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The Big O: Kids and Organizing

Special Guest: Monica Ricci
Organizing Expert, Motivational Speaker, Author and Founder of Catalyst Organizing Solutions, LLC.

In this episode of The Big O, Monica offers simple solutions for getting the kids involved in organizing. Learn how to become a good role model, delegate, select appropriate tasks for children and how to NOT become a nag!

Duration: 49:35

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Show Index

00:23 Lucky You Contest
01:39 Intro: Kids & Organizing
07:21 Why Do Kids Care?
11:56 Avoid Being a Nag
15:29 Children as a Blank Canvas
19:05 If I'm not Organized...
23:45 About The Big O: Organization
25:08 Listener: Do You Have a Maid?
27:43 Listener: Time for FaceBook
31:36 Getting Kids to Help
42:11 Chores & Allowance
46:56 Closing Comments
48:38 Closing Track: The Way I Am

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About Monica Ricci

Monica Ricci is a speaker and the author of Organize Your Office In No Time, a busy person's reference for taking control and being more effective, productive and successful at work. Monica is Past President of the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers, and was named one of the nation's "Organizing Elite" by Forbes Magazine. She has been an expert guest on both radio and television, including the nationally syndicated Clark Howard Radio Show. Monica is also a regular expert organizer on the popular Home and Garden Television show, MISSION: Organization.

Monica's articles have appeared in such diverse publications as Airtran Airways, Arrivals Magazine, Men's Edge Magazine and Advisor Today Magazine. Some of Monica's clients include Earthlink, Longhorn, Paramount Pictures, The US Court of Appeals, GE Capital, Special Olympics Georgia, and Kennesaw State University. She also teaches national teleclasses and as a speaker, she presents seminars, workshops and motivational keynotes on time management, procrastination, getting organized and living a powerful, simpler life.

Recently Monica teamed up with Beazer Homes to design homes where storage spaces make sense, living spaces feel great, and life can be simple.

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Helpful Articles

The Essence of Family Organizing
Includes: organizing shared spaces; sharing household tasks, helping children to share the work, guidelines for getting children involved and more.

Organizing With Kids
If “clean up your room!” is a popular refrain in your household, there are some simple steps you can take to get your kids on the organizing bandwagon.

Raising Organized Children
Raising children to be organized adults is a process that takes planning, patience, and persistence. So, how is this accomplished? First, organize thyself!

Ten Ways To Get Your Kids to Listen to You
As with many other things, the harder you try to get your kids to listen, the more resistance you get. Here are ten things to consider when you want to get a message across.

Getting Kids to Do Chores
A quick survey of parents turned up one universal truth: The amount of parental initiative required to impel one child to do one chore is approximately twice the energy required to actually complete the chore. That said, here are some guidelines.

8 Great Tips To Organize Kids' Rooms
How do you help children organize their rooms and their stuff? Try these eight easy organization strategies to calm clutter and bring order to kids' rooms.

Parents create task charts and goals with kids. Kids complete tasks and check them off. Parents grade tasks and award points. Kids save up points for rewards and cool stuff in HandiLand!

Jasmine and Jade's Weekly Clothing System.
Read Morning Madness.

Resources by Monica Ricci

Read "New Year, New Closet!"

As discussed in the show, Monica's Closet (BEFORE).

Monica's closet (AFTER) using the Elfa® organization
system available through The Container Store.

Listen to The Big O: Wardrobe if yours needs a makeover!