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An Organized Laundry Room


In some households the laundry room is mom’s personal office. In other households its the pit of depression. Hopefully these ideas will inspire you to create a room that is both functional and enjoyable for you.

Remember, inspiration is just a launching point. The goal is not to recreate the rooms pictured below, but to find elements that appeal to you and incorporate the ideas you like best using your own space and resources.

working laundry rooms aren’t the prettiest but we’re keeping it real!

This first laundry room is all about form & function. When your room is not large enough for a traditional center island you may want to consider a peninsula island—one that comes off the wall. The washer and dryers are installed on the other side of the peninsula allowing for a high countertop to be placed above for folding. Hint: If you budget or room constraints coupled with large amounts of laundry to do consider getting 1 washer and 2 dryers to make laundry day go a little faster. The built-in baskets allow for easy sorting and the storage cabinets to the left can house cleaning supplies, toilet paper and other household essentials. When designing your laundry room don’t forget about your hand washables, ironing board and drying racks. This laundry room can hold it all!

 

The Laundry/Craft roomis a somewhat new and popular idea for those who have a little extra space but need to get more out of it. Since this laundry room is larger it houses two stackable washer/dryers but also utilizes the peninsula island concept. The island is counter height and acts as a craft table with the cabinets to the left housing craft supplies and gift wrap supplies. You can place your gift wrap in the drawers for easy access. A small tv mounted on the wall makes the time spent doing laundry go faster.

Here are other examples of creative dual purpose laundry rooms.


By creating a dual purpose room you take advantage of every inch of space in your home, plus you have the added benefit of doing something happy, fun, or at least distracting while you are getting your laundry done. I know of many moms who scrapbook while they do their laundry in the evening. I like using my laundry room as a gift wrap center as well. If you like the idea of a dual purpose laundry room, you won’t want to miss HGTV’s laundry room/personal office.

For those who like no fuss consider placing a stackable washer/dryer in your closet! Though I couldn’t find a photo of one online, this is another popular idea and it will sure cut down on hauling the laundry to and from the laundry room!

Another creative dual purpose space to place laundry rooms is in a closet in the kitchen. You can use your kitchen counter tops for folding laundry if need be after the counters are cleaned and the dishes are put away. This is great if you are short on space but have a kitchen island!

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What does your ideal laundry room look like?


The 10 Days Series is organized by iHomeschool Network, a collaboration of outstanding homeschool bloggers who connect with each other and with family-friendly companies in mutually beneficial projects. Visit us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.  And of course, click the image below to visit all the 10 Days posts from these homeschool moms of the iHomeschool Network.
You’ll be blessed with tips on how to handle bad days, cultivating curiosity, teaching with Legos, and much much more!


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Mobile Organizing Systems for Moms on the move

Today’s Modern Mom is on the move.  When she’s not driving carpool or chauffeuring her brood around town to various extra curricular activities, she is running errands. This is why the BEST organizing system for a modern mom is a mobile one.

What are the options?

For moms on the move there are two options: DIGITAL and PAPER.  

While there are pros and cons to both systems it really comes down to personal preference and commitment.  Whichever option you choose, you should commit  to trying it for at least 90 days before deciding if it works for you or not.


Digital Options


Here are some of my favorite Apps for keeping your to do/Project lists:

Reminders
With Reminders you can create and organize lists by deadline, priority or custom made project lists.  It’s a very simple and easy to use built-in app which also works with icloud, ical, Outlook, and Siri.


Do it  Tomorrow 
Allows you to keep ONE running list. Anything you don’t get to rolls over to tomorrow.  Probably  not the best app for a procrastinator, or maybe it is?

Things 
Things offers a few more bells and whistles than the apps listed above, but is still simple to use.  Things allows you to sort your lists by: Today, Next, Scheduled, Someday, and Projects. There is also an inbox where you can collect and store those “to do’s” that you aren’t yet sure where you want to put them. Things also keeps a logbook of when you complete tasks, which can come in handy.  If you cannot remember where you put something there is also a search function.


Homeroutine
Homeroutine takes the typical to do list and combines it with your household routines (which we will cover later in the series).  Although the app is incredibly customizable the core principal is that you create Morning, Afternoon, Evening, Weekly, and Monthly tasks.  There is also a tab for “To Do”  (divided by Today, this week and later) where you can keep your to do lists right alongside your routine lists (those things you do every day). The app then allows you to check off your items as you go. Each day, week or month it “refreshes” the regularly scheduled tasks you have.  If you love the Fly Lady cleaning schedule that is already preloaded on the app (you can alter as you wish).  With registration you will also receive FREE sync and online editing option. The app can also be password protected if you wish.




Classic Paper Option:
 A pocket sized (or slightly larger) 3-ring tabbed binder is my favorite paper option because it can easily fit in a purse or tote bag. 

I suggest creating tabs for:


Calls 
Keep a running list of everyone you need to call (with their number) and why. When you find yourself sitting around you can flip to your call page and knock out the calls.


Errands
Keep a running list of errands. You’ll save time and gas money if you run all your errands at once.  I write the name of the place (Costco, for example) with a running list of what I need to buy there.  Then when I’m out and about and find myself near a store I need to visit, I have my list already with me.


To Do
Running list of all your to do items

Projects
Separate out long term projects and create individual action items to help accomplish the goal.

Which format to use?

 If you’ve had problems with organization in the past I would suggest that you pick ONE format and give it a try for 90 days.  Yes, 90 days.  It takes 21 to form a habit but  90 days to give a system a fair try.


If you are generally known as an organized individual who is looking for ways to improve or switch to the digital format then I would say you could probably handle keeping your lists in 2 formats without problem. You may even find that you keep certain lists in one format and others in another. That’s fine too. 

Remember, you want a system that WORKS for you and is EASY to use.


Now, get to work creating those lists!


The 10 Days Series is organized by iHomeschool Network, a collaboration of outstanding homeschool bloggers who connect with each other and with family-friendly companies in mutually beneficial projects. Visit us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.  And of course, click the image below to visit all the 10 Days posts from these homeschool moms of the iHomeschool Network.
You’ll be blessed with tips on how to handle bad days, cultivating curiosity, teaching with Legos, and much much more!


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7 Organizing truths you should know before beginning a home organization project


7 Organizing Truths you should know (and face) before beginning a home organization project:

If your circumstances change your organizational systems need to either change or adapt.   Unfortunately, using old systems in new situations is rarely effective.  As your life changes you have to be willing to adapt your systems or create new ones.

Organization is a skill, not a talent.  Skills can be learned (and taught to your children).  So stop making excuses for yourself, your spouse or your children!
Being organized is not the same as being neat.  It’s possible to be neat but disorganized.  A desk with piles of paper that is organized in a working system may not appear as neat (or attractive) as a completely clear desk (with everything shoved in the drawers) but it can be more organized.  Organized isn’t always pretty and pretty isn’t always organized.  Remember: A place for everything and everything in it’s KNOWN place!

It’s not that you have too little space, but that you have too much stuff for your space.  No one likes to hear that (especially if you’ve recently downsized) but it’s true and the faster you accept  this, the faster you’ll get control of the stuff in your house and stop having it control you.  If you need any more motivation to start decluttering take a look at the time it takes you to maintain, manage, move, reorganize and clean your stuff.  Feeling like you don’t have enough time? Get rid of some stuff and see how much more time and space you find.


Simple Systems Simply work—so keep it simple.  Complicated systems may look fancy or seem well thought out, but they’re also time consuming and unless you live by yourself, chances are you’ll have a hard time getting the rest of your family (or your spouse) to follow it.  Keep it simple if you want to keep it going.

Every oganizational system needs a maintenance plan. Schedule time to maintain (or tweak) your system and you’ll avoid having to redo the whole project later. A filing system can lose its effectiveness if you never purge it of outdated material.  Your perfect laundry room will stop being effective if you don’t keep it regularly stocked and maintained.  If your system is hard to maintain it’s a sign that it either isn’t simple enough or isn’t the right system for you.

 Organizing systems are not one size fits all.  What works for your neighbor may not work for you.  By the same token, the way you organize one child may not be the best system for another.  Effective organizing systems reflect the primary user(s) and the way they think. If you want others to help you in the home you have to make sure you create systems that work for them too.


Ready to begin? Join me again tomorrow as we continue my series on 10 days of Home Organization


The 10 Days Series is organized by iHomeschool Network, a collaboration of outstanding homeschool bloggers who connect with each other and with family-friendly companies in mutually beneficial projects. Visit us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.  And of course, click the image below to visit all the 10 Days posts from these homeschool moms of the iHomeschool Network.

You’ll be blessed with tips on how to handle bad days, cultivating curiosity, teaching with Legos, and much much more!

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclosure policy here.

2 Common reasons why homemakers struggle with home organization

This post is part of my 10 Days to Home Organization Series

Organization always came naturally to me.  In fact, I’m embarrassed to admit that I’d have so much free time on my hands that I’d actually reorganize already organized spaces of my home!

Then, I had twins.

And a third child.  

I began homeschooling. 

We moved states and sold our vacation home.  

We had a forth child and built a home.  

We adopted our fifth child and promptly had to relocate temporarily for 6 months!

What happened to my organizational skills?

There are 2 common reasons homemakers struggle with home organization:

Inability to change or adapt

Our lives and circumstances change, sometimes faster than we’d like.  Some change is good, such as a new addition to the family;  How can a little person take up so much time—and space?  Other times, the change can be unexpected and stressful, such as a sudden move. Yet we continue on with ‘business as usual’, even though nothing in our life resembles the ‘usual’.  This can be especially shocking to those of us who always considered ourselves organized. What happened to us? Have we lost our organizing mojo?

Failure to implement or create systems when needed

 Another reason for disorganization is simply that we fail to implement or create systems when needed.  Life moves fast.  Our schedules are full so we  either convince ourselves that we don’t have time to “get organized” or we procrastinate while promising ourselves (and our family members) that we’ll get to that later. Yet, later never seems to arrive and things keep getting worse.

Another potential cause is denial.  We are simply in denial that there is a problem. We want to convince ourselves that whatever has changed in our life is only temporary so we don’t want to invest time, effort or money in creating a system for it.  Doing so would make us face a sometimes harsh reality or situation that we are not ready to face.
 

Whether you’ve suddenly found yourself in a state of disorganization or if you’ve never been particularly organized it is possible to conquer home organization and create a functional home for you and your family.


Join me tomorrow as I continue the series with  7 Organizing Truths you should know (and face) before beginning a home organization project.


The 10 Days Series is organized by iHomeschool Network, a collaboration of outstanding homeschool bloggers who connect with each other and with family-friendly companies in mutually beneficial projects. Visit us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.  And of course, click the image below to visit all the 10 Days posts from these homeschool moms of the iHomeschool Network.

You’ll be blessed with tips on how to handle bad days, cultivating curiosity, teaching with Legos, and much much more!



This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclosure policy here.

10 days of Home Organization: An introduction

  

Over the next 10 days (excluding weekends) I will join 28 bloggers from the iHomeschool Network in a 10 Day Series which will cover 29 topics and almost 300 posts!

Join me April 16-20 and April 23-27 for my series on Home Organization.   Whether you are organizationally challenged, temporarily stumped or just looking for ways to simplify ( yet improve) your home organizing systems, this series is for you!

10 Days of Home Organization will cover these topics:

* Organizing Truths you must face before beginning any organizing project


* Taming the Toys: Home organizational tips for kids’ toys


* Household Organization Systems: There is a method to the madness!


* Mobile Organization: Organizing systems for Moms on the move


* Curating your closet: How to organize clothing in closets & drawers

* File those piles: How to create an easy file system that works & other home office organization tips for Mom


* Decluttering 101: 7 ways to declutter and get organized today!


* Garage Organization: How to maximize your space and still have room for your car!


* Laundry Room Organizing ideas: It isn’t just for laundry any more


*  Organizing  with Kids and all their stuff

The 10 Days Series is organized by iHomeschool Network, a collaboration of outstanding homeschool bloggers who connect with each other and with family-friendly companies in mutually beneficial projects. Visit us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.  And of course, click the image below to visit all the 10 Days posts from these homeschool moms of the iHomeschool Network.
You’ll be blessed with tips on how to handle bad days, cultivating curiosity, teaching with Legos, and much much more!

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclosure policy here.