Santa has come and gone and you’re likely left with a heap of toys and no where to put them. Well, hopefully not, but if you are, consider the following:
Keep in mind that physical organizing is about deciding how much space you will give to a thing.
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What to do with all of those papers and pictures the little lovelies bring home in their book bags? Will I want these someday? Do I simply throw them out? Where do I put them in the meantime?
-Anonymous, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Dear Mt. Pleasant Mom,
It’s amazing how quickly kid’s paperwork builds up! First, let me begin with by asking you [the reader] to think about how much space you want to designate for a particular thing. For example, if you are limited on closet space, perhaps revamping your wardrobe to maximize the space you have by keeping only what you love and need, can make you feel empowered, as opposed to resenting you don’t have a larger closet. Many of us wind up saving and keeping clothing that is a reminder of times when we were a different size (I still have pair of jeans that I can’t seem to let go…I think I’ll go remove those right now because they’ll never fit again, nor do I want them to, and I’m living in the now anyhow). Anyway, keep in mind that less is more. Choose carefully and make a space, whether it’s a closet or cabinet, something that feels good when you open it.
With any decluttering and organizing endeavour, start from top down: What do I mean by this? Well, look at your overall goal. Back to kid’s art and school work. You will potentially collect roughly 12-15 years worth of your child’s work. Therefore, at the end of that time, what is it you expect to have? Probably a sampling of each year’s accomplishments, right?
Therefore, unless you have unlimited space, designate a portion of the top shelf in your children’s closet, for example, and add one container per year (this one is a great size). Go through periodically and eliminate what you initially wanted to keep but are now ready to purge. Then, after a few years, go through the previous years and you may discover that you can eliminate some and consolidate three boxes into two, or possibly one. Wouldn’t it be great at the end of your child’s high school career, to be able to put a solid representation of their work (from K-12) in a manageable portfolio as a gift to them.
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A couple years back, I worked with a client who was about to put her house on the market to buy something bigger. Well, after decluttering and organizing her family room (and several other rooms in the house) suddenly, the need to move no longer existed. In fact, they liked their house and it felt like they had moved.
It’s nice when, at the end of the day, after the kids have gone to sleep for the family room to resemble an adult-like space, free of toys and kid paraphenalia. To accomplish this, choose a coffee table with storage that houses games and books. If you have them, utilize built-ins to house baskets of toys, and perhaps what was once used as a sideboard, you could place DVDs or other electronics. Dual-purpose ottomans are great too!
Always keep in mind that much of organizing has to do with how much space you give to something…and sometimes there just isn’t enough space. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have a place for your child to play, it just means balance it out. If there are too many toys, pack some up and give those you “leave out” a home in the space.
Making space for your children’s things is important, and having a dedicated space will not only help you easily transform your space to watch a movie late at night, but will assist in teaching your children to put things where they belong and to respect that it’s not just their space, but the family space.Read More