Organization Tips

One of the most important benefits of organizing your space is reduced STRESS. Simply having a more efficient system to keep track of your papers, appointments, and personal belongings can help minimize stress-influenced conditions. Keeping your house clean and organized can be a pain, and sometimes its just don right hard to make time each day to get stuff done.

For me organization is key, keeping things organized and in a common place can save tons of time and make you feel less stressed about your clutter. The Process of getting organized helps you familiarize yourself with what you currently have, making it a great fresher so you are not buying the same hand soap 15 more times over when you already have 30 under your sink! Here are some things I do at home to help me stay organized.

Magazine Holder:

Use a magazine holder to hold your aluminum foil, zip lock bags, wax paper, and more. Either mount it to your cabinet doors or simply keep it in your cabinet and keep all of the boxes standing up and out of the way!

Under Sink Organization:

I recently found out that I was not utilizing my under sink space by only using the bottom level of the cabinet. Leaving things stacked terribly and the cabinet is left stuffed and hard to find exactly what you need. Then I got organizers for under my sink and my life has been changed, I finished with more room than I started with which is what we are doing this for right?!

FIFO Your Pantry:

First in first out. Every time you go grocery shopping bring all of your old food to the front and your newly bought food to the back, this will help you use up old food you didn’t even know you had!

Shopping Station:

Use a magnetic board for your fridge, use for a shopping list. This will ensure you buy exactly what you need and help with useless shopping. This one from amazon also has a weekly list to keep you even more organized. I would add magnetic pockets to keep all of your coupons there as well so it a one stop shop before you leave for your grocery trip.

Linen Closet:

Linen closets always seem to be over flowing and hard to keep organized. Start by storing your sheet inside the matching pillow cases. Use bins to store rags, supplies, or even toiletries. I just bought these bins from amazon to use in my linen closet.

Pantry:

Keep bulk items in stack-able bins. This eliminates bulky boxes and you can see exactly what you are looking for.

Side Of Fridge Storage:

This hack you can either DIY to get the exact size you are looking for. You can find tons of ideas on Pinterest for this. Use the side of your fridge for extra storage, some use this for spices but you can make it work for you and use it for anything you please. This one I found on amazon.

Cleaning Hacks


Microwaves are personally my least favorite thing to clean, always caked on food from months of use. I found a perfect solution that does not involve vigorous scrubbing! Here is how you do it and I promise you will not clean your microwave any other way.

  1. Cut a lemon in half
  2. Fill a microwavable safe bowl or container with water
  3. Squeeze the juice of both of the lemons into the water then drop the lemon halves into the water as well.
  4. Microwave on high for 10 min
  5. DO NOT OPEN THE MICROWAVE WHEN THE TIME IS UP.
  6. Leave the door closed for another 20 min, the steam will loosen all of the caked on food.
  7. After the second 10 min is complete, simply wipe with a rag and see how easy it is to wipe clean

Clogged drain? Try this baking soda and vinegar hack!

  1. Pour 1 cup of baking soda down your clogged drain
  2. Follow by 1 cup of vinegar
  3. wait 5 to 10 min to allow the vinegar to work through the baking soda
  4. Now flush with 2 cup of extremely hot water
  5. Depending on how clogged your drain is, repeat as many times as necessary.

Animal hair filled carpet? This trick changed my life. simply take a squeegee to the carpet and use it like you would on your window and shower and watch how much stubborn hair hiding in your carpet you will find. It will astound you how much hair your vacuum misses and this trick makes your carpet look brand new.

Smelly garbage disposal?

  1. Cut up limes or lemons into quarter pieces and drop them into your disposal
  2. Run extremely hot water
  3. Then run your disposal and smell the difference

Spotty Shower Head?

  1. Fill a large Ziploc bag with vinegar
  2. Affix this to your shower head
  3. Secure with rubber bands
  4. Leave over night.

Ways To Save Money On Food

Plan ahead! Take inventory of what you have, and what you need before hand so you do not over buy. Bring a list with you with a utensil to cross items off your list, or you can download an app like anylist from the app store. This app can organize your list by department making it easier for shopping.

Utilize sales and coupons: There are tons of ways you can do this. Whether it be your local newspaper,app, or simply printing them at home there are plenty choices for you. I love an app called Coupons this app lets you see manufacture coupons that you can add on top of most store sales. It also lets you print them from home making it simple and easy. I also use the app called Flipp that lets you see the prices of your items at all stores so you can see who has the best deal for you.

Make healthy choices: Eating healthier foods can actually save you money, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. The researchers found that when families went on weight loss diets, they not only lost weight but reduced their food budgets.The savings came from reducing portion sizes and from buying fewer of the high-calorie foods that tend to increase the amount spent at the grocery store. People tend to spend a lot on those “extras” foods that add calories but little nutritional value, like sodas, bakery items, and chips.

Go generic: Consider buying store brands instead of pricier national brands. Many grocery companies buy national-brand products made to their specifications and simply put their own label o n the products. Read the ingredient list on the label to be sure you’re getting the most for your money. I always shop generic, I find the store brands are just as good if not better!

Shopping in bulk: Try shopping in bulk! This is a great option for large families who shop more often than most, or even a small to average size families as well. Joining a bulk shopping club like Sam’s, Costco, or BJ’s can be cost-effective if you frequent the club regularly. Bulk purchases can be a great way to save money as long as they get used.