Episode 024: Summer Organizing Routines

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in Podcast, Summer Organization

  • Today we are kicking off our Summer Simplification series
  • Our topic of the day is Summer Routines
  • How do you shift gears during the summer? What does that mean for your routine?
  • How do you get the kids involved? Do they have chores? Are you more relaxed or more stressed?
  • Summer is a great time to focus on projects
  • If you need help staying on track download our 30-day checklist found on the home page of my website
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  • Tune in next week when we’ll be talking about packing for summer vacation-don’t miss it!

30 Day Kids Organizing Challenge

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Kids Organization, Summer Organization

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Two summers ago I launched a kids 30 day summer organizing challenge.

The idea came to me as was looking at my now 12 year olds “hoarder-ish” room and realized she needed an action plan to get organized.

Like many kids, Logan often struggles with staying on task, so creating a checklist with daily challenges was an effective way to keep her motivated and focused.

Each activity is simple, quick and requires minimal supervision (woo-hoo!). The challenges range from donating 10 stuffed animals, to unloading the dishwasher.

The goal is to teach 3 things:

1. Independence
2. Accountability
3. Responsibility

Although you can apply the list throughout the year, I loved the idea of implementing it during the summer months when my kids had more downtime.

I’ve geared the tasks to school age kids, but anyone can participate; simply substitute any task that does not apply to something more appropriate. (For example, sort the mail, recycle old magazines, etc).

The point is to do something every day.

I’d love to follow your progress, so feel free to comment and share your story. I look forward to hearing from you in 30 days!

You can download the Checklist HERE:

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P.S. If you are struggling with clutter, take a moment to fill out our Clutter Quiz to see how SBO can help!

Happy Organizing!

Packing for Vacation

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Getting Organized, Quick Tips, Summer Organization

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Summer’s here!  As relaxing as vacations can be, packing is a source of stress for many people; but it doesn’t have to be. Below are 6 organizing tips to help you have a stress free vacation:


1.   MAKE A LIST.   Between work, kids, and whatever random thoughts are running through your brain, there is no way to remember every last detail unless it is written down.
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*TIP: I write every list in Evernote or Wunderlist so it’s always with me.  

2.   DON’T OVERPACK. If your vacation involves relaxing at the beach don’t waste valuable space packing dressy items that you most likely won’t wear. You also want to leave room for any add-ons you may pick up while you’re gone.

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*TIP: If you’ll have access to a washer/dryer, only pack for ½ the days you will be gone.

 3.   CORRAL YOUR CHARGERS. Between cell phones, laptops, and whatever other electronic devices are in your arsenal remembering your chargers is crucial.
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*Tip: pack a small power strip so you can charge multiple items in one central location.

 4.   GET THE KIDS INVOLVED. Depending on the ages of your children, allow them be responsible for packing whatever they can.
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*Tip: We love this one from thetalkingsuitcase.com.


 5.  PACK SNACKS. Save time and money by packing a cooler filled with bottles of water, cut up fruit, and bagged snacks to keep from having to stop as frequently. 
*Tip: keep your snack bag or cooler within reach to avoid additional stops. 

 6.  PACK A GARBAGE BAG. Separate your dirty clothes from clean ones by using a garbage bag as a hamper. Not only does this make things more organized, it makes packing to go home a lot easier.
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*Tip: As soon as you get home empty your dirty clothes into the washing machine.

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Hopefully these tips will relieve some of your stress the next time you go to pack. On that note, I am heading on vacation tomorrow. Peace out peeps!

Happy Organizing,

Laurie

30 Day Summer Organizing Challenge

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Getting Organized, Kids Organization, Summer Organization

In the spirit of keeping people motivated to organize this summer, I’ve created a 30 day summer organizing challenge.

The idea came to me as was looking at my 10 year olds “hoarder-ish” room and told her that the week we get back from vacation, it is getting sBo’d (aka: de-cluttered and organized!)  Creating a checklist with daily challenges is an easy way to keep her motivated and on-task.

Each activity is simple, quick and requires minimal supervision. The challenges range from donating 10 stuffed animals, to unloading the dishwasher.

The goal is to teach 3 things:

  1. Independence
  2. Accountability
  3. Responsibility

I’ve decided to share it with all of you so you can join along with Logan.  Although I’ve geared the tasks to school age kids, anyone can participate; simply substitute any event that does not apply to something more appropriate.  (For example, sort the mail, recycle old magazines, etc).

The point is to do something every day.

I’d love to see your progress (and so would Logan!), so feel free to comment and share your story.  I look forward to hearing from you in 30 days.

You can download the Checklist here:

30 Day Kids Organizing Challenge (2389 downloads)

Happy Organizing!

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Happy Memorial Day!

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Getting Organized, Summer Organization

For the first time in 7 years we are home for Memorial Day weekend. It feels sort of strange actually. It has been our family tradition to kick off the summer season in the Outer Banks with our beloved family friends, but with the kids getting older, it has proven more challenging to pull them out of school. This year we opted to push our vacation back a month (which turned out to be a good thing considering the cold front that is running up and down the east coast!).

Anyone who knows me will tell you that there are a few times throughout the year that I consider “new beginnings”.  Obviously, January since it literally is the start of a new year; I also consider September another start since it represents the beginning of a new school year.  The other benchmark for me is the start of summer.  For 8 weeks, routines change, priorities change, and for many-even homes change.

 

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I don’t know about you, but this has been a long winter. Everyone I talk to is speeding down the fast lane to burnout. Work is demanding, kids are overscheduled; the list is endless.

Like you, I have things on my to-do list that never get checked off, simply because I run out of time.

If you can relate, here are a few tips to help you get off the crazy treadmill of life-even if for a few weeks of summer:

1. Write it down. Writing down your goals immediately transfers them from just a “wish” to something do-able. It doesn’t have to be anything big, it could be organizing the kids toys, or your office, or finding time to take up a new hobby.

2. Create a Plan of Action of the steps you are going to take to make it happen. Saying you want to do something isn’t always enough. Developing the strategy of how you are going to tackle your project is important because it helps to keep you on track (ironically, this is the step that most often gets overlooked)

3. See what gives.  We all know that it’s impossible to add hours in the day, so in order for you to add something new to your routine, something else may have to take a back seat for a while.

4. Ask for help. Whether you are training for a marathon, learning a new instrument, or in my case, writing a book, asking for help from an expert can help to guide you in the right direction.

5. Embrace the process. We often get so caught up in the end result that we lose sight of all the hard work it takes to get us there. Reward yourself for small accomplishments like running a mile or purging your closet.

This summer, try to step off the treadmill of life to enjoy a sunset, look at the waves, or whatever makes you happy. As we all know, time flies by in what often seems like an instant.

 enjoy summer