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A new school year is coming, here are 10 tips to help get you organized.

With the start of school, we face new organization challenges. Get organized  for the best school year ever! Use these ideas to prepare your home and family for back to school.

command central

1. Create Calendar Command Central
Each school year floats on a sea of schedules with school functions, lunch menus, lacrosse practice and music lessons. You need a centralized site for all family calendars and schedules. You'll need a family event calendar to track all activites, a one-stop shop for family time management.

Coastal mud room

2.Streamline the mudroom or storage closet
Streamline your mudroom to create space for the kids to store their backpacks, jackets, sports and music equipment, and other back-to-school gear. It’s important for everything to have its place.

Wire baskets

3. Organize work stations & school supplies
The school supplies should be kept in a storage space in bins or drawers near the homework workspace.

kids closet

4. Clean out the kids closets.

Purge clothing and items that no loner fit to clear way for the new school clothes, organize and keep things tidy.

organized kitchen pantry

5. Organize the pantry.

Creating an organized pantry will make packing lunches and after school snacks less stressful.

Coastal toy storage

6. Create easy to clean play space.

Good storage for games and toys will make clean up before bed time fast and easy.

kids reading nook

7. Create a kid's reading nook.

Organize the kid's books and create a reading space for them. This will encourage reading and help with reading homework. Guaranteed to nag the kids less and make reading homework more enjoyable.

kid's art station

8. Creative art station.

Make sure to give the kids a place to create art or be creative. Having this outlet is important.

Kid's art display

9. A place to display the kid's artwork.

Give the kid's a sense of pride by displaying their works of art.

Coastal white slipcover chaise

10. Mommy time.

Probably one of the most important tips is to have a space of your own that you can retreat to. A comfy slipcover chaise in the corner of your bedroom or a lounge chair on the back porch, either will do.

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Organized command central

Organized mud room cabinet

Wire storage baskets

Kids closet

Organized pantry

Toy box

Wicker baskets

Reading nook

Art station

Art display

Coastal white slipcover chaise

British West Indies has a distinct style of high contrast dark woods with bright whites and light blues. These coastal designs are classic West Indies design, they all have an island tropical feel.

West Indies tropical living room

Dark wood and rattan furniture is a key elemnt of British West Indies design.

Tropical West Indies bedroom

This British Khaki bed personifies West Indies style in this coastal bedroom.

High contrast dark wood and bright white West Indies Bedroom

Beautiful dark bold wood tones and crisp white contrast to create a West Indies style coastal bedroom.

Dutch West Indies coastal living room

This Dutch style West Indies dining room is a softer side of the dsign style. Light blues and warm woods play off each other creating the contrast that is West Indies design.

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West Indies style tropical living room

Tropical Indies Bedroom

Dark wood and bright white West Indies Bedroom

Dutch West Indies style dining room

Coastal photo cation contest

Photo caption contest to find the best caption to this photo. Post your caption as a comment for your chance to win $25 to spend at Last day to enter is September 1st, 2014.

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Crab on the beach

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