It happened on January 2. As I sat on the couch, sipping my third cup of java, looking around our smallish one-bedroom apartment, with piles of books teetering in the corner, Rainbow Loom bands and colored pipe cleaners spilling out of cubbies in front of me, and drawers with Kiddo's My Little Pony underwear peeking out that barely shut in the next room, it hit me.
We need a mega organizational makeover.
Now, seeing as no home design show makeover team was busting through my door in the near (or even distant) future, I knew it was up to me. But, with everything else going on in Life these days, starting a huge undertaking like this just wasn't in the cards. There just wasn't enough time.
What's a mom to do when organization is needed STAT, yet there isn't a whole lot of time (or money)?
You, oh wise mama, make a few small changes to your organizational plan and --voila! -- big payoffs are seen (until that SWAT team of professional designers pay a visit). Here are just four tiny tweaks that will kick your organization into high gear!
-- Invest in a label maker. This one little gadget is key to making those closets and storage areas really work for you. From the linen closet to your wardrobe, from the playroom to the kiddos' drawers, knowing what is in which box/bin/cubby/drawer will save you some sanity and time. It also helps when you hear the "I'm bored" call so the kids can easily find something that may be "out of sight, out of mind."
-- Install shelves in strategic locations. Go around and look over those doors in all of those rooms...just wasted two feet of space, no? Install a shelf over every door and you have more added storage areas. I especially like this hint for the bathroom (extra towel storage anyone?) and the kids' room (perfect perch for those stuffed friends who they don't play with anymore, but can't part with).
-- Double up. I'm talking about those things we use all of the time and can never find...scissors, tape, those storage bins to collect things that often end up on the floor. Stash some scissors in the kitchen -- as well as the den and around the homework area. Get another hamper just for the kids' room if they can't seem to transport those sticky socks to the bathroom. Buy an extra tote or two to keep in rooms that just have more stuff.
-- Designate a place for everything you use everyday. From remotes to iPhones, keys to backpack, have a place where they live. Little boxes, small trays, docking stations, hooks right by the back door -- whatever you need to keep handy needs to have a specific area.
Where is your biggest organizational nightmare in your house? Have you thought about what you need to fix it up?