Thursday, October 30, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
For instance, yesterday, I went through a bunch of my 6 year old's toys. He just had a birthday and had received some fun new toys. So we worked together and I gave him two options; Keep or Give Away. I had to coax him on a few decisions but mostly he made the decisions on his own. He knows that these items go to charity for kids that do not have as much as he does.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
My brother calls this “the ten minute blitz,” (thanks Mike!). It really it only takes about that many minutes to have things put away for bedtime.
So say there's a little mess in every room? Take a laundry basket into the living room and put in everything that belongs someplace else, then move on to the dining room or kitchen. Take out everything that belongs in that room, put it away and pick up items that go someplace else. Do this in every room in your home. If you have multiple levels, go level by level, thus making the trips up and down the stairs less of a hassle. Two trips around and everything should be back in order. Get the kids involved (my son loves helping me, he thinks it is a game).Then when you wake up in the morning you can start your day with a clean slate.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
1. Give Away
Accomplishing one small area of your home can give yourself the confidence to do more. Try to make your decisions quickly and you will be less likely to hang on to something you don't need. Make sure to maintain the organization of that one clutter free space.
Friday, October 3, 2008
This is one of my most FAVORITE organizing tools! I use this exact bin and its from http://www.thecontainerstore.com/. All you busy Mom's out there, this keeps the clutter from becoming chaos!
So here's what you do (see below)!
Create a “GO BACKS©” bin, store it near your front door, or the door you come in and out of most, or in your car for the following things:
· Friend’s toys/clothing that are left behind.
· DVDs / Videos that need to be returned.
· Library Books.
· Small Items to give to Good Will.
· Newspaper or magazines that need to be recycled.
· Letters to be mailed
· Bank deposits
· Items that need to returned to a store.
· The uses are endless!
It also comes in handy once you have finished your errands and the bin is empty, you then remove all items that don’t belong in your car (toys, shoes, socks backpacks, food, etc),at the end of the day. This eliminates kid’s school papers, bank receipts and other things that may come up missing. Thus cutting down on the “I can’t find this,” common syndrome.
So, pick a bin, basket or whatever kind of container that suits your personality and get started, you won't believe you ever lived with out it!
Plus, send me your comments and tell me how it has helped you!