Like it or not summer vacation is coming to an end and children will be going back-to-school in the upcoming weeks. Many parents welcome the school routine (I do!), but getting ready is no easy task. Planning ahead will make the transition easier for everyone. Here are some helpful back-to-school organizing tips.
Label It. After stocking up on school supplies, label all notebooks, backpacks, binders and lunch boxes. I’ve even go so far to label my kids shoes (but, hey that’s me!). Using a label maker may be the easiest way to make labels but, colorful personalized labels like the ones above would be a big hit with the kids.
Plan Ahead. Streamlining the morning routine is essential to get kids out the door and to school on time. It’s easy to get frazzled in the morning, so prepare lunches, book bags, outfits, even the breakfast table the night before. If you’re still rushing, have everyone get up half an hour earlier (yes, I know, yikes!). Create a storage area near your most used door and assign each person a bin and/or hook for their gear. Using color coded bins (like the cute ones pictured above) or personalized storage tins will help keep the entryway organized and leaving the house less hectic.
Create a Homework Station. Few children enjoy doing homework, but creating an efficient work environment may make the task more fun. First determine where it’s best to set up the homework station—near the kitchen where an adult can help? Alone in a quiet room? Is a computer needed? Once a location is selected, it’s important to have an easy accessible storage bin or drawer with needed school supplies. Based on your child’s age and school needs, store items such as writing implements, paper, tape/glue, scissors, ruler, erasers, crayons, and markers.
Centralize Communication. To ensure events and activities are not missed, it’s best to have a family calendar. For families with older children using an online calendar (Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft have versions) is recommended. A traditional calendar hung for all to see is a great option for those with younger children. The colorful wall decal dry erase calendar (above) gets my vote!
Getting organized for back-to-school takes effort, but it can make the transition smoother. And that is good for everyone!