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Back To School Organizing Tips

Posted 8/18/2016

Going back to school (or work) after the long and lazy days of summer can be challenging even for the best of us. Chaos can ensue in the days leading up to that first day back but, we've brought some helpful tips to make that transition a little easier on EVERYONE!

BUMP UP BEDTIME!
Starting a couple of weeks before the first day back, move bedtimes up 15 to 30 minutes earlier and wake up that much earlier the next morning too. This will help make the first few early school mornings easier for all involved.

 

SET UP A STORAGE SYSTEM!

 Clean out your closets and mudrooms, have a little fun with some frugal DIY redecorating to create more storage space. Not only is it important for everything to have its proper place but, having specific areas for bags, music equipment, shoes and more will help make mornings easier when you're not playing detective to find Jimmy's lunch bag. 

FILE, FILE, FILE!

Create a file for each of your children to keep important school papers as well as artwork. During school breaks, go through the folder with your child and keep what’s important. This helps tame the inner parenting packrat and make sure all those permission slips get in on time!

ORGANIZE SUPPLIES.

Too often we have enough already laying around at home and end up wasting on back to school shopping. Before spending an arm and a leg with the kids this year, go through what's left over from last year. Check book bags before leaving the house for supplies.  For example, you can take old notebooks and keep any unused pages as scratch/rough copy paper. Then new and old supplies are kept in a storage space near where the children do their homework.

WE LIVE DIGITAL FOR A REASON!

 Use today’s technology to your advantage. Input all important dates, sporting events and club meetings onto a compatible calendar and sync your phones and computers so everyone can see the same schedule. This way, nobody can forget about anything and everyone is on time!

 

DO LESS!

 No, really. Sit back, relax and get the kids in the habit of hanging their coats, organizing their backpacks and putting papers away. Too often parents are in the habit of doing these simple tasks for them but, it is important for kids to take responsibility.

SET UP A WEEKEND CHECK IN TIME!

Encourage responsibility into the weekend by making chores fun.  Check out free interactive chore charts, or writing chores on ping-pong balls or popsicle sticks and letting kids choose a ball or stick to determine their chore. Back to school is a great time to put new routines in place!

THE NIGHT BEFORE!

There's nothing worse than trying to get a sleepy child up and into the bath or shower first thing in the morning. Prevent attitude and tantrums by making bath time the night before. This also goes great for picking out outfits and avoiding the dreaded morning wardrobe wars. Lay them out after picking together so your child can take responsibility the next morning and dress his or herself with ease.

REWARD SYSTEM!

This goes further than being given an allowance or a massive reward; you can pick and choose basic daily activities. If your child really likes computer time or video games you can offer an hour of that directly after school before doing homework if they behave. If there are too many problems in the morning before walking out the door, that reward gets taken off the table for that day.


Do you have any other helpful Back To School Tips? Let us know!