Life Gotcha Frazzled? Here are Some Easy Ways We Stay Organized!

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stay organized when life gets crazy — clean or delegate cleaning

Let’s take a moment to calm the mind…

Just kidding! You probably don’t have a moment to spare, because sometimes life is just TOO crazy. Since it’s pretty much inevitable, many of us have our own tips and tricks to stay on top of the madness.

Between being busy moms, busy wives, or just overall busy women (or men!), we at Hip2Save find it’s almost necessary to have processes in place for when the day-to-day grind becomes stress overload. Here are some of the ways we keep ourselves sane while making sure our to-do lists get done.

Create a Command Center.

stay organized when life gets crazy – fridge command centerThis is the centralized location of all the things. Events, notes, lists, schedules… you name it! This area keeps everyone in the household in the know at all times.

stay organized when life gets crazy — create a command center

“We have a 4’x6′ whiteboard that my husband found in a dumpster (free!) years ago. All notes, messages, phone numbers, lists, and schedules go on that board. Without it, we’d be crazy disorganized. It’s magnetized so we can hang coupons and other important things there for safekeeping. And because my kids always draw silly pictures on it, it doubles as an entertainment center.” — Jamie 

“We also have a small command center in our house where we keep a bigger calendar and lists, etc.” — Amber

Stop hoarding and start organizing.

stay organized when life gets crazy — using baskets to corral clutter

Bills, junk mail, receipts, notes… all that paper piles up and makes for a load of clutter if unattended. Try going paperless for bills, throwing away junk mail before it’s even placed on the counter, and digitizing receipts. You can also stash paper receipts in an envelope in case of returns — just make sure to toss any out-of-date ones at the end of the month.

“Stay on top of the paperwork! Don’t be afraid to throw away your kids’ papers and just keep the few pieces that you’ll really cherish one day. Pay your bills right when they come in the mail. Keep your counters clear from clutter. Organize things in baskets in closets or under cabinets like the millions of charging cables that somehow keep ending up on my counter 😳 – I throw them in a basket under the counter when they’re not being used!” — Mary

“I’m not a paper hoarder, either, so things get sorted and tossed right away and nothing piles up.” — Cass

Create a strategy for bill paying.

stay organized when life gets crazy — bill paying spreadsheet

Gather your monthly bill statements and make a list of everything that needs to be paid and by when. You can organize it in a spreadsheet or on a money management website like!

I have a bill sheet that lists every single bill that I have every month – and then adds in the random ones in the months they apply to, like when the car registration needs to be renewed. I always write in the amount of the bill once I pay it so that I know it’s paid. This also helps because I’m the one who does the bills but if I have to go out of town or am unable to, my husband can quickly look at the sheet and see what still needs to be paid. This also helps me track my heating and water bills to make sure they aren’t super high for some reason. Because of this system, I realized I had a toilet that kept running and I couldn’t tell until I noticed the bill was higher than usual.” — Chelsey

“I keep track of bills on a spreadsheet and schedule everything to be paid at the beginning of the month. It takes me an hour and then I really don’t have to think about it until close to the next month.” — Amber

Make the most of Sundays.

stay organized when life gets crazy — using planner and time on Sundays to prep for the week

Yes, I know Sundays are meant for relaxing, but who’s to say that taking an hour to get yourself and your schedule prepped for the week ahead isn’t a form of future relaxing since you won’t be scrambling to get organized during the week. Use this time to check your calendar for upcoming events/appointments, figure out meals for the week, and make a plan of action.

“I am just a BIT OCD and, therefore, I am organized. I am old-fashioned and use a paper planner to keep track of everything in the bigger picture (I also use my digital calendar, too). I also take my Sundays seriously! I look ahead at the week for what’s coming up, I “meal plan”, prep food, clear the house clutter, etc. It really helps the rest of the week run smoothly because I feel prepped!” — Amber

Do a little at a time… or delegate!

My favorite trick is the 30-second rule — if you pass something in your house that needs your attention and will only take 30 seconds or less, do it now, whether it’s a dirty dish in the sink, some shirts that need to be hung, or toys out of place. You’ll find yourself tackling mini-tasks that only take a fraction of your time but will contribute to bigger tasks done in the long run.

“I find that just doing a little each day keeps me from doing a ton of chores on my days off. I keep antibacterial wipes in each bathroom so the counters and toilet can be wiped down every other day. I’ll do a load of laundry every couple of days so I’m not doing 5 on the weekend. I make meals ahead so they can just be reheated during the week. I make sure the kitchen is cleaned and everything is put away before I go to bed so that I start every day w/ a clean kitchen. Just taking a little time each day to do a few things saves tons of my free time! Also, if my kids say they’re bored I stick a Swiffer duster or broom in their hands — that helps 😉.” — Cass

Clean one or two areas of the house every day so it doesn’t pile up on the weekend.” — Mary

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Comments 17

  1. Tolu

    Thanks for this. So informative! And I live by the 30 second rule πŸ™‚

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      So glad you enjoyed it, Tolu. And I agree with you on the 30 second rule, it totally keeps any disorganization in my house in check.

  2. F

    i love the idea of a command center. i’ll try to set one up when i finally get a house

  3. just me

    I had to laugh because I just LOVE my swiffer sweeper. I pay the kids each $1 to run the sweepers thru every room in the house. They pick up everything besides the cat litter but the floors look so much better. So satisfying!

  4. Rainbow

    Thank you for this awesome post πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Glad you enjoyed it, Rainbow!

  5. rebecca

    The command center with the white board — i LOVE how your food menu, from Sunday – Saturday was: “Snacks, Burgers, Date Night, Fud, Date Night, Burgers, Pizza” !! Waa Haa Haa! Thanks for the laugh!
    I am really not judging or trying to be snarky; i appreciated it because i know those kinda weeks. Or maybe an 8-year-old planned this week’s menu for you!

  6. AG

    Kids’ art projects:

    We photograph and then recycle/toss art projects. I make photo books with them but even just keeping a cloud-based file for your kids to look through someday works.

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s a great idea, AG! You get you keep all the imagery for memories and don’t end up with crafts and projects that are too much to keep track of. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Jiggi

    Love your 30 sec rule. I will try to adopt it so I don’t have tons of things piled up to do. πŸ™πŸ™

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi Jiggi! The best part is it will become second nature over time. I find myself clearing out junk mail, receipts, notes, etc. anytime I pass by and it’s just a subconscious habit now!

  8. Emily

    We use an online app to help us stay organized. We’re just using Google’s “keep” app to make lists. We have a grocery list, a shopping list (think Target,) a home improvement to do list, a reoccuring monthly list, etc. We cross them off and it’s really nice. Once, his parents were visiting and he was at the store buying groceries. She said that she wanted a special kind of orange juice and I put it on the list as “you mom wants… ” and he brought it home becuase he’d been using the shopping list in the store and the app is synced, so he saw my udpate. She was impressed.

    The reocuring list would be nice if it reoccured with blank check boxes, but we just make it a point to uncheck them all once we finish everything for the month. On it, is our mortgage payment, to put flea meds on the dogs, give them their heartworm meds, put septic treatment in the toilet, and oil the furnace. I don’t list our bills on that becuase I pay them when they come in and immediately toss it out.

    There are lots of apps for household management. My friends with kids like Cozi.

  9. Megan

    Are you from Tuscaloosa I see all the roll tide!!!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi there, Megan! I am from Alabama but not specifically Tuscaloosa! Wish I lived there though πŸ˜‰ #ROLLTIDE

  10. Krista

    Started using the 30 second rule and it’s been awesome so far!

  11. Angie

    I never go to bed without wiping down the kitchen, including the sink and faucets, counters, appliance knobs, cabinet corners and floor, with 7th Generation Multi-Purpose Cleaner so that I wake up to a fresh start in the mornings. I keep paper towels with the same cleaner in the laundry room and bathrooms and do a quick wipe down there as well. I find that if I stay ahead of keeping the house clean and organized, then if there’s an emergency or crisis, it doesn’t become overwhelming. I like the idea of a command center, but I do have a notepad app where I list all things I need to do and buy so that I have it with me at all times, instead of just at home where I would forget everything when I’m out.

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi Angie! That’s such a smart cleaning habit to have. Plus, waking up to a clean home is a such a refreshing way to start the day β€” Thank you for sharing πŸ˜€!

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