By Apartment Therapy
You may have discovered (thanks to this post) that you’ve been making keeping your HOUSE CLEAN harder than it has to be. Might you also be making it harder to keep your house organized, cleaning’s important and annoying cousin? A stress-free house is not just a dust-free one, it’s one where you can find stuff when you need it and don’t have stacks of unnecessary stuff adding to your home’s clutter. Check out this list of six ways you might be making it harder to stay organized and see what you can eliminate this weekend!
1. You don’t immediately toss unimportant stuff
Put a RECYCLING BIN next to your mail box and a shredder next to your door. The moment you get your mail, toss what you don’t need, shred personal info-marked things you don’t need and then immediately file what you need to file. Don’t put things in a basket to look at later. If you want to look at it later — just put it where it’s supposed to be anyway, and go look at it later there.
2. You emotionally hold on to stuff you know you don’t need
By Apartment Therapy
Doing laundry is a time-consuming and never-ending chore. But since it is a necessary evil, the only solution is to find ways to make the JOB easier and faster. This summer, I seem to be doing laundry more frequently, with smaller loads, and yet those smaller loads seem to take as much time to dry as my larger loads, even when set to the same exact settings. Boggled by this reoccurring conundrum, I asked my grandmother for her SAGE advice. Lo and behold, she had a trick…
Huffpost Living Canada
Most parents often find themselves frustrated at the mess in their home because of their child’s disorganization. To eliminate the frustration and teach children, it’s time to encourage them to join in on the clean up routine!
In order to make clean-up simple and fun, the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) provides four quick and easy tips to practice with your children:
1) Keep the clothes and jackets off the floor
Start with the basics and encourage your children to keep their clothes and jackets off the floor! POC member Cindy Browning suggests that if the child can dress himself, he can learn to pick up his own clothes. Use laundry hampers or baskets that are low to the floor and hooks on the wall that are close to your child’s height so she can reach them. Shelves or hooks that are higher in the closet can be used for items not used as often i.e. dress clothes. The lower shelves can be used for everyday items. This makes it easier for them to put the clothes away or hang up coats. Make it part of their daily routine.
2) Tucking away the toys
By Dr Michele Borba
18th Jan 2014
Parenting advice to help disorganized, forgetful kids get organized and for kids with shorter attention spans who need to “reclutter” and learn routines
“My daughter is sweet and loving but hopelessly disorganized. I’m always picking up forgotten homework assignments, putting school into her backpack and reminding her of his schedule. I worry that she’ll need a full time assistant to help her get through high school. Her room looks like a bomb hit it. School is starting up in a few days and I’m already in a state of panic. What can I do now to help my kid be more organized this year?”
Sound familiar? I can’t tell you how many similar queries I’ve received from parents over the past few days. My answer: there certainly are things you can do to help kids become more organized. And helping your kids now will help them in the upcoming years when you’re not there to pick up the pieces and serve as their personal Palm Pilot. The secret to teaching organizational skills is to take on just one troubling issue at a time, find a simple solution that fits your child, and then stick to it until that new organization system becomes a habit. Here are a few tips to help unorganized kids become more organized!
Tips to help unorganized kids be more organized
1. Stop rescuing
15th May 2014
Several weeks ago, I shared a post about my time management rule of “doing it NOW”. That post generated a lot of emails questioning how I could possibly “do it now” all the time with a toddler, an infant, and an at-home business.
I’ve been thinking a lot about those questions these past few weeks. I know that I really DO “do it now” most of the time… but I also know that there are plenty of times when I don’t literally do it RIGHT NOW because Simon is crying, Nora is making a mess or getting into trouble, someone calls or stops by the front door, I lose track of time, etc. etc.
So over the past month, as I went through each day, I paid attention to times when I wanted to “do it now” but couldn’t for various reasons — and then also what I did in those situations.
Here’s what I realized:
1. I take notes:
There are many times during the day that I can’t literally “do it right now”… so in those situations, I usually make a note of the things that need to be done.
I often keep a pad of Post-it notes with my planner (right next to my computer ) so any time I think of something that needs to be done but I don’t have time at that exact moment to do it, I’ll jot it down. Then I’ll try to cross off all those things later that day, once Dave is home from school or after the kids are in bed (see #2 below).