Home Organization with a Binder- Free Printables

Home organization can begin with one simple tool- a household binder. Do you have one place to keep your quick-to-access, daily information? Where do you keep addresses, emergency contacts, doctors numbers, sitter details, school contacts and calendars, gift cards, receipts, menu plans, passwords, to-do list, birthday invitations…? Wouldn’t it be easier to have ONE place where you go to access some of these things? A household binder is a great organization tool for anyone. My brain can’t hold all of this information, nor can I remember where I’ve kept it all! It’s very tiring.

I have sections, pockets, extra sticky notes, and blank note paper in mine. It also holds an extra checkbook, gym cards, medical cards, and those annoying key tag cards. Keeping it in view and in one location makes it a family tool.  Make your binder fit your needs. Create sections, insert your own charts/checklist, or add pockets. (I use several pockets in mine)

This is your push to get started! I’m helping you start your binder with some customized printable pages.

Click the image for access. Then, simply enlarge to see better and scroll to see each page. You can then download to your computer and print away!

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Don’t procrastinate! This is a great first step to getting organized and your brain will thank you!

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Spring Cleaning and Fresh Home Series:: Organizing Dresser Drawers

In our effort to create a fresh home, we’re kicking off this Spring Cleaning series with Closets and Dressers.  I chose to start with these areas because they are frequently accessed spaces that can be frustrating.  I love the reaction my clients have when they see the space gained just by doing a few things differently. Your issue may not be lack of space, so first work with what you have. We’re ready to Get Real, Create Boundaries, and Choose Essentials from this weeks Product Picks.

 

Get Real

To organize any space successfully you must evaluate your behavior with your belongings–do you pile, stuff, fold, or hang. This helps you determine what systems, containers, or dividers you need and how you will use them. This get real moment is important for any family member. I always ask clients to describe their impulse reaction and preferences.  The impulse tendency may need to change, other behaviors just need a solution.  Also, see what alternative space options are available in the house- think seasonal clothes, area for bags….

 

A designated home creates boundaries

If items are designated a home they’ll likely make it back in the correct space. Containers or dividers create boundaries. You’ll soon discover that if it won’t fit, you don’t need more OR if one item goes in, one must come out.  For parents, this helps manage their fashionistas desire to have another sparkly shirt.

 

Do you really need everything?

I always clear dressers and closets from all belongings, sort items, pair outfits, and then pull out donated goods. Think you’re done? You may find that seeing everything in good order often leads to more purging. It’s a good thing!

 

Ready Set – Get the Essentials {Dresser Drawers}

Once you determine what you are keeping, define what items need to be in the dresser and those that need to be moved to the closet.  Next, you’re ready to get organized.

 

I have used many of the Real Simple organizers for clients, purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond. However, they come in various materials, prices, and even in pink, so do what works for you.

 

Honeycomb organizers are great for rolled socks, folded bras, underwear or accessories.

 

Real Simple Honeycomb Drawer Organizer

 

Use dividers to section off items and keep them neat.

 

Real Simple 6-Piece Adjustable Drawer Organizer

 

Adjustable dividers like these serve many purposes. My favorite use is to fold t-shirts in a double fold with the crease facing up so that you can easily see the graphic pattern, style, or color. Dividers keep the shirts folded tightly, allowing you to sort by shirt type (long sleeve, short sleeve, print, colors…) Label the inner lip of the drawer and you’ll never guess where items go.

 

Bed Bath and Beyond Adjustable Dividers

 

You’ll be surprised at how much space you gain by using drawer organizers. There is simple joy in seeing what you have and being able to quickly access  belongings. Check the Simply Savvy Closet board on Pinterest for organizing inspiration.

 

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organizing craft supplies::a quick-fix

I am an organizer; however, my home has areas that get me frustrated and get neglected just like anyone else. For example, I had not truly organized the craft supplies and they were beginning to pile up and take over. In just twenty minutes, I pulled out everything from the storage cabinet, purged and containerized, and replaced items in a more orderly grab-and-go way.

 

I plan on creating a craft area that my boys can access independently; however, this overhead cabinet has worked fine for two younger children.  I still feel the need to have some control in this area!

 

 

I first spread the activity and coloring books across the floor-with a little helper eyeing each one. While the boys chose those they no longer wanted, I gathered learning books and moved them into another location.

 

 

This is what they were left with…

 

 

Next, I moved onto sorting and purging craft and art supplies. I already had some containers so my plan was to just use what I have for now.

 

 

 

In only twenty minutes the cabinet looks like this…

 

 

No, it’s not the prettiest art storage you’ve ever seen, it isn’t to me either; however, it is organized and streamlined. I can see what we have and grab the appropriate container depending on the craft.  My objective was to get one quick project done over the weekend that made a difference to me. This was it, and I succeeded. Getting organized does not have to look perfect– just start with something small.

 

What quick fix have you accomplished lately? Share your comments and your links. I love sharing back!

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blog series:: get organized for savvy savings::organizing the pantry

I recently had a kitchen makeover and had to remove all items from the cabinets and the pantry closet. I transferred everything to the walk-in pantry with the goal of reorganizing it when the kitchen was complete. To my surprise, I found three boxes of Ritz crackers. My area of issue in my pantry is the sliding, yet deep, drawers. I had purchased another box of crackers because I did not see the other two I already had. This lead me to my next savvy savings tip for this season and everyday- organize the pantry in order to know what you have, before you buy. Not only will you save by not making duplicate purchases, but you make room for the big holiday meal items.

 

There a super-fabulous designer pantries and then there are simple solutions everyone can follow. In just a few simple steps and a small amount of time, you can have an organized pantry. The goal for the pantry, regardless of the size, is for the function to be defined and for items to be easily accessible. Ask yourself: Does your pantry hold only food, or does it contain paper goods, cleaning supplies, and those catch-all items with no home? Can you see and reach all items? Once you determine the function of your pantry, it’s time to edit what you have.

 

Sort and Purge: Review all expiration dates, group like items, and remove any items you bought but are not using. Consider donating canned foods.

 

Containerize and Clip: Use tightly sealed containers for frequently purchased and used items; such as, snacks, cereal, coffee, flour, and sugar. If you keep items in bags, make sure to have clips to secure opened bags and prevent food spoilage. Place bagged items in  open bins.

 

Consolidate for Space: As you sort through your items, trash boxes that are almost empty. For example, oatmeal packets, snack bars, and wrapped crackers can be placed in containers.  I also use one container for grab and go snacks.

 

Group like items: Use small bins to group items that share a purpose. For example, keep sprinkles, icing, and other baking toppers together.

 

Organize and Access: Determine how you can utilize your space, create more space, and have quick access to see all items. This is where you will decide on what racks, sliding  tracks, dividers, risers, lazy susans, and clear containers you may need to accomplish your goal.

 

Maintain the Order: Make sure your family is involved in understanding where things go. Label what you can and demonstrate your new system.

 

Maximize your Space:  Use the pantry wall for mounting cleaning supplies and the interior side of the door for posting your grocery list-I suggest a magnetic board or cork board-chalk paint is a crafty solution too.

 

Here are some wonderful examples of pantries that use a variety of containers and have creative ways to maximize their spaces. The idea of adding color and style to a pantry is a greaet way to make it extra clean and special. I have also included images of products I use and that you see in some of these pantries.

 

thehouseofsmiths.com

bhg.com

amberlaneliving.blogspot

Crate&Barrel canisters

Container Store shelf paper

Amazon Magic-holder wall organizer

Amazon Madesmart expandable shelf organizer

 

Amazon Copco 2-tier turntable

Amazon Cereal Snapware

 

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savvy solutions::you asked I answered

So glad you have stopped by to Ask Simply Savvy! I enjoy sharing readers challenges in organization, time, space, and design. I also love to share your successful spaces. Send your questions and I will review submissions and may detail a solution in a regular post on the Simply Savvy blog. I might share product ideas, mood board designs, or provide a list of how-to’s or tips. I will answer all email, but will selectively post for others to see.

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