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Back to School + Giveaway

Back to School + Giveaway



There is nothing typical about back to school this year. For most of us this usually very exciting time is now filled with stress and unknowns. Here in North Carolina the majority of our school districts are starting the year virtually. With that in mind, we thought it would be helpful to share a few tips to get organized for virtual learning. There are so many things out of our control these days, but we always like to remember that we can do our best to prepare and be organized!

1.  Create a functional learning space – This is probably the single most important step to get ready for virtual learning. Identify a comfortable space in your home that is conducive to focus and won’t disrupt the flow of the rest of the household. Younger students may need to be stationed in a kitchen area for easy assistance, but older students will do best in a more private setting like a desk in an office or bonus room. Take a look around your house with fresh eyes and think about where best you can set your student up for success. Wherever you decide, make sure it is comfortable and has space for the necessary “classroom” items – laptop, notebook, etc.

2.  Supply stock up – While specific supply lists may come, there are some basics that make sense to stock up on regardless. These include white printer paper (and printer ink cartridges), ruled notebooks, fresh crayons and markers (depending on age), scissors, glue sticks and ruler.

3.  Clutter clearing = mind clearing – There is no doubt that virtual school can add to the stress of day to day life at home. If your chosen learning area is messy and cluttered, it won’t help matters. Take an hour and do a decluttering exercise in your learning space (and other areas of the home if you’re feeling ambitious!) Find homes for things that have piled up, donate things you no longer need, and generally try to create a clean slate for the start of the school year. We strongly adhere to the belief that a calm environment strongly correlates to a calm mind, and I think we could all use that these days.

4.  Busy activities for younger ones – If you have a young virtual learning that you will be assisting, and younger ones otherwise at home, come up with a few quick grab activities or toys to entertain them when you might need to step in to help. Scan the $1 section at Target and stock up on a few exciting surprises to bring out when you find yourself *literally* being pulled in two different directions. Likewise these secret prizes could be used to reward your virtual learner and keep them motivated when things get tricky 🙂


To help you create the perfect virtual learning space, we are giving away a $100 gift card to The Container Store. Visit our Instagram page @reclaimprofessionalorganizing and click on our virtual learning organization giveaway post to see how to enter. The deadline is Sunday, August 16th at 8 pm (EDT). Good luck!

Back to School

Back to School

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Sorry Santa – but it’s back to school time! Organizers tend to embrace this time because it’s inherently friendly towards order and structure – two things we love! Here are a few tips to get your crew ready for class to be back in session.

It’s the perfect time to review everything in your children’s closet. Go through and assess everything all the way down to socks (toddler moms – you may need some bribes here to get the little ones to try on anything you’re unsure of). For anything that doesn’t fit either donate, or tuck away in a labeled bin for younger siblings or friends. Make a list of items that need to be replaced so you can focus when Old Navy inevitably has a major sale over the next few weeks. Getting kids dressed for school is hard enough (Opinions! Drama!) – make the mornings just a tiny bit easier on yourself and know that when you come to a magical agreement on what to wear… at least you’ll know it fits!

As excited as we are for back to school, we know it can also mean the start of runny noses and other bugs; check to make sure your children’s Motrin didn’t expire in 2012 and make a list of other essentials to stock up on like Kleenex, hand sanitizer and band aids.

Like you did with clothes, take stock of your lunch boxes and other lunch gear – make sure each item has a matching lid and/or whatever it needs to function properly; discard anything missing key parts and see if you need a restock on items that will make life easier when you’re packing your 100th PB&J in a few weeks.

Everything. Must. Be. Labeled. Order some now so you are ready to go! Check out for some cute options that stand up to dishwashers and frequent use.

Create a system now so that when the paperwork starts coming home you have a designated place to take action on it, easily see reminders, etc. If something is an easy sign and return – do it right away before adding it to a pile never to be heard from again. Vertical sorters such as wall pockets work well to keep piles at bay.

back to school

back to school

School days are here again, but that doesn’t have to mean school daze. A new school year means another opportunity to get your family in gear. Before those homework papers pile up and the backpack contents get strewn, find out how your family can make the grade with some easy organizational tips. You’ll feel awesome and start the new school year off right!

Allison’s A+ Organizing Tips:

Take it day by day. Keep track of everyone’s comings and goings via a shared calendar. (Feel free to go with an old-school wall calendar or digital scheduling tool, as long as the whole family can access the schedule easily and often.) By creating a centralized place for appointments and activities, it’ll be much easier to keep your clan on the same page.

Leave morning madness behind. The key to AM zen? Plan ahead and do as much as possible the night before. Tops on your checklist: packing bookbags and school items for easy grab-n-go, and laying out clothes/uniforms for the next school day. The more you can whittle down the morning to-do-list, the better off you’ll be.

Create a homework hub. By giving your kids a dedicated schoolwork space, they’ll have a place to call their own. Designate a special nook just for homework—such as a table in a common area or a desk in their room. Make sure the “homework hub” is stocked with everything they’ll need to stay focused and make the most of study time.

Allison’s Must-Have Tools

Wall Manager: Transform just about any flat surface into a functional all-in-one area for notes, calendars, and to-do lists. Plus, you’ll love the way it keeps clutter from creeping onto desktops and tabletops.

Drawer Organizers: Colorful and customizable, these organizers will prevent desk drawers from becoming the dreaded abyss—keeping your kids’ school supplies tidy and easily accessible.

Fabric Wall Mount Magazine Organizer: This 8-pocket organizer makes a great home for reading/reference materials that need to be accessed regularly.

Handy Hint

Your smartphone isn’t complete without Cozi, a handy-dandy shared calendar that can keep your family in sync. One of the coolest things about Cozi? Each person in the family gets his or her own color for at-a-glance ease.