Category Archives: Children & Teenagers

Kids, Trees and Organizing

I live in Connecticut. This means trees… everywhere. Recently, it has occurred to me that dealing with trees is similar to rearing children. Here are some lessons I’ve learned by observing trees and kids…   TREES AND KIDS ARE MESSY Come early May, trees around here make their presence known. We start to see a lot

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Kids, Clutter, and Christmas Gifts

Most parents & grandparents enjoy giving gifts to little ones at the holidays. Isn’t that wonderful? Generosity is a tangible way to express love. However, many people feel that their space is already overcrowded, and the idea of bringing in more “stuff” is unsettling. Furthermore, when a large number of friends and family members contribute, it

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Organizing By Age

If you have children, you may wonder how to involve them in getting and staying organized. Here are a few ideas of what you can do by age. PRESCHOOL (age 2-5) Preschoolers are still developing basic skills, so the idea at this age is you lead, they follow. Adults can: Set up the systems. Assign a “home”

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HELP! The School Year’s Coming

Every August the commercials begin… “back to school” is everywhere you look. This time may bring mixed feelings, but regardless of how you may feel, it’s important to be intentional in how you act. A bit of planning can ease the transition to a new schedule and maximize everyone’s productivity. If there are students in

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Teens and Clothes

If you have teenagers, you know that clothing and neatness rarely coincide. Guys tend to have mountains of clothes needing laundering (sports uniforms, gym clothes, the favorite pair of sweatpants…) Girls tend to try on clothes and drop them where they fall. This isn’t an easy place for adults and teens to find common ground.

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