Make things easier – 3 tips, 3 rooms in your home

Sometimes it just takes something small to help us say, “ahhhhhhhh, that’s better”. Things in life can get hectic, cluttered and very time consuming. Today I want to share a few tips you can begin to incorporate in your home right away. With these three suggestions, you will find help in three different areas in the home;
*Find more storage space, instantly in the bedroom,
*Less conflict in the bathroom,
*More time and money in your pocket with my kitchen tip
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Tip 1 –
If it is more storage space you seek, look no further than your own bed. No, do not start shoveling stuff under the mattress πŸ˜‰ – go a little lower… Did you know you can go to your local Bed & Bath store and purchase rubberized posts which are intended to lift your bed up by 6 inches? You can use the extra vertical space to slide boxes or bins beneath the bed. Clear plastic bins are my favorite, because you can see what’s inside without struggling and digging through them, wasting valuable time. So you see, you CAN have extra storage at “the drop of a hat”(well, literally at “the lift of a bed”.

Tip 2 –
Do you share your washroom with anyone else? If the answer is NO, this tip is not for you – you can move on to the next paragraph. πŸ™‚ If the answer is YES, you may need this one! Have you ever wondered, as you dry off, “is this towel clean? Who used this one last?” You may be friends or even family with the one who used it, then hung it back up, but truly…. Ewwwww! I have never been a fan of sharing a towel with anyone, love or no love. I recommend you have towels with specific colors for specific people who share the washroom. And make sure there are 2 or 3 of that same color put away for each person. Let me give you an example: Brother Bobby gets brown towels, sister Sandy gets red, and Grandma Gale gets the green ones. This way they can keep track of their own towels and if they are independent enough to be doing their own laundry, you will never have to deal with their towels again…. Hopefully. πŸ˜‰ You definitely have to make sure all washroom users are on board with this idea or it may not work, as Bobby could pick up Grandma’s green towel and just think “who cares”. Explain to him what body part Grandma may have wiped dry just before he wiped his face on the same towel – that otta do the trick! πŸ˜‰
Oh, and if you have lots of money to spare, consider getting them monogrammed. That way, you don’t need to get towels that may not match your dΓ©cor. Everyone will just have their own name on their own towel. yay πŸ˜€

Tip 3
Do you write a list before you go grocery shopping? There’s an APP for that! But if you are like me, you still use paper and a pen. I am lost without my list…
For starters, if you go to the grocery store willy-nilly and list-free, it can lead to all kinds of problems. Think about it: Is it possible you could even gain weight?!!! Well, you could end up over-spending and over-shopping which can lead to overeating and in turn, Gaining weight! Oh, and of course, you could totally overlook the items you actually need and waste a ton of time, arriving home without them.
Sometimes a list on the fridge just isn’t enough. When you write on the list, one thing after another with no rhyme or reason, it gets scattered. You could end up forgetting items. You go in the aisle with the eggs and milk, get what you think you need, only to find that when you are closer to the end of your list – BUTTER – you forgot the butter! Now you have to run back to that aisle just to get the butter.
Most people know their grocery store floor plan. I know I walk into mine and begin to the right, where I find produce. I travel along the outside, taking me to breads, then meats, dairy, frozen and then there are the general aisles. I know the last aisle I will hit, before the register will be cleaning products and pet supplies. So, since I know they will be the last things I pass by, any of those items go directly to the bottom of my weekly fridge list. I am recommending you start your list on the fridge with a few headings and you will find yourself going around the store much more at ease and without having to circle back around, wasting your valuable time. At the beginning of the week, place your note paper on the fridge(or wherever you find convenient) and begin your list. Here’s an example of how you could lay it out:
Produce



Meats



Dairy



Mid-store



Cleaning/Pet supply


This only takes about 30 seconds. There are obviously more categories you could list, and we all shop just a tad different. Make the list to suit yourself and once you start using it, after a few times, you will learn what categories make sense for you. Once you get one you like, try putting it on the computer and printing a few copies. Cut them out and you will have weeks worth, all ready for you to use again and again. πŸ™‚

I hope these tips can help you save time, and space in your life – even just a little. If you ever need hands on help, feel free to contact me anytime. πŸ˜€
Thanks for tuning in.

Tanya
Professional Organizer
416.428.5929

Comments

  1. Hey Tanya
    The organized shopping list is a great idea
    I always have lists but end up wasting time going from one end of the store to the other!!

    Thanks for the tips
    Alisa

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