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New Year’s Resolution:

Get and Stay Organized By Lisa Y. Taylor


s 2014 takes off, moms and dads everywhere make heartfelt resolutions. Getting organized is the second most popular New Year’s promise that Americans make, according to The University of Scranton. Setting and keeping routines, placing belongings in sensible locations and implementing family teamwork can help parents get and stay organized. “A new year means a fresh start. And with the cold and dreary weather and not much happening in the social arena, it’s a great time to put away the Christmas decorations and get a jumpstart on organizing,” says Esmi Gonzalez, a certified professional organizer and owner of Sort It Out Professional Organizing Solutions.

Build a Command Center To orchestrate each day, families can benefit from utilizing a command center located at a front door or mud room entrance, advises Gonzalez. She designs the centers to include a cork board, calendar and dry erase message board as well as places to store backpacks and shoes. “Personalize each center with your child’s photo and name,” she says. “For the calendar, use different erasable pen colors to identify dental and doctor appointments, school functions, extracurricular activities and chores. The cork board could be used to post party invitations and tickets. Parents can use the message board to write important notices.” Hanging backpacks on sturdy wall-mounted


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