March 16, 2006

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We have some great articles for you today from how to conquer your kid's clutter to dealing with shame.  Take the time to read them to enrich your family!

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               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 storage solutions:

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 space  

General Organizing Solutions

~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 family member.

~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, report cards

~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 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 time.

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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“What are 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.

He stood 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.

When I 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.



                      Stand Still
                         By Connie Suehiro

Dad’s 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

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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 activities with built-in reading and writing practice. Targeted for 14-17 years.


This unique, write-in workbook defines and examines positive character traits and also reinforces thinking, reading and writing skills.
It 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.
Here are 4 important reasons why you will find this workbook worth the $10.95 investment:
  • This workbook is self instructing. The reader can progress at his or her own pace .
  • The stories are based are real events and are very relevant to teenagers' lives.  The friendly writing style is written from the heart.
  • There are interesting activities with built-in reading and writing practice .  The questions will keep the reader fully involved.
  • The workbook will give teenagers an opportunity to clarify their own values and hopefully guide them toward better conduct and a bright future.

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