Organizing Challenge #5 The Homework Drawer



The Homework Drawer


Find school supplies easily and make homework 
or arts & crafts set up and clean up easier



3 Simple Steps to create your own homework drawer

  1. Collect your supplies
      
     2.   Purchase an organized drawer insert
            (from any office supply store)

     3. Label and sort your supplies


Every house I have ever organized has at least one junk drawer. So chances are you have one too. This buffet table drawer was re-purposed to be a homework drawer. This Buffet table is in the dining room and the dining room table is where homework and crafts are typically done in this home. Having a drawer with the basic school supply needs all in one place makes set up as easy as opening the drawer. This homework drawer has a removable organizer that can transfer to a table. Labeling each compartment makes for easy cleanup that even a 1st grader can read and sort the items into place. Select a drawer near where kids do homework or crafts and create your own homework drawer by following these 3 simple steps. 





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Organizing Challenge #4 How to do a To Do List


How to do a To Do List

Make your 2011 to do list
Let this be the year you stop procrastinating 
and begin to follow your dreams. 
Your dreams better be on that to do list !

There are always a lot of things to do. Many people write to do lists, but not as many actually get those to dos done. So what is the secret? How does a to do list get done? The first thing to recognize is that there will always be a to do list. The goal is not to be the first one finished, the goal is to have new generated lists that continually get done. Life is very demanding and these demands can really pile up. If you see something on your list that wont budge, ask yourself how important it really is. Chances are you are avoiding it for a reason, so either take it off your list, challenge yourself, or enlist a friend to help you. Here are 3 simple steps to get your to do list done.

1.     1. Sort your life into categories. 

      Try not to have more than 5. Here’s a sample:
1. Me (always put yourself first) - health, social life, pampering, hobbies...
2. Family - relationships / marriage, kids, pets...
3. Home – meal planning, home repairs, cleaning…
4. Volunteer work – sign up to help your kid’s PTA, help a friend with a project…
5. Career

2.     2. Make a to do list for each category
     Write down as many things as you can into each category. I highly reccomend using a 5 subject notebook or binder to help keep your lists and notes organized. 

3.    3. Keep a balanced week by getting at least one thing done from each list weekly. Try to designate specific days to a category. For example “Me Mondays” Do something for yourself every Monday, I can’t think of a better way to start the week. Pick a day to do food shopping and reserve one morning a week to help a friend. On weeks that are less busy try to get one task from each category accomplished daily. Get in the habit of writing a weekly to do list using your categorized lists, pull one task from each list every week. 




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Organizing Challenge #3 Car Clutter


Is this your car?
(if it is please call me I can help you!)





3 Simple Steps 
to Conquer Car Clutter

I pass by this car every morning as I walk my kids to school. I have pointed it out on numerous occasions. How could I not? I explain to them that I do not want our car to look that way, that is why we have to clean it.  

The woman who drives this car can barely see out the windows, it is definitely not safe. I admit, even I have had the occasional empty water bottle rolling dangerously close to my feet while driving. A cluttered car is dangerous! 


Many car owners know that a car needs to be maintained regularly. Oil changes are required for a car to function, tires need air... However the inside of your car needs your attention too. I know people who do not allow food to be eaten in the car. We shouldn't really be eating there anyway. The biggest source of clutter in a car comes from food. Crumbs and wrappers are the biggest culprits. Yet most of us are guilty of feeding our kids on the go. Whether you choose to imply this rule is your choice. 

Here are a few strategies to help you clean out your car and maintain it from the inside out. These steps are so simple you can even do them with your kids! After all they made most of the mess right? Practice these 3 steps and your car will thank you. 

1. When you fill your car with gas, empty it of trash
This is a great habit and one you can do as a family. I give my kids, all under 6 years old, 2 bags and ask them to fill one with trash, and one with "stuff" while I am pumping gas. When we are fueled up the car is instantly de-cluttered. Every gas station I happen to go to has a trash can right next to the pump, its like they knew my strategy! When we eventually arrive home we bring in that bag of stuff, sort it and put it away. The more often you do this the less "stuff" you will need to sort. 

2. Store shopping bags in your trunk. 
This will come in handy when you go food shopping and want to use your reusable bags. You can use reusable ones or recycle your shopping bags. Bags can be used to haul trash from your car or to relocate items that belong in the house. After you empty reusable bags hang them on or near your door so they find their way back to your car. The side pocket in the door of your car is also a great spot to store them. 

3. Don't go inside empty handed. 
When you leave your car make a rule for the kids too, that everyone needs to bring something inside. Need motivation; a car with stuff in it is tempting to thieves. That usually is enough to remind me to bring in my handbag or shopping bags. 


Drive Safe
Don't text or drink and drive!