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Back to School: The Importance of Structure & Routines

Customizing Your Child’s Daily Routine Though there is a sense of freedom in the flexibility of summer, there is something innate about structure and routine once the school year brings. Children thrive on predictability, repetition, and consistency. “Knowing what to expect from relationships and activities helps children become more confident,” says Dr. Peter Gorski, assistant professor […]
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7 Ways to Minimize Impact When Traveling with Your Kids

We all know that having guests stay with us for a few days can be stressful, so it is important to consider the impact your family brings when visiting someone else’s home. Laurie Martin, the owner and team leader of Simplicity Organizers, wanted to share 7 ways to minimize the impact when traveling with your […]
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Age Appropriate Responsibilities for Children

It is important to assign your children responsibilities as team members of your family.  Provide your children and teens with age-appropriate tasks, making sure you spend time teaching your children how to master a specific task.  Try and not overwhelm them with too many tasks at once. Consider each child’s ability and temperament. Expect your […]
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Creating Structure & Routines

As much as we seem to boycott the idea structure in our lives, we actually need it, especially children.  And studies prove that. We cannot control a lot that is going on in our world, but we can create routines which helps lower anxiety and the stress of so many unknowns. Everyone is different and […]
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Clutter

by Laurie Martin “We need much less than we think we need.” -Maya Angelou What is Clutter? Anything that is unused or unloved Anything that is untidy or disorganized Anything that overwhelms the space available Anything that can’t be fixed Anything that is unfinished  How does clutter impact you? Clutter impacts you in almost every […]
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Celebrating the Holiday Season with Less Five Simple Tips

It can be difficult to find your holiday spirit when daily schedules, household responsibilities, and your personal commitments are on overload. However, changing your perception to focus less on the stress in your life can help boost your holiday mood and encourage a happier household. 1. Fewer commitments = MORE TIME If you’re like most people, you […]
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Recycling Right in Mecklenburg County

by Laurie Martin Recycling has proven to be an important part of our city.  It creates jobs, helps protect the environment, reduces pollution, and saves on landfill space. However, the market demands have changed over the years which is why there has been some confusion on what can and can’t be recycled here in Mecklenburg […]
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7 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Trash Day

T’was the night before trash day And all through the house The family worked together To throw it all out.. 1. Get your family involved.  Brainstorm and create a list with your family of what they think should  be done the night before trash day.  Weekly maintenance will significantly decrease the amount of clutter and stress in your […]
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10 Ways to Motivate Yourself to get Organized

Organizing does not need to feel like a chore. There is a lot of creative thinking involved in finding a system that works and discovering the impact of organization will keep you motivated! Organizing is not just about making a space look pretty, the focus should be creating a functional system that works for you. Organizing […]
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Organizing Your Command Center

The Command Center is the hub of all activity.  This is where schedules are planned, bills are paid, schoolwork is reviewed, coupons are clipped, and magazines are stacked.  With so many tasks taking place in one small area, piles can grow quickly. It is vital that your command center work efficiently in order for you […]
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