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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Tip for Tuesday - School Supplies

It's August now.

School starts back up the end of this month.

I have started nesting. Taking inventory of, and organizing the school supplies that I keep in an old secretary.

When I get the school supply lists, I always make this my first stop. There are always oodles of items left over from previous school years with plenty of life left in 'em.

The secretary is just an old thing we inherited from a friend's Mom who was downsizing, so it didn't cost us a thing.

In the top shelf area, I keep any required reading collected over the years, along with a few children's classics.

One drawer is set aside for pencils, glue, book covers, calculators, etc.

One is for composition books, spiral-bounds, loose-leaf and graph paper.

In the bottom drawer, I stow all the folders, page protectors and dividers.

I have another drawer for clipboards and assorted odds and ends.

Because binders are pretty large, I store them separately in a Rubbermaid bin next to the secretary.

Any piece of storage furniture could be used for this purpose. An old dresser, some shelves and baskets. We keep ours by the front door, but a study or even the dining room would work equally well. If the kids are running low on papers or pencils or what-not during the school year, they know to always check this cabinet first.

Happy organizing!


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In case you didn't know it, I'm like the queen of blog-hoppin' lately. It's kind of like square dancing but without the dated outfits, smelly gym, and elderly caller.

Here's the schedule I keep:
Monday: Homestead Revival's Barn Hop
Tuesday: Heavenly Homemaker's Gratituesday
and Wrinkled Mommy's Tuesday Archive Link-Up
Wednesday: My Life and Kids Finding the Funny
Thursday: A Rural Journal's Rural Thursday Blog Hop
Friday: Deborah Jean's Dandelion House's Farmgirl Friday
Saturday: Camera Critter's Life With Dogs Pet Blogger Hop and Country Momma Cooks Saturday Link-Up

Since today is Tuesday, that means I'm linking my post "BlogHer '12" with Wrinkled Mommy's Tuesday Archive Link-Up, and my post "Btw? She's Back!" with Heavenly Homemaker's Gratituesday

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  1. I am in the proccess of organizing our school stuff too. I love going though all the books and figuring out what our plan is for the coming year. Plus,I'm an organizing freak with a little OCD mixed in. :-)Have a wonderful day!

  2. School supplies are always needed whenever school time comes. You can find different ways on how you can save on some of your school supplies.

  3. @Elizabeth: I think you and I are kindred spirits!
    @Chris: Taking suggestions! With six kids, it adds up very quickly to a small fortune!

  4. Oh boy, I remember those years of school supplies for my 3! Now it's just a pc, one notebook and university tuition. (Groan)

    1. Ugh! Guess I shouldn't complain. We did the math once and realized we could potentially (if they all end up going) have 4 in college in one year!

  5. Just found your blog and love your header and byline. So cute and fitting! Great ideas for storing school supplies by the way.  I'd  love to have you link this to Titus 2 Tuesday this week on Cornerstone Confessions.. I hope to see you there. 

    1. Great, Kathy, will do! See you there tomorrow!



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