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ABC's of Back to School: Organizing

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FENTON (WJRT) - (09/02/14) - As the summer winds down, parents may find themselves in a familiar predicament.

With jam packed schedules to juggle, the school year can be stressful - but we may be able to help you out.

From school schedules, to shopping lists and the morning routine, professional organizer Betty Houtari is the master of it all. You can be too - with a good system.

"I think it just makes the day run smoother. There's less chaos, less stress," Houtari said.

Huotari runs a business out of her Fenton home. Logical Placement has been helping Mid-Michigan get organized for 13 years. This mom of two says the key is to keep is simple.

"The less steps involved in a process, the more likely you will carry it out," she said.

We asked Betty to walk us through her process of binders, bins, lists and charts.

"This is kind of like the family binder, school newsletter that we just received last month, it has my daughters schedule, phone numbers," she said.

All kept in one place, using sheet protectors.

"I use this to actually store the kids memories. They each get a hanging file folder for each year," she said.

There is a white board for writing reminders and a calendar to keep everyone on schedule with practice, activities and jobs. Betty also keeps two shopping lists, one for bulk items she buys each month from Sam's Club and a book for the family to use.

"When we run out of something, the kids know to write down," she said.

When Mikko starts his sophomore year next week, he knows mom will help take some of the stress away.

"It's very smooth. She's over here making breakfast and I have all my school supplies ready the night before, so all I have to do is get changed, get ready, and go to school," he said.

"A lot of people want the magic. Unfortunately, with organizing, there's kind of a discipline with it. It takes time. You have to look at your schedule. How many hours am I spending in front of the TV, on Facebook, on the Internet? We don't realize how much that impacts our evenings. Maybe we're not spending that little extra time reading to the kids and getting them ready for the next morning and making those decisions," Houtari said.

For more of Betty's tips, click HERE.
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