Do you have good ways to handle clutter in your house?
After mourning the loss of the "Old me" (you know, the one that could do everything with such ease) I spent a few months re designing my environment. I still wanted the same quality of life, but also needed to change things because I wasnt going to be able physically keep up with the chaos.
Shelves, shelves, shelves!
Top 4 shelves of all units are for me ~~>romance novels, adult / family games, adult videos, keepsakes....
Bottom 2 are the girls ~~>Games, Books, coloring books, child videos, refrence / school books....
Closet converted by door~~> Top Shelf purses, jackets hung, 1 container adult shoes / one children shoes, peggs for keys, racks for scarves and gloves (Or helmets and padds for summer)...
Activity Shelving Units ~~> (Same concept) crayon, pencils, marker, glue etc bins on bottom. Electronic husband items in bins for middle. Sewing, beading, adult assisted activities on top.
Kitchen Cubbards~~> Plastic childrens cups, lunch boxes, bottled water, etc in the bottom cupbards. Everyday kitchen items in middle cupbards. Daily dishes, cooking pans, canned goods. Top Shelves holiday dishes, event dinning goods, etc.
Kitchen Island put on heavy duty wheels. Stools cut down to "hip hight". Shelving in cart convered for spices, mixers, oils, etc.
Refridgerator~~> Bottom "criper draws" used for juice boxes, pre bagged snacks, pre-bagged snawhiches, etc. Middle drawers removed and shelving units for veggies, fruit, eggs, butter (light items). Top for heavy items Milk, Syrup, pickles, (heavy re fill bottles)
Bedroom Closets converted to shelving (No dressers in home any longer) ~~> All items hung on hangers. Shelving units...Top socks and under garmets. Middle skirts and shorts. Bottom dirty clothing bins.
Hall closet convered~~> Top bed linens and window dressings. Middle everyday towels and wash cloths. Bottom extra blankets (club house makers )
Laundry rooms ~~> Buckets, Buckets, Buckets! Buckets for general house cleaning (IE pledge, scrubber, soap, windex, bleach wipes). Bucket for out door (small shovels, trash bags). Bucket for kitty stuff (soap, brushes, nipp, scooper). Spare trash buckets (all house hold trash cans are buckets with liner for easy pick up). LG bin with handle for collecting laundry.. You get the idea.
Toys! Ex Large bins with covers, easy dragg handles. Bin for dressup, Cooking, legos, dolls. Large "refreshment or party" bins (lg open buckets with handles) for stuffed animals.
With all the orginization I noticed each of them wanted "their area" which turned out to be their desks. I do have small binns and folder dividers but they might aswell not be there. In any case, once a week I pester them to clean their desks if it is still chaos after a month, then I go in and clean them up.
I use empty stomach and black mail for them to do "quick cleans" (put items in bins where they belong). Works best while cooking breakfeast and cooking supper. They usually hop to it once the smell hits their noses and bellies
Now that everyone is sure to think I am crazy (I am BTW). Ill end this here!
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood