Organizing Tips for August
Summer is moving on. This month we
are concentrating our organizing on Toys and Electronics
Back to School
items are now on sale and families are getting kids ready for a new year at
college or school. Take advantage of
great bargains on those supplies not just for the kids but for you home and office,
etc. In Virginia we also have a tax free weekend the
first weekend of August on many of those items.
With that in
mind, we need to make space for new items.
Here are some tips to guide you along the way.
- Children learn from their toys but there should be
limits on how many they own and how many they can have out at one
time. Decide what that will be
ahead of time and stick to it.
Encourage relatives and friends to give clutter free gifts to your
- Toys should be more difficult to get out than put
away. Books that are stored upright
on a shelf are easy to pull out and more difficult to put back in
order. A better choice would be a
dishpan, bucket or basket that makes the child look for the book he wants
but will be easy for him to drop it back in when
he is done with it.
- Depending on the age of the child, most toys should
be kept in open bins arranged in cubes or shelves and labeled so that
clean up easy. Picture labels can
be used for toddlers and large word labels for children learning to read.
- Some special toys or games can be stored on a higher
shelf where only a parent can reach it as a reward or incentive for
cooperation, responsibility, etc.
- Hanging pockets and plastic stacking drawers are good
choices for small toys such as doll clothes, matchbox cars or train
- Puzzles should be kept in their original box. The corners may need to be reinforced
with clear tape. Another choice is
zip lock bags with the picture included.
Color code the backs of the pieces for each puzzle with markers or
crayons. Then the correct pieces can be returned to the proper box if more
than one puzzle is out at a time.
storage options are over the window shelving to display some collectible
toys, corner nets to hold stuffed animals and totes on wheels to transport toys that can be taken to
other rooms temporarily and under the bed roll out containers or drawers.
families have electronic gadgets all over the house. We even take our cell phones with us out of the house. Here are some tips to help manage and
each end of cables and cords that they use. A label maker or write on tape can be
used to place the name of the electronic.
This makes it easy to identify when many cables are attached to
power strips or if they are stored together when not in use.
unused electronics with their cables, power cords, etc. Best Buy and other stores will give you
a receipt for tax donations purposes.
If you are concerned about privacy, have the in-store geeks clean
them while you watch. If you can
locate and identify the storage disk in them and know how to remove the
data, you can do that yourself before donations.
the urge to have the latest and greatest technology. In a few months it will be replace by
yet another upgrade. Try waiting
until your current gadget is no longer usable.
remotes in one room to one basket or box. Since many televisions are used
for VHS, DVD, and several electronic games, lable the remotes with the
name of the item they control.
the manuals near the electronics if possible. Other manuals, receipts, etc. should be
filed in the household reference files until the electronics are disposed.
the accumulation of cables for one device in baskets that can be secured
under the device. Some will attach
under the table top, shelf or desk.
Look online for specific models.
This makes cleaning around the device much easier, especially if
they touch the floor.
the ultimate challenge, eliminate the TV, electronic reader and games, and
the cell phone for anything but calling for one day. You may have extra time to do the things
you never had time to do.