How in the world does this relate to organizing?!
I found a fun way to use the Pokemon Go app idea and turn it in to a fun game to help you and your kids get organized:
If you have kids (or even if you don’t) you have probably heard of Pokemon Go– the latest fad sweeping the world. Yes, my daughter and I are playing. It is a fun way to get outside, work together as a team, walk the dog, learn to read a map and just have fun!
It is really pretty simple- and a bit addictive (we just do the basics):
- You look at a map of the area you are in for ‘stops’ (often a sign, a monument, a statue, a bench, etc.)
- When you get to a stop you can grab Pokemon balls that will help you later
- At random times during your walk, Pokemon characters pop up next to you and you capture them
- You then use those characters later in battles and to earn things
People are stating such benefits as social interaction, exercise, fun and teamwork- all great for organizing, too!
ORGANIZING GAME FOR KIDS:
- Create stops – places they need to go to clean/organize (under their bed, their bedroom floor, their stuffed toy collection, toys left out, etc.) To make it realistic like the game, take pictures of these spots and create a folder/gallery on your phone for them.
- Create rewards– (for example: 15 minutes watching TV, money, a food/snack item, time with mom/dad, etc) Write them down and put them in a jar.
- Play the game– let the child choose the organizing spot they want to go to – when they open the picture they need to find that spot in the house. After they clean/organize that spot they get to choose a reward from the jar. If they complete them all you could consider doing something extra special for them.
(Here are the stops I created for my daughter: her messy floor, a spot in her room, her books, a messy spot in the living room) Her reward was a nickel for each spot cleaned. (She’s 5)
ORGANIZING GAME FOR ADULTS:
- Create organizing stops in your home/office- small places you need to organize. (For example: your closet, your kitchen pantry, your apps list, your car, your desktop, one file drawer. Don’t do an entire room, just a small spot. Mark each of them on a piece of paper and put in a jar.)
- Create small rewards (for example: 15 minutes reading, 1 TV show, 2 cookies, 10 minutes on Facebook, etc.) Put each of them on a small piece of paper, then put the papers in a jar.
- Play the game but like with Pokemon Go- make it fun and don’t do it yourself. Play music to get you motivated- dance your way through the task. Or watch a TV show while you do the task. Call your friend over and ask her to help you complete 3 of your organizing stops- then you will go to hers and help her complete 3. Call a friend and talk to them on them on the phone while you work. [In Pokemon there are ‘gyms’- or battle grounds where people fight for control of the space. In your home if you have a space you and your spouse argue over how to organize- make it an organizing gym and get together and battle it out- NICELY! Or maybe you need a professional organizer to help you fight that battle- hire one.] After you complete your stop- pick out a reward and enjoy!
I have said it before, and I will say it again – organizing should be fun! Hopefully using Pokemon Go as incentive will help motivate you. If you need help getting started we have tools to help you.
Let us know what you think of the Pokemon craze!
PS This weekend we went to the park to play and we weren’t alone!
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