This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pampers at Sam’s Club. The opinions and text are all mine.
Get organized and clutter-free. That is my big resolution this year. Actually, it pretty much has been although this past year, but I think just recently I became more serious about it. My home is never spotless because we have kids and we love to have fun. And if you walked in today you would see a pile of cut up paper on the ground by our dining room table, that’s because my 4-year-old loves to do crafts, she can literally work all day long on something. You would also see a fort with covers draped over it in our living room and you would find a few toys on the floor on the way to the playroom. Our home is comfortable and from the outside, it looks lived in and I am completely happy with this. Along with our daily messes you would hear lots of laughter and some feet stomping, someone is probably being chased around the home – usually the smallest one. And although it’s not spotless, I’d say that our home, for the most part is pretty organized, which helps with easy clean-up.
Here are 10 ways to get organized as a family this year.
- Declutter your kid’s toys and clothes monthly. Decluttering helps you keep on top of everything and keeps things organized. Read my post on 10 Reasons To Declutter Your Kids Rooms Every Month and download my free decluttering guide.
- Organize Your Closets and add extra storage where you can. Even with bedroom dressers we still run out of places to put things. Having more storage in the closet has helped keep our bedroom cleaner. An example of this would be to add shelves to place baskets or cloth storage bins to hold extra things. Think vertically and add vertical hanging organizers for your shoes or for the outfits you will wear for the week. In the baby’s or kid’s room use vertical organizers to hold hair bows, diapers and wipes.
- Stock-up on essentials to avoid urgent trips to the grocery store. For us, that is diapers and wipes. The hubby appreciates when he doesn’t have to drive in the middle of the night to pick up diapers. Right now, you can get an instant $10 off when you buy 2 Pampers products at Sam’s Club, making it easy to keep your babies comfortable and dry.
- Organize the kitchen cabinets. My cabinets can sometimes get a little cluttered with dishes. I routinely go through our cabinets and throw out old cups and bowls when we have too many. Organize your cabinets into different categories. Have a cabinet for plates and bowls, one for cups and glasses and even a specific area for the kids. We have drawers for our kid’s bowls, cups, and utensils that are separate from the other dishes so that the kids can easily access their own when they want a snack.
- Use small baskets around the home to gather clutter. An example of this would be a small basket on our coffee table and mantel to gather smaller items that need to be easily accessible like remote controls.
- Designate a space by the entryway to catch everything people will put down/take off when coming in the home and things people may need before leaving. An example of this would be a decorative and functional storage bench to hold shoes, purses/briefcases.
- Organize bathroom drawers with small dollar store bins. Organize drawers into categories like makeup, lotions, razors or install an over the toilet shelf to store extra towels, washcloths and other accessories.
- Use magazine racks to hold kids school folders and homework. My daughter can come home with loads of paperwork from school. Having a designated space to put homework and kid’s art/worksheets will keep the paper clutter under control. The goal is to go through it regularly and either store it, scan it or just get rid of it altogether.
- Organize your time. Try to have a routine when it comes to cleaning and chores. My morning routine starts the night before by putting dirty dishes from that day into the dishwasher to be washed. In the morning I wake up to a fresh load of dishes ready to be put back in the cabinets.
- Organize your meals. Something I still struggle with but am always working towards is planning our weekly meals. Try planning over the weekend so your weekdays are stress-free without having to come up with a meal on the fly that satisfies all of the bellies in your household. Having a meal plan can save so much time and stress. I created a downloadable Meal Planning printable that I am currently using to help us plan our meals better.
This post is sponsored by Pampers. The opinions and text are all mine.