My Top 8 Cleaning and Organization Tips for 2019
With all the New Year's Resolutions floating around I thought I would share a few practical tips that have helped me simplify life. As a mom of 2 young children and a Type A personality, keeping my home tidy is on my priority list. These simple changes have helped transform my day-to-day routine.
Incorporating these woven baskets and fabric file boxes to my home office helped create uniformity, while allowing me to access necessary items quickly. Baskets can be a great tool if you take proper measurements prior to purchasing. Make sure you're not mixing different variations of the same material. Here you can see I have one woven style and one fabric style rather than 2 mismatched woven styles. Capeesh?
If you've been following for a while you know we are a family of 4 living in a 1400 sq ft home. As my jewelry collection has grown, I've run into some major nightstand clutter. This Jewelry Storage is a gamechanger. It tucks right behind my bedroom door and serves the purpose of jewelry storage and full length mirror!
We recently purged through our kitchen and donated a ton of Starbucks city mugs. We held onto maybe 6-8 mugs because we run the dishwasher pretty regularly. I also only keep a set of 6 plates and bowls on hand. Any dinner party over 6 gets fancy plastic or bamboo plates. I realize this may be cut throat, but if I'm cooking a dinner for 8, I'm definitely not washing all the plates. Our set of 6 is plain and simple form Crate and Barrel. I received the Bennet Rimmed Dinner Plate, Salad Plate, and Low Bowl off my wedding registry 13 years ago and they are still intact! I also love the Mercer Dinnerware Collection. The best part about neutral dinnerware is it can be dressed up or down for holidays and parties!
DVDs=a total clutter nightmare. I went back and forth on this like someday I would become some sort of Ebay sales queen and I wouldn't be able to sell my DVDs without their cases. Let's be real, ain't nobody got time for that. Last week we bought a CD case and threw out all our DVD boxes! I chose this DVD case because it holds 288 disks which was just the right amount for what we owned!
This tip was a total GAME CHANGER for me. Instead of storing cleaners, rags, and brushes all over your house, try using a caddy. I eliminated most of my cleaning supplies by switching over to microfiber cloths. I use Norwex, but Amazon has some great options too. Norwex towels are anti-microbial which means you can clean anything with just a cloth and water. I know this sounds outrageous and it took a little getting used to. But I love not having a ton of cleaning products all over my house. I hang my cloths under my sink next to my caddy using Command Hooks. The rags are under my bathroom and kitchen cabinets so I can quickly clean up spills in the moment without running all over the house.