Jack and I have plans to build a closet along one wall of our bedroom. Usually, I don't like a chest of drawers all that much, unless they're old and roomy. They don't hold much otherwise. I like shelves. But it's hard to keep shelves neat. I thought this was a really nice looking idea from Martha Stewart.
Organizing Tip of the Day: January 8th
I also found this at Martha Stewart.com Simple things we might already do, but it's always nice to have a pretty list.
1. Make the Bed
Tidiness begets tidiness. A crisply made bed makes the whole room seem more orderly, which makes it less likely that you'll let other things -- such as clothes and papers -- pile up around it.
2. Manage Clutter
Whenever you leave a room, take a quick look around for anything that isn't where it should be. Pick it up and put it where it belongs. Insist that everyone in the household do the same.
3. Sort the Mail
Take a few minutes to open, read, and sort mail as soon as you bring it inside. Keep a trash bin near your sorting area for junk mail. Drop other mail into one of four in-boxes: personal correspondence, bills, catalogs, and filing.
4. Clean as You Cook
Instead of filling the sink with pots and dishes, wash them or put them in the dishwasher as you prepare a meal.
5. Wipe Up Spills While They're Fresh
Whether it's tomato sauce on the cook top or makeup on the bathroom counter, almost anything is faster and easier to remove if you attend to it immediately.
6. Sweep the Kitchen Floor
Every evening once you've finished washing up after dinner, sweep the floor. This will keep tough-to-clean dirt and grime from building up, which will make the weekly mopping much quicker.
Here's another very fun Organizing Tip of the Day
I've been working on my home management binder. I intend to share it eventually, but for now, I finally got the cover done. I just could not decide what I wanted. I finally settled on using one of my old Mary Engelbreit calendars. I'm real happy with it because this print and the Jane Austen quote is very me.
"Ah! there is nothing like staying at home for real comfort."
I have a plan to begin a Cumulative List of Tips. This will be a post I'll add to. I will list the origin of the tip or where I found it. It will likely be jumbled at first, but I'll hope to categorize tips in some form. And I hope it will grow to the point it will be real useful.