If you know anything about me, then you're probably aware that I rarely hold back on sharing my embarrassments. So have we ever discussed the fact that I didn't use dry shampoo until two months ago? Up until then, I was convinced dry shampoo just didn't work on my hair. Which meant I'd have to wash my hair almost every single day, and who has time for that?! Not me, especially with my new extensions (which in case you're wondering, are still named Moira Rose).

















It turns out that nothing was wrong with my hair—I just wasn't using dry shampoo correctly. I guess you aren't supposed to spray almost the entire bottle directly on your scalp? There's a reason I'm more #pantrygoals than #hairgoals. Thankfully, I figured it out because Living Proof sent me a massive case of their Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo, and it's honestly life-changing. Whenever my hair feels dirty, I spray some on my roots, and I'm able to prolong blow-drying my massive amount of fake hair.

















And while we're on the topic of hair care confessions, I should also mention that I'm in my mid-thirties and already completely grey. The secret is out, y'all! I know grey hair may look chic on Roberta but not so much on me. I honestly have to get it colored every two to three weeks--which becomes a problem when I’m on a crazy travel schedule (which is always). I’ve noticed that using dry shampoo instead of washing my hair every day has helped extend the life of my color until my next appointment—and also has made my life a lot easier.

















Living Proof’s Color-Care Shampoo & Conditioner also came to my rescue. I start using both *right* after my color appointment and it helps keep my hair healthier so the pigment lasts longer. Here’s a fact: Did you know that many color-care shampoos contain silicone? What’s ironic is that silicone actually weighs your hair down and leads you to shampoo more often, causing your hair color to fade and the cycle of damage to continue. Living Proof treats us better than that with a silicone-free formula that’s super lightweight but surprisingly moisturizing!

















And then, if only to outdo themselves, Living Proof blessed us with their new Color-Care Whipped Glaze. I’ve started to use the Dark version a couple of weeks after I get my color done or whenever my hair starts looking sad. The Whipped Glaze basically deposits a temporary pigment back into my hair for that vibrant just-left-the-salon look. It’s perfect for anyone who craves the same amount of instant gratification as I do. (Joanna does too and she uses the Light version).

















I’m literally due for color *tomorrow* and all of these Living Proof Color-Care products, especially Whipped Glaze, have my hair color holding strong. I’m honestly worried that my stylist will think I’m cheating on her.





xo, clea


Tip #1: Simplify Your Self-Care

It can be tough to prioritize self-care when you are so busy taking care of everything and everyone else—but that’s when it’s more crucial than ever! *cue flight attendant speech about putting your oxygen mask on before helping others* 

Sleep, stress, and immune health are connected systems—if one is off, so are the rest! Being able to streamline your solutions, rather than focusing on them separately, simplifies a routine. The new Nature Made Wellblends are our favorite because these supplements are targeted to balance our sleep, stress & immune health needs.

They come in capsule form, gummies, (that just so happen to taste amazing!), and fizzy drink mixes, which we can throw in our purses and take on the go! 

Tip #2: Designate a Drop Spot

Let us guess: Your kids get home from school and instantly drop all their things in a pile by the front door? Meet them in the middle with a drop spot system! This may include shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes, jackets, and after-school activity items like ballet shoes or soccer cleats—but every family is different. These items can be hung or stored in an open bin, what matters is that your kids can access them when necessary. Not only will this system leave clutter at the door and hold everyone accountable for their space, but you’ll be able to quickly grab whatever you need when rushing out the door.

Suggested Products
Graphite 4-Tier Metal Shoe Rack
Graphite 4-Tier Metal Shoe Rack
Modern Weave Storage Bin
Modern Weave Storage Bin
Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles
Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles
White Montauk Bins
White Montauk Bins
Cast-Iron Hook Rack
Cast-Iron Hook Rack
Acrylic U-Shelf
Acrylic U-Shelf

Tip #3: Create a Command Station

Every home needs a system for managing all the incoming and outgoing paper…or else it will quickly pile up on the countertop and stress you out. When creating your system, think in three general categories: To-Do, File, and Recycle. As a reminder for tasks at hand, To-Do papers need to remain organized but visually accessible in open trays or letter sorters. Files can either be stored in hanging file or document boxes, labeled by category, color, or both.

BONUS TIP: Designate a paper tray in clear view where your kids can place all the papers you need to sign or look over. 

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1″ Bigso White Stockholm Portfolio
1″ Bigso White Stockholm Portfolio
Bigso White Stockholm 3-Ring Binder
Bigso White Stockholm 3-Ring Binder
Bigso White Stockholm Desktop File
Bigso White Stockholm Desktop File
Bigso White Stockholm File Box and Letter-Size Folders Starter Kit
Bigso White Stockholm File Box and Letter-Size Folders Starter Kit
Bigso White Stockholm Office Storage Boxes
Bigso White Stockholm Office Storage Boxes
Bigso White Stockholm Paper Drawers
Bigso White Stockholm Paper Drawers
Bigso White Stockholm Photo Storage Box
Bigso White Stockholm Photo Storage Box
Bigso White Stockholm Stackable Letter Trays
Bigso White Stockholm Stackable Letter Trays
Acrylic Desktop File
Acrylic Desktop File

Tip #4: Prepare For Last-Minute Emergencies

It never fails – the moment you are about to walk out the door is also when your kid decides to confess they forgot to brush their teeth...or maybe it was a truly chaotic morning and you realize you forgot to brush yours. Oops! That’s why it’s better to keep a crisis-management kit right by the door for all your *oh no’s!* and *mommy, I forgot’s*.

Think back to your past experiences and decide what will come in handy. Some suggestions include toothpaste, toothbrushes, flossers, hairbrushes, hair ties, you name it. We suggest using stackable drawers, along with bin organizers to keep everything contained and categorized. 

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THE Bin Organizers
THE Bin Organizers
THE Large Drawer
THE Large Drawer
THE All Purpose Deep Bin with Divider
THE All Purpose Deep Bin with Divider
Custom Labels
Custom Labels

Tip #5: Set Up a Supply Station

For most people, the kitchen table is the homework headquarters. But instead of lugging supplies back and forth on a daily basis, store on a rolling cart! Not only does this system on wheels save space, but it also manages clutter for less distractions! Categorize and contain using bins or turntables just as you would on a closet shelf. 

Suggested Products
White 3-Tier Rolling Cart
White 3-Tier Rolling Cart
THE  Clear Rolling Cart
THE Clear Rolling Cart
Elfa White Mesh Gift Wrap Cart
Elfa White Mesh Gift Wrap Cart

What are your favorite back-to-school organization tips? Feel free to share them with the class below! 

†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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