Getting organized: tips for a more organized home

Getting organized: tips for a more organized home

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It’s that time again- spring time. The time when flowers bloom, everything is green and fresh, there is pollen all over everything…and some of us engage in a little yearly tradition known as spring cleaning.

I don’t know about you, but my house needs some extra TLC, and I can’t always get to those extra things during the school year. Like many others, I choose to spend a few days in the spring giving my house some extra cleaning and organizing. Today, I’d like to share some tips for getting your house cleaned and organized but in a simple and timely manner.

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1. Give your closets some TLC 

One of the first things I tackle are our overflowing closets. and donate what I do not need, throw away what is damaged, and organize and put away anything else. You can read all about how to keep your closet cleaned here.  You can read about how to organize your child’s closet so that it grows with them here. 

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2. Clean your kitchen: clean your cabinets, fridge, freezer, and pantry.

Give your fridge a good cleaning before cleaning out your pantry and cabinets.

Remove any expired foods or unneeded kitchen items from your pantry. 

Use cabinet organizers to keep your needed items within easy reach. 

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3. Organize your bathroom!

Organize your linen closet by donating items you don’t use anymore, and throwing away expired items. 

Use drawer and cabinet organizers to keep everything in easy reach. 

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4. Organize your playroom

Get rid of any broken toys and donate or give away anything your kids have outgrown.

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5. General cleaning

I also like to do some extra cleaning, such as moving furniture and cleaning under or behind it, or cleaning our blinds. We also pressure wash the sidewalks, porch furniture, and outside of the house. We also take down the curtains and wash them.

What spring cleaning tasks do you do?

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How to organize your closet and keep it that way

My closet, finally not looking like a hot mess

Does anyone else often find that their closet is a hot mess, despite their best efforts? Do you struggle to find things in your closet, even though you know they are there?

I have definitely been there, but at the moment, I’m in a much better place with my closet. Today, I’d like to share some tips for keeping your closet clean and organized.

1. Use matching hangers to free up space in your closet space 

It sounds a little crazy, but did you know that by using hangers that are the same width and thickness, you can actually save yourself some space on the closet rod? In addition, it also gives your closet a more streamlined, more uniform appearance. 

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2. Attach labels to the baskets and bins

Labeling boxes and bins not only helps you to find things more quickly, it also ensures that everything has a proper place, and that you put everything into its proper place each day.

3. Hang pants at eye level because it looks nicer

Pants will always hang more neatly than shirts. For this reason, hanging pants on eye level will make your closet appear overall more neat and clean. A cleaner closet also feels more organized.

4. Twice a year, purge what you don’t wear anymore.

I like to turn my clothes hangers a certain direction, and after I wear the garment that season, I turn the hanger the opposite direction. At the end of the season, I turn the hanger the opposite direction. At the end of the season, anything that worn that no longer fits is donated, sold or given away.

I hope you have enjoyed these tips for organizing your closet! Stay tuned tomorrow for a summary of week two.

Clothing Consignment Using Thred Up

Clothing Consignment Using Thred Up

I really enjoy shopping for clothing for myself and my daughters, but I don’t always love how expensive it is. I have always loved thrift and antique stores, as you can usually find some great deals.

I have noticed there aren’t that many good consignment shops in my area anymore, and that I often struggle to find time to visit the ones we do have. I have recently discovered Thred Up. Thred up has an app, a great, user friendly website and great quality clothing. You simply order a clean out kit, which comes with a large, postage paid bag you can fill with the things you wish to sell. Then, simply drop it off at the post office, free of charge.

You can also shop with them and purchase things. They come in a cute polka dot box or bag and are very well packaged. Check out this video of my oldest daughter opening her bag.

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They’ve recently added a new service as well. Thred Up is now offering a box service similar to Stitch Fix. Simply fill out a survey about your sizes, favorite colors and favorite brands, and you’ll receive a box of goodies.

You pay a deposit to receive your box, which is then applied to your purchase total. You have seven days to return your unwanted items.

My box included all of these things:

Three business causal skirts

Three dressy shirts

Two casual shirts and one boho type shirt

Then, there were three pairs of dress pants and one pair of casual pants

One casual dress and two formal dresses

This necklace was in there too.

Everything was of name brand, great quality and some even had the tags still on. I tried on everything and this is what I chose to keep:

These are things I chose to return:

I already have two skirts that are almost identical to these. They fit well and I liked them; I just didn’t need them.

I didn’t really like how any of these shirts looked on me, so I sent them back.

The khaki pants weren’t my style and I just purchased a pair of black pants a few weeks ago.

These dresses are lovely but nothing I need. I don’t really do a lot of formal events so I don’t use formal dresses.

This necklace was pretty, but not my thing.

I came away with two pretty pairs of dress pants, three shirts, a dress and a skirt for less than $60. They are all things I can wear to work and church, and with multiple outfits. I am very satisfied and will likely order another box in the future.

Have you ordered from ThredUP? Comment below and tell us what you think!

How a DIY closet organizer made a huge difference

How a DIY closet organizer made a huge difference

My daughters’ closets were one hot mess. Like most other closets in this house, There was only one rod and one really high shelf. I don’t have a before picture of my oldest daughter’s closet, but here’s my youngest’s closet. They both pretty much looked like this:

Ugh. I couldn’t find a thing and every time you opened the door, things would fall out. It was a big mess.

My dad, before he passed away, was a good carpenter. He never worked as a carpenter; he just happened to be pretty good at building things. I downloaded this Ana White plan, and he felt confident we could build it.

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I don’t know if you have ever used an Ana White plan before, but they are amazing. She includes a shopping list with everything you’ll need and even a cut list to tell you how to cut your boards. They’re really easy to follow. My dad built that closet organizer shelf in about two hours.

We added a double rod on only one side so that when the girls are older, they have one side to hang dresses.

I then took some old diaper boxes and covered them with fabric. I already had the baskets on the top shelf.

I then added labels to the boxes as well. I made them on our computer and then laminated them.

I also created labels for the bins in our youngest daughter’s closet.

Remember the closet that looked like this?

Well, now it looks like this:

Isn’t that so much better?

And best of all, we created both of these closets for less than $100.

Before you buy an expensive closet organizer, head on over to Anawhite.com and create your own…for a lot less.

Have a great day!