Whether your entire family is on the move to a different base every few years or you or your spouse are separated by active duty, keeping everything organized can be a challenge. Here are five tips for keeping your home organized and everyone on the same page.
- Learn to simplify. Too much stuff? If your house is already cluttered, think of how difficult it will be to move it on your next assignment. Marie Kondo’s Spark Joy gives simple strategies for letting go of all the stuff that doesn’t make you happy.
- Get a family organizer. Organizer/Calendar apps like Bievo are perfect for keeping your busy family organized and on the same page, even when everyone isn’t in the same house (or country!).
- Break it down. If the task of organizing your house (or entire life!) feels too overwhelming, break down the tasks into small, easily accomplished pieces, like cleaning out the junk drawer. Schedule your tasks on Bievo for yourself or someone else in the family so they’ll be sure to get finished.
- Organize a stuff swap. Kids are always growing and interests come and go. Organize a swap with other military families to switch up clothes, toys, kitchen items, furniture, and other items.
- Ask for help. When things get too hectic, the military is there to help. The Department of Defense has a website with free resources for service members and their families, and community therapists available 24 hours a day.