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When you finish X, you may enjoy Y.

As is the case in just about every household I know with kids, no two weekdays look alike. But every day, at some point, I allow my kids to watch one TV show. It is the some point that causes the problem. My first grader, David, has difficulty figuring out when he is going to be allowed his precious TV time. Every day, the minute we walk into the house, whether it is 2 P.M. or 6 P.M., he wants to know “When can I watch TV?” And I can not stand the daily barrage of begging, whining, and pleading that inevitably leads me to say no over and over again.

This is where I instituted the when/then strategy. When all the must do activities are finished, then David can have TV time. Because David’s TV time also depends in part on his siblings’ commitments, I lay out the full schedule for the day for him. “Jenna has gymnastics today, so when we get home from dropping her off, you and Joe need to clean up the playroom, and then yes you can watch a TV show.

Once David has the information for the day, he does not feel insecure about whether TV is going to happen or not. He is no longer constantly checking in with me because he now knows exactly what needs to happen, and I find I am saying yes a lot more often. I am successfully using when/then at other tricky times of the day too. For instance, when you brush your teeth, then we can read a book together and at mealtime when the dinner plates are cleared, then we will serve dessert. Here you can check out part 1 of this series.

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Sure the door is closed on your closet and can conceal a lot of stuff, but paring down will make the morning rush a bit easier.

  • Remove everything from your closet and hang up only your ten favorite pieces. Pack the rest into bags, as if you were moving and take out additional items only as needed. At the end of the season, consider donating what ever remains.
  • Collect any items that have sentimental value but are not being worn and add them to the keepsake bin you set up. Even better yet, preserve the memories with a pic and donate the pieces to charity.
  • Purge your closet of any pairs of shoes that are uncomfortable and put the rest on a rack.
  • Repair all of the clothes that have missing buttons, minor tears, broken zippers or undone hems or you can finally take them to the seamstress.
  • If you just do one thing, establish a labeled donation box in each closet for any outgrown, ill fitting or out of style clothing and weed out items as you go.

Also, check out how to clean your pantry.

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Are you tired of hunting for ingredients? Eliminate excess, streamline storage space and create lasting order with these simple tips.

  • Use up any half emptied boxes of rice, pasta or any other dried goods that are taking up shelf space with specially designed recipes.
  • Toss spices and herbs that have been just sitting around unused for longer than you can remember. Extracts and whole spices generally stay fresh for 4 years. Ground spices for up to 3-4 years. Dried leafy herbs for 1-3 years and seasoning blends for about 2 years.
  • Group like items together (pasta and rice on one shelf, canned items on another), and use shelf dividers to maintain order.
  • Avoid storing things more than a layer deep. What you can not see, you likely will not use.
  • Save the cooking directions from a food item’s original packaging and tape them to the inside lid of your airtight containers.
  • If you do just one thing, at the end of each quarter, donate any unused food items that are more than a year old to make room for ones you will actually use.

24 is the average number of canned food items in a pantry, but we use an average of only 5 per week.

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