Keeping a house clean with kids is like trying to brush your teeth while eating oreos…. You’ve heard this saying right? Well as mothers our job is to clean and organize our home just to have adorable and pudgy hands destroy our hard work five minutes later. The cleaning and organizing task can feel daunting especially when the delightful army of little people YOU created are working against you. Well- have no fear! Here the mothers behind Mommyconvos have their top eight organizing ideas that work- just for you!
1.) My girls love doing art in our home. My children are very independent with their art supplies, which means there is always an art mess to clean up. I love this caddy for coloring and homework time. The fact that it’s clear AND spins makes for a lower probability of art supplies erupting ALL over our counter and floor. It’s from DownEast Home, a gift from my momma!
2.) This shoe holder is AMAZING.
I posted here several months ago about my sister-in-law’s ingenious shoe system for her for kids; ‘cause mine (previous to this Ikea shoe-holding miracle) was baskets below each child’s locker. Every time someone needed a shoe, there was a shoe ExPlOsIoN. This explosion would stick around all day until someone was nagged into cleaning it up before bed. Next morning: same story!
Why is this little Ikea contraption so wonderful? The kids can see their shoes easier and so all the shoes STAY PUT! There is room for 4-7ish pairs (depending on size) in each cubby- which is perfect. Bonus, it’s totally pretty, and under $100! I have eyed my friends’ Ikea shoe organizer for years. I finally bit the bullet and purchased this organizer and -seriously it is everything I’d hoped for and more! Doors close smoothly and I haven’t seen one shoe explosion since we got it.
3.) I love love LOVE this planner.
The Day Designer is perfect for those who want to include a daily gratitude journal writing as part of their routine. I had an incredibly good experience with a daily gratitude/scripture-study journal a couple years back. I knew for 2017, this habit is a necessity. With a baby #4 due during tax season, (my husband is an accountant- tax season is the worst!) I was worried how everything baby and family timeline would play out. But then, I remembered the power of gratitude I experienced in the past and knew changing my focus would help us. A month into writing into my Day Designer- I’m not even worried anymore!
I use a bottom section of the page to record notes of what I got from my scripture study that day, and then the other section to record a few things I am grateful for. If I start my day off with these two things, I feel confident! I believe gratitude and reading scriptures are both a powerful way to create good things in life. Hopefully I can utilize this monthly section to check on my monthly spiritual goals: like fasting once a month with a journal entry, attending the temple, making time to visit others etc. This planner is part of an easy, seamless organization system that is sooo helpful to keep track of everything! There is a post I wrote here.
4.) This basket is a little decluttering trick I have used for six years. Lately, I relish in this baskets gloriousness as I’ve used it even more the last few weeks. Anytime there is paper/clutter sitting out in the room, I just throw it all in this basket and shut the lid! I have assigned Tuesdays to be my day to take care of “paperwork/filing”. Once a week I look through the basket and put things where they should go. I love to do my chores in “batches”- I wrote a little more about this here.
I don’t love the idea of cleaning up before someone comes over: let’s be REAL with each-other, right?! So my norm is to just live and let others see our mess. However, it does make me happy to walk by a clean office rather than a bomb-scene… So, this past week I’ve made a more concentrated effort to keep the office clutter-free and it literally takes twenty seconds to put everything in this basket when I leave the room. Also- check out my cute new mouse and mousepad 🙂 They make me happy every time I use them! Such a good upgrade if your mouse stinks, like mine did!
Jordyn here! Our house is often organized chaos. I’m super OCD about certain aspects of my house and not about others, it’s strange. I go through spurts where I feel the need to clean #allthethings and times where I could care less. I guess it’s all about balance. There are two organizing tools that I love to keep our house organized: our label maker and becoming a minimalist.
5.) One of my absolute favorite organizing tools is my label maker. I love labeling things so I know right where they are, saving me time and frustration. We have three kids. My oldest is a girl, my middle child is a boy, and my youngest is a girl. With my oldest, we got a lot of clothes from a baby shower and also had hand-me-downs from my niece. I felt like I organized the clothes super well, but there were outfits that got missed because they weren’t in the right spot. I saved lots of clothes from my oldest daughter to use for another child. When we found out our youngest was a girl, I went through all the clothes bins, organized them based on size and labeled the bins with the label maker. This organization has seriously saved me! I am able to go in the garage, find the box, take out the clothes, wash them, and have them ready for baby girl.
Along with organizing the bins of clothes in the garage, I have all the kids drawers inside labeled to help my husband and I remember which drawer holds which clothes. This process has made life super helpful. I have also used my label maker to organize other bins in the garage like our Christmas decorations and other holiday items. Having a label maker cut down on time searching boxes in the garage. . I found my label maker on Amazon and it’s super affordable! I also ordered an extra strip of the label paper. Here is the link to the one I use!
6.) My second favorite organizing tip is to minimalize. I recently watched the documentary “The Minimalists” on Netflix and it has changed my life the last couple months! The day after watching this documentary, I literally went through my closet and did a major PURGE! I got two garbage bags full of clothes I hadn’t worn or I knew I wouldn’t wear and donated them to Big Brother’s Big Sister’s (they have donation bins all over our town).
After I attacked my closet, I went in my kids playroom and gathered a bunch of items to donate and threw away broken items. I’ve been making it a point to teach my kids, especially my oldest, that we need to be grateful for what we have. I have also been teaching them that if we don’t use certain items, there is probably someone else who can use them instead. There are so many things around our house that we just don’t need. It felt so good to declutter! I keep telling my husband how much I love the closet now that I can see my clothes and I even discovered a few gems I forgot about! It’s kind of become an addiction because I can’t wait to minimalize more!
Hi I’m Morgan! I am a mother of three wild hooligans, but I also need to have my home clean and organized…do you see my problem? I’m busy cleaning all the time and tired trying to keep up with the messes… but mostly, I’m tired. Chocolate anyone? I have trained my kiddies to help me keep the house organized and clean by teaching them to look around the room and collect the toys/jackets/balls/books that belong to them and put them where they go before bedtime. This process works wonderfully to keep the floors clean at night from ankle twisting traps. The one area I seemingly have a hard time keeping organized…the collect-all shelf in the linen closet.
You probably have a similar problem with your closet. Towels and sheets in the closet- some of them folded the right way, most of them not. And then the shelf that collect all the miscellaneous household crap on the top shelf- oh betty. We have our random medicine ranging from a sinus infection to wart removal, extra tooth brush and toothpaste supplies, extra shampoo and conditioner supplies, cold medicine for the kids and adults, not to mention all the lotion that I’ve collected over the year… good gravy! I can’t even see what I own because it’s pilled all over each other. Now, see all of that extra space above the clutter? Insert- the simple solution…add another shelf!
7.) Run to the hardware store for a slab of wood and put up a shelf! Or, buy something from Amazon like this— space is now filled by a productive shelf- and your area can get organized! Step one: throw away all the old stuff that hasn’t been touched in years… yuck!
In our situation, we had an unused bookshelf in the garage that miraculously fit in this closet space perfectly. And I already had a bunch of baskets and containers around the house- yippee! So, not only did our clutter closet become organized, but it didn’t cost us anything either! Looking for organizing solutions within your own home makes the task of organizing easy and inexpensive. A total win-win.
Organizing our homes can feel like a daunting task, especially when our little people like to make big messes on a daily basis. Jennica, Jordyn and I at Mommyconvos, hope you find our organizing solutions helpful and make your life as a fantastic mother, cleaning maid and organized chaos controller a little easier.
The Mommyconvos Team