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Organization at Home
Keeping Their Room Uncluttered
Use a clear over
the door shoe holder. Ours has 24 pouches for shoes. Hang it over the
closet door and use it to keep all the odds and ends that usually end up on
the floor. It is great for pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, small
papers, stapler, art supplies, dolls, doll clothes etc.
Having a clear holder allows the child to see what is inside yet keeps the clutter off the floor. Clean up becomes a snap.
As an adult, I
do enjoy your site and have used some of your ideas, suggestions and tips in
my own life.
Something that has helped me is
hanging as much as possible. If I have a shirt or sweater folded in a drawer,
I'll seldom remember it's there. Especially first thing in the morning.
This One Is For
Using a wallet can be difficult
for boys with ADHD as they tend to lose and forget the wallet just about every
day. An inexpensive wallet (we bought one at Walmart for $6.00) with a
band attached. The band can be attached around a belt so that the wallet
is always attached to your child. No more lost or missing wallets.
Sit down with
your child and find one way in which he or she can improve over the coming
year. Let them know that they do not need to suddenly become
"organized" but can work on one small change at a time. For
example, they can work on having all school stuff together and ready at the
door the night before, or remembering to double check for papers before going
to bed. By letting your child work on one item at a time, they will be
able to improve slowly and steadily. Working on improvement of
"organization skills" may be to broad and vague of a concept.
This may cause your child to become overwhelmed and accept failure. Breaking
"organization" down into small steps might accomplish the goal.
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10 and up. For these parents, it is time to start (if you haven't
already) preparing your computer from those curious and hormone driven minds.
Believe me when I tell you we have
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them and explored areas I would prefer not to discuss.
But now we have found a new one,
and he has not broken it for 6 months. This is a record and it is a
testimonial to the firm that runs the program.
For those that may have a similar
situation, please check out Family Click. It costs $4.95 per month and
is well worth it. (You do receive a 30 day free trial)
Children To Help
Getting children to help keep the
house straightened up can be a full time job in itself. To cut down on
the time you spend keeping track of their progress, make it simple for them.
Use a laundry basket and have one
child carry the basket, starting in one room. Every thing in that room
that belongs somewhere else in the house, should be placed in the laundry
basket. (You might want to check around the house first for breakables
like cups etc)
Your child can then move to the
next room, take out what belongs there from the basket and gather anything
that belongs elsewhere into the basket. As he (or she) moves around the
house, depositing items into rooms, another child can be following behind and
placing the items in the correct place in the room.
that has a hard time getting their child up and ready for school in the
morning, try this. We wrote up a schedule of what tasks should be
completed at what time. Then my son made a tape for himself. He
started 15 minutes before he was to wake up, telling himself through the tape
how much longer he had, and playing music the rest of the time. He
walked himself through all of the tasks on the tape, getting dressed,
brushing teeth, eating breakfast, taking his medicine. Each segment of
the tape told him what he should be doing, what time it was and then played
music. He would remind himself when it was time to move on to the next task.
Finally, a way for him to get ready without nagging from me. He actually told
himself through the preplanned tape.
ever sign papers for school, give them to your child to have them put them in
their school bag, only to find it laying on the floor later, or even days
I purchased bins
from an office supply store. They are the horizontal letter size bins that can
be stacked one on top of the other. I bought enough so that there is one
slot for each member of the family. If I have school papers to sign,
report cards, or something that needs to go to school with a particular child,
I place it in their slot and the next morning, before they go off to school,
we make sure each slot is empty.
I also have one
for my husband, so if something comes in the mail I think he should see or if
it is for him, it goes directly into his slot.