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Organizing Through Our Pandemic Pandemonium

NJ Expert Organizer, Marilyn Shain Labendz, offers advice to stay in control during the pandemic.

"Here I thought I couldn't get organized because I didn't have the time. Now I realized that wasn't the reason."

With sheltering in place the element of being totally out of control and feeling anxious fills everyone to some degree or the other.

There are different ways to stay sane:

  • A set schedule for everyone, including relaxation. vs. no set schedule (if you're not home schooling).

  • Getting dressed daily...vs. changing from morning to evening evening pajamas.

  • Forget the mess it will be there tomorrow vs. clean up after each activity.

I confess, organizing puts me at ease, even if I only do 15 minutes at a time, once a day or every other day.

  • It's problematic sometimes because I have a tiny kitchen, 5 closets, although some are large, and I am already organized.

  • I get antsy without something to organize. (I know, it's an unimaginable curse).

What I have done so far, just one activity a day and what I have found:

  • I wiped down the shelves of one section of my 6 upper kitchen cabinets, taking every item out.

  • I realized I could rearrange things and I actually put some more important items in more accessible place.

  • I actually found more room. While I have no plans to buy anything to fill that space, it it looks so nice when I open the doors.

NJ Organizing Expert, Marilyn Shain Labendz, suggests making organizing a game with the whole family .

At the risk of sounding like Mary Poppins, if you make the organizing task fun, you'll enjoy it more.

  • Kids love to participate.

  • Games and rewards always work.

  • YOU must reward yourself, too!

  • A scavenger hunt:

  • Find as many loose toy pieces as possible.

  • Find as many books that are un-shelved and put them back in the right place.

  • Find the oddest place to have found something where it doesn't belong.

In these dire times I am even offering, FREE OF CHARGE, to FaceTime, Skype, or phone to help you out with different projects and inspire you to get them done!

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