School Year Organization

Hey everyone! It’s September, which for most means BACK TO SCHOOL! Parents, calm down, we know you’re excited. However with B2S comes problems with clutter and messiness. I’m here to help you get everything from your car, to your locker, to your backpack organized! Let’s get started!

Locker:

  • Get a locker shelf to utilize ALL that room in your little locker!

Locker Shelf

  • Magnets are your FRIENDS!
  • DIY a cute locker organizer! Instructions HERE!

Locker Organizer

College Dorm/Apartment:

  • Get a desk for doing homework on, and keep it clean and organized. Designate this desk for ONLY doing homework, and avoid distractions in that area.

Homework Station

  • Get a dry erase calendar. They’re cheap at Walmart. Put any important tests, assignments, field trips, and parties on there. Assign each roommate their own color so you can make sure your plans never get in the way of each others!
  • Schedule your day! Establish a routine. Schedule chores, homework time, and gym time!
  • Create homey comfort in your dorm with a mini kitchen! A mini fridge, small microwave, and a coffee station make a temporary place feel like home!

Coffee Station

  • Lift your bed and store out of season clothes, spare notebooks, old books, etc. under your bed!

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  • Sharing a bathroom with a roommate or in the dorms? Organize all your shower stuff in a great shower caddy, like this one from Thirty One!

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  • Learn to organize your fridge from the start! This makes finding food, making food, and grocery shopping MUCH easier.

Fridge Organization

Backpack:

  • Get a planner! And color code it! Seriously- a calendar, a paper planner, or even an app! Keep your homework and social life straight!
  • Create a survival kit! Pikles and Bundles are on SALE (Promo Code: Back2School), so be sure to get one! Keep an office pack, pencils, ponytails, etc all in one place in your backpack!

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  • Get a pencil pouch so you don’t end up with pencils all over, but still end up using one at the end of the year because you managed to lose them all.

Pencil Pouch

Notebooks:

  • Color code your notebooks and folders. Get 1 notebook for every class, and a matching folder. Color code them, so you immediately know which folder your homework goes in! Keep old homework assignments for reference!
  • Highlighters are the bomb! Get a variety of colors and be consistent on what each color is for. Yellow is important formulas, green for vocabulary, etc!

Highlight Notes

  • Screen Shot your schedule. That way when your walking around school/campus, you can just check your gallery to see your schedule. This is great so you don’t look like a new kid walking around with a paper schedule, you’re simply “checking your phone”.

Car:

  • Keep loose change and spare cash in a gum container in your cup holder!
  • Create a car emergency kit! Like I said earlier, Pikles and Bundles are on SALE!!

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  • Get a trash can for your car! Buy one or create one from a cereal container!

Car Trash Can

  • DIY a cute car organizer! Instructions HERE!

DIY Car Caddy

Those are my quick tips for organization this school year! Now, lets get out and CRUSH THIS YEAR!!

What are some of your favorite organizational tips or products for school? Let me know in the comments below!

How To: Best Pack a Suitcase!

Ok all, it’s travel season! There are a ton of posts on Facebook and Pinterest about “THE BEST WAYS TO PACK A SUITCASE!”, and there are SO many different ways to pack them! This post explores the different ways, and will truly reveal the best way to pack your suitcase and still have it organized! Check out the video below, or continue reading! Or, better yet, do both!!

I packed 2 weeks of clothes in 1 carry on bag. This consisted of 5 pairs of pants, 5 tops, 2 under shirts, 3 pairs of shoes, 1 dress, 2 belts, 2 scarves, 16 pairs of underwear (one for each day travelling and 2 extra), 17 pairs of socks, 6 bras, my jewelry and toiletry bag, hair straightener/curler, and my Pikle. My undergarments aren’t pictured or in video, but they’re in there!

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Lots to pack! Remember, clothes can be re-worn or washed to save space in your suitcase!

1st up- How I usually pack my suitcase! I usually roll up my clothes and put them in gallon size Ziplock bags, then squeeze the air out to pack! You can also use Packing Cubes or special bags made just for packing. This is my go to method, because it saves space AND protects your clothing!

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Rolled up into bags!

The 2nd method I found on Pinterest, and I call it the “Fold Flat Method”. I can see how this method would be useful for travelling for business, because it seems like it wouldn’t wrinkle your clothes as bad. However, I had to sit on my suitcase to get it to all fit in there!

The 3rd method is straight up rolling in a specified sequence (also found this one on Pinterest). Put your footwear and other heavy stuff in the bottom of your suitcase, towards the wheelbase. Next, roll up your shirts and other tops for your foundation. Then, tightly roll up pants, dresses, and skirts. On top of that, roll up thick jackets and sweaters. On top of that, lay your crushable items such as bras or a voluminous dress. Stash your toiletry items and jewelry in the compartments, and any swimwear, scarves, belts, and underwear anywhere else you can squeeze them!

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Burrito Style!

Overall, which method did I think was the best? Overall I liked all the methods about the same, they all had their pro’s and con’s, and all took up about the same amount of space. So, it comes down to your personal preference!

Pointers for packing:

  • Roll up your underwear! Just shoving them in the suitcase does nothing for you space-wise. Also remember to stack your bras ladies, you don’t want any deformation! I’m going to buy myself one of THESE, how cute and handy!
  • Get a jewelry organizer, or press your jewelry in press-n-seal wrap to prevent tangling.
  • Wear your bulkiest items, but make sure they’re nice to travel in! Comfortable bulky shoes (I usually wear my most comfortable heels so they’re easy to take off during security), a jacket, and even a scarf!
  • Keep your toiletries TSA approved! Remember we are packing in a carry on suitcase, so all of your items have to follow the TSA Guidelines!
  • I like to pack my carry on size of suitcase, because then I can volunteer for FREE gate check! Gate check is awesome, most the time they check it all the way to your destination, it’s FREE, and you don’t have to carry it all around the airport with you!

So that’s this weeks post! Tune in next week to see how to best pack your Carry On for your trip! How do YOU usually pack your suitcase? Any pointers? What is your MUST HAVE item when you travel? I’d love to see your comments below!

Pack your Pikles- Winter Sports Edition

I know you have all been there. Out on the slopes, shredding some gnarly pow, when all of a sudden, LEG CRAMP!!! You have no pain killers, no money to buy some pain killers from the handy little store, NOTHING! Luckily, I’ve solved your Winter Sports problems in a single Pikle! From goggles to fogging up on a ride, or just finding a safe and secure (and waterproof!) place to store all your stuff! Skiing, Snowboarding, snowmobiling, snow shoeing, ice fishing, winter camping, etc., this pikle will have you covered!

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Whats in this Pikle (Featured: Dill Pikle in Lime Circles)

  • Tissues
  • In A Pikle First Aid Kit (Bandaids, Sting Relief pads, burn gel, triple antibiotic ointment)
  • Money (Cash for snacks, credit card for ticket)
  • Business Cards (You never know who you’re going to meet!)
  • Hand Warmers
  • Anti-Bacterial Wipes
  • Pill Box (with pain killers and allergy medicine)
  • Pikle Pen and Notepad
  • Lens Cleaning Wipes
  • Lotion Samples
  • Chap Stick
  • Hand Sanitizer

Don’t want to carry this stuff in your Pikle? Here are some more options!

  • Face Balm (like chap stick for your face, for those windy days!)
  • Swiss Army Knife (you never know!)
  • Matches
  • Mirror/Floss Combo
  • Ski/Board wax
  • Anti-Fog wipes
  • (for your goggles/sunglasses)
  • Mountain Map
  • Phone
  • Headphones
  • Snacks
  • Water infusers (Like Crystal Light, or Mio)

I hope you enjoyed our FIRST Pack Your Pikle post! What do you think of our Winter Sports Pikle? What would YOU put in a Winter pikle? I’d love to see your comments below!

No comments? Well, pack up your Pikle and go shred some pow! Be sure to post pictures on my Facebook Page for the “Pikles in Action” album! Be sure to “subscribe” to my YouTube channel too, so you don’t miss any videos!