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5 Hacks to Help You Stay Organized Now

Just in case your New Year's Resolution got off track...

Welcome to February. How are y'all doing on your resolutions one month into 2018? If your goal was to stay organized and you already need a little encouragement (no judgment--we feel you!), we have some easy tips and tricks you can implement today to get things back in order ASAP. 

GET ORGANIZED IN THE NEW YEAR

Purge and Downsize

You probably gained a lot of "stuff" this holiday season. I know I did. My kids, too (thanks, Santa). Now is the time to sort, streamline, and downsize your belongings. Don't be overwhelmed, start one room at a time. Create donation piles for toys, clothes, and everything in between. All those art projects you've been hanging on to--decide which ones are keepers and which ones should be gifted to Grandma and Grandpa. Don't get too emotional about anything. Things are just things, after all. If you haven't used it, worn it, played with it, or admired it in six months, do as Elsa and "let it go."

Master Calendar

Now that the holiday hustle and bustle is over, it's back to you family's regularly scheduled but still super busy everyday routine. It can be had to get back into the swing of things. Kick off your January with a color-coordinated master family calendar that visibly shows where everyone needs to be at all times. This will help you stay prepared and keep the kids feeling informed, confident, and empowered. (Google calendars are great too--because they sync to you devices!) 

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Cleaning Routine

Establish a schedule and you'll set yourself up for success. Beds should be made every morning (you'll be amazed at how this will give you a mental boost). Empty the sink every night--whether that means a hand-washing or a load in the dishwasher. Launder the sheets once a week. Do a ten-minute straighten-up every evening before bed. Making these cleaning rituals a regular routine will ensure you home stays spick and span. 

A Home for Everything

The biggest challenge in cleaning and organizing is figuring out where to put the stuff (you know, #allthethings). Everything needs a designated home--from the TV remote to miscellaneous kitchen gadgets to the kids' knick-knacks. This is where labels, once again, become key! Don't arbitrarily put things away; straighten up with intention and you'll stay organized this year and beyond.

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