7 Ways to Organize Your Home On the Cheap

February 3, 2012 · Filed Under Home Organization Ideas · Comments Off on 7 Ways to Organize Your Home On the Cheap 

Most people today are doing their best to watch and manage their money better. That also is true when it comes to organizing our homes. Yes – we could spend money purchasing bins to organize things in, or baskets and organizer solutions, but honestly who has money to do that these days? Here are 7 ways to organize your home on the cheap. By following these tips, you will not only get your home in order, but you can be proud that you accomplished it without having to break the bank.

Organizing Closets

One of the best ways that you can organize your home inexpensively is by organizing your closets. Remove clothing that you are not going to wear, throw torn and ripped clothing away, and de-junk by getting rid of clutter.

Get Online Advice

There are many free websites out there that offer help in organizing so don’t be afraid to approach them and ask how they would organize your home. Send them photos, and share your thoughts and opinions and mesh that with their suggestions.

Have a Garage Sale

One of the best ways that you can organize your home and do it inexpensively is by having a garage sale and getting rid of your clutter. Not only are you organizing your home, but you are making a profit in the long run!

Give to a Needy Cause

Take advantage of charities that will come to your home and remove any unwanted items you have. Not only are you getting free removal service, but you are giving to a good cause and organizing all at the same time.

Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

Once you get everything organized and put into place, it will be easier to clean. Instead of purchasing store-bought cleaners, use the items you have at home to make environmentally friendly cleaners.

Make it a Party

Let your friends know you want to organize your home. Invite them over for a cleaning party. Make a nice lunch and not only will your home be organized, but you get to have a fun lunch and great fellowship with friends in the process.

Stay on Top of Organizing

Throw items away and put things back where they belong on a continuous basis to help you maximize surface areas, storage bins and closets for occasions when you genuinely need room to store your materials.

By following these few organizing tips, you will be well on your way to organizing your home again and doing it without spending a dime!

An Organized Home: Getting Ready for the Weekend

September 2, 2011 · Filed Under Home Organization Ideas · Comments Off on An Organized Home: Getting Ready for the Weekend 

Friday Nights Stink At My House….

Actually, they don’t stink. They just involve some work. Some organization.  Ok, a lot of organization but the goal is a nice, relaxing weekend so it is all worth it.

First of all, we do not go out on Friday nights. The kids are tired from a long week of school and you know how fun cranky kids can be at a restaurant. Not.  We treat Fridays like any other weeknight. Dinner, homework, bath, bed.  Then, the work begins. Sometimes the hubby helps, sometimes he hinders.

Step One: Plan the Activities.

There are all sorts of free community and parenting magazines at the library. Start there. I collect them at the beginning of each month and then circle everything that looks interesting. Our family also has annual passes to a few favorite facilities, like the zoo and the children’s museum. I know that sounds expensive but do the math. Tickets are expensive and, often, the cost of two trips with your family is the same as a year-long pass. We usually buy this as a family Christmas present. Plus, for whatever reason, it is a write-off on your taxes as a donation. Bonus! If you organize ahead of time, you could even plan a scavenger hunt in the park with prizes and a picnic, which brings us to…

Step Two: The Food.

I like to cook. Really, I do but sometimes the weekends can get hectic and having ready-made stuff that everyone can grab when they are hungry is great. Plus, it is much healthier than the nearest drive-thru. Go through that stack of recipes that you have during a quiet moment earlier in the week. You are looking for recipes that can last a few days in the fridge without getting mushy. Pasta salad, potato salad, soup, chili, crockpot recipes and even planned leftovers.  I don’t make one. Nope. I stand at the island for an hour or more on Friday nights and make several. I even buy a honey baked ham when I can find a coupon. Anything that can be picked at and enjoyed by my family with zero effort from me works in this plan. And, of course, homemade (from the box) brownies or cookies are always included.

Step Three: The Cleaning.

Wait. Come back. It’s not that bad. In fact, I learned this trick from a friend. She and her husband would stay up until midnight or later on Friday nights and clean their house from top to bottom.  Everything. The floors, the toilets, the laundry, all the stuff that you were trained to spend all Saturday morning doing. Get it over with. Done. Imagine waking up Saturday and knowing that you don’t have to lift a single finger this weekend, other than the occasional dirty diaper. Nice, right?!

A little organization and advanced planning can make for a fabulous, relaxing, it-feels-like-we-are-on-vacation weekend for every member of the family, including mom. Better yet: it can make every weekend a staycation!

So, say hooray for stinky Fridays!

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