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How to organize toys when things are already out of control


In general, it’s probably safe to say that most kids these days have more toys than they need.  While our grandparents might remember having three or four toys they cherished in their childhoods, our kids likely have an entire playroom devoted to their things — and still they take over the living room.  Of course, there have been lots of economic and cultural changes since our grandparents’ days, leading to much more abundant lives for many (though not all) people — and clearly that’s a positive thing, to an extent.  But just as clearly, there’s a point when it’s true that “less is more.”

If birthday parties, commercialized holidays, and your own good intentions to provide your kiddos with a rich environment have created an overflow of playthings in your home, fear not:  here are some steps you can take to regain control.

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How to File Fold Jeans

Folks often ask me to show them how to do something organizing-related. I’m usually happy to oblige, but I was thrilled when Wendy Scott of Boutique Closets And Cabinetry asked me about how to file fold jeans! This folding and storage method is great because you can actually see your options and not just what’s on the top of the stack inside a drawer.

Wendy, this blog is for you!

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Schoolwork Organization Strategies


Organization strategies are critical to success in school, especially as workloads become heavier and content gets more challenging.  As a parent, you can lay the groundwork for a systematic, efficient approach to learning and completing assignments, so that over time your children will learn to use these strategies on their own. You’re raising kids to become adults, right?

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Helping your teen learn organization skills for schoolwork and beyond

As kids enter their teen years, organizational skills become increasingly important.  In a few short years they’ll be out on their own, and, as it states in Chapter 13 of the parenting manual that no one gets, it’s your job as a parent to help them get ready. (OK, those years might not always seem short, but once your kiddo has left the nest you’ll be wondering where the time went!)

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Organizing a Dorm Room

There are two basic organizing rules to keep in mind when preparing to send your kid off to college:

  1. Take as little as possible:  they will accumulate more stuff. 
  2. Create more storage: dorm rooms are small, so space must be used efficiently.

Here are some ideas for helping your student set up an organized dorm room that is comfortable and can be maintained with minimal work:

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The Five Things I Often See in Teen Rooms

Parents are often at their wits’ end over the state of their teenagers’ bedrooms.  How can they live like that?  They could find things so much more easily if they’d stay organized!  Often they call me to help find solutions.  Here’s what I see when I go into teen spaces.

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How to Stay Organized When Traveling

Traveling can be a great way to take a break from patterns and give a person a fresh perspective.  But the flip side of interrupting routines is that you can be left feeling out of sorts: why have I just checked for my keys for the 5th time?

The solution?  When you’re on the road, replicate your home systems as much as possible. Do what you can to take good care of yourself and prep a few things in your bag so you’re ready for busy days and tight turnarounds if you’re a frequent traveler.  Here are some tips for staying organized even when you’re away from your familiar routine: 

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How to Stay Focused When You’re Working from Home

Working from home seems like a dream situation:  no morning commute, no stuffy attire, just roll out of bed and shuffle over to your workspace, stopping at the coffee pot on the way, right?  It seems so simple: work from 9 to 5 just as if you were heading to an office, except easier. 

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