4 Ways To Organize Family Celebrations and Events

If you’re the chief organizer in a family, then you have a lot on your plate. Especially when it comes to figuring out how to gather everyone for family celebrations and events, it can almost feel like a full-time job communicating all the necessary information to the necessary people. That’s why you need an overall plan.

In several ways that you can organize this plan include focusing on significant milestones, birthdays, location, or tradition. Each of these has pros and cons, and different types of celebrations can require different perspectives as well.

Major Milestones

When you organize around significant milestones, there are several events that come to mind. There are graduations, new jobs, getting into college – almost every person in your family will have events that they consider defining moments. So, if you’re going to have celebrations, you have to know how to work with these. Planning a graduation party takes some doing. It takes a list. It takes reminders. It takes a budget. So knowing that, you can work backward from your and desired result and get to some template that you can always work from.

Birthdays

Planning a birthday party is another thing you’re going to have to do. An intriguing way to help organize, especially when it comes to theme, is to know everyone’s birthstone and focus on colors, shapes, or characteristics of that stone that can relate to the characteristics of the person in question. Many people collect items that relate to the overall symbology of their birth month, and having an association with your birthstone is no exception. Especially as people get older, it’s nice to have a sense of consistency about celebrations, and knowing how to celebrate birthdays can be a big part of this.

By Location

Another way to organize family celebrations is by location. To do this, map out where all of your family members live, and then find a central point. Whatever person is closest to that central point is going to be the one who potentially has the most draw regarding getting everyone together. At that point, you can start planning your family gathering so that travel plans are convenient for everyone.

Through the Lens of Tradition

And finally, there is organization through the lens of tradition. Even if dates and places don’t necessarily make sense and aren’t necessarily efficient, something is comforting about following through with traditions. Even if you don’t necessarily know where the tradition came from, if everyone in your family agrees that it’s important to follow it, then it takes precedence. Just make sure that as new family members come into the fold, you explain this importance to them, so they don’t resent it.

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Organizing with shoe organizers

I am always trying to organize my house and find ways to keep it more organized. There are articles/posts all over the internet with ideas. But I wanted to share with you how I keep somewhat organized in my house.

My go to product is using shoe organizers all over the house. I have them all over my house to corral stuff and keep it where I can easily access them.

My favorite way to use it is to store gloves, hats, scarfs, etc. I keep all of my kid’s stuff on the bottom rows so they can reach their own stuff and I put my husband and my stuff on the top rows.

mittens & scarfs

I have a hallway closet and I store travel size items and other small health & beauty products.

travel size

There is another one on the back of the master bathroom door I store extra hair products, razors and anything else that I use in the bathroom that will fit in the pockets of the organizer

beauty products

The last one I have is in my kitchen in the pantry. I keep the kid’s snacks (granola bars, fruit snacks, etc) in the lower rows so the kids can grab stuff out that they want, on the top rows I keep some of my snacks.

snacks

What products do you use to keep your house organized?

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Spare Bedroom Makeover

As some of you know I am participating in a De Clutter Challenge that Mary Organizes set up. You can read more about it here. I know I am behind posting this but I had to wait for my husband to put together the sofa table I ordered.

This is for Week #4 and it was to organize an extra room (guest,craft,kids, etc). We have a spare bedroom in the basement. It is a catch all room because it is in the basement and no one really goes in there very often. The only people who stay in there are my in laws and they only visit about twice a year.

Here is the before pictures:

Yikes what a mess!

I worked really hard on this room. I moved the bed to another wall. I bought all new items for the wall, a new bedspread, sofa table ,lamp and other trinkets for the sofa table. I also painted a wood stand white so it would go well with the other colors.

Ok now for the big reveal:

This room makes me so happy. I absolutely love how it turned out. Let me know what you think?

 

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Week 2 and 3 of the 91 Day DeClutter Challenge

The past two weeks I have been working on cleaning the kid’s rooms for Week 2 and 3 of the 91 Day Declutter Challenge that Mary Organizes has set up.

 

I started in my daughter’s room. She has two spots that get the messiest her dresser and closet where her toys are kept. I also went through all of her clothes and had two separate piles donate and consignment.

 

clothes that she has outgrown her dresser before Before

I went through her toys and got rid of items I haven’t see her play with in awhile. I wanted to be able to close her closet so I put the shopping cart by her Dora Kitchen in the dining room and then reorganized some toys. On her dresser I just put all of the stuff away where it should have been.

 

her dresser after the closet after her room after

Then I started working on my son’s room. His messiest areas are his desk and closet where his toys are.

 

his room before his closet before

I cleaned his room in sections. I started on his desk first and put everything away. Then I worked on his closet and out his toys where they were suppose to be. His bookshelf is the hardest to keep organized so I reorganized all of the books.

 

 

his room after his closet after his room after

So much better I have to walk by both of their rooms to get to my room. I love walking by and seeing them clean and organized. We will see how long they stay that way. Next Week I will be working on the guest room.

 

 

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91 Day De-clutter Challenge-clean out cabinets/drawers

I am participating in the 91 Day Declutter Challenge that Mary Organizes has set up. Each week we focus on a different area and each day we focus on specific areas.

De-Clutter your home in 91 days with this plan

I am a little behind, my daughter started preschool yesterday. But I am caught back up now.

 

I cleaned out the most cluttered cabinets. I love the the pullout cabinets they are so easy to get to everything. Now if I can only keep it looking nice. I decided to get rid of my Foreman grill and an extra set of pots. That made it look a lot nicer.

 

Before After

Then I cleaned out my lazy susan cabinet. I like it but it can get messy pretty easily and things get thrown around a but when you turn it. I went through all of the food and checked expiration dates. If anything was expired I threw it out. I moved most of my coffee to a different cabinet. I have way to much coffee but I like to have different varities.

 

Before After

I cleaned out my largest drawer and it gets messy very easily. It is the drawer that we use most since it has all of our silverware in it.

 

 

Before After

If you want to join on the 91 Day De-Clutter Challenge you can find more information here.

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91 Day Declutter Challenge-Clean Out Pantry

I am participating in the 91 Day Declutter Challenge that Mary Organizes has set up. Each week we focus on a different area and each day we focus on specific areas.

Today’s task is to de-clutter pantry.

I started with the top shelf and worked my way down. I have some pans that I only use a couple times a year(angel food pan and bundt pan) so I moved those downstairs I have a kitchenette with a lot of cupboard space. I stock up on cereal when it is on sale. I like to have different varities of kinds so I don’t get tired of one kind. My son has favorites also as you can tell. We are the only two in the house who eats cereal.

As I worked down on the shelves I looked at all of the products expiration date, if anything was expired I threw it out. Then I grouped items together so it is easier to find items. I love the shoe organizer I have on the door the top couple of rows are for my husband and my treats. The lower rows are for the kids so they can easily access snacks. They do have to ask permission.

I had a lot of chips also. My son already started school and my daughter starts this week so I am making a lot of lunches. I did put any unopened bags downstairs in the kitchenette.

I love how organized it is and I can see more of the floor now.

Before After Trash and Recycling after cleanup

If you want to start the 91 Declutter Challenge you can find more information here.

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91 Day DeClutter Challenge-Clean Out Fridge/Frezeer

I am participating in the 91 Day Declutter Challenge that Mary Organizes has set up. Each week we focus on a different area and each day we focus on specific areas.

Today’s task was to Clean out your fridge/freezer. Remove expired and dirty foods.

The first thing I did was to take everything out of my fridge and check expiration dates. I threw out all of the expired foods. Then I wiped out all of the shelves and put everything back in and grouped the items that belonged together so it is easier to find everything.

 

Before After

Then I took everything off of the fridge and determined what I need to keep and if it even belonged on the refrigerator/freezer in the first place. I hate how cluttered it looked. I had a ridiculous amount of magnets on it. I kept the laminated to do/note sheet because I use it a lot as soon as I run out of an item I write it under to buy that way next time I go to the grocery store I remember to put that item on my grocery list.

 

Before

 

After

If you want to start on the 91 Day De-Clutter Challenge. You can find out more information here. Tomorrow I will be working on de-cluttering my pantry.

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