HOW TO TEACH YOUR KIDS ABOUT ORGANIZATION

Kids are super cute but they are usually mischievous mess-makers. So the earlier you start teaching them the value of organization, the more it will help them to succeed not only at school but everywhere else too.

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babbleStart with every day habits or routine like packing lunch box or school bag, getting dressed or even brushing teeth before going to bed. This will encourage them to remember and learn to do the essential things regularly.

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Designate a definite place and time of study. It should be a quiet place with least distractions. Encourage him or her to decide which assignments are priority. Sit with them to review the homework, things needed for school the next day or any special project work. You can install a pegboard near the study table to help organize papers, notes, art work, craft supplies etc. neatly.

3Use folders and files to sort and organize notes, assignments, completed work or work to do, separately. Make sure your child tries to do it himself gradually. Color code or label folders for ease if required.

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While choosing a school bag or locker or closet organizer to store all school supplies, make sure it has enough compartments to arrange different things easily. This is where toddlers start figuring out what fits in where and why they should separately stack things like books, notes, stationery, lunchbox etc.

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Teaching kids to clean up after play time or store their dirty laundry neatly is a cool way to teach them organization and also keeps the nursery clutter free. Will help you to breathe easy too! Use our incredibly cute toy organizers, storage sacks and multipurpose laundry bags to control playroom mess. The double flap organizers will help them separately store their toys, games, books, clothes and much more! http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-animalstorage 

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Use labels for bins if that makes finding stuff easier. Like for instance “Everyday toys”, “Favorite Toys”, “Old Toys”. Keep the bins for old toys or clothes higher up on the shelf and the more frequently used ones on the lower shelves so that kids are able to reach them easily. Teach them to donate toys he no longer plays with…he will learn to care for others 🙂

happyorganized life Use our colorful drawer dividers to arrange your children’s inner wear, delicate items or accessories. Motivate them to do the arranging themselves. You can also paint an old dresser with chalkboard paint and label each drawer for different items! http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-closetdivider 

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Get a funky, vibrant calendar for your little one’s room. Let them inculcate the habit of jotting down reminders like- things to do, household chores to help with or maybe something they need for school, exam dates, assignment submission dates and so on. Or encourage them to create check lists.

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When you go shopping, involve your kids while planning what things to get, which route to take. Even when you are planning a vacation, let them decide what clothes, games or essential items they want to take along.

ghk-kids-organizing-children-in-grocery-store-lgnAll these little ways can instill a sense of responsibility in your little munchkins and prepare them to evolve into sensible adults 🙂

Photo credits: Uberlyfe, Babble, Good Housekeeping, Elle-Design, A bowl full of Lemons, Freshome, Cgvector, Clutterbug, Happy Organized Life

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HOME DECOR IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS!!

It’s the season to be jolly and with Christmas just around the corner, let’s get ready to make our homes look gorgeous and inviting 🙂 Here are some ideas which you can try out for a merry time…

The outside of your home should look as beautiful as the inside…so string lights, garlands, wreaths or greens work amazingly.

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Greens will look good inside your home too…specially it will help create a warm and cozy mood at the dining area. You can simply use them to adorn the table or kitchen island. And if you have pendant lights, it will look lovely if you just entwine garlands around them…

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Clever wall decor can set the mood beautifully. Check out our quaint Christmas themed wall decals to instantly make your home ready to welcome Santa! http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-christmas 

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You can never go wrong with flowers…they look enchanting no matter where you keep them. Go for some lovely real or faux arrangements in bright hues and let the magic happen.

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Decorating your doors or windows with wreaths, shiny baubles, toys, streamers or strips of greens will enhance the appeal of your house, manifold.

wreath There’s something exquisitely charming about antique lamps that never ceases to delight! Simply light them for that dreamy ambiance or instead stand out from the crowd by creating a beautiful arrangement of flowers, berries and leaves inside them…

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Tall clear vases or large glass bowls, can act as great mediums to showcase your creativity!! Just fill them up with fun Christmas ornaments or layers of colorful fruits and leaves…

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Christmas is never complete without gifts. Why not get a little innovative while wrapping them? Maybe you can stick Christmas ornaments to the wrapper or the name tags can be paper cut outs in fun shapes!

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Don’t forget the socks if you have kids at home specially…the happy surprise on their faces will be worth it.

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A joyous occasion needs delicious food to keep tummies content. And if you present it gracefully…then nothing can stop you from becoming the perfect host!!

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This is the time to bring out your favorite crockery and cutlery…remember the right colors and accessories can do wonders. And if you are the proud owner of some family silver, get them polished and gleaming and show off happily!

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Last but obviously not the least…let your imagination run wild when it comes to decorating the Christmas tree…glittering ornaments, funky baubles, toys, fake birds, streamers, lights, lace, flowers, the sky is the limit. Don’t shy away from trying out a different theme or color scheme.

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Have a very Merry Christmas 🙂

Photo credits: Uberlyfe, Southern Living, Neon Happy, HGTV, Real Simple, Paper Blog

ORGANIZATION IDEAS FOR GROWING KIDS AND TEENS

As your kids grow up, do you get the feeling that they need more space with each passing day? Their clothes, shoes, books, games, sports equipment just keep on piling endlessly! Storage becomes a headache…and you think that you might lose it!

Here we will show you a few tricks to keep your cool in the war against clutter…

A large closet or wardrobe is often the best and most obvious solution. If you can devote an entire wall for this, nothing like it! Use beautiful, colorful bins (http://tinyurl.com/okj2jbbwherever required. They hide the mess and add to the decor.

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Designing a “raised” bed for your growing toddler or teen is perfect since drawers or shelves below the bed, provide ample space for things rarely or seasonally used. You can also preserve toys he no longer plays with.

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Check out this room below…the way storage has been designed both under and around the bed, is ingenious! Space has been efficiently utilized.

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Simple open shelves on the wall can look very stylish if cleverly color coordinated. But if you combine them with some beautiful wall art, like decals or stickers (http://tinyurl.com/pgll6hw), it will look brilliant! See the images below for a better idea…

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Fancy wire baskets on the wall look chic and are space saving despite being able to hold toys, books etc. Or you can go for a large pegboard to hold all stationery and craft items or maybe hang his favorite art work!

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When space is a worry, combining the bed and study area “vertically” is a smart move. It’s a fun arrangement for kids too!

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If the room is being shared by siblings, even then it is possible to create enough room for storing all their needs! A look at these rooms below clearly shows that even stairs have enormous possibilities!

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So now that you know what all ways can keep your kids happy and their room clean, simultaneously…get started 🙂

Photo credit: Houzz, Chic & Cheap Nursery

GLOW IN THE DARK TEDDY BEAR!

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This large glow in the dark teddy is more than just a cuddly soft toy…if your kids are afraid of the dark, it can help them overcome that fear! The toy uses colorful LED lights powered by low voltage batteries. The light is composed of quality cotton and lint. It is perfectly safe to use and acts both as a night light and plush pillow or cushion.

The multi-colored lights emitted, stimulate babies visually and for slightly older tots, it is a great way to teach the names of different colors. So besides being uniquely decorative, this friendly bear is utilitarian too 🙂

Photo courtesy: Trend Hunter

WINTER MAGIC IN YOUR BEDROOM!

When the summer heat makes you go crazy don’t you wish you could be in some place icy cool? It’s true that turning on the air conditioner will lessen your misery…but why not go a step ahead and create a winter wonderland in your bedroom? Let us show you how…

Check out these bedrooms here; see how the penguin wall décor gets half the job done. It makes the room look like Antarctica! See more: http://tinyurl.com/kv4tr3w

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The color of your walls can contribute in a major way, when it comes to creating the snowy, chilly ambiance…artificial, shimmering, silvery snowflakes hanging from the ceiling looks simply awesome!

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You can go for a combination of different shades of blue and white while choosing the bedding, blankets or cushions…it will enhance the general feel of the room. Kids will specially love the ones with “cool” motifs on them like igloos, penguins, polar bears or snow. Digital prints on plain sheets or covers are also another option. If the color of the curtains and furniture follow the same rule, like maybe white bed or dresser and pale blue curtains…it will be amazing.

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This bed shaped like an igloo, will definitely steal the show in any “ice age” bedroom! You can either look for one or get it done…

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Some not so big, but fun décor or utility pieces can do wonders too…large stuffed toys, clocks or night lights designed like penguins, faux fur polar rugs, willow bear chair, quirky doorknobs and much more!

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So now that you have already got a peek into the world of snow, you will know what elements to bring together and create your own magic. Needless to say, we are already going brrrr… 🙂

Photo courtesy: “Kids Theme Rooms” and “Theme Room Ideas”

DESIGNING A NURSERY ON A BUDGET? DON’T WORRY!

Designing a dream nursery for your baby is a wonderful adventure and you should be able to enjoy it! Don’t let the stress of financial planning overwhelm it…we have some tips on how you can decide on what to buy, the decor and what is important:

  • Wall décor – using decals is a great but inexpensive way to brighten up dull, blank walls. They are easy to apply, removable, leave no sticky residue and can be re-positioned easily. So you can keep changing the designs as your tiny tot grows up, keeping pace with his choice and interests. Bold, bright colors and simple, well defined motifs help in nurturing the power of recognition and imagination in a baby. See more: http://tinyurl.com/kzeqlye ; http://tinyurl.com/lk8qm7a

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  • Multifunctional furniture – choose pieces which can be used for different purposes. For example, a dresser which can be used as a changing table or a crib that can later on be converted into a bed! A rocking chair is perfect for nursing and you won’t have to get rid of it in future. Such furniture is good investment…

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  • Storage – Simple shelves or cubbies will not burn a hole in your pocket. Abundant use of colorful bins can keep the clutter at bay and store toys, books, clothes and more! They are excellent for teaching kids, how to organize stuff, use space wisely and improve his cognitive skills. See more: http://tinyurl.com/qjyvg7e

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  • Gifts and Hand me downs – many parents have a lot of stuff that their baby has outgrown and they will be more than happy to give it to you. Say yes to such items if they are in good condition. Will save you a lot of unnecessary expense.
  • Stick to the budget planned – no matter how much you love those cute little clothes or toys, resist the urge to splurge! Most of these things, your baby won’t need after some time. Buy what you really need.
  • Do it yourself – there are many fun projects which you can try and unleash your creativity. Try your hand at sewing, painting, making craft items and see how unique they look!
  • Be safe – this should be the prime concern while planning the nursery. Any furniture or decor that you choose should not pose any health hazard to the apple of your eye.

So, plan wisely, follow simple tricks and cherish this amazing phase of your life 🙂

Photo courtesy: “The Bump” and “iVillage”

FARM FRESH HAPPINESS, SERVED!

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This room for a little girl, was designed and decorated keeping one thing in mind…the color “PINK”! The walls are a pale pink on which our farm animal decal depicts a happy, relaxed life 🙂 The blue clouds and the yellow sun can rejuvenate your spirit every morning…The curtains are light and dainty, ready to flutter with the slightest breeze. The bedding and the super cute stuffed toys are resplendent in different shades of pink. Don’t miss the lampshade…quirky and pink, again! The room decor is soft, tranquil and comforting…you can think of other settings where you can create a peaceful atmosphere and since our decal will look good on any light colored wall, a similar look and feel can be easily achieved…

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