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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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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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.