Back to School Zone Defense with Graceful Spaces
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Back to School Zone Defense with Graceful Spaces

Zombies have been walking our halls at TIH for the past week or so. The back-to-school frenzy is underway once again with new schedules, a renewed commitment to making healthy lunches, and getting dinner on the table in time for homework and reasonable bedtimes.

Since we aren't shy about asking for help for the sake of our sanity, we turned to Austin-based interior organizing company, Graceful Spaces (GS), for advice. Founders Rebecka Jodeit and Christina Lee suggested a combination of their finely tuned "CEO" and "Zone Defense" methods to combat the back to school chaos.



The Graceful Spaces team breaks down their process for tackling cluttered spaces by keeping it simple using their "CEO Method".

  1. Categorize: Remove everything from space and sort contents into categories.
  2. Edit: Donate, toss, or set aside anything you don't use or that does not belong to space.
  3. Organize: Every space has its own organizational challenges. Below are examples of three areas to tackle specifically for back to school. Labeling is key!

Zone Defense for Back-to-School

In an effort to streamline daily routines and save time and energy, GS recommends implementing "zones" which are busy areas where activities take place. While there are certainly many zones throughout your home, our organizing gurus suggest starting with three specific areas that are crucial for kicking off the school year with less stress.

Lunch Prep Station

Having everything you need at your fingertips and in the same vicinity makes lunch prep much less daunting. "Open up space in a drawer or cabinet in the same zone for prep items," the duo suggests. "Include things like lunch bags, bento boxes, reusable snack bags, permanent markers, and utensils".

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Command Center

Rebecka stresses the importance of creating a central location for everything from picture order forms and permission slips to notepads for reminders and a spot to drop your keys. If you have a dedicated mudroom, check out our post on How to Organize Your Mudroom for Success.

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Medicine Station


This one likely isn't as top of mind...until allergies or the first cold, fever or tummy ache of the school year hits. According to GS, the most efficient way is to stock a caddy with first aid supplies and medicine. Another tip is to keep daily vitamins and prescriptions on a turntable.

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