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!
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!
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.
- 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!
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