Getting organized is not just a New Year’s Day or springtime activity. With the kids going back to school and the holidays approaching, taking time to get your house in order now can pay dividends in saved time and effort later on. Here are three organization hacks to help you get and stay a step ahead.
Maximize Kitchen Storage Bins to Expedite Lunch Assembly
Making and packing lunches for the kids everyday can easily take 15 to 30 minutes every morning depending on how many kids you have. One way to cut down on the time is to make pick-a-lunch baskets using kitchen storage bins.
Using these bins, create a buffet style lineup of possible meal items. A Macy’s coupon code from Discountrue.com doesn’t hurt, either, during the search for appropriate bins. For example, place an assortment of fruit in one bin, granola bars in a second bin, and different types of sandwiches in a third. Then, each morning, your kids can quickly pack a lunch by choosing one item from each bin to put in their lunchboxes.
Since you can pre-make many items to go in the bins, this is a great way to save time in the mornings while also providing your kids with a feeling of control over the foods they eat.
Organize Cords with Toilet Paper Rolls
If you’re like most families, then you probably have quite a few electronics products that require cords of some type. One way to keep the cords organized is to slip them inside toilet or paper towel rolls. Not only can this help keep the cords tangle-free, but you can write the name of the item the cord goes too on the cardboard.
This reduces confusion about what cord goes with which device, lets you quickly grab the cords you need as you’re flying out the door, and makes the cords easier to pack inside laptop cases and book bags.
Day of the Week Outfits
To avoid the often inevitable morning “I’ve got nothing to wear!” crisis, take one day to put together outfits for the week. This is a good organization tool for both kids and adults that can minimize fuss and save time.
Use old or damaged CDs or DVDs to make tags to place on hangers that indicate which day the outfit is for. Place accessories in plastic sandwich bags and clip to the outfit using clothespins.
The new season provides the perfect opportunity to get organized. Set aside one or two days to brainstorm other ways you can declutter and get things operating more smoothly in your home.
About the author: A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.