Saturday, January 30, 2010

I appreciate the feedback I've received about the 72 hour kits. The more advice the better, for all of us. One of you suggested suckers and such, one of you suggested chocolate. I say if you need something small to make you feel happier go for it.

I loved the idea about the stuffed animal in the kids packs. Actually that's a fantastic idea to have some sort of "special" for the little ones, as they will probably be in a state of confusion and stress. Whether that is an extra pacifier for the little ones or a small version of a blanket that they love.

I was at the army surplus store the other day, picking up a few things that were missing in my car kit. And I realized that they make dog tags there. I made one for each of us, because you never know if we could become
separated from one another. Someone else mentioned putting a family photo with names and home address in there packs.

This isn't a complete list, as I'm sure there is always something more that you can find that we could use, but it's a start. And starting your kit, is half of the battle. Finishing it is the other half, something I'm always working on...

Friday, January 29, 2010

Last week I was working on my 72 hour kits-which at times seems like a never ending project. There is always something more that you can squeeze into those backpacks.

I had a sister in law, Amy, share her list with me and it had some items that weren't on my list. So, I thought that it would be great to be able to compare this list with the one I previously posted.

If anyone has something on their 72 h
our kit list that isn't on mine or Amy's, I would love to know what it is. Please leave a comment and share with us.

Creating an adult kit verses a child kit. An adult kit can be larger if you have the room to store them. Amy has bought real back packing packs. The kind you would use if you were to go on an extended hike. They are easier on your back for holding heavier items. You can add essentials like a tent, sleeping bags, tools, etc. Note the list below. A child kit will have things like coloring books and games.

Many of the people in Haiti did not even have shelter after the earthquake happened. Hopefully if we can prepare ourselves for the worst, so that most of us will make it through a difficult tragedy, with some sort of shelter, heat, and food.
Now go get organized!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Day In The Life of An Organizer

So, I'm writing today to tell you that dispite my organizing skills, and all of the effort that I put in to it, it seems that disaster always lurks around the corner.

Like son has destroyed most of my lipsticks at one time or another. He has an obsession with my bathrooms. He is drawn to an open bathroom door as a moth is drawn to a flame. Then he takes out the toothbrushes and sucks on them...mmmm...delicious...for him anyway! Sickening for the rest of us poor saps! Okay, I've gone off on a tangent. Oh y
es, so I've hidden all of my lipsticks in an upper drawer. But yesterday, my son found them and tried them on once again!

And then I folded a load of laundr
y on my bed, but had to dash out of the room to prevent a potential two year old disaster, and didn't get to finish putting my laundry away.
My husband came home, hugs and kisses all around, we had dinner, blah blah blah. After dishes I went into my room to finish my original task of laundry to find that somewhere in the two hours I had left it, my son had once again climbed onto my bed and had a hay day destroying my hard work of folding.
I stormed out of my bedroom and just to make it clear, I expressed to Dustin that "THIS IS WHY I FEEL LIKE A HAMSTER ON A SPINNING WHEEL ALL DAY." Because I do the same thing over and over again.
I doubt I'm the only one who feels that way, but I just wanted everyone to know that this is a typical day in my very "Organized" life.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


You should be starting to feel pretty good every time you walk into the bathroom that we have been focusing on.

So, this week take the time to clean your baseboards and wipe down your doors, outlets, and light switches. Spot clean your walls. Now you are almost more thing...when was the last time you cleaned your shower curtain? And no, taking showers doesn't count! Showers=scum!!
Take down your shower curtain and wash it. Or replace it if need be. Oft times it's the inner plastic curtain that is the yuckiest! And sometimes it just gets to the point that it's time to toss it and start over. But if it's still looking in reasonable shape, just throw it in the washer, and shake it out on the porch afterward to get off the excess water. And yes, I've done this many times myself, it really works.

Now you are finished with your bathroom! Doesn't it feel great!
Good Luck with your weekly deep clean!

Friday, January 22, 2010

With the tragic events in Haiti over the past week or so, I've started thinking about my family and friends; and how we would handle a situation such as theirs, if it were to ever happen in our region of the world.

I decided that it was time to update and reorganize my 72 hour kits for my family.

So I have spent the last couple of days changing out food and older supplies in my 72 hour kits and putting in new ones. I've also been updating my list of items that each backpack is carrying.

So this week isn't so much of a Time Saving Tip as it is a Life Saving Tip.

Life Saving Tip of the Week
72 hour kits are great. But I think that the task of putting them together can be overwhelming. So I am attaching a list of everything in my personal kits and hopefully you can adjust it to fit your personal needs as you go. Maybe you already have kits and would just like to compare notes. That's great too!

If you are just getting started, I would suggest that you find as many things from around your house that you can, then buy at least one thing on your list for every kit you have, every time you go to the grocery store. If you are like me, then that's about 4 times a month. It won't be so overwhelming that way, but you will see progress rather quickly.

When it comes to clothing, I used mismatched socks that I know I probably will never find the match to. Because I have a
black hole in my dryer that sends my socks to some distant future, where someone elses dryer is spitting socks out at them...just my theory anyway! (Just click the image to enlarge)
Now go get organized!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


We've been thinking about cleaning our bathrooms. We all do on a regular basis. But there are places that we don't clean every week. We don't think to clean out all of the drawers or the cabinet under the sink.

This week while you have your rags out and your cleaning supplies in your hands, take an extra 20 minutes or so to clean out your bathroom drawers and cabinets. Pulling everything out and giving it a good wipe down also gives you the opportunity to reorganize your drawers and cabinets, and throw anything that you want away. Consider it a chance to purge your bathroom of unwanted or unnecessary items. Don't forget to wipe down the outside of your cabinets.
Good Luck on your weekly deep clean!

Monday, January 18, 2010

A Toothbrush Organizer sounds a bit strange. But for me, it's been very helpful. In my bathrooms we keep our toothbrushes in the top drawer. And they were always getting shifted around, leaving toothpaste marks at the bottom of the drawer. Ickies! And anything else that was in that drawer (like my husbands deodorant) was always shifting around and threatening to encroach my personal toothbrush space. Sickning! So when I'd had enough, I brainstormed and this is what I came up with.

You can get kitchen utensil organizers at places like Wal Mart for super cheep. And they make great toothbrush separators. Each person has his own little space. And when it gets dirty, you can toss it in the dishwasher. Glorious!! (Saying that in my sing song voice.) Plus you can put other things in the extra spaces like deodorant and fingernail clippers just to name a couple of things.

You will notice that my drawer has lipstick in one of the slots, that's because I have a very destructive 22 month old, and he killed almost every lipstick I owned while they lived in my lower drawer. So, I've moved them to an upper space for my own safety as well as his ;0)

If your drawer is smaller, you can buy a smaller utensil holder. They do have them.
Now go get organized!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I want to know how you feel about having worked with me on the bedroom that we chose. It should be deep cleaned and we should be ready to move on.

So, I was thinking that maybe this week we would start on deep cleaning a bathroom. I know, I know bathrooms seem to be that yucky daunting task that we only tackle when we have to. But I promise it isn't near as difficult as you think.

Most of us get into all of the corners when we clean a bathroom anyway, but this week take some time to clean the light in the bathroom. If you have more than one bathroom try and tackle them together. That's what I do. Cleaning my lights takes me about 15 minutes per bathroom. Can you find 15 minutes you can devote to a place you spend time in every day? I know I can! And while you just happen to be up there cleaning your light, slide your wet rag across the top edge of the mirror. Bet you haven't cleaned up there in a while :0)
Good Luck on your weekly deep clean!

Friday, January 8, 2010

I want to apologize to everyone for not blogging over the holidays. I was having way to much fun spending time with my family and being at parties. We played lots of games on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

And just when Christmas was over New Years arrived! I had a Nacho Libra New Years Eve party at my house. Lot's of family came and we watched the movie and ate some delicious nachos. Then on New Years Day my family and I went sleigh riding in our 2 horse open sleigh. Then we sat around ate more food, and played more games.

But now,I'm finally back to my basic daily routine and back on my blog.
I'm going to be doing the Cleaning Corner on Mondays, an organizing tip on Wednesdays, and the Time Saving Tip of the Week on Fridays. That's the plan for now. If anyone is interested in learning more about anything related to our topics or would like me to research something for you please email me or leave a comment on the blog.

Thanks for coming and reading!

Shoe stacking in your closet can be a mess. There are several different ways to get those shoes under control. Most women have about 3 times more shoes than men. And we have a tendency to continue buying while rarely discarding old shoes, unless they are starting to fall off of our feet. Sound familiar? First of all, go through all of your shoes. If they are out of style or it's been at least a year since you've worn them, ask yourself why you are hanging onto them. Then dump a few if you can.

You can buy all different kinds of shoe shelves, holders, and hangers for your shoes. Or you can stack them in shoe boxes if you are tight on room. Make sure that you either label the box or put a picture of the shoes on the outside so that when you're looking for the perfect shoes for your outfit you don't have to rifle through all of the boxes. If you categorize them by style and color you'll find it saves time.
Note: If you were to go to some shoe stores and ask them for leftover shoe boxes they usually have a few that can be spared.

Also I've found that I don't have convenient room for my summer shoes and my winter shoes. So I put my flip flops and sandles away for the winter. In the summer I trade my warm fuzzy shoes that I know I'll never wear during the summer months, for my flip flops. Rotating like this has really helped me on space.
Now go get organized!
The Cleaning Corner

This last week has been the week of New Years Resolutions! So I want to encourage and help motivate everyone to try and reorganize something in their home every week. It can be something as small as a drawer or shelf in a closet.

Also I want to encourage everyone to make a cleaning plan and stick with it. This doesn't include basic upkeep but, would be deep cleaning that we don't do every day. We started working on a bedroom last month and technically we should be almost done. This week focus on the windows in that room. Make sure blinds, drapes, and window seals are all clean.

Also now would be a good time to catch up on any deep cleaning you weren't able to do last week.
Good Luck with your weekly deep clean!