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10 Ways to Trick your Family into Being Organized
by veteran organizer Hazel Thornton, out of Albuquerque, NM

The NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) list serve recently had a long discussion about how to get the rest of your family to help you keep the tidier/more organized home you desperately crave. I got permission to send you a link to a veteran organizer blog which sums it all up!

She has 10 points so please read the short paragraphs (entire article takes about 5 minutes to read so no excuses you don’t have enough time for this important topic.) Enjoy!
  • You can’t expect your family to be organized if you don’t set a good example yourself
  • Figure out what can realistically work with your family and make it easy for them
  • Be clear about the tasks expected for your children/remainder of family
  • Provide storage options that have adequate room for the items to be housed there
  • My favorite: LABEL everything!
  • Make chore time FUN
  • Schedule a weekly family meeting to find out what’s working and what’s not
  • Hold items “hostage” until chores get done — giving motivation to your child to get their game boy back!
  • Let messy family members have a space of their own as long as they keep communal areas tidy
  • Adjust your attitude and maybe consider clean in your home is more important than neat or vice versa

    10 Ways to Trick your Family into Being Organized
    Family organizedAre you the organized one in your family? Does it seem pointless to try to stay organized, with your family making messes right behind you as you go around the house tidying up? Here are some sneaky ways to get them onboard with your organizing systems.


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