March 16, 2006
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JUST FOR MOMS
Conquering Kids Clutter
By Debbie Williams
Lack of storage space is the #1 complaint I
hear from parents, especially in their kids' rooms. But
organizing a child's room is just like de-cluttering any
other room in the house: you have four choices: hang it, put
it in a drawer, store it on the floor, or shelve it. Use
those same options when organizing your children's' rooms.
Here are a few of my favorite tips for
Create more floor space:
~A bed with drawers provides extra storage
space and eliminates the need for a bulky dresser or chest
~Invest in loft beds for the kids with space for a desk
~Place a bulky chest of drawers in the closet to save wall
~Footlockers or old-fashioned steamer trunks
hide extra bedding. Be sure to make safe for small children
by installing locking safety hinges
~Under the bed storage bins hold craft items
~A plastic garbage can topped with a table round makes a
bedside or chair side table, and doubles as hidden storage.
~Over the door shelving makes a nice place to
store books, children's videos, and audiotapes.
~Hang a vinyl pouch organizer on the bedroom door or closet
door for desk supplies.
~Shoe bags hang on a closet door and contain
all those beanie babies, Barbies, and action figures
~Purchase drawer dividers for socks,
underwear, lingerie and tiny items to keep items segregated.
~Install inexpensive closet organizers for clothing, which
can double your closet space
~Hang another clothes rod in your closet for clothing to
utilize hanging storage space
~Place a laundry basket or hanging bag on the door for each
~An under bed box is great for outgrown kids' clothes and
frees precious closet space. Store or take to resale shop
when box is full, then begin again (I recommend buying a
plastic tub rather than inexpensive cardboard, which doesn't
last very long)
~Stash out of season clothes in boxes, label, and store in
the attic or garage
~Wicker trunks or footlockers make excellent places for out
of season clothes
~Hanging storage closet systems colorful and create an
instant chest of drawers
~Two file cabinets can be used to support a
desktop for a workspace
~Filing cabinets for your kids provide a spot for all those
papers that seem to take over the house: school work,
pictures, cards, awards and certificates, art projects,
~Lillian Vernon Catalog sells a corrugated chest with pull
out box "drawers". The unit holds six boxes, one for each
school year, and provides a safe place for all those school
year treasures. Visit their website at
for ordering information, or to request a catalog.
~Corral papers and keepsakes safely by storing in a plastic
binder. UniKeep ClearView Binders come in a variety of
colors and sizes, and fit right in your child’s backpack or
locker for safekeeping. Visit
www.UniKeep.com for more information
These are just a few ways you can contain the
clutter in your kids' rooms. You probably have several tips
of your own to add to the list. I almost forgot the best tip
of all: have your children sort through their toys and give
to those who are less fortunate. What a great way to make
room for those new toys and help another child at the same
Debbie Williams is a professional organizing
strategist and author of Organized Kidz:E-Z Solutions for
Clutter-Free Living (By the Book Media, September 2005).
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JUST FOR DADS
you thinking? Haven’t we talked about this before?” My
seven-year-old son looked down at the food that had just
spilled on the kitchen floor.
statue-still, as children often do after an accident. The
words and tone I’d used were having their impact. He braced
himself to fight the tears, and prepared to clean things up.
thought about it later, I realized the worst moment wasn’t
the food hitting the floor. The worst moment was seeing his
face hiding the shame and anguish he was feeling. It was in
knowing I’d been responsible for helping him “shove down”
big feelings too painful to deal with.
By Connie Suehiro
favorite song by The Gospel Sons is “Stand Still and See His
Glory!” It is in keeping with the verse of Psalm 46:10, “Be
still and know that I am God.” “I AM GOD!” he says. Praise
God because He is who He says He is!
When I stop
to recognize the glory of God in my life and my
relationships with friends and my husband, God opens up a
world of glory and blessings to me! I have my faith in
Him! My hope for the future is built on nothing less than
Jesus. So, I walked through my home in the evening and sat
on the lap of my usually quiet husband, and looking into my
eyes, he said, “You know, I am so in love with you!” My
heart would not “be still.” It beat very joyfully!
Character Keys to a Bright Future
By Judith Ciccone,
Laura Manson, and Francine Larson
Character Keys to a Bright Future consists of
dynamic short stories. Some of these stories are based on
true events that happened to teenagers. They deal with
peer pressure and bullying in a non-preachy way. The book
also has workbook activities that give students an
opportunity to clarify their own values and upon
completion, a sense of accomplishment. Interesting
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Targeted for 14-17 years.
unique, write-in workbook defines and examines positive
character traits and also reinforces thinking, reading and
has a section on each of the following: Tolerance, Self
Respect, Compassion, Self Control, Respect for the
Elderly, Good Judgment, Respect for Others, Honesty, Good
Manners and Responsibility.
are 4 important reasons why you will find this
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The stories are based are real events and are very
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There are interesting activities with built-in reading
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The workbook will give teenagers an opportunity to
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