Organized Children Is Not A Myth! Organize Kids For Success

Organized Children Is Not A Myth! Organize Kids For Success

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Learning how to organize kids does not have to be some big mystery. Organizing children is essential for a parent’s sanity. Better still, teaching our kids to be organized is a reward for us and a gift to them for their future. While knowing that teaching children to pick up after themselves is the first step to organize kids, getting them to the point where this is automatically done without the temper tantrums is another step. If it’s not easy for them, you can be sure they really are not going to make it easy for us.

Organizing children is more than just telling a toddler to pick up their toys and school work. As parents we have to teach them, and train them in the art of organization. The two main areas we focus on in achieving harmony when organizing children are the playroom, or the play area of our home, and organizing the kid’s bedrooms.

The playroom, for example, should begin with making sure that everything has a place, and that place is logical and accessible. This is achievable no matter what sort of playroom or play area your children have. Everything having a place could mean having a basket, storage container or toy box that certain toys are kept in like the corner of the living room, or somewhere in their playroom. I say “certain toys” because books live on a bookshelf, or in a convenient book stack, and Lego or building blocks go together in a container with other toys of its kind. Naturally there are shelf toys where room area allows and these toys live in their own place on that shelf. Toys that your child is allowed to play with by themselves should be on a low shelf that is easy for them to reach. There are some toys that Moms like to supervise when their child plays with them and these can stay on a high shelf.

Organizing a child’s bedroom is usually seen as something the Mother would do, but if you want real results and a system or order that your child will follow, you should do this activity together. You both know that some clothes get hung up and some clothes go into a drawer. This is where you can get creative. All of the drawers don’t have to be the same color; perhaps socks and singlets can go into the drawer with the red handle and pajamas can go into the drawer with blue handles. Then what about the clothes that hang up? Clothes that need to hang do not need to be placed so far up that they can’t be reached. Hang the bar lower for your child’s height.

Keep in mind that children grow up fast. The toys that they loved last month can be “babies stuff” today. Kids grow out of their clothes so fast, but if you think they are far too cute to get rid of then store just a few of your favorites in a clear plastic bin. Once we have our children organized the idea is to keep them organized.This will take a little sorting and purging every now and then. A little done each month saves a whole lot of time at the end of the year. Do not wait for Santa to be near before suddenly realizing you need to make room. Who has the time to do that at Christmas time?

Organizing children is not complicated; in fact with a little help and elbow grease it can be moderately easy. Remember that if you want to organize kids you have to set a good example yourself. Make sure that you are keeping your things organized and your child will want to do the same. I think when you organize kids you help them do better in life.

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Organizing The Bathroom With Simple Tools

Organizing The Bathroom With Simple Tools

Although it’s a small room (unless you have a mansion!) the bathroom can be a very messy, cluttered space. Why not organize the space you spend a good part of your time for maximum efficiency. Let me share with you some tips for organizing the bathroom that I use with my own clients.

  • Group like items together.

 

  • Use clear Ziploc bags under counters to corral like items.

 

The following are some pictures from my bathroom. Living in a small space I need to make the most of what I have and these clever organizing solutions for unconventional items fit the bill.

I use the pantry that was once in my kitchen to organize all of my toiletries in the bathroom. I can also keep towels and other essentials in a closed cabinet that looks good.

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I use this CD Cabinet to help organize my bath products and hair products. It keeps things that would normally hang in the shower.

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These small drawers are great for organizing makeup. You can also put other small items in there like jewelry.
The point is to be creative when organizing the bathroom. A bathroom organizer can help you to group all the little things in a neat way.

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Some of the items that you see used here to help you in organizing your bathroom are also used to help organize the kitchen.

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Practical Ways To Organize Paperwork

Practical Ways To Organize Paperwork

One of the biggest complaints that I hear as an organizer is about ways to organize paperwork!

Even though we are in the information age with all of these electronics to make life simpler, all it has managed to do is create more paper. And the more paper we produce the more solutions we have to come up with to organize it.

How many of you print out your emails?

This creates more paper! Also adding to the paper mountain is junk mail and catalogs and other meaningless clutter.

How can I organize paperwork you ask?

paperworkWell, the key to organizing paperwork lies in:

  1. Handling mail as it comes in.
  2. Having a filing system.
  3. Following a retention schedule.

I also recommend to all of my clients to not go through paperwork alone. Group all your paper into a box(s). This way you can grab a box at your leisure. Go through the box while watching television or with a friend or with the kids one afternoon.

Don’t get discouraged while going through your paperwork. Organizing paperwork is the most tedious of all organizing tasks. If you do it with a friend, spouse or professional organizer it will go much faster and can even be fun.

Don’t put it off any longer. Get started now with your paper management plan!

 

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The Art of Maintaining Your Spring Cleaning

The Art of Maintaining Your Spring Cleaning

spring cleaningLast week we talked about spring cleaning your home. This week we will talk about maintaining your freshly cleaned and organized home. You certainly don’t want to see it all go back to what is was before you started. Which it will do without a maintenance plan.

Staying organized takes work and can be a learned habit. Use the following tips to help keep your home looking like you just finished cleaning.

It’s All About Maintaining!

  1. Keep a small basket in each room for things that do not belong. Get in the habit of checking the basket as you leave the room for items that might belong somewhere else. You can also set a basket at the bottom of stairs to collect items to go upstairs when you retire for the night.
  2. Keep all of your cleaning supplies together, along with rags, paper towels, scrub brushes, and any other items you may need to complete any cleaning task. Use a bucket or cleaning supply caddy to make grabbing the necessary tools a snap when it is time to do your daily chores. I also like to keep cleaning supplies near or in the room where they are used. (ex. bathroom cleaning supplies in bathroom, kitchen cleaning supplies in kitchen.)
  3. Sort through your mail each day when it is brought in. Immediately throw away junk mail, saving only important letters and advertisements that you are planning to use. Place all the mail in a designated area and file the bills away after they are paid.
  4. When choosing containers for storage, look for lidded boxes, bowls, and bags that are clear. When you go looking for an item, it will be easier to find if you can see into the containers without opening each and every one. For items that you are storing away that you don’t want to see make sure that you label what is inside. Also saving you looking time.
  5. Every night after dinner, make sure that all the dishes are cleaned and put away, or at least rinsed and put into the dishwasher, until there is a full load. Don’t let the dishes pile up and say to yourself you will get them in the morning, because you won’t. Then it will become a overwhelming chore. I like to wash as I cook or at least get someone else to do the dishes as I cook.
  6. Wipe counters and tables after each meal. Sweep up any crumbs that you may have knocked on the floor or dropped by accident while eating.
  7. If you set aside a little time at the end of each week to do a more in-depth cleaning you will be surprised at how fast maintaining your spring clean will go.
  8. Check the fridge and pantry for expired food and make a grocery list of what you are out of and need. Wipe the stove, cabinets, table, and counters thoroughly, and clean the floor well.

By following these tips you can be sure that your initial spring clean will not be in vain and you can relax knowing that your home will be clean and inviting all season long.

A 3 Step Plan for Spring Cleaning Your Home

A 3 Step Plan for Spring Cleaning Your Home

The cold days of winter are almost over (except here in Nashville) and the fresh breezes of spring are beginning to blow. As we usher in Spring, many of us take a look at our homes and want to rid ourselves of the stale, winter feeling and start the season off with a clean and organized home. Spring cleaning can be hard work, but it’s rewarding work and a way to start fresh. So get ready and roll up your sleeves, it is time to get your home in order.

All You Need Are These 3 Steps!

There are three basic steps to spring cleaning: Deep Cleaning, Organization, and Maintenance.

Step 1: Deep Cleaning. Deep cleaning consists of wiping down walls, cleaning windows, wiping out cupboards, and cleaning under furniture. This is the messy part of spring cleaning, but it will rid your house of the dirt, grime, and germs that you have collected over the winter.

Step 2: Organization. Organization means cleaning out closets, drawers, and cabinets. Go through clothing and toys to get rid of things that have been outgrown. Free yourself of all of the unused and broken items around the house and create more space to properly store the things that you do use regularly. Having a well organized home can make life easier and more enjoyable for everyone.

Step 3: Maintenance. The first two steps can be completed at the same time, but maintenance will take some extra steps and dedication on your part throughout the year. Keeping up on organization is usually the biggest hurdle for most families, as old habits can be hard to break and getting everyone on board to help keep up the changes can be challenging. To combat this make sure that you have everyone on board and go over the maintenance plan in order to keep your home in its new pristine condition.

While jumping into spring cleaning feet first might seem like the best way to approach the tasks at hand, your best bet would be to take your time and plan things out before beginning. Like they say “plan your work and work your plan.” Complete the following list of tasks before starting your spring cleaning and you will find your project going faster and smoother.

  • Start by evaluating each room and its organizational needs. Grab a notebook and jot down everything that needs to be addressed in each room before starting. For instance, if there is a messy stack of magazines on the coffee table, make a note to buy a magazine rack. You can even make a spreadsheet or list if you like to do things on your computer. That way you can keep everything at hand.
  • Take stock of what cleaning supplies you already have on hand and what you will need to get to complete all your jobs. Add to the list any organizational tools that you need for each of your rooms. Having your supplies ready before you start will save you from running to the store, dirty from cleaning, to replace something that you have run out of, which might also cause you to lose motivation and focus. Before you buy any organizing bins take stock of what you might already have and can reuse.
  • Have a few motivators on hand. Find some type of reward for yourself for completing the larger tasks, such as a favorite snack for breaks. Turn on some upbeat music to keep you going and make the job go by faster. Take frequent breaks in order to refocus and re-energize.
  • Give each room a quick once over before starting your deep cleaning. If the dishes are washed, toys are picked up, and laundry is done, you will have the necessary space to get into the bigger jobs.
  • Return to your notebook and formulate your plan of attack. List each room and all of the tasks that need to be completed in detail. As you finish a job, check it off and see just how much progress you have made throughout the day. This will not only give you a sense of accomplishment but will also keep you motivated to move forward and keep going.

I hope that you will take these tips and action steps to get started on your Spring cleaning project. The sooner you get started the sooner you will be finished and can enjoy the rest of Spring in a nice clean, organized home.