Organizing with Molly Gold: Fall Wardrobe Switch, School Papers & a GIVEAWAY

I was excited to attend a conference call last week with Sam’s Club and organizing expert Molly Gold, of GOMOM inc. I always learn so much when I spend time with Molly, and it seems like she has a good system for every organizing and scheduling problem!

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Click the image to see Molly's video on Organizing Hand-me-downs

I’ve included some great notes from the call here, and take a look at a fab Mundi Leather Rolling Tote giveaway from Sam’s Club below!!

Michele asks, “How do I organize and store my kids’ papers coming home from school?”  She says the papers are overtaking her kitchen counters, and it’s hard to keep track of the papers that need to be signed an returned!

Molly Says:

Get a binder at the beginning of the school year for each child. Color code and label the binders.

1. Create the binder for school papers

2. Have discipline to actually put it IN there.

3. Put your binders neatly on the shelf or counter where you normally put the piles of papers!

4. In the binders, put important work, teacher notes, forms to fill out, extracurricular activities. This binder can double as a yearly portfolio for college.

Develop a system for papers the kids need to show you after school.

Molly used to use an inbox for each child. As the system proved a little too cumbersome, she moved to a decorative portable file box, with a folder for each child. They put communications from teachers in their file so Molly can go through it each night, file and sign the papers where they need to go. Don’t be afraid to throw things out!!

I am in the midst of changing seasons with my children’s wardrobes, so I asked Molly how to make the process less chaotic.

Molly says:

  • Dont do it all together!! Block on the calendar three different days, or time-periods. Start with oldest child. Pull out summer gear, to see if she will use it next year. If not, move it down to younger child
  • In the attic or in storage: Have the out of season clothes stored in clear boxes,  labeled on inside with size of clothes and/or season. Include highlights like rainboots, swimsuits, ballet clothes.
  • Do it with them so they can try things on (we’re having a fashion show). Be sure to schedule it when they are happy and fresh, and not hungry.
  • Have several extra bins in the room for Hand-Me-Down, Giveaway, Throw Out.   As you go through the process, use a clipboard to make notes of what you need to get for the season.
  • When you start with child #2, pull out things to try on BEFORE introducing the new hand-me-downs from older sister.
  • Localize your explosion to the specific room of the child you’re working on.

Do you have any tips you can share For school papers or wardrobe organizing?  Do you have any questions? If you ask a question in the comments, I’ll let Molly know so she can try to answer them!

Mundi Leather Rolling Tote Giveaway!

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When you share a tip or ask a question in the comments on this post, you will be entered to win this tote bag from Sam’s Club. (one per person, please)

Leave a comment for an extra entry when you:

Organizing tips from @myGOMOM, and a rolling leather tote #giveaway from @samsclub & @reallifesarah! http://www.reallifeblog.net/?p=4739

(I do this to thank subscribers/followers with an extra chance to win!)

Consider following GO MOM! and  Real Life on Facebook! Molly and I would love to connect with you there! Remember to share with your Facebook Friends! Use the Facebook share button at the top, or “Like” this article below!

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This contest will be open to Continental US Residents 18 or older, through October 12, 2010. One winner will be chosen by random number generator, and notified by email. Winner will be responsible for claiming the prize by email. I did not receive any form of compensation for offering this contest or article.

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  1. Laura
    Twitter: CommonGrounds_
    says:

    Okay, my question is this: I already have a binder created. It’s in a cute basket. The problem? How do I remember to review/look at it every night? I don’t want to place it on the counter (too much clutter already), and I have to walk past it all the time. It’s just not forefront in my mind. 😉

    Thanks for the great advice above!

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  2. Laura
    Twitter: CommonGrounds_
    says:

    Okay…I followed @MyGOMOM on twitter! Can’t wait to check out your blog; looks fantastic! (Entry #2)

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  3. Laura
    Twitter: CommonGrounds_
    says:

    Hmmm…and I followed @RealLifeSarah on twitter. (Are you guys sick of me yet?! That tote looks awesome!)

    😉 Laura

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  4. Laura
    Twitter: CommonGrounds_
    says:

    Whew. Done. Just posted a great tweet on twitter promoting you all! 😉 Thanks again.

    Laura

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  5. Love this! I put all the items from school that I need to respond to or review in a file folder & the artwork, as well as some of the finished schoolwork goes into the clear box storage (unless the I want to post something) – I have one labeled for each kid. If there is something you don’t want to save – immediately put it in the recycling or trash bin.

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  6. Barb Kelley
    Twitter: sisters_kitchen
    says:

    Whenever I do the seasonal wardrobe switch, I try to keep out a few favorites from the opposite season. That way, I’m always ready for an unseasonably warm/cool day or a visit to a different climate. This is especially helpful when I’m trying to pack for a visit to Phoenix while it’s snowing outside here in Boone!

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    Great tip, Barb!

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  7. Barb Kelley
    Twitter: sisters_kitchen
    says:

    I’m already a subscriber to Real Life!

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  8. Barb Kelley
    Twitter: sisters_kitchen
    says:

    I already follow you on Twitter…….

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  9. Barb Kelley
    Twitter: sisters_kitchen
    says:

    And I already follow Molly on Twitter too!

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  10. Barb Kelley
    Twitter: sisters_kitchen
    says:
  11. Well, I have a similar tip that might be helpful: Instead of a binder, use file folders, color coded for each child (and any additional folders for specific types of papers to file). Use one of those upright divider/holders and the folders are “open” so it’s easy to slip papers in each day (I use this more for adult stuff these days…..miss those darlin’ school projects!).

    Great ideas, all!

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  12. Natalia D says:

    I put hats, socks and gloves in clear plastic bags(thick ones), so I could see what I need

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  13. Wow! The binder is a fabulous idea for keeping things organized. Passing on to my mom who has been looking for a way to keep on top of things for my baby sis.

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  14. Sarah ~ thanks so much for such an awesome overview of our call ~ you did a fantastic job sharing our key points and more. I love the conversation its started and hope everyone finds something helpful to apply at home ~ its always changing just as Robin’s comment indicates. We grow as they do. And about that bag? I’m over the moon for it…lucky Mom who wins it for sure!

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  15. I was already following @MyGOMOM on Twitter (it’s actually how I stumbled across your blog)! Can’t wait to read more!

    [Entry #2]

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  16. And, of course, now following you (@reallifesarah) on Twitter and subscribing to your blog so I can keep up with other great tips, tools and info. 🙂

    [Entry #3]

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  17. Cyndi
    Twitter: convertiblelife
    says:

    I like the file folder system — will have to try that for my kindergartner. Another tip from a friend that I’m planning to try — she dumps everything from school (the art work, etc) into a box and then sorts through with her child at the end of the quarter. They make 4 piles: 1 to keep, 1 to recycle/trash, 1 to send to one set of grandparents and 1 to send to the other set. It’s a way to share the wealth and enjoy the projects without having to store it all.

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  18. Barb
    Twitter: sisters_kitchen
    says:

    I’m curious who won this giveaway….mostly because I was drooling over that fun color….

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