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Follow Through ~ by Paul Cannon

06 Jul 2017 5:38 PM | Amy Melaragno (Administrator)

Follow Through

Ok, you have your home organized, half the battle is won. So now how do you keep it that way?

 The only way to stay organized is follow through. This can be a big challenge, training family members and yourself to put away everything they’ve used throughout the day, back in its proper place. Here is a way to accomplish this task.

Build A Habit With Reward

Habit- Research shows it takes 27 days to establish a habit.  Sit down with your family members and inform them that it is everyone’s responsibility to put back in place anything they have touched or brought in by the end of the day. We will track this for a month.

Reward- I’ve observed, Cash, Moola, Dough, the green stuff is the most effective motivator. At the end of the day, everyone who has put back everything they have touched receives their cash reward. Adjust the reward to your family’s budget and age range, anywhere from25 cents per day to 5 dollars.

To help you and your family members remember what this includes, it can be handy to keep a list of examples around.

 For instance, the list could include the following:

·        Shoes

·        Car Keys

·        Mail

·        TV Remote

·        Magazines

·        Laptops/ Tablets

·        Glasses

·        Groceries and Grocery bags

·        Dishes and Cups

·        Couch Throws

·        Bath Towels

·        Lotions/ Beauty products

·        Tools

·        Coats/ Sweaters

·        And yes, all Toys

As a professional organizer, it is my goal to help people get organized and Stay organized, thereby enjoying a less stressful life.

Give this a try and let me know what you think.




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