In 1983 there was quite a hustle and bustle in our small town Princeton, New Jersey when Brooke Shields was accepted to, and attended Princeton University at the same time I was entering High School.
I guess you could say it was our community's first brush with a big celebrity (Shields was was the youngest model to ever be featured on the cover of Vogue as well as being an actress). Along with Brooke came her protective mother (a "Kris Kardashian" style stage mother and manager) who purchased a nearby condo in Princeton to be close to her daughter. Sadly, this week, Brooke's mother Teri passed away at age 79 from an illness related to dementia.
Hooked on organization
Brooke admits that she did not grow up with a lot of structure around her home. But she turned to time management to give her a sense of structure and control in her life, particularly school. Check out this quote from Parade Magazine in 2010:
"I grew up without a routine at home, things were hit and miss. But my mother had me in a regular children's school my whole life and that routine calmed me. My school became like my home. I never missed school for work, ever. Sometimes I used to take my organizing a little too far with my Filofax, but that was the way that I coped. I didn't do drugs. I'm just organized."
Shields graduated from Princeton University with honors. She isn't the only actress who succeeded through modern life using her filofax, so did Uma Thurman. Even as a mother, Brooke raves in the Parade Magazine piece how much her children thrive with bedtime routines.
Now is your chance to give us your thoughts. How did having children change your view on organization compared to being single? Does being organized like a professional organizer make a difference in school success? Chime in using the comment section below.
Photo courtesy Architectural Digest
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