Take a minute to teach your kids

Do you wonder if you can ever teach your children how to pick up after themselves? Do you struggle to get your adolescent kids to do their chores. Why not make their chores fun and have them earn something they would enjoy as an incentive. If you start them at a young age, they will actually appreciate it and start a new good habit they will want to keep for the rest of their lives.

Call your game “Minute to Win It ” just like the TV Game Show. This game show airs on TV and has found some success with young viewers. The idea is to complete a task with in a minute and you get to move on to the next challenge. They use regular household items to compete for the big money.

At home, you can use a timer and challenge your kids for a minute to pick up as many items off their bedroom floor for instance. Another, could be to load the dishwasher in one minute with out breaking anything, of course. To list a few more ideas; try some of these yourself and have fun.  Put the groceries away, separate the laundry and start a load.  Make your beds.  All these and more chores can be incorporated into you family’s daily routine but finishing with a few laughs as well.

An organizer’s take on the Movie “Up” by Pixlar

I don’t usually recommend a movie as part of a tip for organizing but somehow Pixar’s animation “Up” has a quality of emotion that really speaks to people who are attached to their “things”.  I suggest you watch this movie.  This is our tip for today.

When trying to clear out clutter, for one reason or another it is difficult if not impossible to do it on one’s own, let alone without any motivation. We put meaning and importance on the things we own based on a memory.  We have keepsakes to remind us of the people and experiences we cherish for better or worse. With out giving the whole story away, in the movie “Up” there was a sweetness in Carl and Ellie’s relationship and who they are as a couple was easily identified with their home. They had a purpose and a plan. Among other themes, this story is about moving forward and finding a new purpose in life, just when you think you don’t have one anymore. The part to notice in this film is at the end. “Carl Fredrickson” finds that letting go of the things that dragged him back was easier because he made a choice to pursue a new goal and adventure. I simply love this movie.