I published a post earlier this week with a few simple steps to help you get started on organizing your kitchen cupboards and shelves. Your Savvy Finds this week feature some wonderful tools to help you get the job done.
Purchasing these items won’t give you a magically organized space. You must do the work of editing and organizing first. The Savvy Finds below will help you maintain your organized cupboard as long as you don’t over buy and you find a proper home for everything.
Your Savvy Finds this week feature an assortment of the latest and greatest lunch boxes for back to school. When I was a kid I had my trusty Wonder Woman lunch box. Things have certainly changed. There are a number of eco-friendly options, and I’m particularly interested in the KidsKonserve sandwich bags. Have fun with my selections and send your kids back to school toting healthy lunches in style.
As promised, I’m giving you some ideas/inspiration for a homework station. Remember that the idea is to give your kids an EASY place to put their papers when they arrive home and empty their backpacks. Then, after they’ve relaxed and had a little snack you can go through everything with them. Or, if it is a busy day of afterschool activities, the papers will all be waiting. You can color code, label or personalize the bins to make them more fun. Just remember to keep it easy to use! By using a system like this, you will be teaching your kids basic organizing skills; everything has a home, sorting, routine and taking ownership of a task.
The start of the school year brings the onslaught of paperwork. I’m wishing for the day when I can complete all of the school paperwork online and be done with it. Until that day, I suggest using clipboards to make the process easier. I keep a clipboard for each for my girls and their various papers. I love the clipboards that can contain the papers and then function as a little desk space so that you can work on the papers anywhere. In fact, I have mine ready to go with me to dance class tonight. While my daughter works on her arabesques, I can complete all those pesky little forms.
It is that time of year again when we start thinking about heading back to school. Do yourself a favor and knock a couple of organizing projects out of the park before the year begins. Speaking of knocking it out of the park, let’s look at organizing sports equipment. I’ve got some great little helpers below to try to tame the clutter of all that gear. I also want you to consider how you will take the gear from car to home. I’ve included two ideas for you. Consider a tote bag for each member of the family. The x-large sizes are quite roomy. Everyone can toss their gear in after the game and you can tote it to the house for cleaning. After uniforms and equipment are cleaned and ready, pack them again for a trip to the car. The modular hauler is just plain handy. Use it for sports and summer travel. .
If you have a need for a little bill pay or laptop docking station in your home, then this is the post for you! My Perfectly Savvy Finds this week feature space-saving desk areas that can provide a small work area in high traffic or small spaces. I am particularly fond of the wall mounted options. They are fantastic solutions for those that can keep the paper clutter to a minimum. We use the very inexpensive wall mounted shelf from Ikea as a study nook for our oldest daughter. We were able to tuck it in a quiet little space so that she has a place to relax and focus while working. I am in love with the fold out convertible desk listed on Amazon. A wonderful solution for small spaces – even dorm rooms. With a couple of folding chairs this could also double as a small table for an eat in kitchen. The leaning bookcase at Bed, Bath and Beyond would be perfect in a kitchen area. Picture a laptop on the desk area and cookbooks lining the top shelves. The leaning bookcase could also be used in a dorm.
Please make certain to join me next week – I have a wonderful new post to share with you that involves saving money – as a family project.
Happy Friday my Savvy Friends. This week I’d like you to think about utilizing the space behind your doors. I have some great little finds for over the door mounted storage that might give you a little inspiration.
Check out the finds from The Door Organizer.com. They have some fantastic ideas for the space behind doors. I’ve never used the product, so I can’t personally recommend it, but it is definitely worth a look. I have two examples from their site below.
Going clockwise, I’ve found some wonderful little examples of how to use the space for pants, blazers and backpacks.
There are many uses for over the door storage. I challenge you to clean up and clean out a little area of your home this week by using the space behind one of your doors.