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Tuesday Tidbit – Is Every One a Masterpiece?

School is in full swing and now the artwork masterpieces ARRIVE! Every day, in all different sizes. Right?

How do you handle it all? What do you do with it? Where should it go?

After some time on the frig – the place of honor – what’s next?

Below are two quick tips to help you start off the school year so the influx of those daily masterpieces can be less stressful.

  • Start an art project folder for each child. Oversized professional artist’s portfolios work great. Your local art or office supply store and Amazon will have a variety of sizes and materials to choose from. As projects come home, save the favorites in the portfolio. At the end of the school year, select only the top 5-10 to save.
  • If you haven’t already started a box/crate for report cards, special documents, cards, and annual school photos, now is the time. Use separate hanging folders by age or grade, and when your child graduates if you need to build an Open House “shrine”, it will all be there. You’re welcome.

With a new school routine established if it’s now your turn for some me time, let’s chat. It has been my experience that simplifying your stuff will also simplify your life. Either call or email me to find out how or if we should take your simplifying journey together.

Here is the link to this option (above) on Amazon that is about $7.

Tuesday Tidbit – “Organizing the Disorganized Child”

“Organizing the Disorganized Child” outtaspaceorganizing.com

“Organizing the Disorganized Child”, by Martin L. Kutscher and Marcella Moran, is packed with helpful, straight-forward strategies for getting the correct work home from school, planning the work, and getting it back to where it belongs.

It also includes tips that will help every child — disorganized or not — improve reading, note taking, studying, and test-taking.

Tuesday Tidbit – 4 Tricks to a Less Stressful School Day Morning

School season has officially arrived, and with it comes the inevitable get-the-kids-off-to-school morning craziness. Why does it have to be so stressful?

It doesn’t. In fact, with a few simple tricks, you can set you and your kids up for a less harried, more peaceful morning.

If your mornings are chaotic, follow these get-organized tips to ensure out-the-door ease.

  • Prepare the night before. Make mornings flow smoothly by getting everything ready each evening. Have school bags packed and placed by the door and tomorrow’s outfits laid out. Pack the non-perishable parts of the lunches, so you can simply pop in a sandwich in the morning. Set the breakfast table.
  • Create morning routine checklists. Compile a list of daily to-do’s for your kids to complete (make bed, comb hair, brush teeth, etc.), and post it on the fridge or bathroom mirror. Likewise, create an “out-the-door” list of items they need to take to school, and post it on or near the exit door. You might include things like homework, lunch, snacks, library books, instruments, and gym shoes.
  • Organize your kids’ arrival. Declare a proper destination for backpacks and school gear in the entryway, install hooks at a kid-friendly height, and have your children put bags there as they arrive home.
  • Implement an after-school organizing ritual. Teach your kids to empty out their backpacks as soon as they walk in the door. Immediately bring homework to their designated study spot, place papers that need parental review in a designated basket or tray, and put lunch containers in the kitchen. Encourage them to place coats, shoes, and hats in a designated spot to avoid frantic morning searches.

If you need help to create your own morning rituals or have questions about how we might work together, let’s simply start the conversation. Either call or email me to find out how or if we should take your simplifying and organizing journey together.

Get Your Kids Out The Door With Ease

4 Tricks to a less stressful school day morning

School season has officially arrived, and with it comes the inevitable get-the-kids-off-to-school morning craziness. Why does it have to be so stressful?

It doesn’t—in fact, with a few simple tricks, you can set you and your kids up for a less harried, more peaceful morning.

If your mornings are chaotic, follow these get-organized tips to ensure out-the-door ease.

• Prepare the night before. Make mornings flow smoothly by getting everything ready each evening. Have school bags packed and placed by the door and tomorrow’s outfits laid out. Pack the non-perishable parts of the lunches, so you can simply pop in a sandwich in the morning. Set the breakfast table.

• Create morning routine checklists. Compile a list of daily to-do’s for your kids to complete (make bed, comb hair, brush teeth, etc.), and post it on the fridge or bathroom mirror. Likewise, create an “out-the-door” list of items they need to take to school, and post it on or near the exit door. You might include things like homework, lunch, snacks, library books, instruments, and gym shoes.

• Organize your kids’ arrival. Declare a proper destination for backpacks and school gear in the entryway, install hooks at a kid-friendly height, and have your children put bags there as they arrive home.

• Implement an after school organizing ritual. Teach your kids to empty out their backpacks as soon as they walk in the door. Immediately bring homework to their designated study spot, place papers that need parental review in a designated basket or tray, and put lunch containers in the kitchen. Encourage them to place coats, shoes, and hats in a designated spot to avoid frantic morning searches.

So now I want to know:

What are your best out-the-door strategies that keep your mornings crazy-free?

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My Secret to Stress-Free School Shopping

You’ll never guess what my secret to school shopping with preteens and teenagers is: Give them control of the money!

Yes, you read that right. Give them control of their allotted money AND the responsibility for what THEY decide to buy.

As with most families, we had a budget for school clothes. When my kids were younger, shopping was relatively easy. However, when they were old enough to want brand name clothes (but not old enough to have a job to support their changing tastes), it became more of a challenge.

One year I decided to try an experiment.

Each of them was given the same amount of money with total control of what they purchased. The money wasn’t for bigger ticket items like coats, shoes or athletic gear. Instead it was meant to pay for jeans, shorts, t-shirts, hoodies, etc.

The first time one of them asked, “Mom, can I have this?” and I said, “Sure, it’s your money,” I felt the freedom of letting them choose. They felt the freedom too, but also the responsibility of choosing.

Their awareness of quality versus quantity, and a want versus a need skyrocketed. Is this white t-shirt with an almost invisible logo for $XX that much better than the white t-shirt at a different store for $X? They figured it out.

Our shopping turned into a discussion of the pros and cons of one item versus another. The process was stress-free and didn’t include any whining, convincing or hassle.  My kids felt proud of their choices and actually had FUN!

I’m curious, what have YOU implemented to make school shopping fun? Leave a comment below to share your FUN shopping secrets.