12 Tips to Get You Organized for Back to School
March 12th, 2014 posted by Megan Brown
Back to school activities, back to school shopping, back to school goals…. August and September can be exciting but it is also easy to get overwhelmed. Luckily there are also plenty of simple ways to insure you and your kids have a smooth start to the new school year. Here are 12 ways for both you and your family to get energized, organized, and on track for a successful new beginning.
Turn off the TV
Television time is ok but it should be designated. It is too easy to get sucked in and waste hours in front of the tube.
Create Calendar Central
Calendars, organizers and schedules are your friend! Nothing calms school year chaos like Calendar Central: a centralized site for all family calendars and schedules. You’ll need a family event calendar to track after-school activities, school programs and homework. Incorporate any other outside calendars and special events, and you have it: a one-stop shop for family management.
Buy boxes and baskets to help. Compartmentalizing is great for organization and decluttering! They are also the perfect way to help each child know where to put items specific to them like homework assignments, permission slips and after-school activity information. Kids are used to putting things into labeled bins at school – why not let them help you keep organized at home too!
Have a Morning Routine Run-Through
The week before school starts, start getting your child up, dressed, and fed at the same times as you would on a school day. Both you and your child will benefit from a few practice runs to smooth out trouble spots and get comfortable with the routine.
A place for everything and everything in its place. Don’t let the cleaning work pile up; try and disperse chores through the week so that you aren’t overwhelmed.
Start preparing anything and everything that you can ahead of time. Some examples? Prep your outfit for work before you go to bed, prep dinner meals on the weekend, pack the kids’ lunches the night before and keep them in the fridge. This way everything is ready when you need it to be and you can start the day feeling prepared, rather than discombobulated.
To Do Lists
To gain perspective on what needs to be done now and what can be held off – lists are always a great tool. However, sticky notes scattered across the walls of your home are not the best method for list making. Make one list at the start of your day and use it as you get things done throughout the day.
You may not realize it but getting adequate rest and having a regular sleep schedule will help you get more organized. Both kids and parents should have a bedtime.
Coordinating is never going to work without communication. Talking it out is also important in any busy family.
Plan Before You Shop
An informed shopper is a savvy shopper, so prepare before you shop. Take an afternoon and assess each child’s clothing needs. Empty drawers and closets of outgrown or worn-out clothing, and either store or donate the discards.
Stock Up On Supplies
Ask your child’s teacher or the school for a list of supplies, and check what you may already have. Then make a list of everything your child will need for the coming year, from crayons to backpacks. Buy extras of essential items and store them for later. An added bonus, planning ahead helps protect the family budget!
Give credit where credit is due! If the kids are doing their chores and helping, don’t forget to reinforce their good behavior with compliments and rewards, like going out for ice cream or renting a movie. And if the parents have had a great week, treat yourselves to a night out.
Don’t over stress the start of the school year as much as you should concentrate on just being a happy family. If you support and love one another then being ready and organized will naturally follow, especially if you are following these tips!
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