10 Organizing Tips for Tackling Senior Year of High School

senior yearSchool, homework, activities, jobs, SATs, college search, friends… When you are a senior in high school your time is managed pretty well—by everyone other than you! Here are some sure fire tips for staying organized during your senior year.

Use an academic planner to stay organized. Whether you use a paper planner or electronic calendar, make sure your planner is set up as a grid system so you can see your week at a glance. Record all your college visits, after school activities, class assignments and application due dates. Include a row in the planner for “College” so that you can plan your essay writing, SAT studying with your class assignments and exam dates.

egg muffins with veggies

Easy Egg Muffins with Veggies

Foods for thought…

These Egg Muffin Cups are the perfect solution to your busy mornings. They can be made ahead of time, frozen and are a healthy way to start your day. Life is busy enough, so make things easy on yourself and give these a try!

Brain Boosting Chocolate Pudding

Foods for thought…

We all know our kiddos love chocolate pudding. Heck, what adult doesn’t? But all that sugar?? Not the best for a healthy brain. Try my version made with my secret weapon…AVOCADOS! Avocados are one of the best brain foods around and it makes such a smooth and delicious pudding that no one will realize all the sugar is missing!  This is seriously so good!

LESLIE LIKES: GRID-IT! Cocoon Organizer

Grid-It holds items and gadgets firmly in place

I travel a lot and would be lost without this Grid-It award-winning organizer! It really is the perfect solution for gadget organization on the go.  I love that it’s so easy to slide my chargers, phone, iPad, ear buds, and more into place and then toss the whole thing in my bag. The rubberized bands hold everything tightly and securely in place. No more digging through my bag to find all my stuff; everything stays right where I need it.

Amazon Faves & Raves – Top Picks

It’s Time for Our Annual Organizing “Product-Palooza!”

It’s no secret that the team at Order Out of Chaos loves organizing products! We have spent hours researching, testing, and trying out some of the newest and most popular products out there.  To make things easy for you, we have created a page on Amazon called “Our Amazon Faves and Raves” that have all of our top picks! Each of our team members has picked one of their absolute favorite products to feature this month.  Check them out, let us know what you think, and let us know what your favorite products are by emailing us at info@orderoochaos.com.  Happy organizing!

due app

LESLIE LIKES: Due App

Never Forget Anything Again! (I like the sound of that!)

February is Time Management month so I’m sharing one of my favorite time managing apps, Due App! Our schedules are busy and our plates are full – it’s so hard to keep track of everything. I love a paper planner of course, but sometimes we need additional reminders too.

Chocolate Banana Power Muffins

Foods for thought…

We’re all about saving time – especially this month! And these muffins do the trick! These Chocolate Banana Power Muffins are a full of protein and fiber and make an easy grab and go snack or breakfast. The best part is that you can easily make a double batch (48 muffins!), freeze them and have plenty saved for when you need them.  No more grabbing frozen waffles or processed granola bars as you run out the door!

Starting The New Year With Enough

It’s the beginning of another new year. And if you are like me, you always start the New Year off with good intentions. Then, if you are REALLY like me, you open the freezer; see the ice cream and well… So this year I decided to be easy on myself…and my family. I’m not striving for perfection. Far from it. Just Enough. Organized enough (yes, even me!), good enough, exercise enough, done enough. You get the idea. No more resolutions or unobtainable goals that set us up to fail.

unroll.me

LESLIE LIKES: Unroll.me

The New Year is here and it’s time to declutter!  If your inbox is anything like mine, then it needs a thorough cleanup. Every time I turn around I have 50 more emails, newsletter, store notices, etc. It’s just too much! Unroll.me to the rescue! With Unroll.me, you can quickly and easily unsubscribe from unwanted emails and email subscriptions. Bundle all of the email subscriptions that you do want to keep in one easy to scan daily digest called the Roundup. Then you can keep the important emails right where you need them – in your inbox.  Just don’t forget to KEEP our newsletter!!

Here are a few of my favorite features:

• Managing your subscriptions
Easily manage your email subscriptions by swiping left to unsubscribe, up to roll up and right to keep. If swiping isn’t your thing, you can also tap the button below the email corresponding to the action you wish to take.


• Rollup
Swipe up to roll up the email subscriptions you want into a daily digest, theRollup. All future emails from these senders will bypass your inbox and be included in your daily Rollup digest.  TheRollup is delivered each day at any time you chose.

• Keep
Swipe right to keep the email subscriptions you want right in your inbox. These emails will continue to land directly in your inbox.

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The Gift of Doing

(From the Archives)

giftGifts From the Heart

I’m very picky. Simply put, I like what I like. I’m sure most of you can relate. Buying gifts for me is not very fun (just ask my husband!). For every gift that is a winner, there are 10 that just don’t make the grade. So one year, on the eve of my birthday, I decided to throw down a challenge to my family. No buying me anything. Truthfully, if there is really something that I “need”, I’ll get it myself.

But here was the catch. They had to “do” something for me instead. Think about it. It’s the perfect gift. It’s low cost, clutter free (love that!) and from the heart. And I get what I truly “need” – others to take care of things that I either do not have time for or do not know how to do. So here’s what I “received” that first year.