Holiday How To: Simplifying the Season’s Must Do Tasks – part 2

I’m so sorry for the delay, everyone.  We travelled to Utah for the holiday and I neglected to take my article materials with me.  Now that we’re back home, I can finally finish the blog series I began in my last post.  I’ll try to post parts 2 and 3 for you today. Go Digital This is a tough one for a lot of us.  We associate the holidays with a certain nostalgia and...
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Keep Homework Supplies Organized and Out of the Way

I’ve got three kids in Elementary school again this year which means I also have about a zillion reading logs, spelling lists, library books, and flash cards to keep track of – not to mention pencils, scratch paper, and other misc. homework supplies.  Since I use my fridge strictly for urgent school stuff, I needed a spot to stash all the other day-to-day school paraphernalia.  Last...
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Simple Strategy for Keeping Track of Keys

As a mom of four, I’ve found that it’s nearly impossible to be on time.  It doesn’t seem to matter how much prep work I put into getting our family ready, some mysterious force of nature always thwarts my efforts.  One of the most frustrating delays for me is lost keys.  I’m sure you Moms out there can relate; you finally manage to get everyone ready and out the door on...
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3 Tips for Easier Christmas Wrapping

Christmas is only one short week away which means it’s time to start wrapping.  Here are a few tips to help you get a handle on your wrapping this season. Tip 1.  Get Rid of the Extras Toy packaging is ridiculous these days – wires everywhere, screwed-in battery compartments, impossible-to-cut plastic packaging – it’s a huge pain.  Rather than mess with these tedious...
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Get Rid of Multiple Charts with a Family “Big Board”

Let’s face it, as an organizer I have a natural affinity for charts.  Over the years I’ve made all kinds of charts to track various parts of family life…job charts, reward charts, cleaning charts, homework charts…I’ve made them all. This year, as I face another school year (and all the chaos that comes with it) I’ve decided to try a new approach.  Instead of...
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