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Monday, January 18, 2016

10 Ways to De-Clutter & Get Organized!

It seems a constant struggle to keep life organized, doesn't it?  This January I have seen a lot of blog posts and social media posts focused on organization. I've also noticed that Walmart has a huge organization section this season and I feel like everywhere I turn, I see or hear something about the KonMari method! Are you noticing this too?  Are you in the mood to de-clutter and reorganize in your life?

Today I'm sharing 10 things you can do to de-clutter and organize your life!


Starting with one that might be my favourite: 31 Days of Decluttering! Decluttering is one thing I can never seem to get enough of.  I go through phases when I am getting rid of things left and right but there is always too much stuff in our house!  I love this plan of taking one little section per day for a month

31 Days of Decluttering by Simply Stacie


Next up is a list of 9 tips to keep you organized and stress-free.  Sometimes the simplest things (like making your bed) can make a big difference in the way that you feel about things (and consequently, what you do throughout the day to keep the ball rolling!).


Tips to Keep You Organized & Stress-Free by Downshifting Pro


Oftentimes one moment of organizing can save you time several times throughout the week! I found this to be true when I organized our fridge with school lunch-making in mind!  It made lunch-making brainless and stress-less!  (Just the way it should be, right?)


Fridge Organization for School Lunch-Making

It's not intuitive for me to plan my meals in advance. (It should be- that would make things a lot easier ;)  So, cute print-outs like this meal planner, recipe organizer, and shopping list are great ways for me to remind myself to keep on top of it!


Free Printable Meal Planner by Frugal Mom Eh


Here's another cute meal planner that's set up like a calendar.  I know everyone's mind works a little differently, so this gives you another option- choose whichever works best for you (or try them both to find out! :)


Free 2016 Meal Planner Printables by Simply Stacie



If you can figure out a great way to organize your pantry that really works for you, it can even make putting dishes away feel fulfilling!   (Or maybe that's just me? ;)  This post has a bunch of tips for organizing your pantry!


Pantry Organization Tips from Tales of a Ranting Ginger


This DVD (and CD) organization post was mine and I can tell you that this system has worked really well for us, for a good while now and I don't think we'll ever turn back!  Our DVDs and CDs take up SO MUCH less space this way and everything is organized (even my kids can keep it organized)- I love it!


CD & DVD Organization


If you're a homeschooling Momma, you might want to check out these tips for organizing your home with homeschooling in mind. (Some of these tips work well for any kind of parent- whether you homeschool or not!)


10 Tips to Organize Your Homeschool Home by The Canadian Homeschooler


Organizing kids' toys can be such a daunting task!  Finding a system that works and keeps working is difficult!  I love seeing what other people have tried and what works for them.  This next post shows the process one family took to go from a messy, disorganized playroom to a fabulously organized one!  (We use that same Ikea storage with the bins that slide under a bench and we love it!)


Playroom Organization by Ottawa Mommy Club


And lastly, whatever your organizational style, you're likely to need a calendar for something! :)  This post has a printable calendar for every month of this year and they're free to download.


Free 2016 Calendar Download by Teach Mama


Do you have specific organizational goals for this month or year?

What areas of your life or home do you find trickiest to keep organized?

One of our goals this year is to spend a little bit of time each week, trying to de-clutter our basement!

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13 comments:

  1. I'm all about organization right now! Love Stacie's 31 days of decluttering. Great tips!

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  2. I really love the feeling of purging my home of unnecessary items and clutter... It's always such a BIG job though. I really like the idea of making a monthly chart for it - but I think I would need more than a day for a few projects :)

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    1. I know what you mean! You could totally schedule it that way though. :)

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  3. I think the hardest area for me is my office and my sewing room, both are disasters BUT I work better this way lol! Other than that my house is pretty well organized :) Great tips I love them all and am bookmarking this.

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    1. haha :) My office is also a playroom right now, so it explodes easily into a big mess! (But it's not all the kids' fault.. my desk tends to get real cluttered real fast! ;)

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  4. I am an organizer freak! I love everything in it's place. Makes me happy, giddy even. This is a great post and you really nailed with making the beds! That drives me nuts when I hear how it doesn't matter, nobody sees anyways. The room looks 80% better with the bed made. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It's true about bed making! I like things organized too, but sometimes things get cluttered to the point that it's hard to get started in getting things back! it's always worth it, once you get motivated to do it though!

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  5. We are working on our basement and our "cold room" which is a small room in the attic. It has no insultation, hence the name cold room in the winter and sauna in the summer. I've been decluttering all year and it feels great! Thanks for the tips.

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    1. Oh man, basements are the worst! It's hard not to just declutter other areas & send the clutter down to the basement!

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  6. I like the 31 days of decluttering idea! I need to get on this, I'm so overwhelmed with the last move.

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    1. Me too- it would be nice to have a schedule that told me what to do each day :)

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  7. Thanks for the great printables. I so need this in my life to get rid of the clutter!!

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  8. Debbie White BeattieNovember 6, 2017 at 4:48 AM

    I like my house neat and tidy but I want my home organized because when I want something I want it in the spot that I last left it!

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~Heather Lynne

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