Organizing for Life After High School & Sangria Fresca

Organizing for Life After High School & Sangria Fresca

If the thought of college visits, college applications, and moving out stresses you and your kids out, I’ve got you covered. I’m chatting with organizing expert AND college freshman mom Laurie Palau all about planning for post-high school life. And she even sneaks a few nuggets of wisdom for all us parents.

Laurie is a professional organizer and founder of Simply B Organized and the SBO partner program which helps connect communities with professional organizers all over the US and in Canada and Australia. She is also the host of the popular This Organized Life podcast and author of the book Hot Mess: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized.  


  • Take a cue from your kids…starting early is great as long as it doesn’t increase the pressure and anxiety for your high school student.
  • Help your kids to narrow their options by asking what they DON’T want. Use the things you know won’t work for you to help separate and narrow down your options.
  • Remember to stress with all your planning that anything is changeable. It may take a little more time or cost you a little more money, but remember just because there is a plan, doesn’t mean it’s the only plan.
  • It’s so important to honor your kid’s decision. They need to build their decision-making skills, just like any other skill. Let them learn from any missteps, practice pivoting, and making the most out of every decision.

I see my role as a parent to get you to become a functioning member of society. And you’re not going to be walking around with your GPA around your neck. But how you treat people and the respect you have for your belongings and your community is what’s going to carry you through.



Check out Laurie using some of her dorm room picks in the YouTube video below.


Sangria Fresca

A refreshing and fruity vodka-based sangria great for parties.
Course: Drinks
Author: Tito’s Vodka


  • 8 oz Tito's Vodka (or your favorite)
  • 4 oz Elderberry Liqueur
  • 1 bottle Rosé wine
  • 12 oz Citrus Sparkling Water
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1 lime sliced
  • 4 cups melon cubed


  • Combine Tito's Handmade Vodka, rosé, and elderflower liqueur in a large jar or pitcher.
  • Add citrus and melon to the mix. Let sit, refrigerated and covered, for about 4 hours, if time allows.
  • Before serving, add a large block of ice and the citrus sparkling water. Gently stir and ladle sangria into cups, making sure each portion receives some of the cut fruit. Garnish with a melon slice if you'd like.

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