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If you walked into my home on an average day, here’s a little glimpse into what you would actually find. You’d have to tiptoe your way around our pile of shoes. There will be at least six pairs by the door because the two of us wear three pairs of shoes every time we go outside. Yeah, I’m not really sure why there are that many shoes by the door but there are. If you’ve successfully made it past our piles of shoes, you’d then find my purse, jacket, and work laptop bag on the floor and probably a pile of dishes in the sink. Our mail collector is always full, and if it’s a REALLY good day you won’t find any clothes on the floor and our bed will be made.
I could go on forever about all the ways our home isn’t all that organized, in fact, it’s probably more of an organized mess. However, there are a few parts of our home that are actually quite organized. Using just a few simple organizational tools, I have almost completely transformed some of the areas of our home. Think extreme home makeover kind of awesome (okay that might be an exaggeration) and the weirdest part is these areas stay organized.
As a part-time side hustler, full-time corporate writer, blogger, rockin’ couponer, and superstar homemaker, I need to keep my space as functional and easy clean up as possible. The organizational tools I use around our home don’t just save my sanity, they also save me time and money. Here are my favorite organizational tools, and how I’m using them to keep myself organized.
My Favorite Organizational Tools and How they Keep me Organized
About a month ago, I ordered this fabulous closet organizer so I could lay out my clothes each night without it taking over our dresser. My weekdays start bright and early, and usually involve me trying to get ready as quiet as I can without waking the Fiance. My clothes organizer hangs right in our closet, and I fill it up after doing the laundry each week.
Gift Wrap Organizer
Yes, I do in fact own a gift wrap organizer. We have two closets in our little apartment and use every square inch of that space. Before our gift wrap organizer, our wrapping paper took residence in our front closet. It was just thrown in the back of the closet and was constantly bent and ripped. After losing a lot of good wrapping paper, I finally caved and fixed our problem. Now our wrapping paper can be easily stored and taken out when the need arises.
In our old apartment, the TV stand used to be right next to the door, a perfect home for our keys. In our new place, you’d have to walk across the whole apartment to put your keys on the TV stand. As a few months passed, we started to realize that there really wasn’t a good place to set our keys. This key holder seemed like the perfect fit for our key dilemma. It combined our love of video games with a nice easy way to hang our keys.
I am the household planner, which means it’s my responsibility to make sure we are where we need to be on time. Between running my blog, planning a wedding, and just trying to make it to my other appointments, a planner I can carry around is a necessity. This year, I went for the Living Well Planner by Living Well Spending Less and I absolutely love it! There’s a place to write down your meal plans, goals for the month and year, and a weekly and monthly calendar.
Believe it or not, this is actually one of the best organizational tools I have in my arsenal for one reason. It holds all of my books. Last year, my Fiance bought me an iPad Air and I was introduced to the wonders of the free Kindle App. I learned I could take my books with me on the go and have access to thousands of books without an entire library in my home! So last year, I sold every last one of my hardback books, and now my library exists solely through the Kindle app. My tablet allows me to reduce the amount of things in my home by allowing me to read my books straight from my iPad.
What are your favorite organizational tools?
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