As a Latina mom juggling everything from home, work, school schedules, sports and child activities, and yes, meal preparation while having sense of mental sanity can be challenging at times. Through trial and error I have adopted many practical approaches in my home organization, including yes, blasting la música while cleaning. These are all items that I use in my home and that have changed the way I organize and I can't wait to share them with you In hopes that they can help you too.
12 Mom Organizing Must Have Items for Every Latina Home
1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing in English or La magia del orden in Spanish
I read this book a couple of years ago and it changed my life, it changed the way I view cleaning and organizing. Marie's very simplistic approach to only keeping the things that bring you joy and happiness really changed the way I view my home. You can take her approach and either go very minimalistic or simply start to keep the things that you truly love and appreciate. I highly recommend this book. The biggest change for me was in the way I organize my clothing and the way I fold my clothing. After two years of implementing Marie’s method I can tell you that my drawers always look amazing and I can actually find our clothes!
I had a problem with the way I was organizing my mail. I still don't understand why we get junk mail. This became a problem because mail would just accumulate and and wouldn't be tended to for weeks. Mail was simply a drag. It wasn't until I spoke with Yeinsy Contreras my accountability partner and guest on the Latina mom legacy, an organizing guru that I realized my approach to mail was all wrong. She recommended that I purchase a portable paper shredderthat I could house next to the mail station and create a habit of shredding daily junk mail. As I've adopted this new habit I can tell you that I love my paper shredder and love getting rid of junk mail. It gives you a sense of instant gratification as you instantly shred your mail and get rid of something that isn't serving you. This simple change has completely changed something that was very painful and now has become something to look forward to.
This is my refrigerator calendar and I absolutely love it. It comes with a magnet that you can just attach to the refrigerator. This has become our family calendar and it has a space for each of us to put our activities, our todo's and it helps keep the home activities organized. While my daughter has her own calendar, my husband has his own calendar, and we use a digital calendar as well, this is very useful because at a glance we can see the major appointments that may affect another person's schedule. It's great when children are involved as they can see what is going on in the home. It's also an 18 month calendar which is great it comes equipped with stickers that my daughter loves to use. A must have for every home!
As I mentioned before I like to be practical and in my opinion they are the cubby furniture or the cube organizer organizing furniture is by far the most versatile piece of furniture that you can use. I own several pieces of these and I've used them for multiple reasons. I have a larger one in my kitchen where I where we use to put cereals and where my storage bins know where my tupperware is and anything that is basically too large to fit in in the pantry or in the cabinets. I also have one in my living room where we put pictures and also houses the keys and face masks, and anything that we need to get out the door. I have one in my daughter's room that we use as a bookshelf to keep her books organized and anything that that she needs these are and my husband has a couple of these in his office which he uses in his music studio. We love how versatile these are and you can buy storage cubes that compliment these. It's a great piece of inexpensive furniture that you can invest in.
One of the methods under Marie Kondo is to organize everything in your home in bins or baskets and this these baskets are amazing. They're very strong and this is where I house all of my linens, my rolled up towels, and just about everything that go in drawers. These then these get stored either on shelves or in drawers and they come in multiple sizes.
I love using clear bins especially in the kitchen for my refrigerator and for my pantry and again everything is organized and compartmentalized or separated so that it's easier for you to one organize and it's also easier for you to find. I have multiples of these throughout the home and throughout the kitchen. In the refrigerator we have bins for fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and yogurts. These are great to organize your refrigerator or your pantry. You can also get stackable bins that make it easy when space is limited. I have bins with salty snacks, bins for dry goods, bins for sweet snacks and again it's just a way to be able to organize and see everything at a glance and it also makes it easier when it comes to cleaning.
Many mop and broom organizers out in the market just have enough space to put your mops and brooms or are too large. I love this mop organizer because it actually has additional hooks that you can hook your mops and brooms onto or that you can add additional items like maybe an umbrella or maybe some cleaning cloths. It's the simple addition of the hooks that makes a big difference in organizing your cleaning and dusting supplies.
In the bathroom I have many smaller clear bins where I have cotton and Q tips and organize all of my items in the bathroom cabinet with these easy roll out drawers. One thing that I love and that I've actually gifted is this wipe dispenser because it it's sleek, it's functional, and it's a way that you can keep your wipes organized and presented to your guests in a very nice way.
If you're a sports mom like me ....we're a hockey family, housing sports equipment and finding places to store equipment and to dry them was a challenge until I found this hanging hook system. It's perfect because you can hang them in different places, either in your basement, outside, or designated space. The multiple hooks provide ample area to hang different sports equipment or different items and it really gets them organized and in one spot. You don't have to have them scattered all over the floor or all over the home.
I love these multifunctional over the door organizersthey can be used for shoes or just about anything. I've used them for multiple uses like shoes and I hang them over closet doors and others I've used to organize my daughter's small toys. You can also use it to organize small things like socks and underwear. These are really effective and they provide a lot of organization in a small or tight space.
If you have a child that loves to do art or that has a lot of Lego toys or small toys this is great multifunctional and multi use bin system that they can use. It is also colorful and fun for them. We use these bins to house everything from Lego in my daughter's play area and we also have another one to sort all of her art supplies. It's really a really great way to help keep them organized and teach them the importance of everything having a home and place.
This may seem like a silly item but it is one that I use time and time again and so it's important that when you're organizing and when you're making purchases that you measure the space that you have so that you can maximize the space and it's usage. One thing that I have attached to my keychain is a mini tape measure and this is super helpful because not only do I know exactly where I have a tape measure all the time but I use it to measure drawers or cabinets or spaces in the home prior to going to the store. Once I am in the store I am able to use my keychain tape measure once again to see if the items will actually fit within the space. This is a very simple item that is so practical and will make a world of difference in your mom life period.
Final Thoughts on Organizing Must Have Items for Your Casa
Maintaining an organized home doesn't have to be a difficult task. The key is to find practical ways and practical items that help you and make organizing a simple part of life. Sometimes it's as easy as adding something like a paper shredder to change the way you do things. It can also mean the difference of having a clear bin versus an opaque one to know where things are located. Finding ways to make our lives easier as moms will help us in maintaining our homes organized and will also ensure that we spend less time cleaning and organizing and more time on the those things that are important to us.
For more tips on organizing and cleaning listen to episode 404 of the Latina Mom Legacy with Yeinsy Contreras on organizing the home. This Spanish episode provides the Latina mom ample ways that she can change her home life to help her live a more fulfilling one.