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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.

Tuesday Tidbit – Quotes and Quips About Clutter

Quotes and Quips About Clutter outtaspaceorganizing.comThis week I’m sharing some of my favorite quotes about clutter, organizing and simplifying. Pause to let the message or messages sink into your heart.

“Clutter is not just the stuff on the floor; it’s anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living.”  Peter Walsh

“Don’t agonize, organize.”  Florynce Kennedy

“If a gift has come to you wrapped in obligations and tied tightly with a ribbon of guilt, then it’s not really a gift at all. It’s a manipulation. A gift should be something freely given that enhances your life and reminds you lovingly of the giver. If it’s not, you simply should not give it a place in your home.” Peter Walsh

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”  Helen Keller

“Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all.” Brian Tracy, Author and Speaker

 “Out of clutter, find simplicity.” Albert Einstein

Tuesday Tidbit – Clients Offer 13 “Whys”

Clients Offer 13 "Whys" outtaspaceorganizing.comWhen we know why we are doing or not doing something, it truly helps us on the journey.  If you are downsizing and simplifying to reach a goal or goals, the results are longer lasting. Also, when you start to let the piles accumulate again, your why is motivation to get back on track.

Do you know your why? What is the end goal in decluttering your home? Here are a few ideas from my clients. See what resonates with you.

  • Less time cleaning
  • More time for fun
  • More time for hobbies
  • More time to travel
  • Potentially quicker and easier home sale
  • Reduce stress
  • Get along better with family member(s)
  • Reduce expenses (if you know you have it and where it is you don’t need to replace it)
  • Make room for your vehicle or toys
  • More pleasant environment to enjoy
  • Opening the door when friends drop in instead of pretending you are not home
  • Not being embarrassed when the kids bring home friends
  • Make room for a family member

The whys are endless and if you’d like my help to meet your organizing and simplifying goals, let’s start the conversation. Call or email me to learn if we are meant to take the journey together.