Melanie Scroggins

Spring Cleaning Your Way to Sanity

Spring Cleaning Your Way to Sanity

This week, we are focused on spring cleaning.

 

Some parts of the home need a little TLC in the upcoming months so you and yours don’t feel overwhelmed by the transition that comes with the changing of the seasons.

 

THE CLOSET

I know a lot of you were thinking don’t say it! Alas, our closets tend to need the most work during this time of year so that’s where we’ll start.

clothes hanging

1. Take out all your clothes.

2. Get rid of all the wire hangers and invest in the inexpensive solid plastic hangers. Your sanity will be restored a bit.

3. Begin sorting your clothing into three categories: keep and wear, keep and store, donate.

4. Hang up the keep and wear items, put away the keep and store items into bins or vacuum bags in a location that keeps them out of the way but easy to access (closet, under the bed), and place the donate items in a box to be taken out.

THE BEDROOM

The bedroom is the most important space in the house.

For the parents out there, it can be hard to find quiet time for you and your spouse.

And if you are a student, studying in your room, or apartment in general, can be a bit distracting. Let’s look at a couple ways to make your spaces more quiet even if where you live is not.

For the parent:

father holding child

Go around the room and pick up all the loose toys and gadgets that might have crept in.

1. Place them in a container or box relatively out of sight.

2. Clean off the side tables next to the bed – keep only small trinkets, notepads, alarm clock or other items you think are essential to feel at peace in your room.

3. Put a clean pair of sheets on the bed (who doesn’t like doing this!).

For the student:

student writing

 

1. If you study in your home, find that space and take everything out of that area that does not motivate you to study (i.e. iPad, left over food/plates, your phone, etc.) and put them in another designated space.

2. Organize your studying utensils: place all writing utensils in one container, make space for your computer and a writing pad (if you don’t take notes on your computer), and make a space for you to place your coffee or water bottle.

3. Limit distractions in the surrounding area by cleaning up the floor, putting away clothes, and even eliminating wall hangings that you find distracting from your school work.

 

living room

THE LIVING ROOM

We’ve all seen the houses that have their Christmas lights up all year round, on purpose or not.

Take some time to be sure that the decorations you had up for Christmas, New Years, and Easter are stored and put away. You might think this a silly tip, but you may be surprised to find a small Santa or a few Easter eggs still lying around in plain sight.

THE KITCHEN

The holidays and winter season give us a good reason to cook a lot more food than we usually do.

With that said, briefly go through the cabinets or inspect the counter tops to be sure that what you used to cook the past six months is what you currently use to cook; if not, place the unused items in a cabinet or drawer for more space. 

THE BATHROOM

Between fall, winter and spring allergies are on the rise. Be sure recently used pills and syrups easy to access and out of reach from the kiddos.

These items may be better suited in the kitchen or utility room.

So, be sure the previously used medications are stored and out of the way. Also consider getting new tooth brushes, cleaning out the bathtub/shower, and taking out items that are not being used.

 

Share your spring cleaning tips below!

6 Ways to Stay Organized this Summer

6 Ways to Stay Organized this Summer

Alright, the kids are out of school, you’re getting ready for your summer vacation or just some good ole rest…

 

But what are you supposed to do when the time off sinks in and you’re left with kiddos running around?

 

Put them to work!

 

I’m kidding, but there are ways you and your family can take proactive steps to being sure your home does not suffer from all of the activity.

 

to do list

 

1. Make a weekly chore list.

 

Whether you have kids or not, this is a great way to stay on track during the summer months.

Create monthly goals and set aside tasks for each week to meet those goals.

If it is easier, break the monthly goals into weekly goals. Delegate these tasks to members of your family.

It will give your kids less time to nag and it’ll provide you something to do when you would rather sit and do nothing (like the rest of us!).

 

cutting board with veggies

 

2. Plan out your meals.

 

We hear this all the time, but we are bound to save money as well as time if we take a moment to figure out a few meals for the week.

You don’t have to stick to them, but have the ingredients so you are more likely to eat in.

 

making a plan

3. Get on a schedule.

 

Whether you get up and surf the web for a couple hours each morning, come up with a routine for summer if it differs from your normal routine.

It will help you complete all the other tasks you need to get done for the week and the following months.

 

nature-flowers-white-plants-medium

 

4. Create space.

 

Summer is a time where clutter creeps in and normal organization systems fall to the wayside.

Be aware of items that show up that may no longer be useful in the home.

Do you have an old swimsuit that no longer fits?

What about that pair of flip flops you hoped to wear on that one vacation but never did?

Have a place where your family can put their old clothes, shoes, toys, whatever and add that to your weekly/monthly chore list. You’ll be amazed at the newly found space.

 

black and white clock

 

5. Stick to the 24 hour rule.

 

When the day is done, have your family put up their phones and complete a full sweep of the house: communal living spaces (kitchen, living room, bathroom), bedrooms, etc.

Be sure that items used during the day are in their proper places.

Wake up in a home where clean up was done the night before.

 

coffee cup mug and pillows

 

6. Relocate.

 

I spend quite a bit of time helping clients relocate items based on use.

This summer, pay attention to where certain items are used the most.

I think this is a seasonal endeavor, so what we use in summer is different than what we use in winter.

If a space has accumulated clutter recently, go through those items and take a second to think of where each item is used the most for that part of the year. Put it there!

Let These 6 Items Change Your Life, DIY Style
Great solution to toothbrush storage

Let These 6 Items Change Your Life, DIY Style

When I started doing a little more research in regard to inexpensive and easy DIYs, I kept coming across ideas based on using materials from the Dollar Store.

 

It turns out that the store offers quite a few options when it comes to home organization and they are pocket book friendly.

 

FOR THE BATHROOM.

toothbrush

 

Do you struggle with where to put the toothbrushes in the bathroom?

Use a plastic silverware storage container. Not only is this a great solution to getting the brushes off the counter, but you can write everyone’s name on the plastic!

Sourcefamiliesthatstick

rolled towels

 

Some of us don’t have good storage in our bathrooms, so and idea like hanging baskets on the wall to hold towels is just the sort of solution we need.

Sourcemakinglemonadeblog

 

earrings

 

I don’t know about you, but I always seem to be losing that one earring.

Use ice trays to keep all your small jewelry pieces together and in one place.

Source:  yesterdayontuesday

 

FOR THE KITCHEN.

spices

 

Why is it that we tend to have way more spices than anything else in the kitchen?

Try this easy DIY with plastic containers and magnets.

Keep all your spices on the side of the fridge and free up the counter and cabinet space for something else.

Sourceinstructables.com

 

FOR THE KIDS.

pink pony

 

I know parents have a hard time between balancing play and tidiness.

Plastic crates from the Dollar Store not only create an easy way to get the toys and games off the floor, but they’re attachable!

You can easily put them together to make a storage shelf as small or big as you would like.

Sourcehometalk

 

FOR THE CAR.

car organization

 

One of the toughest places to keep clutter free is the car.

Use a small shoe organizer over one  of the seats to create a space to keep all of the main items used in the car: wipes, kleenex, lotion, toys, trash bag, etc.

Sourcedecorganizecrafts.blogspot.com

Rainy Day, Shoes Away

Rainy Day, Shoes Away

Howdy!

 

Here in Texas we’ve been getting some nice and much needed rain.

 

The rain is great for giving us some time to enjoy being at home, but it’s easier to enjoy when we know all all our wet and muddy shoes are stored properly.

 

When it comes to putting away shoes, following the “place it where it is used the most” rule makes a world of difference in your home.

 

Here are some ideas on how to store even the most reckless of shoes.

 

  • Pegged coat rack – Source: Architecture Art Designs
    • While this may take a some time and effort to put up, the rack allows for all sizes of shoe and it is off the ground which helps with drying out the wet feet huggers. These can be installed inside or outside (or both!).

rain boot storage

  • Shower cap – Source: The Brighter Writer
    • This is a great idea for those of you who do not have an installed shoe holder or storage place. I implement the dirty laundry in grocery bag solution to soiled clothes when I travel and this idea is one in the same. Have a few shower caps on hand for any occasion: at home, travel, school, gym. This allows for easy storage of dirty and wet footwear when there aren’t many other solutions available.

shower cap shoes

  • Behind the door storage – Source: Target.com
    • This is a $25-30 quick fix to your shoe storing problems. I think behind the door storage works well in the closet but most of our shoe wearing happens and ends at our door steps. Place the rack behind your front or back door for easy use and accessibility.

over the door cltoh                OROver the door metal shoe storage

  • One box fits all – Image Source: abc.news.au 
    • Put the shoes in that box! When push comes to shove and you don’t have time to make a Target run or Google what works best for you and yours, simply have a container or box to collect all shoe pairs that your family is currently wearing at the place you usually put on and take off your shoes i.e. the front or back door, the kitchen, one box in each bedroom, etc. That way, at least you have one location where shoes are supposed to go and your aren’t running around looking for that one shoe on that important day where you can’t afford to spend any time looking.

shoes in box

  • PVC pipe rack – Source: Decorating Your Small Space 
    • This is a money efficient solution to complete shoe storage (wet/muddy/clean). The pipe provides a singular space for each pair of shoes and you can store this in an area close to a front or back door or anywhere else. PVC pipe is also easy to paint or design in any way you and your family prefer. Storage can become aesthetically pleasing for decoration, too!

PVC shoe holder

*For a tutorial, see Cookie Loves Milk