Let’s get organized today. I like my Sunday’s free to be able to go to Church and to not have to worry about getting ready for the next week. Growing up Saturday was the day that we got ready for the next week. We did the grocery shopping, the house cleaning, the laundry and other chores (including ironing) so that the next day was a calm day and when Monday came we were ready for the week. If we got our chores done early, then we had time to go and play. It was very rare that we didn’t have time to go and play. Chore charts are good helpers for children, but you have to get the children engaged in helping to do the chores. Starting from when they are small, children should be given small chores like picking up their toys. I know, I know, it takes longer to let them do it, but it also teaches them responsibility and helps them to develop a sense of accomplishment and joy. They will learn to respect their possessions as well as others things. Cleaning up doesn’t have to be drudgery, it can be fun…just ask Mary Poppins. Turn some music on, have a contest, plan a special treat afterwards, there are a myriad of things you can do to get children engaged in getting the house organized, cleaned and helping keep it that way. You just have to experiment and see what works for you. We’ll talk about more ideas as we go along. Happy Saturday!