7 Organizing Ideas for New MothersWritten by Barbara Myers
1. Organize your home before baby arrives. Dealing with a new baby takes enough energy without having to sort through clutter. Start early! Many a baby has arrived much earlier than expected.
2. Buy a diaper bag with several compartments and keep it stocked with: blanket, extra outfit, diapers, wipes, ointment, snacks for Mom and feeding supplies.
3. Place containers filled with diapers, wipes and ointment around house. You won't want to walk to nursery every time your newborn needs to be changed.
4. Have a baby memory book, a baby how-to book and a notebook ready and accessible. You can fill in, find out and make notes whenever you have a spare minute.
9 Traits of Organized KitchensWritten by Barbara Myers
1. The number one rule of an organized kitchen is to store items where you use them. Put your plates near table, glasses near fridge and cutting knives and board near island or counter where you cut up produce.
2. If you do any baking, set up a baking section. Store together all items you use when baking.
3. Clean and organize your fridge and freezer. Do a quick upkeep once a week on trash day. If you don't use it, get rid of it.
4. Move excess clutter. For example, seasonally used items such as platters and holiday dishes are better stored in a basement or attic. Unless you have a very large kitchen, it is best to remove items that are not used on a regular basis.
5. How many glasses do you really use between dish washings? Store only as many as you regularly use (glasses, dishes, wine glasses, etc.), and place extras in storage.
6. Go through your cookbooks and keep in kitchen only ones you use regularly. Seasonal cookbooks can be stored with your holiday dinnerware, others can be stored elsewhere or given away.