Spring is in the air, and it is time to sort, toss and organize. DeClutter Coach Deb, host of the television show "Organization Motivation" says, “Clutter ensues when we do not make decisions."
DeClutter Coach Deb is Deborah J. Cabral. She says it is great to go out and buy new things but for any new item that comes into the home, something must leave. She takes us room by room to see how we can cleverly be clutter-free!
Let’s start in the kitchen which Cabral likes to call the Family Hub. She utilizes a command central for the family with a color-coded dry erase board or calendar where every family has their own color.
Next to that she also has a bulletin board which she sections off with color-coded decorative ribbon and clips for each family member. This can be used to organize paper clutter for everything from school schedules to birthday party invitations.
It is here where she creates zones.
For example, a lunch zone allows for packing the kids’ lunches for school. It also makes it easier for them to help. In this zone you want to have a bin or drawer for such items as lunch bags, plastic spoons, and non-perishable snacks.
You can also set aside an area in your fridge or pantry for kids’ perishable items and after-school snacks that is easily accessible for them.
Cabral suggests separating the snacks into baskets. Some might contain snacks that are a little more on the healthy side, and others hold snacks that are treats or eaten less often.
Cabral sets up a launch zone in the kitchen or adjacent mudroom with hooks for mom and dad to hang their keys, and lower level hooks for the kids to hang their coats and bags. She will sometimes personalize the hooks with letters or a school picture.
Cabral says the launch zone is important because “kids want structure and organization and it really helps parents who are often overtired.”
Living Areas/Kids’ Rooms