KTSD…Yo!

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Forgive the “lame-white-girl-trying-to-be-hip” title….I needed something catchy in the hopes that someone would read this post. It’s not the most exciting topic in the world, BUT it is the foundation for all organizing projects.
We’re talking  KEEP  TRASH  SHRED/SELL  DONATE zones.

This technique is the starting point for all organizing projects. All you have to do is find your project, set your timer using the Timer Technique, jot down KEEP, TRASH, DONATE and SELL/SHRED (depending on your project) and GO!!!

Pick up one item at a time and place it in one of the zones.

The trick is to make QUICK decisions. If you’re on the fence about an item then place it in the KEEP zone. Easy peasy!

When your timer, DINGS! then stop, throw away the TRASH, SHRED paperwork, place any DONATE or SELL items in a conspicuous spot you’ll see every single day. Yes, I want you to see those items so you’ll be reminded to SELL or take to a DONATION site immediately.

Now, for that KEEP zone. Well my friend, it’s now time to get honest with yourself because  it is time to find a place and purpose for every single item in that zone. If you’re still not willing to part with that D.E.C.A. sweatshirt circa 1994…..(any D.E.C.A. nerds out there??) well either put it with the other sweatshirts in your closet if you’re honestly going to wear it or create a memory box and stick it in there to remind you of the sweet memories of making it to nationals two years in a row….WHAT??….oh yes I did!

Check out 4 Steps To Organize Anything for more ideas on how to find a place and purpose for every item in your home.

Thank  you for reading One Organized Mama!

-Janel

 

 


Rolling in the dough

Hi guys!  Man, it has been a minute since I wrote a blog.  Life has been CrAzY! Being a busy mama sometimes means that the days get away from you, and before you know it, a week or two have passed.  We are full of birthdays in the family the next few months, last trip of the summer is this week and then back to school and baby showers!  JUST BREATHE :)

Anyway, I wanted to share a quick post with you all on a little awesome org job I did the other day.  My little guy had a birthday and he got lots of play-doh goodies from our family.  He LOVES play-doh.  Might even be a tad obsessed.  Point is, we have way a lot of play-doh and play-doh tools and play-doh kits {are you play-doh’d out yet?}.  My inner clean freak has had to chill waaaay out to be cool with the daily playing of said doh.  I think though, being able to organize it has helped my head :)  So, as you see here, this is play-doh mess in it’s former state:

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Now, this is just some of it, but you totally get the jist.  There are also tons of kits {dentist kit, digger truck kit, Mickey Mouse kit, sweet shop kit, etc…} and my solution to keeping theses kits and all of their pieces and doh together was quite simple.  I absolutely love storage bins and right now Target has a five pack of these for only $5.99!  I have bought three packs and have been using them like crazy!

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So, now each kit has its very own bin and label!  Holler!  Seriously though, it is such a small project but has made a HUGE difference in our mess of play-doh.The little dude loves to pick his bin to play and it makes cleaning up & putting the correct parts back together a breeze!  We are all about the little things that make life easier and make our home a place that makes us smile!  We hope your home makes you smile too!

Do you have any kiddos that love play-doh?  Give this a little project a try!  It can be used for lego sets, art sets, marbles, collections of any kind!  As aways we would love to hear from you!  Have a fantastic Monday!

Until next time,
Millisa


Color Coordinated Closets

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Don’t roll your eyes….hear me out first.

Color coordinating your closet is great way to get organized for several reasons.

Above is a closet I organized for a client who travels frequently. She needed her closet organized in a fashion where she could pack and unpack with ease. She said she preferred to pack clothes by color which made it easier for her to coordinate outfits on the road.

You can do this with these simple tips:

-Group like items together...t-shirts, jeans, dresses, shorts etc…

-Do a quick purge as you go. Sadly, it is now time to part with those killer jeans that fit 4 years ago.

-Utilize shelves for folded clothes. You are more likely to keep them folded neatly instead of stuffed inside drawers.

-Try and use the same type of hangers for a consistent look. (No WIRE HAAANGERS!!! No really, they are so unsightly.)

Now it’s time to hang, fold and put away.

Benefits of this super awesome organized technique include:

-Save a little money. I like shopping as much as the next chick, but when you realize you have 8 black tank tops you’ll save the $16 to buy a new one because you can’t find any of yours.

-A total time saver as it truly does make it easier to put clothes away and find things.

-It just makes you smile….and we absolutely love when your house makes you smile!

Enjoy Life Organized!

-Janel


Space & A Place for Homework

Hello readers!  Happy hump day to you this fine Wednesday! It has been a whirlwind week with lots of errands and kiddo stuff going on.  Life is good and today we have enjoyed some time shopping with the boys to get their new backpacks and lunch boxes.  This post has been inspired by my mind going mach speed and needing to figure out a solution to our homework anxieties.  So this is how we are winding up talking about school already!

You guys, I kid you not…school is starting in LESS than a month!  YIKES!  So much hustle and bustle going on.  Parents out with their kids trying on new clothes and picking up the goodies in the supplies aisles.  It really has been a fast {but fantastic} summer and we are going to enjoy the last couple of weeks we have of it!  With this being said, it is probably a great time to start thinking about how you would ideally like your kiddos set up in your home for homework time.  It might not seem that big of a deal, but trust me mama, doing a few easy things will make it seem like a day at the beach {almost}!

While all of the supplies for school are at killer prices, I would suggest picking up extras, other than what your kids need to bring to school. This will help you to prepare an all-star homework center.  You will want things like: pencils, pink erasers, glue sticks, pens, markers, crayons, scissors.  You will also want a caddy to carry all of these goodies in, like you see below:

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Next thing to think about is where you want your kids to do their homework.  Most families don’t have a room solely designated for homework and most families actually use the kitchen table.  There is nothing wrong with that!  My kids like to do their work at the table and I like it because I can be around them for assistance.  It also gives me “mama vision” on them to be sure they are staying on task.  My kids have graduated to their own “homework” caddy, as it is very diverse in what a High School junior needs as to a sixth grader to a second grader.  And to be honest, they like having their own little goodies.  We like to turn on music really low and just get it all done so that we can play!  This has actually been the most successful plan for my boys.  Any quiet, calm and peaceful spot is perfect for homework time.  It can be an actual desk, it can be the kitchen counter or just the good ole kitchen table.  The key to success is keeping the supplies organized and accessible and having a place that your children KNOW is the homework spot.

Once homework is done, kids can place their folder and other things to take back to school the next day in their back pack, put away their caddy and move along!  Easy peasy, lemon breezy {as my 7 year old says!}.

Take advantage of the great sales and stock up your homework area. We even stock up on notebooks and loose leaf paper.  I also super love having an electronic pencil sharpener, but a little regular one is great too.  Make your list and take it with you to your fave back-to-school supply store while you get your kids’ stuff and have some fun choosing and organizing!

Now, doesn’t that sound like a day at the beach?!  

Until next time & happy organizing,

Millisa

 


Moments That Matter Mondays: A Home That Makes You Smile!

If you find yourself dreading the walk in your door knowing you’re going to be greeted with piles of unopened mail, closets that you don’t dare open for fear of the contents inside, the apathy of spending money you shouldn’t because you can’t find stuff or making a fast food stop on the way home because you can’t even think about what’s for dinner….we are here to tell you, WE CAN HELP YOU FIND A BETTER WAY!!!

Organizing homes encompasses so many different areas of lives. We help you make decisions on what to keep/toss, how to help your kids stay on top of their school work, setting up your new home or preparing to sell your current one. Of course we’ll organize your garage, children’s playroom or any closet of your choice but there are so many other area’s where we can help you!

Instead of the above scenario, imagine walking in your door casually placing your keys in the pre-designated spot where they’ll stay until your next trip out the door. Plopping your unopened mail into the small bin and placing your purse or wallet in their usual spot. After being greeted by your favorite creatures, whether they be human, canine or feline you kick your feet up for a few moments before  jumping in the next few hours of your day. The smell of dinner wafts through the air from the bubbling crockpot and you close your eyes and smile because there is a plan in action. A plan you don’t have to put much thought into because with a little preparation your day flows pretty easily. You are enjoying your home and your life.

Now, to those of you who are thinking, “Oh BLAH!! I never want to be that predictable or boring!” Allow me to introduce you to….Me. A recovering chaos-aholic. Once upon a time I thought flying by the seat of my pants was awesome and exhilarating and exciting. I couldn’t imagine planning out my day and thought that by doing so was a form of neurosis. Boy, was I wrong.

I discovered the hard way how unbalanced I was and when I added some planning and preparation I was less anxious, accomplished more things in my day, saved money, lost a couple of pounds and could sit and spend time with my kids without the guilt of “just-hurry-through-this-book-as-fast-as-I-can-cause-I-still-have-to-[INSERT LAST MINUTE MUST-DO].”

So by teaching myself some tricks such as the Timer Technique, Daily Rotation, Household Binder and other systems brought balance to my life and gave me a home I now walk into and SMILE!

I hope your home makes you smile!

(If it doesn’t….contact us so we can help ya out!)

Thanks for reading One Organized Mama!

-Janel

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Get a move on!

Hey friends!  Welcome here this fine Thursday!  It has been a non-stop week, for sure.  For those of us who really like “busy,” weeks like these are great!  Thankfully though, the weekend is right around the corner and we can maybe take a minute to breathe.  Maybe.

Today I wanted to share with you from the heart.  Just a couple of weeks ago, my friend had a new baby.  She now has her little hands full with three kiddos, ages six, three, and newborn.  As you can imagine, it’s always non-stop for her; especially since it is summer break!  Anyway, the other night we were talking and she was sharing with me that she could not believe how LONG it took to get ready, packed up, and out the door for a simple quick trip to a store.  Beings that I have “been there, done that” I shared with her my little tips that I thought would help.  And today, I will share with you!  If you or someone you know has just had a baby, these easy little things make the big picture of an outing so much easier. 

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First, in the evening, when all of your babes are asleep, think about the day you will be having ‘tomorrow.’  If you have places to go and people to see, you will want to think in advance about preparing as much as possible.  What that would look like for me is, I would start with the baby’s diaper bag.  Make certain you have enough diapers, wipes, rash cream, extra outfit, paci, snacks, drink cup, bottles, etc.  You know what items you baby will need on an outing, so go ahead and pack them up while you have a quiet moment.  Then you will want to lay out your baby’s outfit that you want them to wear.  EASY!

Next, think of the older kiddos and what they will be needing.  Lay out their outfit, including undies and shoes.  If they need snacks and drinks, pack a small backpack that they can carry and have that ready to take.  I would even stick the pack in the fridge with the drinks already poured so I could literally grab and go.  This is also a good time to pack school lunches for your school aged kiddos. Same thing; pack the lunch and stick it in the fridge so in the morning, it is grab and go.  Have backpacks for school packed with what they need for the following day {if it’s library day, have them place their books in their backpack, etc}.  After getting dressed and eating, your kiddos can grab their lunch and backpack and head out the door!  EASY!

I have this mirror/hook thing that my mom gave me a years ago.  It hangs in our laundry room and has five hooks.  This is our school command center for backpacks.  The kids hang their stuff here {coats in the winter, too} and it really avoids the “mom, where is my backpack..?” irritation and keeps things off the floor and organized. Underneath it is the shoe storage system. Do you have a hanging hook system?  They are super easy to find, even the peel and stick ones work great {check weight capacity to be sure you purchase the correct ones}!  EASY!

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Basically, what I found as a BUSY mama, was the more I could do the night before, the smoother and less stressful my day out & about went.  Sounds really simple and obvious but unless you are doing it, you have no idea what a monumental help it is!  And the best thing, you can keep doing this even when the kiddos are older.  I don’t have any babies around anymore and we still practice these procedures, especially in school season!  Because, it is EASY!  

What are your best tips and tricks to stay organized with a new addition to the family?  We would LOVE to hear from you!

Until next time,

Millisa


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Hi guys!  Thanks for stopping by today to read and look around.  Today I am wanting to talk about grocery routines and such.  Grocery shopping is one of those dreaded tasks that us mamas have to do- so I am always finding a way to make it more “exciting” {if that is really possible} and more organized!  Follow along and get your grocery groove on!

Pictured above you will see a super cute grocery chart as well as a meal planning section.  I am a fan of lists broken down into sections like you would find in the store {fruits & veggies, dairy, meats, breads, pantry, frozen, household, etc}.  You can make your own quick list with the categories that best suit your household.  Usually I write mine out on a whim on a blank piece of paper.  It works. It may not be a ll colored and cute, but it works. 

My first point of business is to make my meal plan.  So, I come up with seven meals that are tried and true for my family.  An example would be this: Sunday, I will make a crockpot roast with veggies. In my head I think of all the ingredients I need to make this meal {chuck roast, potatoes, carrots, onion, seasonings, rolls}.  I will take inventory of what I already have in the pantry or fridge/freezer and then start my list from there.  I don’t have a roast or potatoes on hand, so that goes on my list.  Roast, under meats and potatoes under fruits & veggies.  After doing this through the entire week of meals, I then write out the things that are non meal related.  This is when I take note of things for the kids lunches, snacks, drinks, etc.  We are getting close to being done!  Yay, you!  

Last but not least…for all my couponing mamas out there, this is my little system when I have coupons for the items on my list.  It is really scientific and crazy so stay focused; I make a dot next to the item on the list that I have a coupon for.  I know, crazy.  I do many scientific things ;) but seriously, this works super good.  Then I always know what items I have a coupon for and I have easy access to the coupon at the purchase time.  

Wallah! You mama, are done and ready to go shop!  Oh, and remember when I said I try and make it “exciting,” well here is my secret….I always get a little teeny reward for doing this beastly task.  Perhaps it’s a little nail polish or lipgloss or even a little ice cream; but it certainly makes the job a little more fun and rewarding, amiright?! 

That is all for today!  Go make your lists and get your grocery groove on!  Share your tips and tricks with us too!

Until next time,

Millisa


A proper place for the pet’s stuff

Hey friends!  How are you this fine day?  Hoping your Tuesday has been pretty swell and that you are looking forward to hump day tomorrow!  I just got back from the most spontaneous girls road trip and it was a blast!  It didn’t go exactly as planned but it was FULL of those really delicious-make your belly ache-kind of laughs.  Gotta love making memories like those :)

Tonight I was going through some of my kitchen drawers and cabinets trying to piece back together the items that were removed for some of our renovation.  While doing so, it occurred to me that I have never shared about a very important topic; our furry family members! Do you have an organized space for your pets belongings?  I’m talking everything from little treats to shampoo to brushes to toys to leashes {you get my drift}…It’s like having a child, these little critters have heaps of stuff!  Here is what we have decided to do for our two pups:

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We have this cabinet pantry and we also have a really big walk in pantry.  This one in the photo is primarily used for big dishes, seasonal dishes and other things that are non-food. There was so much spare space in here that I made the pups their very own pull out shelf.  I found these super cute bins at Target and was like “oh yes, you shall be mine,” so I bought them ;) They are easy access for the kids to get to for the pups care and keep everything contained in this one designated spot for all of their goods.  The only thing we can’t fit in this area are the the huge bags of food we buy, but rest assured, those are in a big tupperware doggie bin with a scoop…always organized; most of the time ;)  I strive for progress, not perfection!  

Although I haven’t seen these bins anymore at Target, I have to tell you guys that I come across the BEST deals and cutest pet stuff at HomeGoods.  Have you been there?  It’s one of my MOST fav spots to frequent for my home and my pet goodies.  If you’ve never been, I urge you to go immediately!  Then, post pics of your finds and tell us how you are creating a proper place for your pet’s stuff!

Can’t wait to see what you score!  Happy pet shopping!

Until next time,

Millisa


Don’t even judge me…

Happy Thursday ya’ll! It’s been a busy, busy week in the C6 house.  We have been going at mach speed for days!  You know all the times I post things about our {outdated} kitchen?  Well, we have been working hard and steady on some of those projects.  However, in-between all of the madness I had to take a minute and fix something.

Something called the fridge.  OMG you guys, I can’t even tell you how fast our fridge goes from organized bliss to circus mess!  When you have kiddos home all day for the summer break, constantly scavenging for food, this will and does happen.  What I have come to learn is, no one cleans like mama cleans.  No one cares about organization and properness like mama does.  So, I cope.  Here is the picture of the madness {before}; I actually remembered to take a before photo! 

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Don’t even judge me.

See, kids don’t care.  You must know that a few days prior to this circus, this fridge was super duper clean and stuff.  Seriously.  

So in the madness of refinishing cabinets, a moment of silence was taken to find some semblance of order in our most frequently used and beloved appliance.  It was a quick process of putting veggies and fruit in their drawer, cheeses and deli meats in their little home and just re-classifying the like items with one another.  I actually do a thorough clean out and wipe down of shelving every two weeks {get rid of yucky leftovers that obviously no one is going to partake}.  In between those major overhauls, I have to do a couple reorganizing stints to keep my mind kitchen in tip top shape.  

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Perfect? no.  Better? yes!  And with that, I closed those doors and went back to the never-ending kitchen reno.  See, a quick five minutes and I felt like I really accomplished a task that needed attention.  Yay me!

How often do you do a major clean in your fridge? How often do you wipe down and clean out the drawers?  What about doing small little re-organization jobs?  What are you favorite tips and tricks?  We’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,

Millisa


My gramma told me….

Happy Thursday, friends! We are almost to Friday, and a special one at that! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July weekend. Make sure to take lots of pictures and make special memories!

Today I have done a lot of cleaning. A lot. It’s been a busy week and I feel as though my home was neglected and literally sobbing tears…or maybe it was crumbs; either way, I devoted some time to getting things clean and pristine. In between all of this joyous fun, my gramma called me. We gabbed for a while and when I was off the phone I was thinking of the many things she taught me growing up, about keeping a home. I think many of my OCD awesome cleaning philosophies came from her.  Now, I will say that being a youngin’, oh how I despised didn’t particularly love the  cleaning chores.  The worst was the dusting of the tchotchkes. My sweet gram has tchotchkes to the moon and back.  And that was always a special job for me to do.  Haha, oh the good ol’ days.

But, aside from the dusting, I was taught how to appropriately clean a bathroom {the entire toilet}, a kitchen{never, ever let the sun go down on dirty dishes}, clean all floors{so they don’t sound sticky when you walk}, make a bed with crisp sheets, and more.  With this, I was also taught  the amazingness of homemade, household products that could be turned into cleaners.  Things like white vinegar, lemon oil, baking soda, ammonia, cut lemons have been a long used staple for her.

When I first married and began making a home of my own, I was really lulled in by cleaning products that smelled delicious.  I even bought a Swiffer mop {not my most glorious decision} and I loved to try a plethora of different products.  I was like a hustler in the cleaning aisle at Target.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I still have cleaning products that I buy corporately, that do the job I need them to do {i.e: toilet bowl cleaner, windex, dusting spray} but after having ridiculous sounding floors {thanks to the swifter mop; it literally sounded like an octopus popping it’s tentacles off the floor when you walked} and having times that I needed something to scour with, but still being in my pajamas, all gross and stuff- not daring to run to the store, my mind brought me back to my gramma. The recipes she taught me, the tips and tricks. Many of these are now those super cool “homemade” posts ya’ll might be pinning on your board; and they actually do work wonderfully.

Vinegar can be used in nearly any type of cleaning solution you’re trying to make.  We currently use a recipe for our hardwood floors that has worked fabulously and leaves our floors looking stellar.  Baking soda is super rad too.  It is an amazing and cheap cleanser and scouring product; think Comet.  Cut lemons can take hard water buildup off of faucets and then can be put down the garbage disposal with ice cubes to clean your disposal system.  There are SO many uses for  these ingredients and I am coming back to basics, like my gramma told me; saving money, time and the environment :)  What’s not to love?!

What are your favorite homemade cleaning products?  Please, oh, please share with us!

Happy cleaning & until next time,

Millisa

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