Category Archives: organization

Less Mess Playtime with a Montessori Work Mat

The answer to keeping kids from making a mess of the whole house while playing may be easier than you think. A less mess playtime is possible.

What if I told you you I’ve witnessed a miracle and watched my little guy keep his toys and supplies within 2 square feet and clean up after himself completely un-promted?

It’s a miracle, right!?

This is such an easy idea and a very simple tool that you can use to help small children clean up after themselves and not make such a large mess in the first place.

less mess playtime with a montessori work mat

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The Best To-Do List {an easy take on bullet journaling and list making}

All serial list makers raise your hand!  *both hands are raised here*

This is the easiest ways to cut down on the number of lists you make and keep everything organized all in one place. Also, it gives you the opportunity to look back over time and recognize key patterns which can help in the long run.

The possibilities are endless! You can list healthy habits, cleaning areas, business goals and duties, meals for meal planning, etc. It’s so easy and works for anything that’s important to you!

The Best (and easiest) To-Do list (for anything from cleaning to meal planning)

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*Magical* Gifts for Your Little Girl: Mermaids, Unicorns, and Fairies – Oh My!

Is your little girl into all things magical?

As I round up gift ideas for myself, I thought I should share all these adorable and magical gifts so you can find the best present for your little one. Check out all things mermaid, unicorn, fairies, and anything just plain cute. Welcome to my first gift guide.

Magical Gift Ideas for Little Girls: Mermaids, Unicorns, and Fairies

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DIY Cork Message Boards {super easy IKEA hack}

This IKEA hack is so easy and adorable. Add some flair and organization to any space with these DIY Cork message boards.

The options for personalizing are endless! I added some pink and custom sparkle push pins, but you’ll see how easy it is to make these little message boards and I guarantee your creative juices will start flowing for your own space!

Super Easy DIY Cork Message Board for adorable organization {IKEA hack}

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Spring Cleaning and Closet Organization with kids {$150 Minted Giveaway!}

Spring cleaning for kids’ rooms. Ideas for closet organization. Oh yeah, and $150 to Minted!!!

Tips for getting the kiddos involved in the cleaning and organization, as well as suggestions for a functional kid’s closet.

Warm weather and fresh starts are the best! Not to mention getting some money for your decor or even your Spring or Summer parties! 

Spring Cleaning and Closet Organization with Kids and $150 Minted Giveaway!

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Hamper Hoop DIY: keep kids’ clothes off the floor

A little while ago I shared some of our favorite ways for making cleaning fun for kids. Well, we have one more trick up our sleeve, and it’s so easy you can do it too!

My little guys actually loves to put his laundry in the hamper and clean up his clothes. We spent one dollar on this project and we no longer have clothes on the floor or have to remind him to pick up. 

We love this fun way to help kids put their clothes in the hamper!

Hamper Hoop DIY

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The Simple Trick to Save on Paper Towels {and other things}

This is a shortcut that I almost never would have thought to share, because I almost forget that we’re doing it. All of a sudden it occurred to me the other day how much we are saving on paper towels by implementing this one little trick! It is too easy, and anyone can do it!

No, you don’t have to make some of those super cute fabric towels, and I’m not telling you to keep a basket of rags handy. We use paper towels, but we use a lot less.

So, what is this trick that saves us money and waste from throwing out hundreds of paper towels?

The simple trick to save on appear towels - and other things
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Multipurpose Room: Gym, Office, Dressing and Sitting Area in One Small Room!


Dreaming of a home gym, home office, or even just some space of your own? You can have it all in one room, even in a small house!

With distinct areas and using things I already had, I got a gym, office, dressing room, and sitting area all from one small bedroom. I love this multi-purpose room! Momma finally has her own space in this house!

 

Multipurpose room: gym, office, dressing and sitting area in one small room!

You guys! I finally feel like I have a space that is my own after 6 years in our 2,000 square foot house with a family of four.

Guys have it so nice, by default they seem to claim the garage, basement, and even seem to get add a storage shed to the backyard. Do you know what we get? The kitchen, that is always a mess and stresses us out thinking of all the meals to cook, the bedroom which we have to share with another person, or other communal areas. I’ve never felt like I had space I could call my very own.

Our house is on the small side with four very small bedrooms. When I was kid less and bought the house, we opened up the wall through our TINY closet into the other room to make it into a walk-in closet for myself and my husband. At the time, we also had just one bathroom, so I added a vanity and always did everything in that room. After a day of breaking down because I worked from home and had no place but the bedroom and living room to try to work, my husband also shoved a roll top desk into that closet.

When my little ones stopped sharing a room, my little guy was very excited to move downstairs into the biggest bedroom. A few months later, his uncle and dad introduced him to video games and he started coming up a lot at night and saying he’d like to be upstairs.

Inspiration hit and I started thinking about turning the closet back into a bedroom, and my very own space in the house was born!

We knew there was no way my husband and I could both fit our things in our bedroom closet, so I would be moving my things downstairs where the closet was bigger. I was also able to move my desk to a room where I would use it. I would also have a place to out the elliptical, creating some more play space for the kids behind the pool table. Win, win, win!

I’m so excited to show you how it turned out!

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Quick Ways to Declutter Your Kitchen

There are more than a few ways to start working toward a more decluttered kitchen right now! Don’t be overwhelmed by the overall job, break it into these manageable tasks.

Does anyone get so overwhelmed with all the cleaning that needs to be done that it’s hard to start?

I’m totally that person who feels like I might as well not do it at all if I can’t do it right. I would think about cleaning the counter, but that meant, I had to clear the clutter, and that meant I had to finally go through some of the less important mail that was piling up, and I should probably file a few of those things, and so on…

That basically means, we have a very cluttered house and I get overwhelmed everytime I look at all needs to be done. I finally decided I wasn’t looking at things the right way. I need to focus on the small tasks and work backwards so I at least get something done.

Small changes add up. I cleaned one small area of our kitchen and it made a big difference visually, was a quick and manageable project, and I felt accomplished. I also kept going and ended up cleaning a few other areas. I have a few other ideas of how you (and I, let’s be real) can pick a small project to tackle that cluttered kitchen.

Quick Ways to Declutter Your Kitchen

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3 Ways to Help Young Children Love Cleaning!

We tried to make cleaning fun from the time the kids were very little.

I used to work with kiddos with autism and, from my Behavior Analysis background, I knew that high praise and making it enjoyable was the key. We’ve found a few ways to get the kids to cleanup without them realizing it’s a chore, and it makes things much easier!

These are the top three ways I’ve found to get the kids to love cleaning.

3 Ways to Help Young Children Love Cleaning

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