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Simple tips to organize your home

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Published on December 21, 2010 with No Comments

Frequently throughout the year, many resolve to become more organized. But the next day, they look around their homes and see the piles of paper on the coffee table, the coats, toys and shoes scattered around the house, and the remains of their holiday decorations. Organizing the house, it seems, can wait a few weeks.

But there is no reason to feel overwhelmed by a task that is, after all, intended to make lives easier. Here are some tips for those looking to make their homes run more smoothly:

ïTake it one room at a time. Clear a space in the room you want to organize. Place all unorganized items, like magazines, books, DVDs and remote controls, in one space, so you can categorize the items before storing them in their appropriate bins and cabinets.

ïThrow things out, and be ruthless. Do not waste your time and space on items you do not need. Toss out or recycle old magazines and papers. Donate outgrown or unwanted clothes and toys, as well as other household items, like the fondue set you never use.

ïFind unused space. Your home probably has more storage space than you think. For example, decorative under-bed storage boxes allow you to use every inch of available space.

ïTeach the children to clean up after themselves. Make organizing a game by making “special” spaces. For example, children might remember to hang up their coats and scarves if they have their own, fun coat hooks. Company Kids makes coat hooks shaped like flowers, ponies, pirates, trains and safari animals.

ïTeach children to use storage areas. Try clearing a space in your entertainment unit for your children’s movies and video games. For toys, use colorful bins, like the Kendall Storage Collection, to separate hard toys from plush and put away arts and crafts supplies.

ïDesignate spaces for different activities. For example, all board games, entertainment units and DVDs should be in the same area. This will help keep items from being scattered throughout the house.

ïCreate a master calendar for the family. Put it on the refrigerator or beside the computer desk. Time management is an important skill, and kids should learn it early.

ïMake cleaning and organizing a family affair. After all, your family helps make the clutter, so they should help organize it, too.

For more information, visit www.companykids.com.

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