Regardless of what folks may say about Kate Plus 8 star Kate Gosselin, you have to admit, you better be organized if you have a big family. Here is what Kate said at the end of one of her recent CouponCabin blog posts said about the importance of organization in her own life and family:
"The importance of organization and clutter minimization cannot be underestimated; it is directly linked to savings. If I am organized, then I typically will not buy doubles of items because I misplaced the first. Similarly, if things are where they are supposed to be, we won’t lose them and have to buy another."
Kate's Tips for Organization:
On her blog, Kate provides some easy tips for you to get and stay organized:
- Mail - Sort it instantly, shred and recycle, store bills on your desk.
- Routines - Have a system for your kids when they come home from school, where the drop off their book bags, uniforms, lunch boxes, papers and jackets.
- Bedrooms - Allow some leniency when it comes to clutter in their own private spaces.
- Schedules - Write all activities down on a datebook, iPhone calendar, keep running lists on separate pages for stores and use coupon apps to stay up to date on current discounts and promotions.
Kind of an unusual association: Kate is also a featured contributor in our book The Experts Guide To Doing Things Faster: 100 Ways To Make Life More Efficient where she contributed the chapter on tackling your to-do list (we contributed a chapter on closet organization). So regardless of your feelings how she hired a professional organizer (well, her show's producers), you have to be somewhat organized to save time and money.
If you are a busy mom or dad, what innovative systems do you use to stay organized at home?
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