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School's Out! Summer Survival for Busy Families

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on May 11, 2019

They're here! Tumbling from the school bus, fresh from Field Day, with papers and projects and petrified sandwiches spilling in their wake: your children.

Summer vacation is wonderful, no doubt about it.

Damp heads and wet bathing suits, backyard tents and fireflies in canning jars.

"Look, Mom!" rings out a hundred times a day, from the top of the pool slide to the bug-dotted bottom of an upturned rock.   Read More >>

Printables:  seasonal_picnic_checklist.pdf phone_emergency_information.pdf

Summer Cleaning Chore Checklist

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on May 7, 2019

Summer's here, hot, high and sweaty. Vacations beckon. The garden takes on a life of its own.

Busy families don't have much time for home chores these months. School's out, travel's in and it's easy to let life slide on the home front.

Still, summer will run more smoothly if you keep tabs on these important areas in the Summer Cleaning Chore Checklist.

Our summer cleaning chore checklist list tackles hot-weather issues, summer health and safety.   Read More >>

Printables:  phone_emergency_information.pdf health_first_aid_kit_checklist.pdf

Conquer Chaos in the Laundry Room

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on April 29, 2019

Nothing can streamline an organized home like a well-crafted set of household systems, and today, we focus on laundry and clothing systems.

What do they do? How do you develop them? What benefits will establishing laundry and clothing systems give to you and your family?

Chances are, you already have these systems in place. After all, a system is just a set of organized items, decisions or actions, designed to work together to achieve a common end.   Read More >>

Power Tools For An Organized Home

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on April 24, 2019

Who among us hasn't squandered a happy afternoon in a store specializing in organizing products?

Drifting from aisle to aisle, we make a mental list: this for the bathroom clutter, that for the computer desk.

All is bliss until we consider the bottom line. Specialty organizers can be costly! Someday, we vow, we'll get organized at home, but for now, budget realities step firmly on organizer dreams.

Stop the presses! Over the years, these top tools have proved their value, and they cost a fraction of the price of specialty products.   Read More >>

Travel Tips: Get Organized For Family Vacations

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on April 20, 2019

Memorial Day is on the horizon, and the school year is winding down. It's time to think "road trip" as summer begins.

Family vacation travel can be enriching, enjoyable and exciting--but only if you're organized.

The family that fails to plan for summer travel can end up frazzled, frustrated and longing for the quiet comfort of home.

This year, get ready! Whether it's car trips, plane travel or close-to-home "stay-cation" trips, we've assembled OrganizedHome.Com's best, easiest tips to organize summer vacation travel.   Read More >>

Printables:  seasonal_travel_pre_checklist.pdf seasonal_travel_packing_checklist.pdf

Travel Tips: Get Organized For Family Vacations

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on April 20, 2019

Memorial Day is on the horizon, and the school year is winding down. It's time to think "road trip" as summer begins.

Family vacation travel can be enriching, enjoyable and exciting--but only if you're organized.

The family that fails to plan for summer travel can end up frazzled, frustrated and longing for the quiet comfort of home.

This year, get ready! Whether it's car trips, plane travel or close-to-home "stay-cation" trips, we've assembled OrganizedHome.Com's best, easiest tips to organize summer vacation travel.   Read More >>

Printables:  seasonal_travel_pre_checklist.pdf seasonal_travel_packing_checklist.pdf

Declutter 101: Where Do I Start?

Ready to cut clutter on the homefront--but not sure where to start?

Standing amid the stacks and piles, it can be hard to find a good spot to dive in and begin. Too often, de-clutter efforts fizzle along with the light of day.

This time, resolve to succeed! To get your organized journey off to a good start, try these clutter-cutting start points. They will help free a strangled household from the clutter monster.

Declutter 101: Where Do I Start?

Ready to cut clutter on the homefront--but not sure where to start?

Standing amid the stacks and piles, it can be hard to find a good spot to dive in and begin. Too often, de-clutter efforts fizzle along with the light of day.

This time, resolve to succeed! To get your organized journey off to a good start, try these clutter-cutting start points. They will help free a strangled household from the clutter monster.

Cleaning Challenge: Be Ready For Guests

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 29, 2019

When the doorbell rings, will you be ready?

This week in the Cleaning Challenge, we've freshened the front porch ... and now, it's time to prepare to welcome visitors and friends.

Lay out a cheery welcome mat. Add extra coat hangers to a nearby coat closet, and find a space to hold guests' umbrellas or overshoes.

Most of all, prepare your heart! A welcoming home needs little more than that oldest and best greeting: "You're here! Come in .... and welcome!"   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Be Ready For Guests

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 29, 2019

When the doorbell rings, will you be ready?

This week in the Cleaning Challenge, we've freshened the front porch ... and now, it's time to prepare to welcome visitors and friends.

Lay out a cheery welcome mat. Add extra coat hangers to a nearby coat closet, and find a space to hold guests' umbrellas or overshoes.

Most of all, prepare your heart! A welcoming home needs little more than that oldest and best greeting: "You're here! Come in .... and welcome!"   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: What's Your Number?

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 28, 2019

Focusing on the front porch this week in the Cleaning Challenge, it's time to ask, "What's your number?" Can your house number be seen clearly from the roadway ... day and night?

Safety experts tell us that a clear, visible house number is vital to first responders--and it's just plain convenient for everyday visitors, too.

Today, check to be sure your house address number is easy to spot in any lighting condition. Will it need to be moved to a better-lit location?   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: What's Your Number?

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 28, 2019

Focusing on the front porch this week in the Cleaning Challenge, it's time to ask, "What's your number?" Can your house number be seen clearly from the roadway ... day and night?

Safety experts tell us that a clear, visible house number is vital to first responders--and it's just plain convenient for everyday visitors, too.

Today, check to be sure your house address number is easy to spot in any lighting condition. Will it need to be moved to a better-lit location?   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Spiff Up the Front Door

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 26, 2019

What's the focal point of the front porch? The front door! It's the portal where home meets world, so does it spell a warm welcome to friends and family?

Today in the Cleaning Challenge, it's time to spiff up the front door. Banish the dust and brighten the windows. Polish the doorknob and put out the doormat.

Door wreaths or seasonal decorations bring a cheery touch; consider using Command-brand adhesive hangers to mount decorations without marring paint or creating nail holes.

When you're done? Stand back and admire your home's entrance. You've earned it!   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Spiff Up the Front Door

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 26, 2019

What's the focal point of the front porch? The front door! It's the portal where home meets world, so does it spell a warm welcome to friends and family?

Today in the Cleaning Challenge, it's time to spiff up the front door. Banish the dust and brighten the windows. Polish the doorknob and put out the doormat.

Door wreaths or seasonal decorations bring a cheery touch; consider using Command-brand adhesive hangers to mount decorations without marring paint or creating nail holes.

When you're done? Stand back and admire your home's entrance. You've earned it!   Read More >>

Clutter Into Cash: Printable Yard Sale Signs and Checklist

Garage sales can clear the clutter (and score some cash!), but it helps to be organized. For a quick start, try these garage sale printables.

To begin, this step-by-step yard sale checklist is your road map to planning an organized garage sale. (New to garage sales? Get up to speed with yard sale tips.)

Print highly-visible yard sale signs with arrows pointing right, left and ahead to guide garage sale customers to your sale ... and turn your clutter into cash.

Ready, set ... sell!

 

Printable Yard Sale Signs

Printable File:  Yard Sale Checklist Yard Sale Sign - Arrow Right Yard Sale Sign - Arrow Left Yard Sale Sign - Arrow AheadCategories: Events and Travel

Clutter Into Cash: Printable Yard Sale Signs and Checklist

Garage sales can clear the clutter (and score some cash!), but it helps to be organized. For a quick start, try these garage sale printables.

To begin, this step-by-step yard sale checklist is your road map to planning an organized garage sale. (New to garage sales? Get up to speed with yard sale tips.)

Print highly-visible yard sale signs with arrows pointing right, left and ahead to guide garage sale customers to your sale ... and turn your clutter into cash.

Ready, set ... sell!

 

Printable Yard Sale Signs

Printable File:  Yard Sale Checklist Yard Sale Sign - Arrow Right Yard Sale Sign - Arrow Left Yard Sale Sign - Arrow AheadCategories: Events and Travel

Cleaning Challenge: Check Your Curb Appeal

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 25, 2019

The front porch: it's where house meets world--and where visitors get their first impressions.

What does your front porch say about your home? Realtors call this factor "curb appeal": that flash of first impression of any home.

Today in the Cleaning Challenge, it's time to step outside your door, and check your curb appeal.

From the sidewalk, appraise your front porch as if you had never seen it before. Is it crammed and cluttered, or clean and serene?   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Check Your Curb Appeal

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 25, 2019

The front porch: it's where house meets world--and where visitors get their first impressions.

What does your front porch say about your home? Realtors call this factor "curb appeal": that flash of first impression of any home.

Today in the Cleaning Challenge, it's time to step outside your door, and check your curb appeal.

From the sidewalk, appraise your front porch as if you had never seen it before. Is it crammed and cluttered, or clean and serene?   Read More >>

Chill Out! Cut Energy Use In Refrigerator And Freezer

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 23, 2019

With power bills on the rise--and hot weather just around the corner--it's time for an energy-saving tune up for your refrigerator and freezer.

Keeping food fresh while conserving energy can bring a helpful boost to the strained food budget.

Try these tips to minimize energy use and save money on groceries:   Read More >>

Printables:  food_inventory_freezer.pdf

Chill Out! Cut Energy Use In Refrigerator And Freezer

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on March 23, 2019

With power bills on the rise--and hot weather just around the corner--it's time for an energy-saving tune up for your refrigerator and freezer.

Keeping food fresh while conserving energy can bring a helpful boost to the strained food budget.

Try these tips to minimize energy use and save money on groceries:   Read More >>

Printables:  food_inventory_freezer.pdf

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