6 Strategies for a Kid-Friendly, Organized Home

SmallEuroBin10057513_2_lIf you have kids, staying organized at home probably feels somewhere between an absolute necessity and utterly impossible. Ok, let’s not kid ourselves, most days we’re probably leaning toward the utterly impossible side of that equation. But don’t give up just yet, every bit of organizing effort you put into your family’s home will go a long way toward maintaining your sanity, even if perfectly organized is an impossibility. So step back, take a deep breath and let’s start with some overall strategies for creating a kid-friendly, organized home.…

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Set Up Your Home Office for Success

Office_elfa_btqA home office, whether it’s an entire room or a corner of your kitchen, is more than just an office – it’s the command center of your home and life, and maybe even business. It might be home base for everything from bill paying to party planning to conference calls and more. And whether you’re working on weeding out an existing home office or you’re starting from scratch, you want to make sure you use the right space and set it up for success.…

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Closet Questions

BirchWhiteelfadécor_lUnless you have limitless closet space or never get new clothes, weeding out your closet is a fact of life. It helps make room for new purchases, keeps your wardrobe current and helps prevent closet chaos. But it can be so hard to part with clothes, even those you don’t wear. If you find that you have trouble letting go of clothes and are always justifying why it makes sense to keep them, here are some questions to help you decide to let go…

  1. Do I need it, do I wear it, do I love it?
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What’s Your ‘Why’?

Picture1So there’s no doubt about it – getting organized has reached ‘hot topic’ status in our culture. Pick up a magazine, turn on the TV or surf the web and it’s clear that simplifying and organizing are right up there with weight loss and stress reduction in terms of popularity. But just like any other major behavioral change, you have to want it in order to be successful – you have to know your ‘why’ and remind yourself of it when the changes feel hard.…

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Just Say No!

No-Dumping-Sign_MF-06_11_13What’s the easiest way to reduce clutter in your life? Just say no! No to free stuff, no to bargains, no to buying stuff you don’t really need, and no to hand-me-downs (if you don’t really need them of course). There are two main reasons why focusing on accumulating less is such a successful strategy when it comes to staying clutter free.

  1. The first reason seems obvious – the less you accumulate, the less you have. And the beautiful thing about not acquiring something is you don’t have to store it, clean it, put it away, fix it or get rid of it – ever!
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Getting Your Crew On Board

donateIf you live with other people, chances are you’ve experienced the difficulty of living with other people’s stuff! The reality is, we all have different thresholds for household chaos and clutter. Some spouses and house-mates have very different thresholds, which can make things uncomfortable at times, to say the least. If you’re wishing you could get your family on board with a clutter clear out, there’s some good news and bad news.

Here’s the bad news. Just like any other major life change, you cannot convince someone else to get on the organizing bandwagon.…

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Get That To-Do List Done!

Messy-Desk_MF-5_14_13Boy, it can be tough getting back into the swing of things after a holiday weekend! Your desk may be piled with things you left with an “I’ll deal with it when I get back” attitude, and your to-do list is probably over-flowing with incomplete tasks as well. Since completing to-do lists seems to be an elusive task for many of us, we thought we’d try to get everyone back on track with a couple of tips to help turn your to-do list into your to-done list!…

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Gear Up for Summer

It’s hard to believe, but Memorial Day weekend is almost here and that means summer is right around the corner! Now’s the time to make sure you have a few summer essentials on hand so you can head out and enjoy the nice weather.

  1. Pack Up the Cold – If you haven’t done so already, make sure you pack up your cold weather gear and get it out of your way – hats, gloves, winter coats, boots and clothes. Do a quick review – weed out anything you don’t want to save for next year and put it in a donation bin.
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The Treadmill

treadmillDo you sometimes (or always) feel like you’re on a treadmill of chores and to-do’s and you can’t a) get off or b) keep up? I know I do. The “stuff” of life – your home, your family, your job, your friends, even your hobbies – all take some effort to keep up with. Some of this stuff we enjoy, some of it not so much. While we don’t often have the chance to get off the treadmill – maybe on a far away and unplugged vacation – we can and should take control of the speed.…

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