September 3, 2011

Coffee & Clicks | September 3, 2011 {Edition #21: Back to School Edition}

Welcome to Coffee & Clicks, my weekly roundup of posts from my Google Reader and beyond that caught my eye, that made me think, and that just made me laugh. 

Coffee & Clicks is my way of sharing those interesting posts with you.  If you find yourself with a few minutes of leisure to surf on the weekends while you sip your coffee (or whatever fills your mug), feel free to wander through this list of posts and spend some time reading, reflecting, and relaxing.

For those of us with school-aged children, the first day of school has finally arrived during the past week or so (yay!). Or maybe this long holiday weekend is the last of summer for your bunch; this coming Tuesday is circled in red on your calendar.

Back to school season is a great time to organize and streamline some of the hot spots in your home. Here are a sampling of posts from around the blogosphere to spark your imagination and inspire your creativity:

:: I saw this Scrabble Tile Magnet craft idea (originally posted by Oh Crafts) highlighted by Erin, the $5 Dinner Mom. I LOVE this idea, not just as a means of posting weekly meal plans, but as a way to make custom magnets for all those important papers, tests, and works of fine art that are brought home in my kiddos backpacks. Show it off on the fridge with a Scrabble Monogram magnet!

:: Need help just getting motivated to start getting organized? Laura of OrgJunkie has a list of 10 Things to Do Everyday to Stay Organized posted at Organizing Your Way. Just like when we learn any new skill, learning how to get and stay organized is essentially adopting a new habit; you have to give yourself a few weeks of "practice" for that habit to take root. Side note: if you're looking for an excellent online family calendar, I highly recommend Cozi - it's free, you can add the app to your iPhone for FREE, and it is!

:: I love this roundup of Get Organized for School (8 DIY Ideas) over at TipJunkie; the photos alone are inspiring! Tip #2 really caught my eye as my own kitchen command center is in need of a serious overhaul after a summer of neglect!

:: And just for fun, I loved this idea from Amy at The Motherload on how to make Close to My Heart Flower Pins for your littlest ones heading off to preschool or kindergarten for the first time. This is a great idea even for your older girls as Amy shows you how to turn those cute flower pins into one-of-a-kind hair clips. Loverly!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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