Organizing Systems to Remedy Back-to-School Chaos

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It is the end of the first week of school, you have just returned home from picking up your kids, and you take a look around your home.  Your kiddos’ backpacks are tossed on the floor inside your entryway, and a trail of shoes, coats, and debris follows.  On top of that, there is a…

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9 Tips to Organize and Maintain Kid Spaces

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Students are returning to school, and there’s no better time to get your kid’s spaces decluttered and organized so you can keep them tidy.  There are some common problems with keeping kid spaces organized, such as Kids’ belongings typically do not have a designated place or home. Kids don’t always have guidelines or instructions on…

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Why Every Family Needs a Command Center

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Learn what a family command center is and how it can help you and your whole crew be more organized every day. Plus, get ideas for how you can create your own command center on my Pinterest site. Why do I need a command center? Mail and other incoming paper lands on the kitchen counter…

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Homeschooling Tips for Parents during the Coronavirus

As schools across the U.S. close their doors to slow the coronavirus outbreak, parents are now, with little warning, scrambling to figure out how to homeschool their children. So, what do you do if you’re a parent now in charge of continuing your child’s education, in many cases while you’re also working from home? Without knowing…

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Is it possible for my ADHD child to be organized?


The symptoms of ADHD generally first appear in children aged 3-6 and the average diagnosis occurs about age 7. It is challenging enough to be a child in the confusing world of today, but imagine being a little one who has a raucous party going on inside his or her head most of the time.…

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Get Your Child Organized for College

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One of the proudest moments of my life occurred when my two children graduated from college.  Alex graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo/Architecture and Hannah from the University of Oregon/Linguistics.  It was a bit nerve-racking to get from San Luis Obispo to Eugene to attend both ceremonies within 24 hours of each other.  And,…

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9 Tips to Prepare for Back to School

Parents, organization, and planning will be the keys to keeping your cool as September rolls around. Those lovely lazy days of summer are waning, and things are about to get crazy… or not. Yes, your family will soon be busy when school starts, but these tips can make a world of difference and help you…

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Back to School Post #6 of 7 – Teach Project Management

Teach Project Management Planners are essential for managing large school projects and papers. I suggest students subtract two days from the project’s due date for each week they have to work on it. (For a three-week assignment, for example, subtract six days and consider the new date as the due date.) This gives the student…

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Back to School Post #5 of 7 – Teach Time Management

Teach Time Management It is a rare middle school student who can gauge how much time an assignment will take. Suggest your student use a timer to develop the skill. If they time themselves reading a fifteen-page chapter, for example, they’ll have a good idea how long to allocate when they have to read thirty…

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