Garage sale, tag sale, yard sale--whatever you call it, the garage or yard sale is part and parcel of the American way of life. On sunny weekend mornings, slow-moving cars ("I brake for yard sales!") circle suburban neighborhoods as their occupants hunt baby toys and panini makers, auto parts and cocktail shakers.
If you're in active declutter mode, the next stop is your house! A yard sale can clear clutter and score some cash, but it helps to have a road map. Getting organized for a garage sale can mean more money and less stress.
When it comes to kids and housework, the blasted terrain is familiar: a dirty house, balky children, and frazzled, frustrated parents.
Tired parents try it all, from chore charts to screaming fits. Canny children engage in housework sabotage, selective hearing or childish irresponsibility to duck assignments. The noise levels--and stress levels--rise along with the stacks of dishes.
How to negotiate a peace on the issue of children and chores? Try these family-tested strategies to calm the conflict and gain the goal: More »
It's the battle cry of millions of parents: "Clean your room!" Will it ring out in your house today?
Seasonal events like birthdays, the holidays or a new school year bring fresh motivation to the drive to get kids organized--and nowhere is the battleground more intense than in the children's bedrooms.
How do you help your child organize and clean up life in the bedroom?
Try these eight easy organization strategies to calm clutter and bring order to kids' rooms: More »
Ready to Spring forward? Time Change Sunday is on the way!
On Sunday, March 10, Daylight Savings Time will begin in most of the United States.
Setting the clock forward means it's time for a seasonal safety check!
As you circle the house, setting clocks ahead, make time for this short safety checklist. It'll see you into Spring from a safe--and organized--home: More »
It's the time of the season: Winter's winding down and Spring is on the horizon. Are you ready to dress for warmer weather?
A closet clean-out clears the decks for the new season and gives even the most frazzled home manager a feeling of accomplishment.
Whether in the children's closets or in your own, follow these principles for efficient, organized clothing storage: More »
Location: a master bathroom in any suburban location. Goal: a clean, uncluttered space for personal care.
Home to grooming rituals and personal care chores--and heir to all sorts of oddments and obsessions--a master bathroom can hold surprises of all sorts.
Time to cut the clutter with a session of sorting, tossing and decision-making. A simple A-B-C concept will make short work of organizing the bathroom's limited space. More »
Blooming bulbs and Spring breezes signal that warmer weather is on the way.
Sure, many of us will do an all-out session of Spring cleaning, but even small, simple jobs can bring the season's freshness inside.
Shake the winter doldrums out of your organized home with these five easy ideas to swing into Spring: More »
The tax man cometh, and cometh soon! Do you know where your tax records are?
Chances are, they're swimming in a stack of paper ... somewhere.
Rafts of paper flood into the average home each day. The mailbox discharges letters and bills and bank statements. Briefcases explode with professional journals, pay stubs and calendars. School backpacks unload children's artwork, meeting notices and sports schedules.
Paper clutter costs money, time and stress. A missing permission slip derails the entire family on the way out the door. Hide-and-seek bills lead to late payment fees. Lose the roster, and it's back to the Yellow Pages each time you need to contact the soccer car pool.
Without a plan for paper management, a household can drown in a rising tide of paper. Take back your time with these simple tips to pull the plug on paper clutter. More »