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Category: Organization
Posted May 11, 2023 by Andrea Garone

Organization for 70’s & 80’s Kids

Blame it on a 90’s love of Tetris, but organizing just gives me all the feels.

Every piece fitting in it’s right place… Clearing that line…. Tetris just brings me back to that first feeling of “oh yeah!” when you know everything is going right where it belongs. A messy home = a messy mind.

Have you ever noticed after an unusually long and busy week that you just feel off? Maybe you’re behind on laundry, you don’t know what to make for dinner, and that endless pile of school papers and mail are staring you down??? Ugggghhhh!!!!

Our mental and emotional state are DIRECTLY affected by our outward appearances- by both personal and our surroundings. Now, don’t feel bad if you’re having a bad hair day (trust me, I have curly hair). This is me telling you to stop and take two minutes to look around before you get to the end of the week and everything is out of control.

A messy home = a messy mind. We’re all busy- work, kids, spouses… do I even dare throw in time for friends?

These are the “AG Approved” simple practices that can help you keep everything in check.

  1. EVERYTHING must have a home. Putting things in their homes helps you find things, helps kids remember how things are put away, and lets you know when it’s time to purge.
  2. Find ways for your family members to help. (You’re no one’s servant!) Using a broom, fluffing couch cushions, putting toys & shoes away are all things kids can handle. It’s also a great lesson for the kids on having pride of ownership.
  3. Clothes don’t go on the floor at the end of the day. Hamper. Hung. Or Folded and put away.
  4. Do not start another load of laundry without putting the last load away or at least folding it.  I’m being serious about this.
  5. Purge when your kids aren’t home. (No explanation needed).

If this seems overwhelming, start with the one simple practice and introduce a new one each week. At first it will take a few reminders, but eventually it will become a habit. Before you know it, you’ll be throwing your feet up on the weekend instead of that pile of papers.

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