The easiest way to keep your house clean is to always have the supplies you need. That is why you need these easy upcycled room cleaning buckets.

Upcycled Room Cleaning Buckets from Easter Buckets

The easiest way to keep your house clean is to always have the supplies you need. That is why you need these upcycled room cleaning buckets. Place one in each coordinating room and know that have what you need for daily cleaning. Don’t forget to add these Printable Room by Room Cleaning Checklists to your buckets. With both of these tools your home will actually stay clean, especially if you remember to enlist help from your kiddos.

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The easiest way to keep your house clean is to always have the supplies you need. That is why you need these easy upcycled room cleaning buckets.

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Materials

  • 5-7 Easter Buckets
  • Krylon Spray Paint (This is the absolute best spray paint for this project!)
  • 5-7 Small Spray Bottles
  • Cleaners (Based on the Room)
  • Sponges, Wipes, and Brushes

 

The easiest way to keep your house clean is to always have the supplies you need. That is why you need these easy upcycled room cleaning buckets.

Step 1

Clean your Easter buckets thoroughly and allow them to dry completely.

Step 2

Spray each bucket with a coat of paint in a well-ventilated area. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 3

Repeat step 2 until you can no longer see the patterns through the paint. This took 4 coats on my buckets and the base color of the bucket did not seem to affect the number of coats.

 

The easiest way to keep your house clean is to always have the supplies you need. That is why you need these easy upcycled room cleaning buckets.

Step 4

Fill each bucket with the appropriate supplies and printable checklist.

Step 5

Place your cleaning buckets in each room and you’re done.

Cleaning Buckets Tips

Don’t feel like you have to put full size cleaners in your buckets. In fact, I recommend dividing your cleaners up among the buckets. Here are some tips for how to divide your cleaners and other supplies for your buckets.

The easiest way to keep your house clean is to always have the supplies you need. That is why you need these easy upcycled room cleaning buckets.

Portable Wipes Container

You know those little plastic containers for wipes that you throw in your diaper bag? Use these to divide disinfecting wipes among each bucket.

 

The easiest way to keep your house clean is to always have the supplies you need. That is why you need these easy upcycled room cleaning buckets.

Small Spray Bottles

Get small spray bottles that you can separate cleaners into. I used a bottle of concentrate to make mine but you can also divide up a full-size, ready-mixed cleaner among them. Don’t forget to label your spray bottles so that you know which cleaner is in them.

Sponges

You will want a separate sponge for each bucket. If you are worried about putting wet sponges back in the buckets when you’re done, get a plastic soap container. Poke a few holes in it to allow air in and your sponges can dry without creating a mess in your buckets.

Plastic Bags

Always keep a few plastic grocery bags in each bucket. This makes it easy to change out trash cans or collect any waste you come across when cleaning. This is especially true for kids’ rooms. They have the uncanny knack of hiding ripped up papers, empty wrappers, and broken toys.

 

The easiest way to keep your house clean is to always have the supplies you need. That is why you need these easy upcycled room cleaning buckets.

Keeping your home clean has never been easier than it will be with these upcycled room cleaning buckets. They have made my new cleaning habit so much easier to develop. I firmly believe in not spending more time cleaning than you absolutely have to. That includes wasting time looking for cleaning supplies and now you won’t have to. I get all of my cleaning done in 20 minutes or less because of these buckets. Imagine only spending 20 minutes a day to keep your house beautiful. It can totally be done! Don’t forget to grab your printable cleaning checklists before you go.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Are you making this huge mistake when it comes to keeping a clean home? Find out what it is and get printable room by room cleaning checklists to keep up!

Free Printable Room by Room Cleaning Checklists

How are you coming with your new habits this month? I haven’t quite gotten my routine down but I have been sticking to cleaning every day. It is so nice to have a clean home, especially our kitchen and dining room. What is it about these rooms that make them a magnet for messes? Now, I’ve managed to stay on top of the dishes and the kids have been helping with the dining room. One of the best tools I have been using is these printable room by room cleaning checklists for each room! They make it easy to keep track of all of the weekly cleaning tasks for each room of your home.

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Get Your Printable Room by Room Cleaning Checklists

Grab your free printable cleaning checklists by clicking on the pictures below and print them out. Once you’ve printed them, cut each one out and fill out any additional cleaning tasks not already listed. There is also a blank one to add another room such as your office or the kids’ play room. I totally recommend laminating the cleaning checklists and storing them in the rooms they coordinate with. You can check the tasks off as you complete them with a dry erase marker and wipe it clean when you’re done.

Are you making this huge mistake when it comes to keeping a clean home? Find out what it is and get printable room by room cleaning checklists to keep up!

Are you making this huge mistake when it comes to keeping a clean home? Find out what it is and get printable room by room cleaning checklists to keep up!

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How to Use Printable Room by Room Cleaning Checklists

You can clean these areas on these lists every day if you would like. I am not that ambitious, though. Instead, I have added one room each day to my daily cleaning list. There are some tasks that need to be done every day to stay on top of your home. Here are the tasks on my daily cleaning list:

  • Dishes
  • Laundry
  • Sweep/Vacuum
  • Nightly Tidy
  • One Room

That “one room” on the list is one of the printable room by room cleaning checklists. Assign one room to each day. The only exception to this for my list is that I clean all of the bedrooms on one day but that is up to you.

 

Are you making this huge mistake when it comes to keeping a clean home? Find out what it is and get printable room by room cleaning checklists to keep up!

Room by Room Cleaning Kits

The next step is to create cleaning kits for each room. You can easily clean the rooms when all of the supplies you need is together. I’ll show you how to make these next week but you can go ahead and start preparing now. Pick up sponges, dusters, and cleaners for each room so that you can put them together. You can also start brainstorming where in each room you will store you cleaning kits. If needed, you can re-organize slightly to accommodate them.

 

Are you making this huge mistake when it comes to keeping a clean home? Find out what it is and get printable room by room cleaning checklists to keep up!

I want to leave you with one last tip. I have a friend that have been telling me for years that one person can’t expect to be able to clean up after 5 people and she is so right. She always says this to make me feel better when I’m falling behind on housework. What I didn’t realize was that I was making one huge mistake and you might be making the same one. I am not responsible for cleaning up after my family single-handedly and neither are you. Start enlisting your kids to help you. I finally realize that I am not giving my kids enough responsibility around the house. They expect that I will handle everything. This month all of that is finally changing. Let your kids be a part of creating a clean home that you’re proud of. Even toddlers can, and should, help around the house. What are your tips for keeping a clean home? I’d love to hear them in the comments!

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Are you making this huge mistake when it comes to keeping a clean home? Find out what it is and get printable room by room cleaning checklists to keep up!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
You can’t organize a messy home. When the spring cleaning bug hits this year embrace it with these 10 terrific spring cleaning resources!

10 Terrific Spring Cleaning Resources to Rock Your Refresh + Merry Monday Link Party 147

Organizing always seems to be at the top of every mom’s to-do list. You feel like you’re drowning in clutter and the tiny humans in your home don’t quite get it yet. A key component to getting organized is getting everything cleaned first. You can’t organize a messy home. When the spring cleaning bug hits this year embrace it with these 10 terrific spring cleaning resources! After you check them all out, stick around and link up your awesome posts with us at the Merry Monday link party 147. All of the spring fun has me super excited each week to see what new stuff will be shared!

You can’t organize a messy home. When the spring cleaning bug hits this year embrace it with these 10 terrific spring cleaning resources!

 

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You can’t organize a messy home. When the spring cleaning bug hits this year embrace it with these 10 terrific spring cleaning resources!

How to Organize Your Paperwork (Leta at Attachment Mummy)

Papers are everywhere in your home. You’ve likely tried to get them wrangled on multiple occasions. These tips will help you finally conquer it this year!

 

You can’t organize a messy home. When the spring cleaning bug hits this year embrace it with these 10 terrific spring cleaning resources!

5 Steps to Tidying Children’s Bedrooms (Angela at Setting My Intention)

Remember those tiny humans I mentioned? Tackle the craziness that is their bedrooms with these fantastic tips to get them clean and organized.

 

You can’t organize a messy home. When the spring cleaning bug hits this year embrace it with these 10 terrific spring cleaning resources!

DIY Wooden Slice Dishwasher Clean-Dirty Magnet (Kendra at Simply Darrling)

A staple phrase in marriage is, “Honey, are the dishes in the dishwasher clean?” I swear, we ask this probably twice a day. Solve the issue with this adorable and easy DIY clean-dirty magnet.

 

You can’t organize a messy home. When the spring cleaning bug hits this year embrace it with these 10 terrific spring cleaning resources!

Tips for Spring Cleaning this March (Deborah at Urban Naturale)

Your kitchen will be spotless with these tips for spring cleaning. There are a few tips that I had never even thought of doing in my kitchen (um… ever. Ooops).

 

You can’t organize a messy home. When the spring cleaning bug hits this year embrace it with these 10 terrific spring cleaning resources!

How to Clean Your Oven Naturally (Angela at Setting My Intention)

How in the world does the oven get so dirty? We even bake most of our food covered and it still winds up yucky. Luckily, there is a natural way to clean it so it doesn’t seem so daunting!

 

You can’t organize a messy home. When the spring cleaning bug hits this year embrace it with these 10 terrific spring cleaning resources!

Clean Brass with Home Remedies (Kim at Made in a Day)

Brass pieces can be a gorgeous addition to your home décor. Unfortunately, cleaning them can be a pain. To help you out, Kim has some home remedies to get that brass décor back to gorgeous.

 

You can’t organize a messy home. When the spring cleaning bug hits this year embrace it with these 10 terrific spring cleaning resources!

Spring Cleaning Checklist (Daune at Cottage in the Oaks)

Looking for something more all-encompassing? This printable will help you tackle your spring cleaning from start to finish easily.

 

You can’t organize a messy home. When the spring cleaning bug hits this year embrace it with these 10 terrific spring cleaning resources!

How to Organize a Craft Room Work Space (Krista at The Happy Housie)

Yet another amazing example that you can’t get organized without cleaning first is this post. Krista walks you through the entire process of cleaning, purging, and reorganizing your craft room!

 

Stop being overwhelmed by clutter and finally get rid of it! Free yourself with this list of 100+ things to toss during spring cleaning.

100+ Things to Toss During Spring Cleaning (that’s here!)

One way to stop drowning in clutter is to get rid of all of the stuff weighing you down. This list gives you specific ideas for items to toss guilt-free during your spring cleaning.

 

You can’t organize a messy home. When the spring cleaning bug hits this year embrace it with these 10 terrific spring cleaning resources!

Organize Personal Information Now (Also here!)

When it’s time to renew your passport, change doctors, or simply update records do you know where all of your personal information is located? With these easy steps to organize all of your personal information you will always know where the information you need is located!

 

You can’t organize a messy home. When the spring cleaning bug hits this year embrace it with these 10 terrific spring cleaning resources!

Now you are absolutely ready to rock your spring cleaning! You will finally have a home that is always ready for drop-by’s by friends and family (at least for a few weeks). Don’t forget to get the family involved in the spring cleaning, too. There are chores that can be done by the wee ones to help them take personal pride in your home because that’s what making a home is all about. Let’s close out these 10 terrific spring cleaning resources and move on to the party. Check out the other hosts’ round-ups to see if you were featured this week!

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You can’t organize a messy home. When the spring cleaning bug hits this year embrace it with these 10 terrific spring cleaning resources!


Merry Monday Link Party #147

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Merry Monday Rules

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Round-up themes for party #147

Each host will be choosing 8-10 posts from this week’s party for a themed feature round-up on next week’s Merry Monday party. What we’re looking for this week:

  • Cleaning tips – spring cleaning in general
  • DIY projects – furniture makeovers, upcycled projects
  • Spring Ideas – crafts/recipes/home decor
  • Easter – foods, crafts, and DIY projects
  • Recipes – focus on garlic recipes, grilled cheese recipes, caramel recipes
  • Gardening ideas, DIY planters, garden tips, and more

Now, show us your latest recipes, crafts, DIY projects, home decor ideas, home tips, and anything you created!


mm
I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Stop being overwhelmed by clutter and finally get rid of it! Free yourself with this list of 100+ things to toss during spring cleaning.

100+ Things to Toss During Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is on everyone’s mind right now. You’re ready to sweep out the last remnants of winter. You want to welcome spring with a fresh and clean home. Spring cleaning is also the perfect time to declutter. As you renew your home you will have a clear picture of what is truly taking up space in your home. No doubt that seeing all of the clutter in its entirety is making you feel weighed down. This year, instead of getting overwhelmed by all of the “stuff” take the opportunity to finally get rid of it. Free yourself with this list of 100+ things to toss during spring cleaning.

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Stop being overwhelmed by clutter and finally get rid of it! Free yourself with this list of 100+ things to toss during spring cleaning.

**Note: When I say “toss” I don’t mean in the trash. I mean out of your home. Most of these items can be donated.

Kitchen

  1. Extra Plates
  2. Extra Cups
  3. Coffee Mugs
  4. Utensils
  5. Small Appliances
  6. Plastic Bags
  7. Water Bottles
  8. Broken Items
  9. Sippy Cups without Lids
  10. Spices
  11. Fridge Magnets
  12. Baby Dishes
  13. Recyclables
  14. Food Storage Containers
  15. Broken Pots
  16. Broken Pans

Stop being overwhelmed by clutter and finally get rid of it! Free yourself with this list of 100+ things to toss during spring cleaning.

Living/Family Room

  1. Books
  2. Movies
  3. CD’s
  4. Magazines
  5. Games
  6. Unwanted Décor
  7. Broken Items
  8. Old Furniture
  9. Toys
  10. Filled Coloring Books
  11. Empty/Used Up Candles
  12. Instruments

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Bathroom

  1. Extra Shower Curtains
  2. Worn Out Towels
  3. Expired Makeup
  4. Unused Beauty Gadgets
  5. Toiletries
  6. Nail Polish
  7. Expired Medicine
  8. Broken Items

Stop being overwhelmed by clutter and finally get rid of it! Free yourself with this list of 100+ things to toss during spring cleaning.

Master Bedroom

  1. Outgrown Clothes
  2. Outdated Clothes
  3. Pieces That You Never Wear
  4. Broken Items
  5. Jewelry
  6. Mismatched Socks
  7. Hosiery with Runs
  8. Hair Accessories
  9. Stretched or Falling Apart Undergarments
  10. Old Swimsuits
  11. Extra Purses
  12. Shoes, Boots, and Other Footwear

Kids Room

  1. Outgrown Clothes
  2. Outdated Clothes
  3. Stained/Ruined Clothes
  4. Toys
  5. Broken Items
  6. Kids Artwork
  7. Filled Coloring Books
  8. Hair Accessories
  9. Art Supplies
  10. Unopened Gifts
  11. Old Baby Blankets
  12. Mismatched Socks
  13. Baby Equipment
  14. Old Swimsuits
  15. Shoes, Boots, and Other Footwear
  16. Instruments

Stop being overwhelmed by clutter and finally get rid of it! Free yourself with this list of 100+ things to toss during spring cleaning.

Office/Craft Room

  1. Papers
  2. Receipts
  3. Craft Supplies
  4. Kids Artwork
  5. Electronic Parts
  6. School Papers
  7. Old Greeting Cards
  8. Filled Planners
  9. Old Printers
  10. Duplicate Chargers
  11. Old Craft Projects
  12. Pictures
  13. Ticket Stubs
  14. Art Supplies
  15. Old Bank Statements
  16. Fabric Scraps
  17. Old Cell Phones
  18. Broken Office Supplies
  19. Duplicate Office Supplies
  20. Outdated Research Books
  21. Broken Chargers and Cords
  22. Duplicate Headphones

Hall Closet

  1. Gift Wrap
  2. Gift Bags
  3. Extra Scarves
  4. Old Coats
  5. Extra Gloves
  6. Mismatched Gloves
  7. Old Backpacks
  8. Broken Suitcases
  9. Extra Duffle Bags
  10. Unopened Gifts
  11. Extra Hats
  12. Broken Items

Stop being overwhelmed by clutter and finally get rid of it! Free yourself with this list of 100+ things to toss during spring cleaning.

Linen Closet

  1. Old Cleaning Supplies
  2. Rags
  3. Extra Blankets
  4. Mismatched Sheets
  5. Extra Pillowcases
  6. Expired Medicine
  7. Toiletries
  8. Broken Items
  9. Falling Apart Towels

Miscellaneous

  1. Holiday Decorations
  2. Old Halloween Costumes
  3. Unused Home Décor
  4. Old Paint
  5. Duplicate Tools
  6. Old Electronics

 

Stop being overwhelmed by clutter and finally get rid of it! Free yourself with this list of 100+ things to toss during spring cleaning.

You will feel one thousand times better getting rid of all of the clutter weighing you down. As you catch up on laundry, take time to pare down your clothes. Dishes are easier to keep clean and easier to put away when your cabinets aren’t overflowing. You don’t need a drawer to store miscellaneous cords when you get rid of the excess and broken. Grab a printable list of 100+ items to toss during spring cleaning on the VIP page when you subscribe below. Not only is it pretty, but it goes more into depth about why to get rid of some of the items listed. It is also packed with number recommendations on what to keep.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Don't miss these 8 resources for a clean and organized kitchen featuring links from last week’s party. Then link up at the Merry Monday Link Party 142.

8 Resources for a Clean and Organized Kitchen + Merry Monday Link Party 142

Are you tired of your kitchen always being a mess? Unwashed dishes sit in the sink, your recipes are never where you can find them, and everything feels chaotic. Me too! That’s why I put together this list of 8 resources for a clean and organized kitchen featuring links from last week’s Merry Monday Link Party. Now you can get back your clean and organized kitchen from meal planning to creating a cleaning checklist. Then read on and link up at the Merry Monday Link Party 142.

Don't miss these 8 resources for a clean and organized kitchen featuring links from last week’s party. Then link up at the Merry Monday Link Party 142.

 

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Don't miss these 8 resources for a clean and organized kitchen featuring links from last week’s party. Then link up at the Merry Monday Link Party 142.

Dollar Store Meal Planner for Your Home (Angie at The Country Chic Cottage)

This is a super cute and inexpensive way to keep your meal plan organized! Find out how she made it at The Country Chic Cottage!

 

Don't miss these 8 resources for a clean and organized kitchen featuring links from last week’s party. Then link up at the Merry Monday Link Party 142.

Tips for Organizing Your Recipes and Cookbooks (Angie at The Country Chic Cottage for ForRent.com)

This post is full of ideas to organize your recipes from your cookbooks to your loose recipes. The bonus is that a lot of the ideas are gorgeous too!

 

Don't miss these 8 resources for a clean and organized kitchen featuring links from last week’s party. Then link up at the Merry Monday Link Party 142.

Kitchen Cleaning Checklist (Heather at Setting for Four)

Are you staring at your kitchen wondering where to even start? Then this printable cleaning checklist is perfect for you. It lists everything you need to do to clean your kitchen!

 

Don't miss these 8 resources for a clean and organized kitchen featuring links from last week’s party. Then link up at the Merry Monday Link Party 142.

Foldable Recipe Stand (Ashley at Cherished Bliss)

I am absolutely in love with this recipe stand! Why? Because it’s not only gorgeous but it folds down for easy storage. You could fit it in a drawer!

 

Don't miss these 8 resources for a clean and organized kitchen featuring links from last week’s party. Then link up at the Merry Monday Link Party 142.

Tree Branch Apron Rack (Wendi at H2O Bungalow)

Speaking of gorgeous organization, how pretty is this apron rack? You won’t mind looking at this pretty piece everyday on your wall.

 

Don't miss these 8 resources for a clean and organized kitchen featuring links from last week’s party. Then link up at the Merry Monday Link Party 142.

7 Kitchen Island Ideas (Jenna at Rain on a Tin Roof)

Does your kitchen need more storage? These 7 kitchen island ideas are here to save the day!

 

Don't miss these 8 resources for a clean and organized kitchen featuring links from last week’s party. Then link up at the Merry Monday Link Party 142.

Cast Iron 101 (Holly at Pink Fortitude)

If you have cast iron but no idea how to take care of it, Holly has you covered over at Pink Fortitude. Find out how to season it, clean it, and care for it.

 

Don't miss these 8 resources for a clean and organized kitchen featuring links from last week’s party. Then link up at the Merry Monday Link Party 142.

DIY Thrifted Chalkboard Menu Sign (from me!)

If you’re simply looking for an easy DIY to allay the constant questions from the kiddos about what’s for dinner this is it. Plus chalkboard decor is always pretty!

 

Don't miss these 8 resources for a clean and organized kitchen featuring links from last week’s party. Then link up at the Merry Monday Link Party 142.

Now that you have somewhere to start get started. Having a clean and organized kitchen will make you want to cook dinner or bake up some cookies with the kids. Okay, it’s time to share your awesome ideas with us at the Merry Monday Link Party 142! I can’t wait to see what you have been creating!


Merry Monday Link Party #142

Round-up themes for party #143

Each host will be choosing 8-10 posts from this week’s party for a themed feature round-up on next week’s Merry Monday party. What we’re looking for this week:

  • Organization – focus on dollar store organization ideas
  • Storage ideas/solutions
  • Cleaning tips – focus on kitchen cleaning
  • DIY projects
  • Spring Ideas – crafts/recipes/home decor
  • Recipes – focus on strawberry, chili, and kahlua recipes.

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The Secret to a Pulled Together Room

The Secret to a Pulled Together Room and How to Achieve It via Worthing Court Blog (PIN IT)

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Merry Monday Rules

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Now, show us your latest recipes, crafts, DIY projects, home decor ideas, home tips, and anything you created!

mm
I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

You Can’t Meal Plan without Knowing What You Have

Is meal planning on your list of resolutions? If not, it should be. Meal planning saves you time, save you money, and saves your sanity on busy weeknights. It can be tempting to just jump in and pick out 7 recipes for the week, write them down in your planner, and call it a day. Unfortunately if you do it that way you will never be successful. You will go to make one of your meals, realize you are all out of the milk you need to make it, and promptly call the pizza man. You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

Affiliate links may be used in this post. Ordering a product through these links may result in a commission at no extra cost to you. Read the full disclosure here.

 

You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

 

You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. Fix that with this pantry and freezer… Click To Tweet

 

You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

Create Your Inventory

 

Step 1

Print out your pantry and freezer inventory.

 

You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

Step 2

Write down what you have in your pantry and freezer in the itemized areas on the sheets.

Tips:

  • Remember to include your quantities in the square provided when filling out your inventories.
  • I like to write down the number I currently have in the first box then mark it out and update it as ingredients get used. (See picture above for reference.)

Step 3

Decide on some freezer meals that you can make. Prepare those meals and add them to the “meal” section on your freezer inventory sheet.

Tips:

 

You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

Meal Planning Tips

Now that you know exactly what ingredients and meals you have, you are ready to start meal planning. There are many different ways to do this so I’ll share specifics in another post. For now, I want to share some extra tips that make meal planning easier for my family.

Breakfast and Lunch

Don’t forget about breakfasts and lunches when meal planning. Even if you don’t typically eat these meals at home they will affect your meal plan. For instance, if you don’t pack a lunch to work each day then you will need to make a plan for your leftovers. This can be as easy as planning a leftovers night for one of your dinners. You can also incorporate leftovers into a brand new meal later in the week.

Group Meal Items Together

There is nothing more frustrating than going to make a planned dinner and finding that someone in your family has eaten one of the ingredients. Prevent this by grouping meal items together in a labeled basket in your pantry. For example, if you need rice noodles, coconut milk, and peanuts for Tuesday’s dinner place them all together in a small basket labeled “Tuesday”. Next, simply let your family know that items in the labeled baskets are off-limits for snacking.

Get Creative

Instead of running out to purchase an item you’re missing, get creative. See if something else you have on hand will work as a substitute. Here is a pin with common ingredient substitutes to help you out. Also, don’t forget that most veggies can be swapped for any other with only a small change in flavor. Most proteins can also be switched (or ommitted altogether).  I substitue ground turkey for ground beef all of the time.

Pre-Portion Leftovers

I am a firm believer that the easier you make leftovers to eat the higher the probability that they will. Instead of dumping leftovers into large containers after dinner, pre-portion them into smaller containers. When you or your family members need a quick, single-serving meal these pre-portioned containers can be heated up. This will also make lunches a breeze whether you eat at home or pack them for work.

 

You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

Now that you have your pantry/freezer inventory you are ready to save money and time with meal planning. Don’t forget to keep updating your inventory as you use items and meals. This will help you save money by keeping items from going to waste as well as keep you from eating out due to convenience. Before you go, tell me, what is the biggest money-waster for your family when it comes to food? Let me know in the comments!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

DIY Leather Charging Cord Organizer

How many times has your husband asked you where his charger is? If you don’t know, then one of you is digging through a drawer of cords hoping to find an extra one that fits his phone. It’s frustrating and eats up valuable time that you don’t have. Save time and energy by storing your chargers in a DIY leather charging cord organizer. The adjustable leather cord holds your charging cords and wall adapters to keep everything organized in one place. It makes traveling easier because you can grab it and go, confident that you have what you need. Additionally, it is so easy to make that it is a perfect DIY gift!

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Materials

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 1

Trim a piece of scrap leather into a rectangle. It can be any size you like but I recommend no smaller than 12 inches by 5 inches.

Tip:

  • You can be a precise as you would like but don’t feel like you have to be. Having some irregularities adds a more rustic touch to your organizer.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 2

Punch a hole in the center edge of the right side of your rectangle.

Note:

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 3

Fold your leather in half lengthwise and cut notches every two inches with your scissors. Make sure that you have an odd number of notches that are large enough to thread your leather cording through.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 4

Unfold your leather and thread your cording through. Start by threading the cord through your punched hole and next continue weaving back and forth through the notches.

Tip:

  • Only leave enough of the leather cording through the punched hole to secure it to your organizer. The excess cording should be at the opposite end.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 5

Push your brad through the punched hole with the prongs coming through the inside of your organizer. Fold out the prongs over the cording to secure them.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 6

Place a few stitches through your organizer and cording end at the brad to secure the cording thoroughly. You don’t want it pulling out when you tighten the cord around your chargers.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 7

Cut a small square of leather out of a piece that you trimmed off in step 1.

 

Step 8

Center the leather square over the cording and brad on the inside of your organizer.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 9

Secure the leather square into place by sewing a whipstitch around the edges.

Tip:

  • For a cleaner look, do not stitch all of the way through your organizer. Instead thread about halfway into your organizer leather and pull back up through your leather square. This is so that your stitches are not visible on the outside of your organizer.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 10

Lastly, add your charging cords and adapters and tighten your cording.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 11

Roll up your DIY leather charging cord organizer and wrap the excess cording around the outside to secure.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

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This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This is such an easy and inexpensive way to organize all of your chargers in one place. You can change the look to fit your style by using a different color of leather for your organizer or cording. A DIY leather charging cord organizer is also a perfect DIY gift for the guys in your life. It is handsome and practical to delight even the most difficult men to shop for. If you want to make one for everyone on your gift list, opt for buying a yard of leather instead of using a scrap piece. Then you can cut all of your organizers at once and have enough to make them in bulk! I’d love to hear who you would make yours for. Let me know in the comments!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

5 Tips to Dominate Your To-Do List

Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? Does it seem to grow larger each day and leave you feeling like you’ve gotten nothing accomplished at the end of the day? I have absolutely been there. Then I found a set of sticky notes in the Dollar Spot at Target that totally transformed my to-do list. They simply said “Top Five” followed by a colorful, numbered list. It was an “Ah-ha!” moment. Instead of trying to conquer a giant list of tasks, I started focusing on 5 each day. I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing my 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

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Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

 

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Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

1. Use a Planner

It is so important to use a planner. To truly rock your to-do list, use a paper one. This forces you to physically write down your obligations and plans. This increases the retention of those plans in your memory. Find out how to best organize your planner to make it work extra hard for you.

Bonus:

  • Use a wall calendar, too. Write in important events and dates. This serves 2 purposes, one being that those events will be further imprinted on your memory. The second purpose is to help keep your family organized along with you. Instead of hearing, “Mom, what time’s my soccer game on Saturday?” your child can look at the family wall calendar.

 

Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

2. Create an Ongoing To-Do List

You also want to create an ongoing to-do list. This can be listed in your planner, on your phone, or in a separate notebook. Put it somewhere convenient that you will have easy access to. Any time that you think of something you need to do such as make a birthday gift or clean your coffee maker, put it on your list. Don’t limit yourself to small tasks. Include bigger ones like re-landscaping or decluttering your clothes. (The picture above is actually my ongoing post list because I keep my to-do list digitally.)

 

Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

3. Pick Your Top 5

This is THE most important thing you can do to dominate your to-do list! Each night before you go to bed pick the top 5 tasks that you want to complete the next day. Those tasks take priority over anything else on your to-do list. Even if the rest of your schedule has to change due to unexpected events popping up, do these 5 things.

Optional:

I try to choose my top 5 each day based on categories: cleaning, work, home, family, and self. This helps ensure that no area of my life falls between the cracks. A sample top 5 list using these categories is:

  • Cleaning: Wipe Down Baseboards
  • Work: Write Blog Post
  • Home: Make Freezer Meals
  • Family: Read with Kids
  • Self: 20 Minutes of Yoga

 

Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

4. Delegate

Stop trying to do it all. Enlist your family’s help where you can. Give your kids daily chores to help with the housework. Let your husband take over some of the weekly errands. This is one that I still struggle with. I think most moms do. We want to believe that we can do it all but we can’t. Even single mothers can’t do it all. Enlisting help from friends and family is necessary to be at your best and get everything on your list done.

 

Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

5. Start with the Worst

Always start on your to-do list with the task you dread the most. This is fluid, meaning it will change from day-to-day and also as you change and grow. If you are just starting to get in shape, exercise will be a dreaded task but as you become fit, you will start looking forward to it. Dishes are more likely to be dreaded on the day you are throwing a birthday party than they are on a regular day. Starting with the worst task on your list each day make the rest of your to-do list easier.

 

Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

Now you can dominate your to-do list every single day. Even better is that by sticking to your top 5 like glue, you will see that ongoing to-do list getting shorter. That always creates an awesome sense of accomplishment. If you have larger goals that you need help tackling you can find that help right here. You’ll get the tools you need to conquer every goal you set by breaking it down into smaller, more-manageable goals.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams? Take heart. Hanging toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

Hanging Toothbrush Organizers from Thrifted Frames

There is no law stating that organization has to be ugly or hidden. In fact, the more aesthetically pleasing your systems are the higher likelihood that you will use them. If your budget limits you from buying the Pottery Barn organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These hanging toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution. This month I’ve paired up again with a group of awesome and creative ladies to bring you the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. We create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild! 

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Thrift Store DecorUpcycle Challenge 2

Amanda | The Kolb Corner      Chelc| Inside the Fox Den     
Erlene | My Pinterventures     Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main    
Debra | Shoppe No. 5      Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    
Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    
Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things        
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek     Ann | Duct Tape and Denim     Sherry | Savvy Apron   

You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!


 

If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

 

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If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

Materials

  • 2 5×7 Wooden Thrift Store Frames
  • Blue Acrylic Paint
  • 2 Metal Scrollwork Votive Holders
  • 1 Sheet Yellow Cardstock
  • Mod Podge
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks (or E6000)

 

If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

Step 1

First, clean and disassemble your frames. Sand them if necessary.

Note:

  • I chose not to sand mine because there was no lacquer on the wood. If yours do, I recommend sanding.

 

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Step 2

Set up a protected surface on which to work and paint your first coat of blue paint on your frames.

Step 3

Set the frames off to the side to dry. Next, clean the glass panes removed from the frames if you are using them.

Note:

  • I didn’t use the glass but, in the interest of full transparency, I had originally planned to. Unfortunately, I am the clumsiest woman alive. I tripped on the extremely flat floor of my office and busted one of the panes on the back of my desk chair. Since I didn’t have a replacement, I was forced to work with what I had. I still love how these turned out despite the absence of glass.

 

If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

Step 4

Trace your cardboard inserts on your yellow cardstock.

Tip:

  • Trace each insert individually. Although both frames are 5×7, the fact that they are thrifted can mean size variations. Make your life easier by tracing each insert separately from the start.

 

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Step 5

Cut your traced images out of the cardstock.

Note:

  • If using the glass panes, skip to step 10 now.

 

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Step 6

Place a coat of Mod Podge onto your cardboard insert.

 

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Step 7

Immediately set your matching yellow cut-out on top.

 

If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

Step 8

Cover the top of the paper with another coat of Mod Podge to seal it. Allow it to dry.

 

If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

Step 9

Repeat steps 6 through 8 for your second cardboard insert.

 

If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

Step 10

Next, put a second coat of paint on your frames. Allow the paint to dry completely.

 

If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

Step 11

Once your frames (and inserts) are dry reassemble them.

 

If you can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams, take heart. These toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

Step 12

Find the seam on one votive holder and run a line of hot glue down it.

 

Step 13

Next, attach the votive holder to the bottom center of the inside of your frame (where the picture would be).

Tips:

  • Working fast will allow you to slide the votive holder so that it is pressed against the inside bottom lip of the frame.
  • If you use electric toothbrushes instead of manual, use E6000 in place of the hot glue. This will create a stronger hold, allowing it to support the extra weight. Make sure that you allow the E6000 to dry for 24 hours before using your frames.

 

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Step 14

Repeat step 13 with your second frame. Once every element is completely dry, hang on your bathroom wall and enjoy!

 

Can't afford the PB organizing systems of your dreams? Take heart. Hanging toothbrush organizers from thrifted frames are the perfect budget solution.

If you’re still looking for bathroom organization, check out this awesome upcycled bathroom organizer. Don’t forget to check out my friends before you go.


Be sure to check out all of the other creative upcycle projects my fellow bloggers have come up with!


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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
It is so important to organize personal information now. You will always know exactly where the information you need is located when you follow these steps.

Organize Personal Information Now

There is nothing more frustrating than needing an important document and not being able to find it. If you don’t have your information organized chances are this is a frustration you deal with frequently. When you are enrolling kids in school, getting a passport, or doing a myriad of other things you need your personal and medical documents. You also want to make sure that you are always prepared for unexpected emergencies. That is why it is so important for you to organize personal information now and these tips will help you do just that.

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It is so important to organize personal information now. You will always know exactly where the information you need is located when you follow these steps.

 

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It is so important to organize personal information now. You will always know exactly where the information you need is located when you follow these steps.

Pick Your Storage

This is the easiest part of organizing your important information. Choose how you are going to store. You can use a binder for this but you may have to have multiple, itemized binders to hold all of the information you need to store. You can also use a file box, which is what I now use. Not only is this portable, it is also helps keep your paperwork under control because you only have a limited space in which to store it.

I don’t recommend using a large file cabinet for your staple documents (like birth certificates) because of portability. If you watch Agents of the Shield, picture when they make a “large file transfer” and toss the huge file cabinet out the window. This is great for television but not so much for family emergencies. If you want to use a file cabinet for storage be sure to only store paperwork you wouldn’t need immediately following an emergency in it and use something smaller to store the emergency information so you can grab and go. To recap, here are the 3 common storage options:

  • Binders – Can require multiple binders to store all of your information.
  • File Box – Perfect for portability and reigning in paper clutter.
  • File Cabinet – Holds a lot of paperwork but is not portable in emergencies.

 

It is so important to organize personal information now. You will always know exactly where the information you need is located when you follow these steps.

What to Include

The information and items you want to include will vary by individual families. However, everything you need to store will fall into 4 basic categories: personal, career, home/vehicle, and financial. To help you out, here are some basic examples of what to include broken down by category.

Personal

  • Birth Certificates
  • Social Security Cards
  • Passports
  • Marriage License/Paperwork
  • Adoption Paperwork
  • Health Insurance Information
  • Medical Records
  • Power of Attorney Paperwork

Career

  • Recent Pay Stubs
  • Employment Contract – This is important in case there are any mix-ups down the road about what was agreed to when you were hired or promoted including pay rate, hours, and vacation time.
  • Military Paperwork – This includes items such as LES (Leave and Earnings Statement), orders, and a drill schedule if serving in the Guard or Reserve.

Home/Vehicle

  • Vehicle Titles
  • Vehicle Insurance Paperwork
  • Home Insurance/Warranty Information
  • Home Appliance Receipts
  • Work and Improvement Receipts and Contracts – This includes if you hire a lawn care company, have new windows installed, or have your basements sealed for water. If anything were to go wrong or the work is not up to par, you want to have easy access to this information.

Financial

  • 401K or other Retirement Information
  • Savings Bonds
  • Checking and Savings Account Information
  • Investments
  • Previous Years’ Tax Documents
  • Bills and Payments
  • Cancelled Checks and Carbon Copies

 

It is so important to organize personal information now. You will always know exactly where the information you need is located when you follow these steps.

Safety Tips

It is always a good idea to back up your information. Scan in copies of birth certificates, social security cards, and other personal documents. You also want to keep digital copies of your tax returns and military orders. In addition to saving digital copies here are a couple more tips for keeping your information safe:

  1. Keep additional copies of birth certificates in a secondary safe place in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. Ask a parent or trusted family member to store the copies for you or rent a safe deposit box at your bank.
  2. You should never store your social security card in your wallet. A thief will have everything he or she needs to steal your identity between your driver’s license and social security card.

 

It is so important to organize personal information now. You will always know exactly where the information you need is located when you follow these steps.

It is so important to organize personal information now. You will always know exactly where the information you need is located when you follow these steps.

Know exactly where the information you need is located when you follow the steps above. Take the time to organize your information now and you will be prepared with the paperwork your kids will need for back to school. Make a hectic time of year a little easier for your family. In addition to that, you have also prepared for multiple emergencies by storing them in something you can carry out the door and by making it easy to procure replacements quickly when needed. Get more organizing tips before you go with Organizing Your Life A to Z.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.