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10-minute organizing tips for your home

by respaced on July 29, 2014

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Most of us are pretty pressed for time most days. At least, that’s the most common reason people give me for their disorganization — they have no time to sort through their things! It’s understandable. It’s hard to carve out four hours or more to do a major organizational overhaul of a room.

So what’s the solution? Behold, the Power of 10 Minutes! If you can spare 10 minutes a day, you can start to see a major transformation in how smoothly your home and your life runs. For example:

*Take 10 minutes at the end of every day to review your schedule and to-do list for the next day. That way, you can gather together any materials you need to be fully prepared for tomorrow. You will also sleep better knowing exactly (well, almost!) what to expect the next day. No midnight panic attacks that you forgot about the kids’ dentist appointment tomorrow!

*Take 10 minutes at the end of every day to clear your desk off. This is such a great gift you can give yourself. Starting the day with a clean desk can make us feel inspired, energetic and creative whereas coming to work each day to a messy desk is like throwing an iron anchor around our emotional and mental selves.

*Take 10 minutes every day to sort, shred, recycle or file your mail. If you do this, you will eliminate the vast majority of the paper pile that accumulates on your kitchen counter.

*Have each family member pick a room and spend 10 minutes each evening tidying it up. If it’s just you and your spouse, I suggest you make those two rooms the kitchen and your bedroom, because you spend the majority of your time in those two rooms. If you can do a third room, add on the bathroom.

*Before the children’s playdate ends, have the kids spend 10 minutes putting away all of the toys. It’s a great way to teach kids about making time to clean up when they are done having fun. It also means that you and your family are not left with a huge mess after their friends go home (I know my son hates having to put all those toys away himself!)

*Find yourself running late most mornings? Try getting up 10 minutes earlier. Even if you are not running late most mornings, getting up 10 minutes earlier allows you to take your morning at a more leisurely place without rushing through everything.

It’s almost magical what a difference 10 minutes can make. Even if you only institute one of these 10 minute changes in your life, it will be enough to start you down the road to a more organized, more efficient and more stress-free life.

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Organizing bedtime kisses and hugs

by respaced on July 7, 2014

My mama friend from Moreland MOPS is letting me post this picture of the schedule one of her kids made that outlines the order in which Daddy hugs and kisses each child good-night.

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This way, each of the four children gets a chance to be the first one to get Daddy’s kisses/hugs at night. Nobody feels left out or less loved. How cute is that?

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Remember this post, where I came up with a solution for storing things that need to go upstairs in wall folders instead of in piles on the stairs? Well, Nathan, my 8-year-old future organizer, decided to take matters into his own hands. He came up with this device:

stairway organizer 3 The 8 year old organizer has a better way of keeping things off the stairs

See, throughout the day he puts the things that need to go upstairs in his room in the basket. Then at the end of the day, he walks upstairs just before bedtime, and pulls the basket up. He then puts everything in the basket away and lowers it back down to be filled up again tomorrow.

And in your case you’re wondering what is keeping the basket from falling down, he has weighted the ribbon by tying it around his heaviest Harry Potter book.

The lesson here? If you can get your kids interested in organizing by approaching it as an opportunity to invent something, they just might be a bit more likely to use their newly-invented organizing system to put their toys away. Or at least a parent can hope.

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End the piles on the stairs with this easy idea

June 12, 2014

I’ll bet you have experienced this dilemma: You have things that need to be put away upstairs in your house, but you don’t want to take the time to walk upstairs. So instead you stack those things on the stairs, promising yourself you will put them away at the end of the day. But sooomehoooow…. […]

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Create a Summer Activities Folder for your kids

June 2, 2014

If you are the parent of school-age children, you don’t need me to tell you that summer vacation is almost here! Yikes! So I’ve been making lots of these Summer Activities Folders for my organizing clients: It’s the perfect way to store all those brochures about summer camps and swim lessons. It’s also great if […]

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The 8-year-old organizer’s DIY stuffed animal holder

May 15, 2014

If you have been reading for awhile, you know how much stuffed animals are a thorn in my side. The children in the families that I work with have often lost considerable real estate in their bedroom or even on their bed due to the overwhelming number of stuffed animals in their collection. Yet the […]

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Organize your nightstand using adorable tins

April 22, 2014

My nightstand has been a clutter magnet for years, probably because it is tucked into the back corner of my bedroom, and I only see it for a couple of hours every morning and night. The rest of the day, it’s out-of-sight, out-of-mind. But then I came across a cute organizing solution and decided to […]

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Easter organization tip for parents

April 8, 2014

See how cute these Easter plush animals are, just staring out at you from the store shelf with their big, sad eyes? Wouldn’t your children just love a cute, cuddly, brand-new stuffed Easter bunny for Easter this year? Here is a bit of Easter-related organization advice: If your kid is like so many other kids, […]

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Cute little DIY organizing craft for the kitchen

March 31, 2014

Do you have this problem: All of your cups and glasses look identical, so your family can never remember whose glass is whose on the kitchen counter? And as a result, everyone grabs a new glass whenever they are thirsty, so you end up with a dozen dirty glasses on the counter by the end […]

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Super cheap Ikea hack for storing wrapping paper

March 20, 2014

The clever people at www.relaxdeco.com had the great idea to use a cheap-o Ikea plastic bag holder to organize their gift wrap. What a great way to save space in the closet while keeping the gift wrap from being mangled on the floor! Here’s another great way to store rolls of gift wrap: And here’s […]

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