Friday Organizing Hacks for An Organized Life

Cool hacks for real-life families!

1. Add extra bins to your fridge to keep things from becoming a muddled mess.

Look at how nice and contained everything is!Get more information at Four Generations One Roof.

Look at how nice and contained everything is!

2. Eliminate dinnertime stress and put together a menu planner.

Write your go-to dishes on sticky tabs and arrange them by type (pasta, veggies, protein, etc.). At the beginning of each week, you move the dishes you plan to prepare onto a calendar and then put together your shopping list. Learn more about this time-saving strategy and print out the templates at Home Made by Carmona.

Write your go-to dishes on sticky tabs and arrange them by type (pasta, veggies, protein, etc.). At the beginning of each week, you move the dishes you plan to prepare onto a calendar and then put together your shopping list.

3. Make a list pad and hang it on an easily accessible spot in the kitchen.

Installing it right beside the fridge is ideal, so everyone (young and old) will remember to add things to the shopping list as they run out or expire. Full tutorial at The Merry Thought.

Installing it right beside the fridge is ideal, so everyone (young and old) will remember to add things to the shopping list as they run out or expire.

4. Keep an inventory on top of your freezer.

If you don't know what's in there, you probably won't use it--that's just wasteful.Learn how to take your own freezer inventory at The Kitchn.

If you don’t know what’s in there, you probably won’t use it–that’s just wasteful.

5. Declutter your counter and move all of your utensils over to the wall.

Add a few extra containers for plants (just because they're pretty).Find the full tutorial at A Beautiful Mess.

Add a few extra containers for plants (just because they’re pretty).

6. Keep adult, child, and pet medications in separate containers.

You wouldn't want to mix up your dog's medication with your daughter's. Now you just need to remember to periodically weed out the expired stuff.Learn more at Clean and Scentsible.

You wouldn’t want to mix up your dog’s medication with your daughter’s. Now you just need to remember to periodically weed out the expired stuff.

7. Store your trash bags on a roll so they’re easier to grab.

Maybe now your family will remember to take out the garbage. It's worth a shot!Full tutorial at Simply Organized.

Maybe now your family will remember to take out the garbage. It’s worth a shot!

8. Put the cleaning supplies you use most frequently into an easily transportable toolbox.

Whenever someone decides to clean, they just have to grab the box and they're good to go. Get more information at The Social Home.

Whenever someone decides to clean, they just have to grab the box and they’re good to go.

9. Convert a bread box into a charging station for your electronic devices.

Simply drill holes through the back to thread the charging cords through. Full tutorial at Four Generations One Roof.

Simply drill holes through the back to thread the charging cords through.

10. Ditch the DVD boxes and organize your movies alphabetically with plastic sleeves and small tubs.

The boxes take up so much space! You’ll free up so many shelves and–if you prefer–you could organize your movies by genre instead of title (holiday movies, musicals, cartoons, etc.).

11. Store every single cord in your house in one labeled container.

“Mommmmmmm, where’s my Leapfrog charger?” “Have you seen my kindle cord?”

Look to the cord box, kids. Look to the cord box.

12. Use a kitchen baking sheet organizer to hold binders filled with important information.

Manuals, doctor's notes, mortgage info...everything you may need to look at; everything you don't want to risk losing. Learn more at A Bowl Full of Lemons.

Manuals, doctor’s notes, mortgage info…everything you may need to look at; everything you don’t want to risk losing.

13. Eliminate even more paper clutter by following the suggestions on this chart.

For more tips, head on over to Clean Mama.

14. Put together a homework station for your son or daughter to study at.

Younger kids = you'll want to supply lots of crayons and markers. Older kids = they'll probably need things like a calculator and protractor. Get more information at Craft-o-Maniac.Younger kids = you’ll want to supply lots of crayons and markers. Older kids = they’ll probably need things like a calculator and protractor.

15. Don’t have the space for a designated homework station? Make an easily transportable one instead.

Just the necessities.

16. Keep especially memorable homework assignments (and other papers) in keepsake boxes.

One for each of your children.

17. Organize the greeting cards you can’t bear to throw away chronologically.

It's easy to keep your sentimental snail mail under control without becoming a hoarder and you can learn how to at The Realistic Organizer.

 It’s easy to keep your sentimental snail mail under control without becoming a hoarder

18. Use picture frames to make wipe boards that’ll keep you organized *and* actually look good hanging on your wall.

Print out the free templates at The Chic Site and then add them to any 8x10 frames. Hang them in your entryway (so you'll remember what you need to do after heading out the door).

Print out the free templates at The Chic Site and then add them to any 8×10 frames. Hang them in your entryway (so you’ll remember what you need to do after heading out the door).

19. If you really want to be the king or queen of organization, outfit a wall with a command center.

This one (by The Caldwell Project) is particularly awesome. There's a weekly menu, a calendar, a magnetic note board, slots for mail, coupons, and take-out menus, even places to leaver your cellphone!

There’s a weekly menu, a calendar, a magnetic note board, slots for mail, coupons, and take-out menus, even places to leaver your cellphone!

20. Drawer knobs are one of the easiest ways to add storage to your entryway.

Just add more (and more, and more) as you need to. Bonus: you can paint them to match the wall. Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess.

Just add more (and more, and more) as you need to. Bonus: you can paint them to match the wall.
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