Benji’s Messy Room is a beautifully illustrated book with a purpose – to get kids organized. Cowritten by two professional organizers, Jonda Beattie and Diane Quintana, this book is written in first person in the voice of Benji, who takes you along on his journey from a messy to immaculate room in manageable-sized steps.
The story begins with a bit of defiance and a feeling of being overwhelmed by his mess, but Benji progresses through the task of room cleaning and reducing his toy collection in a step-by-step process (which includes a reward at the end).
The authors include tips and techniques for teaching organizing at the end, but the real meat is in the story itself, which was written by two women, both teachers, in a way that engages kids visually through a compelling, first-person narrative that kids can identify with as they build their own tidying habits.
Teaching kids to organize is a skill that they’ll benefit from their whole lives, both personally and professionally. Benji’s Messy Room is a fun learning tool that young mothers, grandmothers, teachers and professional organizers alike will appreciate. A female counterpart book, Suzie’s Messy Room is also available.
The illustrations are visually compelling, warm, distinctive, and entertaining, which kids will surely love. Both Quintana and Jonda Beattie are certified professional organizers and teachers, so they know how to communicate with children, as evidenced in this delightful book. Find out more on Jonda’s professional organizing website.
The last of the Christmas cookies are gone, the tree has been taken down, but the house is covered with all those new toys that Santa brought. Sound familiar? We love seeing the thrill and joy in our kids eyes Christmas morning, but we don’t necessarily love the clutter that comes with the holidays. Toy storage is just one of our many job descriptions at OrganizeIt.com. It is important to utilize organizers and storage pieces that appeal to kids and entice them to want to organize. Lo and behold — our new line of Star Wars toy storage pieces. These awesome organizers come just at the right time — after the splurge of Christmas gifts and as the new Star Wars: Force Awakens film masters the box office. Using pieces like these branded organizers encourage healthy habits at a young age — ones that will follow kids throughout their entire lives. Let’s take a closer look: Star Wars Toy Storage.
Star Wars Fabric Storage Bin:This fabric storage bin is collapsible so you can easily store it in a drawer when it’s not in use, and the removable rigid bottom keeps the bin upright so you can easily store items inside. The top of the fabric bin is completely open so you can see and retrieve stored items with ease. The durable cardboard interior structure offers years of reliable use while the polypropylene fabric provides long-lasting style.
Star Wars Folding Play Mat (Millennium Falcon):Make it easy for kids to play on the go with the Star Wars Folding Play Mat. Crafted from soft, bendable fabric, this toy organizer is easy to clean. With young kids, it is important to keep toys and other surfaces disinfected; the sleek finish on this case can be wiped down with a wet rag or anti-bacterial towelette. A fabric handle makes this lightweight piece even easier to carry — especially for little hands! The multi-use design does double duty for play and storage; this storage case is also a race track play mat. Two zippers create a small storage case for race cars and other toys, or reveal a cool two-lane space themed track.
Star Wars Toy Car Storage:Whether their favorite vehicles travel pavement or space, this carrier is made to transport them between home, school, friend’s homes and more. Crafted from durable tin, this lunch-box style organizer is made to withstand years. A strong latch keeps contents safely inside while an easy-to-use handle makes the lightweight piece easy to transport. Inside, this bin boasts 15 slots that are just the right size for toy cars, action figures and more.
Star Wars Collapsible Toy Box:Kids can play on the go or transport their favorite toys thanks to the Star Wars Collapsible Toy Box. Crafted from soft fabric that is safe for ages 3 years and up, this box features a special coating that is easy to clean. The sleek surface can be wiped down with a wet rag for quick sanitation. This versatile piece is designed for storage and play. Four zippers follow the length of each corner; zip them all up and this piece turns into a lightweight storage box perfect for toys. Two velcro straps hold the lid on securely and two side handles make the entire piece easy to transport. Create a play mat by unzipping each corner and letting the piece lay flat. The inside surface is designed to replicate the inside of a spaceship, perfect for encouraging imagination and creative playtime. On the outside, you will see the faces of classic Star Wars characters.
Star Wars Playmat:This activity mat is made from a soft fabric that features a protective coating; keep it sanitary with the easy wipe of a wet rag or disinfecting towelette. Measuring a large 3 feet by 1.5 feet, this play mat is perfect for the home or on the go. The pliable piece is simple to roll or fold, so you can tuck it away in storage or transport it. The large surface is great on tables, protecting hardwood from rough playing; it’s great on floors, creating a clean play space; even use it in the car to keep young travelers focused and happy.
Ready or not, here comes another school year. As the homework piles up, it’s important to keep your attention to detail. There’s no denying it, some days it is just easier to have the kids grab lunch in the cafeteria, but today’s lunchrooms are chock full of sugary drinks and salty snacks that begin a lifetime of unhealthy habits.
Utilize these handy pieces to create quick, easy and healthy lunches every day:
Japanese style lunch box
Let lunch get creative with this Bento Box style lunch box. Bento Boxes are a traditional boxed meal in Japanese culture. They typically have separate containers for rice, protein and veggies. Modern twists on this style create an easy way to pack a well-balanced, healthy lunch for work or school. This specific design features a nesting container with three cubbies and a lid – perfect for packing and separating items without using disposable plastic bags.
Reusable lunch wrap
If you or your kids or more of just the plain ol’ sandwich type, this reusable wrap is for you. You can pack any kind of sandwich without using plastic wrap.
Snacking doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Packing healthy snacks is super easy thanks to this cool double compartment container. This piece is designed to accommodate your favorite dips and sides, like hummus with carrots, celery with peanut butter and more. This case is awesome for lunches but is great for a quick study break snack you can throw in your purse, backpack, briefcase and more.
Salad container with dressing holder
The ultimate in healthy lunches: a simple salad. Not so simple to pack though. Well that has changed. This handy container is made to pack your favorite salad, complete with a side of salad dressing. The leak proof container is also ideal for stir-f
ry, pasta and other dishes. It comes with a detachable ice pack so it’s super easy to keep foods cool during the day – this container can sit in your locker before lunch and stay fresh.
Feeling inspired? Check us out on Pinterest for lunch ideas. Find these products and more like them at StacksandStacks.com.
It still feels like summer has just joined us, but the beginning of another school year is drawing near. Every year we pile up the supplies, but it’s easy to overlook the details. As kids get older, maintaining storage and organization at school becomes more important. Help kids keep their lockers clean and their academics up with some of our customer favorites:
Adjustable locker shelf: Add storage and efficiently to any locker with this plastic shelf. Built to fit standard sized lockers, this unit features two shelves and a pull out drawer for smaller supplies. Available in black, blue or pink this shelf unit is perfect for all ages. Organize books and binders while maintain space for backpacks and lunchboxes with this handy shelf.
Locker liner: Add personality to school lockers with this cool wallpaper. This decorative paper applies completely adhesive free – the magnetic sheets come in four pre-cut panels. Choose from a multitude of patterns: classic damask, blue polka dots, green stripes, leopard, zebra, teal paisley, pink chevron or purple scrolls.
Magnetic pencil cup: Keep pencils, pens and other writing tools handy with this magnetic pencil cup. The brushed stainless steel finish is the perfect style to satisfy any age or gender. This simple piece the easiest way to stay organized at school.
Locker pockets: This hanging organizer is perfect for the locker. The fabric unit features five pockets to help sort all kinds of supplies. This piece even includes a mirror so kids can check their appearance between classes. The design includes a top hook to hang the piece and is available in either pink or blue colors.
Designer locker white board: This handy little white board is the perfect way to remember homework assignments, important dates and more. Featuring a magnetic back, this white board holds on tight to inner out outer locker surfaces. It even comes with an included dry erase pen with a built in eraser. Choose from different patterns: purple damask, black polka dot, pink polka dot, blue flowers, blue scroll or leopard print.
Back to school shopping has begun and we have the complete back to school check list for your children, whether they’re in elementary school or college. Organize-It and StacksandStacks also offers hundreds of products to get your kids off to the right start this school year! Start here with our Grade School List. We also have a College Check List! Find them on Organize-It!
Whether your “Game Room” is a room all of its own, or simply a time slot in your family room, there are many ways to bring sanity and civility back to that space. It all starts with a game center, which works to keep games and equipment neat and tidy. Video game organizers make great gifts for kids and teens (while benefiting the grown-ups in the house at the same time).
Read on for our best picks to help you take back your family room!
If you are lucky enough to have a space just for gaming, you will need a place to put the TV (or monitor) as well! Choose from a wall mounted TV contraption or an all in one Centipede Game Storage and TV Stand like this – perfect for the corner of the basement or the kids room. Read more
Have you been bitten by the back to school clutter bug? I know we have! The thing I seem to forget every year is that it is not just the kids’ room that suffers. It’s more like an explosion of papers, shoes, bags and lunchboxes all over the house for the first month that the kids are back in school. Here are some great new products to help minimize the damage throughout the home:
Dining Room: For us, homework, arts and crafts take place in the dining room. This 12 Drawer Rolling Cart has see-thru drawers of differing sizes, perfect for supplies and all of the paperwork that comes home. It is a great size for the early-grade crowd, but can work with them throughout their full 13 years of schooling and beyond. Read more
This week’s featured product takes the guesswork out of closet organizing, especially for the younger crowd (sending a kid off to college, anyone?) The Organization Kit by Honey-Can-Do is an all-in-one clothing organizer for the bedroom, dorm, studio apartment and more.
Here is a breakdown of what is included with the set, and tips on how to use it:
-Over the Door Shoe Rack – this handy, space-efficient shoe organizer can hold more than just shoes. Use it to organize scarves, jewelry, accessories and even school or office supplies – a multi-tasker, for sure. Read more
Send your teen off to college with tools for healthy eating whether they are in the freshman dorms or sharing their first apartment as a sophomore.
Here are our finds for the best in Dorm Appliances this season (and how to use them):
The Kalorik 3 Tier Food Steamer takes healthy eating for students to a whole new level, with a rice bowl and 3 steamer baskets for cooking up fresh vegetables, fish and more. The base measures just 9.5″ x 7.5″ space-friendly, safe and fast. Read more
Are you ready for the summer? I sure am, but I wasn’t quite ready for all of the wonderful “stuff” my kids would bring home from school on the last day. And let’s face it, the package that comes home on the last day of the school year is the good stuff. It’s not the day to day worksheets that “accidentally” end up in the recycle bin throughout the year (oops!). These are the keepers (at least for another year).
Start by hanging new artwork on the walls of their room. Think of the art that kids bring home as free room decor. Choose the biggest, bold-colored pieces for them to enjoy. Next, weed out any books, whether they are decodable readers (recycle?), books made by the student, or portfolios. These should go on a bookcase in their room. And lastly, any unfinished workbooks or sheets tossed in there by the teacher should be kept where they normally do their homework. (But ONLY if you actually think they will do those sheets during the summer. Otherwise, do yourself a big favor and recycle them now.)
When looking for a storage vessel for your kids masterpieces, think big. For artwork, 8 1/2 x 11 is probably not going to work. This oversized Wicker Night Stand Basket does the trick at over 22″ x 15″. And it’s pretty, perfect for leaving out in plain view. Read more