Cleaning Challenge: Kid Clutter Solution? Toy Jail!

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New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 68

Tired of waking each morning to a sea of toys left out after yesterday's play?

Try a toy jail!

This simple concept helps train children to the put-away habit and brings an end to early-morning stumbles over Lego creations.

Designate a toy jail in today's New Year Cleaning Challenge assignment.   Read More >>

Swing into Spring: Five Easy Ways to Welcome Warm Weather

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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.   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Cut Down On Toy Clutter

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New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 66

One big obstacle to organizing children's rooms? Too many toys!

Whether it's fast food freebies, mushrooming collections or over-buying by doting grandparents (Guilty!), it's easy for children's toys to pile up well beyond their play value. How do you pull the plug on toy excess?

Try these tips to identify toy keepers, turf surplus toys, and rotate the family's toy collection to cut down on toy clutter.   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Elements of an Organized Life

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New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 61

What does it mean to be organized?

While the answer is different for every person and every household, there are four core elements of an organized life. Knowing the Core Four--and where you fall in relation to each element--is essential to craft a get-organized plan that will work for you.

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, we'll meet the Core Four. Where will you focus your get-organized energies?   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Solve A Problem, Make A Start

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New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 60

When it's time to get organized, a single success multiplies motivation.

Fixing a problem that frustrates you releases welcome energy--and it gives you concrete proof that change is possible. Over time, that purposeful start points the way to real change.

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, give yourself a double gift: tackle and solve one small, nagging problem on the home front.

Making a start is the first step to winning the race!   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Consider Where The Shoe Pinches

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New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 59

You say you want to get organized, but what does that mean, exactly?

There are as many paths to an organized home as there are households, because the meaning of "organized" is personal to each family.

Today in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, it's time to consider where the shoe pinches. Knowing what isn't working is the first step to creating a personalized path to the organized life of your dreams.   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Progress Check

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New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 58

With more than half of the New Year Cleaning Challenge completed, it's time to make a progress check.

Today, step back for a few minutes and celebrate all the changes you've made this year. Give yourself a big pat on the back for every area, large or small, that has been cleaned, decluttered and organized as you've followed along with the plan.

Next, assess your progress. Did you start strongly but found that life intervened with your plans? This is the week to refresh your motivation and renew the assault against dirt and disorder.

Fallen off the rails entirely? Hey! It happens! Review the factors that tripped you up, and remind yourself that one of the strongest indicators of successful self-change are trying, trying, and trying again.

Most of all, enjoy your home. It's the tapestry frame on which you weave your life ... so make it warm, welcoming and wonderful!