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How to Organize Kid’s Rooms, Closets, and Toys | Clutter Video Tip

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http://www.ClutterDiet.com Get organized with home organizing tips from professional organizers at The Clutter Diet. It’s time to take off the kid gloves and tackle getting your children organized. Monday’s child may be fair of face, but frustrations mount when toys aren’t put back in place. In today’s video Lorie Marrero is tackling kid’s clothes, shoes, and toys. Following these tips will make you and your child’s day less stressful. You can be the poster child for relaxing, fun free time, and that’s not just child’s play! These Clutter Video Tips are posted frequently here on our clutterdiet organizing channel. You can search Twitter for also to find comments on our organizing tips. Lorie Marrero is the creator of ClutterDiet.com and the author of The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life. Lorie also serves as the national spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International and ambassador of the Donate Movement.

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Hi I’m Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter Diet book & online program; today we’re talking about organizing for kids. I’m here in a closet that I just did a makeover on for some elementary age children, when you’re working with kids, you have to think first about safety & age appropriateness & even their height. Bring their frequently used items down to a level that is appropriate for them. You don’t want them climbing on something that might be unsafe. You also don’t want them to have to depend on you too much to do their morning & evening routines.

Fostering independence means keeping things within reach, work with their habits. Kids like things to be put away as easily as possible, make it easy for them. Take your existing towel rack- you can pull that out & replace it with two hooks. Not only do you get two towels hung in the space of one, but you also have worked with a kid’s habit.

I’ve used ClosetMaid’s Shelf-Track Elite, which is fantastic for kids because not only can you use these laminate pieces & intersperse them with the wire shelving, but you also can adjust all of it. When kids get older, their needs change, they’re going to have different sizes of clothes, so you can adjust all of these pieces. Even these cubbies can adjust differently.

You can’t talk about kids without talking about toys. What you don’t want to do is store toys using a huge gaping toy box. It seems like a good idea because you can throw them all in one place, but it creates behaviors that you don’t want. One of them is rooting. The kids are rooting through the stuff because they can’t find anything, & then when they get frustrated it creates another behavior which is dumping of the toy box. They’re just trying to get visibility to what they have. What you want to do instead is have categories with smaller containers & make it easy to find whatever you’re playing with. These fabric drawers are a great way to do this. You don’t want to store toys in the container that you purchased them in. Typically that’s a flimsy box, & it’s great for getting the toy from the factory to the store, but not necessarily for storing. That’s why something like this fabric drawer is great, it holds all the little pieces, kids can throw that in really simply. & then, of course, you want to label that.

This a cute snap-on label that we found at Target. If you can’t find these, you can use a hanging string tag. You can get these at any office supply. But you definitely want to have some labels on these so the kids can find their stuff.

The kids in this family are old enough to read really well. So these word labels were appropriate for them. If you have younger kids & they’re just learning to read, combining a word label with a picture is a better strategy. You can print out labels that are pictures of the actual toy, get that laminated, punch a hole in it, & hang it here. That will help their reading skills, & it helps their visibility to their toys.

Adjustability is a big deal when you’re creating organizing systems for kids. If the activity table is too youthful for your kids, move the cube storage idea into a nice piece of furniture like this six-cube storage unit from Target, which is a nice furniture style that will last all the way until they leave for college. What’s great about this is that these shelves are adjustable. You can put books in here, toys, and, of course, interchange those with the fabric cubes. You can also change the cubes themselves. These fabric drawers are available in all kinds of different colors & textures.

Learn more about these cube storage units at ClosetMaid.com, & if you like what you see, you can see more tips here on our YouTube channel. Share your ideas in the comments. You can find us at http://www.clutterdiet.tv.

See you next time, & may you always be happy & grateful for having more than enough.

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How to Organize a Tiny Laundry Room (and Install Elfa Shelving) | Clutter Video Tip

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http://www.ClutterDiet.com Get organized with home organizing tips from professional organizers at The Clutter Diet. Genies know a thing or two about maximizing small spaces. Arranging a laundry closet to meet your needs is a wish that you can make come true- without taking one thousand and one nights to do it. In today’s video Lorie Marrero is showing how she maximized the space in her new laundry room in one day (without any magical help at all). These Clutter Video Tips are posted frequently here on our clutterdiet organizing channel. You can search Twitter for also to find comments on our organizing tips. Lorie Marrero is the creator of ClutterDiet.com and the author of The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life. Lorie also serves as the national spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International and ambassador of the Donate Movement.

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Hi I’m Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter Diet book & online program today I get to show off my new laundry closet. I used to have a big laundry room & now I have a laundry closet. I’ve been able to accommodate the 12 features, mostly in this closet & other areas of the house & make a functional laundry system in this smaller space.

How did I do this? I used Elfa Shelving from The Container Store. I used their expert designer who worked with me to design this closet. I like using their experts because they really are familiar with the product & it’s free. I did my own installation. They will do that too, but I enjoy it. I ripped out the one rod, one shelf that the builder put in. The install for the Elfa Shelving is so easy, that’s why I like using it for projects like this. All you have to install is the track along the top. All the drilling & putting in of screws & things like that is involved with the track. Everything else hangs down & snaps on to the track. Once you’ve done the track, it all falls into place & it’s very forgiving. Believe me if I can do it, you can do it.

Number 1, the washer & dryer. I have a front loading washer & dryer, that gives me the surface on top of the washer & dryer to make that available for folding, or putting other items that need to be stored, like laundry baskets.

The 2nd thing is sorting & staging space. This is space to sort your dirty clothes. What I’ve done is accommodate that in my closet upstairs. I do have a place for some dirty clothes, like dishtowels, that originate from this floor.

The 3rd thing in an ideal laundry room is folding space. Because, I have a front loading washer & dryer, I can use the top of this for folding. Most of the time I enjoy taking the clothes over to another surface, like my sofa. That way I can interact with other people & have more space & listen to music or something else.

Number 4 is hanging space. You want to have that close to the dryer so you can hang things up right when they’re coming out & minimize the wrinkles. I was able to accommodate that on the back of the door.

Number 5 is drip-dry space. For me this is one of the most important things because I have a lot of exercise clothing that I wear & my delicate items that I don’t want to put in the dryer.

Number 6, storage & shelving. For holding your clean clothes & other kinds of items, obviously I have a lot of shelving in here. This goes all the way up to the ceiling. I really have almost more space than I need, which is kind of funny.

Number 7 is cleaning & laundry supplies. I have put all of that on the door. I also have a caddy that’s on one of these upper shelves, so that I can grab a few things at once.

Number 8 is an ironing station. This is one thing that I’ve taken completely out of this space & moved to the master closet.

Number 9 is maintenance supplies. You want to have a place for handy household tools, like your tape measure, & common screwdrivers & things that you need.

Number 10 is what we call “the lonely socks place.” I believe when you have a sock that doesn’t have its mate; you don’t want to take that to a second location. Keep that centralized in the laundry area so that eventually they find their way to their match. At some point, I have a lonely socks wedding & put those together & donate whatever is left.

Number 11 is pocket items, for things that fall out of your pockets in the dryer.

Number 12 is a trash can for the dryer lint & all the other things that you pull out of pockets.

That’s how I’ve been able to accommodate all 12 of those functions in this small space & still have room to spare.

If you need some help with this, our expert team at clutterdiet.com has helped thousands of people in 18 countries. We give advice online for about the price of a pizza. Come check us out at http://www.clutterdiet.com/learnmore.

See you next time, & may you always be happy & grateful for having more than enough.

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How to Organize Your Closet LIke A Pro Scott Roewer

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Recently I filmed a series of how-to videos for MonkeySee.com, a website where you can learn how to do, just about anything. They contacted me to film a series called, How To Organize Your Closet, Like a Pro. This nine-part series, shows all the steps I take when organizing a closet. We event show you how I ripped out the existing closet, and installed a new elfa® system from The Container Store. This is a must-watch video series for the DIY organizer.

This is Part One of this series. Youll see how I turned this cluttered closet into a space perfect for this home owner. Watch out for falling ironing boards, closet organizing is hazardous work! I encourage you to watch the videos and leave your comments and questions below. See more videos and tips on my blog http://www.declutteryou.com

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