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It's Your Money: Back to school cleanup


The new school year is a great time for moms and dads to get their kids' bedrooms organized. But you don't need to spend a lot to do it.

In tonight's It's Your Money, there are inexpensive ways to get rid of the mess.   

Hannah Casper Hates Cleaning Room   "I really don't enjoy cleaning up and putting stuff away.  There's nowhere to put things.   If they go under my bed, then i won't be able to find them," says Hannah Casper, who hates cleaning her room.   

Good Housekeeping says kid- friendly organizers and systems can start the school year off stress free. The key is getting your kids involved in the clean-up.   

"For all the pictures and notes that the child collects, what we did was cut a piece of plexi-glass and we just simply put it on top of their desk," Good Housekeeping Home Editor Andie Huber says.  "That way, they can take their pictures and their notes and slip them underneath.   The great thing about plexi-glass is that it's safer than glass and its inexpensive.     This lidded basket from ten thousand villages is perfect for kids because its large enough to hold a significant amount of clothes, but it also has a lid so you get to cover up and don't see a mess on the floor everyday. We've repurposed this over-the-door shoe bag.   We put some of the child's favorite items that she uses on a daily basis. Instead of sticking them in a drawer or hiding them in bins and baskets, this way she can see her objects, grab them, and go."    

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