Live an Organized Clutter-Free, Less Stress Year
Be prepared for an illness or injury by taking stock each January of the items inside your medicine cabinet. Toss out expired, over-the-counter drugs, creams, lotions, etc. When disposing of prescription drugs, not all items can be flushed or put in the trash. Call your local pharmacy for clarification on how to safely dispose of questionable prescription drugs.
Organizing all of the paperwork that comes with a child having an IEP does not have to be complex or costly. Pick your method of how you want to organize and stay with it; fine tuning it only to suit your family and goals. Maintain all those papers with a minimum of stress. Make it a goal to file them away each day. Purchasing a filing cabinet and folders will keep the documents organized and available when needed. Colorcoded files are a great way to separate school documents from physicians/specialists (e.g., all red files forschool, all blue files for doctors, etc.). Clearly label each file folder with a bold pen or marker. Keeping it organized will make it easier on all of you. TIP: Sign permission slips and forms the same day and put back in backpack.
If you add then subtract
To keep your closet organized, follow a few simple rules. If you add an item, subtract an item. Keep a small hamper, or large shopping bag, in the closet or in the same room for items that are to be donated. When the donation bag is full, drop it off at your local charity center. To avoid dragging out the ironing board, remove items from the dryer and hang them up right away so wrinkles do not set into the clothing. I have been living this rule for years and it works like a charm – giving up my iron was very nice!
You are all well aware of the importance of keeping medical appointments forthe children, but, how do you keep them for yourself? Since those early days, I make yearly checkups with my doctor each August. I have a reminder in my electronic calendar that pops up and screams “MAKE APPOINTMENT WITH DOCTOR FOR CHECKUP” and it keeps popping up on my calendar until the date is set. When the appointment is made, I check myself “out” on the calendar for the entire day so nothing else can be scheduled. If you use a paper calendar, purchase extra bright colored “stickies” and slap it onto the calendar as a reminder until it is done!
Susan Parziale is a certified Professional Organizer. She is also a mother to 8 year old daughter with Autism.
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This post originally appeared on our January/February 2017 Magazine