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100+ Ideas to Help Organize Your Home and Your Life

100+ Ideas to Help Organize Your Home and Your Life
665.5K Flares Twitter 57 Facebook 2.1K Pin It Share 663.2K Google+ 70 Email -- Email to a friend 665.5K Flares × I love to organize!! Okay, that may be overstating things a bit. Let’s rephrase: I love to be organized. I think all of us love to be organized, whether we admit it or not. Sometimes I really have my act together on that front, and other times–not so much. With four kids, I always seem to have a hard time getting out the door. Anyhow, if this time of year also makes you feel the need to get more organized, this post is for you! This post is massive–there are over 110 ideas here–and it took me almost two months to write it. May 2013 be your best–and most organized–year yet! (And as always, please share any of your own favorite tips in the comments below… I’d love to know what works for you!) Please note that Organize-It, a company whose products I often mention in this post, is currently extending an exclusive offer to my readers to save 10% on your entire order–woohoo! Related:  cleaning/maintenanceHELP! Organization? Is it possible?!

How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent In the spirit of Laura Ingalls, with wash day being Monday, here's a little recipe for homemade laundry detergent you can use tomorrow, Monday! wash on Mondayiron on Tuesdaymend on Wednesday churn on Thursday clean on Friday bake on Saturday rest on Sunday from Little House in the Big Woods * I use these utensils for detergent making only. They all stay in the pot until I make a new batch. You will need: 1 bar of soap (any kind you want)1 cup of Borax1 cup of washing sodaa big pot ( that holds more than 2 gallons)a gratera funnela long spoon2 empty gallon jugs/containers Grate your bar of soap into your pot. Fill one gallon jug and pour water into pot with grated soap. Add the Borax and washing soda. Bring to a boil. Turn off the heat. Pour 1 gallon of your detergent into each container. A funnel helps tremendously. Now you have 2 gallons of homemade laundry detergent. This won't make many, if any, suds. Let me know if you make any or if you have any questions. Happy washing!

How To Get Organized: Printables & Checklists To Help You Get Started There's a good way to figure out how to get organized -- use printables and checklists to keep you on track. Each person, family and home is unique so lists will only get you so far, but they are a great way to get started, to reference when you need ideas, and to get you back on track if you start to get disorganized. The printables and checklists I've provided will also help you brainstorm ideas for how to use various spaces in your home, and where to store certain items to get the most use out of the space you've got. Many of these printables can be combined into one book, called a "household notebook," which I suggest you personalize to fit your family's routines, schedules, wants and needs. Here are the printables I've added so far (check back often because more are added all the time!). Daily And Weekly Challenges & Missions On The Site I run both a weekly organizing challenge and a daily decluttering mission on this site, consistently. Financial And Budget Printables

Chocolate Dessert Tacos Can I interest you in a taco? How about a dessert taco? A chocolate dessert taco? A quick and easy homemade chocolate taco shell that you can load up with your favorite fillings! This issue was full of fabulous taco ideas (and yay, they have them online as well!). I melted some chocolate coating and piped a bit along the edges of our tacos and then dipped them in sprinkles. Mix your dry ingredients, then add your wet ingredients. The batter reminds me of a very sticky brownie batter. The recipe says it makes eight, but I did six – which worked out perfectly. You bake them for about six minutes, and the moment you pull them out you need to carefully get them off of your baking sheet and onto something – a wooden spoon over a bowl works well, in order to create your taco shape. While they are a bit delicate, I’m happy to report that none of mine broke, they held together very well. Heck, for a healthier version, fill them with bananas or berries! I should say, these are pretty messy to eat.

75 Extraordinary Uses for Baking Soda Baking soda is a chemical compound that appears as a fine powder. It releases bubbles of carbon dioxide when it interacts with an acid and a liquid. It’s most commonly used in baking, where it acts as a leavening agent. The following are 75 other uses for baking soda aside from making muffins soft and fluffy. Health Uses 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. In the Home 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. In Cooking 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. Cleaning Purposes 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70. 71. 72. 73. 74. 75. The most amazing thing about baking soda is that it’s very cheap.

Get Your Home Clean and Organized This Weekend I started going through my house room by room. I have a 3 bedroom house with a 2 car garage. The garage went first so that I could make room for the crap I needed to get rid of. When I started on a room, I picked a corner and worked in a clockwise manner around the room. When I filled a box of things to get rid of, the box went to the newly cleaned garage. Every room that I have finished so far has had at least 1 piece of furniture removed and countless crap that we never even thought about.

Tips for Cleaning Tile, Wood and Vinyl Floors Clean Ceramic-Tile Floors Ceramic-tile floors can be cleaned easily with nothing but warm water, but be sure to sweep or vacuum first to remove any loose soil or grit. Never use a sponge mop to clean ceramic-tile floors. Clean Hardwood Floors Use boiling water and two teabags to clean hardwood floors. Fill in any Scratches If there are scratches that stand out after cleaning the hardwood floor, simply take a crayon the color of the floor and rub it on the scratch to fill the gap. Clean Vinyl Floors Mix borax in a bucket of warm water and wash the floor.

Ask Unclutterer: Organizing and uncluttering strategies for people with ADHD and visual processors Reader Shannon submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: Do you have any tips for people with ADHD that go beyond the stuff you see or hear all the time in other publications? Work is pretty okay except for the whole “getting started” part, but my home is the tough area. I am one of those people who has to see something to remember I have it but that keeps things cluttered. Based on the information you provided in your email, it is very likely that you’re a visual processor. After years of working with students who have different forms and ranges of severity of ADHD, I’ve come to realize that there will never be a one-size-fits-all solution for staying organized. Less is best. Thank you, Shannon, for submitting your question for our Ask Unclutterer column. Do you have a question relating to organizing, cleaning, home and office projects, productivity, or any problems you think the Unclutterer team could help you solve?

Household cleaning tips | The Pegboard Cue the spring cleaning. I’ve been twiddling my thumbs waiting for the day it’s warm enough to open all of our home’s windows and ventilate, but in the meantime, I’ve been getting down on cleaning inside with some of my favorite tools. Maybe you’re like me, a little bit of a gadget-seeker, someone often seeking the easy cleaning route, and often compelled to go organic (even though I’m not the poster child for that way of living, I just do what I can and can afford). If you are too, you’ll probably enjoy seeing this article on DIY Network that speaks to 10 different ways to use vinegar in your household, and you’ll enjoy some of my tricks involving products that suit all of the aforementioned housekeeping qualities for those with limited time to shine: For more detail on three products that I really, really love, keep on reading and prepare to get your inner clean-freak on. Our floor steamer is one of the best things that happened to me. The Original Spaghetti Scrub by Goodbye Detergent!

Ask Unclutterer: Organizing electronic accessories and conquering Mount Techmore Reader Katie submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: How do you handle tech clutter? I have an underbed storage box full of old wires, chargers, manuals and remote controls I’ve never used. First, I need some guidance about how to sort through Mount Techmore: I don’t want to throw out adapters for gadgets I’m still using, but I can’t always tell what goes with what. Then I need a strategy for handling new gadget clutter as it comes in. Unfortunately, I think everyone reading this post has a Mount Techmore. New products. If we plan to regularly use the cord that comes with a device, we’ll adhere a cable identification tag to it. All manuals for items we plan to sell or donate go inside a plastic sheet protector of a three-ring binder. Old products. Storing. I’ve seen people use over-the-door shoe storage organizers and put a printed label on the pocket, which seems to work very well. Out with the old. Thank you, Katie, for submitting your question for our Ask Unclutterer column.

The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist Date: March 24 2014 | Author: BrightNest | Category: Clean We are pumped for spring cleaning! What better time to clear out all of that winter dust and bring the fresh feel of spring into your home? If you’re geared up and ready to go, here are ten “must-clean” areas of your home. Want the free printable version? Ready to rock your cleaning socks off? For more cleaning tips & tricks, join BrightNest for free! Want some spring cleaning extra credit? Doorknobs. Washing machine. Garage. Refrigerator coils. Toys. Clothes Iron. Coffee maker. Plant leaves. Shower curtain. Remote control. Organize Your Personal Files Simply Fabulous Living If you’re new to the site, WELCOME and thanks so much for stopping by! The Weekend Organizer is a series of projects that I post on Thursdays. These projects are small and easy to accomplish over a weekend. Paper organization can be an overwhelming issue. Personal Reference Files are hard copy files that we can refer to for important–and sometimes vital– information related to major aspects of our lives. Before we go into detail, I just want to say that this is just one way to do this, not the ONLY way to organize personal files. Let’s talk STRATEGY. 1. {BEFORE organizing the files} Get a tablet of paper and a pen and do an assessment of your files. Here’s a few images of how I divided my files into MAIN subjects and sub-files. I want to stop here for a minute to ask you a quick question. Do you have a ton of “idea” files with images and articles for things like house decor and recipes and tips for maintaining an organized home, etc.? I did, until I discovered Pinterest. One more thing. 2.

Dawn + Vinegar = Soap Scum KILLA So, you might remember this post from a while back. And if you do, you'll remember that I cannot stand soap scum. Like, it actually bothers me. I hate that we have this gorgeous bathroom, and all I can see is the soap scum that threatens to take over. I've tried it all. So when I saw this post on pinterest, I was a bit skeptical. My oldest daughter asked me if I bought the Dawn just because it had a penguin on it (I collect penguins). So it's pretty simple. Again, that's a one to one ratio of white vinegar to blue Dawn. Do you know how hard it is to take a pic of soap scum? Isn't that gross? I let it sit for 2 hours, came back in with a sponge and some warm water, and wiped it off. Yes, that is an unedited (except for the watermark, obviously) photo of the same area. So if your nemesis is soap scum, give it a shot. No, I'm not getting paid to post this. Sharing this here...

The Sunday Basket: Week 1 - Organize 365 I could not do nearly the amount of work I do if I did not have a weekly paper organization and planning system. The Sunday Basket has increased my productivity, reduced our late fees and generally created sanity in our home. If this is the first time you’ve hear of the term “Sunday Basket,” well, that’s because I made it up! You can read all about how the Sunday Basket came to be here. I learn best by watching what works for others, so this year, I am going to share my weekly planning with you with one caveat. These posts will be on a one week delay. Here’s why… #1 Most importantly, I LOVE my Sunday evening routine. #2 I really want these posts on Sundays so that you, too, can get in a Sunday planning routine. #3 I am going to share with you my family’s week and my week. So today, I will share with you my Sunday Basket Process. I use a medium Longaberger Market Basket as my Sunday Basket. When I am really ambitious – and in the summer – I make a colorful calendar for the fridge.