10 Ways to Organize your Home on a Budget

How many times do I hear from people the excuse that they would organize more, but it’s just too expensive to buy all the containers to keep things organized? A lot…and it’s just that – an excuse!  Well, today you don’t have that excuse any more! I’ve come up with ten ways to organize your home on a budget!

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Organize your home on a budget

Hangers

You would be amazed what you can do with a hanger. You can use it to organize scarves, baseball hats, boots, sunglasses, mitten, ties, flip flops, posters, jewelery and more!

Cardboard boxes

Take an ordinary box you get in the mail or from Costco and leave it plain or dress it up with pretty paper or washi tape. Then, you can use it to organize toys, mail, clothes in your closet, under bed storage, and more!

Jars

I think jars are a fantastic and inexpensive way to organize lots of small things. You can keep the price down even more buy reusing spaghetti jars or pickle jars you get from the store. Organize buttons in small baby food jars, pencils or school supplies in mason jars, use large masons jars in your pantry to organize your goods and pantry staples, or use to keep anything small inside.

Cups

Cups that you may have just laying around that are mismatched or mugs that you don’t really need a hundred of – use them to hold things in your pantry, crayons, and more similar to jars but are open tops.

 Shoe Boxes

Shoe boxes are similar to cardboard boxes in they are basically the same thing, BUT they have lids on them and so you can store things that you may not want to see or that you don’t want the dust to get into.

Trays

I love trays! I think I secretly collect them, but they are so useful. You can use them to corral all kinds of things and group jars or cups filled with paint brushes, and other tall items in those.

Binders

Binders are such a great way to organize your family’s important papers and schedules, cleaning schedules, teaching schedules {for homeschooling Moms, especially}, bills, manuals…and much more! Binders aren’t expensive – at a couple dollars a piece, it’s a cheap way to get things in order.

Cereal Boxes

If you have left over cereal boxes, you can turn them into organizing containers! Use them to make a file folder organizer, cut them up to use as small drawer organizers, or even hang in a closet as a divider for kids’ clothing.

 

Hooks

We have a bunch of hooks around our house – we use for hanging up purses, behind the door for organizations, inside a closet for hanging brooms and mops, or inside a cupboards to clip recipes on or organize schedules.

Freecycle

If you aren’t part of a free cycle group, you need to start one or find one. We have a freecycle group at our church and it has been such a blessing to see people in need receiving things and people who are clearing out clutter, blessing others for free! Google “how to start a freecycle group” and start one in your church. We even have a drop off area that our Elders allow us to leave for drop off and pick up that’s not in the way of others.

 

Whatever ways you organize, be creative with your resources and you can make your home a place of comfort and relaxation for all who come into it – instead of cluttered and messy. Remember, you can’t organize clutter, so a big part of organizing is about getting rid of your clutter. For more ideas on organizing on a budget, go HERE and you can find many more ways. If you don’t know where to get started with clutter, go HERE for help! Be a blessing to others and your own family by having an organized home.

 

Happy Organizing,

Becky B.

How to get a perfectly clean and organized home

Do you have one of those friends whose house you go to and everything looks absolutely perfect – every knick knack placed perfectly, every cupboard perfectly organized, every nook and cranny is sparkling clean?

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I had someone comment to me once about how my house was always immaculate. The appearance to her was that I spent hours a day cleaning, organizing and keeping it looking perfect. Well, folks, I hate to burst your bubble – or hers – but that’s SO far from the truth.

The fact is, I HATE cleaning. Yes, I hate it. I don’t like cleaning. I never have liked it. I do it, but I don’t like it.

I love to organize and I don’t like clutter. So often people think that must mean I like to clean. People think I have a perfectly clean and organized home, but that’s not real life. All the pictures we bloggers take of our home projects — that’s staged. If you pointed the camera over about ten feet, you’d see the huge pile of clutter we shoved over so you couldn’t see it in the picture – or we crop it out.

Out of my desperation to have a clean and organized home, especially when my kids were little, I found that cleaning for just 15 minutes a day was enough to keep my house clean. Perfectly clean? No, but clean enough, yes!

How in the world do you have a clean house in just 15 minutes a day??? It’s easy – remember, I’m talking CLEANING, not general picking up after yourself or putting things away.

I broke down my home into days of the week – Monday, dusting; Tuesdays, vacuuming; Wednesdays, cleaning one bathroom; Thursday, cleaning the other bathroom; Fridays, cleaning the kitchen. That’s it! Why is it so simple? Because it IS – I cleaned this way for years in our first home and the kids were little.

If you want a printable for my simple 15 minutes a day schedule, go here.

There IS more to it than just cleaning. You have to get into the habit of teaching your children to clean up after themselves, help you keep your home neat, periodically clean up the clutter, put things away and more. I go into more depth here about that.

In a Pinterest world, it’s easy to get caught up with being discontent with your home’s current condition and just give up. The reality is, there is no perfectly clean and organized home. And when you find one that you think is that way, it’s probably only been that way a few minutes before you arrived to that person’s home.

Having a home that’s warm and welcoming sometimes means we have homes that are not-so perfect. We need to let go of the idea that ever nook and cranny of our homes must be clean or give up – the perfectionist in some of us can really cause the sin of discontent. I urge you today, if you are feeling this way, to stop trying to dream about a perfectly organized and clean home.  Start living, doing a little each day, and serving your family by teaching them the same thing. Have you been feeling like your home isn’t good enough, not clean enough, or not organized enough? What are you going to do today to keep from feeling discontent in this area?

Blessings, Becky B., Organizing Made Fun

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Planning a Date Night & Better Mom Monday’s Link-up!

It’s not that we don’t enjoy being Moms, but having a night alone on a date with your husband is an absolute wonderful experience! When is the last time you spent a night out alone with your husband? Can you even remember?

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Planning a date night

When I hear women talking about this, one of the complaints I hear most is that they don’t have the money to pay a babysitter, especially on a regular basis. But, you don’t have to have money to spend quality time alone with your husband. Here are some ideas for you to think about when trying to work out a special night with your handsome hubby.

Finding someone to watch your kids:

  • Depending on the age of your kids, you can get an experience teenager or college student at a reasonable rate
  • Perhaps you have family close by, ask them to come over and watch your kids
  • If you don’t have the money to hire a babysitter, why not swap watching each others kids. One week, you go out. The next week, they go out.
  • Know of a gym or store that offers free child care {like Ikea}, why not go on a short date and hang out with your hubby while the kids play?
  • Share a babysitter with another family – unless there are way too many kids – consider this if you have 2-4 kids between the two of you.
  • Put the kids to bed and have a “late night” date in your bedroom {lock the door and let kids know to not disturb unless it’s an emergency} and have a special dessert and coffee date.
  • If your kids are in school, why not have a lunch date with your hubby?
  • Be creative

Now, once you’ve found a night and a sitter, set up what you need for your kids:

  • Have a schedule for your sitter of what time they usually eat, play, bathe, or head to bed
  • Have the sitter {if it’s the first time with them} come over 15 minutes early so you can show them around your home and explain things
  • If you are bringing your kids to someone else’s house for swapping, try to do so earlier in the evening so that you can still get your kids to bed at a decent hour — maybe have a day date. Also, be sure to let other parents know of programs/creatures your child would be afraid of watching if they watch a video.
  • If you’re running late in getting home, be sure to communicate that with your sitter.

There’s no rule that you must have a date every week or your marriage will fall apart, but I guarantee that having something on a semi-regular basis, at least, will improve your marriage. You will look forward to it. You will have time to talk things out, plan future family things, talk about how to work out your child’s behavior problems, talk about whatever you want together. It’s precious time. I enjoy spending time with my hubby – that’s why I married him – and when I’m alone on a date with him, I can remember all the wonderful reasons why I love him so much and married him even more because it’s so special.   When is the last time you had a date with your hubby? If it’s been a long time, what are you going to do today to make that happen?

Blessings,

Becky, Organizing Made Fun

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Summer Scheduling with Kids!

It’s summertime and that means a couple of things – probably for most of you with kids, no school {or a break from homeschool} AND kids that are now BORED!

How to Schedule for Summer with Kids ~www.thebettermom.com (NOT a bad link)I’ve been there. I get it. My kids are getting better, but still come to me with the “I’m bored” spewing from their mouths. They also need to realize that in summer, since they aren’t as busy as usual, they are going to be expected to do more around the house. It’s a great time to clean out the old toys, clothes that are too small, and re-organize areas in their rooms.

But, I LOVE to come up with fun days of the week schedule! Here’s what I mean:

Monday is Runday - This is our weekly day to run errands all over the place.  So, over the weekend I sit down and make out my lists – grocery list, Costco list, or drugstore lists -this is also the time I plan my menu for the next two weeks….

Tuesday is cleaning and laundry day - my least favorite day, but nonetheless a necessary day each week!  I have a cleaning list that I go through – which again I will post another time.

Wednesday is Whatever day - This is our midweek day where we have nothing really planned at all.  The kids can play outside, go to friends’ houses (although that option is open most days), play together inside, watch a movie, read a book, ride their bikes….it’s a fun day of spontaneouty.  We might even decide to head to the movies, go get ice cream, Mom might work in the yard, or just do a small project.

Thursday is Backyard Thursday-  This is a special day for my kids.  Every summer we open our backyard up each Thursday morning and invite Moms and kids over to use our backyard.  This is our ministry to our church friends and an opportunity to invite neighbors to come over, too.  We moms love to sit under the large avocado trees, in the shade, and chat while the kids are on our large driveway writing with chalk, playing school, riding scooters, playing basketball, climbing the fort, swinging on the swings or playing in the playhouse!  My kids set everything up, organize the toys before the kids come, and even help teach the new ones the rules – yep, we have rules posted around our yard!

Last we have FUN Fridays- This will be our weekly day to venture out and have a lot of fun – the zoo, the beach, bowling, Magic Mountain, or something more fun than just the library or the grocery store!  We’re still open for more ideas….so if you have some, feel free to give your input for our Fun Fridays!

This is just what I do to keep our summers moving. I also have a summer cleaning schedule to keep ME from going nuts and spending too much time cleaning in the summer fun! But, to keep my kids from spending WAY too much time on media {TV, computer, Ipad, Wii, etc.}, I have come up with a way to keep tabs on their media time using media sticks. It worked great last summer and helped the kids strategize how to spend their time wisely!

Blessings,

Becky, Organizing Made Fun

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