Ninja Organizer

Wow, it's been almost two months since I posted on my blog....where does time go? Wherever it goes, it goes too fast! When days get long and dark in Seattle, I head to sunnier climates to visit my family, so that's where it has gone these past two months. My oldest daughter will be leaving in two weeks to serve a full time mission for our church in Brazil. That's my other excuse, getting ready to send my daughter off for 18 months to a foreign country. Well, that's enough excuses for me, I'm on an organizing mission this week. I sent my husband and children to Utah for Spring break, while I stay home and become the "NINJA ORGANIZER".
This is the Ninja Organizer....organizes her children's rooms and husband's belongings secretly while they are away, leaving no trace that the Ninja has been there. How do I do this you ask?
 I'll share with you my little  "secret Ninja tips".

1. I take the clothing that has been hanging on my teenage daughters' hangers for a season and turn the clothing inside out. After observing the clothing not in the laundry or turned inside right, I can honestly say it's safe to donate to a better cause. You may think that they will catch on to my secret, well, that's why I alternate my system, I get two different hangers, both white in color and slightly different, and place the item in question on that hanger, then observe.
2. Same goes for dusty shoes....shoes worn do not accumulate dust!
3. I match socks to their mate. If there isn't a mate, I gather the single socks in one place, after going through all my daughters' drawers, try to find the mate, if no mate, they are gone. If needed, I buy new socks and place them in their drawers, the only trace left by the Ninja. (It softens the blow when they see the other items that are gone.) Who can argue when there's fresh socks in your drawer, folded so cute!
4. A good black Sharpie pen is crucial to a Ninja's work. I write a date on the clothing label when I purchase it for my husband, which would be ALL of his clothing. When clothing starts to look worn or stained and he says, "That's brand new, I just got that shirt." I can  honestly tell him just how old it is and there's no arguing with the Ninja, out it goes. NINJA NOTE: Socks can't be marked, but you can tell the wear by placing your hand in the sock and reading your palm.
5. I also use the black sharpie when sorting through my daughters' bathroom. I mark the date of the items when I purchase them so when I sort I know just how old that item is. If there's an item that hasn't been dated, I mark the current date so I  have a benchmark the next time I sort.
6. A good Ninja organizer must do some mending and repair. Necklaces that are in a drawer and not on  my daughters' dresser are a sure sign something is in need of repair, same goes for miscellaneous buttons, a good ninja can find the place where that button fell from and replace it, leaving no trace.

Those tips are the freshest on  my mind, I'll get out my Ninja Sharpie and make a list of other Ninja secrets I use this week. I just remembered one, reward the Ninja for her hard work....I just scheduled a massage for the last day of the week. Ahhhh!

Please share any Ninja tips you might have by leaving a comment.............

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