Well, hello 2018! I can’t believe it’s already January! I feel like the kids just started school a few weeks ago! That’s how fast time flies when you’re having fun, I guess. The months of September thru December are my absolute favorite time of year, so I am always sad when they have passed. What’s better than football season, fall leaves, cozy candles, and family gatherings, and celebrating Jesus’s birth? Certainly not cold, dreary January! Okay, now I’m being an absolute downer. Let me spin this into something positive. January is good for something…cleaning and organizing!
I know, I know. That doesn’t sound very fun, but man, does it ever feel good once the job is done. As much as I love all of the Christmas decorations, it always feels good to remove some of the clutter. And since my kids always do rather well in the present department, it is necessary to go through closets to purge the old and make room for the new. Have you done that lately? It is quite therapeutic, actually. Every time I drop a load of donated items off, it’s like a weight has been lifted and I breathe a sigh of relief.
Piles stress me out. Piles of mail, laundry, toys, dishes, etc. And I bet they stress you out, too, unless you are a hoarder. So my self-help tip of the day is to remove piles from your life. Sounds pretty simple, but sometimes it is hard to part with things (well, not dirty dishes). I don’t know if you have noticed, though, that it is so hard to put piles away and keep things neat when there is an excess of stuff. For example, every time I put away clothes, I have to hunt for a hanger and stuff drawers closed. By removing some clothes that are rarely worn, putting clothes away becomes so much easier. Same with emptying the dishwasher. My cupboards were overflowing with mugs and cups, and it took me twice as long to put dishes away because I had to cram them in.
I’ve noticed that my kids are also more apt to pick up after themselves if their toys and belongings all have a place and their closets are neat. Now I’m not saying my kids don’t have a lot of stuff, but I try to have a place for everything so there are no excuses. That makes day to day clean up pretty easy, and as a result, their bedrooms and closets are pretty neat all the time. Disclaimer: I am a serial nagger, so that helps, too.
Sometimes you have to get creative to find storage solutions, though. Here are some of the ways I have created some order out of the chaos of “stuff”.
Plastic bins that slide under the bed. These are great for seasonal clothing or miscellaneous toys.
Crates! These crates in my son’s room look neat and industrial with the caster’s added to the bottom, and they also create affordable storage for books, video games, etc.
If you have a common hallway or landing outside of the bedrooms, these cube shelves are great! Hallways and stairway landings are great places to utilize for extra space. We have some that sit right outside the bedrooms at the top of the stairs, and whatever books and toys don’t fit neatly in our rooms go in them. They are accessible, but neat. And if you don’t like looking at the “stuff” as you walk by, you can always use cubes or cover them with a cute curtain.
Keeping it real here…don’t mind the empty picture frames, sideways photos, and Christmas décor. Trust me, it looked a lot worse a few days ago!
Art supply organizer. I did a post about this last year, and you can read it here. This definitely keeps the art supply clutter as organized as possible.
Carts are also great for bedrooms, too. They keep things easily accessible, but look cute at the same time. This one from Michaels is my favorite, and it comes in a bunch of colors.
So go through those drawers and closets and cupboards. Get rid of stuff that is collecting dust. Find places to neatly store the things you keep. Nag your kids daily (if you are me). Enjoy a clean and organized house! Now that is good for the soul! And it’s cheaper than therapy!
What are some of your best organizing tips? I would love to hear them!