Vacation with the kids – how do you make these memories last?
Postcards and magnets are all fun, but to create true and lasting memories you want to go deeper. The best way to create positive memories that will last through adulthood is to focus on the quality time spent together as a family.
Keep your children safe with these travel safety tips
The holidays are a time when many of us travel. And everyone has a better trip when they feel and stay safe. People also tend to get excited or distracted when going to visit relatives or on vacation. So it’s important when traveling with your kids to follow these travel safety tips.
We think these general safety tips, airport security tips, health tips, and others are an excellent way to stay safe when taking a trip.
The following are important general safety tips to follow no matter how you are getting to your destination:
Put an ID necklace or tag on your child for when traveling in airports, train stations, etc. Be sure to include your contact information and an alternate contact’s information. Do not put your child’s name in a visible place as this can be used to lure your child away from you. Their name should be on the inside or back side of the ID.
Bring a photo of your child in case you get separated. Make sure it is a physical copy in case your phone isn’t accessible or you are incapacitated.
Older children should know how to contact you and where to go if you get separated. Always, have a meeting place or plan.
Know what your child is wearing. Intentionally dress your kids in bright clothes. If possible wear the same bright-colored or patterned shirts yourself. This strategy makes you easy to spot. And it helps people figure out which adult is the child’s parent and locate them if they find your child.
Finally, wear comfortable shoes. If a little one takes off running, you need to be able to move quickly.
We know there is a counter under those jumbles of paper, and we are sure at one time we could fit a car in the garage, but how we get back to those days? How can we get organized?
The hardest part is starting – or deciding where to start. So, break it down!
Here are six steps and tricks to make the most of de-cluttering and organizing your home:
Break it down. Do it the same way you would eat an entire cheesecake – one bite at a time! Break the job down into smaller, more manageable (and less daunting) parts. Depending on your organizing personality this may mean different things. It could mean tackling one room, one of its areas (just this bookcase or just this shelf) or setting a time limit (work for one hour per day.) When you break a larger job down, it reduces the stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. It also gives you the satisfaction of completion at each milestone.
Get an accountability buddy. Find a friend or group who will support you and hold you accountable to your goals. Other options include online groups. Or find a local meetup group for support and organizing tips (like “Central Florida Messies” through Meetup.com.) If you want extra help and support, consider a professional organizer.
Categorize. Separate items into categories. Use cardboard boxes, laundry baskets or specific areas of a larger room to put like items together. Don’t get too specific with your categories. You can always break those down into smaller groups if you need to when you get to them. One major group should be “Items that belong in other rooms”. Grouping prevents distraction and excessive walking throughout the house.
Trash, Donate, Keep or Sell. As you categorize and as you put items away, decide what to do with each item. Does the item bring you joy? Do you have several of them? How often do you use it? Is it broken or damaged? Be picky about what you allow to stay. Your storage areas are prime property.
Analyze your space. Now that you have your items broken down into categories you can see how much of each type of item you have. This will help you determine how large of a container or shelf you will need to store the item.
Put it away. When deciding where to put your things, use the ABC approach. Items you use all the time should be A-items, B-items are used occasionally and C items are rarely used (once or twice per year.) A-items should be stored in places easy to reach (eye-level) and easy to access. B-items can be a little harder to reach, and C-items can go in attics, storage sheds or very high cabinets. Use baskets and bins to keep smaller items together or to keep the shelves looking neat.
We organize homes 7 days a week across all of Central Florida including Orlando, Lakeland, Tampa, Ocala, The Villages, Space Coast, Merritt Island and so much more! Call us for more information or to set up your professional home organizing session.
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