How to Get Organized Within Your Home For Good

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How to Get Organized Within Your Home For Good - pile of laundryWant to eliminate some chaos to get organized?  If you want to get organized for good – without seeking perfection, you’re in the right place, Mam! A few hacks-turned-into-habits can change us from unorganized mad women to MUCH happier gals. I’m living proof! Here are easy life hack ideas to get organized around the home… for good!

Get organized

I challenge you to choose a couple to implement every week. Before you know it, they’ll be second nature and…..

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Prepare your heart

Might sound kind of simplistic, but I firmly believe that having a specific mindset can move mountains. Start with how we can prepare our hearts to have a cozy home free from unnecessary chaos.

Command station

Creating a command station is simply finding an area that will hold those items that are needed often.  A place to put all of the essentials in one place.  There’s a small table that my family must walk by on our way in and out of the house. It displays all of our keys, bookbags, and sunglasses.  In the winter it holds gloves.  In the summer it stores sunscreen and bug spray.

It took a while to get into the routine, but now everyone drops their keys when they arrive home on this table. Because all of the keys can be seen at a glance, no one in my family is in a mad dash to find them when they are rushing out the door. This was a huge problem in our home that has been eliminated. I’m not stressed out or fussing about it anymore.

Simplify the kitchen

This one may sting a little but here’s the truth -> you probably have way too many gadgets and junk stuff in your kitchen that needs to go.

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I challenge you to simplify life in the kitchen. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll lose some stress by also following routines in that post as well.

Shop your pantry

Last year I started a challenge called shop your pantry. Basically, it was a challenge I set for myself and my readers to:

  • Waste less food
  • Eat a little healthier
  • Have more time to do other important things
  • Enjoy the lost art of cooking again (get yo’ kitchen mojo back)
  • A new dish may be discovered that’s a keeper

I’ve included the pantry hack today because it reduces the amount of “food clutter” that you have. Less food clutter reduces your choices and stress.

Declutter that laundry room

How and why should you declutter clothes and chaos in that laundry room? I’m glad you asked! There are many benefits but losing the dread of doing it in the first place is golden. I can honestly say that I enjoy laundry now. Weird, right?  Here’s an example video from that post:

Organization Containers

 hot mess laundry room (keeping it real!)
There are other areas of the home to utilize when getting prepared for new seasons.  Don’t you find that as each season changes, you are more motivated to get organized, declutter, and make your home as cozy as possible?  God’s so wise like that.  He knows we need external changes to put that pep in our step.  Be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already so you won’t miss out.

Ready to get organized with me?


Get Organized for good - pile of laundry



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  1. Mother of 3
    February 13, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    Fun idea! We tend to only shop once a month but still would love to cut back on our grocery spending. It’s amazing what it costs to feed a family…

    • Shan
      February 13, 2017 / 5:53 pm

      Welcome! Yes, you are the boss if you are shopping once a month! I would just suggest going through your pantry, fridge, and freezer pretty thoroughly BEFORE you do that once a month trip. I’d love to know how it goes.

  2. Jessica Bradshaw
    February 15, 2017 / 11:42 am

    What a fun challenge!! I love looking at what you have before buying more. 🙂 Sounds like you rocked it and your meals sound yummy.

    • Shan
      February 16, 2017 / 5:41 am

      Thanks, Jessica. That makes my day!!!

  3. Stephanie Liller
    February 7, 2018 / 6:02 pm

    Awesome tips! I totally agree with the Simply The Kitchen. I love all the tips in the link you provided I pinned them to save for when I start Spring Cleaning!

    • Shan
      February 8, 2018 / 8:02 am

      Thanks, Stephanie! Yes, if that kitchen is a disaster, I don’t want to walk in it. Simplifying it makes me SO happy!


  4. Rebecca Strength and Sunshine
    February 8, 2018 / 9:49 am

    All practical and essential tips to keep things streamlined!

    • Shan
      February 8, 2018 / 4:24 pm

      Thanks, Rebecca!


  5. Katherine
    February 8, 2018 / 12:17 pm

    These are wonderful tips and just like I need to make my bed every morning, I start with a decluttered kitchen! Afterall, it’s the heart of the home. 🙂 And I love your statement that a “specific mindset can move mountains”. Totally going to remind myself that every day!

    • Shan
      February 8, 2018 / 4:25 pm

      AWE! I sure hope it helps. Mindset sure does motivate or get me down if I let it! Happy organizing! 😉


  6. Helen Little
    February 8, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    Oh I love these ideas! Especially the command station! We always lose our keys and this sounds like a perfect solution.

    • Shan
      February 8, 2018 / 6:31 pm

      Thanks, Helen! So glad it was helpful. I hear ya – the key thing was an aggravating problem for us constantly. Now, we always know where they are! Makes a big difference.


  7. Marisa
    February 8, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    These are great tips. I feel like I do most of these over and over again. Organizing the pantry is definitely a must..I think that would be a huge help in the long run! Thanks for this, I’m pinning for later!

    • Shan
      February 8, 2018 / 10:06 pm

      Thanks so much, Marisa. I hope it was helpful & we can all have a little less chaos in our days.


  8. Rachel
    February 10, 2018 / 9:49 pm

    I truly need to get better at ‘shopping my pantry.’ I’m awful awful awful at it 🙁

    • Shan
      February 11, 2018 / 3:40 pm

      Don’t be to hard on yourself, Rachel. Most of us are. Every Monday, we get to start over! 😉


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