– Make sure you have a buddy
– Always schedule it
– Start off slowly and break down tasks into chunks
– Give yourself rewards for accomplishing things like a break, buying something with the money you got for consignment, taking a walk, wine, etc.
– Declutter before you bring in organizing items
– Categorize them by age to first declutter items that are no longer appropriate for your kids’ age range
– Decide what your child is playing with at that time and make it most accessible
– Group like items together
– Store toys in categories that make sense for your child and how they play
– Add a label to bins that is a picture vs. words so that you child can figure out what can be found/what goes inside
– Make it a game. For example, put on a timer and race to see how many toys can be added to a bin
– Have them do tasks on their level with you. You know your children best so work with them on hanging things up, putting toys in bins, etc.
– Make it a way of life vs. a one time event
– Get them involved by having them pick out the bin to contain their dolls, have them color a label, etc.
– Clear shoe box bins: these can be used for anything and everything
– Hanging sweater bins: they help to maximize the vertical spaces in closets
– Drawer inserts: these contain everything necessary and divide things so it makes it easier to find things
– Hanging travel file for paper: I like to hang paper in file folders vs. piling so you can see what you have