My secret motivator that will get you off the couch and actually make you want to clean your house.

We all have those days. You know the days that I’m talking about. When the house is a disaster, your to-do list is a mile long and all you feel like doing is laying on the couch watching Netfix.

So how do you overcome the lack of motivation and drag yourself up off the couch? I recently stumbled upon a not so new craze that is taking over You Tube and that is “clean with me” videos. There are various versions but ultimately they all entail the exact same thing. You watch someone else clean their house.

I know what you’re thinking, it’s absolutely absurd. Why would I sit on the couch and watch someone else clean their house, when my own home is so horrendous? The answer to that question is that they are just so motivating. I don’t know why, but they always give me that kick in the butt I need to get up and get something done.

Today I though I would share with you a few of these motivating “Clean With Me” videos by three of my favourite you tubers.

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Meg is a wife and a young stay at home Mum to two small children. On her channel Love Meg, she films a variety of videos including fashion, make up, shop with me, Mummy, decluttering, cleaning and organisational videos. You can check out her latest Power Hour video here.

 

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Cass is a wife and Mum of 3 kiddos. On her you tube channel Clutterbug, she covers anything and everything relating to decluttering, routines, organisation and cleaning. She is totally relatable and 100% authentic and absolutely hilarious! Check out her “Dirty 30 – Speed Cleaning” video here. I especially love her little life updates and hilarious stories at the end of each of her videos. ** Warning** You will become addicted to this channel.

 

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Do It On A Dime

Kathryn is a wife and Mummy of two little boys. Her channel Do It On A Dime covers mummy videos, routines, cleaning and organisation. What I love the most about this channel is that it offers affordable ideas and solutions when it comes to organisation, cleaning and home décor. Kathryn is obsessed with the Dollar Tree and does regular shop with me videos and dollar tree hauls. Oh how I wish we had Dollar Tree here in Australia. You can watch her “Night Time Cleaning Routine” here.

So there you have it. Check out each of these channels for endless motivation when it comes to home organisation and cleaning. I hope these videos have inspired you and given you the motivation to get up off the couch, set a timer and make some progress in your home today.

 

 

 

Declutter childrens books without the guilt

Those close to me know that I have no trouble getting rid of excess clutter in my home. It doesn’t matter if it’s clothing, toys or kitchen appliances – if I haven’t used it in a while it goes. Children’s books on the other hand are definitely a weakness of mine. My children have such a love for reading. I have read to them since they were only a few months old. Not only is it great for speech and language development, I live for the snuggles and one on one time with my kiddo’s.

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Books are one thing that I have always had a problem parting with. They are one of those items that can take up very little space and can provide a heap of entertainment for the kids, time and time again. My children have their favourites and of course there are a few that I am sentimental about also. Particularly books that my kids would request every single night for months and months on end. Remembering how my Son had learnt all of the words by heart and the funny way they would pronounce certain words puts a smile on my face.

Over the years our collection has continued to grow. In fact, I am pretty sure I could count on one hand how many books I have ever thrown out. To keep on top of the book clutter my children each have one designated shelf for books in their bedrooms and we also keep a basket of books in our living room. The rest of our library is stored in plastic tubs in the garage and we rotate the books every few months.

 

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But how many books should you store to rotate in and out? The answer to that question will vary person to person. I guess it depends on how much space you have to store them and how often you change them over. We currently have two 60L tubs and they are packed full. If I am being honest, the truth is that we have never purged books before and I know that many of them never get read and there are heaps that the kids have quite simply outgrown.

A few weeks ago my Son asked if we could change the books so I dragged the two plastic tubs out from our garage and lugged them onto the lounge room floor. We began searching for a particular book that Master B had been asking for and within 10 minutes my carpet looked like this.

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I honestly could not believe how many books we owned and these didn’t even include what was already in the house. Being that school holidays had just started, I took advantage of a stormy Sunday afternoon and began finally purging the kid’s books.

First we brought every single book out to the carpet and I got the children to select a pile of books for each of their rooms. I then chose books for our living room book basket.

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I began sorting them into the following piles:

  • Keepers
  • Donations
  • Maybe keep
  • Baby books / outgrown
  • Damaged / to throw out
  • Sets (grouping all Dora / Thomas The Tank Engine – books together etc.)

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Donations

These were placed directly in the empty blue tub.

Keepers

I placed these on the floor so that I was able to keep track of how many we were keeping.

Baby Books

We had a ridiculous amount of educational books for learning first words, colours, shapes, numbers and animals. I kept only one of each type and donated the rest. I then collected a few of my favourite board books “just in case” we have another baby. (#wishfulthinking) The rest were also donated

Damaged Books

I said goodbye to those damaged books once and for all.

Book Sets

We looked through the book sets and kept the ones we will continue to read eg. Dora the Explorer, Where’s Wally, Winnie The Pooh. I then put the remaining sets in our donation box with the exception of two, which I am trying to sell.

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I left these until last so I knew how much room we roughly had in our “to keep” box. I was able to be realistic in what I knew we would genuinely use and enjoy. There were obvious purges. These were books the kids have never chose to bring inside.  I also found twelve books that we had two copies of (I’m not even sure how that happened) so all of the doubles were purged as well.

We began packing our “to keep” books back in the plastic container. To my surprise (and relief) they all fit back into just one 60L tub. That’s right, I had achieved my goal and we halved our library – and all of our favourites are still here.

This was my donation pile.

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It just goes to show how much we hold onto purely because we put off making decisions. When you decide to declutter your home, you must be honest with yourself about what you really use. I hate to see so many books in our donation pile but I know that my kids are either way too old for them or are quite simply not interested in them.

It makes me happy to think that these books will make their way to children who will read and enjoy them. And what is the added bonus to our donations? I now have space for our own collection to grow as the kids get older and their interests change.

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If I can get a little serious for a moment when I began decluttering over 6 years ago I never thought I would get to the point that I am at right now. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a long way to go before I reach my end goal. When I looked at those tubs absolutely bursting at the seams the first thing I though was that every room in my house was like those tubs. Absolutely stuffed full with unused clutter.

Conquering The Guilt

I have found that when you are trying to better your home and manage the clutter you have to let go of the guilt. Why hold on to all of this excess stuff that you don’t even use, purely because you feel guilty getting rid of them? And why should you feel guilty for trying to make your home less cluttered and better organised?

I like to think of it another way.

Why am I being so selfish holding onto all of these books? We no longer love or use them and there are other children that could be enjoying them instead. There are many places you can donate children’s books. Schools, day care centres, doctors surgeries, play groups, friends and family at even pay it forward style groups online.

You are taking the necessary steps to live a less cluttered and more organised life. By ridding your home of excessive stuff you are making room for things that you truly use and love and you are making less work for yourself in the long run. No one should feel guilty for trying to enjoy their homes more.

I really feel like a massive weight has been lifted off my shoulders. No really, do you know how heavy those tubs were? We are no longer drowning in books and it feels really great to get another job crossed off the to do list.

I challenge you to tackle the kid’s books and minimise the clutter this week.

8 simple tips to keep your home organised forever

I am always looking for ways to not only get organised, but strategies to help me stay organised. I have introduced many routines and schedules over the years that really help me stay on top of everything. Today I wanted to share these with you.

Here are my 8 simple tips for keeping your home organised forever.

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Get rid of all the clutter. I find that the reason many people struggle to keep their house organised is because they have too much stuff. Before I started taking back control of my home I would hold on to things “just in case” or because I had spent money on it and didn’t want to just throw it away. The fact of the matter is you are not using it and that money has already been spent.

You have two options here. Firstly you can put the item up for sale.  If you’re trying to sell an item give yourself deadline. If that item hasn’t sold in 1 week it goes! Secondly you can just donate it. It is so easy to pop a bag in the boot of your car and swing past a donation bin. I also keep a box in my garage so that if I find something that I know I don’t use or want, I have somewhere (not inside my house) to put it. Once the box it full, it in the car it goes and off to the donation drop off. Once you start to see results from having less clutter, it really becomes addictive.

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Routines

Set up routines to help keep your home organised. I have shared my routines a little while back and you can check that out in more detail here. I have a morning routine and an evening routine that I stick to every day. Doing these few simple tasks helps keep the house in order and mess to a minimum. Things you may like to include in your routine may include:

Morning Routine

  • Empty dishwasher
  • Do one load of washing and hang out
  • Make the beds
  • Open the house
  • Cleaning task

Evening Routine

  • Load dishwasher
  • Clean the kitchen
  • Tidy bathroom hang towels and mats
  • Pick up all toys
  • Straighten up lounge room
  • Pack anything for the following day

It wont take long for these things to become second nature and you will be amazed at what a difference it makes.

Preparing for the next day

This is such a game changer for making your mornings smooth sailing and especially helpful if you have children. Make lunches and pack school bags the night before. Gather anything you will need for the next day so its ready to go. This includes laying out clothing, shoes and socks so there isn’t a mad rush in the morning. You will never be searching for missing shoes while running out the door again.

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Cleaning Schedule

Make yourself a cleaning schedule. I have a weekly, monthly and yearly cleaning checklist. Every day of the week I choose a cleaning task (or two) to complete, then on the weekend I schedule time to do something off my monthly list. Doing one or two things each day makes it easier to stay on top everything. Alternatively you can choose one day a week to go full pelt and complete all of your weekly cleaning chores. Find what works for you and stick to it. Force yourself to do these tasks now and it will eventually become automatic. I use the fantastic printable from An Organised Home. You can download this printable for your cleaning schedule here and its absolutely free!

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Lists – Weekly and Daily

I can’t function without my lists. Every Sunday I make a list of things I have to do or would like to accomplish that week. Each day I try and knock something off that list. I like to put these weekly goals in my notebook which is either left open on my kitchen bench or goes with me when I leave the house. You may like to write these on your fridge where you see them multiple times a day or find somewhere you can easily view it. This will help keep you on task.

Every night I write my to do list for the following day. This will include errands I need to run, meetings, doctors appointments, extra tasks I need to complete, my cleaning task and phone calls I need to make. I find that writing my to do list the night before not only helps clear my mind before bed but it saves time the next morning. Your list is ready to go as soon as you wake up and you can start getting things done much quicker.

Schedule time to organise

It is so important to schedule in time to organise your home. Having everything organised not only makes tidying up easier, it also makes cleaning a breeze. Make sure that all toys are sorted and have a “home”. Find a specific spot for everything you own and. If you do not have enough space for all of your dvd’s then purge some of them. If your cupboard is overflowing with coffee mugs put some in your donation box.  By setting out 15 – 20 minutes each day to clean and organise a drawer or a shelf, you would truly be amazed how much you can accomplish and what a difference it will make. That adds up to almost 2.5 hours a week. Click the link below to find this weekly printable.

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Set up organising systems

Find your clutter zones and set up systems to keep them under control. Grab a pen and paper and begin writing down the messiest areas of your home and why they are so disorganised. The next step is to think of ways you could better organise the space.

If your living room is constantly covered in toys then find a spot to put them. Every toy in our house has a home but like all children, my kiddos are constantly pulling toys out into the living areas. To solve this problem we bought a storage ottoman that we use to throw toys in at the end of each day. Once its full, the kids have to take all their own toys back to their rooms and put them away. This works so well, as they can bring toys out and play with them for a few days, but every night I can toss the way out of sight.

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Do you have mountains of mail and paper everywhere? Set up a paper system to stop overwhelming paper clutter in it’s tracks. Mine is just a simple desk file with folders for each category listed below.

  • To Action
  • To Pay
  • File
  • Shred
  • Keepsakes

 

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Get into the habbit of opening your mail at the desk file then sort and file it immediately. Add a bin close by to toss junk mail and garbage in as soon as you see it. Keep on top of this by going through ever week or so it doesn’t begin over flowing.

Too many shoes, clothes, dvd’s, books or craft supplies? Tackle each of these areas one at a time by purging, finding a space for what is left and then creating systems to maintain order.

Labels, labels, labels.

Once you have organised a space you need to label everything. Not only will you know where everything belongs, but it will make it easier for everyone else in your home to put things away or find something as well. Adding tags and labels with pictures to your children’s toy storage, closet and drawers will help them identify where things belong if they are unable to read.

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I hope that you find these tips helpful. I have completely taken control of my home using these 8 steps and let me tell you its the greatest feeling ever. We spend so much times in our homes so why not take the time to organise it and enjoy the space you have.

 

 

Simplifying My Life In 2017

It’s hard to believe that January is over and we are well into February already. How does the time go by so quickly? I find that this is the time of year when we all begin to settle back into our regular routines and start getting a bit of normality back to our lives. If you are reading this, then I’m guessing that you are interested in the idea of simplifying your life. The mere thought of this is extremely overwhelming when you feel like you are living in chaos. This is pretty much how I am feeling at the moment.

I love my husband to death but when he is on holidays I get absolutely NOTHING accomplished. Please tell me I’m not alone on this one?

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love having all of that extra family time together. Day trips to the beach and extra activities with the kids have been wonderful and of course the little ones love having their Daddy home so much over the break.  In saying that, I’ll admit that I find it very hard to keep everything in order when the four of us are home together all day everyday for a month straight. Routines get thrown out the window, there are way too many late nights and every day is like the weekend. And if I am to be 100% honest with you I get quite lazy myself – if everyone else is on holidays why can’t I join them?

February is also the time of year that I really start to act on my goals for the year. I know I’m a little late in regards to this topic – I realise that the new year began over 6 weeks ago.

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The holiday season is absolutely insane around here. My Husband and I went on our Honeymoon at the end of November and also celebrated his birthday. Then of course there is Christmas, our Sons birthday, New Year Eve celebrations. Add to that “Party Season” as all of Master B’s little friends birthdays fall in December and January as well as my birthday! To say it’s been impossible to start anything new during this time is a massive understatement.

But now is the time! Hubby is back at work and Master 5 has just started kindergarten. My aim is to simplify our routine so that we can enjoy our day to day activities. I’m also trying to create  a new routine with just Miss 2 and myself at home. I know this will be a major adjustment not just for me, but her as well. She misses her big brother so much.

I don’t know what it is about the beginning of a new year. It’s a fresh start and a whole world of possibilities. As you all know, I love having a decluttered and organised home. While it has taken me many years to get to where I am at this point, I am far from finished I really want to take it further.

This year I chose one word, call it my theme for the year. LESS. I have always aimed to use less, have less, spend less, waste less. In the past I have tried when I remember to, but this year I’m determined to take it to the next level. I’m really excited to share with you my goals for the year.

It’s time to start simplifying my life

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I have officially begun my journey to minimalist living.

Now let me just say that I will never be a “true minimalist”. We will not be selling all of our furniture and electronics. We will not be swapping our couches for bean bags or our beds for a mattress on the floor and we certainly will not be replacing toilet paper for washable cloths.

Yes, I have recently learned that this is actually “thing”. #omg

I have been learning lot about minimalism over the last few months. My time has been spent reading many articles and I have been listening to a lot of podcasts on the topic. I have joined quite few facebook groups where everyday people share their progress, as they begin living with less, simplifying their lives and living with purpose. Let me tell you, the benefits seem to be life changing for some people. I want to be one of those people!!!

There are many interpretations of what minimalism actually is. To me, it’s only keeping things that you need, use and love. Everything else is not needed. I love the idea of living a much simpler life, getting rid of the unnesacery and only having what we need. I truly believe that happiness is not measured by the amount of possessions you own and more importantly I want to teach my kids the same thing. This is incredibly difficult to do these days any way.

During my year of culling I will not be stopping at household items. Minimising waste of food and money by meal planning and budgeting is high on my list of things to improve. As well as cutting costs anywhere I can in the everyday running of my home.

It may come as no surprise that having less stuff makes keeping your house clean, tidy and under control a much easier task. Having too much stuff causes stress and creates so much more work when it comes to running the household. I’m going to tackle it all. Every inch of my home is going to get the minimalist touch and I will be sharing my progress on my facebook page as well as monthly updates here on the blog.

I am so excited about this change we are making and I can’t wait to see how it impacts other areas of our lives.

The Year Of The House

The second goal I wanted to share with you are the projects we have planned for our home. It is really going hand in hand with our minimalist goals. My husband and I have renamed 2017! Yes, you read that correctly, 2017 is now known in our family as the year of the house. Our plan is to do as many updates and improvements to our home as possible. This will include DIY projects and organising projects. If you have seen my Back To School Series part 1 and part 2,  work has well and truly begun.

We have been in our house for eight and a half years now. We have painted a little here and there and made a few changes along the way but we have a long way to go. With our kiddo’s aged 2 and 5 it has been extremely hard to find the time to knock all of these projects off the to do list, as I’m sure many of you out there can relate to.

Truth be told, over last year I have realised that we are very quickly outgrowing our home. Before we bought our house, my husband and I had been renting a tiny two bedroom unit. So when we moved into our 3 bedroom house it felt huge, like seriously huge. Add to that another dog, two kiddos and all the extra stuff that those little people need and we are close to bursting at the seems. This is another reason we will greatly benefit from a more minimalistic life.

Moving will not be an option for us any time soon, so for the time being it’s about making the most of the house that we have. I had so many plans for our home when we first moved in and somewhere along the way it has all been pushed aside. So decluttering and setting up systems to make the most efficient use of the space is at the top of the to do list.

I think of all those years we totally wasted the space in our entry way. It was always a mess because there wasn’t enough storage and with our entry project not only has it completely transformed the way it looks, but it has totally changed the way we use that space.

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On Our To-Do List
  • Laundry update – better storage
  • Declutter while simplifying storage in kids rooms
  • Closet organisation in all bedrooms
  • Finish painting inside
  • Front patio update
  • Garage declutter
  • Garage organization
  • Purging every room
  • Photo Organisation

I’m sure there a million other areas that will need some kind or re-organisation and I’m sure they will be added to our never ending list.

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So this is the starting point. I’m ready for a more simplified life. I’m so excited to get started on ridding our home and lives of all the unnecessary stuff that has no purpose and only having things in our home that we truly need, use or want.

So here’s to a tidier, cleaner and less cluttered 2017!

 

 

 

 

How to get organised when you just don’t know where to start.

 

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When most people think of organisation they picture all the images they have seen on pinterest. You know what I’m talking about. The numerous boards that are filled with all the projects you have pinned to complete “one day”. Shelves adorned with matching bins, perfectly stacked and lined up displaying beautiful labels. While these images are absolutely drool worthy, for the everyday person who is desperately wanting to restore some order to their home these pictures can just make the process even more overwhelming. So how do you “get organised” when you have absolutely no idea where to start?

For those of you out there that feel they are drowning in clutter and disorganisation I’ve put this post together FOR YOU! With a few tips and tricks that will hopefully give you that little push that you need.

First things first, if you are waiting for the “perfect” time to get organised I’m here to tell you that there is never a perfect time. You are always going to find an excuse to keep putting it off, that’s how we all wind up in this predicament to begin with, right? We put off making decisions and things begin piling up until it gets to the point of being too overwhelming. Make the choice to start and JUST DO IT!

 

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In the past I have heard people suggest that you start with a small project, a single drawer or cupboard. This may work for those wanting to ease into their organising journey but if you are truly struggling to find peace and order in your home and life, choose the most troublesome area of your home, that area that will have the biggest impact when it is organised.

Toys

If you struggle with mountains of toys that don’t you have nowhere to put or that your kids don’t play with or that they have even outgrown. Start here.

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Kitchen

Is your kitchen so full of stuff that your cupboards are filled to capacity, your benchtops are constantly covered in clutter? Do you have to clear a pile of stuff every time you need to make a meal? Start here.

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Living Room

Are your bookshelves bursting with clutter and toys taking over your living space? If you don’t have a living room that makes you want to sit and actually relax at the end of the day, then start here.

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Routines and Schedules

Do you struggle to get out the door on time….or just in general. Do you forget appointments, work commitments, deadlines and meetings? Start here.

Working on the most difficult area that will make the biggest impact on the way your home functions can be a huge motivation for two reasons.

  1. You will truly notice a difference.
  2. Future organising projects can only get easier.

The reality is that you don’t need all the fancy boxes and bins to be organised you just need to get started. From my own personal experience 90% of the problem is clutter.

Pick up a box or a garbage bag, go for a walk around your house and start picking up obvious clutter. Broken toys, books you’ll never read, appliance you haven’t used, clothes or toys the kids have out grown. Make it a priority to do this weekly. Even the most organised person continues to aquire clutter.

If you have decided to start in a specific space then gather EVERYTHING from around your house that you want to store in that space and get started. There is nothing more frustrating than organising a space and then finding a dozen more things that you need to find a place for.

Group like items together and then get rid of any multiples.  Designate a spot for everything and if it doesn’t fit it has to go. For example if you chose a cupboard for your glasses and coffee mugs and they don’t all fit, purge.

In regards to paper clutter and piles gather every piece of paper from around your house in one big box and begin sorting into piles to

  • File
  • Shred
  • To action
  • To pay
  • Keepsakes

This next tip is absolutely crucial. If you pick up an object and say to yourself “I might need that one day” GET RID OF IT! That sentence is a sure sign you are never going to use this again. TRUST ME!

If you are one of the “I paid good money for this, I’m not throwing it out” kind of people, then try to sell it. Give yourself a deadline and if you haven’t sold it by then, donate it to someone that could really use it. That $900 exercise bike you bought 10 years ago and never use is not making you any money sitting in your garage. You will never get your money back on it so cut your losses and gain some space in your garage you may desperately need for items you actually use or need to store.

You do not need to hold on to excessive stuff to make you feel happy. Is the mess and disorganisation making you feel happy at the moment? I’m guessing its not or you wouldn’t be reading this right now.

Once you have purged and found a spot for all of your stuff, label, label, label.

  • Put pictures on toy bins so you can quickly pack things away at the end of each day or to teach your kids where things go.

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  • Label shelves and baskets in your pantry to keep everything in order.

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  • Put a tag on baskets in your media center or entertainment unit so you can easily access what you need.

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Maintenance

The next step is to come up with your “maintenance routine.” What do you need to do each day to keep things neat, tidy and organised? I have talked a little about my nightly routine here but I have listed few examples below.

To keep your living room in order for example you may want to complete the following tasks each night.

  • Pick up all the toys each night and put them back where they belong or get the kids to do this as part of their routine before bed.
  • Pick up throw blankets and cushions and straighten up the couch.
  • Put any books or magazines away where they belong.

In the kitchen your nightly routine might entail

  • Doing all the dishes every single night
  • Clear the bench tops of all clutter
  • Sweeping the floors

In the bathroom your list may look a little like this;

  • Hang wet towels on the rack to dry
  • Hang bath mats up to dry
  • Take dirty clothes to the laundry room
  • Pick up all bath toys to drain
  • Wipe over the vanity

You have gone to all of this effort to cut down the clutter and organise your space, you now need to put the steps in place to maintain it. If you don’t you will be right back where you started before you know it. These chores don’t take a lot of time but they can make a huge difference to how well your home stays organised. Write a little list of tasks to do each night before you go to bed and you will wake up to an organised and tidy home each and every morning.

My final tip to maintaining a tidy and organised home is to keep decluttering. Things are coming into your home every single day and your children will continue to outgrow clothing and toys, once it’s no longer needed, get rid of it. This isn’t a “do once” kind of thing, it needs to be done regularly. There are several ways you can do this.

Toy Clutter

To keep on top of toy clutter schedule in one day a month to go through children’s toys. Throw out broken toys and those “junky” toys that they played with for 5 minutes aka McDonalds toys.

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Grab a garbage bag and walk around your house picking up unused or unwanted items. Depending on how cluttered your house is you can do this once a day until its manageable – or every week / fortnight.

Declutter Week

Choose a room each day for one week to go through and collect anything lying around not being used. Do this every month.

If you keep this up regularly you will eventually get to a point where you only have to do this once a month. I actually have a clear plastic storage tub in my garage at all times so that if I come across a clutter item I have somewhere to dump it right away and get it out of my house. Once the tub is full I take it and donate it.

Once you start to see results it really is hard to stop. When your home is calm and tidy it can have a massive affect on your mood and productivity, not to mention being able to find something you need because everything is where it’s meant to be.

I hope this has given you the motivation you need to get started on reclaiming your home. Make 2017 your year to declutter your life. I can guarantee that it will make an unbelievable difference.

 

Spring Cleaning – Kitchen

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Well things have been moving a little slower that I had expected in the spring cleaning department and although I have finished my living room I haven’t been able to move on any other rooms as yet. In return for my lack of cleaning progress, I did however manage to knock about 50% of my jobs off my “Before Christmas” to do list which I am extremely pleased about. Most of that list consisted of painting our living room and with only thing left being the ceiling, I’m extremely happy with my progress.

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So in saying that I am moving onwards and upwards by starting my kitchen next week. The living room and kitchen are the most used areas of the home and the most time consuming in my opinion, so I’m hoping once they are both complete everything else will be easier….right?

So who’s joining me??

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DVD Organisation

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There are many areas in the home that can get cluttered fairly rapidly. Children’s bedrooms and kitchens are the first that come to mind. How do we accumulate so much, so quickly? Excessive toys and kitchen gadgets are the worst kind of clutter. We buy all these things to make life easier, better and more fun, yet we only use them a handful of times then they sit around and take up valuable space. I find this type of clutter quite easy to handle now. We donate a lot of our unused or unwanted stuff and I even sell quite a bit online but what about those items that take up a lot of space that you still use?

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One area in particular that has been driving me crazy is all of my kids DVD’s. The problem is that we still use them. Most we bought ourselves, others were kindly given to us and as a new obsession develops the DVD collection grows. I had organised them into three media boxes and they were working fine, but they filled three out of four shelves in our entertainment unit and there was no longer room for their collection to grow. Not just that, Miss D, who is 2 years old, thinks that pulling all of the paper covers out from behind the plastic and ripping them up is the best game ever! As you can imagine it drives me absolutely batty.

So I decided that it was time to down size, and without actually getting rid of them the only way to do this was to get rid of the plastic cases and find a better solution.

I scoured pinterest and found a few great options

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In the end, I finally settled on this, a CD / DVD pocket wallet from my local Kmart.

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Master 4 no longer has a sleep during the day, so he lies on the couch and watches a movie for his resting time. He really enjoys picking out his rest time movie all by himself so I came to the conclusion that this would be a very logical option for us.

I chose the folder for a few other reasons too.

  • Being the kids DVD’s, sorting them in alphabetical order was never part of my plan.
  • The clear pockets make the DVD’s clearly visible and easy for the kids to flick through and select what they would like to watch and then return in to one of the pockets.
  • It takes up the smallest amount of space, no more than a binder yet it holds 208 DVD’s.
  • It was really inexpensive option, only $10.

So I started the pretty easy process of going through every last case and transferring the DVD’s to the new folder.

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I didn’t organise them in any particular order but I did try and keep the shows together and I placed all of the Christmas movies together in the very back of the case. At the end of the day, I know they wont stay together and I’m totally fine with that. This project was about downsizing and keeping it together, not about perfect organisation with each DVD numbered and in alphabetical order. Having something that my kids can access and use easily is what’s most important.

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I am so pleased with how I was able to get rid of so much clutter, without losing items that my kids still use. It was a win – win situation. I gained 3 shelves in our entertainment unit and the kiddo’s got to keep their much loved movies, and it only took about 20 minutes. So are you ready to see the before and after?

 

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See that little black folder sitting there so neatly on the shelf? That’s it!! And as an added bonus 2 large garbage bags full of plastic covers left my entertainment unit.

We have been using this system for a month or so now and it is holding up well. There is plenty of room for the collection to continue growing and it’s just a simple way to keep everything together and organised. It’s amazing what a difference 20 minutes can make!

My 10 Favourite Bathroom Organisation Hacks

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I am always looking for clever ways to maximise space in the smaller rooms of my home. One thing that most of us have in common is that the bathroom is one area that always seems to lack the space for sufficient storage and it has been something that I have wanted to address in my own home for quite some time.

Today I thought I would share with you 10 of my favourite bathroom organisation hacks that I have stumbled across recently, some of which I plan to implement at home

 

Mason Jar Storage

I love this simple idea using mason jars that you could totally DIY.

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Let me tell you, this is absolutely brilliant. I will definitely be using this hack.

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Shower Rod

Installing an extra shower rod with S hooks is not only a fantastic space saver, but would also reduce that everyday clutter in the shower.

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Over The Toilet Built In

This is especially brilliant for those of us with a seperate, very small toilet. This would create enough storage for bathroom essentials and pretty décor.

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Hidden Storage

For those with extra space in the wall cavity, this is a brilliant way to disguise visual clutter while gaining extra storage.

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Drawer Organisers

I use drawer organisers all over my house. It’s a really simple way to keep like items together and tidy.

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Storage Ladder

I love the look of these ladders. Not only are they great for hanging up towels but you can also hang storage baskets from them to store all of your bathroom essentials. Doesn’t it look gorgeous!

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Stacked Wire Baskets

Are you lacking space on your vanity? These stacking baskets are a great solution.

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Floating Shelves

This is something that I have wanted to do in our separate toilet room for quite some time. The deeper shelves would allow for bigger baskets you could store extra toilet rolls and other bathroom items.

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Bath Toy Storage

I love this inexpensive bath toy solution. The holes allow for water to drain away easily and would you believe me if I told you it was actually a garbage bin? How’s that for double duty storage item?

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So there you have it, My top 10 favourite bathroom organisation hacks. SO many great ideas to increase storage in your bathroom. I hope this has given you the inspiration you need to give your bathroom a little storage update.

 

Got 20 Minutes? That’s all it takes to start getting organised.

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Hi everyone.

I just wanted to share with you a little impromptu organising project and show you how quickly a decluttering session can have a ripple effect on a space.

One particular area that I knew needed a little attention was the glass cabinet, it was busting at the seams. Every time I opened the cupboard this week one of my blender cups has fallen out. This particular morning the kids were playing nicely together so I took the opportunity to tackle the cabinet.

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I told you it was bad!

Like any organising project I first emptied everything out, wiped shelving down and started with a clean slate.

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Now take a look at how much stuff was crammed into that cupboard! That is just craziness. Who needs that many mugs and glass?

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I’ve read many books and blogs about organising and of all the things I have read one thing that has stuck with me is the container theory. We use containers …to contain things. Pretty simple right? So when I’m trying to declutter a space I choose my “container” which in this case is that cupboard. It has a specific purpose and that is to store my glasses, coffee mugs and juicer and mixer. What doesn’t fit neatly, has to go. Once it is organised, the one in one out rule applies. If I buy something else and it doesn’t fit, then I need to get rid an item in order to keep the new one.

Once I put the everyday stuff back into the cupboard, I moved onto my wine glasses. I couldn’t believe when I pulled down a blue box and opened it, that it was a set of crystal wine glasses I got for my 21st over 9 years ago!! That’s right, I haven’t used them one single time. After going through them all I kept all my favorites, including those crystal glasses – which I will start using – and the rest went in the donate box. There was still extra space left on the shelf and here is where the ripple began.

I have always kept the children’s cups, plates and cutlery separate to ours. I call it the Kiddy cupboard and let me tell you although it has worked extremely well, my husband has always hated it. It’s small, it’s in an awkward spot above the bench in the corner and it’s difficult to reach, probably not the smartest place to put it given the fact that we use it a million times a day.

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But after 4 + years it was time to merge all of their stuff in with ours. Not only would my husband be happier but we would gain one extra cupboard for storage. I then emptied out that cupboard put the kid’s cups and plates in with ours and wiped down the shelves. My husband bought himself the kids a snow cone machine on clearance at the end of the summer that has been collecting dust on our bench top for months. So it now has a “home” and has taken up residence in that cupboard until the weather warms up.

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I’m very pleased with the ripple effect this quick little decluttering session caused. Not only did I pair down on our glasses but the kids stuff got a clean out as well AND I gained an extra cupboard of storage in the process. I would call that a very successful day of organising.

And look at all the stuff that left our kitchen!!

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I LOVE getting rid of clutter and I LOVE seeing the end results. Ready for a little before and after?

 

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I hope this inspires you to get stuck in and organise a clutter zone in your house. Even the smallest cupboard can make a big impact and all it took was 20 minutes.

Happy Organising everyone!