If being more organized is top of your list for 2017 keep reading! We have scoured Pinterest and YouTube to find the tops tips in helping your household run smoothly. Whether you’re a busy family, a couple, or a single person, implementing just a few of these tips will help your home stay more organized.
Avoid the last minute take-out order, or drive-through trip by planning out meals for the week. Check Pinterest for plenty of free ‘meal plan’ printables and plan out meals and grocery lists accordingly. Better still link up the meals with what you have going on through the week. For super busy days put your slow-cooker to work for you, or implement leftovers from the day before. If the weekend gives you a free slot of time, try preparing meals in advance that can be thrown in the deep freeze.
If meal planning sounds too difficult you can sign up for several meal planning services online. Both eMeals and The Fresh 20 provide meal plans each week with corresponding grocery lists. Just print off and head to the grocery store!
Create a Family Center
Find an unused wall and create a one-stop family center with a large calendar, pinboard, mail catcher and dry erase board. At one glance every member of the family will be able to see what is going on for the week, any forms that need filling out, or any mail that needs attending to. Large family? Use a different color marker for each family member.
Create a Cleaning Schedule
Head over to Pinterest and peruse the hundreds of free cleaning printables that are available. Having a designated day for one particular cleaning task will leave your weekends free from having to do a whole house cleaning. There are also online sources that will help you keep on top of housework by telling you what to clean and when. Check out FlyLady for her helpful cleaning routines.
Have a ‘Drop Spot’
Create a ‘drop spot’ by the front door. Whether it is pegs hung on the wall, a bin, or chest – have something that bags and jackets can be stashed neatly in, but easily accessed. Busy moms recommend keeping bags permanently packed and stowed for various trips, so they can grab and go. Try keeping one bag packed for the gym, one for family day trips and one for the beach/pool.
These Ju Ju Be Be-Light bags are perfect to keep packed up ready to go.
Prep Healthy Snacks
Take time on the weekend to prep go to healthy snacks. Bag up almonds, trail mix, crackers and dry fruit and stash in baskets so you can grab a bag as you rush out the door. Organizing the fridge with bins that contain go to pieces of fruit, string cheese and yogurts mean you will be more likely to reach for something healthy when hunger pangs hit.
Have a Routine
We tend to work better when we have a routine in place, so try and go to bed at the same time each evening and set your alarm for the same time every morning – even on weekends. Remember to schedule in time for working out and doing something that brings you joy.