control and direct the flow of the daily routine. What kind of chaos
tends to trip you up? The A.M. rush? Messes, messes everywhere? Mealtime
Check out our 10 tips on how to organize your home from top to bottom
and streamline your day from the first stretch to the last yawn.
WEEK 1: SIMPLIFY YOUR SPACE
There are certain areas in every home that lend themselves to clutter
and chaos. We’ve got easy ways to help get them organized and keep them
- BANISH THE LITTLE LOO BLUES. Whether your bathroom is cozy
or roomy, having the proverbial place for everything will not only
simplify cleanup, but it will also help you get ready for work or a big
night out in a hurry. Keep small essentials like cotton balls and swabs
out of the way by storing them in a SNAPWARE® SNAP ‘N STACK® HOME STORAGE 6″ X 6″ SQUARE or a SNAPWARE® SNAP ‘N STACK® HOME STORAGE 6″ X 9″ RECTANGLE container. Or use them to corral your makeup items and keep them off the counter.
- CURL UP AND HIDE. Use the inside of a cabinet door to store
your hairstyling helpers. Attach clear containers or small baskets with
Velcro tape, or copy this genius idea from DIY Home Sweet Home:
Attach lengths of PVC pipe to the inside of a cupboard door. Slip your
curling iron or flat iron into one, and then loop up the cord and tuck
the bundle inside another.
- CONQUER THE KITCHEN. Organizing the kitchen can be an
overwhelming task to tackle, but keeping your fridge, pantry and
cupboards neat and tidy is an effective and easy way to set a standard
for simplicity. We share tips for breaking down the job day by day in
One Week to the Most Organized Kitchen Ever! Is your disheveled pantry the main problem? Get it under control in a snap with our Pantry Makeover: How to Organize in 30 Minutes.
- TUCK AWAY WITH CARE. Stock up on SNAPWARE® SMART STORE® 18″X 12″ RECTANGLE HOME STORAGE CONTAINERS
to store heirlooms, keepsakes and other valuables safely and securely.
Clear and roomy, they’ll hold anything from grandpa’s old magazines to
itty-bitty outgrown baby shoes.
- HIDE THE HEAP. Speaking of shoes, they can pile up fast,
especially if you have several people (or one seriously stylish person)
living in your house. To strike a balance between stowing away and
showing off, invest in a shoe rack for the coat or bedroom closet, or
whip together a DIY display case by repurposing an old bookcase. If
“practical placement” is the name of your game, a couple of low shelves
in your mudroom or entryway will do the trick nicely.
WEEK 2: REFINE YOUR ROUTINE
Whether you frantically muddle through your morning or dash through
dinner on the way to your daughter’s dance practice, there are lots of
ways to reduce daily hiccups and stresses, including these plan-ahead
- SAIL THROUGH THE START. How you spend your morning sets the tone for the whole day (and for your kids’ day!). So aim for a smoother cruise with easy tips for simplifying your morning routine.
- MAKE QUICK, NOT FAST, FOOD. Between study group, sports and
book club, dinner has become a lost art. It can be tough to make real
meals while dashing between destinations, so don’t just plan ahead, make
ahead! Here are some ideas for meals you can make ahead of time.
- SHOP FOR SUCCESS. When you’re shopping, keep a few things in
mind. Do you need it? Do you have a place to put it? Will it save time?
If none of these things apply, think hard before you buy. Avoid adding
clutter to your house (and save money) by limiting the number of trips
you make to the store. The more trips you make, the more fun little
things you’ll be tempted to buy. Plan meals ahead of time and make
shopping lists specific to what you plan on making. Reducing shopping
trips will cut spending, save time and keep clutter to a minimum.
- LUNCH IN. Packing a lunch isn’t just for the kids. Bringing
food from home instead of eating out every day can save time, money and
your waistline. Try SNAPWARE® 0.5 CUP AIRTIGHT NESTING BOWL FOOD STORAGE CONTAINERS for dips and dressings and SNAPWARE® 1.3 CUP SQUARE AIRTIGHT FOOD STORAGE CONTAINER for fruits and veggies. Or neatly keep your sandwich and chips separate but together in a SNAPWARE® SNAP ‘N STACK® FOOD STORAGE SANDWICH BOX.
- CASH OUT. Or rather, spend cash until you’re out. Give
yourself an allowance for items like your morning coffee each week and
when the money is gone, stop spending. Using cash will keep you mindful
of your habits, and knowing where your money goes is an important first
step to organizing your spending.
From the big projects to the little things, organization works best
as a process that evolves as your life changes. Every so often, just
regroup and roll with it!
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