18 January 2012

Join me for a live talk on getting organized: Monday 1/23/12

The Best Ideas For Getting Organized with Asha Dornfest

My favorite thing about Parent Hacks is the conversation. On Monday, we'll be able to talk in real time!

The Motherhood has asked me to host a live talk on getting organized, and you're all invited! Jump start your commitment to simplifying and streamlining your home, your schedule and your life. I'll share the best "getting organized" hacks that have come in over the years and we'll swap ideas and inspiration.

EVEN BETTER, I'll have two fantastic co-hosts who will add their own unique, down-to-earth brilliance to the event: Christine Koh of Boston Mamas and Meagan Francis of The Happiest Mom.

Christine knows organization: she's juggling a remarkable number of projects alongside family life and self-care. But her talent isn't in doing so much, it's in how she chooses what she does. Christine's priorities and values guide each commitment she makes...and, inevitably, which things she must let go. You'll be as inspired as I am by her thoughts and suggestions.

I could (and have) spent hours reading through the archives of Meagan's site, The Happiest Mom. She has such a reasonable, easygoing take on being organized...enough to keep life flowing, but not so much that it becomes an end in itself. With five kids and a thriving online business, she's managing to find that balance, and she'll share how she does it. (For a sneak peek, check out her book The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood. Here's my review.)

The Motherhood is hosting the whole party, and you'll love how they do it. Cooper Munroe and Emily McKhann, The Motherhood's founders, truly understand community, and they've built their entire site around the energy that happens when people get to share ideas in real time.

So put this on your calendar! Don't miss 30 minutes of fun, lively conversation that will start your week off in the most productive way!

Live Talk at The Motherhood:
The Best Ideas For Getting Organized with Asha Dornfest, Christine Koh and Meagan Francis

Monday, January 23, 2012
10am PST/1pm EST (talk lasts 30 minutes)

Register now (it's free). If you can't make it, submit a question and we'll do our best to answer!

Hey, Melissa! Your marker-and-crayon sorting hack provided the lovely image for this talk. Thank you!

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So excited to be part of this conversation!

I noticed! I'm happy to say those bins have remained organized! :)

Well THAT'S saying a lot, Melissa! For your idea, and for your kids' follow-through. Applause!

First, I put the kids in front of the TV. Nothing else keeps them in one spot like the television.

Next, I turn on every room light. Once all the lights are on, I do a thorough room-by-room search for a stuff.

When a room is clear, I turn out the light and close the door.

Once all the lights are out and doors are closed, I know I've hit every space. Now, if something doesn't make it home with us, it wasn't for a lack of trying.

If your kids are old enough, I would add a step before the room-by-room inspection: have them pack their suitcases, or at least gather their stuff into a single corner. My motto: "always better when several brains work on a problem."

Do you have a system for packing up at the end of a vacation?

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