How can I start to better organize my home?

I have two toddlers, a 1yr old DD and a 3 yr old DS. I don't have much free time to clean let alone to clean out closets and organize. I've been putting it off. The toys and kids things are taking up more space and I need to clean out some closets and give everything a place, but with two toddlers I don't have much free time!!!

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2coolmama

Asked by 2coolmama at 9:30 PM on Jun. 21, 2008 in Home & Garden

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  • check out www.flylady.net. i am serious, this is an incredible sight that makes not only home management, but LIFE management doable. one step that really helped me was hitting hot spots (ours was the dining room table) where everyone dropped everything, backpacks, mail, keys, returns, etc. once that was clean i felt like i could tackle anything. i started doing one room a week. i started with the kids. i tossed or donated everything we didn't absolutely need. i am so sick of stuff overload and now i feel better. anotehr great idea from flylady was to grab a bag and walk through the house and throw away 27 things that you don't need. then do the same thing but donate 27 things you don't need. it cleared clutter FAST!
    trepsica

    Answer by trepsica at 9:57 PM on Jun. 21, 2008

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  • My best and only answer is SIMPLIFY your life. Once you get rid of the things that you THINK you need but never use you will feel so much better as the piles and stuffed drawers and closets start to clear out and clean up. Not sure if you notice but when you have less you are not as stressed. I recently moved out of my house I was living in with my ex DH, I took basic essentials for everything. Kids toys were minimal...only what they played with often. I tell you my life is soo much more mellow knowing that there isn't "things" everywhere and stuffed, wedged into corners,table tops and drawers! I hope this helps. Try a yard sale...it is SUMMER and people LIVE for them! Best of luck to you.
    Hugs!
    Shele
    SHELEBELLE

    Answer by SHELEBELLE at 9:57 PM on Jun. 21, 2008

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  • I'm also going to suggest flylady.net it is wonderful! i NEVER thought i'd get my home cleaned and organized, but it happened. If you don't need, use, or love something then toss it. that site is wonderful, and if you go by the routines and schedules then it doesn't wear you out and more things start to get done.
    jamie8506

    Answer by jamie8506 at 10:28 PM on Jun. 21, 2008

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  • Well I store all my kids toys in bins. The cloth ones from Target. We also bought some wire racks that we filled a closet in the boys bedroom that keeps all the toys. We also have rules all toys picked up every night and I try to limit them to one toy thing out at a time, but w three kids that is hard. lOl. I would pick a room and start there. Once one is cleaned you will want to keep going. Good luck.
    Mimomof3boys

    Answer by Mimomof3boys at 10:50 PM on Jun. 21, 2008

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  • Here are a few things I did... I use a chalkboard/corkboard combo in my kitchen - I pinned a calendar to the cork & we leave notes/reminders on the chalkboard part. I stapled a little notepad to the cork also, and that's where I write our grocery list and the dinner menu. I have bins in certain areas for toys. I use the foldable laundry baskets... so even my 21 month old son can help with laundry. I try to clean certain rooms of the house on certain days.
    crazysocks830

    Answer by crazysocks830 at 11:51 PM on Jun. 21, 2008

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  • Try Flylady. It's a life saver for me!
    Pauline3283

    Answer by Pauline3283 at 4:44 PM on Jun. 22, 2008

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  • decluttering is first, I think. Get rid of it by donating it or have a yard sale, then donate the rest,,,
    TXdanielly

    Answer by TXdanielly at 8:28 PM on Jul. 18, 2008

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  • wow lots of great ideas here. I wanted to add (I am not good at this but I've read it over and over) to only touch things once. In other words, your empty coffee mug goes straight into the dishwasher, your junk mail straight into the trash as soon as you bring it in from the mailbox.

    Flylady makes you start with the kitchen- doing the dishes every night so in the morning you have a clean sink.
    TXdanielly

    Answer by TXdanielly at 8:33 PM on Jul. 18, 2008

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