What to do with your kids

What to do with your kids

Adult woman with child organize with your kids

Yes, sometimes it seems like an impossible task to maintain an organized home when you have kids. Teaching your children how to keep a neat home is an important part of growing up. The habits they learn from organizing with you will stick with them throughout their life! Many of our clients tell me that their Mom used to throw their stuff out for them. Those clients never learned how to let go of things. Organizing is a learned skill. Your kids won’t be perfect at it the first few times they try to let go of things. Keep at it!

These are the strategies I use when organizing with my kids. Organizing with kids can seem chaotic, but using the acronym I CARE helps keep everyone on task! 

I CARE system for organizing


Start with setting goals together. Everyone is unique and has their own ideas of what being “organized” means. Take the time to ask your kids questions and find out what they think! 

Do they want more space to play? Do they want to be able to see all the toys they love, instead of having to dig through a bin full of toys they like and toys they don’t? If your kids understand why they’re organizing, it will be easier to motivate them.



Look at the items you have, and divide them into “Let go of” and “Keep” categories.

Let go of clothing that your kids have outgrown, and toys they don’t play with anymore. 

Finding and letting go of clothes that don’t fit anymore is pretty simple, but toys are a bit more complicated. It’s a good time to teach your kids about using resources wisely and not being wasteful. Show them that toys that aren’t broken can be donated. They often have an easier time letting go of old toys if they know someone else will play with them and take care of them.

If you’re having difficulty deciding when to let go of toys, make a place for things you know your child isn’t playing with regularly. Suggest to them that if they haven’t played with a toy again by the next time you go through their toys, then someone else could use it. 

Keep things that are still useful or well-loved. Toys that are played with, clothes that fit, and items that are necessary for schoolwork are all worth keeping.

assign home

Assign Homes

Children have different organizational needs from adults. They’re short, and not very strong, so it’s best to keep things that they need access to lower to the ground, and in smaller containers. That way they can grab what they need by themselves (and return it later!)

Keep like with like—books with books, cereal with cereal, and so on. I always advocate using labels, especially on containers that aren’t see-through. For kids, these can be written labels, or pictures for younger ones.

To keep things simple, it’s a good idea to rotate toys for younger children. Rotating should be between different types of toys. Instead of having three tricycles, you could have a tricycle, a ball, and a hula hoop that they rotate through. This cuts down on duplicate toys, and encourages development of different motor skills!

I recommend keeping toys in their bedrooms. That way they have access to what they need easily, and you can have some grownup space at the end of the day.


Be realistic about the space you have and how much can really fit in your home. At the end of the day, kids don’t need more stuff, they need love and attention!

Easy to Maintain

When it comes to organizing with children, Maria Montessori had it right: have one home that is in easy reach for each item. This makes it easy to take out, and easy to put back. The simpler it is to clean up, the more likely your child will enjoy doing it. Use vertical space and shelving that’s easy for them to access.

At the end of the day use a basket to collect toys and put them back where they belong (in your child’s bedroom), so you can have space for yourself after the kids are in bed.

Bear in a basket - Easy to maintain

Prioritizing Action Items to Reduce Paperwork!

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Let’s talk about prioritizing action items!

Action Items

Action items are a type of paperwork that needs attention, like reminders of appointments, or a bill that’s coming due.

One common mistake people make when organizing their paperwork is keeping action items out to help them remember. Put away the paper and keep the reminder. Keeping an action item on your desk leads to clutter. Have a specific place for action items, so you know where to look for them when it is time to take that action.

Have a reminder system in place. You can set a reminder on your phone, write it in a paper planner, or use one of the action item systems below, and put the paper away.

Use the 2-minute rule – if it will take less than 2 minutes to do it, do it now. It’s not worth your time to file it. Set the reminder, and find it again – just do it!


5 Tips to Stay on Top of Business Paperwork

Organizing business paperwork takes dedication and consistency, but once you have systems in place and you (and your employees) use them, it becomes a routine part of business life. Here are my ways to make organizing business paperwork go more smoothly.

1. Shred it and Forget it

When paperwork is past its “keep until” date, shred it if it has personal information. If you have a small business you may be fine with a small shredder. For larger businesses, there are also services like Shred-It that pick up shreddable materials and turn them into recycled paper. 

2. New Year, New Folders

At the beginning of your financial year, create new folders you can use throughout the year. Keep in mind the 5-20 rule! Any folder with fewer than 5 items in it should be combined with another, and any folder with more than 20 should be subdivided into other folders. This streamlines searching for documents, saving you time and money!  


My Favorite Way to Sort Paperwork

Use the acronym RAFTS to sort paperwork!

Why organize your paperwork? Organizing your paperwork clears piles of paper cluttering your space, helps you find information efficiently, keeps you on top of bills and to-dos, and avoids late fees, missed deadlines, and wasting time. Organize your paperwork to reduce stress, have a clear mind, and focus on what matters.

The first step toward fully organized paperwork is to sort. When I am clearing someone’s desk, we use use RAFTS to sort paperwork. What does RAFTS stand for?


Review Your Business Regularly to Stay on Track!

Review your business regularly to stay on track!

Reviewing each aspect of your business on a regular basis is an essential part of success! The longer you track your KPIs, the better they can inform what goals you can reach for next. 

What to Review: The Seven Essential Elements

Every business is a unique combination of the Seven Essential Elements, which are:

  • Business Development
  • Financial
  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Operations, and
  • Sales

When to Review

Daily/Weekly: Elements of your business that change or fluctuate frequently need to be reviewed more often, like sales, marketing, business development, some financial aspects, and operations. If you make lots of small sales, reviewing each day may be the best way to go. You can also review daily AND weekly, to see small and large trends in your sales. 

Monthly/Quarterly/Yearly: These reviews are where you capture big-picture information, and are especially useful in the business development, overall financial planning, human resources, and legal elements of your business. 

Note that there’s some overlap between the categories! Daily or weekly financial reviews can give you information about day-to-day sales, while an annual review of your business finances can give you data you can compare to previous years, and help make projections for next year.


7 Space-Saving Closet Tools

Maximize your closet with these space-saving closet tools!

Storing your clothing and accessories in a way that makes them easy to access and put away is pretty much the goal of this entire series of posts! No matter your closet style, no matter what you store in your closet, I want to make your life EASIER. Here are my tips for choosing the right closet storage tools for you.

Remember: whenever possible, use or repurpose any closet storage tools you already have on hand. Decluttering your closet only to clutter it back up with organizers is not the goal here, and using or repurposing what you have makes economical and ecological sense.

Shoe Organizers

Shoes do not belong in piles! It makes them hard to find and easy to damage. The cheapest option is to keep them in their original shoe box. They’re stackable, fairly sturdy, and you can use a written label or picture on the front to identify which shoes are where. Shoe organizers are usually better space-savers. Check out this one made of recycled plastic bottles!