Blog: An Organization Diet -- Lose the clutter and drop the weight
Diving into kids bedroom clutter
Welcome to week 11 on the Organization Diet! For those of you who have kept up with the program since week 1 back in January, I know you are feeling better, more in control of your home, lighter and happier because many of you have been emailing me! Congrats to you all so far! Keep the momentum going. For those new to the program, I would suggest you start with the current week and keep going until we wrap it up at about week 15 and then log onto this website and click previous blogs for The Organization Diet and scroll back to week 1 on January 8 and pick up from there. I might also suggest you go ahead and take a peek at week 1 blog to review the basics of the program for a better understanding.
The primary premise is to complete a couple of diet or organization 'assignments' each week. I ask you to write the assignments on an index card and keep the card out on your counter until the task is completed. Keep in mind, now, in week 11 of the program, there are 18 base cards on the program that you need to complete everyday, including 8 'drink 8 oz of water' cards, etc.
This week, we will be diving into our kid's bedrooms or any guest room you might have in your home. Rooms that we sometimes like to just keep the doors shut and not spend a lot of our own time in. If you have a few bedrooms, aside from the master bedroom, be sure to schedule a particular day this week for each room, so you can concentrate on just one of the rooms per day. If your kids are of an age that they can help you, I would suggest involving them in the process. Ask them which are their favorite toys. Limit the amount of toys kept in the bedroom. Think of their rooms in zones: sleeping zone, changing zone, homework zone, reading zone, playtime zone, etc…keeping all items that belong within a particular zone within that zone area of the room. And by all means, get rid of old toys, old clothes, old socks…removing bedroom clutter will open up your kids' rooms immensely! If you have a child that is unwilling to part with any of her things, I would strongly suggest you try working with her the best you can and then take advantage of school hours to 'help her' pack up some old clutter and removing it from the room. If she misses something, she can retrieve it from the box down in the basement, playroom or storage area, but if she doesn't, than at some point you can point out to her that she has proven she is no longer emotionally attached to those things. This can be a good life lesson to kids that hold onto things far too long at the cost of energy draining clutter surrounding them.
This week's clutter critter to exterminate: old toys and no longer used sports and exercise equipment. Good luck! Happy clearing! And please email me with your progress and comments:
posted on: 3/18/2008 12:30:00 PM by Lisa Lelas
category: Special Populations
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Lisa Lelas is an author, life coach, professional organizer and speaker on the subject of simplifying, enhancing and organizing one's life. The owner of Life Styling, in Guilford, on the Connecticut Shoreline, Lisa has been featured on Oprah Winfrey, the Today Show, NBC news, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal and more. She is the creator/host of the country's first daily talk radio feature "The Organizing Minute" and has come to be known in New England as "the organizing lady" from her many regular segments on local TV network affiliates, radio & the press. Lisa is the author of the bestselling 'Simple Steps: 10 Weeks to Getting Control of Your Life', 'Simple Steps for Every Holiday', Simple Steps Audio-book (6 CD set), an all new Simple Steps wall calendar 2008, and creator of a retail line of floral hand painted and collaged organizing bins called 'Blooming Bins'. Lisa lives in Guilford, CT with her husband, John, two daughters, Lindsay 10 and Lexy 8 and her very spoiled, very cute maltese dog, Daisy!