Sunday, March 9, 2014

How to Live in Harmony with Kids’ Toys

We adore our kids. We can’t resist showering them with toys and gifts. Nor can their grandparents. Nor can lots of other relatives and friends. And so, whether intended or not, kids these days end up possessing a lot of stuff. Gradually we notice our formerly lovely grown-up homes being taken over by games and toys, many of which have zillions of little pieces.

With a bit of organization, it’s possible to live in harmony with this kid stuff. Don’t be afraid to take back your living room – it does not have to involve a Grinch-like removal of toys. These three tips will help keep things neater without banishing all the fun from the living area.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

How to Avoid Drowning in Paper Clutter

Have you noticed that even in the so-called digital world of today, we are still drowning in paper? Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, brochures, flyers, and old-fashioned mail – they continue to find their way into our homes somehow.
Some is welcome, some not so much. I’ll be the first to admit a weakness for reading material. I always carry a book, magazine or newspaper around with me and often can’t resist picking up some more to bring home.

But what comes in must go back out again eventually, or a mountain of paper will grow. Following a very simple system of sorting, reading and recycling will help you avoid clutter and still enjoy your reading material. By getting the paper flow under control, the important things won’t get lost and the unimportant things won’t pile up.