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Mama Bear Moxie: Setting the family tempo with organization

By Kristina Phelan For The Spokesman-Review

I’ve been working hard at getting my house more organized. I’ve learned I feel better when things have a place in the home. It helps me relax to know where everything is and not spend hours looking for items that are right under my nose.

I made a list of spots in my house to organize starting with the spice cabinet. My kitchen doesn’t have a pantry, so we use the deep corner cupboards to store dry goods like cookies, crackers, canned goods and baking items. That corner cupboard is like a black hole – it is difficult to reach the back , and I end up pulling out a half-eaten bag of marshmallows from who knows when or salad dressing that expired two years ago.

Most of the other spots to organize in the house are closets that tend to become a place where we stash something, then promptly forget about it. I find inspiration from other moms on YouTube who have organized their home. Some focus on color coordination while others are inspired by Marie Kondo to let go of things that don’t spark joy.

There have been times during my motherhood journey when life felt crazy. Every day felt chaotic, and there was too much confusion. I found that creating organized systems in my home brings peace to not only me but also the entire family. Making my home more organized helps me run it more efficiently.

As moms, we get the brunt of creating a space that will work for our family. Putting small systems in place has made life easier for everyone. My home is like my own little world that can implode if I’m not careful. It is those decisions that I make on a daily and sometimes minute-by-minute basis that help to create a home that functions smoothly.

Getting your home organized takes time. I research the way that others organize and create a Pinterest board full of ideas. As with any organizing project, it always looks worse before it looks better. However, the amount of time that it saves my family and me is more than worth the sacrifice in the beginning.

Staying organized also helps me save money by not purchasing duplicates and knowing exactly what we have on hand. It also enables you to take a mental inventory of your home. Some moms create inventory lists for their homes, but I am not quite there (yet).

I encourage you to take stock of your home today and commit to organizing one spot in your home this week. What are organizational systems that you use in your home? Email me your ideas at kristina@mamabearmoxie. com.

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