Organized in 365

Last year my goal was to SIMPLIFY.

This year my goal is to GET ORGANIZED.

To be honest, I’m tired of hunting for school books around my house, having food expire in the back of my pantry, paying library fines, and lots of other things.

I’ve always been an organized person, but as our family has grown my ability to bring my children along side me and teach them to work within our household system has been severely lacking.

It all ends today! Actually it ended yesterday, but I wasn’t on the computer much to share it with you. (I was busy organizing)

Over the next year I’m going to get organized. And you are too! (If you want, I’m not going to make you, just encourage you)

So join me for Organized in 365: Simplify and Organize One Day at a Time. Tips to help you get organized and stay organized throughout the year! From budgeting to kid’s schoolwork to the kitchen we are going to organize it all, one day at a time.

Are you with me? 

Organized in 365 Archives

General Organization Tips

Around the Home

Using Containers

Cleaning

Productivity

Kids

Toys

Finances/ Shopping

Pantry

Cabinets & Drawers

Clothes/Linens

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Comments

  1. Lisa says:

    I am so with you. I feel exactly as you do. I’ve lost control of my home and all that is in it and I need to get back on track. I pledge to be more organized in 2012!

    • Gina says:

      I share your plight. It’s comforting to know that I’m not alone and support is out here! Good luck everyone!

    • tammie says:

      My problem is getting my family on board. My husband is very helpful with cooking and other things. But he is very messy and tends to hoard a lot. My teenage daughter is to much of a argument to get her to do anything.. Please help… I am so overwhelmed that I gave up a long time ago on trying to keep my house the way I like it. And it is so bad that I am ashamed to have any one here or host parties any more..

  2. Leah says:

    Would LOVE to join you! Count me in!

  3. I am with you!

  4. Crystal says:

    I am soon with you!

  5. Tracy says:

    What has helped me with homeschool this year was the bucket…Each boy has a work bucket that is filled the night before with all school that must be done the next day. All they need to do is grab the bucket and know what must be done, no more asking me how much more work do I have, they can see it in the bucket, and of course the it colored coded. We have 3 boys who I call The Wisemen. They each have a color….One is Blue, one is Green, the other is Red. As much as possible I buy them things in their colors. ex-folders,buckets,pencil cases,bedding,hoodies,ex…They all know their color and that helps so much with everything else, not just school. Pool toys are even color coded,sunglasses. That has helped the wisemen as well,they can see what needs to put away just based on the color of the item…..

    • April H says:

      We have 4 kids and are color coded, too. My MIL did this with her 3 boys and it’s pretty genius :) They have color coded bath towels, buckets at the door for hats/mittens/etc., chore charts, etc.

  6. mindy says:

    Me too! this is my goal for the year

  7. Lisa Mac says:

    I’m in!

  8. Jennifer says:

    me too…with a second baby on the way in march, we have to get organized or she may get lost in the junk! ugh!

  9. Stephanie says:

    I am in!

  10. Beki says:

    I’m in! I was just thinking yesterday that it was time to get organized!

  11. Jen D says:

    I’m with you! Sick to death and back of the constant mess, and constant searching for SOMETHING!

  12. Mich says:

    I’m in too. This is just what I need. :)

  13. Kristie says:

    I so need this!! :)

  14. Deborah says:

    Count me in, this sounds like something I have been looking for!!

  15. Christine says:

    I’m in and can’t wait!

  16. Leah says:

    I am fairly organized, but you can never have too much of a good thing.:-) I love the slogan!

  17. Lindsey says:

    I am totally with you! I have been reading all these “this is how you get organized” posts all over the place and thinking, “but they don’t know what it is like to have all this extra STUFF since we homeschoooooooool” [insert whiney voice here].

  18. Chelsey says:

    Sounds great!

  19. Christine says:

    I could have written this post…I am very much in!

  20. Sarah Brown says:

    I’m in!!!!!! Keep the posts coming! I’ll need LOTS of motivation!!!

  21. Tracie says:

    I’m in!! I used to be organized and now with 4 kids, I am unorganized and it’s driving me crazy!

  22. Tina says:

    I am with you! Just paid a 94.00 library fine :\

  23. Stephanie says:

    I am sooooo in!!! I definitely need to get organized!

  24. Sharon says:

    I’m in, but can’t start until spring. My little boy is having a bone marrow transplant in 2 weeks for leukemia. When he is home and better I’ll need to start. My house is quickly looking like an episode of the hoarders.

  25. Susan says:

    Would love to get organized, and I need all the encouragement I can get! :) Count me in!

  26. Krista says:

    I got some great ideas for organizing my home from FlyLady.net. I recommend it to everybody! Good luck!

  27. Bekah says:

    Can’t wait! We are expecting our first baby within the month, and I want to better establish our home as a peaceful, organized place in which she can grow up! I’ve gotten so lax in simple things and I know if I don’t get on top of it, adding baby to the mix isn’t going to help!! Looking forward to following along! :)

  28. I’m with ya. My “word” is FOCUS this year. Primarily FOCUS on the organization:)))

  29. Kristin says:

    I sooooo need this!!

  30. Becky says:

    Count me in! I was so excited to see your post! We began last year working on big projects around the house and made some progress, but there are a lot of spaces that need decluttering. Can’t wait to do it with a support team!

  31. Cara says:

    I can relate to that. Count me in!

  32. Lisa W says:

    I’m ready!!!!

  33. Cheri says:

    Sounds fun!!! Count me in!!!!! :0)

  34. Karen says:

    I’m with you. This was actually one of my things to do this year.

  35. Rita says:

    I so need this. After our grown daughter was forced to move back in with us, there is “stuff” everywhere and nothing anywhere! My goal is to re-gain possession of my possessions. LOL Or at least get them in a happy place where they can be found when they’re needed and NOT several days later, while looking for something else.

  36. TracyDK says:

    I am SOOOO definitely with you on that one! I started today. I have a box and I cleared off my night stand. What does NOT go on the table top, goes into the box. I’ll repeat this until the box is full. Once it is full, it will be sorted through. What doesn’t have a home will either go into the refuse bin or it will be put in the donate bag. Once the donate bag is full it will be hauled to the local thrift store. That’s my start anyways! :)

  37. renee says:

    I’m in!! I need order back in my life! :)

  38. Nicole says:

    I am with you. Last year was just one of those years. I think I did better during the year my hubby was in Iraq and I ran things by myself. I’m ready to kick it in gear….though an upcoming PCS back to the states may make things a bit more challenging.

  39. Missy says:

    would LOVE to do this…only kicker is how do you get a husband that likes to keep memories in on it ?

  40. Marina says:

    This is what I need!

  41. Julie R says:

    I’m in!

  42. Nicole Abrazian says:

    I am SOOOOOOOOOOO in with this! With 3 children if I don’t get organized I may lose all 3 of them.

  43. Martha says:

    I’m in! Can’t wait to see what ideas you have!!

  44. Erin says:

    I am in, and need it so badly!!

  45. Denise says:

    This is the best idea/resolution I could have! Thanks for the great ideas and I can’t wait to get started! My house is turning into a real toy shop now that Christmas has come and gone. :)

  46. Alesa says:

    Count me in……I need this!!!

  47. Melissa says:

    I’d love to make my way through the excuses & guilt feelings to really accomplish a semblance of organization. A network of support can only help!

  48. Mary kathleen says:

    I spent the day yesterday completely mucking out my almost 13 year old son’s room. We started by moving everything out, cleaning thoroughly and then purchasing those very inexpensive cubbie style square units for new side tables and one for a bench with 3 more cubbies. It offers him 11 new cubbie drawers and 7 open book shelf spaces. After setting those up, we simply moved back only what he wanted, would use and afforded him a clutter free space. We even specified a cubbie for his entire boy scout uniform, so no more looking for pieces and being large looking for uniform parts. He really got into organizing his own space and now has a really nice space of his own!

  49. Kelly Boyd says:

    I’m with you. Being newly married with an instant family, I’m already struggling to be organized.

  50. Alicia says:

    I am so in, I like the idea of taking it one day at a time instead of trying to tackle everything at once. Ready to be organized for 2012. :)

  51. Amanda says:

    I’m totally in! I have a DS6, DS4, DD2…..we r drowning in chaos!

  52. Megan K says:

    I absolutely LOVE this idea! I am not one of those who is naturally organized. I need help! :-). I am definitely in on this! Thank you so much for offering the opportunity to get organized together!

  53. Rebecca says:

    I need help organizing all the things I have to organize things with !!!

  54. Kim says:

    I’m am SO on the same page as you!!! I don’t homeschool, BUT I do work 2 jobs as a single mother and also am the PTO president for my son’s school, his cub scout leader, his tball coach and my house has suffered because of it all!! I need my house to be super organized so that my son can help keep it clean and we don’t get drowned in clutter!

  55. Heather says:

    I am in too :) I am very excited to get to it!

  56. Jeniffer smith says:

    With you 100%. I used to be really organized before my 4th child came & no I’m slacking :(. Need to get back my mojo :)

  57. VJ says:

    I’m IN!

  58. Kelly says:

    I’m in…in particular I need to get my garage under control.

  59. Karen says:

    I am so in!!!

  60. I’m so with you on this… Was just telling my hubby yesterday to watch our I was gonna be cleaning house. Lol

  61. Danette says:

    Yes, I’m in!! I’ve been slowly trying to simplify and get organized over the last few months. Can’t wait to see your tips. Thank you in advance!

  62. Malika says:

    I am so with you!

  63. Mary says:

    Getting organized is a priority of mine for this year as well. Can’t wait for your tips!

  64. Leslie says:

    Very exciting!!! Can’t wait!

  65. Angie says:

    I’m in for sure!

  66. Jennifer says:

    Started this process yesterday…with the fridge! ;) And then it moved onto the family/ school/ daycare room. Now if I could get the other rooms as organized I would be so put together I wouldn’t know what to do with myself…haha!

  67. I am with you and can’t wait to get started!! As a household of 3 kids, a homebased public schooler, full time college student disguised as a mother, 2 kids 4 & under, cat & so much more chaos I would be here all day to describe…thank you we need this!

  68. Angela says:

    YES, YES, YES!!! I am IN!!! :) My word is a carry over from last since I need to still learn it – INTENTIONAL. But organization does fall under intentional! :)

  69. I’m in! I “used” to be soooo organized – but somehow it has somehow gone the way of the dodo bird. My goals this year are to be more financially responsible and more family orientated – this will definately fit right in with my goals! I would love to share some of the ideas that I have, as well as things that I have done in the past and are bringing back into my life. I would love for you to share with you and your readers at my blog – my first idea that I’ve brought back from the land of the lost are monthly menu’s. Check it out at http://www.cdm-arewethereyet.blogspot.com. Can’t wait to read about your ideas!

    • Oh my gosh – can you say, “read your post first Carol”? I am so embarrassed! I usually don’t make that many mistakes within a post (“but somehow it has somehow gone the way of the dodo bird” and “I would love for you to share with you and your readers at by blog”). With writing like that NO one should read my blog – REALY!!!! Let me try that again – What I meant to say was I used to be so organized but it has somehow gone the way of the dodo bird. I also wanted to let you know that I would love to share with you and your readers my ideas at my blog and invite you to come over. Now that I have corrected my horrible mistakes you might want to come see that I really do write better than the original comment. (My only excuse might be – I’m trying to get supper on the table at the same time I am typing this – are you buying it???? No, huh – well, I promise – I’ll do better – just come see!

  70. danielle says:

    I am in too!!!! Thanks! :D

  71. Claire says:

    This is great! Just what our home needs this year. I want one word for a theme this year but I may have to settle for 2. Organize and Simplify. Both will be BIG helpers for us.

  72. rocket says:

    I’m in!

  73. Tonya says:

    I’m organized, too, but always looking for more tips, especially ones the rest of the family will actually use!

  74. Robin says:

    I’m in. I used too be so with it… then I got married and had kids. Some of the things I’ve done over the years is put school papers in a plastic bin, at the end of each month I kept only certain papers and recycled the rest. At the end of the year, I go through them again then put each childs in a folder and label. Also, I have a lost and found bin that we put little pieces of legos and whatever I find laying around the house in. The color coding I’ve done since they were babies. Looking forward to getting input from other moms.

  75. Michelle says:

    I’m in…this is just what I need!!

  76. shilpa says:

    hi! i am a little late to join..but better late than never! so i am in too….I am from India, so thins work a bit differently here. out homes, kitchen designs and space utilities are so different but i will utilize your tips to to get things around my home organized, wherever applicable and remodify to suit my humble home.

    Also my blog had been laying still for a while few months..i will revive it from participating through your blog. iam so happy, i found you…

  77. Bonnie says:

    Omg! Are you kidding?! This is amazing! An answer to my prayers!

  78. Lemonayde says:

    Yes, yes! Count me in, I will share this on my blog too. Spreading the word and get these homes organised! Thankyou for putting on a great challenge. H x

  79. Kathleen says:

    Okay! It’s not New Year’s Eve, but I need to resolve to get more organized. I’m going to give your method a try. It may take me two years, but I’m determined! Thanks for the great ideas.

  80. Carmen says:

    I need organization!

  81. Laura says:

    I just found this on pinterest and am psyched to get started too! You nailed my life status right on the head, and I’m excited to enter into 2013 with this plan in my arsenal. Thanks!!!!!

  82. Brenda says:

    Count me in Please!!

  83. April says:

    Yes!!!!! I have a 6 wk old and my house was already a hot mess before his birth! This year I vow to do better and stop the madness! I’m looking forward to reading through your tips :)

  84. Seleena says:

    Where do I sign up? Second bubba is due in march & I need to start getting this house sorted!

  85. Julia says:

    I’m starting this late *smile* but I’m looking forward to searching through your archives to get organized :)

  86. Melissa says:

    This is great! I’m bookmarking this page and I hope to visit it often. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  87. Jerald says:

    After I originally commented I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the exact same comment.
    Perhaps there is a means you are able to remove me from that service?
    Kudos!

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