We’re always looking for ways to get a little bit more organised, but it can be hard to know where to start. Who better than Katrina Springer, ‘The Organised Housewife,’ to tell us!
Having spent a whopping 90% of the past few months at home, working, homeschooling, exercising, cooking, living, laughing, worrying, wishing, Zooming and (ever so slowly) going stir crazy, it’s become obvious which parts of our home life function well, and what needs a makeover.
“While times have been challenging, spending more quality time at home also offers an opportunity to get around to the at-home tasks that are usually put into the ‘too hard’ basket, forgotten or simply just aren’t a priority,” says Katrina.
Here are a few of the ways Katrina has been organising and improving her home over the past few weeks, to ensure she’s both happy with the space she’s in and that she is doing something productive whilst social distancing.
Embrace organisation and DIY storage
Stuck at home and running out of things to do? Consider getting on top of your kitchen clutter. It’s one area of the home that readers say they struggle with most, and I’m not surprised! There are so many drawers, cupboards and hidey-holes in the kitchen that can accumulate clutter and mess. A couple of easy DIYs to help you tackle the untidiness of your kitchen are:
- Turn your magazine racks into water bottle storage – this will avoid them falling over and helps to keep the cupboards more organised.
- Use a tension rod and labels to organise under the kitchen sink – one of the most clutter-prone areas of the home.
- Get out your label maker and re-organise your pantry. Or create your own fancy labelled pantry storage with some old jars, a chalk pen and some stickers!
Harness your green thumb
Indoor plants make homes pretty and more inviting – plus they help to cleanse and purify the air. Try your hand at a herb garden: If planting a large vegetable garden is an overwhelming thought, start small and get yourself a little herb garden going. You will save money on buying fresh or dried herbs at the supermarket. You can eventually move onto a larger vegetable garden and grow some of your own produce. I’ve found mint, basil and parsley the easiest to start out with for first timers. And luckily, they all still flourish in winter!
You can also propagate indoor plants cheaply, by growing succulents in a jar filled with water. Simply cover the jar with GLAD Wrap and poke the succulent leaves through. When watering your indoor plants, make sure that water doesn’t seep through onto your floors by creating temporary bowls out of GLAD Aluminium Foil and placing them under the pots. After an hour or so, when all the water has drained through, collect the foil bowls, dry them, and store them away to use again next time.
A clean house = a clean mind
Personal hygiene and cleanliness have been the talk of the town the last few weeks, and rightly so! Here are a few of my favourite quick and easy homemade cleaning products (that help eradicate 99% of bugs and smell better than the store-bought versions!) that may come in useful even as we move back into ‘normal’ life:
- DIY Hand Sanitiser: for a small squeeze bottle, use 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel + 2 tablespoons 99% Isopropyl Alcohol + 3 drops lemon essential oil + 5 drops tea tree essential oil.
- All Purpose Cleaner: place 4 cups of water + a half cup of white vinegar + 4 teaspoons of borax + 8 drops of your favourite essential oil into a 2-litre jug and stir. Then just fill up a spray bottle with the mixture and you’re good to go!
- Reusable Antibacterial Wipes: mix 1 cup of water + 1 cup of white vinegar + 12 drops of lavender oil + 2 teaspoons of dishwashing detergent. Pour over cloths in a container of your choice and seal well to keep the mixture in. I like to store a couple of cloths in GLAD SNAP LOCK Reseal bags around the house for easy access.