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There is no doubt about it: Marie Kondo has revolutionized personal organizing. Her calm, relatable, and judgment-free methods—as well as her assertion that our possessions should “spark joy”—have clearly resonated with tens of thousands of people. (The popularity of her how-to book and her Netflix show leave no doubt!) As organizing consultants, we applaud her success and are grateful her efforts to demystify what it means to live a truly “tidy” life—mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. While most of Kondo’s fans are adults, children and teenagers can benefit from her methods. However, helping young people get organized presents unique challenges. If you’ve tried to “Kondo-fy” your child with little success, here are some practical suggestions that might help restart the process.
The Well-Organized Aren't "Born That Way"
In the nearly twenty years I’ve been working with students, I have found that, for most of them, the decision to “Get organized!” is not their own. Most often, they are told to do so by the adults in their lives: their parents, their teachers, or their coaches. While well-organized adults are surely well intentioned, we often forget that we were not, to paraphrase Lady Gaga, “born that way.” We have all developed organizational methods that work for us over a lifetime of trying, failing, and trying again. And even though those methods might indeed be wildly successful for us, we cannot—and should not—simply try to force them onto others. Instead, we must help the young people in our lives to discover what works for them.In their 2017 article “Social and Emotional Learning: Introducing the Issue,” Stephanie Jones and Emily Doolittle define social-emotional learning (or “SEL”) as learning that leads to “attention and the ability to solve problems; [positive] beliefs about the self, such as perceptions of competence and autonomy; and social awareness, including empathy for others and the ability to resolve conflicts.” While much of the research around SEL involves partnerships between students and teachers in the classroom, we can employ many of these SEL methods to help our kids get organized.
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I’ll give you an example: organizing your child’s workspace can be one of a parent’s most aggravating tasks—but not if you let your child put things at hand by him or herself. And remember that, although many of us were programmed to sit at desks and “study” until we learned what we needed to know, research teaches us that many children literally cannot learn while sitting still.Recently, one of my seventh-grade students came to me for advice. He was having trouble memorizing his Spanish vocabulary words. He told me he thought he was doing everything “right” by sitting down at his desk and flipping through his flashcards. But, when it was time for the quiz, he couldn’t remember anything.I reached into the drawer of my own desk and handed him a roll of blue painter’s tape. “Find the biggest empty wall in your house,” I suggested, “and tape the notecards to the wall. Then, when you’re studying, walk back and forth past the notecards, memorizing as you go. If you can’t remember some words, move those cards to a different part of the wall and spend a bit more time there. But talk to yourself. Move around. And don’t try to sit. Sitting still to study doesn’t work for you.” I knew that this student, a star soccer player, demonstrated exceptional grace, control, and focus on the field, so asking him to approach studying the same way he approached playing soccer might help. The next afternoon, he told me that he'd aced his Spanish quiz—and he'd gotten his studying done in half the time.If you decide to undergo a workspace reorganization with your child, don’t just think about the desk in front of her. Look at the walls in her room. Could you use some Command Strips (a professional organizer’s best friend!) to attach a few bulletin boards to the far wall? How could you and your child work together to rethink her space? To set him up to achieve? And to get rid of the physical and mental clutter that gets in the way?
Making Marie Kondo's Methods Work for You
Understanding that young people must find their own methods of organization does not mean that there aren’t wonderful tips to take from Ms. Kondo. For example, her suggestion to organize by groups of items is great. If you have a teenage daughter and a garage full of athletic equipment, what better way to spend a Saturday morning than sorting her stuff into four piles: keep, donate, hand-me-down, and toss? Your middle-school-aged son might have loved those Minecraft shirts when he was in fourth grade, but now that he’s 13, his younger cousin might love them more. And how cool would it be if, as a coach or teacher, you challenged your team or your homeroom to a “cleaning spree” over the weekend, with donations going to a local charity?But children and teenagers often have trouble telling the difference between something that brings them joy in the present (and that they can use!) and something that holds a fond memory. Yes, that baseball bat may be too small—but, Dad, remember when it hit the winning home run? Sure, I don’t use those old binders anymore—but, Mom, remember when Ms. Tatsch gave me an A on that project?When confronted with these difficult (but honest) questions, it can be very easy to give in to avoid an argument. But, when we’re all drowning in stuff, “giving in” isn’t a viable option. Instead, I’d suggest using that item as the beginning of a conversation: “I know that bat is really special to you. But it takes up space in the basket, and someone else might love it. Can we come up with another way to remember that game?” Most of our children live their lives online these days—a photograph of that bat or that binder (posted to Instagram, of course!) would preserve the memory and provide the physical and mental space to grow. (I’m also a huge fan of repurposing items as pieces of art—and what a great project for a rainy day!)Marie Kondo’s principles of organization are wonderful places to start, but that’s what they are: starting points. Each of us responds best to our own methods, and for young people—who are still learning what works for them—it can be important to test different methods. It’s terrific that Ms. Kondo has opened up this door and turned so many people on to organizing. Now we just have to ensure that, like a New Year’s resolution that only lasts three days, we can find our own pathways…and help the people we love find theirs, too.Ben Gott is an Education Specialist and Organizing Consultant at In Order To Succeed
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Get to know Tiffany Sorensen, In Order to Succeed’s Project & Regional Manager Launching our Minnesota Office.IOTS: So you grew up in MN and have recently moved back. What’s special about the area that makes you want to call the “Twin Cities” home? [caption id="attachment_8624" align="alignleft" width="278"] With husband Bruce and bridal party[/caption]TS: First and foremost, last year I married someone born, raised and residing here! Aside from that, Minnesota (MN) has always been a home base for me. Even with all of my moving around as a child, my extended family was based here, and I would spend every holiday and as much of the summer as I could either in the Twin Cities or “Up North”. When I had my own children, the routine remained the same and they too came to think of MN as their home base, no matter where else in the country we were residing.Family is a big part of it. I read an article once about the percentage of native Minnesotans that leave for extended periods and end up eventually returning, so I guess I can be added to that statistic! I appreciate the robust offerings of sports, culinary, music and theater that exist here, and I am a huge fan of all things lake related.My time spent in the desert has really made me appreciate (three of) the four seasons; I admit I am not much of a fan of winter past January 1st, so I am happy for opportunities to travel during the colder months!IOTS:As founder and partner of a full-service tradeshow and event production company in Las Vegas, what types of clients did you work with? [caption id="attachment_8627" align="alignright" width="340"] Vail Colorado visit with Cooper[/caption]TS: My clients were largely entertainment based initially, HBO, MGM, The Disney Channel to name a few. Over the years, as the business expanded, and I relocated to the East Coast, clientele grew to encompass professional sports, hospitality groups, music and other live festivals and events.These projects gave me the opportunity to work both “back of house” with talent and production aspects, as well as “front of house” with sponsors, activations, logistics and the like.Additionally, I worked with several small corporations and individuals creating and managing hospitality events both in the U.S. and abroad, as well as with several well recognized brands to create unique customer engagement experiences.IOTS:Have organizing and designing spaces always been a part of your life?[caption id="attachment_8629" align="alignleft" width="277"] Celebrating with Daughter Payton[/caption]TS: Yes. Organization is a critical aspect in every role I have served. Both live events and design project management contain so many moving parts that are subject to change at any given moment, even with the most perfectly executed plans.If a project is not organized at the beginning, it becomes very difficult to keep on track when those inevitable curveballs arise. I had the opportunity to project manage a 200,000 sf build to suit in Las Vegas several years ago. I was involved in everything from groundbreaking to conference room furnishings, working hand in hand with our construction firm. The project was completed on time and on budget. In 2015, I took part in the massive undertaking of producing what is known as “The World’s Largest Music Festival,” and their first foray into the United States. Though these two projects seem very different, organization skills were critical to the success of both.I have also built and renovated several homes, and as previously mentioned, have an abundance of experience moving throughout my life. I have served as the designer on all of my home builds and renovations, specifying sourcing and procuring everything from toilets to throw pillows, and have worked closely with my GCs to manage each project. [caption id="attachment_8631" align="alignright" width="220"] Senior Night Football with Son Wyatt[/caption]IOTS:You have personally moved many times so what’s your best piece of advice for a successful one?TS: As an adult/post-college, I have moved 13 times! At the risk of sounding like a sales pitch, I have to say that I wish I had a company like In Order to Succeed (IOTS) by my side for those moves. Having true pros managing the nuts and bolts of a move allows for financial efficiencies to be realized, and the peace of mind can truly be considered priceless. Aside from that, moving is stressful no matter what the circumstances. I still have dreams where I realize I have left items behind at a former residence and I am tasked with retrieving these items immediately! As with most other stressful life situations, I find it best to focus on the positive; look at a relocation as a fresh start and new opportunity and know that somehow it always gets done!
IOTS:What attracted you to IOTS?
[caption id="attachment_8633" align="alignleft" width="278"] Breakfast with Denise Caron-Quinn[/caption]TS: Staying organized makes me more productive and more relaxed. Coming home to a beautiful space always seems to convey a sense of peace and warmth no matter what other chaos may be occurring. I have always felt it is important to have a home that is just as welcoming to its residents as it is to its guests. I have moved A LOT, starting from childhood, and I always looked forward to the opportunity to space plan and decorate my new room, making me feel at home no matter where home was. The philosophies of IOTS align with this point of view, and the broad range of services we offer allow me to shape and concentrate my efforts in areas I enjoy most. It also enables us to provide the proper teammates to fill in the gaps in other areas in order to provide our clients with a “one stop shop.” In addition to that, it also is just a pleasure to work with such an intelligent, kind and fun group of people!IOTS:What are you most excited about accomplishing as you introduce IOTS to Minnesotans? [caption id="attachment_8635" align="alignright" width="277" class="no_m_margin"] Having fun with celebrity designer Thom Filicia & fellow RWAV Co-Chairs[/caption]TS: I am looking forward to establishing new relationships with both corporate and residential clients, and the opportunity to provide a fresh, holistic and fully comprehensive approach including private and corporate concierge services, interior styling, event creation and execution, renovation management, home or office organizing and beyond.Whether working on a VIP client or employee team building event, collaborating with real estate agents and contractors on moves and renovations, or readying a space for a seasonal homeowner, I am excited to bring the expansive talent, experience and resources of IOTS to the area.
IOTS:Please tell us about some of the philanthropic work that you do and charities you are involved with.
TS: I serve on the board of an organization called Tuesday’s Children which was founded on 9/11/2001 and assists in long term healing via resiliency programs to those affected by traumatic loss or terrorism, including the support of Gold Star Military Families. I recently served as co-chair of our annual gala in NYC.Another cause that is near and dear to my heart is “Rooms with a View,” an interior-design and culinary event that supports the missions of Southport Congregational Church. I was the co-chair for this event for seven years.As my youngest child is now in his senior year of high school, my career of volunteering for various school and sporting endeavors is culminating after most recently serving as Parent Liaison for my son’s football team and on the committee of the school’s annual fundraiser.
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I can’t say enough about Denise, Robin and their entire army of angels. They were professional, super efficient and a true pleasure to be around - even amidst the stress of moving. Without them, I would literally still be surrounded by boxes!
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Robin's organizational skills, tact, and attention to detail are invaluable. She makes things that can be torturous- moving, renovating, getting-a-washing-machine-repairman-to-come-and-being-there-when-he-does-- easy. You will finish things around your house that would otherwise never have been finished.
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Greetings and Happy Holidays! The holidays are our single most favorite time of the year. The eggnog, the music, the reindeer sweaters, not having enough power outlets for all your electrical decorations…. magical. There’s no time like it, which means it can get pretty unorganized and stressful pretty quickly.I have compiled a list of five simple tips to get you organized and in the right mindset this holiday season. You’ll be ready take on whatever the sugar plum fairy throws at you (even the sarcastic remarks from your mother about your cooking).Let these 5 tips help lead you to festive success:
1. Make a list and check it twice
One of the best, tried and true ways to start succeeding in all of your organizing needs is to make a list. Santa’s got it down pat, he’s a very organized man dealing with so many little ones across the globe. Make a list (that you won’t lose) of everything you need to get accomplished for each month. Groceries, gifts, appointments, etc. If you thrust it all into one singular sensation of a list, you’ll be able to prioritize more successfully and be set. So be your own Santa this year and check your list twice. Who knows, maybe you’ll do so well, someone will leave you a plateful of milk and cookies.
2. Sing synchronized
We all have smartphones, am I right? And if you don’t, you’re probably reading this blog on your tablet under a rock. A few of my favorite apps are Google Cal and ICal. Putting every single schedule, appointment, meeting, party date, brunch date, dinner date, sale date, release date, etc. for every family member into your calendar will help you know what’s coming up next and how soon you have to prep for it. Any kind of smartphone on the market now lets you synchronize every smartphone in the family, so what one adds to one's schedule, everyone can see & know about it.
3. Try something new
Before the hustle and bustle of the holidays ignite, before you start thinking about your New Year’s resolution, before you start giving yourself ulcers thinking about the lines you’ll have to face at the Apple Store, embark on an experience you’ve never explored before. Take a road trip to a magical festival or drive-by a light show, take a loved one to a famous landmark or concert, or just sit home and try a new recipe with Martha Stewart. You’d be amazed at what a fresh new experience can do for one's perspective.
4. Indulge a little
“It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” Johnny Mathis and I get it. Need I say more? It’s a time for being thankful, giving, sharing, reflecting, spreading love and Christmas cheer. So, who says that can’t be directed towards you by… well… YOU! You’re with you more than anyone else is throughout the year, so why not do something extra special for just you this year. You’re one of the lucky ones that has survived another glorious year, so go ahead and splurge for that spa day, get that new Samsung 50” TV you’ve been wanting. You deserve it. Alright, go! I’m kidding, not now, finish reading this lovely blog first, then go! Taking time for you might be just what you need to clear your head for everyone else’s wants.
5. Help Others
Tis’ the season to be jolly and is there any better way to be jolly than making others happy? Bueller? Bueller? I didn’t think so. The Holidays are a great time to purge your things as you scurry around to make your house clean for the relatives. So, grab one of those extra-stretchy heavy-duty trash bags and fill them to the brim with glee, hop into your gas guzzling sleigh, and donate your treasures to a homeless shelter, a Goodwill drop-off, or a national organization like Operation Christmas Child. You’ll end up[ free of all the things you don’t want anymore, have more room for newer shinier things, and you’re helping someone who is less fortunate. It’s a win-win.I hope these steps will bring you to a brighter Holiday Season and provide you with less clutter tangibly and mentally. Until next time. A very Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year!Jonathan Cobrda
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Sarah Stimson uses her background in teaching to help identify, create and implement personalized organizing solutions for client's of In Order to Succeed®. As first a third grade teacher, and then later as a special education teacher, Sarah Stimson developed individualized solutions to meet the varied needs of her students. Just as all students learn differently and require different supports, no two people or projects require the same organizational solutions. Now, as a professional organizer and life management specialist, Sarah enjoys applying the creativity and attention to detail that made her successful in the classroom, to transform cluttered and mismanaged areas into highly functional and beautiful spaces.A native of Rochester New York, Sarah came to New York City to obtain a graduate degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio, is a Phi Beta Kappa member and a member of NAPO.Although no longer employed as a teacher, Sarah continues to enjoy working with children as a tutor and also loves bringing order to children’s bedrooms, study and play areas. Sarah loves to run, bake and take on a variety of DIY projects such as building coffee tables and wine racks. Her patient, pleasant and creative personality makes her well suited for working with homemakers, busy professionals and retired seniors to bring new order and serenity to their lives.