September 13, 2016
READY, SET, ORGANIZE
If you want something done, simply ask a busy mom: As CTV Morning Live host and co-anchor, as well as being a parent to two young girls, it’s a saying Keri Adams knows all too well.
After all the camps, vacations, activities and generally being “all over the place during the summertime,” the award-winning journalist finds back to school translates to a return to routine and being more settled. “It’s about being organized so that I can breathe again,” she says with a chuckle.
She marks out time a few weeks before the start of the new term to gather everything her two daughters, aged seven and nine, need for school, from school supplies and backpacks to lunch bags and scrapbooks. If she’s not reusing items from the year before, she looks for them in stores gradually so there’s no last-minute buying. “It’s all about keeping an eye on things during the month of August,” she says.
At home, since the girls do their homework at the kitchen table, she uses wicker baskets to organize such items as art projects or workbooks. The baskets come with all-important lids to allow them to be stacked and put away so things look neater and “not as junky.”
Calling herself “old school and a visual person,” she likes to use a paper planner for writing specific family and school appointments so she can see all timings and dates laid out. She also enlists the help of an accordion receipt holder to keep track of all receipts, especially if she needs to return back-to-school items.
Most importantly, she aims for the whole experience to be stress-free – especially so the children don’t pick up on any anxiety. “You have to remember that these are things your kids are going to remember for the rest of their lives so it’s worth keeping it positive and staying sane at the same time,” she advises. “For the most part, I keep things going pretty smoothly. I haven’t made a disaster out of my children’s lives yet.”
Stand and deliver
The attractive bamboo RIMFORSA tablet stand is the perfect antidote to all that blue light. $16.99, ikea.ca
Sort it out!
From zigzags to stars and stripes, this appealing kraft office set will ensure you have no excuses not to get organized. About $23
Pump up the volume
Known as the Ambrosia Maple, this amplifier gives you up to five times the usual volume on your phone – the old-fashioned, energy-free way.
About $128, koostik.com
Tap on wood
Move over, plastic: QWERTY becomes every secret Luddite’s dream with
West Elm’s bamboo keyboard complete with mouse. About $128, westelm.com
For scheduling Need to get a grip on syncing your schedule with all those school activities? Try Google Calendar – a free online calendar.
From day-to-day lists to space for detailed assignments, iHomework gets you organized in the homework department.
For taking notes
Want to save a recipe from the web or make notes and find them easily again in one spot? Say hello to Evernote.