10 Tips to Organize Your Life
Come January 1st, we’re all ready for inspiration and tricks to help control and direct the flow of the daily routine. What kind of chaos tends to trip you up? The A.M. rush? Messes, messes everywhere? Mealtime madness?
Check out our 10 tips on how to organize your home from top to bottom and streamline your day from the first stretch to the last yawn.
WEEK 1: SIMPLIFY YOUR SPACE
There are certain areas in every home that lend themselves to clutter and chaos. We’ve got easy ways to help get them organized and keep them that way!
- BANISH THE LITTLE LOO BLUES. Whether your bathroom is cozy or roomy, having the proverbial place for everything will not only simplify cleanup, but it will also help you get ready for work or a big night out in a hurry. Keep small essentials like cotton balls and swabs out of the way by storing them in a SNAPWARE® SNAP ‘N STACK® HOME STORAGE 6″ X 6″ SQUARE or a SNAPWARE® SNAP ‘N STACK® HOME STORAGE 6″ X 9″ RECTANGLE container. Or use them to corral your makeup items and keep them off the counter.
- CURL UP AND HIDE. Use the inside of a cabinet door to store your hairstyling helpers. Attach clear containers or small baskets with Velcro tape, or copy this genius idea from DIY Home Sweet Home: Attach lengths of PVC pipe to the inside of a cupboard door. Slip your curling iron or flat iron into one, and then loop up the cord and tuck the bundle inside another.
- CONQUER THE KITCHEN. Organizing the kitchen can be an overwhelming task to tackle, but keeping your fridge, pantry and cupboards neat and tidy is an effective and easy way to set a standard for simplicity. We share tips for breaking down the job day by day in One Week to the Most Organized Kitchen Ever! Is your disheveled pantry the main problem? Get it under control in a snap with our Pantry Makeover: How to Organize in 30 Minutes.
- TUCK AWAY WITH CARE. Stock up on SNAPWARE® SMART STORE® 18″X 12″ RECTANGLE HOME STORAGE CONTAINERS to store heirlooms, keepsakes and other valuables safely and securely. Clear and roomy, they’ll hold anything from grandpa’s old magazines to itty-bitty outgrown baby shoes.
- HIDE THE HEAP. Speaking of shoes, they can pile up fast, especially if you have several people (or one seriously stylish person) living in your house. To strike a balance between stowing away and showing off, invest in a shoe rack for the coat or bedroom closet, or whip together a DIY display case by repurposing an old bookcase. If “practical placement” is the name of your game, a couple of low shelves in your mudroom or entryway will do the trick nicely.
WEEK 2: REFINE YOUR ROUTINE
Whether you frantically muddle through your morning or dash through dinner on the way to your daughter’s dance practice, there are lots of ways to reduce daily hiccups and stresses, including these plan-ahead techniques:
- SAIL THROUGH THE START. How you spend your morning sets the tone for the whole day (and for your kids’ day!). So aim for a smoother cruise with easy tips for simplifying your morning routine.
- MAKE QUICK, NOT FAST, FOOD. Between study group, sports and book club, dinner has become a lost art. It can be tough to make real meals while dashing between destinations, so don’t just plan ahead, make ahead! Here are some ideas for meals you can make ahead of time.
- SHOP FOR SUCCESS. When you’re shopping, keep a few things in mind. Do you need it? Do you have a place to put it? Will it save time? If none of these things apply, think hard before you buy. Avoid adding clutter to your house (and save money) by limiting the number of trips you make to the store. The more trips you make, the more fun little things you’ll be tempted to buy. Plan meals ahead of time and make shopping lists specific to what you plan on making. Reducing shopping trips will cut spending, save time and keep clutter to a minimum.
- LUNCH IN. Packing a lunch isn’t just for the kids. Bringing food from home instead of eating out every day can save time, money and your waistline. Try SNAPWARE® 0.5 CUP AIRTIGHT NESTING BOWL FOOD STORAGE CONTAINERS for dips and dressings and SNAPWARE® 1.3 CUP SQUARE AIRTIGHT FOOD STORAGE CONTAINER for fruits and veggies. Or neatly keep your sandwich and chips separate but together in a SNAPWARE® TOTAL SOLUTION™ ON THE GO 5 CUP PLASTIC SQUARE WITH DIVIDED TRAY.
- CASH OUT. Or rather, spend cash until you’re out. Give yourself an allowance for items like your morning coffee each week and when the money is gone, stop spending. Using cash will keep you mindful of your habits, and knowing where your money goes is an important first step to organizing your spending.
From the big projects to the little things, organization works best as a process that evolves as your life changes. Every so often, just regroup and roll with it!
YOUR TURN: What tricks do you have for keeping your life organized—or getting it back on track?