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Back To School Organizing

Back To School Organizing

Back To School Organizing School is in full swing and if it already looks like some of your organizing plans are running into trouble, here are some tips and products for five different areas of back to school organizing. Simplify the time management. A new school year is an opportunity to start over and when we do that, there is a tendency to want to “get it right this time.” And when that happens there is also a tendency for the pendulum to swing from one extreme to the other. Don’t start an elaborate time management system that you won’t be able to maintain. A large dry erase calendar, visibly located, makes a simple solution for the kids. Just limit it to major events. Too much information has the Where’s Waldo effect of overwhelm. Sticky notes get a bad rap because they don’t stick, but spend a little extra for the “Extra sticky” variety. Smaller ones can hold events for upcoming months and larger one’s can list parents’ simple daily targets. Again, don’t list everything, just the essentials. Maybe it’s vitamins […]

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Back To School Organizing, Z to A

Back To School Organizing, Z to A

Over the weekend I made the mistake of going into Staples for some boxes I needed. As I should have anticipated, the store was overrun with back-to-school shoppers. As I waited in a very long line, I couldn’t help but notice how similar the stacks of new spiral notebooks I saw awaiting purchase resembled the stacks of used spiral notebooks I see in my clients’ basements and attics.

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Traveling Light

If you’re looking for some effective ways to get your kids organized this school year, there are two simple watchwords to remember:  flexibility and portability.  It’s also a good time for the growing number of us who work part time from home to optimize our organizing systems.  Flexibility and portability apply here too. I don’t trust systems that try to hold everything in one.  They are an example of over-organizing, which is a bad idea because the more complicated a system is, the more quickly it is abandoned.With a separate notebook for every subject, the student doesn’t have to lug around all subjects for just one class. He or she has flexibility. The less we have to carry, the less we question the need to bring it.  For this reason, I think it makes sense to limit notebooks to collecting notes.  A notebook can be used for transporting new homework, but corrected homework and tests can make notebooks unnecessarily bulky.  An easy solution to lightening the notebook load is to keep a file jacket for each subject at home for […]

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