Crazy Easy Organizing Tips for the Busy Mom

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We all have that one (or more) area of our house where we sort of throw random stuff. Maybe it’s a junk drawer, closet, or a corner of a room. We tend to forget about those things and then it gets so big that we feel overwhelmed.

I have gathered a list of really great organizing tips that will tackle your clutter and make your house feel more like a home again.

 

Crazy Easy Organizing Tips

These are in no particular order. Just some tips I’ve seen online and other things that have helped me through the years to be better organized.

-First of all, figure out what part of the house you need to start first. That is the hardest part.

-Store cans on their sides in your pantry with these racks

-stretch freezer space with inexpensive plastic bins

 

 

-Shopping bags in old tissue boxes

-To save space in your closet double and triple your hangers with can tabs

– Organize your hair dryer, straightener, and hair brushes with magazine holders

-Use cd holders in your container cabinet to hold the lids neatly

-Use clear plastic boxes to organize crayons, pens, and markers for your kid’s homework area

-Use on the door racks for EVERYTHING (great for spices and cans in the pantry)

-Bag up bath toys

-Use a picture frame as a dry erase board (Dry Erase Picture Frame)

-Use hanging file holders for gift bags and wrap

-And use bag holders for wrapping paper

-Get a few of these cube organizers for your kid’s rooms (they can organize shoes, sweaters, toys or books)

-Add flair to your entry way with a simple but elegant bowl on a small table to catch your keys, pocket change, and mail.

-Use a dish rack to make a coloring station for your little ones (put the coloring books in the slots and some pencils or markers in the utensil holder)

-make a point of putting things away as soon as you are finished with them

-Use votive candle holders for toothpicks or q-tips and slightly larger ones for cotton swabs

-Set a timer for 10 minutes, quickly remove clothes that you absolutely no longer want from your closet

-Have someone to help on the organizing projects that are too heavy, too emotional, or too time-consuming.

-In your bedroom, eliminate anything that isn’t related to dressing, sleeping, or relaxation. Relocate items to other rooms or closets. Add fresh flowers or a candle.

 

I hope you get some useful information from this list of organizing tips. It’s very difficult in our busy lives to keep every thing neat and organized. It has been said that clutter causes anxiety and depression.

What do you do in your home to keep things organized and tidy?

Let me know in the comments and share this post with your somewhat unorganized friends.

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Mom funk? Here is some mom power inspiration!

Are you in a mom funk?

Here is some momsperation!

 

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You are not just a mom, You are so much more!

 

Yes, you are a Mother but you are also….

  • Sister
  • friend
  • daughter
  • wife/girlfriend
  • nurse
  • driver
  • chef
  • housekeeper
  • homemaker
  • decorator
  • shoulder to cry on
  • ear to vent to
  • advisor

 

and not necessarily in that order all the time.

You take on so much as a woman, not just a mom.

 

Mom funk affects the best of us on many occasions! It can be very daunting and tiring. Here is a little help for my fellow moms.

 

Quotes for those days you need to fight the mom funk

 

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12 Ways to get your mom power back

 

  1. Exercise: even if it’s just for 10 minutes a day. Get yourself moving and grooving. Exercise is a great way to get in a better mood.
  2. Get away FROM the kids: go take an hour long hot bubble bath or go for a mani/Pedi and let daddy take care of the kids. You deserve it!
  3. Get away WITH the kids: Take a nice weekend where you and the kids can have a great time and relax.
  4. Stop, drop and read: Take some time to read a good book. It will get your brain working on things other than dishes and laundry.
  5. Write a letter to your child: Tell your child all the happiness they are bringing to you and all the smiles you cherish. Then in the future let them read the letter.
  6. Write a letter to your future self: Tell yourself about all the things you would like to achieve with your family.
  7. Go outside: even if it’s cold, bundle everyone up and go out for some fresh air and the sunshine.
  8. Make a 10 list: no matter what the topic, make a list of things you love or hate or a to-do list. It’s fun and therapeutic to put things on paper.
  9. Balance hip parenting with “keeping it real”: You don’t always have to be the “perfect soccer mom” You’re the best mom you can be.
  10. Be spontaneous: Do something crazy with the kids. Don’t worry about schedules and time.
  11. Tell your kids their birth story: at an age where you think they will understand/appreciate the love and amazing experience.
  12. Go through your pictures: make it a point to explain to your children the reasons that each photo holds a special place in your heart.

 

I’m not in the mood to mom today

 

I have the mom funk

My get up and go, got up and went!

 

It’s gone. I don’t remember when it left. All I know is it isn’t here anymore and I’m not sure when it will come back.

 

I have absolutely no desire to do anything productive today.

 

Here are a few reasons I feel this way:

  1. The laundry pile is almost as tall as my 3-year-old
  2. The sink has started to look like an abstract piece dedicated to Mt. Everest
  3. I refuse to pick up the toys in what used to be known as the “family room” because I don’t feel like starting that vicious circle again
  4. I’m still in my pajamas…
  5. because I am being lazy

 

But, I will tell you that when I’m feeling this way I always think of how I will feel when these chores are done.

Feeling accomplished and proud of yourself is one of the greatest feelings in the world. No matter what you need to do, it’s an incredible feeling.

Believe in yourself! Even if it’s just a few loads of laundry or a sink full of dishes. You can do it! No task is too big or too small.

 

If I don’t do laundry today, I’m gonna have to buy new clothes tomorrow

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Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.”

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The biggest advice I can give to another mom to fight the mom funk is:

Get a good night sleep! Please, when the kids have gone to sleep for the night, forget everything else. It will all be there the next day. Take a half hour to sit and read a good book or just watch tv. Decompress from the day. Then, go to bed! I cannot stress this enough. You will be much more pleasant in the morning.

 

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in a society where stay at home moms are referred to as lazy or taking the easy way out. Let me tell you something right now…

 

You are doing a great job to your child and your family! Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you are lazy or not providing for your child! You rock!!!

 

You are a wonderful mother doing a great job with your family.

 

Let me know in the comments what chores you absolutely do not like doing.

 

What is one thing as a mother that you wish could be easier to accomplish or take less time?

 

Hope everyone has a great week!!!

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Moving: What the heck do you need?!

Moving on up to the east side…….

To a not so deluxe apartment almost in the sky….

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So, this is sort of off the cuff. I did make a rough draft list but most of this is off the top of my head. Honestly, I work better (and calmer) that way.

We are currently in the middle of packing to move. I have been scouring the interwebs trying to find a comprehensive checklist of things we need or don’t need as the time gets closer. Also, trying to find a schedule type thing that is easy to follow and not to in depth. I have failed.

I have decided to put together my own little tips and tricks to make the transition and actual move a little less stressful (I mean there is no way to eliminate all the stress from a move).

I will be jumping around to different checklists and strategies that I have come up with so far.

First of all… I have come up with a system of colored dots on all of the boxes to signify to which room they belong. I had a lot of fun doing this actually. Color coding is one of the things that relaxes me so this was a great idea on my part.

This is my code:

Living room- yellow bar

Dining room- blue bar

Kitchen- green dot

Allie’s room- pink bar

Basement- blue dot

Master Bedroom- yellow dot

Spare room- red dot

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I will have corresponding colors on the doors to the rooms for less confusion. We will be having a few friends helping with the move, This system should help it run smoother than it would normally…. hopefully. (I am aware that the yellow and blue bars and dots are pretty much the same but I’m hoping that the shapes will be enough of a difference not to cause a problem).

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Finally, on with the actual lists of things you will need for the first few nights while you are working on unpacking and organizing everything. (at least I know we will need these things) 🙂

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Food/drink type stuff:                                                                                                                                   

milk
sugar
creamer
coffee
tea bags
snacks
water/filter
broom
dust pan
lysol/comet
vacuum

Kitchen:

towels
tea pot
coffee maker
plastic cups and plates
dish soap
sponges
mugs

Cleaning:

baking soda
disinfecting wipes or spray
hand soap
paper towels
window cleaner
rags
bucket

Bathroom:

hand towels
bath towels (1 for each)
shampoo and conditioner
body soap

Personal:

tooth brush
tooth paste
a few changes of clothes
pajamas
deodorant

Kids:                                             

nightlight
pajamas
blanket
bink (if using)
some toys
a few changes of clothes

Misc.

flash lights
batteries (various sizes)
chargers
important documents (rental agreement)
first aid kit
markers
packing tape
paper/post-its

 

Also, take the time to clean as much as possible before you move any large furniture into the house. It is so much easier to do a deep clean when there is nothing in the way. It will feel more like your home if you put that clean touch of yourself in it.

 

I highly recommend…… Cleaning list

 

So, right now this is all I have in the list category. There are a lot of things that need to be done that do not necessarily fit into a list.

 

Make sure to pack things you will definitely need within the first few hours of moving in so that you will not need to search around everywhere in different boxes for certain things. This is easier said than done, but it makes it a lot less difficult if you try to think of the things you are going to need and keep them aside.

 

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Most of all, you will be so happy when you finally get in and settled and can breath a sigh of relief. You are home!

 

I can’t wait for that to happen for us. It can’t come soon enough , because of this I can’t seem to quell my anxiety but that is another post altogether.

 

Thank you so much for reading. I hope I didn’t bore you to much. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

Kristen

 

Allie’s Mommy:P

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.