Ways to Foster Excitement For Back To School

We have nearly an entire month of summer before the official stat of school, but I find it helpful to begin organizing and fostering excitement for the return to the classroom in few simple ways:

  • Organize Work Stations:  I’m beginning to uncover the children’s desk area from mountains of artwork and supplies.  Having a centralized work station makes homework time easier.
  • Find a System that Works For Your Family: I like to have bins for each child to take ownership of their important papers. I also have separate folders for each child in my own work station to be on top of trip-slips, volunteer dates and other school/activity related things.
  • Invest Children in the back-to-school Shopping Process: Letting kids help to purchase supplies from their back-to-school lists helps to get them excited and engaged in the academic year ahead.

We recently took a trip to our local Staples to get a bit of a head start on our supply list.

staples school supplies discounts

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With exclusive collaborations from Teen Vogue and Nickelodeon – it was easy to match special interests with products.  And with a back-to-school 110% Price Match Guarantee and helpful Less List, I knew that I was getting the best deal.

I also felt good shopping at a store that is invested in supporting teachers, students and educators via their “Make Roar Happen” campaign.  Katy Perry has lent her voice to this important campaign in which Staples is donating 1 million dollars to DonorsChoose.org – which helped to fund more than 450,000 classroom projects impacting more than 11 million students.

Products were received, however, opinions, as always are my own.


Style Your Space {Giveaway}

I have a small space carved out in the corner of my kitchen for the purpose of working from home. Its functionality, organizational aspects and overall aesthetic definitely leave something to be desired.   That being said, my husband and I both greatly enjoy home design.  We’re always looking for the next great piece of furniture to up-cycle and have several things stored for the purpose of someday stripping and dipping, reupholstering or making our own.

I couldn’t have been more excited to get a bit of office-design inspiration from REAL SIMPLE and Staples at their recent Style Your Space event at the gorgeous Gary’s loft Penthouse in Midtown Manhattan.  Several home-office configurations were showcased, highlighting sleek storage and furnishings to maximize office space.   I was naturally drawn to the compact “city” space featuring Staple’s clean, lucite chair similar to Kartell’s Louis Ghost Chair – but with an affordable price tag.

modern office, lucite chari

I’ve also had the chance to test out Staple’s Space-Saver 10 Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder in my own home, and I’m glad that it has been able to handle my special shredding technique (I tend to over-feed shredders to the point of breaking!).  In a world where credit card and identity theft are prevalent (I’ve been there), destroying identifying documents is important to my family.  Thankfully, Staples revolutionized the shredder aesthetic by eliminating bulk with a sleek profile that can easily tuck under a desk.

The best paper shredder, Staples Giveaway

Win It:  I’ve teamed up with Staples to Giveaway one Space-Saver 10 Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder (Retail value $149.99).  To enter, simply visit the Rafflecopter below.  US only and please note that all entries are verified.  Staples will select the winner’s color based on availability.  Best of luck!
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Staples provided me with the above Shredder and Gift Bag.  Opinions, as always, are my own.