Eager for a more balanced life?
In need of some inspiration + organization at home?
Could your daily routine use an upgrade?

I’m excited to announce a new collaboration for a fun workshop series that combines chaos counseling + life coaching!

I’m teaming up with the very awesome Marieke Bosch Larose, a life coach from Your Novel Life, to host 3 upcoming seasonal workshops: fall, winter + spring. The goal is to offer practical ideas for managing your day-to-day inner and outer worlds.

The first workshop is on November 13th from 1-4 pm and we’ll be posting more information next week.

Questions or to RSVP in advance, please contact us at solvemylifeworkshops@gmail.com. Spaces are limited.

I hope you can join us!

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Here’s a question I get all the time: Should there be a desk in my child’s room for homework?

Answer: Maybe.

It absolutely depends on
a) your patterns
b) your spaces at home
c) your child and his/her age

If you find that you are all gravitating towards homework at the kitchen or dining room table and that a desk in the bedroom is either too cramped or just a crap collector zone, then you probably don’t need a desk. However, as your child gets older, they may prefer to do their homework in their bedroom so this is something you can keep assessing each year.

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Wherever homework gets done, here are a few tips:

1. Set up a consistent homework friendly area: Space should be well-lit, comfortable and with supplies on hand. I highly recommend making it a regular spot so that kids get used to doing homework in the same space. And this spot may evolve over time. My kids used to do homework on the kitchen counter and now have gravitated toward the dining room table or a desk in their room.

2. Minimize distractions: It’s very true that we are often cooking or cleaning while the kids are doing homework (“how do you conjugate ‘être occupé’ :). However, keeping distractions to a minimum is really important which includes TV, music, phone calls, etc.

3. Monitor and motivate: Again, it really depends on how much help your child may need with homework (and their age too), but I like to think of our role as both one of helping them make a plan and giving encouragement. And now that my son is in high school, I am having a tough time with 7th grade French grammar anyway! In addition, if they are doing homework on screens, it’s best to have them in a central area so you can keep on eye on everything. (Oh wait, I didn’t realize that your homework was to watch soccer youtube videos….)

But the main thing–as always–is to figure out what works best for your child(ren), for your family and for your home!

Where do your kids do their homework? And what are your homework strategies?

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Yes, I do have a slight obsession for baskets and bins–both because they are such useful organizational tools BUT also because they can be a decor item at home too.

We use a basket + bin system at home to help manage school items and supplies:

1. Homework: My kids do most of their homework in the kitchen or on the dining room table so we have a caddy that contains school supplies–pencils, pens, erasers, scissors, etc. This avoids looking all over the house for the sharpener and makes for easy clean-up after homework. Everything goes back in the mobile carry-all and it’s ready for the next day.

2. Extra school supplies: I have a transparent bin that contains extra school supplies (stock on when items are on sale) so that we’re always ready when they run out of things at school or lose items (but really, that never ever happens….ahem!)

3. Paperwork: Yikes, especially at the beginning of the year, there’s a lot of this. (I’m not talking about kids’ art–that’s another story). We have a designated school in-box for ONLY school items (not tax bills or mail, just school). Important notices are hung up (see system earlier this week), dates are added to our calendar, forms are filled out and returned to backpacks and everything else is recycled.

4. The “Borrowed” bin: For library books or items that don’t belong to us, we have a basket by the front door to keep everything in one place and easy to return on time.

What are your strategies to avoid the potential pile-up of all the school items in your house!?

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#Backtoschool organization tips! It’s now mid-September and seems to be most families are settling into a groove with school BUT there is always room for figuring out good daily systems + solutions. Creating “stations” for school items is both helpful for the flow but also encourages independence in kids.

A few tips about “stations”:

1. Backpack Station: Designate a consistent spot for kids to store their backpacks after school. Choose whatever works best for you– hooks on a wall (that they can reach), a bench in your entryway or a spot in their room. And best to check backpacks with your kids at night to make sure that everything is in them for the next day. Keeping school stuff together and in the same place makes the mornings less stressful!

2. Snack Station: Whether in a kitchen cabinet, pantry or a part of your fridge, group snacks together so kids can help themselves when they come home from school.

3. Clothes Station: It takes 5 minutes at night but it’s very helpful to everyone in the morning. Encourage your kids to lay out their clothes the night before. This can avoid the “oh wait, I have gym class today” as they are walking out the door wearing high heels (ok, just kidding:)

Homework stations are a larger topic so I’ll cover them in a future post!

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