This week, we're looking at different ways to organize our homes and our time to make life a little easier, and a lot more fun! If you missed it, you can catch up on the earlier sections of our A-Z series.
L - Laundry - A Load (or two...or three...) a Day Keeps Chaos Away! - Thank you very much FlyLady for this little gem of advice. Before I became a stay-at-home-mom, I would let the laundry pile up and then spend Saturday morning catching up. That was just with one child. Five years, and 3 more kids later, there is NO WAY I could let the laundry go that long. Just taking a weekend break means I have 3-4 loads waiting for me on Monday. Now, one of the first things I do when I leave my bedroom in the morning is to put a load of laundry in. After the older kids are safely on the bus and the little ones are occupied, I move that load to the dryer and start my second load of the day. If everything runs on schedule, two loads will be folded and put away before lunch. If I get it done early and daily, it saves me from dreading the whole process.
This simple laundry room revamp from I Should Be Mopping the Floors has me itching to paint our laundry room this year! I wonder if my husband is up for another painting project :)
Also, I love how Organized Habits has their laundry sorter labeled so the little ones can help sort their own laundry. I think I would add pictures or have the labels in color to help my pre-readers out!
There are tons of websites to help you simplify and declutter your home. Recently I came across a great resource, 8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered Home from Keeper of the Home. This article includes a printable list of 40 Days of decluttering challenges. I also like FlyLady's approach to decluttering for 15 minutes a day in each of her 5 zones. Home Storage Solutions 101 also has a great step-by -step for decluttering. Whatever approach you take, it's important to declutter in small, MANAGEABLE, chunks and not pull out more than you can deal with in 15-30 minutes. Trust me, your kids won't let you devote much more time than that to any project!
Even if you never organize things into baskets or label a single thing in your house, this one step will do wonders for making your home more manageable and reducing your stress level. I know because the sheer number of legos littering my floor right now is STRESSING ME OUT!! :)
Join us tomorrow for more ideas as we tackle the Outdoor Clutter and Playrooms!!
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