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How to Organize Your Child’s Backpack!

How to Organize Your Child’s Backpack!

Are you afraid of the frankly dangerous state of your child’s backpack in as little as two weeks after school starts? Wondering if perhaps those smells signal a bio hazard? If a tornado snatched it up between school and home? Well, you’re not alone.

Suzanna Kaye, Professional Organizer to the rescue!

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Organized for SCHOOL! 5 Tips that will help you get better grades!

 Organized for SCHOOL

No joke. You can do this. Sure you can put organizers in your locker but that’s not really what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about better grades because you’re organized people! Yeah, better grades! Seriously. Here we go, 5 tips that will help you get better grades: organize for school

Let’s start with your BackPack.

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Confession of an Organizer: Baskets

Confession of an Organizer:

Baskets aren’t an addiction.baskets

There are no support groups. As long as there are no support groups, I’m going to stick with it’s not an addiction.

Of course, by this logic my Amazon shopping habits aren’t a problem either…..

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How to Hire a Professional Organizer

 

How to Hire a Professional Organizer

I keep looking in the mirror and thinking I should color/cut my hair.

How To Hire A Professional OrganizerPulling out my ponytail I fluff my hair around my shoulders trying to remember why I don’t just whack it all off. I probably would do it in exactly that moment if someone handed me a pair of scissors. Then I’d cry. Then I’d do the right thing, the thing I knew I should have done in the first place, go to a professional.

That said, we’ve all had bad experiences with a professional. Hairstylist that didn’t understand a word we said. The car guy that we’re sure fleeced us. Miserable experiences we swore we’d never deal with again. In an effort to help you, let me give you my best advice for hiring a professional organizer. Which ironically is very close to how I find a mental health professional….

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Creating Summer Memories

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Vacations 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.

 

memoriesStart your vacation when you leave your house – not when you reach your destination.

Speed is not a goal, explore exciting discoveries along the way and get to know each other, too. When you see a sign for the world’s largest ball of twine – pull over and check it out! The excitement of discovery and the unknown is half the adventure. Plan spontaneity if you have to.

A long car ride can also be the perfect opportunity to get to know your children. Get a book of questions or create your own ahead of time. Questions such as “What is your favorite toy and why?” or “If you could be any animal in the world what would you be? Why?” are great conversation starters – and perfect ways to get to know your kids on a deeper level.

Make sure to include the why part of the question – this can lead to some interesting discussions.  Make sure everyone answers the question and has time to talk as long as they want to.

 

Create a family vacation scrapbook or journal!

Create a family vacation scrapbook or journal!

How do you record these memories?

One great way to keep the memory alive and special is to create a family vacation scrapbook or journal. Before leaving, arm each family member with a journal, a fun pen, a digital camera, and a large envelope.

Throughout the trip have them jot down favorite moments, thoughts, sketches, what they did, funny things other people said or write a narrative of parts of the trip. They can take pictures and collect brochures, leaves and other small, flat objects.

Combine memories into one scrapbook

When you get home combine everybody’s experiences, pictures, maps and artifacts into one scrapbook or even get them bound at your local office supply store. Captions can be added to photos and drawings can decorate the pages.

It is a lot of fun to see how everybody viewed the vacation and remembers different events. It is also a fun way to build a family experience library and look back as the kids grow up to see how they change.

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Make sure to focus on the real reason for a vacation – to relax, have fun and spend quality time together. This will make memories that will last a lifetime!

 

Read More Travel Tips HERE

 


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Suzanna Kaye is a professional organizer and owner of Spark! Organizing, LLC. She has special experience with organization for office, financial, ADD/ADHD, elderly, disabled, overwhelmed and special needs. With the belief that cluttered people are some of the most creative and interesting people she knows, she loves working with her clients in a supportive and loving environment. For more information about Suzanna visit our about us page, email info@SparkOrganizing.com or call 321-234-5499.

I Want To Get Organized, But Where Do I Start?

I Want To Get Organized, But Where Do I Start?

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Organize by taking one step at a time.

When was the last time you saw the counter under that jumble of paperwork?

We’re sure at one time we could fit a car in the garage, but how do we get back to those days? Where do we even start to 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:

1.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.)

Breaking the larger job down reduces the stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. It also gives you the satisfaction of completion at each milestone.

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2.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/need extra help and support, consider a professional organizer.

3.Categorize.

Separate items into categories.

Use cardboard boxes, laundry baskets or specific areas of a larger room to put like items together.

Use broad categories, no need to 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.

4.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? Broken or damaged? Be picky about what you allow to stay. Your storage areas are prime property.

5.Analyze your space.

Look at your items broken down into categories, notice 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.get organized6.Put it away.

Now when deciding where to put your things, use the ABC approach.

A- items, things you use all the time, B-items are used occasionally and C items are rarely used (once or twice per year.) Easy right? You’ve got this.

Easy to reach and easy to access is where A-items store.

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.

Now is the time to reward yourself. Take a picture of your accomplishment, call your buddy or group and get yourself some cheesecake – you did it. Enjoy it!

Tell me, in the comments, where will you start getting organized?

 


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Suzanna Kaye is a professional organizer and owner of Spark! Organizing, LLC. She has special experience with organization for office, financial, ADD/ADHD, elderly, disabled, overwhelmed and special needs. With the belief that cluttered people are some of the most creative and interesting people she knows, she loves working with her clients in a supportive and loving environment. For more information about Suzanna visit our about us page, email info@SparkOrganizing.com or call 321-234-5499.