The mental load of being a mom is exhausting. Whether you’re trying to organize your house, keep your car tidy, or keep yourself sane, these organization hacks are oh-so-handy for the busy mom who doesn’t have time to waste with complicated organizational systems.
#1 Use cheap storage from the Dollar Tree and decorate them to fit your style
Do you love all the beautiful storage solutions you find in stores like Pier 1 and Pottery Barn, but have a mini heart attack when you see the prices?
It would take the jaws of life to pry my debit card out of my hand for a $30 basket.
If this is you too, try buying cheap storage from Dollar Tree and updating it to fit your home decor. You can go simple with spray painting a plastic basket or get a little more detailed with upcycling a plastic bin with rope and fabric.
#2 Organizing paper with a command center
Paper clutter is the nemesis of kitchen counters everywhere. Fight the good fight with an organized command center for your kitchen counter like this one from Organized Island. It can hold mail, school papers, and stationery all organized neatly in your kitchen.
#3 Make your own inexpensive magnetic paper organizers
Another way to organize paper is with magnetic paper organizers. These are simple to make with empty cereal boxes. Just make sure they are boxes from gluten-free, sugar-free cereals made from corn harvested by Catholic Monks.
Or a Honey Smacks box. Same diff.
#4 Back to school organization hacks with sandwich bags
Getting organized for back to school doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Decorate sandwich bags with washi tape and use them to store all those school supplies like these from Organized 31.
Breathe into those sandwich bags when you feel yourself starting to hyperventilate over the massive amount of school supplies your kids go through each year.
#5 Organize washi tape with a cookie container
After you’re done decorating your sandwich bags for school organization from above, you need a place to store your washi tape. Empty cookie containers are the perfect size for this. Another great idea from Organized 31!
Now you have a reason to eat more cookies.
#6 Color code your calendar by family member
Color coding is such a simple hack for getting organized, but it is so effective! Assign a color to each family member for your planner so you can quickly find things by person as seen on Around My Family Table.
Take it up a notch and start referring to your family member by their assigned color.
“Blue, time to get in the bath.”
“Green, don’t forget to brush your teeth.”
Don’t worry, they’ll learn to love it.
#7 Home office organization hacks with Altoids tins
Do you have a home office space? Keep it from looking like the inside of your frazzled mom brain with empty Altoids tins like these from Confessions of an Over-Worked Mom.
In addition to holding small office supplies, these are great disguises for hiding your secret chocolate stash. Those grabby little hands will never think to look for it in a container labeled “paper clips”.
#8 Put a Lazy Susan in your pantry
Don’t you love it when you have your pantry all organized and a crazed, starving kid goes rummaging through it like you have a hidden stash of chocolate somewhere?
As if you’d do that.
Help keep your pantry organized by adding a Lazy Susan like this one from Honeybear Lane.
#9 Turn a remote control holder into a car organizer
Once you have kids, your car turns into an incubator of all kinds of random stuff from crayons to Legos to French fries that have been under a car seat for an undetermined amount of time. This remote control organizer idea from Ikea Hackers won’t help you with the French fries, but it should help you keep the non-perishables organized.
#10 Organize your fridge or freezer with plastic bins
The fridge and freezer are the worst to keep organized! We had a chest freezer growing up and you’d practically have to crawl into it to find stuff on the bottom.
Hmm… might be a perfect place to get a few minutes to yourself.
Consider it in-home cryotherapy.
Yeah, me neither…that’s way too much effort.
Avoid climbing into your freezer by using different sized plastic bins like this idea from Practically Functional. You can easily see and reach what’s in the bottom of a freezer. They would work great for organizing a fridge too.
#11 Organize bath toys with plastic bins too
Love this idea from Cleverly Simple to organize bath toys with plastic baskets and a tension rod. The holes in the basket will let the toys dry off, making it the perfect bath storage. Getting your kids to use them? Whole different story.
These organization hacks are so amazingly simple they are borderline genius. Try a few of these to help keep your home and family organized. The first hack I’m going to try is the upcycled Altoids tins.
I could really use a new place to hide my chocolate stash.
My kids are onto me.
Do you have any organization hacks to add to the list?
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