If you live with children that attend school, they are either already back in school or about to return.
Here are 5 back-to-school organizing tips to help ease the transition for you and the kids!
- Begin getting everyone back on a sleep schedule. Have everyone go to bed and get up the same time each day to reset their internal clocks so they won’t be tired those first few weeks. Here are some additional tips to get your family organized in 3 easy steps.
- Begin planning their lunches if they will be bringing them to school. Purchase needed supplies such as a thermos, sandwich containers, lunchboxes, utensils, napkins, etc. Sit with them and plan the lunches they would like to take. Create a weekly grocery list based on these items so you will always have them on hand.
- Decide on a space in your home for backpacks, coats, shoes and papers from school. If everyone knows where to place their items when they come in, they’ll be less likely to just drop them on the floor.
- Think of how you want to store and keep track of papers from school. One option would be to purchase an inexpensive file box and create folders to hold weekly newsletters from the teachers, graded papers, artwork, informational papers from the school and progress reports/report cards. Ideally, you could store a year’s worth of papers for 2 children in one file box. At the end of each marking period, purge the items from the folders and discard what you don’t need. Here’s a detailed post I wrote about organizing your child’s school papers. There’s also an app called Artkive that allows you to take pictures of your child’s artwork and then create a photo book. We use this app all the time and love it!
- Set up a homework station in an area where the child will not be distracted. If they are young and need your help with homework, keep them close by, but keep distractions to a minimum. Have a container nearby that holds all of their needed supplies (pencils, crayons, markers, erasers, pencil sharpener, calculator, etc.) so they don’t need to get up every time they need something.
If you have any additional back-to-school organizing tips to add, I’d love to read them in the comments section below! 🙂