The final days of summer are officially upon us, and for many families, that means it’s time to get back into the swing of the school year. Whether the kids are excited about a new school year or dreading the classroom, one thing’s for sure: for parents, this time of year can mean lots of stress and mayhem! Here’s the good news: it doesn’t have to be that way. Keep your home tidy, your kids on schedule, and your sanity intact with these back to school organization tips.
1. Make your list, and check it twice.
There’s nothing more stressful than tackling a long supplies list, only to realize you missed one or two crucial items and have to head back out to the (no doubt crowded) store yet again. Prepare ahead of time by creating a “master list” of supplies for every child, and lump types of supplies together based on where you’ll find them in your store of choice.
2. Master your schedule with a Master Schedule.
Get the kids in on creating a master calendar, perfect for organizing everyone’s commitments – from soccer practice to drama club – in one easy to access place. Put it in a high-traffic area like your mudroom, sun room or breakfast nook, and make it everyone’s job to keep their portion of the schedule up to date on a weekly basis.
3. Use your storage space wisely.
An organized closet with the week’s outfits planned out ahead of time can do wonders to cut down on scrambling in the morning. A cupboard dedicated to finally wrangling all those loose tupperware containers will make tackling the week’s lunches a breeze. Cubbies designated for school supplies will keep clutter to a minimum.
4. Use shoe storage hangers for extra supplies.
Those clear plastic hanging shoe organizers are perfect for organizing craft and homework supplies that can quickly get out of hand and roll under furniture, plus they utilize vertical space saving techniques rather than just shoving everything into a drawer or box.
5. Make room for the new.
Instead of just adding to drawers and closets that may already be overflowing, plan on having a “keep it or toss it” day in which you and the kids chose which clothing items to keep, which to toss, and which to donate. It’ll free up space for your fall and winter wardrobe items early, so you don’t have to worry about it later.
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