Back-to-School Organizing: Beyond the School Supplies
Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again – back to school time is here again. While part of you may be singing praises that the summer is ending and kids are headed back to the classrooms, the other part of you might be worrying about how you will prepare for the demands of the school year all over again. The stores are happy to remind you about needing to stock up on school supplies with all those back-to-school sales! There is so much more to being prepared than having all the pens you need! Here are our favorite back-to-school organizing tips:
The Family Bulletin Board
This is a school-year essential, especially if you have multiple kids with rotating extracurricular activities. It’s important that everyone have a visual of the week’s events so that nothing gets forgotten. This gives you time to plan accordingly, whether it’s scheduling rides or prepping meals. It also helps your kids be responsible for their own schedule, instead of having to constantly remind them to grab their cleats or their music lessons.
The Morning Routine
Don’t underestimate the power of a morning routine and schedule. Too many people trying to brush their teeth at once always spells disaster. Have a set order of events for each person in the morning so that everyone can get ready, fed, and out the door in time for their day. Stagger wake-up and bathroom times if you can, which is especially helpful if you all are leaving the house at the same time.
The After-School Routine
This prevents that after-school disaster that is usually a combination of art projects, homework, half-eaten lunches, backpacks, and shoes strewn around the house. Establish a process for walking in the door, just as you have a routine for walking out. Cubbies and hooks at the front door will offer a space for backpacks, jackets, and shoes. You can even create a homework station or “inbox” that will catch important papers as kids come home. With a designated space for homework, and a bonus snack station for after-school fuel, kids can learn to be responsible for themselves.
With school swinging back into season, you don’t want to neglect the school supplies. Most teachers are helpful enough to provide lists, and there are many helpful tips for organizing the locker. What you don’t want to neglect is the extra school supplies you should have at home. A hanging door shoe caddy is a great option for pens, highlighters, index cards, and other small supplies. For larger items, like notebooks and extra paper, baskets with separate compartments can be placed at the homework station.
Both you and your kids can be organized for the upcoming school year with these back-to-school organizing ideas. These tips will help keep everyone on track. It can be a whirlwind, but it doesn’t have to be stressful!