Saturday, February 15, 2014

Save Time by Being Organized follow my post last week about my nesting and de-clutter plan, I have been trying a few other things to make me feel more organized and overall, save time!  The de-cluttering project made me feel like I should take it a step further.  I don't feel unorganized or think that my home is unorganized, but I know there are things I could do a better job staying on top of which can save me time and energy...which is always a plus!  Does that make sense??   So, this week, I successfully worked on it and here are the few changes I implemented.

Here you will find what my laundry room looked like last weekend.  We are mid-renovation and on top of that, the laundry built up over the week...and it's actually worse than it looks...what you don't see in the picture is that there is a load of laundry in the washer AND in the dryer.  It took about 2 hours total time to fold and put everything away.  Unreal.  Tell me I am not the only one this has happened to?? So HOW to avoid this??  Wait for a load of laundry a day...but not only DO the laundry but also fold and put away.  I had heard this before and finally said, ok I should try it because this is getting out of hand!  In reality, I actually don't need to do one every single day, but if I do one load 4 - 5 days a week it doesn't add up.  I tried it out this week and I stayed on top of it and I felt more organized and didn't have to spend the time doing it all at once!  Now, the laundry room is clear and we are getting around to deciding on cabinets, counter tops and designing our laundry room this weekend.  Can't wait for it to be done! :)

Next - toys...oh the toys.  We have turned our front coat closet into a toy closet to store the toys.  There are too many toys all over the house (I cannot wait until our basement is done so all the toys can go into the playroom)!  Anyways....the toy closet gets cluttered and unorganized VERY, I organized it, moved things around and was able to fit MORE into the closet than what was in it before.  Simple re-organizing makes me feel like there is so much more room! The kids helped me out so it was a little project we did together!  Worked out perfectly!  We are also working on putting away what we take out before taking the next thing out to play...that is still a work in progress.

The easiest yet most effective thing I did daily this week was made our bed.  Sounds so simple but sometimes (most of the time) it never happens.  First of all, I LOVE getting into a made bed at night.  There is something about crawling into a made bed that ends the day on a great note.  But, you cannot get into a made bed if it never gets made!  Secondly, it makes the room look put together and not disheveled every time you walk in during the day.  Makes me start the day feeling organized.  So, try it...take the extra 30 seconds to make your bed right away in the morning!  Starts the day with an accomplishment within the first few minutes of waking up! 

Those are the three things I committed to this week to be more organized and I feel like it worked.  Do you have any suggestions on things you do to keep your house organized to save time overall?  I want to try to add three new ones to my list this week!

~Erin Leigh

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  1. It all looks great. I really need to do this myself. With 4 kids some days it's just easier to pretend I don't see it. You've inspired my. Thanks also thanks for sharing with us at Turn It Up Tuesday.

    1. I can imagine with 4 kids it's easier to pretend you don't see it! Sometimes I feel that way with my 2! Good luck! ;)

  2. We used to have a toy closet that used to be a coat closet.. Now we finally bought a toy box... A toy box! Who would have known what a difference a box could make!

    1. Haha! We don't have a toy box! Just toys baskets and closets filled with toys! Maybe I should think about a good 'ole toy box! ;)