How To Organize Your Life And Live It At The Same Time

Take Charge on 08.13.12
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Multitasking can be a gift and a curse. Of course, doing more than one thing at a time seems like the perfect scenario, but so does slowing down and hearing yourself think. Here's how taking a few steps to clear the clutter (or avoid it) can make your muti-tasking that much more productive.

1. Cleaning your purse. Can you see the bottom of your purse? If the answer is no, don't feel bad; most of the time I can't, either. Next time you're waiting in line or at the doctor's office, even at your child's school, take a moment or two to get some, if not all, of the clutter out of your purse. Of course, not letting it accumulate in the first place is also a game changer. Go for electronic reciepts if offered and remember that you don't need an entire box of tissue in your bag, no matter how many kids you have.

2. Cleaning the car. If you don't have time to clean the car every weekend (wait, the kids take over the car on the weekends, right?), take the time to clean it while you are waiting to shuttle people to and fro. Get a few plastic bags from the grocery store and use them to collect trash. As you get closer to your destination make sure your children help tidy up any messes they have made. 

3. Cleaning the house. Did you know house cleaning and quality time can go hand-in-hand? Fold laundry in front of the TV so you can catch an episode of the kids' favorite show. Let the little ones play in the water while you wash that car that you just cleaned out. Making dinner for the rest of the week? Find a helper, then talk; you can learn a lot about what's going on in their lives while sharing kitchen workspace.

4. Cleaning the kids. If you've got little ones old enough to handle basic cleaning tasks (think teeth-brushing, face-washing, changing into jammies), let them at it; even better if there's a slightly older child who can lend a helping hand.They'll feel responsible watching over a sister or brother, freeing you up to take care of crucial duties. Then you can devote time to the stuff that counts, like sharing bedtime stories.

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