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!