The library is one of my all time favorite places to go and browse books, DVD’s and albums. I can be there for hours at a time. Don’t tell anyone but I actually like to tour the county and visit every library I can – they are all so unique! Then there’s the rest of the world that would just rather have everything at their fingertips and trust me, I get it.
This is one of the tips that I love most since it’s easy, avoids clutter (no books in your home) and of course, it’s FREE! You can get free e-books through your local library without having to move from your favorite spot on the couch.
The key is to keep only what you need! Too much of anything leads to clutter. Hold on to what is a necessity and donate the rest
When you have less dishes, it requires you to use just-in-time methods. For instance, the less dishes you have, the less your sink will fill up with dirty dishes and you can produce a good flow of clean ones.
Bins, bins and more bins! You may ask yourself, will a bin really make that much of a difference in keeping things organized? I asked myself the same when we were tidying our home – and yes, it makes a HUGE difference! They keep everything contained and in its place.
This is our pantry. It’s neat and it actually stays that way thanks to these bins and our commitment to Sustaining – #5 below. You can pull the bins out to see what’s inside, instead of moving each Campbell’s soup can to see your inventory. This also helps when you are prepping your meals for the week 😉
Ever come back from the grocery store with an item you already had 2+ of in your pantry? We have! Prevent this from happening by preparing your meals!
This magnetic white board is on our refrigerator. We plan out our meals every week and also jot down any random items we may need throughout the week ie. milk, bananas, coffee, etc.
It’s October ladies! Sandals get stored away and the patent leather heels come out! Mine are flats but you get the point.
Easily remove scuff marks from your shoes with:
I’ve tried every trick in the book to organize my jewelry. In drawers, in bins, even an actual jewelry box. Nothing works better than this gem of a piece.
Have you ever been scared to open your Tupperware cabinet afraid you’ll get attacked by lids?!
We invested about $50 in uniform Tupperware and it’s paid dividends for us! Everything has its place and you are never looking for the ONE lid that only fits that ONE container. And of course, we couldn’t go without labeling the location of each item!
We bought these Sistema containers at Homegoods & Marshalls and they are BPA free!
Want a little less chemicals in your life? You can make your own all-natural Glass Cleaner with 3 simple household ingredients:
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of White Distilled Vinegar
- 1 cup of Rubbing Alcohol
Take a spray bottle, fill with these ingredients and voila! It works better than Windex, no streaks!
Sunday meal prep! One of the most useful tools we’ve come across for healthy eating. Saves time during the work week, relieves the stresses of ‘what are we eating for lunch/dinner?’ and of course less dishes to clean! Totally recommend for EVERYONE!
NOTE: We set up our dinner meals on Saturdays to prepare our grocery list. Then you can prep the foods on Sunday that will stay fresh throughout the week. Examples: brown rice, hard boiled eggs, sweet potatoes, yogurt servings, quinoa, chicken (although, chicken will only last a few days!)
This book, along with Jon’s obsession with Lean, has simplified our lives dramatically and saved our sanity. For anyone who wants to live a simple, organized life, this book is awesome!!
We got it on Amazon for under $10. Worth every penny.
A few sneak peak insights from this book:
- If the occasion arises where you might actually need items you’ve gotten rid of, here is what you do: You make do.
- Having fewer items in your pantry will reduce food waste, make grocery shopping easier, and speed up meal preparation.
- Often, waiting on a purchase and living without it makes you realize either you already had something that did the job or you didn’t really need the thing in the first place.
Welcome to The Art of Organizing blog! Several years ago, my husband and I woke up and thought why is life so difficult? Why do we spend so much time cleaning? Our weekends swamped with errands? Dealing with frustrations?
Ever since that day, 5 years ago, Jon and I have been on a journey to make our lives easier, reduce our everyday stresses, improve our way of living and just be happy!