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Did you know the January is National Get Organized Month? One of the reasons I love jumping into a new year is all of the list-making, goal-setting, and organizing that happens. All of these things make me happy. Yes, I know I’m a nerd. Today I’m going to share my favorite organizational tips, a tutorial for helping kids organize money, and a giveaway. Awesome, right?
Every year in January I get bit by the organizational bug. I think it’s a combination of being stuck inside the house and the post-holiday clutter, but I generally do most of my organizing right at the beginning of the year. My top five organizing tips are:
- Have a plan. Gather supplies first (lists, boxes for purging, etc.) so you can get right to it once you start.
- Tackle one space/room at a time. I’ve attempted to do the whole house all at once and it’s overwhelming, messy, and discouraging. Better to pick one space and concentrate your efforts there before moving to the next.
- Purge as you sort and organize. Have separate, clearly labeled boxes for trash, donations/items to sell, and items you want to store. Be as ruthless as possible, especially if the items haven’t been used in a long time (or ever).
- Clean as you go. If you have a shelf cleared, clean it before putting items back. Vacuum out those corners you haven’t seen since last January. 😉
- Once the organization is complete, immediately deal with the boxes of items you’ve purged. You don’t want that stuff to find it’s way back to their shelves/closets/drawers.
One of my goals this year is to teach my kids a little about money managing. They have regular chores that they’re required to do daily, but I wanted to give them a chance to earn some money by doing additional work around the house. My hope is that they’ll start to understand a little about the value of money and hard work, as well as why it’s important to save and give some of what they earn.
I started by writing down some small jobs along with an amount I’ll pay on large craft sticks. We keep these in a jar and they can pull one whenever they have free time and want to earn a little cash. Then at the end of the week we pay them whatever they’ve accumulated (I haven’t yet, but will be making a spreadsheet to keep track of what jobs they’ve done each week.)
This system has been in place for a few weeks, but now that they’re getting paid, I needed something to help them divide their earnings into three categories: save, give, and spend.
- 3 mason jars (per kid)
- Embellishments (optional) – I used lace and fabric flowers
- Glue gun
- Brother P-Touch label maker
I wanted these jars to be both functional and pretty for my fancy girls, so I added some embellishment by securing lace and flowers with the glue gun.
Then I broke out my new Brother P-Touch Label Maker to make the labels. This thing is awesome; you can pick from a variety of fonts, sizes, symbols, and even frames to customize how you like. Just insert the cartridge and batteries, type your word in, and hit print.
The girls love their new jars and I love that they’re learning that money has to be earned (and is more than for just spending).
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