It’s hard to believe that this time last year, we were traveling all around the country on our first book tour. Such fun memories! We loved being able to meet y’all, drink champagne, and talk about everything from organizing to our mutual obsession with Schitt’s Creek.





As many of you know, our new book, The Home Edit Life, is now available for pre-order and releases this September. Needless to say, we won't be traveling, but we're planning to host a series of virtual events and are hoping to support as many Black-owned independent booksellers as we can on our virtual tour! We're still figuring out the details—but we'll share as soon as we have.





In the meantime, if you are looking for a new summer read while staying at home, we encourage you to browse our recommendations and order from any of the bookstores listed below:



















































































California





Eso Won Books





Ashay By The Bay





Malik Books





Connecticut





People Get Ready





The Key Bookstore





Burgundy Books





D.C.





Mahogany Books





Loyalty Bookstore





Sankofa Books





Delaware





MeJah Books, Inc.





Florida





Dare Books





Pyramid Books





Georgia





Black Dot Cultural Center





Brave+Kind Books





Illinois





Semicolon Bookstore





AfriWare Books





Indiana





Brain Lair Books





Kentucky





Wild Fig Books & Coffee





Louisiana:





Community Book Center





Massachusetts





Frugal Bookstore





Maryland





Wisdom Books Center





Loyalty Books





Michigan





Detroit Book City





Source Booksellers





Blackstone Bookstore





Riverhead Books





Minnesota:





Black Garnet Books





Missouri





EyeSeeMe African American Children's Bookstore





Bliss Books & Wine





Nebraska





Aframerican Bookstore





New York





The Lit Bar





Cafe Con Libros





Sisters Uptown Bookstore





North Carolina:





Shelves Bookstore





Ohio





Smith & Hannon Bookstore





Elizabeths of Akron





Oklahoma





Mocha Books





Fulton Books





Pennsylvania





Harriett's Bookshop





Hakim's Bookstore





Uncle Bobbie's





Big Blue Marble Bookstore





South Carolina





Turning Page Bookshop





Tennessee:





Alkebu Lan Images





Texas





Enda's Booktique





The Dock Bookshop





Black Pearl Books





Toronto:





A Different Booklist





Virginia





Harambee Books





Positive Vibes





Books & Crannies





xo,





clea + joanna


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.

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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
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Bigso White Stockholm 3-Ring Binder
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Bigso White Stockholm Desktop File
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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 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. 

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White 3-Tier Rolling Cart
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THE  Clear Rolling Cart
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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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