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How to Stay Organized During the School Year ~ #StrengthNotStress


How do your kids stay organized during the school year? As for my kids, they have Mead Five Star products to help them. I share some ways on how your kids can keep organized all year long.


School has officially started here in Colorado and I have done most of my back to school shopping. I say most, because no matter what, there's always something missing from the list that the teachers request once your kids are back in school. I'm just waiting for it. Like most parents, I hate spending unnecessary money. I love when I shop that whatever I purchase last all year long, within reason of course. I don't expect my kids to have a notebook all year, but oh how I wish. Speaking of notebooks, I suffer from "brand loyalty" and I'm going to be honest with you, most of our schools here in Colorado are very specific on which brand of notebooks you purchase, and guess which brand that is? Mead Five Star! They didn't have to tell me twice. I have been using Mead products since I was a student myself. I'm old, very old, and when I was in high school my parents bought me a Mead Trapper Keeper, as a matter of fact, all the cool kids had one. You weren't cool if you didn't have a Trapper Keeper. I mentioned this to my oldest daughter and she had no idea what I was talking about. Now the Trapper Keeper may have evolved, but Mead products have remained the same. They're still as strong and as durable as they were all those years ago.


School can be stressful for both kids and parents alike. While it may be tougher for your high schoolers, don't underestimate elementary and junior high school. With the new math I can already see myself hiring a tutor for my Kindergartener, and I was fairly good at math. However, when it comes to back to school, the more organized you are, the better it will go for you. So how can you get your kids to stay organized without breaking the bank? Mead Five Star has you covered and I have 3 easy ways you can get it done.


First you're going to need your basic supplies. Your school usually sends a list of supplies that you will need, but the basics are usually pens, pencils, folders, composition notebooks, binders and loose-leaf papers. Make sure  you have extra pencils and pens so that you're never out. If you're using a mechanical pencil, be sure to have extra lead. When you're organized, the less you'll be stressing.

Have an organizational system in place, here are a few ways to do that.

Have a binder with dividers
Choose a binder that fits your needs and use dividers help you to separate each class or subject. This way you're not carrying around too many notebooks.  Separating your binder with color dividers will cut down the time spent having to find each class notes. If you decide that you don't want to use a binder, have different colored notebooks for each class or subject. Once again this will make it easier for you.

Introduce a Planner
If your school doesn't provide a daily planner, get one for your child. A daily planner will help them stay organized as to what's coming up, and what will be happening on a daily basis. Your child can list their homework so that don't forget what's due. I know my children can be quite forgetful, especially when it comes to homework. Having a planner where homework is written down keeps them responsible. When the week is over, rip out the pages and start all over again. You can keep the old pages in a folder at home to look back upon.

Backpack to keep it all
Having a backpack that can hold all their school supplies is the key to organization. Your child will need a backpack with multiple storage compartments to hold it everything that they require and to separate them all. The Mead Five Star Expandable Backpack is just what you need. With a main compartment that expands to 4" and front pockets that expands to 3", your child will have maximum storage space. There is also a padded compartment to secure and protect their laptops. Each week, clean out your backpack and get rid of the items you don't need.



When you're organized on the first day of school, and keep it that way, the easier it will be to get through the rest of the school year. Eliminate clutter, but make sure you don't throw away papers until you're absolutely sure you won't need it anymore. Remember also to use a calendar to keep track of everything.


Mead Five Star helps take some of the stress away by having products that will keep your children organized, and it's also less stress on your bank account because you know it will last all year long. So go out and get your Mead Five Star products and get your kids ready and organized for back to school!

Annmarie John
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  1. My oldest is going into 8th grade and he started using a big binder last year. It really helps him a lot to keep his stuff organized.

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  2. I love a good planner and it's such a good idea because I am always trying to stay organised!

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  3. LOVE this! Organization is key if you want to maintain your sanity during the school year. Even the most organized kid needs a little help keeping everything together.

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  4. Success in school is largely organization. We know that kids who stay organized have a higher grade average and less overall stress.

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  5. Love Mead Star products. The boys still have their binders from last year, and will be using them again this year. The quality of their products are awesome!

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  6. I remember when the Five Star series came out while I was in about 4th or 5th grade. Everyone had their zipper Five Star binders! They always held up so well. I think I actually have one from 8th grade still lying around in a box with school work in it. Ha.

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  7. I love Mead Five Star products. I used their notebooks all the way through college. I'm sure I'll be buying them again once my kids are in school!

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  8. Great tips and we love Mead products here, too. Plus, couldn't agree more that organization is totally key!! :)

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  9. We love Five Star products when it comes to back to school products. Looks like they have some good items out!

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  10. Mead has always been a great brand in school organization. I love the idea to be ready from the first day and the rest will fall in place

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  11. I love Mead products! Just bought a bunch of notebooks and folders for this school year and really can't think of a better way to be organized!

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  12. Mead is still a steady item for me whether it's work and hobbies I'm trying to keep straight. My hubby loved the idea of different colored binders and folders for various things. Your suggestions will help a lot of people with back-to-school organization this year.

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  13. I know I always felt less stressed when all of my studying and schoolwork was scheduled and organized. A good planner will go a long way. The new backpack rocks too!

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  14. Sending this to my son! He is no super not very organized

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  15. I had no idea that Five Star also made backpacks. I bet they are really well made.

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  16. I think getting organized and ready beginning with the first day will set the tone for the rest of the year. I always liked the Meade line of products.

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  17. Getting organized from the start is the way to begin the school year. Meade is a great line of products and we always have used them.

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  18. I used to love have a great planner when I was in school! Always made me feel more grown up! That backpack looks great and perfect style for high schoolers!

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  19. I am sort of OC when it comes to the things that I have for school. I always tell my students that it would be really helpful to label and put their things in sections so they have no trouble finding it! These are great tips for parents!

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  20. We're actually not at the point in which we need to provide school supplies. I've been told it's 5th grade in my town.
    That said, Scarlet asked me what school supplies I'd buy as a kid and I remember Mead products quite clearly!

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  21. A planner can be so helpful for students, particularly the older students juggling many things. I always liked using a big binder.

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  22. I'm such a huge organizer, a planner is seriously helpful for students and parents!!

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  23. We use Mead notebooks too. I also had a TrapperKeeper, they were super cool and helped keep everything organized.

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  24. When I was a student, I hated it when my things were a mess and I definitely like it better when my things lasted for the whole year and in good condition too. These are great ideas on how to make sure you stay organized throughout the year!

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  25. Those are great ideas! With two boys, it's tough to make sure their things are organized. It's really important for me to get items that will help them keep track of their things. These sound great!

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  26. Being organized when you have a lot on your plate can be difficult but I agree that binders with dividers will help. As will planners too! x

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  27. I always feel like my organization slips off part way through the year lol. Using good quality binders is a huge help though! I use binders for so many of our house needs.

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  28. When it comes to schooltime, I always feel like I'm super organized at the beginning of the year, then it all goes downhill after the first week.

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  29. These are a great brand of binders and planners. My son has a planner but since he is fourth grade the school provides the school themed one.

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  30. My oldest is heading off to grade 9 and high school in a few weeks now. I got him a big binder to keep everything organized and help make it a smooth transition! - Jeanine

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  31. Yeah being at school defiantly remind you that being organized it so important. Throughout school I couldn't live without blinders and planners.

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  32. Having good gear to learn with is a great way to motivate teens. They love having the best!

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  33. My kids always wanted binders. It was easier for them and for me to check on homework and stuff. Less stuff to carry around too.

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  34. Mead is a great product line for school and office supplies. I love the backpack your son has. It looks roomy enough to hold all his school essentials.

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  35. SO many great products these days for school kids. I tend to stock up and on some of the awesome deals for myself.

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  36. The older your kids get, the more organization comes into play. These Mead products are great for keeping track of each class and each assignment.

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  37. I remember how helpful it was to have a planner or a binder with individual folders. It helped me stay super organized throughout the day.

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  38. Wonderful tips! Mead Five Star was the brand that my mom always bought me when I was kid. It's now a brand that I buy for my children.

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  39. My 4th grader wants a binder pack but it's not on his school list so I know his teacher won't let him use it. My daughter has one for college and loves it. You're right too, teachers always ask for supplies after the initial request, lol. I'm waiting too.

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  40. I can still remember when I was in High School that I always want to organize my school things. These sounds really awesome. Love the tips!

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  41. There are so many great things that Mead puts out. That backpack is awesome.

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  42. Man, this was the cool kids brand when I was in school too! I can't believe it is still so popular!

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  43. My cousins are staying with me for a few weeks and I've don't all the beginning of the school stuff with them. It's so much! I can't believe I'll be there with mown kids one day.

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  44. Staying organized is definitely something that we struggle with during the school year. There just never seems to be enough time to get everything done in a timely fashion. I think having the right supplies makes a big difference in making sure everyone is on point.

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  45. I lovedddd organization growing up as a kid in school but I could never find one that I liked or worked for me. This looks super cool!

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