Go Back to School–Organized!

Back to school organizational tips
Every year we make the same pledge, “I will be organized and ready to go this school year.”  However, preparing for a new school year involves more than just a trip for school supplies. We will inevitably have to juggle calendars to accommodate school activities and functions, we will have to allow extra time in the mornings for lunch preparations and busier commutes and we will have to handle the influx of papers that our children will start bringing home from school.

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Here are a few ways to help you get an organizational jump this school year.

Morning Checklist: One of the best ways to manage time, and make sure you don’t forget what you need to do, is by making a checklist. A checklist works great not only for adults, but children as well. Allow your children to become more independent and responsible for themselves. Hang a chalkboard or dry-erase board near the exit door or kitchen. Each week, write out your child’s daily to do’s. Your child can check each day to make sure they have done everything they need to do, and have everything they need, before heading off to school. Leave extra spaces on the checklist to fill-in special daily reminders such as a project or instrument that needs to be taken to school.

Turn Back the Clocks: Most of us underestimate the time it takes to get out the door. We think we can be ready in 10 minutes but it always takes us 20. Turn the clocks in your home back by 10 minutes so you are always ahead.

What to Wear: Adults, as well as children, can save time each morning by choosing outfit selections on the weekend. Place five hooks on your inner closet door for each day of the week. If you like to accessorize, hang jewelry and scarves with your daily outfits. And remember, it is much easier for your children to match clothing and find what they need when closets are properly organized. Hang tops with tops and bottoms with bottoms by color. This will make clothing selection a snap.

Time to Pack the Lunches: Do you dread making lunches?  Place clear shoebox containers in your refrigerator and pantry. Label themlunch box only. Once a week or on shopping day, place bagged items in the shoeboxes for lunches. Everyone will know these prepared food items are only for lunches, so hands-off, and it will be easy for you, or your child, to pack a lunch each morning.

Touch School Papers Once: The amount of papers that come home from school can be overwhelming. New rule: touch those papers only once. Write important dates on a family calendar as soon as a flyer comes home-then toss the flyer. No need to look at it again or store it. Permission slips and papers that need to be signed should be placed, by your child, on an agreed upon location such as the kitchen table. Sign them that day and place them back in the assigned spot or directly in your child’s book bag so it will travel back to school where it belongs.

A new school year should be filled with excitement and an eagerness to learn. A little time spent beforehand on planning will go a long way in making this a time of enjoyment and new experiences instead of dreaded to do’s, scheduling nightmares and stressful morning rituals.

If you are looking for help with creating manageable time schedules and calendars in your home, give us a call. We are always here to help.

Jenny Power, Absolutely Organized, LLC

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