Keeping a perfectly organized house can be a challenge with
children, but you can easily have a "sort of" organized home.
Joetta Tucker, professional organizer, suggests creating an "In
box" for mail and school papers. Have your kids pick up their
papers from the "Out box" after you sign them.
Mom of toddler twins, Sarah Shaw, frustrated with bath toys
overtaking her bathroom, hung a mesh bag on the wall over the
Families with multiple children of the same sex often find
clothes getting mixed up. Tucker suggests putting one small dot,
using a permanent marker, on the tag of the oldest child's clothes.
"When the child outgrows it, add a dot to the tag and hand the item
down to your second child," Tucker says.
"You can't organize clutter; you can only get rid of it," says
Marla Cilley, the "Flylady" who shares her organizational
strategies on her Web site, www.flylady.net.
"When your child sees you making your bed, she is going to try
to make her bed, too. Don't allow your perfectionism to get in the
way of her following you. Don't go back and redo how she made her
bed," suggests Cilley.
Pick the few areas of your house to focus your organizational
efforts on. For example, if having a tidy laundry room makes you
more productive, then spend a few minutes every day straightening
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