LITTLE things that help keep you organised?

(542 Posts)
starrychime Mon 16-Apr-12 18:27:47

There's a lot of threads about cleaning routines, 15 min sessions etc which I love to read but never get round to following (one day, one day I will!)
Wondered if anyone has some little hints and tips that make things just a little bit easier about the house?
I use paper plates blush for morning toast, lunchtime sandwiches etc as I HATE washing up (no washer) - and it keeps it down a little bit.
Also keeping a small Ikea drawer sorter in the bathroom with DD's bobbles and clasps so they're to hand in the morning helps a bit.
Anyone else have any little tips?

droves Mon 16-Apr-12 19:32:26

I have 2 vacuums ...big one for carpets upstairs (it's kept there),and a little cylinder for down stairs .

Also keep a small supply of cleaning stuff in upstairs cupboard as well as big stash in the kitchen . It means I'm not running up and down stairs every time I've forgot the duster or whatnot.

Keep all the linen for a bed inside the pillowcase (folded of course) , makes it damn sight faster to find everything (sheets duvet cover ect)....7beds in this house I don't have the time to spend 15 mins looking for the right covers.

Always pair socks as soon as they are dry .

Lingere sets - hook your bras through the matching pants and fasten ...that way you always find a matching set in seconds when your getting dressed.

KatyMac Mon 16-Apr-12 19:34:46

I have a preprinted shopping list, so I just tick what I need when I run out

crikeybadger Mon 16-Apr-12 19:39:41

Love that idea about the bedding droves but matching lingerie what's that? grin

Meal planning and an organised mum calendar are the two things that help me stay every so slightly organised.

FamiliesShareGerms Mon 16-Apr-12 19:57:59

Second the calendar - lots of columns with one for meal planning, plus a wipe clean bit for reminders.

Always complete school paperwork (school trips etc) the day it comes home

Put keys, phone, wallet etc in the same place at night so you can find it in the morning

madasa Mon 16-Apr-12 21:05:11

I always cook double the amount of food in one go i.e. bolognese sauce, curry etc. I freeze it to use when I cannot be arsed to cook am busy and/or tired

I have a folder for school paperwork which helps a bit.

Also a section of the fridge / cupboard just for packed lunch stuff.

Also have a bin in most rooms.

Oh and everything in school bags etc the night before and everything ironed on a sunday.

Google calendar anything - links with my phone so I can't forget.

Send back school paperwork straight away.

Best thing the DD's school ever did was parent emails.

No more "lost" letters & I leave them in my inbox till I've dealt with them, then put them in a seperate folder in case I need to refer to them. Suggest it to your school -must save them £'s in paper & secretarial time.

Starrychime how many paper plates do you use?? grin

Our d/washer died last week & we've been washing up by hand & actually it's not so bad. Do a little every morning & evening & it soon gets done while the kettle is boiling! The DD's do half the drying up each so it's a shared job.

yummybunny Tue 17-Apr-12 17:11:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

nannyl Tue 17-Apr-12 18:01:18

i do internet shopping and add to my trolley everytime i realise i need something

ChaosTrulyReigns71 Tue 17-Apr-12 18:11:15

Be ruthless about sorting and throwing - nothing gives as much satisfaction as tidy cupboards.

File all paperwork for a 12 moth period in one file - none of this gas/electicty/water/mortgage separate files. I weighed up how long it took to individually file things in separate folders compared to how often I needed to find one particular document and it takes far less to ruffle through a year's paperwork occasionally than to file anally.

Long sentence.. blush

ChaosTrulyReigns71 Tue 17-Apr-12 18:11:17

Be ruthless about sorting and throwing - nothing gives as much satisfaction as tidy cupboards.

File all paperwork for a 12 moth period in one file - none of this gas/electicty/water/mortgage separate files. I weighed up how long it took to individually file things in separate folders compared to how often I needed to find one particular document and it takes far less to ruffle through a year's paperwork occasionally than to file anally.

Long sentence.. blush

ChaosTrulyReigns71 Tue 17-Apr-12 18:11:19

Be ruthless about sorting and throwing - nothing gives as much satisfaction as tidy cupboards.

File all paperwork for a 12 moth period in one file - none of this gas/electicty/water/mortgage separate files. I weighed up how long it took to individually file things in separate folders compared to how often I needed to find one particular document and it takes far less to ruffle through a year's paperwork occasionally than to file anally.

Long sentence.. blush

ChaosTrulyReigns71 Tue 17-Apr-12 18:11:20

Be ruthless about sorting and throwing - nothing gives as much satisfaction as tidy cupboards.

File all paperwork for a 12 moth period in one file - none of this gas/electicty/water/mortgage separate files. I weighed up how long it took to individually file things in separate folders compared to how often I needed to find one particular document and it takes far less to ruffle through a year's paperwork occasionally than to file anally.

Long sentence.. blush

ChaosTrulyReigns71 Tue 17-Apr-12 18:11:22

Be ruthless about sorting and throwing - nothing gives as much satisfaction as tidy cupboards.

File all paperwork for a 12 moth period in one file - none of this gas/electicty/water/mortgage separate files. I weighed up how long it took to individually file things in separate folders compared to how often I needed to find one particular document and it takes far less to ruffle through a year's paperwork occasionally than to file anally.

Long sentence.. blush

ChaosTrulyReigns71 Tue 17-Apr-12 18:11:24

Be ruthless about sorting and throwing - nothing gives as much satisfaction as tidy cupboards.

File all paperwork for a 12 moth period in one file - none of this gas/electicty/water/mortgage separate files. I weighed up how long it took to individually file things in separate folders compared to how often I needed to find one particular document and it takes far less to ruffle through a year's paperwork occasionally than to file anally.

Long sentence.. blush

ChaosTrulyReigns71 Tue 17-Apr-12 18:11:26

Be ruthless about sorting and throwing - nothing gives as much satisfaction as tidy cupboards.

File all paperwork for a 12 moth period in one file - none of this gas/electicty/water/mortgage separate files. I weighed up how long it took to individually file things in separate folders compared to how often I needed to find one particular document and it takes far less to ruffle through a year's paperwork occasionally than to file anally.

Long sentence.. blush

ChaosTrulyReigns71 Tue 17-Apr-12 18:11:28

Be ruthless about sorting and throwing - nothing gives as much satisfaction as tidy cupboards.

File all paperwork for a 12 moth period in one file - none of this gas/electicty/water/mortgage separate files. I weighed up how long it took to individually file things in separate folders compared to how often I needed to find one particular document and it takes far less to ruffle through a year's paperwork occasionally than to file anally.

Long sentence.. blush

ChaosTrulyReigns71 Tue 17-Apr-12 18:11:31

Be ruthless about sorting and throwing - nothing gives as much satisfaction as tidy cupboards.

File all paperwork for a 12 moth period in one file - none of this gas/electicty/water/mortgage separate files. I weighed up how long it took to individually file things in separate folders compared to how often I needed to find one particular document and it takes far less to ruffle through a year's paperwork occasionally than to file anally.

Long sentence.. blush

ChaosTrulyReigns71 Tue 17-Apr-12 18:11:32

Be ruthless about sorting and throwing - nothing gives as much satisfaction as tidy cupboards.

File all paperwork for a 12 moth period in one file - none of this gas/electicty/water/mortgage separate files. I weighed up how long it took to individually file things in separate folders compared to how often I needed to find one particular document and it takes far less to ruffle through a year's paperwork occasionally than to file anally.

Long sentence.. blush

ChaosTrulyReigns71 Tue 17-Apr-12 18:11:35

Be ruthless about sorting and throwing - nothing gives as much satisfaction as tidy cupboards.

File all paperwork for a 12 moth period in one file - none of this gas/electicty/water/mortgage separate files. I weighed up how long it took to individually file things in separate folders compared to how often I needed to find one particular document and it takes far less to ruffle through a year's paperwork occasionally than to file anally.

Long sentence.. blush

ChaosTrulyReigns71 Tue 17-Apr-12 18:12:27

Oh arsefrippery.

again.

ChaosTrulyReigns71 Tue 17-Apr-12 18:12:39

Oh arsefrippery.

again.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now