No matter the size of a kitchen, there never seems to be enough room for all of the items that need to live there. I like to take a whole-room approach when deciding how to organize a kitchen. Whether you take everything out of the cabinets at once or work on one drawer at a time, remember to keep the bigger picture in mind. Consider these tips when organizing a kitchen:
Next up on the How to Organize Blog are ideas for organizing your food in the refrigerator, freezer and pantry. Until then, if you need help organizing your kitchen, give me a ring!
For families with young children, it can seem like the "stuff" kids have is constantly multiplying. Birthdays and holidays bring new gifts and if an organization system isn't in place, the clutter can quickly become overwhelming. Whether you keep toys in a child's bedroom or multiple rooms throughout the house, these tips on how to organize a playroom can help.
First, gather all of the toys into one area so you can assess the situation. Are any of the toys duplicates or very similar? Consider donating one. What's broken or so low quality that it should be thrown away? The hardest part of purging toys is getting past the idea that the child might play with it one day. With two many choices, some toys are going to be relegated to the bottom of the bin, not likely to be seen again. Really try to minimize the stash to age-appropriate, quality items over quantity. In my own home, I've made it a habit to keep a donation bag in a closet and every so often, I do a sweep of the toys (while the children aren't looking - they'd never let them go!) and add a few to the bag. I schedule donation pick-ups monthly.
Next, give some thought to where you are keeping the toys:
Finally, get the kids involved. A family that organizes together...stays organized! Kids love to be in charge, don't they? Ask them to join your brainstorming session or if you think that will lead to chaos, offer them a few select decisions to make towards the end of your playroom organizing session. Then don't forget to play!