Maybe it has to do with where I live, but when the temps finally begin to break and the humidity disappears (usually sometime mid-October) I lose my mind a bit. Focus flies out the window and I’m consumed with thoughts of boots and sweaters, the smell of dead leaves, and daydreams about walks in the woods or cozy bonfires. Today I’m sitting by an open window, listening to my neighbor mow his lawn while crickets (or something) chirp in the trees.
With my brain sitting determinedly in neutral, I’ve decided to embrace it and give you something different at the same time. So this week I’ll be sharing links to several of my favorite organization tips from around the web.
Organizing living area clutter:
This is one trick I’ve used to cut down on clutter in the kitchen/dining room/office area of our teeny, tiny house. I’ve wrapped homemade magazine boxes in wrapping paper from T.J. Maxx, labeled them, and store them in handy but unobtrusive parts of our kitchen.
This blog post offers other ideas for using cereal boxes to accomplish this and many other storage issues.
Toys are the bane of my existence, as I’m sure they are for most moms. That’s why I loved this idea when I came across it on Pinterest.
Since we won’t be doing that until the basement play area is set up, for now we use this entertainment center to manage the living room toys, and the rest are stored in bins in the kids’ bedrooms.
Organizing art supplies:
We love art in our house! But some days I feel overrun by all the crayons, paint, washi tape, pencils, markers, paper, and more.
That’s why I was thrilled to find these ideas for pretty storage. I ran to Walmart right away to purchase my own glass cookie jars, and they still make me smile two years later.
We also use the small metal pails from Target’s One Spot in Cassidy’s room for organizing her lotions, hair bows, and other accoutrements.
Organizing shopping lists:
One thing that took me years to figure out is where to keep our shopping lists so that both James and I knew where to jot things down every single time. That’s why using my grown-up chore checklist board has been a lifesaver. We always know where to look for the list, and it’s easy to shoot a picture of to take shopping.
It’s no secret that I’m a planner girl, and if you’ve been with me for any length of time, you know I’m currently using a bullet journal. I’ve learned the most about bullet journaling from Kara at bohoberry.com, and this is one of my favorite posts by Kara.
If you’re a more traditional planner sort, these two posts based around the Erin Condren Life Planner might be more up your alley:
I’m just a wee bit addicted to anything that hints of an improved method of organizing, well, just about anything. Do you have tips to share? Please do!