We all need a little spark to ignite our organizing fires. Between dirty dishes, less than eight hours of snoozing, colds, and complaining, we can sometimes get stuck in a rut.
Last week, I was magically un-rutted by the magical Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault.
I had the opportunity to attend a taping of Cityline where Leigh-Ann shared some amazing tricks for keeping your kids’ school-related paper organized.
For many parents, the timing of this advice couldn’t be better.
While you may have gotten off to a beautiful start in getting your wee ones organized, sometimes things start to slide once you’ve left the starting blocks.
Anyone who has a school-aged child will not want to miss this episode of Cityline.
While I’m chomping at the bit to organize permission slips, and Thanksgiving card class-lists, my own little one just celebrated her first birthday, so I may have to wait a while. But, that didn’t stop me from taking one of Leigh-Ann’s great solutions and making it work in our house, now.
On Cityline, Leigh-Ann offered a great fix for the piles of art that accumulate where creative kids live.
1) Voila! Her first masterpiece was born (with a lot of help from Mummy).
2) For the MUST KEEP pieces of art, Leigh-Ann suggests each child have their own clear plastic bin for quick storage. The one pictured is from Rubbermaid, but you can also grab something the next time you are stockpiling at the dollar store.
3) For the RE-PURPOSING pieces of art, Leigh-Ann keeps them with her wrapping supplies and uses them to wrap birthday presents. This makes the giftwrap a special part of every present, and environmentally friendly.
4) Leigh-Ann also keeps blank cards on-hand, and glues the art to the outside; dropping off these one-of-a-kind greetings to people who could use some cheer.
5) Here’s my spin on art-filing: There’s an App for that! Artikive is an amazing App that allows you to save, share, and even make memory books of your children’s art. Given that I am all about going electronic these days, this App has already made its way onto my phone and into my heart.
(Leigh-Ann is kind enough not to officially suggest the special “recycling-box” filing cabinet as one of your art “storage” options, but we all know how that one works.)
Leigh-Ann has loads more to share in her Cityline segment, including how to deal with permission slips, emergency contact sheets, and she even gets serious with a scanner. It is a must-watch for those craving school-year organization.
I should also mention that I got to see the illustrious Erica Ehm tape a no-nonsense segment about kindness and social media. This will be a key topic at the upcoming BlissdomCanada’13 and is something that should be on everyone’s mind when navigating the interwebs. In summary: play nice!