I have gotten asked numerous times how I keep my house organized with two young kiddos. Well, besides the fact that I am super OCD about organizing and tidiness, I have some tricks that help keep everything in its place!
1. Bins, Bins, Bins
I love bins! I think they are the most functional component for organization. If you have a bunch of bins, making your house look tidy is super easy! All you have to do is throw your toys/junk into the bins and put them away. Ta-da…you have a very tidy looking house!
I always find fantastic bins at Target, Michaels and HomeGoods.
Now if you are like me, just throwing items into any random bin will drive you bananas, which is why I have all of my bins labeled.
2. Labeling Everything
Another easy way to keep things organized and tidy is to have everything labeled. All of my bins are labeled with either functional or decorative labels. I have labeled all of the shelves in my refrigerator to help me remember what items I have and what I need to purchase when I go grocery shopping. The pantry is labeled both with the bins having labels and the shelves being categorized. The linen closet is organized with labels on all of the bins that hold our linens! I have the office labeled so we can find things quickly when working. I have even made sure to label the drawers where we house the tools for quick and easy access to any items we might need. The play room has all of the bins labeled so we can keep like toys together.
Some of my favorite labeling products include Martha Stewart Chalkboard Labels, Martha Stewart Dry Erase Labels, and my Scotch laminator. My favorite thing about the labels is they are easy to change. I use the chalkboard labels in the kitchen and the dry erase labels in the playroom. I write on the dry erase labels using a permanent marker so it won’t smudge off. The permanent marker comes off using nail polish remover!
3. End-Of-Day Clean-Up
At the end of every day, I spend 5-10 minutes putting everything back in its place. I have the little man help me clean up his toys before he goes to bed, but I always have random items sitting around that need to be put away like bills, receipts, dirty dish towels or a random toy that didn’t get put away before bed. I will go around the house and make sure everything is put in its place. Some nights it only takes a few minutes while others might take a little longer if there are a lot of items out of place. The best thing about doing this at night is that when I get up in the morning, I feel like I can start the day fresh. There is nothing to be put away other than the dishes. This has allowed me to be able to spend more quality time with the kiddos rather then trying to organize while they want to play!
Hopefully, these three helpful tools can keep you and your family organized!