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37 Insanely Clever Organization Tips To Make Your Family's Lives Easier

How to control the chaos when you have a bunch of people living under one roof.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.).

Learn more at Simply Organized.

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.

More information at Simply Organized.

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.

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.

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

Just the necessities.

Learn how to make your own at at Aunt Peaches.

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

One for each of your children.

Learn more at A Bowl Full of Lemons.

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.

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).

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!

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.

21. Install a peg board by the front door to organize everyone's shoes.

This way everyone's shoes won't build up into an overwhelming pile. It's an instant entryway upgrade.

Learn how to build your own at Sawdust Girl.

22. Hang baskets from the rungs of a ladder to store mittens, scarves, or umbrellas.

Another excellent entryway addition.

Visit Ashbee Design for more information.

23. Install a sports equipment organizer to organize athletic gear.

For the athletes of the household. The chalkboard calendar is a nice touch: just update it weekly with game times and locations.

Get the full tutorial at Sincerely, Sara D.

24. Transfer board games into plastic drawers to save space.

Now you don't have to figure out the best way to stack up dozens of boxes of varying you have room to buy more games!

Find out more at Raising Lemons.

25. Label bins and keep small toys organized by type.

This way you won't end up with a muddled mess of figurines and toy trains.

Download these adorable labels (and learn how to heat transfer them to bins) at Just a Girl and Her Blog.

26. An even easier labeling solution: print out these and tape them to your tubs.

So easy.

Get the printable here.

27. Keep your collection of wrapping paper contained in a garment bag.

Hang it in a closet (out of sight, out of mind) until you need to wrap something.

Learn more at The Chic Site.

28. Add some "crap buckets" to your stairway to keep track of all the stray things family members leave around the house.

Even good ol' mom and dad could probably use one of these. Empty them out on a daily (or--let's be real--weekly) basis.

Get more information at ReMarkable Home.

29. Pre-pack your children's outfits into pouches on Sunday night.

This will simplify the getting ready for school in the morning process: They just have to open the bag and pull on the right outfit. Easy peasy.

Get the full pouch tutorial at The Chic Site.

30. Another option: outfit tags instead of outfit bags.

Learn how to make these snazzy wooden daily labels at First Home Love Life.

31. It doesn't matter if you lose a sock when they're *all* white.

It also makes sorting laundry a whole lot easier.

Learn more at The Organised Housewife.

32. Add bins to the floors of your children's closets to keep track of the things they no longer fit in to.

As MJ at Modern Parents Messy Kids puts it, "As my oldest discovers sweaters with sleeves too short and my youngest finds hand-me-downs that still don’t fit, they can toss them in to one of the two bins."

Click here to download the free printable tags to make bins of your own.

33. Keep laundry under control and use a separate bag for each member of the family.

It's a major time saver: you no longer need to sort through one big pile.

Learn more at The Chic Site.

34. If you'd rather sort your laundry by type, put together a system like this one.

One drawer for whites, one for colors, one for delicates, etc.

Learn more about this system at The Organised Housewife.

35. Print out labels for your children's dressers so they can help you put their clean laundry away.

36. An easy way to organize your garage = covering a wall with peg boards.

Add some pegs and hang up EVERYTHING!

Find out more at Clean and Scentsible.

37. Set up an outdoor shelf stocked with labeled buckets to store the things you use in your yard.

Sand toys, balls, water guns: everything you need to have a good time.

Find out more at Random Thoughts of a Supermom.

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