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Organization is key for avoiding stressful school mornings. We’ve asked real moms and professional organizers to share their advice for making hectic mornings as stress-free as possible.
It’s a fall tradition: School supplies line the aisles of retailers, attracting parents and children who will meticulously pack every glue stick and pencil into a well-organized back-to-school bag.
But while sending those packs of loose-leaf paper and boxes of tissues to school that first day may temporarily clear your home of clutter, for most families the back-to-school season also means a return to hectic mornings of searching for an errant permission slip or living with loads of lunchbox drama.
Families can cut the chaos and embark on smooth-sailing mornings, however, by entering back-to-school season with their own school supplies: a kit of organizational ideas for those manic mornings.
A Fan of the Plan
When 7-year-old Abbi Kious heads back to school this fall, her mother, Kimberly, is prepared to get her daughter out the door without a hitch.
“I use a combination of rules, organization and ‘gestapo Mom’ tactics, really,” Kious, of Grants Pass, Ore., says. “Abbi has a checklist she has to complete each morning. If she strays and I catch her sitting and staring into space or something, I say, ‘Honey, is that on your checklist?'”
Kimberly’s checklist, however, isn’t exactly back-to-school boot camp material. It’s a visual reminder of harmonious habits she wants Abbi to cultivate to ease the morning malaise that can distract even the most motivated scholar.
When the pantry is stocked where everything has its place and purpose and is easy to locate and access, meal preparation becomes a breeze the whole family can enjoy.
There are so many things you can do to organize your pantry. Multiple shelving, shallow shelving, rollout drawers and shelves, racks, baskets, bins—they all work together to separate food items so everything is within reaching distance, easy to locate and access. Multiple shelving serves as a sort of modular shelving system layered one after the other, expanding and collapsing in on each other. For the smaller two-door pantry cabinet, these work well to utilize every inch of space. If you have a recessed or reach-in pantry or a walk-in closet, a multiple shelving system works really well to maximize space, doubling or tripling the usable space you already have.
Shallow shelves are essential to keeping every item front and center for easy location and access. If your pantry cabinet is set very deep, then you’ll want to install rollout drawers and shelves so every item you store will be easy to see and access quickly. Rollout shelves and drawers prevent items from disappearing in the deep, dark recesses of the back of a deep-set cabinet, never to be seen again, and make every item pull out to you.
Racks are really great to hang over the pantry door or to build into the door for storing frequently used spices, cans, jars and bottles. Spice racks are very popular and the cool, dark pantry will keep your spices fresh and ready to use as needed. Baskets are great for produce and spices like garlic and whole ginger, and they can be set on top of shelves inside the pantry or hung from the ceiling.
I really like clear see-through bins for organizing dried legumes, pastas, grains and cereals. It gives your whole pantry a clean, streamlined look and allows you to throw away all those awkward-sized boxes taking up space. Be sure to include erasable labels as well, so you know what everything is and can rewrite as needed.
The Kansas City Royals finished their season with a bang! All the players showed up in the rain to get their trophies and awards. Congrats to each of the players on a great season and a special thanks to the coaches for their hard work!
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Organizing Photos for Closet Storage
Do you have stacks of photos crammed in a closet? Is your digital camera overloaded with images you’ve yet to print? If so, then follow this six-step plan from professional organizer Candita Clayton to help you organize your photos and preserve your memories:
1. Start with the present: Starting a system with your current photos will help to keep you on track as new ones come in. Tackling too much at once (say the last 10 years) will most likely overwhelm you and sabotage your efforts.
2. Review and purge: As soon as your photos are developed go through them and toss out redundant or bad shots. If you are using a digital camera you have the advantage of eliminating before you print or save, either on your computer or at the local drugstore.
3. Label: Place traditional photos in envelopes labeled with the month, year and the event. If time permits, little notes on the back of each can help to tell a story you might otherwise forget down the line. With digital photography label photo cd’s or create separate files on your computer labeled accordingly. Photo websites also allow you to give each photo a title and description.
4. Store: The simplest method for storing traditional photos is putting them into photo boxes. They can be stored by year or by event. Store them in a safe dry place to insure their longevity. Any room with moisture, humidity or extreme temperature changes will likely ruin photos over time. For digital photos several photo websites allow unlimited storage as long as you make a purchase and keep your account active. Each of these sites has their own contracts so be sure to check the account requirements so you know what you’re getting. The sites include Kodakgallery.com, Shutterfly.com and Snapfish.com. Shutterfly also includes other great features such as archiving and scrapbooking.
5. Share: Now that you know where to find your pictures choose some favorites and use mini albums with sleeves or paper corners to show off a special event or trip. With digital photos you can email to family and friends. This is a great way to keep grandparents, relatives and friends in the loop.
6. Revisit: Once you have a system in place for dealing with your new photos you are now ready to go back in time and begin the process for years past. Remember it is much easier to deal with a season at a time rather then the entire year.
Visit YourLifeOrganized.com to learn more about Candita Clayton’s professional organizing services and a variety of available organizing products.
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