How to keep your home organized

Anyone that knows me knows organization is my love language.  No really, it is.  Followed closely by ‘acts of service.’  Lists, schedules, and routines keep my little world in check giving me a feeling that all is right in the world.  It’s a mental thing, I know.

Rarely do I write a ‘life style’ post and there’s a reason for that.  I can hear the little  pot voices cackling, “whatever black kettle.”

I say-  hush up.

My mom, sister, and Courtney like to make fun of my highly organized ways.  The schedules I create, the monotony of my process, and the label maker that I have come to love.  Few things make me more happy than having a smooth running house.  I’ve recently taken on an endeavor that he my out of the house for the majority of the day so I’m having to ramp things up ’round here when it comes to keeping this place in check.

Take it with a grain of salt, but here are my tips on how to keep your home organized.

 

how to keep a home organized via grateful simplicity

Laundry

It all starts here. If there are clothes, clean or dirty, strewn around it makes for a chaotic home.  Knowing (and seeing) that you have to fold, sort, dry gnaws at you so why not just knock it out?  I do one load of laundry a day. Every day. Most days there is more than one load, but consistently washing and drying one load per day keeps me on the right track.  I also keep three labeled, cloth boxes {from the Walmart} for each child.  As I find hair bows in pockets and books lying in the hallway I can toss them into their boxes (which they empty on Fridays) without having to run to their rooms or create more piles of ‘stuff to put away.’  It also helps that my girls are responsible for putting away their own laundry. Britton is tall enough to hang up any of her clothes that need to be hung as well. Which- is most.  I find that hanging as many things as possible keeps them in birds eyes views so she knows exactly what she has (and they don’t end up in a big wad in the back of her dresser drawer).

 

Meal Planning

This seems like a no brainer but it’s often usually hard to implement.  It’s not the shopping or cooking that’s difficult– sitting down and actually planning the meals each week is my biggest challenge.  Particularly when you don’t get home until late afternoons- whipping up a meal at 5:30 with hungry kids at your heels ain’t exactly fun. One great tip I found was to create meal plans and sync them to  my phone.  The ingredients and recipes are all on my iPhone so there are far less instances of me standing in the butcher section of Publix with a blank stare on my face.  You can find the instructions on how to do this HERE.

At the very least, for the past couple of years I have started consciously keeping my pantry fully stocked so that on any given night I can whip up a home cooked meal.  The Pioneer Woman has a nice printable stocking up pantry list that I started with.  My freezer, on the other hand, stays on the empty side.  For whatever reason, I am not a big fan of the frozen foods.  Chicken breasts and pie crusts are the only frozen items that I try to keep on hand.

Baking probably falls within in this category as well and it only took one 10:00 pm run to the grocery store so I could bake the forgotten Friday snack I volunteered for back in August for me to realize that not only do I need to have a stocked pantry, but I also need a decent supply of baking ingredients as well.  Britton is the baking drawers biggest fan.  She digs through the drawers and comes up with all kinds of cookies and cakes (she baked her own birthday pie last week and it was delicious!!)

 

how to keep a home organized via grateful simplicity

Prepare the Night Before

We’re smack dab in the middle of summer but this rule still applies even when the tardy bell isn’t ringing at 8:30 am.  The night before I always get backpacks ready, set out lunch boxes and thermoses, lay out school/church clothes, put anything I need by the door (purse, dry cleaning, bags, etc), and set the coffee maker (thank you, K).  Because despite all these preparations, I’m still running around like a chicken with her head cut off in the mornings so ain’t nobody got time to stand around the coffee maker waiting for it to brew.

If I’m not too tired the night before, I also try to unload the dishwasher because inevitably dirty breakfast dishes can fill our my large farmhouse sink in a matter or minutes.  And who wants to come home to a sink full of unwashed plates?  Foe me, the time invested in doing some of these things the night before pays off the next morning.

 

Think Ahead

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had to “run to Target” to purchase a plastic birthday today in my haste to get to a birthday party on time.  While I’m not the best at heeding this advice, I try my darndest to do this one.  Planning ahead- this means birthday presents for children, friends, teacher appreciation, Christmas (last June I started on my Christmas shopping and was done by Thanksgiving).  Online shopping might just be the best thing, second only to DVR.  Etsy has become my favorite go-to market place for anything unique and long lasting.  The only catch is I have to plan ahead since items are often handmade and require lengthier shipping times.  Again, this isn’t a problem so long as I plan ahead. Remember, do as I say not as I do.

how to keep a home organized via grateful simplicity

Wake Up Early

Don’t laugh- I’m not a morning person either but my days run smoother when I set my alarm clock to rise long before my children ever do.  Waking up and having some alone time to slowly sip my coffee, read a devotion, check my email, and do some work beats the alternative which is waking up and immediately scrambling to start the day- packing lunches, preparing breakfast, rousing oversleeping children.  No thank you.  By setting my alarm clock just a little bit earlier, even 15 minutes, it helps set the  tone for my day.

So there you have it… And that will only be one penny.  How to keep your home organized.

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    Mikefrob@gmail.com'Mike R. says

    What a beautiful post my dear. I love you so much and you impress me more and more everyday. You are so good in so many ways….