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Back to School: Organizing the Paper – Part Two standard

PART TWO: THIS YEAR’S PAPERS… Let me start by saying I would like to pass legislation stating anything that comes home from school and needs my attention should be allowed to be returned to school the next day. It is usually the active papers that are the problem and having a guideline on what is active, what is reference and what is archive is crucial. Getting clarity on this from teachers and students will make all the difference. You will be able to have a streamlined system and you can help your child with this skill. Many times kids are paralyzed with paper too and tend to carry everything in oversized backpacks and overstuffed desks and lockers because they don’t ...

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Back to School: Organizing the Paper – Part One standard

Are you shuddering to think about those back to school papers? Is your child’s back pack from last year sitting exactly where they put it on the last day of school? If so, you need make a plan for handling the deluge of paper that is about to start flowing into your home again. Here are some ideas on how to get ready for the upcoming school year. PART ONE: LAST YEAR’S PAPERS…. What to keep: Report cards and official documents Of course you need to keep report cards and official documents from school and they should be filed with your family documents for easy retrieval. Academic paperwork Keep things that show development. When you look at everything and notice ...

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Reusing Your Homework standard

As the school year comes to an end you are probably as eager as I to start the summer and get rid of all of your old school work. It is the familiar mentality of “I never want to see this again!” and there is definitely a feel of satisfaction that comes from dunking your binder into the nearest trashcan. However, this year, think about taking a little extra time and going through those old notes. I do this every year and find at least 200 pieces of paper that are only one-sided and aren’t ready for a fate in the dumpster, they belong in your printer as scrap paper! You might be thinking that this seems like a tedious ...

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It is a fresh start! Pristine new notebooks and binders, pointy new crayons, a cool lunch box, and those brand new shoes! It is like a transformation that happens every fall. All the mishaps of last year are forgotten and children are ready to meet their new teachers and new friend. Embrace this “newness” with your student! Be their support for what’s ahead without looking back on previous trouble spots. They know they exist, but NOW they are navigating new waters and need you to support this new journey! Just think about how it would feel to walk into a your job every fall to find a whole new system, a new boss and new co-workers! That’s a lot to ...

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Why 3 Ring Binders Do not Work! standard

OK, I’ll admit it, I really don’t like 3 ring binders! This is a huge confession coming from a professional organizer! Organizers LOVE binders. Professional Organizers will “binderize” anything that is not nailed down! I always found it laborious to punch holes in hand outs and those jaw-like clips scare me! More things would lay on top of my binder than get in. But the point was driven home when i was reading Donna Goldgerg’s book, The Organized Student. She addresses the student’s organizational style and suggests that binders don’t work for some students. Her main point was that LEFT HANDED students can’t write on paper that is attached to a binder. Well call me slow, but I AM LEFT ...

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Ready for College standard

With ten days left before our daughter goes to college, we are preparing and packing to help her “fit” into her new life. This transition involves saying good bye to friends and family, and trying to get ready in many ways for a whole new lifestyle! We all know that space will be tight and we want this transition to be a smooth as possible. It is tempting to show our love and caring by making sure our new college student has everything they need! But what do the NEED? If parents paid attention to all the prepared lists that retail outlet produce we would be having new bulletins of college dorms exploding all over the country! The more they ...

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