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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?

clippityclop Sun 05-Jul-15 07:23:45

Getting everyone to have everything they need for the following day ready the night before, that means every stitch of clothing out on the chair in their room, bags checked and ready to go by the door. Started this when they were two and it's just a habit now.

madasamarchhare Sun 05-Jul-15 06:46:26

I have an organised mum (!) calendar which I love. It has a large pocket for each month so any letters for upcoming parties, appointments or special days at school I pop in the right month (in order of when they happen!!) and they are always there to hand.

Insertwitticismhere Fri 03-Jul-15 23:04:37

Loving this thread.

I recently tackled my carrier bag mountain by folding all the carrier bags into triangles (like people do with crisp packets in pubs). It's tragic but true that this has brought me great pleasure. The cupboard is much tidier, it is easy to find the 'right' kind of plastic bag when you need it and because as you fold you spot any holes I'm no longer holding useless bags, they've gone into the recycling.

Davros Thu 02-Jul-15 23:22:53

I agree with taking photos of paperwork, dealing with it or binning it. But I find there is always some ongoing paperwork I need to be able to lay my hands on, e.g. Hospital appointment letters, party invitations etc. so I keep a 1-31 concertina file and put a small number of letters and documents on the date they are due to happen (or a few days before) with any relevant bits and pieces. DD's birthday party ideas go in there as well, I tear out items from mags that are ideas for what to do, gifts she might like and just put them in the date to look at nearer the time. It does need to be tidied out every now and then! But it is very easy to find those few bits of paperwork and when the date has passed it goes in the bin

Sleepyfergus Wed 01-Jul-15 23:38:32

Marking place smile

MsAspreyDiamonds Thu 18-Jun-15 22:36:18

I try and do a job/chore in each room I am in during the day so putting something away or to one side to take up/downstairs etc.

Quick clean of the bath & shower screen after every use to prevent build up.

I have a pile of clothes which I will ebay first and if it doesn't sell then I will donate to charity. I have 2 charity bags atm so hoping to list it all this weekend.

Batch cook curry sauce & freeze in food bags, then all is needed is to defrost and bung in the slow cooker with meat or veg and dinner is ready with minimal effort.

Holding back the snacks and putting a few out in the cupboard makes it last an extra week. If I put all the snacks out together then it's finished by the end of the week and I have to restock again.

Maximize oven usage by baking a cake/biscuits or scones for the cupboard or freezer at the same time as cooking main meal.

I buy Morrison's own brand bubble bath for a pound and use it to refill hand wash bottles, nobody has noticed the difference! I always keep a giant bottle just for this purpose so I never run out of hand wash.

QuiteQuietly Thu 18-Jun-15 13:01:00

Just get rid of the toaster and use the grill. No more crumbs all over worktop, uncluttered worktop easier to clean and easy crumpet removal! Plus I can toast 10 in one go.

chumbler Thu 18-Jun-15 08:32:37

super thread. just place marking for now to read through smile

noticed the chopsticks comment - be careful, it's not just the metal in a toaster that might electrocute you but if you accidentally move the cage inside the toaster with a chopstick (or anything!) then NEXT time the toaster's used it could electrocute that person because of the cage being against the toaster wall. hope that makes sense

mumtoblaire Wed 17-Jun-15 17:03:37

3 bin bags of too small, never gonna wear that again & will never wear that ever!! removed from DD1 bedroom at the weekend grin She did it not me - result!

Starting the 52 job list - brilliant idea.

GammonAndEgg Wed 17-Jun-15 12:42:32

I re-read this thread yesterday. It's been running for years! I'm pleased to say that all the areas I organised and decluttered in 2012 are STILL organised and decluttered!

myneighbourtotoro2 Tue 16-Jun-15 17:09:48

Sorry I'm just place marking . My house is currently a dump and I'm here to steal all of your ideas

TwoNoisyBoys Tue 16-Jun-15 16:31:45

Blatant place mark.....I used to be soooo organised but it's all fallen apart, really! Going to read the whole thread tonight smile

SundaySunshine Tue 16-Jun-15 11:45:28

OMG, there's been a momententous purchase in casa 'SundaySunshine'. Just got our hands on a portable scanner hey presto paper mountain disapears: open letter, scan, shred. LOVE IT.

SundaySunshine Mon 15-Jun-15 22:25:38

What a great thread, and great to read how it has inspired so many.

So here are my tips:
IKEA wardrobe motion sensor lights in the under stairs cupboard and airing cupboard. Makes life so much easier if your not scrabbling around in the dark.
Keep a pair of gloves in your winter coat pocket, so they are ready if the weather turns bad.
Keep a fully stocked toiletry bag ready for last minute weekends away.
I have a shelf in the kitchen which has a hanging rail underneath it. I've hung up pots with useful bits in - dh and I have a pot each which we keep our keys, we have a pot for pens (because even though we had loads, we could never find one when we needed one), a pot for DDs hairbands/clips, a pot for DDs paintbrushes/ glue sticks/scissors/selotape etc, a pot for DIY essentials - measuring tape, flathead/Philips screwdrivers, electrical tape etc. (Because its an arse to get the toolbox out for little jobs).
I keep a set of spare clothes for each DC and an emergency changing bag in the car.
We also keep our wellies, walking boots, swimming bag, bucket and spades/ picnic blanket (summer only), shopping bags, blankets, and the pushchair permanently in the back of the car.
I keep a small medical kit in the pushchair pocket.
Chopsticks are really useful for getting teacakes out of the toaster!
Stuff stored in the loft is in clear plastic storage boxes, and I also keep a spreadsheet of what is up there.

We live in a tiny 2bed house, and DH is a terrible hoarder, so I dream of living a calm, clutter free life. I'm definitely going to start meal planning, enforce the 'don't put it down, put it away' rule, and 'don't go up/down stairs empty handed'. I love the 52 chores list mentioned up thread, so will be starting that once I've sorted out the paperwork/clothes/toys mountain. Slowly but surely.....

mumtoblaire Sat 13-Jun-15 20:50:45

Bumping as slowly making my through the thread. So much good advice.

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....

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