How to stay on a Summer Budget

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As part of my series “The Imperfect Perfectionist,” I am redefining perfection by making room for the imperfections that go hand in hand with being a parent. I am uncovering the secrets to doing less, rather than doing more, so we can find balance and peace. This week I am reaching out to partner Kristin Mastromarino, a professional organizer, to help me stay with a summer budget while entertaining four kids.She can be reached at Kristin@livablesolutions.com.

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Wendy, I can guess that many parents are having the same heart palpitations thinking about the day their kids step off the bus for the last time until September. The fact that you are getting yourself mentally and physically prepared ahead of time is invaluable and very smart!

Start with a calendar. Make sure all camp schedules, vacations, summer sports schedules and regular appointments are all accounted for so you have your basic planning timeline.

Next, create checklists for each of the ...

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Imperfect Perfectionist – Preparing for the End of School

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Soon my vacation will be over. In 10 days 6 hours (who’s counting?) my children will be released from school and summer will officially begin. I will miss the quiet in my house at 8:37 am when I can sit at the sink, and hear the humming of my refrigerator as I drink my coffee and plan out my day.
Time is fleeting and I am fully aware of the fact that I will never get these days back. I ...

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Organize your Summer for Fun!

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1. Have a Summer Plan:

Planning often takes a backseat as we try to keep up with all the fun to be had in the summer months. Instead of rushing around madly trying to accomplish every idea that comes to mind or “intending” to take that trip, make a plan! Make a list of your choices in your planner or a document in your computer. Prioritize them and make them happen!

2. Learn to Multitask:

Do you need to conduct business in another ...

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ORGANIZE A CHORE SCHEDULE/CHART FOR KIDS

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1. Make up a chore chart on a computer program such as microsoft word(see #2 for an example)
Save it and make copies to hang on the refrigerator each week.
This method is tried & true, we used it in our household for years for our five children.

2. Across the top of the chore chart, list each day of the week (Mon-Sat with Sunday’s off)
Going down the left side of ...

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Taming The Toy Room — Organizational Tips

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Children’s playrooms can take up endless hours of time to get in order.  Many parents get to the point that they don’t even try any more because they feel like it is an endless battle.  While it may seem like there is no winning in the playroom, I do have some tips to give you hope.

 

The most important thing you can do to make the ...

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Toy Room and Kids Organization Principles Workshop at the Organized Lifestyle Store!

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Toy Room and Kids Organization Principles
Are your kids toys taking over your house? Does mom keep bringing over presents for the kid? Is
your daughter’s closet already unmanageable and she hasn’t even hit her teen shopping years yet?
Come learn how to tackle toy storage, clothing management, and general organizing tips for kids.
Taught by Professional Organizer Kristin Mastromarino.

Monday, July 14, 2008
12-1 @ The Organized Lifestyle Store
Pre-registration required: ...

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