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Don’t put that down!

Look around? Do you see coffee mugs on the table, your desk, or dishes on the counter? How about are you using your treadmill as an extra valet? Do you want an easy tip to cut that clutter out?

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Photo by Alejandra Parejo

You need to implement the one touch rule.

What is the one touch rule?

 

Easy. If you have something in your hand ~  take it where it belongs. Don’t put it down.

We recently talked about laundry. Fold it when you take it out of the dryer and put it away. How about when you and come home from work or school and you change clothes? Hang them up or put them in the laundry basket. Don’t throw them on the bed or your exercise equipment. Touch them one time. If you toss them on the bed you have to come back a second time and put them away.

Let’s talk about dishes. Don’t leave them sitting around. Don’t put them in the sink, immediately put them in the dishwasher.

Who is guilty of leaving an unfinished craft project on the table? How about ingredients all over the kitchen when cooking or baking?

When you use something ~ put it back. Touch it one time.

This applies to your entire family. Kids too.

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Photo by  Danielle MacInnes

The Parent Coach, Susan Stiffelman at the Huffington Post suggests the following:

  • “Establish that no new toys can be taken out until whatever has been played with has been put away. Kindly remind your daughter if she forgets. And by all means, do not clean up her messes. If you cave in and do the job for her, you will have taught her that if she whines or procrastinates long enough, she won’t have to take responsibility. Acknowledge that you understand that she’d rather not put away her paints, or that it looks like it will take forever. By letting her feel heard and understood, you’ll ensure that her upset will dissolve more quickly — and help her accept that she simply has to get the job done.”

  • Start by resetting the rules. Explain to your kids that you’ve made some new decisions about cleaning up, and you want to share them so that everyone knows what to expect. “When you’re finished playing with something, it’s important that you put it away completely before you move on to something else. If you forget, I’ll remind you once. If you still forget, that particular toy will go in a special box for a month.” Some parents tell their children that toys that are left out will be given away. Decide how harsh you want to be — but make sure that you follow through. If you deliver meaningless threats in the heat of the moment, your child won’t take you seriously.

  • Break a big job down into bite-sized steps. Help your children work in manageable increments if they have a lot to clean up. “Start by putting away anything with red on it … or anything made of plastic … or whatever is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.” This will help them learn that, little by little, they can get a big job done — whether it’s cleaning up a physical mess, working on a complex report or organizing a research project.”

For more of Susan’s tips click here

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You should have better luck with your kids.

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Don’t put that down!

 

Look around? Do you see coffee mugs on the table, your desk, or dishes on the counter? How about are you using your treadmill as an extra valet? Do you want an easy tip to cut that clutter out?

Alejandra Parejo- Cup photo-1448632055520-5180f82474e2
Photo by Alejandra Parejo

You need to implement the one touch rule.

What is the one touch rule?

 

Easy. If you have something in your hand ~  take it where it belongs. Don’t put it down.

We recently talked about laundry. Fold it when you take it out of the dryer and put it away. How about when you and come home from work or school and you change clothes? Hang them up or put them in the laundry basket. Don’t throw them on the bed or your exercise equipment. Touch them one time. If you toss them on the bed you have to come back a second time and put them away.

Let’s talk about dishes. Don’t leave them sitting around. Don’t put them in the sink, immediately put them in the dishwasher.

Who is guilty of leaving an unfinished craft project on the table? How about ingredients all over the kitchen when cooking or baking?

When you use something ~ put it back. Touch it one time.

This applies to your entire family. Kids too.

Danielle MacInnes photo-1455815152231-be9c88eb7468
Photo by  Danielle MacInnes

The Parent Coach, Susan Stiffelman at the Huffington Post suggests the following:

  • “Establish that no new toys can be taken out until whatever has been played with has been put away. Kindly remind your daughter if she forgets. And by all means, do not clean up her messes. If you cave in and do the job for her, you will have taught her that if she whines or procrastinates long enough, she won’t have to take responsibility. Acknowledge that you understand that she’d rather not put away her paints, or that it looks like it will take forever. By letting her feel heard and understood, you’ll ensure that her upset will dissolve more quickly — and help her accept that she simply has to get the job done.”

  • Start by resetting the rules. Explain to your kids that you’ve made some new decisions about cleaning up, and you want to share them so that everyone knows what to expect. “When you’re finished playing with something, it’s important that you put it away completely before you move on to something else. If you forget, I’ll remind you once. If you still forget, that particular toy will go in a special box for a month.” Some parents tell their children that toys that are left out will be given away. Decide how harsh you want to be — but make sure that you follow through. If you deliver meaningless threats in the heat of the moment, your child won’t take you seriously.

  • Break a big job down into bite-sized steps. Help your children work in manageable increments if they have a lot to clean up. “Start by putting away anything with red on it … or anything made of plastic … or whatever is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.” This will help them learn that, little by little, they can get a big job done — whether it’s cleaning up a physical mess, working on a complex report or organizing a research project.”

For more of Susan’s tips click here

If only I could get the fur babies to put back their toys.

You should have better luck with your kids.

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Photo by Aaron Burden

Only Touch an Item Once

I love your feedback.

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Did you get Stacked?

 

WHAT!!!!

Ha! Got your attention.  This is a “G” rated blog.

Now lets deal with your stacks.

In many houses there are stacks of stuff that accumulate in certain areas.

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Do you have stacks of stuff on the dining table? Do you have to unearth your washer to do the laundry? You know there is a desk under there but you haven’t seen the top of it since you don’t know when?

You are not alone. To solve this problem we have to determine what is the root cause of the problem.

The why, Where and What if?

  • Where do your stacks start?
  • Why does that particular spot that attract stacks of stuff?
  • What if we changed that spot by making it easy to put stuff away or out of sight?

Let’s look at why things stack up where they do.

We had a problem at one house because the kitchen was connected to the garage and the kitchen table was right there. That table was our where as it was Perfect landing spot for mail, jackets, keys and work stuff..

Why did that happen? Because it was the first flat surface when we walked thru the door everyday. ARGH!!

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Our what if was solved by placing an antique dresser with lots of drawers in the kitchen area. We had a drawer for mail. A drawer for work papers and folders, one was perfect for keys and Mr. Man’s wallet. We added a charger station in one and that is where all the electronics went. Our stacks when in a drawer and were out of sight but easy to access every morning. It was perfect and we still had drawers for kitchen linens.

Also, in our office we strategically placed a trashcan and a shredder. I always knew where the mail was and when I was ready to deal with it. I pulled it mail out of the dresser drawer and dealt with it. Sensitive stuff was shredded immediately; trash and junk mail was easy to dispose of. We added file folders so that when those things came in we needed to keep there was a place to file them away immediately. By having a folder ready I had no excuse not to file it. I kept supplies in the file drawer so when I needed to add a folder it was easy.

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The secret to not having piles around is to find out why they happen. Then fix it. Make it easy to deal with those piles and they will not stack up on you.

Were are your Stacks and Why do thing stack up there?

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Let’s make ‘smore memories!

Are you looking to get out of town and do some camping? Escape the city or heat?

Camping can be a lot of fun and not too expensive. I have been camping since I was a tiny tot. My parents started in a tent over 55 years ago. We have camped a lot. They have camped from Florida to Alaska and everywhere in between. So not only did I learn from them but I have done my fair share of tent camping as well.

Here are a few tips that will make your camping trip more fun.

Especially for Mom.

The great thing about camping is it can be very low cost and low tech. Most everyone starts camping in a tent. You can get a used tent on Craigslist and some cheap sleeping bags. If you are going somewhere that gets chilly these will be helpful.

Don’t forget to see if you can borrow one. – Camping is one of those things that people find they either love or they don’t. Meaning camping gear is readily available pre-loved or experienced.

Camping mats make a pretty big difference, so try to get your hands on some. You may already have Foam floor mats in your kid’s playroom and they work great to cushion your tent floor.  If you don’t want to drop the cash, just throw a bunch of blankets in the car and sleep on those.

Here are a few of the things I have learned along the way:

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  1. Pool noodles on your tent guy wires – Tent Ropes are a trip hazard. So marking them with bright pool noodles or tie ribbons on them.
  2. Trash bags – You want to make sure you are not littering. Plus, you can stuff dirty clothes and wet towels in trash bags.
  3. Ziploc bags – These are so helpful for so many things.
  4. Anti bacteria wipes – You may find that you are not close to water and yes it will be dirty. You are camping for goodness sake.
  5. Hand sanitizer
  6. Bug spray – Did not you know that you don’t have to spray you skin? You can spray shoes and clothing. Be aware you need to protect against ticks and mosquitos.
  7. Sun screen – Apply early and often.
  8. Table Cloth – Remember what I said about it will be dirty. Well it will be nice to throw a clean cloth over the surface you are going to feed you family. (You can just stick in a flat sheet or a Shower Curtain if you don’t have a tablecloth.)
  9. Grab some glow sticks. You can use glow sticks in the cooler to see what is there without using a flashlight. Plus you can use glow sticks in water bottles for glow in the dark bowling.
  10. Don’t forget some card games for entertainment. Uno and Rook are great for all ages.
  11. Duct tape – This can be used for anything. From a strap to a sling.
  12. Flashlights – You will need these. I recommend you have one for everyone. Trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night will be much smoother. Did you know you could turn a gallon jug of water into a lantern with a flashlight?
  13. DIY Hand washing station can be made from an old empty laundry detergent bottle.
  14. Solar lights are perfect to light the way at night. It will probably be really dark in the campground.
  15. First Aid kit – Accidents happen so be prepared.
  16. Poison plants remember: Berries White, Run in Fright, and Leaflets of Three, let it be!
  17. If you are going to have a campfire. Great fire starters can be made at home by save dryer lint in an empty toilet paper roll. Also, a pencil sharpener makes excellent shavings to start a fire.
  18. Matches or a lighter. Don’t want Dad to have to rub sticks together to build a fire.
  19. Freeze gallon jugs of water. Bonus Ice and water when it thaws. Also you foodstuff will not be soggy and wet in the cooler.
  20. You can use a shoe organizer to keep you kitchen/cooking items together and off of the ground.
  21. Store your utensils in a plastic Pencil box.
  22. I strongly suggest you use disposable paper products for your camping trip. You will have enough to keep up with and do without adding dishes to the mix.
  23. Large plastic storage totes with lids are great for keeping everything together.
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MEAL THOUGHTS

  • Store your spices in a straw. Singe the end of a straw fill with your spice and singe the open end. Cut open when you are ready to use. Easy to re-singe and seal. Or Empty Tic-Tac boxes make the perfect traveling boxes for spices.
  • Prepare snacks that don’t need to be chilled before you leave home. Fill a bin with your of pre-measured snacks.
  • Crack your eggs and put them in a plastic bottle. Easy transport and easy to scramble.
  • Omelets in a bag or jar – prep all at home and mix together in a bag or a jar. Easy peasy breakfast is ready to cook. No fuss no muss. You can even put the bags in boiling water to cook.
  • No bowls cereal. Solo cup, Ziploc bag with cereal. Put Ziploc the bag in the cup, add milk – easy breakfast. Easy clean up – just toss the bag and you can reuse the cup.
  • Walking Taco’s – open a snack size Doritos or Frito’s and your standard taco fixings right in the bag. Prepare you all your fixings at home and store them in Ziploc bags for easy prep.
  • Hobo packs – almost anything can be cooked in foil on the campfire.

Buzz Feed has great camping meals here is the link. click here

Don’t feel like you have to make big meals. Hot dogs are the perfect camping food. Pork and beans travel well. You can put the can on the fire, just make sure you open that can first. Everything tastes better when cooked and eaten outside.

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Don’t forget the ‘smores! Let the family have junk food.

My Mother’s best tip is if you are going to a campground with electricity, you may find that an electric skillet will be your friend. You can cook every thing in it, plus it’s only one thing to pack.

If this is your first camping trip, make reservations and don’t go too far. Be flexible and have fun. You are making memories that will stay with your family forever.

Remember it’s only a few days and they will go fast. Your kids will LOVE it!!

Schools out, summers in, let the drama stop and the fun begin.

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The secret to no nagging!

 

You have chores that you have to do every day.   In my house it is feed the dog, give them fresh water, brush my teeth, get dressed and the list goes on.

In your house you have your things you do too. You probably repeat the same daily tasks at your work. Maybe you have to make coffee, open blinds, check email, process snail mail, appointments, return calls, make calls or whatever.

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If you have a list with assigned chores no one can say they didn’t know they needed to do that.

No more you child saying, “You didn’t tell me to take out the trash.”

More importantly a list with assigned chores will keep you from having to nag to get them done.

Every child can be involved. They need structure and it helps them gain good habits. Just tailor your chore list to your child’s age and ability.

By having a list they can check off their chores. You know how good it feels to check something off of your list. Well your children will gain that same satisfaction.

You are teaching life lessons that will follow them well into adulthood. When they are on their own they will be able to recall those habits and the structure you provided them.
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If you’d like a complete customizable printable daily/weekly chore list, you can download one from Bakerette.com or try

All over Pinterest and the Internet there are lists. This is a list from Sara Mueller. https://www.pinterest.com/sarahsmueller/chore-charts/

I am sure you can find one that is  customizable for your specific needs.

DAILY MUST-DOS TO KEEP THE BEE HIVE RESPECTABLE

  1. Clean the sinks and toilet the bathrooms. I each do a bathroom in the morning.
  2. Vacuum public areas – Mr. Man’s morning chore.
  3. Unload the dishwasher and take out the trash (morning Mr. Man’s).
  4. Do a load of laundry.
  5. Clean up clutter.
  6. Load and run the dishwasher (evening).
  7. Take out trash (Mr. Man’s job).
  8. Clean up clutter (before bed).

For us doing these eight things every day keeps our hive in a respectable condition.

I still do a deep cleaning on a regular basis.

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Do you have messy Drawers?

Junk drawers by definition:

To cast aside as junk; discard as no longer of use; scrap.

 Would you agree it stands to reason that having a Junk drawer is generally a bad idea. It is the place you toss you unused, no place assigned for scraps or CRAP.

But seriously how many hours you have wasted searching in that mess of chaos drawer over the past year?

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Junk Drawers

Don’t feel bad everyone has one. I have one.

Call it what you want; junk drawer, catchall, crap drawer, drawer for miscellaneous stuff that I need but not often, or as one of my client called hers “an archive of life”.

What ever you call it the trick is to  limit it to one such drawer and make cleaning it out a regular chore. Don’t allow junk to creep out of the designated drawer.

Only One Junk Drawer Allowed.

An organized junk drawer is even better. So anyone who has been reading my blog knows the drill.

Look it’s a drawer. It will not take you very long.

Empty the drawer. Sort everything in to three piles. Trash, donate and keep.

Dividers and containers make all the difference. You don’t have to have then entire drawer containerized. Just enough to make is easy to see what you have.

Good job. See that did not take long.

Now that you have it organized think of all the time you will be saving.

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Time

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It is time to take back your time!

Clutter steals your time.

Don’t believe me?  Do you have time to be searching for your keys?  That bill that is due today?  Your favorite shoe?

The following is a list of frequently lost items

Socks – where does that other sock go?

Chap Stick – Buying a new chapstick weekly has become an American pastime.

Headphones – Is this your go to excuse not to go to the gym?

Nail Clippers – Where the heck did those go?

Cell Phone –  Begin the freak out.

Credit Cards – I don’t even want to know what kind of a weekend you had.  LOL

Blame that time loss on Clutter.

Ain’t Nobody got time for that!

 

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MUG SHOT

Do you have a shelf full of Travel Mugs?

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You know ones from your gas station.

Do you have yet another mug from your local coffee shop?

How about the one you were given for your birthday how many years ago?

First of all how many of them are missing their lids?travel-lid-6-2

You do understand a travel mug without a lid is just a mug.

Second. You know you don’t use all of them. Some will not fit in your auto’s cup holder. ARGH!! So then you try to drive and juggle your coffee.

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So you know what to do….

Clear them all out. Empty the shelf.

No Lid…. It’s not coming back.

Wrong size? Let it go.

Doesn’t keep hot beverages hot or cold beverages cold.. Trash or donate.

Now put back what made the cut with the lids on them.

That way tomorrow when you grab a mug to make a to-go coffee you will not have to search for the lid.

You are welcome for the time saved. Heck you might just get a promotion at work since you will be on time.

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