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Get Your Kids to De-Clutter

Guest contributor Lorraine Brock shares some innovative ways to get your children to help your family get organized!

thumbnailCAJZV45O.jpgDo you often find yourself unmotivated or unsure of where to start when it comes to organizing? You look at your cluttered garage or those piles of papers and you freeze in your tracks.

Part of getting organized is delegating responsibilities to others in your family. Then, you have the time to do some clutter reduction. Often the women of the home seem to bear the burden of being the CPO - Chief Purchasing Officer, caterer, gardener, chef, chauffer, teacher, and the list goes on. Unless you don't require any sleep, something has to give!

I find time to stay organized by handing off some of the basic responsibilities of my home to my kids. It not only helps me, but it teaches my boys some much-needed domestic skills their future wives will appreciate.

Kids can start learning age appropriate chores by the time they are 2 and 3 years old. Things like helping to make their bed, picking up toys/books, taking dirty clothes to the laundry room, feeding pets, and dusting with a sock on their hands.

thumbnailCAY9AQA5.jpgIf you are extremely overwhelmed and unorganized, you might consider having a professional organizer work in your home bi-weekly or monthly. Instead of just surface cleaning like a cleaning service would do; maintenance organizing consists of filing your piles of papers, cleaning, clearing off, and re-organizing clutter behind doors and on your counter tops. Organizers work to insure that everything has a proper place.

Maybe you have projects that go undone, kids that don't contribute to household responsibilities, or a spouse that creates clutter. No matter what your particular situation, delegating responsibilities will free up some of your time. Then you can use that extra time to get organized.

If you're interested in receiving a list of Age Appropriate Chores for your kids, contact me via email at Lorraine@getorganized.ws. These are just a few ideas that will get your mind thinking of other responsibilities around the home. Each home is uniquely different and there are many ways each person in your household can help.

Check back in two weeks for my next "Get Organized" blog. I will help you prioritize and schedule the chores you have decided to share with others in your household.

Happy Choring!

IMG_3957_retouched.jpgLorraine Brock is a professional organizer, family coach, speaker, and founder and owner of "Get Organized!" "Get Organized!" is a professional organizing company in the Dallas, Texas area. "Get Organized!" specializes in organizing and de-cluttering homes as well as implementing systems in the home for better family management.

A popular media guest, Lorraine has appeared on Dallas' two top morning television shows: Good Morning Texas and Good Day Fox, and has been featured on various radio outlets. She has been hallmarked in many local, regional, and national print and online magazines, such as the Dallas Morning News, The North Texas Kids Magazine, SheKnows.com, and Daily Candy Kids. To get more helpful advice from Lorraine, visit her blog Get Organized!

Posted in: Blog, The Go Mom on 09/05/2010

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