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Kid's Rooms: Less is More

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1 kid...2 hours....a room of toys...and viola! 
How can such a sweet little girl trash a bedroom with such a vengeance in a short duration of time?

When it comes to kid's rooms, I have always believed that less is more.

In consulting with our client for this project, we identified that part of the problem is that Cassie's room is very small. 
The other part of the problem is that she is just overwhelmed with too much "stuff". She is only 5 and still has a short attention span. There is also a new baby in this house, and well-meaning relatives have over-compensated by buying toys for the older siblings. (The oldest is 8 and is much better at keeping his room organized partially due to his age as well as his personality.)
We helped our client (with Cassie's help) ) sort through this mess, and only kept the things she currently plays with, and what the room will reasonably hold. 
The rest of the items were placed in clear plastic tubs and stored in the basement, an…

Productivity: Calendars

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  calendars (more commonly known as "my brains") earlier this week.



My 31 year old son was over for a visit last weekend, and confessed to me that when he was a kid he used to think it was ridiculous that I carried around a planner-but now, he has begun using one too, or he will forget important appointments.
In my 20's, I used to think lists and calendars were for sissies-and were a sign of weakness-but now I understand that there is a practical purpose and actual science at work here. The reason we need to use reminders, lists and calendars is due to the natural limitations of our brains.
For as complex and amazing as our brains are, our actual working memory can only remember 4 things at once.
While our basic working memory capacity does vary among individuals, interestingly, those who test well on working memory tasks also seem to do well at learning, problem solving and reading comprehension. We also know t…