It’s that time of year again: Back to School

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It’s hard to believe, but the school year is just around the corner. I encourage you to take the time now to get organized in order to make this school year more productive. You can work together with your family to create systems to stay organized throughout the year.

With all the Back-to- School sales, now is a fantastic time to take inventory of the school and art supplies you have in your home. Note what you need and what you might run out of by mid-year. Store the extra supplies in a box, or closet, so they are easily accessible for your child. Your child should get into the habit of doing their homework at the same time, and in the same place, each day Keep a box of supplies close to this area. Getting into a routine keeps one organized.

Because routines are so important to staying organized, I encourage my clients to get into the habit of preparing the night before for the next day..Here are some examples of things you can do the night before to make the mornings run smoother:

  •  Fix and pack lunches and leave in refrigerator
  • Pick out the next day’s clothes
  • Pack backpacks with all books and papers that need to go back to school
  • Determine breakfast and have as much ready as is possible.

Once your child is at school, another area that is important for them to keep organized is their lockers. There are several locker organizers available to purchase that will create extra space in their lockers. Encourage your child to have a designated space for papers and books that need to come home with them each day.

Remind your child that, being organized will provide them with extra free time. It will also offer you piece of mind.

Happy Organizing!

Spring Organizing

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Spring is a great time to get organized.  Here are some simple suggestions for getting your house ready for Spring.

Begin by walking through each area of your home, take a few minutes to make notes what you wish to accomplish in each area. 

Assign yourself a different task for each day.  This keeps you from feeling overwhelmed by the size of your project.  An example:

            Monday – Winter coats, gloves, hats etc. 

            Tuesday – Master bedroom closets

            Wednesday – basement

            Thursday – computer clean up

Set aside a specific amount of time each day you will organize.  I suggest setting a timer to keep you on task.

Go through each area deciding what needs to be cleaned and stored, donated, thrown out, or sold.  If you did not wear it, or use it, this past Winter…get rid of it.  The less "stuff" you have the less stress you will have in your life.

The best way to stay on task and get the job done in the specified amount of time is to eliminate distractions.  Do not answer any calls, tell your friends and family not to interrupt you during the set time.  Even better get your friends and family to help with the project.

If you do not have the time, or the desire, to get organized this Spring, hire a professional organizer.  What is most important, getting the job done so that you can enjoy Spring.