Being organized also has health benefits:
“When you have a to-do list, honestly assess the amount of time you spend there,” explains O’Malley from Beaumont.org. “Will it really take two hours to complete that task because of the task itself or because of the interruptions you allow.”
- STRESS RELIEF. An endless list of things to do constantly looming over you is often the source of stress in your life. …
- SLEEP BETTER. Even if you don’t realize it, clutter in your bedroom can cause you to lose out on sleep. …
- INCREASE ‘ME Time. When you’re organized you have more time to focus on your own agenda when you make time for it!
- HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE. When you’ve planned out your meals, you’re less likely to forget to pack something to eat
- BE MORE PRODUCTIVE AT WORK. Clearing out the clutter will give you the energy to focus on what you need to do.
Tips to Getting Kids Organized
Hub Of The House – Create a central location to hang a bulletin board that will hold important school and family information. Teach kids to update the calendar upon receiving new information and check it the night before for the following day’s activities so they can prepare in advance.
GotFamilyGetOrganized.com – An organized parent sets a good example. This website stores in a unique, simplified, and easy-to-use format, important family information: school schedules and extracurricular activities, social and sports information, and medical, just to name a few, and it is all available in a central location that can be accessed anytime and anywhere – from any computer, iPad, or smartphone.
Organize Backpacks – A backpack is your child’s personal assistant. Teach them how to keep it neatly organized by only filling them with necessary school day items and keeping out unnecessary loose papers, non-school items, and liquids.
Make Lists – Teaching kids to make and prioritize lists will provide them with a greater sense of accomplishment – as they complete items and their lists become smaller, they will feel more productive and they have a greater sense of satisfaction in themselves. Kids will take ownership for their tasks, shape their own time, and gain greater independence.
Student File Storage – Teach your kids to sort and effectively file school papers in an organized manner. It will be crucial to them at exam time – especially if midterm and end-of-year final exams include all the material covered to date.
The organization is an awesome opportunity for kids to gain self-confidence and independence and not lose their sanity or you lose yours.