5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Family Organized This Year
Let's face it — "easy" is the only way it's going to get done.
We're approaching the two-week mark of the new year, and for so many people, that's about the time resolutions start to slide. After all, we've been obsessively counting calories, putting in time at the gym and doing our best to keep the house in tip-top shape for the last 15 days. But we're only human, and life happens. That's okay!
Instead of beating yourself up for not being able to be a perfect robot, let's regroup. If you, like me, are starting to realize that maybe an entire year of driving yourself (not to mention everyone around you) crazy obsessing over changing your entire lifestyle isn't really worth it, maybe it's time for a different approach — one that focuses on easy (and cute) organization.
Family Chore Jars
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Keeping the house clean and organized shouldn't be entirely left up to you. Make it easy for your kids and significant other to know exactly what is expected of them with an adorable chore station that makes functional fun.
DIY Flip Calendar
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Great for your desk at work or home, this standing flip calendar lets you enjoy your photos outside of your phone. Bonus? Once you make this calendar, you can use it every year. Just update the pictures whenever you're ready for a change.
Oversized Cork Calendar
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If you prefer a calendar that can handle the whole family's activities, this large cork calendar is the way to go. You can move the dates for each month and easily change things up as needed. Plus, it's a great way to keep track of coupons, tickets and more.
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Another easy way to keep the family organized is with a DIY family binder. It's the one-stop spot for emergency contacts, important paperwork, receipts, coupons and even take-out menus. Train the family to look here first for the week's meal plan, signed releases for school and important numbers and addresses, and gain a little peace for yourself.
Pretty Pegboard Storage
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Easy, inexpensive and full of options, installing a pegboard at home might be all you need to truly organize your space once and for all. Whether you've been dying to organize all your craft supplies, need a better situation for your garden tools or just want a cute way to display your favorite pieces, a pegboard may be the versatile wall treatment of your dreams.
Perfect Pot and Pan Display
Channel Julia Child’s iconic organization with a chic pegboard to hold all your kitchen's pots, pans and utensils. Don't forget to trace each cookware's shape! Especially adaptable for a small space, pegboard looks upscale when painted black, as blogger Emma Chapman of A Beautiful Mess has done here.
Level Up the Laundry Room
Giant Craft Pegboard
When using pegboard, the actual board is just the beginning. Adding shelves, buckets and baskets gives your design one-of-a-kind style for your one-of-a-kind crafts. Blogger Ginger Bowie of Ginger Snap Crafts framed her DIY craft wall with trim for a more sophisticated look.
Everything Above the Kitchen Sink
Create a budget-friendly backsplash that keeps day-to-day items organized and within reach. For an easy pop of color in the kitchen, paint the pegboard rather than leaving it white. Learn how to install this pegboard backsplash at DIYNetwork.com.
Ultimate Garage Storage
A garage gets a massive functional upgrade with this pegboard and shelving installation by author and blogger Cyndy Aldred of The Creativity Exchange. A variety of hooks and baskets hold paint supplies and tools for effortless organization.
Precious Pegboard Collections
You know all those rocks and shells from your travels that you stuff in bags or drawers? Give them prize of place in this do-it-yourself pegboard project from blogger Joni Lay of Lay Baby Lay.
A pegboard in the bedroom? When it's as clean and chic as this, we say yes! Those with a penchant for practical design will appreciate the simplicity of this headboard created by blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth. Bonus: The headboard doubles as a nightstand to hold a book or two.