Baby Steps to Getting Organized for the New School Year


Even though I don’t have school-aged kids at home any more, the “back to school” season always inspired a fit of organization mentality for me. I remember fondly those lists of supplies (many of which found their way back home unused at the end of the year) and the rush of morning routines as we settled back into a schedule after a summer of unwinding.

So when “Just Solutions” approached me to take a look at a few organizing products, I was happy to oblige. Two of them, featured here, seem like great options for families on-the-run on busy back to school mornings. Please note that I received these products as a complimentary gift in exchange for my honest review.

Image copyright JustSolutions, used with permission

Image copyright JustSolutions, used with permission

Hang It – Closet Jewelry Organizer

I don’t have daughters, but if I did this product would be near the top of my wish list. Brightly colored and slim in size, this hanging jewelry organizer is perfect for not only bracelets and necklaces, but also for earrings, pins, and other wearable school accessories. I’ve gone the “jewelry box/black hole” approach in the past, but now with this hanging organizer I can actually find the accent items I’m looking for! Since it comes in a variety of colors, you might call this one an “accessory organizer” and order it in a neutral color.

Stretch Laces

Is putting on shoes a source of stress on an average school day? Then check out “Stretch Laces” to take some of the pain out of getting out the door in the morning. The work like a charm and come in a variety of brightly colored three packs in both casual and dressy styles. I found these to be a great tool for getting through the airport line at security quickly. They’re also perfect for some of today’s more casual types of shoes that beg for an “untied” type of look. Those family members who hate tying shoes will thank you!

If you’re looking for other ways to get organized around your home, definitely check out the JustSolutions website for a variety of affordably priced accessories and ideas.

Copyright 2015 Lisa M. Hendey

Image courtesy of JustSolutions, used with permission


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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