There are over 300,000 items in the average American home. CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE THAT?! That’s a staggering amount, especially when you consider that you need a place to store each item! Whether you’re like the average American family and own hundreds of thousands of items or you’re part of the minimalist movement to own less, chances are you need some type of storage system in your home. These creative storage solutions can make the most of the space you have in your home while also looking nice.
One of the first places people will visit when coming to your home is your entryway. Depending on the size, there are a variety of storage solutions you could use to make use of the space while providing guests a nice aesthetic. Using a bench with storage cubbies can serve the dual purpose of providing people a place to sit to put on shoes and a receptacle to keep shoes when they aren’t being used. If you don’t have a closet in your entryway, you can hang hooks in your wall to give people a place to hang their coats so they aren’t lying around the house.
You know that moment of quietness you get when all chores are done and the house is clean? It lets you take a breath and feel at ease. A fleeting moment that’s usually abruptly ended by a crash or a scream – at least at my house. Well, back to work!
Keeping a home clean and organized and mess-free is an on-going effort. One that’s difficult when you’re already balancing a busy work and family life. You put your best efforts forward but there’s always more to do. Those off days become busy days very very quickly.
We try things like planning our schedules around our energy levels or burn the midnight oil to get the last bits of the list done. Yet, it feels like a losing battle. There’s only so much one person can do!
Getting the Family on Board
There are a few reasons why the family may not be helping with chores:
A. They don’t know how they can help
B. There’s no repercussions if they don’t
C. They’re busy already
D. They don’t know how you want it done
You can try to force your partner and kids to help but this may only last a day. Plus, who wants extra stress from nagging and taking orders?
Life isn’t perfect. And it sure isn’t organized. I think we’ve all come to that realization by now. (If you haven’t, I’m pretty sure that you will in the near future!) And honestly, I think it’s BECAUSE life isn’t perfect that I’ve always felt the need to organize things. BECAUSE I know I can’t organize life in general (but wouldn’t that be great?!) I try to organize everything I can to at least make life a bit more…simple. Does that make sense?
Let’s face it: life gets a lot more complicated when you can’t find the lunch you packed the night before in the fridge because it’s too full of half-expired foods. Solution? Organize your fridge, get the junk out, and suddenly, when you open the door, there’s the lunch you so carefully prepared. You just saved yourself a ton of time!
That’s just one example.
You are not alone, as many households suffer from the same problem. Sometimes, it’s not even because the place is a mess but because items are never put back in their rightful spot – and we all know how frustrating it can be to have to pull out drawers after drawers and dig through closets, cabinets and more on the search for whatever it IS we’re looking for.
The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t even have to be domestic god/goddess to keep your home somewhat organized! Here is a 4-point guide to keeping on top of your home.
1. Kitchen Items in the Kitchen ONLY
We will start off with an easy one, which is to only keep items that are used in the kitchen in the kitchen. This means ensuring that all plates, cutlery and tea towels are stored and have a designated place in the kitchen.
Anything that we associate with the kitchen should have a place in it, and any items that are not associated with the kitchen (i.e. car keys, phones, important documents) should be kept elsewhere. When make an organized effort to associate items with specific rooms, it becomes a whole lot easier to keep things where you can find them.
Everyone around here knows that I LOVE organization. My theory is, life is CRAZY. There are TONS of things you’ll never be prepared for, but by being organized and ready for the things you CAN be, you can combat the rest of the craziness with confidence!
So when I got wind of a new book on organization, I wanted to share it with all of you – in more than one way! Check it out!
Organizing for Your Lifestyle is a fun, inspiring guide to organizing all aspects of your life, from socks to suitcases.
I’m pretty sure that everyone this side of the moon knows I LOVE organization. A basic organization post here on the blog is normally geared towards organizing for a specific event, like going back to school, etc. But you know what? Sometimes I find it hard to KEEP my home organized, either after I organize it or when it’s not so important that it BE organized! Do you ever feel that way?
So when Jenn Grabowski contacted me with some tips for staying organized all year ’round, not only did I put them into practice myself, but I wanted to share them with all of you! Are you ready? Here we go!
As the seasons change, it can be easy to let stuff accumulate around the house. We all have the habit of buying things as we need them, but we don’t tend to think about how we will store all of the things we buy. This can make it very easy to discover that we’ve let things pile up and that we now have a clutter situation on our hands.
With the cooler weather coming, and not to mention the holidays, now is a good time to work on your home organization system so that, by the time Christmas rolls around, you’ll have a good system in place.