Organization is the key for avoiding stressful school mornings. To help you get “in shape” for the start of school we’re going to share our favorite tips to get Back to School Organized
Tip #1-Pick out school outfits for the week…Sunday is the perfect day to do this. Have children stack shirts & shorts together so they can dress themselves. This photo has two great ways to display the clothes (hanging shelves or labeled hangers), pick the one that fits your space the best. Busy moms and dads may also find this tip helpful!!
Tip #2-Create a home file with a slot for each subject; color code the tabs to match with any folders used for each class. Not only does this system give kids a place to unload weekly papers, it also helps them organize reference materials as the year changes. You can even make one file labeled “papers for mom and dad”. These inexpensive creates come in lots of colors so let your kids pick their favorite one.
Tip #3-Create a snack bin in your pantry for the kids. Place bins on a low shelf that they can reach and be sure to bag up snacks in healthy portion sizes. You can even have the kids help, so they know what is available when they are hungry. This is a great habit to get into as it makes packing lunches so much easier.
Tip #4-Hang a calendar in a centrally located place in your home. The kitchen refrigerator often works well or anywhere that is frequently accessed and visible to all family members. Select a colored pen or marker for each family member. Attach a magnetic strip to the pen/marker, so they don’t get lost. record each family members important events on the calendar: practices, games, recitals, appointments, birthday parties, tests/projects due dates, etc. This way you can keep your busy family activities scheduled.
Tip #5-Getting ready the night before will help make for calm mornings, less stress and fewer forgotten items. Some things to do the night before:
- Pack lunches
- Pick out school clothes (if you didn’t follow Tip #1)
- Gather sports/dance/other activity items needed for the next day
- When homework is completed, put it directly into backpacks
- Put backpacks in the car or at the front door