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5 Ideas for Organized Bedding

5 Ideas for Organized Bedding via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing focus is BEDDING.  You can find November’s FREE Cleaning and Organizing calendar here and December’s here.

Your challenge this week is to take a little time to sort and organize your bedding.  Regardless of your bedding storage,  take a couple minutes this week to organize the space.  Here are 5 tips for bedding storage and care to get you started.

  • Re-purpose or donate any linens or bedding that haven’t been used in the last year.  Do you really need 6 sets of sheets?  I keep one extra set for each bed and I find that this not only keeps the laundry down it also makes it easier for storage.
  • Take inventory for guests – do you have enough pillows, pillow cases, and bedding?  I figure 2 pillows per person on all of our beds and then make sure that I have extras for company as well.
  • With winter upon us, take blankets out of storage and wash if necessary.  Do you need additional blankets/quilts/comforters?  Or do you need to trim down what you have?  Now is a great time to assess the situation.
  • Use a basket or bin for overflow storage.  Contain your linens and linen closet items with a basket or two is a great way to keep the closet organized.  If your folding is a little haphazard (see above) or if you have too much stuff on your shelves, baskets are a great alternative.
  • Use a pillowcase to store your folded set of sheets.  Fold your fitted sheet into a small square, wrap your flat sheet around the fitted sheet, tuck one of your pillowcases in between the flat and fitted sheet, and then put that “package” into one of the pillowcases from the set.  This keeps the set together and looks much neater on the shelf.

What are your best bedding tips?  Share in the comments!

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Start Here. FREE December 2014 FREE Cleaning + Organizing Calendar

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Happy (almost) December! If you’ve been working through the Start Here. calendar since January I hope you’ve met successes and made some oodles of progress in your home. If you’re new here, check out the first post in this series for a little more explanation.  Look for a BRAND NEW design for the 2015 FREE calendar and a new series!  Subscribe so you don’t miss a single post.

What’s behind the success of any clean and organized home?

Consistency and follow through.

This series Start Here. is a great place to start (and finish) because without starting something, you’ll never finish anything. Don’t get bogged down in the every day messiness that is life, you have to start somewhere to get anywhere and that’s what we’re doing today. If you are completely overwhelmed or just a little overwhelmed, start with a little bit every day – set your timer for 10-15 minutes and just do what you can on the list. It’ll get a little bit easier every day and every week – just keep at it and you’ll be making progress in no time!

Ready? We all have to start somewhere – let’s Start Here.

Here’s a little infographic that explains the cleaning and organizing schedule…

Start Here.  Cleaning + Organizing Calendar Infographic via Clean Mama

Want to join in on the fun? Grab a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for December (this is free in my shop– if you prefer Googledocs, you can go here to grab it) and give it a go. Follow along all month for motivational posts and tips to keep up with the daily and weekly tasks.

December 2014 Clean + Organized Calendar via Clean Mama

Need a little more explanation? Go to this post to see more information on my cleaning and homekeeping routine. I’ve covered a lot of cleaning and organizing ground – you can go here to see all the posts in this series.  Through December I’ll be recapping the year and giving you a little time to get your home clean and tidy in a hurry!

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3 Steps to a Clean and Organized Entryway or Mudroom

3 Steps to a Clean and Organized Entryway via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing task is the ENTRYWAY (November’s cleaning and organizing calendar is here). Take a little time this week to spiff up your entryway.   Before all the winter gear comes out, or use this as the perfect time to start with a few preemptive organizing systems and get that entryway ready for the busy season ahead.

If you have an entryway or a mudroom without designated places to put coats, shoes, purses, and other gear, go into that space and remove everything that you can.  Set it aside into 4 specific piles – keep, toss, donate, re-locate.  Looking at your space, determine the best way to help your family utilize this space.  Do you need to add hooks for coats?  A basket for backpacks?  A cute dish or hook for keys?  Recently I moved all our ‘sometimes’ shoes to our bedroom closet.  This was a simple game changer in the clutter department and our mudroom has so much more space.  I’d like to encourage you to find a game changing solution in your entryway or mudroom.  Once you’ve decided on how you’re going to arrange this space to minimize your clutter, put everything back where it belongs.  If you are changing up or adding a system (like a basket or bin), make sure you explain to other family members what your expectations are for the space.

  1. CLEAN –  empty and clean the space.  Wipe down any shelves, doors, handles, baseboards, etc.  Vacuum and wash the floors.
  2. ORGANIZE – group like items with like items, keep only what you need and use, and make sure that the clutter is gone.
  3. NEW SYSTEM – if something isn’t working, change it.  Put a new system in place – it can be as simple as a stick-on hook for a backpack.  Determine what isn’t working in your entryway or mudroom and change it.

With a little time and effort this week, you can make some big changes in your entryway or mudroom.  Short on time?  Choose the biggest issue and tackle it.  Maybe you need to get the winter gear out of storage and put it in a basket or bin for easy use.  Or maybe you’ve been neglecting the floor in your mudroom – vacuum and wash it this week.

What’s your biggest struggle in keeping your entryway or mudroom organized?  Have a great tip or solution to share?

 

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Organized Family Room Home Tour – Toys

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The Top Organizing Bloggers are doing a family room tour today – we each took a space in our family or living rooms to show how we organized it in our homes.  You can see last month’s kitchen tour here.  I’m excited to be show you how I organize toys in our family room.  If you’re new here (welcome!) and I hope you find some simple ideas for organizing your toy storage in your living spaces.  (At the bottom of the post you’ll find links to the Top Organizing Bloggers Family Room Tour that you won’t want to miss!)  Want to know more about me? Go through the tour and then go to my cleaning routine page.

How to Organize Toys in a Family Room via Clean Mama

In my opinion, figuring out a system for containing the toys is crucial to keeping things simple and easy to put away.  Regardless of the size of your family room, you can follow these simple steps and ideas and figure out a system for storing toys in this much-used area of your home.  I have a couple ‘rules’ for toys in main living spaces and these rules seem to keep toys from taking over while still allowing for creative play and lots of fun.  I have three kids – the oldest is a girl and the younger two are boys.  Most of the toys in the family room are toys that my youngest plays with because he is home all day (not at school) and doesn’t get to play in his room unsupervised like the older two.  Teeny tiny toys stay in containers in the oldest kids’ bedrooms so they aren’t a choking hazard to the littlest one.  This system works well, hopefully it’ll give you some ideas for organizing and including toys in your living space without feeling like a toy store threw up all over your house.

Group like Toys Together to Make Clean Up Easy via Clean Mama

CONTAIN  – I use baskets to contain toys – I like the soft look they give and bonus, they conceal what’s inside the basket.  When everything’s picked up and put away the room as a whole has a neat and tidy appearance.  Look for baskets with handles to give them portability as well.

Use Baskets to Contain Toys via Clean Mama

EASY TO CLEAN UP – Separating toys into baskets or containers also makes it easy to take out one or two things at a time which in turn makes it easier to pick up and put away.  The basket can also be taken to another room or area of the house and easily picked up and put away.

Use a Bookcase to Create Your Toy Storage via Clean Mama

ADJUST AS NECESSARY – See that huge basket in the corner?  That’s full of Duplos – my youngest’s favorite toy.  Instead of having a basket of miscellaneous toys, I packed those up and put all the Duplos in one basket.  Sometimes you have to assess and re-assess the situation to determine what works for a specific stage or age or individual child.

Use Furniture to Hide the Toys via Clean Mama

HIDE FROM VIEW – I don’t know about you, but clutter makes me crabby.  Toys strewn from one corner of the house to the next is great while they’re being played with but when that time is over, I want them to be put away quickly and easily.  We use the bookcase to house most of the toys and some toys are in the TV console.  Use the storage that you have and get creative with how you store toys – it’s that simple.

Simple, Easy Tips on How to Organize Toys in a Family Room via Clean Mama

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Next up?  Check out how the Top Organizing Bloggers are organizing their family rooms today!

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Organized Kitchen Home Tour – Kitchen Drawers

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The Top Organizing Bloggers are doing a kitchen tour today!  I’m so excited to be showing you a little glimpse of my kitchen – the kitchen drawers.  If you’re new here (welcome!) and I hope you find some simple ideas for organizing your kitchen.  (At the bottom of the post you’ll find links to the Top Organizing Bloggers Kitchen Tour that you won’t want to miss!)  Want to know more about me? Go through the tour and then go to my cleaning routine page.

In my opinion, organizing the kitchen drawers are critical to a kitchen running smoothly.  Regardless of the size or your kitchen or the number of drawers you have, you can follow these simple steps and ideas and get your drawers tidied up in a hurry.

Top Organizing Bloggers Organized Kitchen Home Tour - Kitchen Drawers via Clean Mama

Why would you want to organize and label your kitchen drawers?  It makes finding things a little easier and better yet, it makes things easier to return to their proper spots.  When we re-did our kitchen, the contractor did make fun of me a little bit for having everything labeled, but anyone can locate anything in the kitchen and put things away easily.

Labelmaker and Clear Tape for Drawers via Clean Mama

I use this label maker with clear tape and black ink to label each drawer and just place the label on the interior of each drawer.

Organized Kitchen Drawers via Clean Mama

I divided our kitchen up into zones or work spaces and then organized the drawers from there.  (You can see how I created zones in the pantry here and zones in the kitchen here.)  And here’s how to organize a kitchen drawer in 15 minutes.  I made a list of all the drawers and what went in each drawer – this was really helpful to keep everything together and contained.

Measuring Cups and Spoons via Clean Mama

Going around the kitchen from left to right, here are the drawers in my kitchen:

  • grill
  • paper goods
  • silverware
  • cutting boards
  • dish towels
  • measuring cups and spoons (baking)
  • oven mitts and hot pads and wraps (foil, parchment, etc)
  • pots & pans
  • oversized pans
  • baking pans

Oven Mitts & Pot Holders and Wraps via Clean Mama

I also have six large drawers in the island (work station) – the top two drawers have large silverware organizers and they are labeled:

  • thermometers, scoops, grate & press, cakes, miscellaneous
  • knives, openers, cutters, bottle stoppers, miscellaneous

Labeled Tool Drawer via Clean Mama

Then the pull-out drawers under each one are labeled:

  • food storage
  • baking pans
  • food processing
  • roasting supplies

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Pots and Pans and Oversized Pans via Clean Mama

Ready for more?  Go to the next link to see The Top Organizing Bloggers Kitchen Tour- click on the links below to see the rest of our organized kitchens (and make sure you’re following me on Instagram for a $100 CASH giveaway that starts at 8am EST 10/1/14):

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Start Here. FREE October 2014 FREE Cleaning + Organizing Calendar

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Happy (almost) October! If you’ve been working through the Start Here. calendar since January I hope you’ve met successes and made some oodles of progress in your home. If you’re new here, check out the first post in this series for a little more explanation.

What’s behind the success of any clean and organized home?

Consistency and follow through.

This series Start Here. is a great place to start (and finish) because without starting something, you’ll never finish anything. Don’t get bogged down in the every day messiness that is life, you have to start somewhere to get anywhere and that’s what we’re doing today. If you are completely overwhelmed or just a little overwhelmed, start with a little bit every day – set your timer for 10-15 minutes and just do what you can on the list. It’ll get a little bit easier every day and every week – just keep at it and you’ll be making progress in no time!

Ready? We all have to start somewhere – let’s Start Here.

Here’s a little infographic that explains the cleaning and organizing schedule…

Start Here.  Cleaning + Organizing Calendar Infographic via Clean Mama

Want to join in on the fun? Grab a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for October (this is free in my shop– if you prefer Googledocs, you can go here to grab it) and give it a go. Follow along all month for motivational posts and tips to keep up with the daily and weekly tasks.

October 2014 Cleaning and Organizing Calendar via Clean Mama

Need a little more explanation? Go to this post to see more information on my cleaning and homekeeping routine.  I’ve covered a lot of cleaning and organizing ground – you can go here to see all the posts in this series.

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(If you like this calendar style, you’ll love The Streamlined Life Series in my shop!)

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Shop Update : Clean Mama’s Everyday Planner + FREE August Planner Pages

I’ve been working on a new planner style and format since I created a planner last year – for real.  I took a lot of things into consideration and have come up with a simple and perfectly functional planner that I absolutely LOVE and hope you will too!  Clean Mama’s Everyday Planner incorporates a few things that are really important to me – it has a straightforward and simple design, it’s super easy to print, and it prints perfectly back to back (hooray!).  It’s only available in black and white to make it easy to print on any printer (color, black and white, laser, inkjet….) and to keep the printing cost low.  I love the black and white design – it can be put in a fancy binder or planner, you can jazz it up with stickers, sticky notes, and washi tape and make it yours.  Better yet, if you combine it into a homekeeping notebook it’ll blend beautifully with what you have.  How about a couple pictures so you can see it?  (Make sure you scroll ALL the way down to the end for the FREE pages too!)

Clean Mama's Everyday Planner - A Simple, Perfectly Functional Planner via Clean Mama

Clean Mama’s Everyday Planner includes 160+ documents and has everything you need to assemble your own simple, perfect planner. Clean Mama’s Everyday Planner is in a simple and attractive format that works for any lifestyle and schedule. Print what you need or print it all out – either way you’ll love the black and white color scheme and ease of this planner. The planner is designed to be printed and bound or hole-punched – put it in a binder or have it professionally bound.  I printed my own on my inkjet printer and put it in a discbound notebook – I use an ARC punch and the Martha Stewart discbound notebook (both found at Staples).

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Clean Mama's Everyday Planner - Monthly Calendars via Clean Mama

 

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2 Versions of the Weekly Planner are Included via Clean Mama

 

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This listing is in 2 zip files – one for a blank planner and one for a planner with daily tasks (this is my FAVORITE feature!) – save and download both or just the one you will use. Each category is in its own file within the zip (the planner is together as one ‘document’), the calendar is separate and the pages are saved individually….this is so it’s super easy to print back to back or as A4/A5 size.

  • 16 Month Planner – each week on a 2 page spread – 140 pages – blank AND with Clean Mama’s suggested daily tasks are both included
  • Everyday Planner cover page – simple and sweet to match the planner
  • September 2014-December 2015 Calendar (vertical, binder style) – 16 pages
  • Notes page – ‘Jot It Down’
  • Important Dates to Remember – 1 page
  • Important Contacts

I know you’ll love Clean Mama’s Everyday Planner – I’ve added more products to match the planner in black and Clean Mama aqua – see the entire line here.

Not sure how to print a 140 page planner?  First of all, think about HOW you want the pages set up….you could print the calendars back to back with the ‘jot it down’ pages and then insert them between the planner pages.  Print the important contacts pages back to back and set up a little address book in your planner.  I love the important dates to remember page – perfect to write down all the special dates for each month – keep it front and center so you don’t forget that birthday again this year!

How in the world does one print a 140 page planner back to back without going through reams of paper in the process?  The EASIEST way is to print page 1 first by itself without anything on the back of it.  Then, print pages 2-140 BACK to BACK. Your printer will most likely stop halfway through and give you instructions on how to feed the already printed pages back into your printer. If you are unsure on how to do this, I recommend trying it out in ‘draft’ printing mode and printing page 1 and then pages 2-6 to make sure you get how to print back to back first. You can always send to a copy shop and have them print it back to back for you. Because the planner is one ‘document’ this is easy for them to upload and print.   Have a A4/A5 planner and want to resize?  Check out this post!  Want color and a non-dated planner spread?  Check out The Streamlined Life 2014/2015 Calendar and Planner Kit.

Want to try out the planner and see what you think?  How about getting August 2014 for FREE!?  Go here to grab August’s pages in my shop and here to grab them on Googledocs.

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Quick Ways to Organize a Laundry Room

Quick Ways to Organize a Laundry Room via Clean Mama

If you do laundry daily (like me) you spend a fair amount of time in and out of your laundry room/basement/laundry closet.  It is so much easier and more enjoyable to have an organized laundry room – so for this week’s organizing task we’re going to organize the LAUNDRY ROOM.

Take a couple minutes to wipe down the exterior of your washer and dryer with your favorite cleaner to get the lint and dust off your machines.  Vacuum under and around the machines if you have the time.  Then take a peek at your space and look for ways to make this space more efficient, organized, and user-friendly.

  • Remove any non-laundry or unnecessary items.  If your laundry room has become a dumping ground for non-laundry items, put them where they belong.
  • Group cleaning supplies in a cleaning caddy or bin.  Keeping these items in a designated caddy will help to keep your space more organized.  If you can put cleaning supplies that aren’t laundry related in a different space, take the time to do that this week.
  • Create a laundry room ‘stray’ basket or container for lone socks, pocket change, and other miscellaneous items.  Just make sure that you find the real spot for these items so it doesn’t turn into a junk basket.
  • Short on storage?  Use the top of your washer and dryer for storage.  (Just keep anything breakable off your washer and dryer so the spin cycle doesn’t send anything flying.)
  • Group like items together – washing products together, stain treatment products together, softening products together, etc.  Organizing always works better when items are grouped together.
  • Take powders out of boxes and put them in clear containers for a more decorative and uniform look.
  • Add labels if you’d like – take a couple minutes to add this finishing touch to your laundry room – you might know what that white powder is, but other people using the laundry room might not.

Need a little more laundry inspiration?

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Have a great idea for organizing a laundry room? Leave it in the comments!

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How to Organize Your Purse (So It Stays that Way)

How to Organize Your Purse (so it stays that way) via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing focus is your PURSE.   If you haven’t grabbed July’s FREE cleaning and organizing calendar yet, you can go here to grab it.

Organizing your purse will only take a couple minutes, but it’ll save you time in the long run because you’ll know exactly where everything is.  Traveling?  If you’re a passenger you can do this while you’re riding in the car.  Waiting to pick kids up?  That’s a perfect time to do a little purse organization!  Just grab a small bag to toss any garbage in before you start and you’ll be all set.

  • Start by emptying your purse.  If your purse needs to be wiped down or cleaned, take a couple minutes and do that before moving on to the organizing.
  • Throw anything away that shouldn’t be in there anyway – gum wrappers, old receipts, etc.
  • Relocate anything that should be stored elsewhere.
  • Put all the items that you want to keep on a surface and group like items together.  I keep a pretty simplified purse – just a makeup bag, wallet, and anything that I might need for the kids wherever we’re going.  I keep my planner at home unless I need it for wherever I’m headed.
  • If you find that you have a lot of receipts in your purse you might want to add a small plastic envelope to put them in until you can sort them out.
  • Once you have all your must-have items back in your purse designate a pocket or two for your keys and cell phone.  I find it super helpful to always put my cell phone and keys in the same pockets in my purse so I’m not digging around trying to find them.
  • How to keep it this way?  Keep LESS in your purse and empty weekly or daily so you are in the habit of keeping it this way.

Designate spots in your purse to always put your phone and keys via Clean Mama

Have a great idea for cleaning and organizing your purse? Leave it in the comments!

 

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Organize a Bathroom Drawer in Less Than 15 Minutes

Organize a Bathroom Drawer in Less Than 15 Minutes via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing focus is a BATHROOM DRAWER.   If you haven’t grabbed June’s FREE cleaning and organizing calendar yet, you can go here to grab it.

Your challenge this week is to take 10-15 minutes to organize a bathroom drawer.  Choose your most disorganized or grossest drawer or a drawer that’s been bugging you.  Getting one bathroom drawer organized will help your quest for a little more organization.  If you feel really motivated, tackle one bathroom drawer every day this week.

The easiest way to start this process is to completely empty your drawer.  I find that completely clearing and cleaning out any space is the best way to organize it once and for all.   If you need some type of drawer organizer to keep your drawer a little neater, plan to purchase that this week as well.

  • Completely empty the drawer.
  • Spray with your favorite all-purpose cleaner and wipe area clean.
  • Toss any items that are just taking up space and have no purpose or don’t get used.
  • Re-locate items that no longer belong in this space.
  • Follow the best rule of organizing – group like items together.
  • Drawer dividers and organizers are your friends – determine the correct size for your drawer and the approximate number of compartments.  If you have an organizer that you can re-purpose for this space, by all means you should do that!  I LOVE clear acrylic drawer organizers in the bathroom like these – they make organizing and staying organized so easy!
  • Label anything that needs to be labeled so items will be returned to their new home.  It may be helpful to use a label maker to label the side or bottom of the compartments of any organizers or on the top of your organizer.
  • Return your items to your bathroom drawer.

Have a great idea for organizing your bathroom drawers? Leave it in the comments!

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Organize a Kitchen Drawer in 15 Minutes

Organize a Kitchen Drawer in 15 Minutes via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing focus is a KITCHEN DRAWER.   If you haven’t grabbed June’s FREE cleaning and organizing calendar yet, you can go here to grab it.

Your challenge this week is to take 10-15 minutes to organize a kitchen drawer.  Choose your worst drawer or a drawer that’s been bugging you.  Getting one kitchen drawer organized will help your quest for a little more organization.  If you feel really motivated, tackle one kitchen drawer every day this week.

The easiest way to start this process is to completely empty your drawer.  I find that completely clearing and cleaning out any space is the best way to organize it once and for all.   If you need some type of drawer organizer to keep your drawer a little neater, plan to purchase that this week as well.

  • Completely empty the drawer.
  • Spray with your favorite all-purpose cleaner and wipe area clean.
  • Toss any items that are just taking up space and have no purpose or don’t get used.
  • Re-locate items that no longer belong in this space.
  • Follow the best rule of organizing – group like items together.
  • Drawer dividers and organizers are your friends – determine the correct size for your drawer and the approximate number of compartments.  If you have an organizer that you can re-purpose for this space, by all means you should do that!
  • Label anything that needs to be labeled so items will be returned to their new home.  It may be helpful to use a label maker to label the side or bottom of the compartments of any organizers or on the top of your organizer.
  • Return your items to your kitchen drawer.

Have a great idea for organizing your kitchen drawers? Leave it in the comments!

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Start Here. June 2014 FREE Cleaning + Organizing Calendar

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Happy June! If you’ve been working through the Start Here. calendar since January I hope you’ve met successes and made some oodles of progress in your home. If you’re new here, check out the first post in this series for a little more explanation.

What’s behind the success of any clean and organized home?

Consistency and follow through.

This series Start Here. is a great place to start (and finish) because without starting something, you’ll never finish anything. Don’t get bogged down in the every day messiness that is life, you have to start somewhere to get anywhere and that’s what we’re doing today. Start here.

Ready? We all have to start somewhere – let’s Start Here.

Here’s a little infographic that explains the cleaning and organizing schedule…

Start Here.  Cleaning + Organizing Calendar Infographic via Clean Mama

Want to join in on the fun? Grab a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for June (this is free in my shop – if you’d prefer to grab it from Googledocs, you can go here to grab it) and give it a go. Follow along all month for motivational posts and tips to keep up with the daily and weekly tasks. Need a little more explanation? Here’s a post on Weekly Cleaning Tasks and a post on Daily Cleaning Tasks. I’ve/we’ve covered a lot of cleaning and organizing ground – you can go here to see all the posts in this series.

If you’re new here you might also like my brand new series all about homekeeping called Modern Day Homekeeping.

Cleaning + Organizing Calendar for June 2014 via Clean Mama

Go here to grab your FREE calendar for June 2014!

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4 Quick Tricks to Organize Your Linens

4 Quick Tricks to Organize Your Linens via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing focus is your LINENS or LINEN CLOSET.  If you haven’t grabbed May’s FREE cleaning and organizing calendar yet, you can go here to grab it.

Your challenge this week is to take a little time to sort and organize your linens or linen closet.  Regardless of your linen closet’s state of organization or lack there of, take a couple minutes this week to organize the space.  Here are 3 things you can do easily to make organize your linen closet or linens.

  • Repurpose or donate any linens that haven’t been used in the last year.  Do you really need 6 sets of sheets?  I keep one extra set for each bed and I find that this not only keeps the laundry down it also makes it easier for storage.
  • Use a pillowcase to store your folded set of sheets.  Fold your fitted sheet into a small square, wrap your flat sheet around the fitted sheet, tuck one of your pillowcases in between the flat and fitted sheet, and then put that “package” into one of the pillowcases from the set.  This keeps the set together and looks much neater on the shelf.
  • Use a basket or bin for overflow storage.  Contain your linens and linen closet items with a basket or two is a great way to keep the closet organized.  If your folding is a little haphazard (see above) or if you have too much stuff on your shelves, baskets are a great alternative.
  • Group towels by type and fold them in the same direction to keep them looking neat and tidy on your closet shelf.  This really doesn’t take any more time once you concentrate on doing your towels this way.  You’ll love the neat look and it’ll be easier to locate your towels as well.

Looking for more?  Here’s my towel tutorial (how to purge, store, organize, and launder your towels) and how I spring cleaned my linen closet this year.

Have a great idea for organizing your linens or linen closet? Leave it in the comments!

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Organize Your Bathroom Counters in Minutes

Organize Your Bathroom Counters in Minutes via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing focus is the BATHROOM COUNTERS.  If you haven’t grabbed May’s FREE cleaning and organizing calendar yet, you can go here to grab it.

Your challenge this week is to quickly clear off your bathroom counters (if you only have time for one counter, tackle the one that’s most used).  Start by giving your counters a quick wipe down (time this with your bathroom cleaning and it’s even easier!), and do a little assessment of the situation.

  • Toss any cosmetics that you don’t use or if they are older than a year (yes, makeup expires).
  • Put your most-used items on a tray or dish to keep them together.  This works really well for cleaning – instead of having to move a bunch of makeup products, just move the tray.
  • Want to keep makeup and skin care products out?  Put them in a basket – they’ll look better and be easily contained.
  • Go through your drawers and get rid of anything you don’t use anymore.
  • Place hairdryers and curling irons in a basket in a drawer or in a container in a cupboard to keep them off the counters.
  • Resolve to keep just the bare necessities on your counters – your counters will look better AND be easier to clean and maintain.

A couple makeup related posts:

What’s your favorite bathroom counter organizing technique?  Leave it in the comments!

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4 Steps to an Organized Nightstand

4 Steps to An Organized Nightstand via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing focus is the NIGHTSTAND.  If you haven’t grabbed May’s FREE cleaning and organizing calendar yet, you can go here to grab it.

Your challenge this week is to take 15 minutes to tidy up your nightstand.  Put the books where they belong, dust off the surface, clean off your lamp and lampshade (a lint roller works great for this!), and decide if there’s a better way to keep and store your must-have nightstand items.

Keep Books in a Basket and Small Personal Items in a Cute Dish via Clean Mama

4 Ideas for Nightstand Organization:

  • Keep a book or two on your nightstand – only your current reads are necessary.  A small basket might help to keep the items where you want them.
  • Put hand lotion, lip balm, etc. in a cute container to corral these items and to keep it neat and tidy.
  • Use a drawer organizer in your drawer(s) to contain any other items.
  • If you keep your phone on your nightstand as far away from your head as possible because of possible radiation.

(Basket and dish are from Target and Bread & Wine is a favorite book from Shauna Niequist.)

What’s your best nightstand organization tip?  Share in the comments!

And of course, grab my book – it’ll look great on your nightstand!

The Organically Clean Home - Clean Mama

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