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Memory box for kids

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Kids Tips 

Like many children, my daughter likes to keep all those pretty little notes that she got from her best friend or that cute little picture that she drew way back when. Unlucky for her, I can't bear to have it all over her room, so I suggested that she have a memory box that she can use to put all these keepsakes in. Lucky for me, she thought that was a cool idea!!!

So I took an old shoebox and covered it with adorable wrapping paper (but if you don't have shoe boxes on hand, y...


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Tips to keep allergies at bay

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : General Tips 

I received a mail from a mom wanting general tidy tips that may help lessen her child's allergies. My son is also allergic to dust so here are a few tips to help keep allergies at bay in your home.

  • Keep the bedroom well ventilated to keep the humidity down.
  • Air the bed daily and wash the bedding frequently at temperatures over 55 degrees. I have also heard that placing the mattress in the sun regularly helps to kill the dust mites.
  • Vacuum and clean the room and b...

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Fun for the kids on your terms

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Kids Tips 

My bathroom has white tiles, so when my kids  (5yrs & 2 yrs) want to paint, I either put them naked in the shower or bath with some poster paint and a paintbrush. 

They have so much fun painting the walls, themselves and each other.  When they are done, I just turn on the shower, wash down the walls and the little people and all the mess is gone in a flash.  They absolutely love it!

(this clever tip sent in by Ronel Lee - thx)
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Dress-up clothes for kids

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Kids Tips 

If you have decided to spring clean your cupboard and there are some 'smallish' clothes, belts or shoes that you are considering getting rid of, then why not see if your kids would like to use SOME OF IT as dress up clothes?

Obviously this only applies to the younger child, but there are many children who dress up as jedi knights, princesses and other fantastic characters and you may make their day by giving them some 'props'.


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To save you time and keep your sanity, consider setting up lift clubs for your kids

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Kids Tips 
Setting up systems in your home or office is devised with time-saving in mind. As such, finding ways to save time should be as important as having a tidy space.

If you have kids, you know that fetching and carrying from school and events is time-consuming. Everyone feels the same as you so consider starting a lift-club with people you know in your area. Share the burden!

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Prep and freeze homemade food for your kids

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Kids Tips 

Although I cook for my family all the time I do not enjoy cooking. HOWEVER, when my kids were babies and I was working out of the home, I realised that time was not always on my side.

As many other parents out there, I would arrive home late and then would still have to worry about food. So I quickly got into the habit of cooking more than I needed for any particular meal and then freezing the leftovers into small portions. I would stick a piece of masking tape on the outsi...


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Keep your photos safe

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : General Tips 
I know many of us have moved on to digital cameras so a lot of our photos are on our computers, but either way, they still need to be organised or what is the point of taking them?

I LOVE photos and often find myself spending time flipping through my online database. For me, it is all about habit and as soon as I have taken a lot of pics, I download them, date them and name the album so I know when the pics were taken. I currently have a folder for each child, extended family, ...

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Dealing with your child's artwork

Posted by Head Chiquita on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, In : Kids Tips 

Dealing with children’s artwork can be a challenge – which to keep, how to store it and how long to keep it for, not to mention the guilt you feel when you throw half of it away. But let’s face it - realistically you cannot keep every little drawing or collage with macaroni stuck all over it! So I was very excited when a participant at a recent Neat Freak workshop said that she takes photographs of her children’s artwork, and only keeps a few special ones (thanks Jenni...


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Tidy up with a timer

Posted by Head Chiquita on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, In : Kids Tips 

I have often read the recommendation of professional organisers to use a timer when tidying up. Although I understood the philosophy behind the suggestion, I wanted to put it to the test so I used it with my kids this week-end.

I told them before I even began, that I wanted to set the timer to ONLY 5 minutes to tidy up their desk and throw away used paper and 'stuff' lying around collecting dust.

So we duly set the timer and off we went with the tic-tic-tic in the backgro...


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