9 Organizing Ideas for a Happy Home

These organizing ideas from a mom of 7 will help you bring order to various areas of your home as well as keep your sanity and have a happy home.

With seven kids, my home has had its share of stuff that needs to be organized. The well known organization motto is, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” But sometimes we need ideas to help us figure out what or where that place should be or how things should go in their place.

These organizing ideas will help you bring order to various areas of your home as well as keep your sanity and have a happy home.

9 Organizing Ideas - Kitchen Towels

1. Organizing Kitchen Towels – Sometimes it is simple tips like this one that make a big difference in keeping  a drawer neat and orderly.

2. Refrigerator Organization – Everyone’s fridge gets cluttered and messy at times. Here are tips to help you get that fridge organized.

9 Organizing Ideas - Using Binders

3. Organizing with Binders – Many things are digital these days, but there are still paper records that need to be organized. Try this idea for using binders to keep financial, health, insurance, and other records in order.

4. Garage Organization – See how we took our garage from a complete wreck to being organized.

9 Organizing Ideas - Toy Storage

5. Toy Organization – This tip is especially good for your young kids.

6. Game Organization – If you are a family who enjoys playing games together, here are some tips for organizing those games.

9 Organizing Ideas - Kids Clothes

7. Organizing Kids Clothes – Children go through clothing sizes quickly sometimes and then there are the different seasons. Here are my tips for organizing kids clothes.

8. Simple Winter Gear Organization – Hats, gloves, scarves, and other winter accessories can quickly get scattered all over the house. This simple idea corrals that winter gear so it’s easy to find when needed.

9 Organizing Ideas - Kids Bedrooms

9. Helping Kids Keep Their Rooms Clean – Set your children up for success by putting systems in place that help them keep their domains under control.

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Income and Expense Tracking Printables

I know first hand the importance and challenges of keeping good records when it comes to having a home based business. That’s why I’m happy to share with you this post from Lisa Woodruff who has a great resource for you, and she’s offering it at a 50% discount for my readers!

Expense Tracking Printables | With tax organization comes the urge to purge your files. Here are 3 ways I am organizing my tax documents and files this year.

How to systematize home based business income and expenses for 2016

Having run a home based business for over 20 years, you would think I have this tax time stuff down pat. Um no!

Last year, I disciplined myself to do my finances for my business all by myself DAILY! And this year tax time has been a breeze.

Each month, I would reconcile and do my tax prep on the 1st of the month. I actually started to look forward to it because I had created a checklist and form to fill out each month so I didn’t miss any expenses.

Each month, I knew how much I actually made. I was able to continually refine my process and reduce my expenses.

There are several statistics out there that state the percentage of home-based workers in 2020 will be 50%. And as a professional organizer, I know that paper organization is a hot button for most homeowners. So setting up paper systems that work are key.

This year, I had my graphic designer take my tax organization pages and turn them into adorable printables. Here is how I am organizing my income and expenses each month this year.

Organize 365 Income Tracker | With tax organization comes the urge to purge your files. Here are 3 ways I am organizing my tax documents and files this year.

1. Income

It is amazing how easily my mind inflates the income coming in and easily forgets the planned and unplanned expenses. Having a sheet to keep track of my income helps me make better decisions before I commit to more expenses.

I love watching the transactions increase as my business grows. These sheets are also helpful in seeing seasonal trends in my business.

Organize 365 Monthly Expense Tracker | With tax organization comes the urge to purge your files. Here are 3 ways I am organizing my tax documents and files this year.

2. Expenses

Tracking my expenses month after month has helped me reduce redundant expenses and better use the services I am paying for. One of my biggest frustrations at tax time was not having my expenses organized to match the IRS Schedule C categories. This form tracks my expenses so I can transfer the numbers directly to my taxes next January!

Organize 365 Mileage Log | With tax organization comes the urge to purge your files. Here are 3 ways I am organizing my tax documents and files this year.

3. Mileage

Did you know business mileage is deductible at $.56 per mile?! So next time you “just run to the post office,” toss a quarter out the window every half mile. Crazy huh? I know. Once someone told me that, I started seriously tracking my mileage.

FYI, your calendar is a great documentation source for mileage tax deductions. I have my assistant take weekly screenshots of my Google Calendar for tax purposes.

Organize 365 Profit & Loss Statement | With tax organization comes the urge to purge your files. Here are 3 ways I am organizing my tax documents and files this year.

4. Profit and Loss

I am ashamed to admit that last year was the first year in 20 years of business that I actually knew how profitable my business was every single month. Prior to this, it was a big surprise every February to see if I earned or lost money the previous year.

Keeping track of this number monthly had me making some BIG changes last year and ending the year with huge growth.

I have been following Toni’s blogging business advice for the last 3 years. As a thank you, I am offering YOU her readers a special price on my new income and expense tracking printables. I know Toni is a savvy business woman who wants you to be profitable, and these printables will help you know your business numbers and increase your profits. The regular price is $9, but The Happy Housewife readers price is only $4.50 through the end of February!

Here is your special link for The Happy Housewife 50% discount: Income & Expense Tracking printables.

This discount is good through February 29, 2016.

Lisa-Woodruff

Lisa Woodruff is a professional organizer, blogger and podcaster from Cincinnati, Ohio. Her favorite things to organize are paper and photos. For practical daily organization advice visit. www.organize365.com.

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28 Days to Hope for Your Home – Last Chance

I have been telling my readers about the eBook 28 Days to Hope for Your Home for a long time. And many of you have purchased it. But for those of you who haven’t, this is your last chance! The eBook will no longer be available after February.

If you're overwhelmed by the mess in your home and think there's no hope...this eBook is for you.

If you’re overwhelmed by the mess in your home and think there’s no hope…this eBook is for you. It’s for people who dream of an orderly home, but truly don’t understand what happens in the three days between Party Ready and Disaster Status.

With help from this eBook you will:

  • Develop four habits over four weeks.
  • Discover hope for real change in your home.

Click here for more details and to buy the eBook.

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Organizing with Binders: Clean Home, Fresh Start

Over the years I have tried many ways to control my paper clutter. I discovered that the binder system works best for organizing important files and documents in my home.

organizing with binders

I like binders for several reasons:

  • Portable: If you have ever moved file folders and the movers don’t pack them correctly (meaning right side up) you have a big mess when you unpack them at your next location.
  • Flexible: I have stored binders on shelves, in cabinets, and in drawers.
  • Cheap: Binders are a dime a dozen at yard sales, and even if you buy them new they aren’t very expensive.
  • Easy to use: For me, binders make it easy to file and keep track of papers. I can’t stand “flipping” through file folders with my head bent down over the file cabinet trying to locate an important paper.

Items needed for a using binders to organize your paperwork:

Extra items:

Page dividers

page dividers
Page Protectors

Pencil Pouch

binder

Currently my binders are stored in a drawer in the office. I have a To Do folder that is kept in a convenient place for immediate filing.  Once a week (or sometimes once a month) I take the papers out of the folder and organize them in the binders.

binder organization

I use the page protectors to hold documents are more important and can’t have holes. I use the pencil bags to store small items like envelopes, used checkbooks, store cards, and receipts.

I printed labels on white paper for the spine of each binder, so I can easily see which one I need. I have binders for:

  • Investments
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Homeschool Records
  • Medical Records
  • Car Records
  • Household Records

binder organization

About every six months I go through my binder and shred unneeded documents.

I love my binder system. For me it is so much easier than digging through file folders to find paperwork. For the first time in my life, we have moved and I have not opened up a box of disorganized papers on the other end.

What filing system works for you?

 

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