Showing posts with label Organization. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Organization. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Simple Organization for the School Year

Organization is a constant process.  As our family grows, as our needs and space changes..we constantly change our ways to stay organized. It is not about the perfection but it is about being efficient. It saves you time when you know where your things are, saves you money by knowing what you have and you don't end up buying things you did not know you already have. I do not know about you but me stresses me more when I feel disorganized.  We have a new role in our lives now as our Lucy started school last week. It was a roller coaster week for us.. So happy and excited for her experiences , for all the new things she will learn and for the new friendship that God will bless her. At the same time, I end up oh man..where did the time went? I can still recall the days she was born. Now , here she is!

Here are simple ways that we did at our home to stay organized. Yes , it will need your little time but trust me is worth it.

1. Prepping their school outfits.

You might think..okay ..that's a lazy woman's work. How hard it is to go get an outfit every morning. No, not hard at all ! However , I prefer to have a relaxing school day mornings, I don't function well on rushed mornings ( ask my hubby) . Choosing an outfit for me , Lucy and her little sister every morning is one of the things that I choose not to do every morning to save time.  Every Saturday or Sunday after laundry , I do choose 5 outfits for Lucy's School. I just grab a complete outfit in the morning and encourage her to get dress by herself. Right beside the outfits are her shoes.

I used cardstock papers for the inserts. I just simply glued the labels on each hanger inserts.

Click here to print it for free :  Closet / Hanger Labels

2. School supplies

 Do you stock up on school supplies? If you don't , I do suggest on stocking up on great deals on school supplies. A sale combined with a coupon  will save you money. Specially this back to school season, you will see a whole lot of great deals, offers and coupons. If your school provides most of the supplies, it is still a good idea to buy a few extras. We can always offer and ask their teacher how we can help with the supplies at the classroom. After all, educating our children is a partnership between the teacher and parents. If school supplies is one way of supporting educators, I am all in.

We use this pantry cabinet ( closet maid in alder) . These cute crates are from Walmart..only a dollar each.

3.School documents, forms, artworks or homework

We got this bin / container from Office depot. It will hold all school stuff such as enrollment forms or documents . school packet info, homework, artworks. The bin uses the legal, regular hanging folder type so separating each category is easy. Since, Lucy is just on Pre K , we only started with 3 category. We plan on using one bin per kid, so we could keep all of the paperwork under control. Someday , we will categorize it by grade ( pre k, kindergarten, first grade ..etc) and someday Lily will have one too.

4. Information Center

 We are a traditional family, while COZI is awesome, however a good calendar method works for us.  The left side calendar is just an old frame that we converted into a dry erase calendar. It is where we write all of our appointments , events we plan on attending, birthdays and some schedules like Rob's overtime dates. The right side is a push board , where I put some info from school that I'd like to remember , a guide schedule for us , a chore schedule for me and maybe some info or message we like to be reminded.

What is a guide schedule?  we call it a guide schedule because while having a daily routine is beneficial, however..we believe that  a schedule is not written on stone. It is there to guide us to stay organize with our time or planning but we should be flexible enough if there are sudden changes.

What is a chore schedule? Well, while we keep our house "somewhat" clean and organize. Our home is not squeaky clean, I do schedule my chores so my chores don't rob my time from myself and my family. For example  on Mondays..I clip coupons, laundry..Tuesdays..I clean the bedroom and bathroom. That doesn't mean that we just keep the rest of the house messy in between days. We do a quick clean up before we go to bed. If we just simply can not do quick clean up..Oh well..mess will be there tomorrow. Family time and kids don't keep :)

5. Snack list

I downloaded this WEEKLY LUNCHBOX PLANNER  printable from $5 Dinner Mom . Love it ! So I can plan her snacks for school for the whole week. It makes my menu planning and shopping list really easy.

6. A homework catchall and homework caddy.


 The homework catchall holds the homework folder from school and some educational books to supplement with her lesson or study time.  

The homework caddy as you can clearly see holds crayons, markers , scissors, glues/paste, sharpener , colored pencils and pencils. Things that we will use for her homework. So when we study and do a homework, I just have to grab this caddy.

How about you? Do you have more ideas to share to make the school year fun and organize? Leave me a note !

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Manuals & Warranties Organization

  Got married, two kids and a bunch of manuals and warranties. Sounds familiar? I never thought how annoying it can be when our vacuum broke down and we wanted to at least try to fix it. I couldn't find the manual! Not even the warranty card nor the registration info. It's got to be somewhere right?

    I gathered all the manuals , registration cards or warranty information (ehem.. that I could find) then did the hanging folder type of organization. Didn't work for me. I did the clear container organization, I mean how hard could it be..all in one box of container. Didn't work for me either. Until this Binder Organization.. came into my "constantly trying to be organize life". This worked. This is just right for us.

   We bought this 2 pack white binder at Costco, and forgive my occasional forgetfulness , I forgot how much exactly we paid for it BUT I am sure it is less than $7. The Avery sheet protectors are 100 pcs. for $10 at Walmart. It comes really handy when there are some recalls on our kid's car seats , strollers etc. We can check the model number quickly.

It is also where I keep the software's of the gadgets and also the instructional DVDs.

and any protection plan or insurances..

Manuals of course, you just never know when will you need it.

I separated all the paper works into two categories only. 

  • Kids ( car seats, strollers, toys etc) and Gadgets ( cellphone's, tablets etc.)
  • Home ( appliances..big and small)
Of course I have to make them look pretty.. I bought this scrapbook papers at Micheal's..

here are the other binders I have ...

"Organization isn't about perfection. It's about efficiency, reducing stress & clutter, saving time & money, & improving your overall quality of life." - Christina Scalise

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Hair Bows and Hair Accessories Organization

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I used to make and sell bows. We have two girls , and I just couldn't help myself making bows for them! On top of that , they get hair accessories gifts from relatives and friends , dollar stores have A LOT of cute hair pieces for little girls. I LOVE..fixing their hair do's and dressing them up with cute outfits. With that , these lil frills can be everywhere! Luckily too ,  I have a patient hubby who ends up picking  those dainty trinkets and hair pieces from the floor, under the bed , and other nooks and crevices.

Having a designated area for all the frills , will keep the clutter under control.  Here's a few ideas on how we organized ( and try our best) and keep it from being messy.

This is a fabric message board that we purchased at Michael s ( most stores sell this) . I just inserted several pieces of ribbon ( different widths , colors and designs) , diagonally at the opposite side. This is to accommodate  more hair bows and clips , as well as for the different sizes.  For hanging it on the wall  , I picked out a good wide ribbon , a staple gun and a hook.

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We also purchased this at Micheals , could not remember how much but I am sure we used a 40 % coupon with it so it is cost effective. Those small pouches holds small pair of clips , claw clips and bunches of pony tail holders.

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I made this using a regular plastic shoe organizer , purchased at walmart for $12 . It was very long , so I cut it in half (using the other half in our kitchen to hold pouches of kid snacks , granola bars , oatmeal / breakfast packets etc) .  I used a regular wooden hanger , some fabric scraps & felt fabric .

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This holds their necklaces , bracelets , hair brushes , hair detangler spray.

Lastly , this is a just an empty oatmeal container. I covered it with a nice scrapbook paper . It is where we hang all the headbands and inside it is where we put all the crochet / stretchable headbands. Frugal isn't it?

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Lots of Love ,

Check this other Organization Tips :

Organized School & Study Materials 

"Organization isn't about perfection. It's about efficiency, reducing stress & clutter, saving time & money, & improving your overall quality of life." - Christina Scalise

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Simple Make up and Nail Cleaning Kit Organization

Is being organize one of your resolutions for 2014 ? If so , you are in the right track. We like to consider ourselves as an organized couple. With two little kids at home  , it is indeed a challenge. We do our best  since we have limited space . Organization is a process. It can not be done overnight . It should not cost you an arm and a leg. It is a habit. I just don't think you will ever get done organizing because your families needs will change and you will have some addition or will reduce some of your stuff.  You will have to adjust your techniques in organization depending on your current situation as well.

I will post a few series of organization as well , that don't have to be expensive. Don't get caught up with buying a whole lot of things to help you organize . Sometimes your first step will just have to be creativity and the right attitude as well. I think Organization and living with less or simplicity goes hand in hand.

I must mention that I do not own a lot of make ups, so this organization is simple and easy to maintain.

I store my make ups inside our medicine cabinet. and where do I store our medicines?

In a container , in our closet. At the very top shelf where the kids can't reach it of course - why? because
 Heat, humidity and poor ventilation can cause drugs to deteriorate so they're not effective.
For example, a warm, muggy environment can cause aspirin tablets to break down into acetic acid (vinegar) and salicylic acid, both of which can irritate the stomach. ( Source :  Storing medicine safely )

While make up and make up brushes expose to humidity, heat and so on ,  is not ideal  as well. I think storing them inside the cabinet , and replacing them frequently will do you a little to no harm.

so back to the organization part ...

I bought these little square containers at the dollar store , they came in pack of four.

here's the top shelf..

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the second shelf ...

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the third shelf

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and that's it.

Now for my nail cleaning kit and nail polishes..

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Inside the clear cosmetic bag is where I put all of my nail polishes , the little pouch and an extra nail tool kit.

 Inside the small pouch , is where I put all of my nail tools ( nail clippers , nipper etc) , cotton balls, Q tips  and nail files.

I prefer to put all of my nail stuff in a small bag  so it is very easy grab when I want to use it. I store my nail cleaning kit on top of a shelf as well inside our bathroom. 

There are a lot of benefits in being organized. ( See : Benefits of Being Organized ) It makes everyday a little less chaotic and makes functioning less stressful. 

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