Organization is one of those things that can be learned, thank goodness. Anything that makes my life a little easier and less stressful deserves a look. Take the time to apply these little life hacks to your life and it will bring you a little more happiness and a little less craziness.
When we first got married, I was constantly looking for my keys. They were in the bottom of my purse or on the dresser. It always took an additional five minutes to look for the keys before heading out the door.
Now, I have all of our keys hanging by the garage door. As soon as we come in, the keys go on the hook. They are always in the same place, and this saves time.
2. Organize Your Tech
Taking the time to organize the apps on your phone or tablet will help you find what you are looking for more quickly. Also, take a few minutes and organize your emails, home management files, and important documents. Having these items organized the next time you go to pay the bills will save you a headache.
For the longest time I would put my business dates and personal dates on different calendars. Hello! What was I thinking? Have a family calendar that you and your spouse can view. Place all of your upcoming appointments on the same calendar and color code them accordingly. I use Google calendar, and it works great. Learn from my mistakes. Have one calendar!
4. In It's Place
I once heard a professional organizer say that if something in your home doesn't have a place or you can't find a place for it then it needs to go. After moving, I was determined to not have any boxes in my house. Everything would have a place. I relocated things, and I threw away trash bags full of stuff. The donation center was so glad when I stopped by. Simplifying is one of the best stress relievers. The less stuff you have, the less you have to look through when you lose something.
5. The Mudroom
Our new house is the first one I have ever had with a mudroom. It was a huge selling point for me. The mudroom closet houses our jackets, coats, hats, scarves, shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, and the kids' sidewalk chalk. My kids know right where there shoes are when we are ready to leave. After placing all of these items in one closet, my life changed for the better.
Some moms love to grocery shop and cook. I'm not included in that category. At times, I would rather go hungry than have to plan out one more meal. That doesn't work since I have four other people to feed. My saving grace is keeping the pantry stocked with staple items. Whatever your family can't live without, buy double and stock up the pantry. When the food is running low, turn to those staples to get you through to the next grocery shopping trip.
What life hacks do you recommend to deter craziness? Share your ideas with us.