Summer break was great and school is just around the corner. Now is the time to start thinking about new clothes, notebooks, pencils, and other supplies. But getting the kids out the door every morning can be quite a challenge. If you want to avoid some of the stress and chaos of school mornings (and afternoons and evenings), now is the time to begin. A little planning and organization can go a long way toward maintaining peace in your household during the school year. Here are some tips for back to school organization that will help you get started developing your school-year routine.
When everybody seems to be running in different directions all year long, it can be hard to keep track of everything. Some moms swear by a central family calendar. Write everything on one calendar so that you can see at a glance who needs to go where and when. You’ll also be able to see potential scheduling conflicts so that you can deal with them before they happen. You can designate a color for each family member so that you can see even more quickly who is doing what on any given day.
Cut Down on the Paperwork
A one-touch policy for paperwork is a great idea for cutting down on the amount of paper you accumulate. The moment one of your kids needs you to sign an assignment or a permission slip, sign it right away, while the child is standing there, and then have the child put it back in his or her backpack. Incidentally, the moment after you sign the permission slip is also the time to add the field trip to the central family calendar.
A Place for Everything: Lunch
Keep one clear plastic storage container in the fridge and another in the pantry. In these containers, keep lunch supplies organized in smaller containers. This will enable you or your kids to grab lunch supplies quickly. Keeping everything in clear containers also allows you to see at a glance what you are running low on so there are no last minute surprises. Hint: Pinterest has a ton of great examples of how to do this!
A Place for Everything: Wardrobe
Allowing your children to help select their outfits is a good way to empower them. But allowing them to do it every day might cause a back up in the morning routine. One solution that seems to work well for a lot of parents is to pick the week’s wardrobe in advance. Over the weekend, have your child pick outfits for each weekday. You can dedicate hangers, shelf space, or even small storage containers for each day. Then, each morning when your child gets dressed, he or she can just grab the outfit that has already been designated for that day rather than having to shuffle through all their clothing to choose. No fuss, no muss.
A Place for Everything: School Supplies
Set aside a cabinet for school supplies. When your children need items for homework or to replenish dwindling school supplies, they know exactly where to go. As with lunch supplies, keeping items in clear containers will allow you to see at a glance what is running low so that you can restock.
Back to school organization does not have to be daunting. A little back to school organization now can prevent stressful mornings in the future. Follow these tips to help get ready for a great school year.