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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THE SECRET OF HAPPY COOKING!

We think it lies in a spic and span kitchen! When everything is organized neatly, you will actually feel like whipping up a great meal for your family…and when you see their faces beam after tasting your dish, the effort will be worth it 🙂 Here’s a few tricks to get the best out of your kitchen…

If you can devote an entire wall or at least a major part of a wall to storage, then you are very lucky. You can choose open shelves, cabinets or drawers or a combination of all three, depending on your requirement. Using sturdy bins or wire baskets for open shelves is a great idea to minimize clutter.

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When drawers have the scope of gliding out from cabinets, it eases the stress of cooking manifold. Check out these innovative provisions made under the kitchen table. Items can be stacked both horizontally or vertically! So even if you have a tiny kitchen, creative designing can create space where you weren’t expecting.

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Drawer organizers are a life saver when it comes to sorting and arranging different types of spoons, forks, ladles, scissors and any kitchen accessory. Keeping stuff in separate compartments eases the pain of hunting for a particular thing.

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The insides of cabinet doors are excellent places to store plates, lids, graters, hot pads, trays etc. Just affixing a couple of hooks, rods or wire racks can get the job done.

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Just like in any other room, using the vertical space in a kitchen, is crucial! This will save on a lot of floor space too. You can hang bins on the wall to contain kitchen tools or daily use items. Attach organizers or dividers to the wall for stacking trays, cutting boards and most used crockery. Hang the pots and pans from a rack over the cooking area. Makes it easy to reach! Stick knives to a magnetic strip on the wall…will be out of your way unless you need them.

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Finally, keep your sink area clean. A small potted plant on a ledge can make the whole place charming enough to make you want to do the dishes! And take care of small details…like keeping spices or condiments in labelled transparent containers makes it simple to spot them.

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So now that your kitchen is looking awesome, you will need to add only one more ingredient…your love for your family, and you are ready to go 🙂

Photo credit: Houzz & Martha Stewart 

7 UNIQUE SHELVING IDEAS!

A shelf is the first thing that pops in mind when you think of storage…but why only stick to the tried and tested types? Here we will show you 7 completely out of the box designs for shelves which will make you go “wow”!

This is a real Jaguar with its heavier parts removed and set up against the wall to act as a shelf!

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This one is an interesting compilation of “crosses”…easy to get done too.

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This fold out shelf is actually a mural painting, sectioned into multiple panels. Just a simple mechanism can convert it into a storage unit from wall decor. Incredible!

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If you think pipes are just functional and can’t be a thing of beauty, think again…this space saving shelf cum coat rack looks super cool despite its simplicity.

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This shelving unit uses taut cables fixed on a wooden frame, to hold books, magazines, clothes and so on…won’t be able to support very heavy items though.

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This wall unit celebrates the beauty of “differences”…and we love the space created for the guitar 🙂

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“Hole in the floor”…sums up the idea behind these unusually designed shelves which look as if their bottoms have been sliced off!

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So now it’s time for you to “feed us back”! Let us know which one you liked the most and why…also we would love if you share your ideas and inspirations with us 🙂

Photo courtesy: Oddee and Houzz

SUPERB SPACE SAVING BABY FURNITURE!!

Not having enough space in your home, should not discourage you from starting a family! A renowned furniture design company has come up with unique, creatively designed furniture to keep your bundle of joy, comfortable 🙂 And they effectively save on the floor area too! Check them out…

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Stylish cushioned sleek rocker, high chairs that use space smartly, fold-able cribs and compact table and chair sets for toddlers. So making room for the new baby is now a cakewalk, isn’t it? We think so 🙂

Photo credit: Trend Hunter 

IT’S A JUNGLE IN HERE!

Having a jungle themed nursery is an excellent way of inspiring your kids to fall in love with the wild, the nature and grow up to be environment friendly.

We think it’s great if they learn the importance of all living creatures and peaceful co-existence. This understanding will make them more responsible and caring too! Check out these “wild” nurseries and play rooms that make good use of this idea…

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So you see, it’s really hard to not like these cute friendly animals…lastly, all that you will need are a couple of stuffed elephants, giraffes, lions, monkeys or whoever is your fancy, and your personal sanctuary is ready 🙂

To get hold of amazing jungle decals, see more: http://tinyurl.com/kvqsbuo; http://tinyurl.com/q5u8t62; http://tinyurl.com/p9u5ty7

Photo courtesy: The Bump and Houzz

CREATIVE IDEAS FOR A SMALL NURSERY

The adventure of parenthood is perhaps the most exhilarating experience ever! The planning for the baby’s room, splurging on all those cute little clothes and toys, deciding the name of your angel, your hopes and dreams and that seemingly endless wait till the baby arrives…

So why let the size of the nursery dishearten you when the space in your heart is big enough? Living in metropolitan cities very often deprives us of adequate space for everything. But here we bring you some great décor and organization ideas for small nurseries…

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When the wall of a nursery is as captivating as the images you see above, they help divert attention from the size of the room! Needless to say, wall decals or stickers liven up plain, blank walls and are visually stimulating for the baby too. See more: http://tinyurl.com/qyplf2o; http://tinyurl.com/o2zkh4t

Closed low cabinets efficiently hide clutter and the top can act as a stand for little odds and ends. Drawers under the crib are really helpful when it comes to storing blankets, bedding or extra clothes.

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If you have some space for a simple closet or wall unit, then nothing like it. See how some simple rods, racks and bins can solve the perennial problem of storage! Labeling each bin will help recognize which contains what. And we love the gorgeous combination of pink and grey in the second nursery too 🙂 See more: http://tinyurl.com/op3t84l

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Use the vertical space as much as possible to save on floor area. This way there will be fewer things to bump into when you move about! Simple open shelves, hooks and rods can support most of the stuff as you can see above. The top of a traditional dresser can easily become a changing station. Don’t miss the dark blue walls in the second nursery. Though dark colors are usually perceived to make small rooms appear smaller, we beg to differ…it can provide an illusion of depth and an interesting background for light colored furniture.

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If you are still confused about the décor, going for light colored walls and furnishing is a safe bet…the room will appear bright and airy too. Still, we suggest, listen to your heart and do what is best for your little one…you can never go wrong 🙂

Photo credit: “Disney Baby” and “The Bump”