Race Against the Clock

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

The May issue of Women’s Day is a must read for anyone interested in getting more organized.  You’ll find articles and tips for all areas of your life. In the article “ready, set, get organized-sneaky ways to get your family to do the housework for you” professional organizers and moms from around the country were asked to share some of their favorite tricks.

My tip is featured on page 26 and is calledRace Against the Clock:

How It Works:  Take 1 basket of toys per child (or you could use books, games, etc).  Line the baskets up side by side (leaving room for each child to spread out) and time them to see how long it takes to sort their items into 2 piles: keep and donate (and no, they can’t keep everything!)  Whoever gets done first wins!

Since the kids know they are getting timed, they don’t have time to dwell on whether or not to keep an item; it becomes instinctual and you will be amazed at how quickly your kids are willing to part with items they no longer play with.
 At the end of the exercise, each child bags up their items to be donated in addition to putting back the items they have decided to keep. 
If you repeat the game 2 or 3 times, your kids will have quickly de-cluttered and organized their room in a matter of minutes!
Important Tip:  Always remember when working with kids to make it quick and fun.

Laurie Palau

Laurie Palau is the founder of simply B organized, author of the book HOT MESS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO GETTING ORGANIZED, and host of the weekly podcast, This ORGANIZED Life. She is a go-to Organizing Expert whose advice has been featured in The New York Times Parenting Section, Family Circle, and Home + Table Magazine. Laurie can also be seen sharing tips on 6ABC,CBS Philadelphia’s Morning Show & WFMZ. She lives in Bucks County, PA with her husband, 2 daughters, and 2 dogs.

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