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KATV Design Time with Tobi Fairley: Stylish Back to School Organization

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Back-to-school can be a hectic time for mommies! With all the demands on your time and all the new gear required for school-bound kids, your home can quickly become cluttered. Now is the perfect time to get your home in top shape so that your family stays organized year-round. Versatile wall organizing systems like the one featured above from Pottery Barn are a great addition to a home office.

In my own home office, I have great custom cabinetry from The Closet Factory. I’ve used colorful boxes to keep everything organized in style.

These storage boxes from The Container Store add lots of color and pattern and make organizing a breeze.

Keep papers separated in file drawers or file boxes with these hip file folders by Whitney English via Molly’s Paperie in Little Rock.

Not a fan of the colorful boxes? Vintage gym locker baskets are another fun way to add a unique element to your decor and keep your kid’s belongings under control. These are especially great for sports gear, shoes and all things activity related.

Chalkboard paint is a great way to make your walls part of your organizational scheme! You can make any wall an instant message center and you can even make them magnetic too.

Storage lockers, like these from Restoration Hardware, placed in an entryway or mudroom are a great way to keep the entire family organized.

A stylish, graphic clipboard for each member of the family helps mom keep track of everybody’s school, sports and activity information.

Create this look in your home with these adorable clipboards from Dabney Lee at Home available in Little Rock at Molly’s Paperie.

Are you a mom that just can’t part with your kids schoolwork from year to year. Keep it safe and organized in these handy binders from Russell +Hazel.

Their signature binder comes in lots of colors and has handy divider tabs inside. These work great for moms with several children because mom can have one binder, but can organize each child or activity in its own section.

And if your binder is packed full of important information, keep it all in tact with these adorable decorative rubber bands also from the creative peeps at Russel + Hazel. Find a full selection of Russel + Hazel in Little Rock at Molly’s Paperie.

To not lose track of all those important dates, school parties, ballgames, and more, every mom needs a stylish planner from Dabney Lee at Home. Personalized with your initial, these cheerful planners are the perfect size to slip right into your purse so you always have all your kid’s calendars close at hand.

I hope these tips and products help you and your kids stay organized all year long and add a bit of style to your life too!

A special thank you to my great friends at Molly’s Paperie in Little Rock. You can find many of the items I showcased on the show today in their fabulous shop. I hope you’re inspired to get your home organized!

KATV’s Design Time with Tobi Fairley

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For all of my central Arkansas readers, I wanted to remind you that tomorrow morning, Wednesday, August 24th, is Design Time with Tobi Fairley on Good Morning Arkansas. Be sure to tune in to KATV Channel 7 at 9am to learn how to get your home organized and stylish for Back to School!

See you in the morning!

Laughter is the best medicine, but organizing ain’t bad either!

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My friend Katie is probably the funniest person I know.  After about 5 minutes of being with her, my face hurts from smiling so much! I spent Friday night and Saturday with her and I am still smiling 24 hours later!!

We met in college when I was getting my degree in interior design, she in fashion merchandising.  After 2 trips to Europe, my wedding, her almost wedding and many other amazing memories together, we are now grown-up girls with our own businesses…mine almost 10 years old, hers less than 10 weeks.

Here we are having tea at the Florian in Venice in 1998.

And at the Dom Perignon Winery in France in 1999. Cheers!

And getting down with Super T at my wedding in 2002! (Super T also played at Jeanna Bush’s wedding last year…cool, I know!)

So anyway, The amazing thing about our story is that her new business is a perfect compliment to mine.  I love Organizing! I crave order and simplicity! But in the hectic world of interior design it is a very difficult state to maintain.  Fabric samples, wallpapers, carpets, paints, not to mention the paperwork that goes along with keeping up with 40 clients at a time.  It is almost impossible! And on the home front even more difficult! It was just last Spring that I reorganized my entire house with the help of the container store and I am already losing control because of my busy schedule and my busy 3-year-old.

I design my projects with organization in mind and I incorporate beautiful storage pieces and containers to keep things neat, but it is the man power (or woman-power I should say) that I need to make things truly clutter-free.

Enter Katie and her new company, Little Rock Paper Scissors. She does everything from personal organizing to event planning to house and pet sitting.  She is your “go to girl” for all those tasks you just don’t have time to do but that make your quality of life so much better. Check out her blog at and find out about all her services while getting a hilarious dose of her personality.  I assure you once you read her blog you will be hooked! And if you hire her you definitely will be!

I have hired her to start with my closet in a couple of weeks. I will blog about the before and after when she is complete.  Next she is going to help me organize my wardrobe and make a list of any fashion needs I have for fall (not only does she have a fashion degree, she spent the last 8 years on the social scene in Dallas, this girl knows her stuff!!) and then we will tackle my office which will prove to be a challenge to say the least.  But the best part, for a reduced fee she comes back on a regular basis for maintenance and touch-up services so just when my busy schedule causes me to let everything go a bit, she’ll return to whip me back into shape.

As soon as I try her out, I will definitely be giving a personal testimony to my clients.  This is the very sort of person they need in their lives too.  So here’s to you Katie B! You’re about to make me the happiest girl in the world! Now, get to work!