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H O M E F E AT U R E

By Laura Bates

Kara Irvine, Professional Organizer and owner of Simply Organized Chaos, helped us come up with some great ideas to get your college freshman ready for campus. Here are some things to think about:

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Map your Distance Will you be able to come home to get your winter clothes, or will you need to take them at the start of school? Will you be able to come home to do laundry?

Practical Purchases for your Room Make the investment in pieces that can move with you year after year. One example of a practical purchase would be a Metro tower from The Container Store. It can hold a microwave and a bin with your snacks. An over the door shoe organizer can be used for many things: storing extra bathroom products, holding hats, scarves and gloves for those students studying up north, and of course, shoes.

Make a Schedule When planning your schedule, make sure you take into account how long it may take you to walk or find parking near your class. Schedule time to study and put it on your calendar as a priority. By doing this, you will actually find more time to enjoy your college experience.

Important Documents Students should have the original and a photo copy of their Social Security card, passport or military ID. Start a pocket folder, where one side contains the copies of your identification, dorm assignments, class schedule, and any Rush information. Then on the other side, keep your financial documents including any financial aid, grants or scholarship information. “My biggest piece of advice for staying organized in college is to take the time to map out a plan; knowing that there is a place for everything in your dorm and scheduled time for classes, studying and a social life will make for an amazing college experience,” says Irvine. For more tips, visit www.simplyorganizedchaos.com. www.fortbend

Get Organized with Great Looks

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ummer vacation is at an end, and school is here again. What better time than now to get organized for the upcoming school year! Getting yourself and your children organized can be a very rewarding experience. Now is the time to gather up all those old magazines, children’s art, old bills and unclutter your space. Whether we realize it or not, all of the stacks of paper and left out shoes can really wear on our mental attitude towards the family life, not to mention the “décor.” With school starting, this is a perfect time to get everyone to break the old habits and start fresh, but we all know that it starts with you. Now, grab your coffee or glass of wine and just sit in the space. Look to see what needs to be put away or what is not really needed anymore – knowing that more paper and art is getting ready to come back into your life. Baskets are one of the best ways to get organized and help keep that decorative look. Baskets come in all different shapes, color and sizes, so look and see what best fits your needs, and of course, the most important need – the décor. This is also a good time to clean the front of your refrigerator of all those old pictures and invites, and put them on a bulletin board. You can hang your bulletin board in the laundry room, on the back of a pantry door, on the side of a cabinet – essentially anywhere. What I am trying to say here is that the refrigerator does not have to be the center of attention in the kitchen. I know that all of the stuff on the refrigerator is very important, but it just does not have to be the main accessory in the kitchen. Speaking of the kitchen, baskets look great on top of the kitchen cabinets, so why not put that space to some good use? Everyone’s lifestyles and needs are different. What is important to one person may not be important to another, so getting organized is a very personal thing. But, that does not mean that being organized can’t look great! Happy decorating! .com • August 2012

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August 2012 - Fort Bend Focus Magazine - People • Places • Happenings  
August 2012 - Fort Bend Focus Magazine - People • Places • Happenings  

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