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Organizing Tips Fit For The Royal Baby – And Your Children, Too!

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Organizing Tips Fit For The Royal Baby – And Your Children, Too!

William and Kate have made no secret that they want to be hands-on parents to their new royal baby George Alexander Louis. As any parent can attest, children and messes go hand-in-hand – and so, Prince George is sure to disrupt the tidiness of Kensington Palace a time or two! Here are five ways the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge can instill the best of organizing into George over the course of his formative years, and how you can do the same with your children.

  1. Younger children will have a completely different perspective of their living space than their parents. When organizing an area for your children, it’s important to get in touch with this perspective. Sit on the floor to see the space from your children’s point of view. Then hang hooks, place containers, and situate closet rods at a height that works well for them, not you.
  2. Automatically include “student planner” on the back-to-school shopping list, when it becomes age-appropriate to do so. Take the time to show your children how to use their planner, emphasizing how it will help them to remember tasks and balance time. Then encourage your children to use and actively engage with their planner. After all, time management is a significant life skill to pass on!
  3. For families with more than one child, allow each to pick a color. When it comes to organizing, keep to the color selected – so if Bobby prefers orange, all his containers are orange, and if Susie wants purple, then all her containers are purple. This is a great organizing tactic for kids of all ages because it allows for a quick I.D. of what’s theirs and what’s not. Additionally, if children are still learning to read, they will always recognize their respective color – no label necessary!
  4. For an organized start to the day, ensure that there is an assigned to-go zone, where – just as the name implies – everything is ready to go quickly. Before bed, have your children prep their individual backpacks for the next day and place them in the zone. Ensure there is an outlet in this area, so that any electrical gadgets can charge overnight. For things that tend to be forgotten during the morning rush, like lunches, include a “don’t forget” list that remains within line-of-sight each day.
  5. Encourage your children to help tidy up by disguising it as a game. For example, place a basket in the middle of the room, set a timer for one minute, and race to see who can put the most toys in the basket before the buzzer. Another idea: make pick-up a game of “I Spy,” asking each child to locate and dunk a specific toy in the basket. Games of this nature not only teach children about the importance of organization, but also save parents the time and effort associated with cleaning up alone.

How will these organizing tips help William and Kate teach their new royal baby George about the power of organizing? How will these organizing tips help you do the same with your children? Please let me know your thoughts, experiences, ideas, and other comments below.

Carmen Coker is a former US Air Force officer turned professional organizer. If you want to get organized and calm the chaos in your life, go to for her free video how-to called the Secrets of the Super Organized™.

The World’s Most Organized Shoe

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

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Hi there, I’m Carmen Coker, award-winning professional organizer, and welcome to Haute Organizing™, where I share with you how to transform organizing from “geek” to “chic”.

Today, we’re going to be talking about the world’s most organized shoe: Tieks.

The initial thing you will notice when your Tieks arrive in the mail is the fabulous packaging, but even more important, is what’s inside. When you open the box, you’ll get your first glimpse of the shoes, folded neatly inside. A pair of shoes being able to condense like that – it’s one reason this shoe gets points for being organized. Its portability is great for traveling, for going out on the town, and also for storing in your closet – they don’t take up a lot of closet space, as you can imagine.

The devil is in the detail, though, and that’s where Tieks gets it right. Let’s just say, you are going out on the town, wearing your cute high heels, but you want to take your Tieks with you, just in case those heels start to hurt your feet. Well, you are in luck!

  • One: There’s a drawstring pouch for the Tieks, so you can put them inside, and not worry about getting grime from the soles on anything in your purse.
  • Two: When you want to switch from the heels to the Tieks, there’s a larger bag that will store the heels. Again, keeping dirt at bay. The bag is such that you can sling it over your shoulder or put it inside your purse. So it’s very versatile.
  • Three: If you have on longer jeans for your heels, obviously they will scrape the ground once you put on your Tieks, since they’re flats. So each pair comes with some clear clips that will hold up the bottom on your jeans.

As you can see, the designers of Tieks have literally thought of every situation – and help you prepare for them all!

The bottom line: This shoe is organized, and it will make you feel organized.

Tieks are designer shoes, so they come with a designer price tag. That’s why I place them in the Haute Organizer category. But with the portability, durability, style, and organization that Tieks offer – I feel they are well worth the price tag!

I have three pairs myself, but I’m not the only fan – you’ll find ladies around the world talking about how amazing Tieks are, including celebrities like Oprah.

So there you have it – Tieks, the world’s most organized shoe. You can find out more about them at That’s t-i-e-k-s-dot-com.

So … what do you think about Tieks? Let me know by sharing your comments below. This is Carmen Coker, signing off! We’ll see you next time.

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© 2013 | Carmen Coker International | All Rights Reserved

Home Organizing Tips From Downton Abbey TV Show

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Home Organizing Tips From Downton Abbey TV Show

Are you a Downton Abbey fan? I must admit, I’m a sucker for a good British period drama. There’s something about the architecture, the politics, the fashion, the formalities, the romance, and … the organizing.

Yes, you read that right! Although discreet, there are organizing, time management, and productivity themes all throughout the ever-popular television show. Whether you are an avid Downton fan, a fan in passing, or anywhere in between, here are three ways that watching Downton Abbey helps you get organized:

1) Everyone has a job to do.

The Earl of Grantham, Robert, takes care of estate business. The Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet, (my personal fave) keeps everyone in line. Daisy, the Scullery maid, is Mrs. Patmore’s right hand in the kitchen.

Everyone – from oldest to youngest and from most powerful family member to least powerful staff member – has a job to do, and every job is important in order for the house to run properly.

The Organizing Lesson? Most of us don’t own houses as immense as Downton, but no matter what the size, when it comes to keeping a tidy household, you need help. It’s important to ask for assistance and expect it, where needed. Clear communication and checklists are key; it’s essential that every person understands their responsibility, what is expected of them, and any associated deadlines.

2) Everything has a “home.”

Appearance is of the utmost importance at Downton Abbey. Dinner dresses, silver, vases, books, and even gossip – all have an appropriate place to which they belong … and loathe the day they are ever out of that place!

The Organizing Lesson? Even if your “abbey” isn’t nearly as large or as “fine a specimen” as Downton, you can still utilize this principle to get and stay organized. Using your organizing personality to establish your systems for house and home, including where and how things should be stored, is vitally important to making this idea work well for you.

3) Use a simple labeling system.

Ring, Ring! A staff member is needed at the front door … in the saloon … in the small study … in the drawing room. The servant’s bell-call system was, no doubt, a cutting-edge organizing and project management system “back in the day.”

With the bell-call system, the family didn’t have to spend time looking for or summoning staff from somewhere in a vast house. Additionally, the bell-call system made it very clear where staff was needed, and in turn, allowed the Butler or Housekeeper to quickly delegate duties.

The Organizing Lesson? While the upstairs/downstairs concept is foreign to most of us nowadays, the long-gone bell-call system still illustrates the power of labeling and organizing. The beauty of labeling is that it doesn’t have to be complicated – the simpler, the better, especially where groups or families are concerned. When everyone knows what’s what or what’s where, it’s a win-win situation.

There you have it – the three ways that watching Downton Abbey helps you get organized. Watching it will never be the same now! Have you noticed any other hidden organizing, time management, or productivity themes in the show?

© 2012 | Carmen Coker International | All Rights Reserved

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