Ready, Set, Spring Cleaning Prep! 

By: Marla Bautista 

Winter seems to never end. Lucky for you, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Spring is near. You know what that means. Time to Spring clean your home, your car, your business, and anything else that accumulates clutter, dust, and unnecessary paper work. But before you go on a Marie Kondo Purge, let’s chat about a few things you can do to prevent the return of clutter and stay organized throughout the year. 

Bills, Bills, Bills

Does your home or office seem to be a collection zone for paperwork? From Junk mail, to old bills, the amount of unnecessary paperwork continues to pile up. Here are a few tips to slow and ultimately eliminate, the clutter of unneeded forestry in your space. 

  • Go Paperless. You can eliminate the amount of paper you accumulate by changing the delivery of your bills to a paperless option. 
  • Shred unnecessary documents like old bills and junk mail. 
  • Get off the list. You can ask not to be contacted by credit companies. This will reduce the amount of paperwork coming to your home or office. 

A Safe Place

Having a safe place to keep important documents and information so it is readily available is essential in staying organized.

  • Buy a safe. Having a safe in your home is a great way to keep your personal or high value items secure from damage or possible theft.  Keep important documents like; birth certificates, passports, expensive jewelry, and any other irreplaceable items, inside. 
  • Prepare a Home Maintenance Binder. You can repurpose an empty binder you already have in your home or purchase a new one for a few bucks. In it, keep checklists for all things home related. Grocery Checklists, cleaning checklists, child care checklists, etc. 

Make a List and Check it Twice 

Checklists are a must have if you are on the go or you like to multitask.  Using a home maintenance binder, keeps all your checklists in one easily accessible location. Check out a few popular, free checklists. In the case of an emergency, all your important info and home instructions can be easily found and carried out by anyone. Life can be unpredictable and sometimes you may need a little help. 

Plan your Future 

Make a plan going forward.  Schedule dates to complete specific tasks around your home. Make a commitment to a routine. Try doing a ten-minute power cleaning every day, by yourself or with your family. Set a timer and get to it! Believe it or not, this will significantly cut down on waste, dust, and clutter in your home. 

Take Your Time 

Trying to do it all at once may seem a bit overwhelming.  Take your time.  Complete one task per day or challenge yourself to do more.  Whatever goal you make, make it with intention. It can be stressful looking at the big picture. Divide and conquer! You can do it! Good luck and happy Spring! 
Marla Bautista is an Army Wife and mother of three. She is the Published Author of My Thoughts Abandoned, released in 2017. As a Freelance Writer and Blogger, she has written for many publications including Military Spouse Magazine, Military Families Magazine, and Harness Magazine. Her passion is giving back to people in need. Marla is the Co-Founder of The Bautista Project, a custom décor and apparel company, which uses a percentage of their profits to provide for homeless communities.


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The Prettiest 2018 Planners, EVER!

It is hard to believe that it is already September and 2018 is just around the corner. Most businesses find that they need to start planning for the new year, can you believe that!? I know I am one of them and I am starting to plan goals for my new year.. With that being said, I am in LOVE with these perfect planners: Simpflied Planners by Emily Ley. 

Daily Simplfied Planner Gold Dot

The Simplified Planner is a beautiful, joyful agenda for busy women in all seasons of life. Designed minimally on purpose, its open pages serve as a fresh start every day. We believe margin matters, and our mission is to inspire women to organize, simplify, and carve white space for the good stuff of life.


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Seriously you have to check these out for yourself.. And don’t let them get away… They were just launched TODAY, but they usually sell out quick, within a few days so HURRY!

Simplifed Planner + Page Marker

Did I mention how FREAKIN adorable they are?!? Go get your shopping on so 2018 will be successful!!

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Quick Tips for Organization

We are getting ready to move into our house and we have more stuff than ever before! I have to find ways to be organized and get things out away neatly. I started to use tote bins and wicket baskets; these seemed to work amazing.

So with that being said I have been looking to expand further into how I can actually organize things. With moving into our new house I want my goal to be that everything is organized, I know right? It seems impossible.. but now is the time perfect time for me to do it.


We have endless boxes and totes of clothes and toys from when he was a newborn that we have kept away. These have been in plastic totes and have been fantastic for storing.

I am the worst person when it comes to organizing things in the house, just ask my husband! I mean seriously, our tupperware drawer is impossible!! I NEED something to fulfill that organization, too. SIGH way too much!!

Here are some organization tips:

  • Everything has a home! Really it does. Make sure to keep up with.
  • Have a specific way to fold things (this will allow to use every inch of space)
  • Hang clothes.. Hang whatever you can and have it organized by size, color, shape, etc.
  • Stack things… Like my tupperware containers stack things upon things inside of things to make it SUPER easy for storage.

How do you mamas keep up with clothes and toys to ensure that it is used before being stored?

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