Archive for September 2017

Tuesday Tidbit – Do You Need Flashlight Focus?

My clients tell me one of their biggest challenges is just getting started. They are overwhelmed with the entire scope of what is on their mind. They have often been stuck for years and can’t see a way to gain traction.

Here is where the concept of having a flashlight focus comes in.

When you shine a flashlight, it doesn’t illuminate your entire house, it focuses on one spot. This is how you reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed and focus on one area. Instead of the entire house, the kitchen, the master bedroom, or the garage, you reduce your focus to one kitchen cabinet, a drawer in a desk, the blouses/tops in the master bedroom closet, or the summer gardening tools.

By starting small and experiencing success, trust me, there is joy in accomplishing something!

It is part of the process for me to help my clients implement the flashlight focus.  If you are curious about how we can implement this strategy in your life, let’s simply start the conversation. Either call or email me and let’s shine a light on what is on your mind.

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”

“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.