Rearranging for Simplicity {Everyday Made Easy}

I was reading Julie Morgenstern’s book Organizing From the Inside Out and I came to the realization that, although my home is quite organized, there were many changes I needed to make. I’ve always had the idea that ‘like’ needed to be grouped with ‘like’. Julie challenges this notion with her smart, but obvious suggestion of putting things away where you need to use them. Sounds simple enough, but when I thought about the daily tasks and activities that go on in my household, there was some rearranging I could do to speed up and simplify the process.

In most cases, grouping similar items together still holds true. However, this organizing principle falls apart when the items are an integral part of the day-to-day. For instance, most mornings I make a smoothie for breakfast. It requires quite a few ingredients (protein powder, chlorella, chia, hemp seeds, almond milk, frozen fruit, etc.),  measuring cups, a blender, drinking cup and a straw. Every time I would make one, I’d dash around the kitchen gathering all the items up, wasting precious time. It finally dawned on me that if I kept everything grouped together as much as possible, it would make the process a whole lot simpler- duh!

I thought about other everyday tasks I could simplify. I placed a canister of assorted teas right beside the tea kettle instead of having them all in the pantry.

Keep Teas Near the Tea Kettle

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I put together a plastic tote filled with everything my son needs to do his homework instead of keeping most of the supplies in my office. Now he can grab it and take it to wherever he’s going to work. This means less distractions and more focus.
Create a Homework SuppliesTote


I added a roll of paper towel and my favorite all-purpose natural cleaner under each sink for quick morning clean-ups. Before I had to grab these items from the laundry room. (Now it’s a matter of getting everyone to use it!)
Cleaning Supplies Under Each Sink


This is just a start to the rearranging I want to do. Although it was easy-peasy, it has already made a world of difference to our household’s day to day.

What could you move around in your home to simplify your life? 





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  1. says

    These are all great suggestions! I think I need to do some major kitchen re-organizing and I love the paper towel/cleaner idea. You’ve really got me thinking about how much time I could save myself by making some really simple changes!

    • says

      Hi Amelia, you should take the time to do it because it’s so worth it. I used to put chlorox wipes under the sinks, but I’ve tried to go green as much as possible for health reasons as well. Apparently there are biodegradable all natural wipes on the market, but I haven’t found them yet. 

  2. says

    Iv’e tried grouping my breakfast suplies in the fridge. But after a few days everything’s all over the place again. The basket idea looks good, I can carry it in and out of the fridge easily. Thanks

    • says

      I have shallow plastic bins in my fridge that group some items together. Perhaps that will work for you. Thanks for stopping by and hosting the Linky blog hop party! 

  3. says

    I was JUST thinking about some necessary rearranging this morning! I have a 2 year old and 2 month old and on multiple occassions today I found myself telling my son to please stop something that could have easily been avoided if I relocated those items to a place they would be fine to play with etc. My mission this afternoon is to make some of these small changes that, as you say, while make a world of difference I’m sure. Thanks for the encouragement!

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