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June 10, 2011

Workshop Giveaway: Organizing with Your Kids

Happy Friday my friends! I missed chatting with you about the weekend last Friday. I hope you had a good weekend and a good week. Around here it’s been a busy week. Family-wise, we’re getting into the summer groove, and all of that is going well. We’re keeping cool and the kids are having some fun. Business-wise we’ve been busy putting the finishing touches on my newest online workshop Organizing with Your Kids. It’s really fun to see it all coming together. I’m super excited to open this workshop and share the information, tips and ideas with other parents so they can give their kids the gift of organizing. 


So I thought it would be fun to kick off the weekend with a Freebie Friday. Up for grabs this week is one spot in Organizing with Your Kids!



If you’re overwhelmed by your kids’ clutter or you’re just tired of dealing with it, please know that you’re not alone. Even if you’re fairly organized, it’s always a different ball game when you’re organizing for someone else. And when it’s your own child, the stakes are even higher. I find that parents often judge themselves based on the results of their children. (Does this sound familiar?)


I’ve been there, too. Right after becoming an organizer, I realized some of the spaces in my home didn’t look like they belonged in the home of a professional organizer. My daughter’s bedroom was right at the top of that list! She was a four year old who loved her stuff. All of it! The stuff was coming in—from birthday parties, Christmas, gifts from grandparents—faster than we could keep up and clear things out. This, coupled with my daughter’s sentimental side, made it difficult to keep her room clutter free…which made me doubt myself as a parent and an organizer.


Fast forward six years and I have learned a lot about how to organize with kids. Even more important, my kids have learned a lot. In fact, my son, now 12, organized his closet on his own after a recent shopping trip. I didn’t ask him to do it…he wanted to do it and he did it all by himself! My daughter recently decluttered and organized our craft and homework cabinet—all by herself! All those years of going through their stuff together and involving them in the organizing process paid off!


My son's bag of donations after his closet clean out.

Kids can learn how to get organized just as they can learn how to ride a bike or brush their teeth. And you, as their parent, are the best person to teach your child how to do it. With the tips, secrets and strategies presented in this workshop, you’ll learn the process I’ve been using with my kids for years. You’ll leave this workshop armed with a plan and a process to create organized spaces that will work well for you and your kids. You will also have strategies and ideas for teaching your child organizing skills and habits that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.



When you teach your kids how to get organized, you give them a gift that lasts a lifetime! So, to celebrate the start of this new online workshop, we’re giving a gift to one lucky winner—the gift of a spot in this workshop. Sound fun? If you’re interested, here’s what to do:


Here’s how to enter for a chance to win a spot in Organizing with Your Kids:

1.  In the comments answer this question:  What is your biggest challenge when it comes to organizing with your kids? AND / OR…
2. For a second chance to win, ask me a question about this workshop in the comments.
3.  For a third chance to win link to this giveaway on Facebook. AND / OR…
4.  For a fourth chance to win, tweet this giveaway with a link on Twitter. AND / OR…
5.  Do all four for four chances to win!


Make sure to leave a separate comment for each thing you do telling us what you did—answered the question, asked a question, linked on Facebook or Tweeted.


By the way, if you've already signed up for the workshop and win the freebie, we will refund your money. :) Comments will stay open through Sunday, June 12 at 9:00 PM Central. The winner will be announced on Monday. Good luck...and have a terrific weekend!

Comments are now closed. Thanks for entering!

June 02, 2011

Decorating Your Home for Summer

Around here it’s starting to get hot outside, which has me dreaming of a cool retreat inside. Do you like to change out your home décor when the seasons change? I love the changing seasons and I love to celebrate each season by changing up my inside décor. Here are simple ways to welcome summer indoors and make it feel a notch cooler inside, too.


  • Display seashells, sand or beach glass in jars or bowls.


  • Roll up heavy rugs and let your floors go bare.
  • Remove just a few of the items you have out on display to create white space for your eye. An uncluttered room feels cooler and allows air to move freely throughout your space.
  • Display memorabilia from a prior summer vacations or place vacation scrapbooks in a bowl or basket for easy reminiscing.


  • Replace heavy bed linens or throws with lighter ones.
  • Cover dark or heavy sofas with white, cotton slipcovers.
  • Replace formal candles sticks with lanterns to create a casual look reminiscent of summers spent camping. 



  • Change out throw pillows to add pops of bright, summer-time colors.
  • Clean out the fire place and put potted plants or candles on display inside.
  • Cut fresh flowers from the garden, or pick up a bunch from the market.


What do you do to decorate for summer inside your home? Thanks for sharing your ideas!

June 01, 2011

Your June Get Organized Checklist

It’s the first of the month, which means its checklist day! What’s on your to-do list for the month of June? Here are some ideas to help you stay organized all month long!

June Get Organized Checklist

Set your goals for the month.
It’s hard to believe it but when June is over…the year will be half-way over, too. How are you doing with the goals you set back in January? Take some time this month to refocus on your goals, celebrate your accomplishments so far, and make plans to make the rest of 2011 even better than the first half.

Check your monthly tickler folder. And distribute contents to your daily folder.



Clear out your kid’s backpacks and artwork/ school paper incubator. Or declutter your archive files. Now is great time to sort through your paper systems and remove school papers for the year that just ended or is winding down. It’ll be one less thing to worry about this fall!


Organize the game cabinet. We used to spend hours playing cards, Monopoly and Life when I was a kid. If your family is like mine, now is a great time to organize the game cabinet. Let go of games you’ve grown bored of or your kids have grown out of. Check out this blog post for more ideas on organizing games + puzzles.




Declutter your kid’s rooms or toy area.
The kids are off school and need something to pass the long summer days anyway. Right? ;)



Wash windows (inside + out) and clean the screens. It’s just now warm enough (and dry enough!) to think about getting outside and washing the windows. This will be a great outdoor project for June.


Create a summer outings survival kit. For more details, check back later this week for an upcoming post.


Create a list of treasures to hunt for at garage sales, flea markets and street fairs. Take a quick walk around your home. Which spaces could use some new-to-you treasures? Your list will help you prevent clutter…and it will also help you make sure you don’t pass by a great find when you see it.


Create a portable caddy for condiments for easy outdoor eating.


Clean the grill, and sort through grilling utensils and replace anything that needs replacing.


Remember Dads and Grandpas on Father’s Day. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19 this year. If you have any fun gift ideas for Dads and Grandpas, please share them in the comments. I’m always on the hunt for some creative gift ideas for the men in my life.


Decorate the inside of your home for summer. (More ideas on this one coming soon!)


Let go of something that’s weighing you down. Remember the ABD’s of decluttering: Always be decluttering! This month, let go of at least one thing that’s been weighing you down. You’ll feel lighter and your home will look better, too!


Here is the PDF for this month's checklist:  June-checklist. (You will need Adobe Reader to open the file. You can get that here: What’s on your to-do list this month? Please leave me a comment and let me know. I’d love to hear from you. :)

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