My Winter Break Triple Threat

by Lisa Woodruff

Dec 22, 2015 | Episode 80 | 15:43

I am super productive over winter break. Because I'm a busybody by nature and always need something to do, I try to focus on family tasks that need to be completed and turn off my computer and blog.

One of my favorite ways to spend a day with the kids over winter break is cleaning and organizing the bedrooms. I understand what you are thinking... I am not normal. However, there are many mothers at this time of year who are eager to go through their child's toys, clothes and treasures and find what can be donated.

I have written the following posts about organizing with your children:

Organizing kids' clothes.

Little girl bedroom organization part one.

Little girl bedroom organization part two.

A closet fit for a princess.

I really enjoy organizing children's bedrooms. I find that a child can work with me for 2 to 3 hours at a time. They really do want to get rid of some of their stuff, but they need to know that it is going to go to a good home just like you do when you are decluttering.

Winter break is the perfect time to start organizing with your children. Organization is a skill that can be taught.

So, over winter break I double dog dare you to accomplish the following three things all at the same time with your children.

1. Spend one-on-one time with each child.

2. Go through their room with them and find out what they still love and what they're ready to part with.

3. Help them see the value of organization by donating their unwanted items to charity, or selling them on Craigslist and eBay and earning some money.

My children both have attention issues and have been diagnosed with ADHD. Many of the people that I organize are diagnosed with or proclaim to have ADHD. However, after working with me month after month, they are able to maintain organization that I set out and organize new areas on their own.

Organization is a skill that can be taught! I think that we have been conditioned to believe that either you have organizational gifts or you don't. And that's just not true. So by organizing with my children over winter break every year, year in and year out, they have learned many of the organizational tips and tricks that I use on a regular basis.

While typically an ADHD diagnosis means that you have a harder time getting and staying organized, I have found that both of my children's organizational abilities are greatly improved from these yearly sessions.

I would love to hear how your organization session goes with your child! Leave me a message in the comment section.

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