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Not all clutter is garbage

Not all clutter is garbage
 
Sometimes the chaos is simply a matter of prized possessions being out of place.
Start a new habit. Whenever you're holding an item, don't put it down unless you're returning it to its home. This doesn't mean you have to pick up everything strewn around your house right now. But the next time you have something in your hand, don't set it back down just anywhere.
 
When you're decluttering, be sure there's enough light
You'll sort faster and be more motivated in a bright area.

Do it bit by bit

Do it bit by bit
When organizing, commit to a single area or pile that you can complete within the time available. When you finish that assignment, you can stop for the day. Of course, if you are motivated to continue, fine. But don't feel guilty if yo wrap up, you only committed yourself to that job. When you're ready, select another area and tackle it. Gradually you'll work your way through the entire house. Remember, any big project is only the sun of several small projects.
 
After you've been working for a while, your space may look like a train wreck. Don't worry you haven't derailed. When you're organizing a cluttered space, it always looks worse before it gets better.

Organize your life

Organize your life
 
TARGET-the room that would be most valuable to you if it was organized, Frequently, this is where you spend the most time.
 
START-with what's most current. In the kitchen, for example, the papers on top of the island are probably both recent and important to you. Get those in order first. As additional mail or kids' papers arrive each day, incorporate them into your new system. Once your new process is working smoothly, you can tackle the backlog of older paper.
 

The cost of clutter

The cost of clutter
 
How much has clutter cost you?
 
* Have you ever incurred late fees and interest charges because you paid a bill after the due date.
 
* Have you ever bought a duplicate tool because you couldn't find this one you had or forgot you even owned it?
 
* Have you paid a premium to mail a package at the last minute?
 
*Did you have to keep a purchase you decided you didn't want, just because the store's return cutoff date had already passed?
 
* Have you good clothes ever been ruined by moth roles because they weren't stored appropriately?

Keep only what is beautiful, useful or loved

Keep only what is beautiful, useful or loved.
 
When you are sorting through your stuff, sometimes it's hard to decide if an item should stay or go. Ask yourself these questions:
 
1. Is it beautiful?
 
2.Is it useful?
 
3.Is it loved?
 
If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, it should stay. If the answer is "no" to all three, it can probably go.

What to do with children's artwork

What to do with children's artwork
Overwhelmed with the art your children create every day? Not sure what to do with it? You have four options:
*Display- Only a few pieces should be chosen to display. Decide where you'll do this on the refrigerator, tacked to a bulletin board or framed and hung in the hallway). Make a plan for rotating the pictures. You may refresh the refrigerator display every week, but frame other masterpieces and leave them up for years.
 
*Mail- What you've chosen to mail to grandparents and other admirers should be sent on its way quickly.

Kids/Teenagers

Time management for kids
 
When teaching time management to a child, use an analog clock ( One where the hands move around in a circle) rather than a digital clock. Time is easier for them to conceptualize when they can see the minutes moving by.
A signal that your child is old enough to learn to plan is that he begins to receive long term homework assignments. Have him record the due date on a month at a glance calendar. Then have him establish interim dead lines and note those on the calendar too.

Household items can be converted into kids storage units

Ordinary household items can be converted into kids storage units
 
PICNIC TABLE UTENSIL HOLDERS-Designed to separate forks, spoons and knives, these are usually divided into four to six compartments. They work well for organizing craft supplies such as markers, crayons and paint brushes.
 
OVER-THE-DOOR POCKET BAGS- Choose one with clear pockets. Instead of putting it in clothes closet for shoes, hang it in the hall closet so hats and gloves are within kids reach. Or place it in the bathroom to corral barrettes, ponytail scrunchies and hair ribbon.

Manage kids toys

The upside to putting up toys
 
When the number of toys under foot overwhelms you and your children, establish a rotation schedule. Note the ones they currently play with the most, leave these out, and put the rest away in the attic or the basement. After a few months, put more toys away and bring others out. The benefits to both of you are.
 
* Children are more likely to focus and play creatively if not distracted by too many choices.
 
* There are fewer toys to make mess.
 
*When you bring back toys they haven't seen in a while, it's like something new to play with.

Childrens/Spring cleaning

A closet for all ages and stages
 
You expect to buy new clothes and shoes as your youngsters grow, but not entire new closet systems. Yet as they mature, children's storage needs change. An adjustable closet can be reconfigured as needed.
 
*Choose an adjustable closet system that has components such as rods, shelves and drawers available.
 
*Look for one that's easy to install. The best require you to drill holes only for one horizontal track that goes near the ceiling.
 
*When your child is young, configure the closet with at least two rods.