, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge here on the site, or whenever else you need to do it in your own home.

The mission is pretty simple and straightforward. Simply gather up all of the hats and caps, of whatever variety you’ve got in your home, and look through your collection deciding what you should keep and what you should get rid of.

As usual, you don’t have to get rid of every piece of headwear you own. Instead, this is the time to evaluate what you’ve got, and only keep the best of the best, what you actually use, and what you have room for.

This mission applies to both men and women’s hats, as well as hats for kids, so look at all family members.

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11 Signs You’re Not Managing Your Calendar Effectively

11 Signs You’re Not Managing Your Calendar Effectively

Time to admit there’s a better way to stay on top of your appointments.

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If you’re like most entrepreneurs, your calendar is jam-packed. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s been managed effectively. In fact, it may merely be a cluttered mess that’s setting you up for failure. But how can you tell? As the founder of Calendar, an app that helps business owners manage their time better, I’ve studied over 200 million calendar meetings and formulated these 11 signs you’re not managing yours effectively.

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How to Succeed in 2020

Don’t hunt attention; attract it.

Dean Kamen is known for introducing the Segway back in 2001. But to think of him as a weird gizmo guy would be to miss the genius of a man out to save the world. As the founder of DEKA Research & Development, which now has some 800 engineers, Kamen has innovated everything from a water purifier for developing countries to a kidney dialysis machine for the home to the iBOT, a wheelchair that goes up and down steps and — surprise! — is about to pop a wheelie in automating corporate America. 

What will be your biggest challenge in 2020?

I’d be happy to tell you, but we’d have to kill you. 

Let’s say you don’t. How should entrepreneurs of all ages look to the future?

Don’t waste your time making a quick buck on some stupid consumer product. I’m sorry, but we’re in desperate need of better medical outcomes, better ways to give people energy and transportation without destroying the environment. Use your talent to do something good for the world, and that will be good for you as well. 

So, about this iBOT stair-climbing wheelchair of yours…

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First Apartment Checklist

What’s the first thing you need for your new apartment? The First Apartment Checklist, of course! I’ve moved 25 times thanks to the military and have helped my two daughters set up their first apartments, so I created this free printable checklist so that you know the basic items to start off in your new place. There’s a lot to know when you get your first place, but you won’t have to worry about what you need to live in it comfortably.

When you think of your first apartment, you dream of a cool, hip place that is filled with items that express your style and is a place you’ll be happy to come home and invite friends to. You know, a cool, hip pad.

Whether you’re looking for a college apartment checklist or one for your first adult place, this first apartment checklist will get you started with the basic must-have items any new home needs. You can take the checklist with you when you go out shopping, when you place your online orders or when family or friends ask you for gift ideas. Whatever the situation, you’ll know exactly what you have and what you have left to purchase!

First Apartment Checklist

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As someone who has moved more than 20 times, I know how truly appreciated practical housewarming ideas and gifts are. It can be overwhelming moving into a new home and a practical gift that can make life easier is simply the best gift you can receive.

Not only have I moved 25 times all over the world into all sizes and kinds of homes (thanks to the military), but I’m a professional organizer andthat means I’m a problem solver. I look for items that really do make my life easier.

Let’s be honest, life is too busy for most of us, so a gift that makes life easier is invaluable. And those are also the best housewarming gifts you can give.

So, whether you’re looking for gifts for new homeowners or housewarming ideas for retirees, the practical housewarming ideas are always much appreciated.

How to Find a Practical Housewarming Gift

  • If you know the person, consider their personality and what they already have and don’t have.
  • If you’ve seen their new place, think about what is lacking and what would make day-to-day life in the new home better.
  • Think back to conversations and what the person has complained about the new home.
  • Consider what are basic, everyday tasks that could be made easier with just the right gadget or item.
  • Do your research and look for practical housewarming ideas that are suggested by trusted sources or professionals not just by brand advertising.

Practical Housewarming Ideas

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Clothes Storage Ideas

Knowing different options for clothes storage makes organization in small spaces possible and functional. An organized small space is one that works for you and your lifestyle. Don’t settle for less just because you have a small bedroom or limited storage space.

Small bedroom organization can be challenging, whether it’s in a small apartment, an older home or a college dorm. Clothes storage doesn’t have to be a nightmare when you know tricks and hacks that will help you make the most of that small space.

Clothes Storage Ideas

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  • Folding vs. Hanging
  • Store in Creative Ways
  • Use a Clothes Rack
  • Store Out-of-Season Clothes Somewhere Else

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How To Declutter Shoes

 

Today’s mission is to declutter shoes. Actually, since this can be quite a task it is a mission that I’ve got on the Declutter 365 mission calendar for the next several days.

This mission is designed to be done while we work on the

Organize Shoes & Boots Challenge

here on the site, as part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge. Of course, you can do it whenever you want or need to in your home.

When working on these missions, for adult shoes, kids shoes, those by the entryway, and any additional shoes like boots and more that you’ve got in your home, make sure to always work 15 minutes at a time, so you don’t get overwhelmed.

In addition though, get rid of the no brainer types of shoes to declutter first, and then focus on decluttering shoes from each set of categories for each person in your home, so you make sure to keep the shoes you will actually need but get rid of the excess.

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Tips On Getting Organized (And Staying That Way)

Tips On Getting Organized (And Staying That Way) Newsletter


Are you looking for tips on getting organized? If so, reading a couple tips right now may do you some good, but organizing your home takes time.Instead of trying to absorb all those tips and ideas at once, why not get free tips sent to your email inbox regularly that can help you learn how to get, and more importantly STAY organized, over time.

Hi! I’m Taylor, and this website I’ve created is designed to help you put the pieces of the puzzle together as it relates to your home, so you can find a place for everything in it that matters, and is important to you.

When you join over 160,000 subscribers and sign up for email updates from this site you’ll receive the following:

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How To Organize Computer Files On Your Home Computer


Here is how to organize computer files on your home computer in an easy to set up and use system that allows you to find the documents, photos and other files you wish to locate quickly and easily as needed.

Today’s Declutter 365 mission is to declutter computer files, and then organize the ones you’ve got left, on your home computer hard drive or in the document files you keep on the cloud.

As always, the first step in the process is to declutter, because there’s never any use in organizing something you no longer need.

You can declutter (or since this is digital, in this case that means delete) duplicate files, old draft versions of documents that have a superseding version of the document, or things you don’t want to read anymore, such as ebooks or PDFs you received but no longer find relevant or interesting.

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List Of Folders To Create

Here are tips for organizing email by using folders, plus a list of folders to create for your personal email inbox.This week, as part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, we’re focused on organizing email and other digital information in your home (You can click the link to read the overview of this week’s challenge).

Today, we’re focused on organizing your personal email, so that it isn’t just a mass of emails in your inbox that is overwhelming, but instead becomes a place where you can store and reference information as needed, just like you would in a home filing system.

The reason this is important is because, now with so many things becoming digital instead of on actual paper, you really have several filing systems in your home, whether or not you actually thought of them that way before or not.

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Tips to Create an Organized Filing System

 

Papers! They seem to multiply creating piles everywhere. If I’m being honest, papers are one of the hardest things for me to stay on top of. There is just so many of them and trying to find the time to sort through everything before they become a cluttered pile can be exhausting. However, having a properly organized filing system can make a huge difference.

This filing system is based off the same principles used in the Freedom Filer system. When I set this up, I read about the Freedom Filer system and liked the concepts just not the price. So I tweaked a few things and created a DIY system that works for me and my family.

If you want to set up your own simple filing system to keep you organized for the new year, just follow the steps below!

Read more: Create an Organized Filing System via The Simply Organized Home

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Paperwork! If you’re like most people, you probably feel overwhelmed at times with all the paper clutter you need to deal with and organize. Unless you’re getting e-bills only, then you’ve got monthly bills and account statements to sift through, on top of junk mail, medical records, insurance documents, warranties, receipts, manuals, your kids’ school papers, tax documents, and more! That’s a lot of paperwork to keep track of! And the bad thing is that you could be in big trouble if you wind up needing one of those documents and aren’t able to find it. Luckily, there are many different ways to get a handle on all the paper in your life! Check out these 10 Handy Ways to Organize Your Personal Papers!

Read more: 10 Handy Ways to Organize Your Personal Papers via A Culticated Nest

Many owners view filing systems as a necessary evil since by taking the time to set it up and maintain it doesn’t help make money for their business. So, they quickly file papers in groups that may or may not be appropriate just to get it out of the way and give them more time to do things that help them make money. But, then they get frustrated when they can’t find what they were looking for in the future. The reality is all businesses need to keep retrievable files and need to have systems in place to manage this paperwork no matter how large or small the business is.

Here are some suggestions for what to keep in your small business files. Review and set them up sooner than later. You will be happy that you did.

Read more: 7 Areas to Organize in Your Office Files via Sabrina’s Admin Services Blog

 

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Tips on How to Organize Your Dresser

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Bye-bye, overflowing dresser drawers! Clutter doesn’t stand a chance when you follow our no-fail plan for clearing the chaos in this messy personal spot.

If you often find yourself battling a stuffed drawer overflowing with clothes, it may be time for a lesson in dresser organization. Follow our six step process for decluttering your drawers and reassessing your wardrobe. With a clear organization system, your drawers will look neat and stay that way. Plus, it’ll make picking out the perfect outfit easier than ever.

Read more: How to Organize Your Dresser Like a Pro via Better Homes & Gardens

room organization

With 2019 right around the corner, it’s time to finally get rid of your bedroom clutter and get organized. (Trust us, you’ll sleep better this way). We’ve gathered stylish and creative ideas you can pull off with what you already own — or make a few purchases for a fast fix.

Read more: 28 Room Organization Ideas That Are Smart and Stylish via Woman’s Day

Dresser

Are you the frustrated owner of a very messy or overstuffed dresser cluttering up your bedroom? Don’t worry, organizing all those drawers can be a quick and simple process with these ten easy tips to organize your dresser.

Read more: 10 Easy Tips to Organize Your Dresser via The Spruce

 

 

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