Are you getting ready for back to school? The summer has flown by way too fast and that means school will be starting soon! We are tackling some of our back to school organization problems with this post. Great suggestions to get you ready for the kids big day back to school.
Solve Your Back to School Organization Troubles with these Back to School Organization Tips!
In the fall, with the start of a new school year comes a chance to do things better than you did last year, a chance to create new organizational habits. There are so many areas that can become quite a mess if not planned and well thought out to begin with.
Children tend to really thrive when there is structure. In this post, I will be going over key areas that can be organized and how to organize them so you can have the best start to a new year!
Trouble Area: Homework Chaos
1. Create a homework station. Find an area of your home that is free from too much distraction. Fill it full of supplies to do homework such as pencils, a calculator, and scrap paper. Make sure this is where the work is done. It doesn’t have to be boring, either! You could jazz it up with colorful furniture and desk organization tools. You could even display your child’s school artwork here.
2. Decide on a time when homework will be done. Don’t make plans during that time. Make sure it is a time that is easily scheduled during the day and earlier on in the afternoon so kids are not too tired. Give the kids a snack before this time so they are not hungry and can work, undistracted,
Trouble Area: School meals
1. Make lunches the night before. Don’t wait until last minute to get them packed. It will be one less worry in the mornings.
2. Similar to creating a meal plan for dinners, create one for breakfast and lunches. This way, your kids know what to expect on which days. Get them involved in the process and you will not hear many complaints.
Trouble Area: School Papers
1. Create a file system for the many papers your child brings home. It could be something like this: Papers that need immediate action or attention, papers that are for future reference and graded homework.
2. For artwork or other things you may want to keep, go through them immediately. On ones you want to keep, place them in a bin and make a promise to go through them once a quarter to decide what really needs to be kept. For those that are not “keepers” purge them to make room for more.
Trouble Area: Clothing
1. Always make it a point to pick outfit’s the night before. This way, you won’t be hunting for that one shirt that goes with these pants or that necklace that goes with this shirt.
2. Keep shoes in one spot. Place a bin next to your door that all shoes go into. No more searching for a single shoe last minute in the morning.
Trouble Area: Time
1. Make sure kids get enough sleep. Not only is it vital to learning and moods, but if they are getting enough sleep, it won’t be as hard to drag them out of bed in the morning and you won’t be wasting time begging.
2. Look for any ways you can to shave time off the morning routine. Take showers/baths the night before, for instance.