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Lisa Likes / Locker Works

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Published on Aug 20, 2012

A heavy duty 50-gallon contractor's-grade black garbage bag. That's what my middle child lugged into the car on the last day of school. "What in the world is that?" I asked. "Stuff from my locker," he said. (duh)

Sometimes I pretend I live in Ikea. Efficient people in yellow shirts scurry around organizing my closets, cabinets and drawers with Skubbs and Kvarnviks.

They move to the kids' rooms like the teams on "Hoarders" and politely ask if I'm planning to let my child keep the nasty florescent orange arm cast that's been shoved in the top drawer along with the thousands of recreational soccer medals.

Sigh. Sadly, I don't live in Ikea. I live with 6 people who generate more laundry than the Hilton. And bring home their locker contents in garbage bags.

And this is exactly why Locker Works invented the locker organizer. Perfect for the systematically impaired.

This heavy duty canvas shelving unit fits into both full and half-size lockers. The sturdy metal bars slide onto the locker shelf or rest on the hooks and still allow space for a coat or bag on the side of the organizer. The reinforced shelves are tough enough to handle the most substantial Houghton Mifflin. And the side pockets allow students to store and grab pens, pencils, rulers and Slim Jims.

I've figured out a new revenue source for Ikea: Locker Training. During orientation, the kids are given a full tutorial on how to organize their lockers. And keep it that way. All year. So that when the final bell rings, they can proudly pull their notebooks and folders out of their neat little shelves and dump them into a black garbage bag to hand to mom.

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