Smead Offers Back-To-School Tips for Taming the Clutter and Organizing Homework


HASTINGS, Minn. (August 10, 2009) — Each new school year brings homework assignments, schedules, activities and an endless stream of paper. Smead, a leading provider of filing and organizational products, is offering simple tips to help parents and kids get and stay organized.

"One of the biggest challenges that parents and students face is keeping track of the seemingly endless amount of information and assignments that come home throughout the school year," said Michelle Santaferraro, a professional organizer who works with Smead. "However if you set up a system before school begins, it will be much easier to stay organized."

A recent national survey conducted by Smead found that more than 70 percent of Americans need help when it comes to being organized. In addition, 44 percent of respondents said they don’t have time or don’t know how to set up an organizational system to help them deal with the clutter, which can be crucial in dealing with the plethora of paperwork coming home in kids’ backpacks.

Smead offers a free interactive Web site, Smead Organomics ( that provides a variety of organizing solutions for parents and students alike.

Tips to tame the clutter include:

  • Create a Kitchen Command Center that helps keep track of every family member’s important schedules, lunch menus, school announcements, etc.
  • Sort through papers daily and toss items you won’t need for future reference.
  • Set aside papers that require immediate response.
  • Store papers for later reference such as long-term school projects, calendars of events, important phone numbers, team lists, etc.
  • Each year, purge homework assignments and projects by choosing 4-7 items per child to be saved as a keepsake for the future.

Homework tips include:

  • Set up a homework station that is away from noise and distraction, and offers room to spread out.
  • Keep the right supplies handy including writing utensils, paper, scissors, tape, etc.
  • Teach time management skills, such as having a set time for completing homework each day – before play and dinner – that will provide a solid routine for your child. Set a timer to help them focus and let them know they can work in small increments.
  • Keep track of assignments on a daily basis by checking your child’s backpack each day. Double check in the morning to make sure they have all of their completed assignments.
  • Color-code the child’s subjects with folders and textbook covers.

Smead Organomics was designed in conjunction with several certified professional organizers, and offers free practical ideas and advice including the latest trends and solutions to the most common organizing challenges. The site also offers a customized solution for each visitor through "My Organomics" – an interactive tool that delivers solutions based on a person’s individual work style and organizing challenges. In addition, there are many quick tips and advice for answering the most common organizations problems at both home and work.

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Smead Manufacturing Company, a leader in office filing products and records management systems, was established in 1906 in Hastings, Minnesota. Smead is a privately held, certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) offering thousands of organizational products for use in the home or office. For more information on Smead’s high-quality organizational products, including hundreds of environmentally friendly products made from Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)-certified materials, visit To find your personal organizing style, visit Smead Organomics at