Organized Home

Frugal Order: A Tightwad's Guide To Getting Organized

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 13, 2019

Getting organized! For many, that phrase is synonymous with "Buy Me!"

Savvy retailers know that "Get Organized Fever" breaks out at predictable intervals, and tailor ad campaigns to capitalize on the desire to create an organized home. Too often, professional organizers hear the cry, "But I can't afford to get organized!"

No doubt about it, there are many marvelous products on the market to help achieve better home and personal organization.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Identify Storage Locations

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 13, 2019

Planning storage in your organized home? Choice locations for stored objects are everywhere ... if you'll only look.

Today in the Cleaning Challenge, it's time to circle the house and identify potential storage areas.

Think outside the box, so to speak, to find unexpected homes for stored items. Look high: kitchen soffit areas are a good match for seldom-used small appliances. Stoop low: kneehole spaces in a desk can house burnable CD-ROM disks, software or printer cartridges.   Read More >>

Clean Sweep? The Case Against Spring Cleaning

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 12, 2019

Spring blows in with warm wind and the promise of ... spring cleaning?

With the coming of spring, even the most casual home managers feel an inexplicable urge to move furniture, clean windows and vacuum baseboards to welcome the return of sunshine and warmer weather.

But is spring cleaning really necessary?  

Today's Challenge: Power Up Your Storage Tools

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 12, 2019

Diving into storage areas this week, it'll be a week devoted to boxes and labels and oh! those garbage bags.

How to make this big job a bit easier? Check your tools! Having the items you need to bring order to storage areas on hand will make the job fly.

Better still, you won't need to bankrupt yourself at those pricey "organizer" stores to create an organized home. Simple tools and inexpensive products are mainstays when getting organized ... because it's all in how you use them!   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Craft a Storage Plan

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 11, 2019

Household storage spaces are too often "out of site, out of mind" ... until we need to find those tax records from 2016, and fast. Help!

Because they're not in daily view, storage spaces can become overwhelmed with clutter. A tower of electronics packaging teeters atop overstuffed bins of holiday decorations. File boxes are buried under limp piles of last summer's blow-up beach toys, swim goggles and sand chairs. Crammed and cluttered, finding stored items becomes a fruitless, frustrating task.   Read More >>

Spring Forward: Safety Checklist for Time Change Sunday

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 10, 2019

Ready to Spring forward? Time Change Sunday is on the way!

On Sunday, March 11, Daylight Savings Time will begin in most of the United States.

Setting the clock forward means it's time for a seasonal safety check!

As you circle the house, setting clocks ahead, make time for this short safety checklist. It'll see you into Spring from a safe--and organized--home.   Read More >>

Printables:  First Aid Kit Checklist Emergency Information

Today's Challenge: Attic/Basement Storage Week

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 10, 2019

Spring weather puts storage areas into new prominence, as we search for outdoor equipment and seasonal clothing.

Time to head to attic and basement storage areas in the New Year Cleaning Challenge!

This week, we'll plan, declutter and organize storage areas in attic or basement.

Ready? We're sorting storage this week in the Cleaning Grand Plan!   Read More >>

Printables:  Attic/Basement Cleaning Checklist

Today's Challenge: Kids' Room Week Wrap-Up

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 9, 2019

It's been all things kid this week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, as we've decluttered, cleaned and organized children's rooms.

Today, take the last steps to bring children's rooms to a state of clean and orderly..

Tomorrow, the New Year Cleaning Challenge moves storage areas in attic and basement. Are you ready to clean out stored stuff to welcome Spring?   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Chill the Chore Wars

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 6, 2019

Kids being kids, keeping a clean house is a struggle on a good day--and getting them to pitch in with household chores can rise to the level of a battle.

How do you chill the chore wars?

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll consider ways to build teamwork and teach important life skills when it comes to cleaning house.

Try these ideas to bring the family onboard.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Cut Down On Toy Clutter

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 5, 2019

One big obstacle to organizing children's rooms? Too many toys!

Whether it's fast food freebies, mushrooming collections or over-buying by doting grandparents (Guilty!), it's easy for children's toys to pile up well beyond their play value. How do you pull the plug on toy excess?

Try these tips to identify toy keepers, turf surplus toys, and rotate the family's toy collection to cut down on toy clutter.   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Organize Children's Rooms

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 4, 2019

What's the secret to happy order in children's rooms? You've got to get 'em organized!

Child-friendly storage solutions and daily maintenance routines are key to keeping children's rooms in a state of livable, but children aren't born with innate organizing skills.

As a parent, it's your job to play professional organizer to teach the little ones the skills they need.

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll consider eight great ideas to get the children and their bedrooms organized--and keep them that way!   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Kids Room Week

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 3, 2019

Today's the day, and we're jumping for joy: it's Kids' Room Week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge.

Kids and their stuff bring special challenges to an organized home.

We'll investigate solutions to storing children's toys, games and clothing, tapping right-sized organizing options and kid-friendly maintenance routines to keep children's rooms ship-shape.

Along the way, we'll declutter and deep-clean children's rooms, and prepare for warm-weather activities ahead.

Ready? Bring on the small stuff--and their stuff--for Kids' Room Week!   Read More >>

Printables:  Kids' Room Cleaning Checklist

Today's Challenge: Guest Room Week Wrap-Up

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 2, 2019

It's been a free-form week here at the New Year Cleaning Challenge. We've tackled the guest room (if we have one), and have used the week to catch up or to work on a bonus area in the household.

Today, take the last steps to clean, declutter and organize the guest room or bonus area.

Tomorrow, the New Year Cleaning Challenge moves to the children's rooms. We'll take on the small stuff next week; are you ready?   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: What's Your Clutter Personality?

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 1, 2019

This week at the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we've been learning more about how to create a custom path to an organized life.

Today's question: what's your clutter personality?

Understanding what lies behind your need to hold onto clutter can make it easier to free yourself! Consider your unique clutter personality with today's assignment.

Today's Assignment:
What's Your Clutter Personality?

We are all clutterers ... but many different motivations .

What's your clutter personality? Do you know what causes the clutter in your life?   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Elements of an Organized Life

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 28, 2019

What does it mean to be organized?

While the answer is different for every person and every household, there are four core elements of an organized life. Knowing the Core Four--and where you fall in relation to each element--is essential to craft a get-organized plan that will work for you.

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll meet the Core Four. Where will you focus your get-organized energies?   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Solve A Problem, Make A Start

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 27, 2019

When it's time to get organized, a single success multiplies motivation.

Fixing a problem that frustrates you releases welcome energy--and it gives you concrete proof that change is possible. Over time, that purposeful start points the way to real change.

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, give yourself a double gift: tackle and solve one small, nagging problem on the home front.

Making a start is the first step to winning the race!   Read More >>

Today's Challenge: Consider Where The Shoe Pinches

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on February 26, 2019

You say you want to get organized, but what does that mean, exactly?

There are as many paths to an organized home as there are households, because the meaning of "organized" is personal to each family.

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, it's time to consider where the shoe pinches. Knowing what isn't working is the first step to creating a personalized path to the organized life of your dreams.   Read More >>