August 30, 2016
by Susan Hunsberger
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Newsletter August: Back-to-School Basics, Binders or Accordion Files?

Background

Another school year often means another frenzied rush to buy school supplies.  But which ones to choose?  For your supply decisions, I have constructed a chart 2084ef70-00e2-4b81-83df-eaa3dc62401ethat lists the pros and cons of three-ring binders, zippered three-ring binders, and accordion folders.  You can use this chart beforehand to help your child think through their needs. For additional reference, check out the pictures, too! 

To see the chart and read more: Click on this link to access the Organizing Tips: Back-to-School Basics: Binders or Accordion Files? – August 2016 newsletter.

September 30, 2015
by Susan Hunsberger
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Newsletter September: Kids – They’ve Got the Right Idea

Background

In the organizing world, we often talk about turning tasks into games, making the task more interesting and (not coincidentally) more motivating.  Recently, I worked alongside a *3rd grader who, with no prompting, did just that!

Our job was to organize her bedroom.  In every session “Jane” discovered ways to turn our tasks into games.  Read on to inspire your own inner organizing child!

To read more: Click on this link to access the Organizing Tips: Kids – They’ve Got the Right Idea – September 2015 newsletter.

May 23, 2013
by Susan Hunsberger
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“Mom/dad, where are my stickers?”

hannah

PROBLEM
My kids don’t put their things away. They always ask me where everything is.

SOLUTION
Have your kids decide on homes for their things. After they have decided, have them give the homes labels. Here, a 5 year old has labeled her jewelry and stickers drawers. (So nice, eh?!)

HINT
Help create the habit of putting things in their homes. At the end of each day, set a timer and see how long it takes to get everything in its home.

October 26, 2012
by Susan Hunsberger
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A Home for Backpacks

PROBLEM: My kids come in the door after school and they drop their backpacks wherever. I trip over them, they can’t remember where they left them, and it makes the house look and feel chaotic.

SOLUTION: Assign a “home” to the backpack. The home needs to have clear boundaries. Some ways to do this are to put down a carpet square, outline a space with tape (or “X” marks the spot), or hang a hook. It might take a bit of practice and time to build the habit of putting the backpack in its home, but it will be worth the effort.

HINT: Having the home close to where they put their coats is generally a good idea because then everything is in one place. They don’t have to go out of their way, which makes them happy too.

March 22, 2012
by Susan Hunsberger
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Turn Your Tasks into a Game

PROBLEM: I have a bunch of things that I don’t want to do. I keep putting them off.

SOLUTION: This idea comes from Lynne Johnson. Write each task on a card. Include a few fun tasks as well. Shuffle, then pick a card.

HINT: You might want to set up some rules for yourself. For example, I can only put a card back in the deck once.

QUESTION: Does turning annoying tasks into games help you get them done?

November 18, 2011
by Susan Hunsberger
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Really, I spent an hour surfing?!

PROBLEM: My computer sucks me in. I just want to spend a bit of time relaxing so I play Tetris or check Facebook and next thing I know an hour has passed.

SOLUTION: Decide ahead of time how much time you want to spend relaxing in front of your computer.  Then set a timer. The “ding” of the timer allows you to recognize the passage of time.

HINT: It can be helpful to set the timer for smaller chunks of time (10min.). You can chunk your time into beginning, middle, and end or play time then 10 min. warning.