The Costo Connection
Costco carries a variety of back-to-school products and items to help
anyone get organized, including
backpacks, organizers, pens,
pencils and PDAs.
uncomplicated. That is the reason she does
not suggest students file completed work in
desk drawers or closed boxes.
“When I want you to file your work,” she
says, “I want to make it easy and I want it to
be in your face. Opening a lid to a box can be
one step too many.”
No one organizational system is going to
work for everyone, so the key is finding something that works well for your child.
“When you organize someone else, you
really need to think in different ways,”
Goldberg says. “It’s not about what works for
you. It’s about what works for them.”
The one-size-does-not-fit-all mantra
extends to backpacks as well. An organized
student may have no problem using a multi-pocket backpack with a place for everything
and everything in its place. For the disorganized child, who consistently fails to put items
back in the same place, a three-section backpack means searching in three places to find
what he or she needs.
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Going the distance
Experts such as Goldberg and Ana
Homayoun say children who periodically forget to hand in an assignment or bring home a
textbook may be able to solve their organizational problems with a quick-fix solution—
use of a daily planner, for example. However,
if students are becoming overwhelmed by
their lack of organization or if disorganization is affecting their grades, it may be time to
enlist the help of a professional.
Whether you tackle your child’s disorganization problems yourself or turn to a professional for help, you should expect your
child to experience a few bumps in the road.
Learning to be organized is as much a journey
as it is a destination.
“Some kids are able to harness the time
management portion and make strides there,
but they are still a complete mess in terms of
papers all over and they are still losing things,”
Goldberg says. “But we have to applaud the
successes and we have to recognize them in
A Washington-state-based freelancer, Andrea
Downing Peck claims her children are good
students and better organized than she is.