Getting Organized for a New School Year

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Organization.  We all want it but few can maintain it for very long.  When I was in school a teacher once said that good organization skills alone could raise a letter grade.  I agree, which is why I am currently getting a C in homemaking skills.  I decided enough was enough.  It was time to live like an adult.  It was time to stop envying the organized and become of the envied.  Besides, I grew tired of trying to pretend I knew what I was doing.  My husband would ask the kids, “Where are your school books?”  I cringed when they pointed to a unorganized pile or a bin filled with books haphazardly placed.  So, this summer I decided to get a plan in place.

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I need simple organization in order to maintain it.  I also need it in my face and unforgiving.  One year I decided I was tired of pens, pencils, and colored pencils, being thrown in a box with other art supplies.  My solution was to purchase little tin buckets and place pencils in one, scissors in one, and so on.  It worked!  Applying this same “in your face” and simple organization to books and papers I needed the help of a special friend;  my label maker.  My fondness for label makers began with Seinfeld in the episode where Elaine found her label maker gift was regifted to Jerry.  After that episode who didn’t want a label maker, right?  Well, I suppose not everyone is as big a fan of Seinfeld as I am.

With label maker in hand, I created labels and placed them neatly on file folders and used those files folders as dividers in my purple box of curriculum you see pictured above.  Simple, easy, and holds you accountable.  Then my labels began to peel off.  How was that possible as I stuck them on paper?  I already had to deal with labels that were boring and printed out like the ink was low when it wasn’t.  Sticking to my brilliant idea, I decided it was label maker’s fault.  You get what you pay for, right?  Enter my new best friend, PT-90 Brother Personal Label Maker.  The labels you see in the picture above came from that baby.  The labels are cute and will stick like nobody’s business.  I riffle through my curriculum and the labels stay secure with no curling corners.  I have so many options from style, size, symbols, and different types of tape to use in my label maker.  You can make labels that do not look like they came from a simple handheld label maker.  To further personalize your label maker you have the option of switching the faceplate to one of the three that come with the label maker.

Organization that is simply, stylish and “in your face”, is in your grasp.  If you are like me and need accountability but the highest ranking officer is you;  labels will keep you in line.  I know it sounds silly but once you see it labeled you will keep it organized.

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