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Back to School Saviors Image Credit: Charlotte Home & Garden
Back to School Saviors Image Credit: Charlotte Home & Garden

Back-To-School Saviors

Back-to-school excitement can also breed some serious chaos in your home, with extra paperwork, bookbags, uniforms, and more taking over most spaces. Organizing it all in a way that actually makes sense—and is easy to find again—can be dizzying. Here, five local designers share their tips on how to get back-to-school organized.

Blake Miller

“A drop zone is essential, especially during the school year. Strategically placed at the kids’ entrance, cubbies, baskets, and hooks are my go-to additions to help families stay organized. With so many styles available, these items are not only functional organizing tools, but they can also be great additions to your home’s decor.” —Cheryl Luckett, Dwell by Cheryl

“My twin boys attend a uniform school, so when school is not in session, their ‘regular’ clothes move to the front of the closet and uniforms move to the back. When school approaches, I weed out the summer clothes that have been outgrown or are simply tired, and swap everything out with their uniform-approved pieces. I want those pieces front and center, so getting dressed is easy on those first early mornings. Also, if a new pair of shoes comes in, an old pair has to go. One in, one out! That’s my back-to-school motto. —Traci Zeller, Traci Zeller Designs

“Our clientele at Circa is always looking to find a way to maximize space, while still adhering to the style of their home, but as we all know, life happens! Art projects, sports equipment, and binders all need a place to land when not being used.” —Lori Klingman, co-manager of Circa Interiors & Antiques

“Young children love to be involved. If you


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