Organizing ‘frees us to do important things’

The McIntyre family is organized and ready to go

Leslie McIntyre helps keep her Lake Oswego family organized, August 15, 2016 (KOIN)
Leslie McIntyre helps keep her Lake Oswego family organized, August 15, 2016 (KOIN)

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (KOIN) — Chandler and Madeleine McIntyre take cues from their mom, who writes down schedules on a whiteboard calendar for the whole family to see.

Mom — Leslie — also organizes paperwork underneath it.

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“We have a household hub that’s full of specific paperwork that we do need to see,” Leslie told KOIN 6 News. “It’s the stuff you generally pin up, but it all lives in here.”

Madeleine and Chandler McIntyre, August 15, 2016 (KOIN)
Madeleine and Chandler McIntyre, August 15, 2016 (KOIN)

The calendar is in a heavy flow area so it gets seen by all, and the paperwork is organized into specific places, not just tossed in a big bin.

“Each of us have our own folder, so we put school events, things we want to keep, in this one place so they’re not floating around,” Madeleine said.

The McIntyres also plan out what’s on the menu for the week, post it in the pantry and make lunches the night before.

It’s all about routine and clearing out the clutter.

Missy Gerber, the owner of Organizers Northwest, said the McIntyre family has it down. Usually when people call her they feel like they’re drowning in chaos.

Missy Gerber, the owner of Organizers Northwest, August 15, 2016 (KOIN)
Missy Gerber, the owner of Organizers Northwest, August 15, 2016 (KOIN)

“When people call us they’ve reached a point of pain, really, and they use words like, ‘I’m overwhelmed, I don’t know where to start,'” Gerber told KOIN 6 News.

“Order frees us to do the things that are really important, which is hanging out with your kids, reading a new book, cooking a new recipe,” she said.

It works for the McIntyres, giving them quality time together before school kicks everything in high gear.

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