In my last post, I wrote about time management and getting on a schedule. In this post I want to talk about some great organization/cleaning tools I've found to be most helpful.
I love the Totally Together site by Stephanie O'Dea. I just finished reading her "Totally Together: Shortcuts to an Organized Life" book. It has so many helpful tips. The book is very brief, right to the point, and includes a journal with daily tasks to help you get started.
Stephanie recommends following the Daily 7. These are:
Number 1: Make Beds Right Away
Number 2: Do One Complete Load of Laundry
Number 3: Empty All Garbage Cans
Number 4: Keep Your Kitchen Sink Empty
Number 5: Clean Up After Yourself and Help Children Do the Same
Number 6: Bathroom Wipe-Down
Number 7: Before Bed 10-Minute Clean Up
I recommend buying the book for all of her helpful tips, but if you are on a budget, she has plenty of good info on her website.
Another must-have tool is a Home Organizer Binder. (See my post for an example and printables). There are several versions out there and plenty of awesome templates to follow. I recommend including things like babysitter info, important phone numbers, birthdays, passwords, budget, to-do list, and calendar.
Lastly, I have a few favorite websites that I like to purchase organizational stuff from. Things like containers, baskets, dividers, etc. One of my favs is The Container Store.
Another favorite of mine is See Jane Work. They have very cool stuff like these magazine containers.
I also like this idea for a menu planning station. There are several variations out there - you can find one that works for you.