Back To School Organizing!


A Halloween costume, not the first day of school! Just in case you were wondering.

Even though I am no longer in front of the classroom, the beginning of August makes my stomach clench at the thought of summer ending and heading BACK TO SCHOOL.

I am definitely one of those teachers who loved teaching as much as I loved my time off.  Nevertheless, I must now fight the urge to start planning lessons and buying supplies.

A rainy New England summer weekend afforded us the perfect opportunity to revamp our home office/homework site/guest room/conservatory/office supply storage hub/tutoring room/gift wrapping center and place to hang my favorite travel maps.

Below is a 30 second video of the transformation but more importantly was the inventory of Back To School supplies that we (okay that I) currently own.

Let’s just say with three children in high school I am now officially banned from buying anymore CRAYOLA products even if they are only $.01.

Enjoy the rainy weekend re-organization of our multi-purpose room!


About LB Living Better

Lisa Bates has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, Certification to teach Behavioral Sciences and a degree in Business Administration. From school administrator and non-profit executive, to teacher, coach, counselor and mom, Lisa has extensive experience, knowledge and training working with children from toddlers to teenagers. Currently, Lisa owns and operates LB Living Better an organizational and educational services business. Lisa has just released her first book, Barbies in the Horse Bin, Living Better with Organized Children and she is a seasoned, energizing, humorous, workshop presenter with extensive experience. As a mother of three teenagers including twin boys, Lisa maintains her sanity by writing, travelling and playing with her dogs. Read more about Lisa Bates at or contact her at

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