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By Patricia Smith
“Where, oh where, did my tennis shoe go?” Has this tune become your kid’s national anthem? Is living with her belongings strewn under beds and between sofa cushions causing you to attack and retreat? If so, the time has come to round up the forces and chart a new course. Surprisingly, winning the war on clutter is not as challenging as you might think.
Take it from professional organizer Karen Fritscher-Porter. Yelling at the kids to pick up their toys, shirts, socks, and schoolbooks isn’t the answer. Kids are pros at turning a deaf ear when it comes to cleaning up. Give them a reason to believe there’s fun involved and you’ve got buy-in. With time and patience, you can transform your home from so-so to shipshape. Read on for a few tricks of the trade.
Set Ground Rules
Color-Code the Kids
Bring on the Fun
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Create a Mini Museum
Once Is Not Enough
Keeping everything in its place goes a long way toward keeping a tidy household. Designate a cleanup day once a month (and label it clearly on your neatly organized calendar) and your kids will develop good housekeeping habits that will serve them well—all the way into adulthood.