Cleaning Supplies Organization | 30 Day Challenge

cleaning supplies organization
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A few years ago we made the move (when I say ‘we’ I mean my husband and I but really he didn’t help at all but likes to feel included, so a ‘we’ it is! 😉 ) to natural home-made cleaning products and it, for the most part, worked out. Things like laundry detergent didn’t work out, but fabric softener did. Natural drain cleaners are no good at hair clogs but we only get them once in a while and every month I flush the drains with baking soda and vinegar to keep them from getting backed up.

Organize your cleaning supplies…

Gather all your cleaning products on the Kitchen table and write a list of what you have, what you need, and check the expiry dates (?) or toss items that you don’t use or all those bottles that have one spray left in each one!

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Do you have a cleaning caddy for each room you have to clean? Do you have a central kit you carry from room to room? Organize your kits/caddie that works for you, after all you are the one cleaning!

Put all the cleaning supplies back in their new spots and enjoy cleaning!

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Day One – Purse Organization

Day Two – Fridge Organization

Day Three – Freezer Organization

Day Four – Jewellery Organization

Day Five – Closet Organization

Day Six – Junk Drawer Organization

Day Seven – It’s your day off!

Day Eight – Entertainment Organization

Day Nine – Pantry Organization

Day Ten – Magazine & Book Organization

Day Eleven – Desk Organization

Day Twelve – Paper Organization

Day Thirteen – Linens and Laundry Organization

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School Lunches | 30 Day Challenge

Today’s item might take a bit more that the 15 minute challenges we have put to you this last week but this one will have you ready and organized for school lunches every week for whole school year.

One
Sit down with your kids and ask them what they would like for their school lunches every day, grab an iPad, or iPod and have the kids look up fun lunches they can help you make every Sunday.

Kids like to know what they are eating everyday, it gives them confidence and —- So don’t worry about giving them something new everyday, it will help you and your kids in the long run.

Two
Create 4 lists…Week One, week two and so on.

Add a staple item (an entrée) to each week and add healthy snacks to compliment their diet and their tastes.

We created a fun list of items you can choose from, try one from each column to create a balance lunch.

We also recommend Good Food to Go: Healthy Lunches Your Kids Will Love for gathering recipes of easy to make lunches your kids will love.

Three
What to pack your lunches in? Teach your kids the importance of having an environmentally friendly lunch, no waste means nothing added to our landfills and less toxic gas released…you know the drill.

We have used a number of waste-free options and all of them were great. We only had to change as the kids grew older and the size didn’t quite fill the appetite!

For Grades K thru 4 we used The Bento Box with 5 Containers these were durable, easy to wash, easy for the kids to open and the colours were pretty cute too.

For grades 4-5 we used this Pottery Barn Set, it was also perfect for every day use and we got two school years out of the set.

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For Grades 6 – 7 we used EasyLunchboxes 3-Compartment Bento Lunch Boxes and we haven’t got a bad thing to say about them either. Each package comes with four boxes, so making lunches ahead was easy. The only issue was they didn’t hold enough food for a growing 10 – 11-year-old. These would be a more cost-effective alternative to the Bento Boxes for Grades K thru 5.

This year we are moving to California Home Goods 3 Compartment Reusable Food Storage Containers they are not tried and tested yet so we can’t put our name to them but we will let you know in the Fall how it works out. We hope that they will be large enough to sustain a Grade 7 and 8 for the upcoming school year.

And Four
back to school lunch planPrepare your items every Sunday and have the kids pack the boxes themselves, it’s something fun you can do together and ensure a smooth week of stress-free mornings.

 

Now all they have to do is remember them every day…

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Day One – Purse Organization

Day Two – Fridge Organization

Day Three – Freezer Organization

Day Four – Jewellery Organization

Day Five – Closet Organization

Day Six – Junk Drawer Organization

Day Seven – It’s your day off!

Day Eight – Entertainment Organization

Day Nine – Pantry Organization

Day Ten – Magazine & Book Organization

Day Eleven – Desk Organization

Day Twelve – Paper Organization

Day Thirteen – Linens and Laundry Organization

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Linen Closet Organization | 30 Day Challenge

Laundry Room Organization
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The way our house is set up the first room we walk into is the laundry room. I like to walk in to a tidy laundry room as then it doesn’t remind me of all the things I have to do as well as clean the laundry room.

Our laundry room is far from pretty and is need of a makeover but until then keeping it clean and tidy works wonders for my sanity.
I can’t really tell you how to sort, clean and organize your laundry room as they are all so different. The general rule is clear everything out, sort it, toss the items you don’t need and any garbage, and then find a home for everything to help you keep it organized.

The Linen Closet

Linen Closet Organization
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Remove all the items from the Linen closet and wash the shelves down.

Organize your items, check for rips and tears, also check if you need that size bed sheet anymore.
I have my linen closet organized by sheet size so the kids can easily find what they need withoutMMMMAAAAAAMMMMM!!!
Here are some helpful links for sheet folding
Remember to shop your home before you buy, you never know what storage items are hiding in closets, the basement or the garage for you to re-use in your organizing projects.
Here’s your daily dose of Pinterest inspiration to get you going.
Set your timer…and go!

 

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Day One – Purse Organization

Day Two – Fridge Organization

Day Three – Freezer Organization

Day Four – Jewellery Organization

Day Five – Closet Organization

Day Six – Junk Drawer Organization

Day Seven – It’s your day off!

Day Eight – Entertainment Organization

Day Nine – Pantry Organization

Day Ten – Magazine & Book Organization

Day Eleven – Paperwork

Day Twelve – Desk Organization

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Paper Organization | 30 Day Challenge

Paper Organization
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Paper Organization may take some time but we are going to split it into bite-sized chunks that you can do 15 minutes at a time.

Step One
Sit down and assess your paperwork system
Is it working?
What works?
What doesn’t?

What are your needs?
Home Expenses?
Business Expenses?
Taxes?

How much room do you have to store your current year paperwork?
A binder, a file box, a filing cabinet?

If you suck at paperwork try not to make your system too intricate as you won’t stick to it and it will be messy again in no time.

Some ideas to get you thinking…

A binder system, divided by month. Hole punch and keep all our bills and bank statements by month. You can also add a binder sized envelope to each month for loose receipts.

 

A file box, can be done the same as above or a file for each group…bank statements, phone bills etc.

Paper Organization
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A filing cabinet, again this can be done either way listed above. Whatever works for you.

Paper Organization
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Make it pretty, make it function for your family and you will have no problem keeping it organized each month

I have a mixture of all three systems and an online system in the ever wonderful Evernote App. I have tried to go paperless for years and it’s been a process (so don’t think it happens overnight) but now I have all my bills delivered online and I download them to Evernote, keep them in a specific notebook and tag them for easy retrieval if I need to look at a bill. The extra two steps I have to take here are recording each months total in a spreadsheet for tax time and checking off I entered the bill to Evernote so I know I have everything at month’s end.

Which ever system is right for you and move on to step two when you have another 15 minutes today.

Step Two

Get your paper organized into whatever piles you have chosen to categorize your paperwork. Order it bay date so bills are easily found and put them away in your chosen system.

Come tax time everything will be organized and ready to go, or if you need a bill you can retrieve it easily saving you time and sanity throughout the year.

Check out our paper organization board on Pinterest.

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Day One – Purse Organization

Day Two – Fridge Organization

Day Three – Freezer Organization

Day Four – Jewellery Organization

Day Five – Closet Organization

Day Six – Junk Drawer Organization

Day Seven – It’s your day off!

Day Eight – Entertainment Organization

Day Nine – Pantry Organization

Day Ten – Magazine & Book Organization

Day Eleven – Desk Organization

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Desk Organization | 30 Day Challenge

Maybe you work from home, or you organize your home from a desk in the kitchen. Maybe you don’t need a desk but have a command centre or ‘launch pad’ that you use instead. Whatever that looks like in your home, let’s get it back to organized. We all know little hands can get in there, some days when we have too much going on or you stumble through the door after a late hockey game, you don’t feel like putting everything in its place. So go and corral all your things and get them in their place once again.

Desk Organization
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As we have said the past ten days, start with a clean slate. Empty your desk top and drawers and give every wipe down.

Desk Organization
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Sort your items like with like and make sure you evaluate each piece, do you really need it? How often do you use it? If you don’t need it/use it donate it. Trash all the broken pencils, post-it notes from 2009 and anything else that is taking up space.

Here are a few ways to sort your items, you can most of these drawer inserts at the dollar store, IKEA or order them online at the Container Store (<– careful, it’s addictive.)

Put all your things back looking all clean, pretty and organized and go enjoy your weekend!

Check out our desk organization board on Pinterest.

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Day One – Purse Organization

Day Two – Fridge Organization

Day Three – Freezer Organization

Day Four – Jewellery Organization

Day Five – Closet Organization

Day Six – Junk Drawer Organization

Day Seven – It’s your day off!

Day Eight – Entertainment Organization

Day Nine – Pantry Organization 

Day Ten – Magazines and Book Organization 

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