Sue McMillin
Sue McMillin
Organizing Consultant & Speaker

With Time to Spare

Organize to Make Life Easier


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Now that the dust has settled…

home desk after

Back-to-school time is certainly hectic, what with all the shopping for supplies and clothes as well as preparing students’ minds and hearts for fresh adventures with new teachers and classrooms.

But, school has been in session now for almost a month. Hopefully the dust has settled, by now,  for you and your family. With that in mind, let’s take a moment to see what is working and what is not.

Over the next few weeks we will  look at four areas that probably need a little tweaking by now: 1) your student’s desk, 2) their locker, 3) their backpack, and 4) their notebooks.

First stop: the desk

How is your student’s desk looking now, one month in? Does a quick survey to scope out the lay of the land reveals piles of papers, stray candy wrappers, and last week’s pizza crusts?

  • Have them start with cleaning the clutter from the surface.
  • If you have not already done so, attach a swivel-arm lamp to free up precious desk space.
  • A good calendar, either wall-mounted or desktop, is a cool tool to organize their time, club meetings, assignments, and sporting events.
  • A bulletin board serves as a control center for notes and reminders.
  • A must-have tool is an organizing center for the desktop, complete with trays and nooks for their paper and supplies.
  • Add stackable storage trays, bins, and a caddy to conquer any desktop clutter that has found its way onto the desk.
  • Finally, if you have not already done so, add some much-needed shelving. Students need lots of shelves for books, supplies, and collectibles.

These days, most students I know own a computer. It has become an indispensable tool for our students. From word processing to Internet access, the computer is a tool most students find crucial. Since this tool will most likely take up a good portion of the desktop, make sure that your student also has enough room for the other important nontechnical items just listed.

Sue’s article 12 steps to an organized desk  would be a good article to peruse as you undertake this important challenge.  Remember to store items near the place where your student will use them.  This will serve your student well and will model for them principles that they will carry with them into their adult life.

Here is a time-proven fact:  you can find easily everything that you have placed in organizing containers and assigned to a specific place. But items that float from place to place or get tossed and buried in piles or stacks will eventually disappear! – See more at:

Now that we’ve conquered the desk, let’s move on to our next area of concern.  Check in soon for the next installment where we will take a good hard look at your student’s backpack.




Taken by SurpriseEach week we will be featuring a chapter in the remarkable tale of Sue McMillin’s life. Her book Taken by Surprise: The Extraordinary Journey of an Ordinary Woman, published in 2013, is a memorable tale and one that cries out for a reader with a listening ear and an open heart.

What follows is a fascinating tale, and a true one, of how a life thrown away can be salvaged into a thing of beauty and usefulness. It is a story of divine intervention — not once, but over and over again. Through the twists and turns of triumphs and tragedies, a woman launches out in new directions, and surprises pop up in the most phenomenal ways. And that’s the miracle of this story — one that will touch your heart, renew your thinking, and throw open the windows of fresh vision in your life. It is a book for those who know there’s more to life than they’ve experienced, for those who are tired of the trenches, and for those who just might be listening to the still, small voice that beckons, “Follow me!” ~Sarah Hemingway~

Read Chapter One of Sue’s story here.