Loving Martha.

Okay, yeah she may have participated in some illegal activities but unlike most celebs, she actually served her time!  If there would have been a contest drawing to be her cell mate, you better believe I would have entered.  To pick her brain all day of household tips and tricks would be a dream come true. But, luckily for her there was no cell-mate contest for all the crazies who would have paid to play and luckily for all of us crazies there is MarthaStewart.com.

With two months left until the big day I have some bigger plans of my own for our house so I turned to Martha for a little help. I first have to go through all my stuff and get rid of everything I genuinely don’t need. After that comes the challenge.  How to merge all of our stuff into one place. I’ve already had some thoughts about where to store all my craft stuff. But there is still the issue of clothes {and sharing a closet!}, shoes and purses, dresses, books and winter outerwear. Justin has an entire closet with just jackets…If that says anything about the magnitude of this situation we about about to have.  We will also need to find places for all the wedding gifts that we’ll get.  I was fortunate enough to get my grandmother’s china cabinet and a beautiful buffet that will help a lot with storage but I still want it to be organized.

Here are some ideas I have collected from Martha that make me a little more inspired to get this organization show on the road.

Pegboard in the closet!  We have a walk-in closet but there in an entirely blank wall with no shelving because you wouldn’t be able to get in it because of the sliding doors. This would be perfect because its flat and there are a multitude of hooks and baskets to use with this.

Adding shelves in the unused space under the hanging clothes!  Brilliant.  Most of us use that space below but adding shelves just makes things easier to find and protects the integrity of your shoes and whatever else is down there. And the bags on the back of the door are a great reminder that that doesn’t have to be wasted space.

Serving tray, cookie sheet, cutting board storage. We have a closet that should be a pantry that is just filled with bulk toilet paper and lots of cleaning supplies.  I want to get all those organized into the laundry room so I can actually use the pantry for food and kitchen stuff. There are wooden shelves in there that are just like the ones above.  They will be great for those expandable rods!

I’m in love with these calendar labels.  You can print them from her site here. I would absolutely love to prepare meals for freezing so they’re ready to eat when we’re ready and these labels would be great for helping us decide what to eat when and when to toss.

I found this great reminder on her site, that what you do every single day can make or break your strides towards a clutter free home.

This is Martha’s “do these every day” checklist:

{Make the Bed} Tidiness begets tidiness. A crisply made bed makes the whole room seem more orderly, whichmakes it less likely that you’ll let other things — such as clothes and papers — pile up around it.

{Manage Clutter} Whenever you leave a room, take a quick look around for anything that isn’t where it should be. Pick it up and put it where it belongs. Insist that everyone in the household do the same.

{Sort the Mail} Take a few minutes to open, read, and sort mail as soon as you bring it inside. Keep a trash bin near your sorting area for junk mail. Drop other mail into one of four in-boxes: personal correspondence, bills, catalogs, and filing.

{Clean as You Cook} Instead of filling the sink with pots and dishes, wash them or put them in the dishwasher as you prepare a meal.

{Wipe Up Spills While They’re Fresh} Whether it’s tomato sauce on the cooktop or makeup on the bathroom counter, almost anything is faster and easier to remove if you attend to it immediately.

{Sweep the Kitchen Floor} Every evening, once you’ve finished washing up after dinner, sweep the floor. This will keep tough-to-clean dirt and grime from building up, which will make the weekly mopping much quicker.

Check out her other maintenance and stocking up checklists. They’re great!

Do you guys have and areas in dire need of attention or any spring cleaning/organizing plans? Spill the beans. {And don’t forget to sweep up EVERY NIGHT like Martha says, Right?} :)

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