Have you wondered if there are more storage options in your home? We want to maximize our storage options with value, function and flair. The value of additional storage is to easily access what we need and have a home for all items. It is most functional when we use additional storage in an area where those items are needed. Of course we want an attractive option with flair. Check out these 15 ways clever ways to be more organized and functional with the space you have.
A note of caution before we proceed. Having more storage space is not license to over purchase. Keep in mind realistic amounts of purchases with respect to your and your family needs. It’s tempting to over stuff our space so refrain from creating a difficult to access amount of items in your home.
There is a lot of wall space in your home and your garage. Use taller bookshelves, add additional upper level shelving, and use over the door storage to add storage options.
Group items you use together in the space these are used. When grouped together, you can consolidate the amounts in a clear container.
You can store items that you need less access to in less accessible spots. Use shallow, under the bed storage with wheels or shoe organizers under your bed for additional storage. Add flair with a decorative basket for upper store.
Use furnishings as storage. Think ottoman with hanging files, dresser as gift wrap organizer, or closet as an office space.
Use dividers in spaces to create function and access. In your junk drawer have slots for each item stored there. In a room, use a screen or an IKEA bookcase as a room divider and storage.
Decant into your favorite glass container or use a favorite tea tin as storage in your spaces. These items turn visual clutter into attractive, functional organization.
Segment spaces in a drawer or a room by thinking about zone options. A zone is a space or area dedicated to one use, within the space itself. A kitchen is a great example with the zones for prepping, cooking, serving, and containing leftovers. By adding specific zones, you are grouping items you use together.
The back of any cabinet or closet door is great to add storage with either a shoe organizer or rack. It makes access super easy for any items. Use cabinet doors to store towels, paper towels or rubber gloves. Use any closet storage for toys, grooming items, jewelry or any small items.
It’s not a luxury to hire a professional organizer, closet designer and/or installer for your home. It adds value to your home sale which sells your home quickly. You will enjoy your closet, most especially your primary closet, with more space dedicated to your personal needs. Professionals come to your home with ideas you can implement on your own.
Look around your space and see where you can add a little more storage with these clever ways to add homes for all your items.
Would you be surprised to know that in just 15 minutes you can make a difference in your organizing? It is true! There are many small tasks that can make it easy for us to maintain systems and processes that we have established. Check out these small ways to make a big difference.
Busy lives have a lot of items coming in. These come from Amazon subscriptions and routines purchases, as well as projects and upcoming events. Take 15 minutes to put away what you have purchased and consolidate the items. Counters and floors stay clear and your home stays organized.
You run to the store for that one item to complete an outfit. Maybe you purchased more exercise clothes to add new tops and bottoms. It was easier to try on at home, you thought, than in the store. Try these on within the week of purchase to return and credit back your extra purchases.
It is easy to over purchase items online. You might have purchased multiple sizes or styles or a variety of the same item. Order using one email account and print the return slip within a week of purchase. As you might already know, Amazon has a 30 day return policy. This way you don’t accidentally “own” more than you need of any item.
With my planner pad, I look at the week ahead to see where I can drop off items when I am in the vicinity. During your weekly planning, check ahead to group your errands and drop offs. If you have noticed, there are more drop off bins for donations than ever. Drop off at one of these you pass with just a 15 minute stop.
We are preppers! With all the uncertainty, all of us are purchasing ahead. Consolidate what you purchase and rotate your “stock” to be sure it is all kept together to know what you have.
A quick review of your calendar for the night before makes your next day more predictable and you are prepared for what is ahead.
It might seem redundant to check at night and in the morning. However, it is about being prepared. Overnight you might have remembered something to add to your calendar or thought about an extra task. Checking your planner twice a day makes for your best work.
I advocate to write stuff down either digitally or on paper. Keeping your master list clears your mind. Not everything can be done on the list, however you are keeping your thoughts for deep thinking. It saves your working memory from being over taxed.
This list of 15 minute tasks is just the beginning of small ways to stay organized. Choose one or more to keep you organized and productive.
Managing finances can be overwhelming. There are monthly bills, credit card receipts, account statements, essential paperwork and automated payments. It’s not easy managing the information and tracking of all the details of how we use our funds. When we are most organized, we have a good system and routines to review our finances. These weekly, monthly and ongoing routines give you guideposts for your finances, adding up to fifteen important finance routines to help you stay organized and track where your money goes.
Because consistency and routines are the hardest work for those with ADHD, set up reminders and work with a partner. These routines are not difficult once you start with a checklist of routines. There’s technology that can help like your bank and credit card apps, Credit Karma, Mint.com, and YNAB (You Need A Budget) to help you stay on track with your financial routines. You will find that these financial routines save you extra time spent when things don’t work as they should.
Get Tech Ready for An Emergency with these information tips from Ready.gov.
We are more aware of the personal power of using our resources wisely. Those resources start with your finances and your time. Financial organizing is as important as organizing your home. It starts with setting intentions, establishing priorities and creating goals for your funds. You want to know where you spend money and how much you spend. All of this happens with money management and financial organizing. Try one of these five tips to get started organizing your finances.
Perhaps as an adult with ADHD, disconnected utilities, insufficient funds, late payments and unpaid bills even with enough money in the bank may be constant struggles for you. Fear and overwhelm might create a road block in working on or organizing your finances. Getting organized is the first step to realizing your financial goals. These goals can be attained by a working knowledge of your finances. You can set short and long term goals by writing costs down and analyzing how to achieve these. Set aside time each week to be aware and learn about your finances. Be specific about your goals and use these as your “why” to get organized. Share your responsibilities with a partner to work as a team. A money mindset gives you a sense of accomplishment and command over your fears.
Keep a list of all your accounts. That includes bank accounts, credit cards, lines of credit and credit unions. Many of us are unaware of just how many places have our money. From this list you can pare down to single accounts to work with and use.
As in all organizing, you want to be able to find what you have! Having just one checking account is the way to know how and where you are spending it! Having one credit card not only simplifies paying the bill during the month, it also makes you most aware of where your money is going. If you are a small business owner, you should also have one credit card and one checking account for your company. Simplifying our connection to money can make all the difference. There is a lot less paper coming in as a result too!
Writing down how and where you spend money is an enlightening experience! Just like those food logs that scare us into a lifestyle change, we can do the same for money. Keep a log of EACH item you purchase in a month. Not only will you realistically know what things cost to create a realistic budget, you will also know just how many times you are using money for “wants” rather than “needs”.
Ledgers can make the difference for us in keeping track of and being accountable about our funds. Use your check register all the time to record checks and debit card transactions as these occur. For bill paying, keep a ledger to record your payments to utilities, credit cards and other monthly expenses. This way you see what each bill is each month, compare the expenses of the bill each month, and be sure you paid it each month. Seeing it on paper makes money not only a currency traded, but an effective way to track your financial goals. You can also use Quicken and budgeting apps to record the payments to see annually what your expenses are and to help balance your checking account each month.
Good routines reinforce your plan. You hear it all the time: “pay yourself first!” Set up an automatic payment from you to your savings account. It is the most painless way to get ahead on your savings. Having trouble paying your bills on time? Set up automated payments to get this done timely. You can use auto debit from your bank account or a credit card. You will still need to keep up to date on what is being paid and to whom, but the process can make a difference in getting the job done. Finish bill paying by filing all receipts into an easy access file or notebook. Automation can give you visual tools to help you see your finances. Charts for bill paying, categorized payments, debt tracking and financial goals help you see where your money is going and where you can change your behaviors.
Even with automation, you need solid routines to be sure you stay on track. A monthly money meeting with yourself and your partner insures your bills are being paid and you further strategize on how you are spending money. Set this date and make it fun by meeting at a coffee house, having a special treat, and keeping the meeting short. At that meeting review your bills and see what goals you are accomplishing. Set goals for the next quarter and the year. These meetings give you knowledge and opportunity to drive your success.
Get started where you have the most questions about your money. Wondering where you spend your money all month? You can start with an expense tracker app like Mint.com to automate and then review your spending. Want to be able to pay your bills on time online? Set up your bank account app for automatic bill pay. Looking ahead to save more? Automate your savings plan. If you are struggling in this area, meet with a money manager or certified financial planner to help as your guide. Once you start, you will feel comfortable spending more time on your finances.
During and after an emergency, you may need stay in your home for a week or more with sufficient supplies. This kit is a group of basic supplies in case of a lengthy emergency.
Find this list on Ready.gov, a national website dedicated to preparation.
Our state is well versed in emergency preparation. We have emergency pantry supplies, back up power sources, and lots of batteries. We are prepared.
Learning about the uncertainty and frequency of emergencies, we are reminded of the next steps and the necessity of creating and organizing a home inventory. September is National Preparedness Month which reminds us about the importance and value of a home inventory. We often put off this work because it can be a time consuming. However, it can be manageable in small steps. Here are a variety of systems to create your home inventory and baby steps to get started.
Knowing the goal for your inventory is important. Is your goal for your home inventory to assure that you have sufficient financial coverage? Are there items in your home that you want to equitably pass to your children and want to know the value? Do you want to be secure in knowing you could replace what you have in case of an emergency? These different reasons are all important goals separately or together for your why behind the effort of this work.
There are different options for home insurance coverage. Check your policy for coverage of your home, especially to determine what is covered and how it is covered. Your policy could be cash value where you begin with receiving cash/check for the existing value of your items. Or your policy could be replacement value, where you receive a check to replace the items at the current cost. Check coverage on big ticket items, such as jewelry, art and collectibles which may have increased in value and require additional coverage from your standard homeowners insurance policy.
Estate planning and equitable division of items are important as we age. Talk to your legal counsel about what types of inventories would be most valuable. It may be important to list specific items for your family members in accord with your long term wishes. This inventory will be one part of your estate.
Your inventory can be digital, paper, or a combination of both.
Digital options includes these possibilities.
Paper options include these possibilities:
|Date of Inventory|
|Item Number||Room||Category||Item description||Purchased from||Model and Serial Number||Date purchased||Purchase Amount||Estimated Value|
|Primary BR, 2nd BR, 3rdBR, Living, Kitchen||Art, Jewelry, Electronics, Furniture, Clothing||Brand, size, materials, number||Name of store, Online, or from family|
This might be where you are most organized! Many of us have a safe or a waterproof grab and go box. Here’s a list of what should be a part of your vital documents. You can also keep these documents digitally on Evernote or save them on a flash or external hard drive in your waterproof box or safe. Be sure to use strong password for your Evernote account.
Right now it is the most important time to start your inventory.
September is Emergency Preparedness Month for good reason. We have faced emergencies for many years and these seem to be more frequent and more intense. At the same time emergencies frighten and overwhelm us. Now’s the time for us to button up our resources and start small. Some of the simplest ways to prepare are the best and here are 5 small starts to begin.
Online connections are easy until the power or cell service goes out. Create a spreadsheet of family contacts and print it out. Include in your sheet cell and home phones, email addresses, physical addresses and other contact information. Keep this spreadsheet in a kitchen or office top drawer to access.
Finances and access to funds seem easy, like simply heading to the ATM for funds. That is not always the case in an emergency. Begin preparing your Emergency Financial Fist Aid Kit with these instructions. Most importantly, keep $500 in cash, in dollar, five dollar, ten dollar and twenty dollar bills. Funds are hard to access if there is no power.
Prepare kits for all the places you will be, whether at home, at work or in the car. Your kits should include supplies for a minimum of three days worth of food and water. Other essentials include battery radio, flashlight, batteries, first aid, medicines and toiletries. Refresh these kits annually.
Family plans can be communicated during family meetings. Talking about the plan makes it less scary and easy to accomplish. Your family plan should include where to meet if there is a fire in your home, where to meet if a disaster happens while your kids are at school and you are at work, and where to meet if you are separated.
If you have cell access, there are 2 helpful apps to download.
FEMA: weather alerts, safety tips and shelter information
American Red Cross: a variety of apps including personal and pet first aid, blood, and hero care
You and your family will have peace of mind knowing you have started preparing.