Five Organization Tips to Prep for Back to School

Morning All and Happy Wednesday! I have been MIA from the blog this Summer which, in truth, has been amazing in that it has given us much needed time for family adventures. And now, as we move into the latter half of August, I am still in denial that Fall is lurking,  despite the IG feeds and blog posts harkening its arrival with plans for Fall decor, Fall Style and everything back to school!

Nevertheless, it is time to look ahead and get ready. Full disclosure- that means finally sorting through what came home from the locker at the end of the year, as that pile still remains. Sigh. So here are some great organizational tips and hacks if you find yourself needing a slight overhaul but don’t want to use the last moments of Summer to do it!

#1: Create a Homework or Project Center

Having everything in one place can save minimize many headaches… I do realize that you may have everything ready and in one place, but you still have to get them to do the homework!

This fabulous Art Cart from Fun with Mama can be modified to hold whatever kids need for their grade level so that all supplies can be found in.one.place, just wheel it over and voila!

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I love this gorgeous project area featuring Caitlin Wilson wallpaper- clean, organized, perfection!

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Here is a fabulous DIY homework caddy from Paint Yourself a Smile, that can travel with you if you don’t have an entire area or room to designate for school projects.

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#2.  Organize Outfits to Get Out of the House on Time

Now take this one with a grain of salt. I have tried this, but I have two girls…. so inevitably if I pick out Outfit A for Monday, they will want to wear Outfit C. It’s Murphy’s law. So if it works for you to designate certain outfits for certain days and the kids actually wear what you choose- winner winner chicken dinner! But, if like me, they require ahem options, then perhaps just creating organized drawers and closets leads to the gold star.

Here are some awesome days of the week free printable tags from Making Life Lovely to affix to hangers with outfits for each day:

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Just being able to see things to pull together outfits, like in this closet from I Heart Organizing, will save precious time in the morning:

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Here is another layout option from Beneath My Heart (check out the “before” as well). The point is to be able to see everything at a glance, match it up, and go!

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#3. Up Your Snack Game

So if your kids are like mine, Summer has been a blur of never ending snacks, snacks and more snacks…and I am fooling myself if I think for one moment that our snack quotient will decrease. Don’t forget- the “snack after school” is actually either the lunch replacement because, “I was too busy to eat, Mom”, or is just the fourth meal of the day….naturally.  Moreover, I have a sickness when it comes to my LOVE of organized pantries, so I will share you some of my favs…you know because the snacks need look amazing:

From Eleven Gables:

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and from Bright on the Day:

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#4.  Car Organization

OMG, my achilles heal. I live in my car during the school year schlepping to a myriad of activities, and will find myself needing a Thank you note, a bandaid and a ziplock at a moments notice on the fly (true story).  So I have taken to leaving the aforementioned things my car, along with stamps and gum and half my medicine cabinet because hey, you just.never.know.  As a result of the aforementioned confession of the stuff I lug around, I will not be using my own car for organizational inspiration as it is, shall we say, a work in progress.  Here are some cool items I found to help you get.it.done!

First, a space for the cell phone that ends up under the seat when I brake too quickly:)

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And I definitely need this for back seat organization!

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And this trunk organizer just might be big enough to tackle the sports equipment:

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**All items sourced above are from New Chic. I am not affiliated, just wanted to share these items with you!

#5.  Paper Organization

Now this one is less about the kids, and more for your own sanity.  I debated whether an organized coffee station or even a well appointed bar should be included, but having a solution for all the paper that comes into my house actually trumps both of those.  It is an immense amount that needs to be sorted, shredded and recycled daily. If it doesn’t get done, and I let my guard down for one hot second, it all multiples during the night and forms crazy piles on the dining room table….the center of our house that I have to walk past millions of times on a given day. So long story short…sort, shred, recycle the moment it crosses the threshold- you will thank me later:)

I love theses set-ups to accomplish this seemingly mundane task because they elevate it by making it beautiful and functional such as hiding your shredder in a basket like See Jane Work:

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Or incorporating everything into a family command center with a shredder from Houzz:

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And Studio Dearborn  created this beautiful desk area near the kitchen to shred, sort and store…

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Good Luck with all your back to school prep! I hope these five quick tips help you get organized  as we march toward Fall and Back to School!

Best,
Kelly

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Friday Pantry Party

Hello All and HAPPY FRIDAAAAAAY!

What does everyone have planned this weekend?  We are working on clearing out some “stuff” and getting more organized (I had to literally put it on the calendar to force us to commit!).  So in planning for a day an afternoon of brutal paring down,  I have been eyeing amazing pantries on Pinterest to give me strength. Doesn’t everyone? Sigh. We don’t have the layout for a walk-in pantry but a girl can dream…and the inspiration pics below don’t disappoint for mission organization (not to mention they are sooooooo pretty)!

This one has been a fav on my list for awhile:

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Love this gorgeous butler’s pantry and the stoneware collection is sooo good:

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Pretty sure I am partial to this one because of the floor tiles and also pretty sure I will never be this organized…#organizationgoals:

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This idea to implement mismatched tea cups as scoops for dry goods is fantastic! I have a collection from my late Nana and right now they are tucked away in the attic as I have never been sure how to use the collection…Voila!

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Light and bright and everything in its place:

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And of course I will be making this Strawberry Gin Smash to get us through the clean out process  celebrate our clean-out accomplishments:)

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And the featured image above is from The Home Edit. Consider yourself warned…their site is a beautiful menagerie of organizational projects which will lead to total procrastination as you get sucked into the gorgeousness! So…. make the recipe shown above, pour yourself a glass, and enjoy their amazing portfolio!

Good luck with all your projects! Happy Weekend!

Best,

Kelly

 

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Project Sprawl and Inspiration Organization

Morning All! Happy Tuesday! So in working on my daughter’s bedroom for the One Room Challenge, many things were ahem relocated. The master bedroom contains the old headboard, artwork and nightstand; her clothing (since the dresser was taken to be refinished and painted) is stashed in bins; there are tools and paint cans tucked everywhere…anyhoo, lets just say this project has legs and I cannot contain it!  It is giving me slight concern that in doing one bedroom upstairs I may have disrupted the equilibrium of my entire home two weeks before Thanksgiving, but I am going to quell those fears  slight concerns with my usual M.O., making a list!

I found this great organization list that will get me back on track, and because I only have 14 days until my family arrives for Thanksgiving I plan to combine and conquer (who needs an entire day for their underwear drawer anyway)!  I will be out of town for 3 of those 14 days, but because I am traveling to a magical land that has the TRIFECTA of happiness- IKEA, Restoration Hardware OUTLET and a Container Store, I figure I can easily make up time with the proper tools right?

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So, while I formulate my plan for attacking the clutter and project sprawl here are some amazing drool worthy pics #inspirationorganization:

Jewelry Drawers:

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a Kid’s Room Closet:

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and Shoes:

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and Master Closet with orchids, of course:

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and Pantry:

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and Mudroom:

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and while the above pictures are wonderfully inspiring, they are also a bit of what my family calls “picture pressure” (sidebar: when cooking from a recipe book the finished meal is supposed to look like the photo…hence picture pressure). So, instead I will tackle one room at a time and try to have what my mom has called “realistic expectations.”

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Wish me luck!

Best,

Kelly

 

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Tray Chic!

Morning All! Happy Monday…you got this!! Lately, I have been feeling like I need to inject a little more pretty into some of the hardworking areas of the house. A quick pick-me-up (because let’s face it that is the speed life is moving at these days) is to break out those trays you have stored away and corral “like things” in a way that makes you feel both more organized and stylish! Think clean, not cluttered.  Some of the best areas to get the greatest impact are the kitchen, the washroom vanity, and the home office (all places things tend to linger). Here are some inspirational examples from around the web:

For the washroom:

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For the Kids and/or Home office:

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and a Gorgeous Tray Bar (perfect for all the upcoming holiday entertaining):

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So pull out those trays you have tucked away and pick one area of your home to stylishly organize.  And don’t shoot the messenger but before you know it, we will be bringing out our holiday items like this adorable kitchen coffee set-up:

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And because it is Monday, remember:

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Have a great week All!
Best,

Kelly

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Organization Procrastination

Hi All! Since the snow and cold have moved in (come on Spring!) I have decided to look for the silver lining in forced hibernation and get a bit more organized before the sun and warm weather come and we all head outdoors.  I have put this off for awhile but I am drowning in paper…paper from the kids’ school, paper from my husband’s office, junk mail, things to be filed…you get my drift.  The piles always land in the same places- on the kitchen island and on the dining room table and it is driving me nuts (most likely exacerbated by cabin fever)!  I try to sort them, organize them, even file a few, but the pile keeps growing! So here are my solutions which, with great intention, I will implement while the snow continues to fall.

We have a home office in our finished basement, but I am too lazy to run papers, schedules, mail etc. up and down on a daily basis, though this would help with my other conviction to try and get more exercise.  Instead, I am carving out a small spot in the front entryway in an attempt to coral things as they come in. I am thinking of implementing some file folders and containers to better store all the kids craft supplies, along with some cute printed magazine files and other goodies that will make it more enjoyable to sort, file, shred, repeat…

 

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Wish me luck! Lots of snow in the forecast so getting to it this week..pics to follow.

Best,

Kelly

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