The first step to take when you want to get your family
organized for success is to purge what is no longer useful.
Things that you are not using are in the way! These items form
a barrier between your family members and their successful lives.
Many children have too many possessions crammed into their closets,
drawers, and all over their rooms. Time spent working with the
family to weed out unwanted and unneeded excess in their rooms
is productive. Your children probably have more books, clothing,
and toys than they need or want, so help them to sort through
One way to appeal to children to weed out such articles is to
explain that there are other people who need and can use what
they donít : children who have no books of their own, very few
toys, or a limited selection of clothing from which to choose.
There are three major benefits of this activity. First of all,
your child has a sense of contributing to another person. Secondly,
this frees up some space for navigating more freely in his own
room. Thirdly, you teach the lesson that it is all right to
get rid of things.
Most of us are so busy with our lives that we donít take the
time to implement this step. Make and keep an appointment with
yourselves to accomplish this task. Perhaps you can devote the
first day of a vacation to the effort; the approach of a childís
birthday could be a benchmark you will use; the beginning or
end of a school year is an ideal time. When you do it
is not nearly as important as that you do it!
You have an opportunity to participate in this effort by joining
in the Palo Alto Recycling Programís City-Wide Garage Sale,
being held this Saturday. See the full-page ad in todayís
Daily News. You may also visit the website at www.city.palo-alto.ca.us/garagesale.
Next week, a professional organizer with a new book gives simple
advice that all families can follow.