If you’re looking for less effort? This might fly!
This will also appeal to the teens, and the men folk in our lives – truly no real effort or skill required here and save on wardrobe space.
Fold & Fly from HowToPackLikeARockstar.com is actually about folding and rolling your jeans for suitcases, however this can be applied to storing in drawers. Or if you don’t have a drawer, then I reckon this method would also work in those hanging storage pockets some use for shoes inside their wardrobes.
I also give these guys a 10/10 for creative instructional video presentation … so now you know how to pack like a rock star … turn your favourite music on, get dancing in your pants and get groovin’ with some organisin’ ‘Yo!’
Have you ever thought about your ‘learning’ style?
Are you Visual, Auditory or Kinesthetic and Tactile? All of these can influence how you see and experience the world and whether you find some things more difficult than others. It can also affect how you organise yourself and whether you find difficulties with being organised. For example, not all people can learn to be organised by reading it (did I just shoot myself in the foot?) hence why some feel a sense of failure when they can’t ‘get organised’ when the books make it look so easy. This is why some people need someone to either ‘talk’ them through it and motivate them that way, and others need the ‘hands-on’ kinesthetic/tactile help that a professional organiser can give them. If you’d like to find out more about your ‘learning style’ this link will give you a quick online test(you can do this test without creating a Login, remember to scroll down the page to find the test).
Remember learning styles not only affect organising, you may find it helpful in getting ahead at work and in other areas of your life, it may even improve your relationships. I’ve always known I was a kinesthetic/tactile and visual learner. I can learn a lot from a picture or diagram over anyone talking at me for hours. Yet when it comes to music, I’m very auditory almost to the point where the other senses switch off, however, I’ve come to realise that auditory can be a kinesthetic experience for me, as I used to sing and dance in a past life and felt like I became one with the music.
Double the hanging space and also add a double-hang rail which hangs down from the original support rail. This enables young children to be able to reach the lower rail enabling them to hang things up for themselves. Work seasonally. In the summertime put the winter stuff up on the high rail and in winter vice-versa.
2) Dump Bins with Visual Cues
Visual cues is a better word for ‘label’. Whether the labels are in word, picture, drawing or photo form (whatever is suitable for the age) use them in conjunction with baskets, plastic tubs or fabric bins and this should help things find their way home much quicker. Use for clothing, toys, sports gear and knick-knacks. Don’t get too fussy with how well they fold this will improve with age.
3) Make Cleaning Up FUN!
Have them wear a ‘clean up time’ hat, put on their favourite music CD and give them their own clipboard with a list of things to do, each item get’s a star. Sometimes children can look at a mess and not know how or where to start (some adults are like that as well) if they have a list that says, pick up pencils, pick up papers, put away colouring books, put away craft materials (do a list for each activity) with Lego it could be all the yellow pieces, then all the blue pieces, all the wheels etc. For dress-ups it would be hats, then shoes etc. If you do a laminated version of each list that can be ticked off with a whiteboard marker, even better, this can then be kept in the area or box for the activity and reused and referred to time and time again.
Remember if your children can’t read yet, use pictures or photos, and include them in the creation of these memory cards. These are just 3 ideas, stay tuned for more …
*For more ideas on organising, storing, display and cleaning Lego and much more check out What To Do With Lego.
OK, so you want to get out of the supermarket fast? Then think about doing a little organising while waiting in the queue.
Before you even leave the house, make sure you have remembered to take your environmentally friendly ‘reusable’ bags and chiller bags with you. If you like to have some things like BBQ chickens in a plastic bag, then put one of those in there too and recycle it. This can also be done with those smaller fruit and vegie bags. Take them back out of the crisper drawer and put them in your bag and ‘re-fill’ them in the produce section instead of bringing home new ones.
While shopping try and group your shopping in the trolley. Heavy items like big bags of dog biscuits, kitty litter, bottles and cans in one area. Frozen and perishable items in another. Chemicals in another, packets in another, fragile or items that can get crushed like bread and eggs in another. And while you think this is being ‘over-organised’ it is actually how the check-out operator has to sort through your items as they ‘pack’ them. What you’re doing is help to speed up this process.
Once at the checkout – put your reusable bags onto the conveyor belt first so that the cashier can readily find what they need and pack them appropriately. They usually look for the cold and perishable goods first so get that chiller bag up front first. Then grouping ‘like with like’ is simple.
Group your heavy items first, such as bottles and cans and big bags of dog biscuits, next the cold or perishable stuff, then the following groups: large food packets; juice tetra packs; non-perishable items; cleaning stuff; you are getting the idea. Obviously leave the fragile stuff like eggs, squishy bags of bread, fruit & vege till last. Ensuring the heavier items are packed first makes sure that they go back into the bottom of the trolley en-route to the car, allowing bags containing more fragile items to be placed on top of the heavier ones.
You are not only helping your checkout operator by pre-sorting, but you are also ensuring that things don’t get broken or bruised and you get out a whole lot quicker, unless of course you unfortunately get stuck with the nightmare “price check on aisle 7” scenario ~ but that’s a whole other post!