LITTLE things that help keep you organised?

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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?

Lurleene Sat 25-May-13 20:43:27

Sorry, don't know if anyone else has said this, but I have recently discovered the joy of blasting cluttered surfaces with a hairdryer instead of dusting them. blush

OneLaundryBaskettoRuleThemAll Thu 23-May-13 00:06:38

Oops wrong thread, soz.

OneLaundryBaskettoRuleThemAll Thu 23-May-13 00:06:04

Blasted our kids ' playroom ' today and got incensed about the amount of pointless ' retro ' electrical av ( that's audio / video ) shite my other half has polluted the room with. However, he is going away for a week soon bwahahaha.....

HilaryM Wed 22-May-13 21:40:59

We have 3 DCs

We keep school uniform separate from other clothes; each child has a clear plastic tub on the landing, and clean dry uniform goes into each one. Makes it so much easier than rifling through a pile of clean clothes trying to find the elusive one clean polo shirt.

floatyfloni Wed 22-May-13 19:24:16

Spent the last couple of days reading through this thread. It is flippin' fab.

My airing cupboard is cleared and sorted.

Five bags of mine, dp's and ds's clothes and shoes have been donated to local charity shops.

Ds chest of drawers have been cleared of junk and all toys and craft bits and bobs are organised and back in the right sets.

I have re-filed paperwork and got rid of out dated stuff.

Got endless laundry done and all my towels have a had a hot wash and have come out lovely.

I now have a swim bag with all swimming cossies and armbands ready to go whenever we need.

Persuaded dp sort all his work bag out, and he is going to keep all staff cards and work gloves in there (so hopefully no more last minute stressful rush searching for things!)

Made some phonecalls that I have been putting off for an age.

All bills set up by dd now and have sorted repayment plans for arrears.

Still have a very very long way to go but all these little bits have been huge weights on my mind, and to sit here in the knowledge they are sorted, is so refreshing. This is the start of something new. Thank you for everybodies fab tips. Hopefully more people will add to this thread and we can keep on being motivated and inspired grin

Theonlyoneiknow Sun 19-May-13 11:19:57

Just marking my place !

chanie44 Sun 19-May-13 10:09:55

I have a notebook which I use for lists etc to help me save money and keep organised. I only started it properly this year and its working well.

Stuff I do, which is in my notebook:

Cards - I have a list of all birthdays and special occasions for the year and stocked up in card factory.

Children's clothes - normally buy in sales for the following year, write down what they have/need so I can keep my eye out for bargains.

Presents - again, I shop for Xmas, birthdays all year around, but keep a note of what I have, so I don't forget.

Cleaning etc - like a previous poster, I keep a list of infrequent cleaning jobs and work through it.

IamMummyhearmeROAR Sun 19-May-13 08:22:17

Loving the shiteboard!

conorsrockers Sun 19-May-13 06:20:22

hmmmm .. that'll be a whiteboard. Not a shiteboard ;) I don't record those kind of movements shock

conorsrockers Sun 19-May-13 06:19:16

... matching lingerie ..... bwhahahaha!!! grin

I have a huge shiteboard in my hall with everyone's 'movements' on there. Means the whole house (all 7 of us) know what's going on, what clubs are where each day. I usually get about 2 months worth on there....

MareeeyaDoloures Sun 19-May-13 01:38:09

And this

MareeeyaDoloures Sun 19-May-13 01:17:11

Get the school lunches ready on saturday night, after coming home from the supermarket. Make up all 15 into little plastic bags and shove them in the back of the fridge. Stops dh the kids nicking all the frubes/ fruit/ drinks / cheese portions and leaving me with nothing to put in by Friday.

Then in the morning it takes 2 min to just make a quick sandwich or bung a croissant in. The little plastic bag stops the lunchbag getting too ruined and mucky as well.

GeordieCherry Tue 07-May-13 10:32:27

Get clothes ready the night before

Have a charity shop bag permanently on the go & once it's full, take to the shop

Always have a spare of bog roll, toothpaste, whatever stuff you know you're always going to need

LOVE "don't put it down put it away"!

HilaryM Tue 07-May-13 10:15:47

Fab tips on here - thanks

Leafmould Mon 06-May-13 20:07:16

nomorecake I am definately going to try the shoes on coats on alarm, 5 mins before leave the house for school time. That is such a good idea, and will help the kids to start thinking for themselves about what they need to do, instead of me chivvying them!

tribpot Sun 05-May-13 21:53:14

Love this thread. V tempted by the idea of a separate washing basket for uniform. And loving the idea of getting all the birthday cards once a year.

For those wrestling with paper, I have a system which will one day have an accompanying flow chart (I haven't written this down yet because DH looked at me like I was insane when I suggested it). However, for the majority of pieces of paper the actual, physical paper is irrelevant, it's the content of it which is important. Therefore scan or take a photo of the piece of paper and then either bin or file it depending on whether you do need to retain it. Apps like Evernote now have a photo setting which takes extremely good images of documents, even hand-written notes if necessary, and scans them for keywords.

For simple to do planning I use Any.DO and for anything which is more like a project (e.g. getting a tree cut down in the back garden) I use Both apps are cross-platform and have browser plug-ins as well so I am never without them!

I definitely keep all the wrapping paper, sellotape, scissors and pritt stick together so I don't get caught out with emergency wrapping situations. I don't actually have a box to put them in - wrapping paper is a bit of an arse to store?

Triumphoveradversity Sun 05-May-13 21:00:50

I am going to keep a wash bag with everything required for an overnight trip in my overnight bag at all times. Sick of packing in advance but having to chuck in toiletries last minute.

southpacific Thu 02-May-13 15:27:19

Nothing to add but really pleased to see this thread back on the first page of Good Housekeeping!

I have six Ikea laundry baskets which fold up flat when not in use so I sort lAundry into VErY specific categories - small whites / pastels / greens and blues / dark small / dark larger / sheets / red - and then collapse down the basket when that wash is done. Means I can bung a wash in and it all takes less and less space as week wears on.

HoneyStepMummy Thu 25-Apr-13 18:33:39

Brilliant, BRILLIANT thread! Some of these great tips I do already, some I can't wait to try!
Painting and decorating? I get paper/plastic plates and plastic cups for the pound/dollar store. First of all it's a pain trying to locate and wash plates and cups in the middle of painting, plus I also use the disposable plates under a roller or brush when I want to put it down. Pour a tiny bit of paint into a plastic cup when you are touching up a spot. I also get showercurtains from the pound/dollar store to use as drop cloths. Great for protecting your floor for other messy jobs too!
I use disposable plastic knives as paint stirrers. If I'm done painting for the day but I'm still using the same paint and brush the next day, I put the roller or brush into a ziplock bag with the handle sticking out and seal it tight.
When my 7 year old wants a drink of water by his bed I put it into a 'to-go' coffee mug so he doesn't spill it over the sheets in his groggy state.

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PoppyAmex Wed 13-Feb-13 15:23:50

Thanks tiny, it's such a brilliant idea!

I love lists and am a big fan of doing certain things seasonly, so I don't know how this hadn't occurred to me before. Thanks a million.

tinygreendragon Mon 11-Feb-13 19:26:30

Absolutely Poppy grin Sod the spring cleaning if you can do little bits at a time.

-WD40 on all hinges, locks and bolts
-Wash a pair or two of trainers in the washing machine
-We have a clay chiminea in the garden that needs a weatherproof treatment
-Bleach the cleaning cloths
-Throw away old socks and pants that have holes in them
-Wash/clean handbags/rucksacks/suitcases/purses
-Wash winter coats/hats/scarves/gloves at the end of the season
-Bleach the teapot (and wash the teapot cover)
-Dust out the speaker holes/covers on laptops and tv's with a dry paintbrush
-Hoover and dust out the car
-Reorganise and throw out any scrap bits of rubbish from any arts n craft boxes/tool boxes that can't be used
-Clear out ice cream tubs/butter tubs/take away tubs that you've managed to collect over the year (they'll always be handy but I always seem to collect a mountain of them over the year and you always get more)

Take note of whenever you say to yourself "I really must remember to do that at some point" and just put it on your list so it will get done at some point. Then after a few years you'll realise you don't need to remember to do it.

PoppyAmex Mon 11-Feb-13 17:07:34

tinygreendragon that list is a really good idea!

Can you add a few more items whenever you have some free time? I would love to see them and add them to my annual task list.

trixymalixy Thu 07-Feb-13 21:37:20

One thing that has made a difference to our mornings is to attach a house key to each set of car keys, we could always find car keys,nut were scrabbling around for house keys every morning. We also put a key rack up in the hall, and tried to out the keys on it as soon as we came in. We still have the odd morning scrabbling around, but things have definitely improved.

Note that the key rack is not in sight or reach of the front door!

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