Parents are always in need of ways to make life easier. The start of a new school year can be an especially hectic time as schedules change and more advanced expectations are placed on your growing kids. The back-to-school season can be the perfect time to take stock of your family’s needs and implement updated organizational systems to make the new routines easier on everybody.
If you’re a parent looking for ways to help get your family more organized for the brand-new school year – and then make sure to keep everybody organized as the year progresses – here are 6 tips to try:
One thing’s for sure, you definitely don’t want to be that parent who forgets about your child’s afternoon sports practice because you accidentally scheduled a work meeting for the same time.
One of the best ways to make sure the entire family stays organized and on the same page is to create a master calendar that includes everybody’s activities for the week. Planning ahead can help you proactively address any schedule conflicts with plenty of time to figure out a solution.
Can you find ways to streamline your must-do morning activities?
Many families like to organize their bedroom closets by laying out the week’s outfits so that getting dressed is as easy as picking up the next article of clothing off a pile. Or maybe you can organize your pantry so that breakfast and packed lunches and snacks are prepared to grab and go.
It’s much easier to keep your closet organized if you streamline its contents down to only what you really need and wear.
The start of the back-to-school season is a great time to go through your kids’ closets with them. You can turn the chore into a game of “toss or keep?” with high-energy background music to encourage your kids to go through and sort their clothes as quickly as possible. You may even want to consider prizes for the most donations or quickest clean-up time.
Reduce homework hassles by creating a dedicated space where your kids can do their work.
It can be easy for homework desks to become messy, especially without an organizational system in place. Make sure your kids have storage solutions for their belongings so that the desk doesn’t become the place where any and all of their belongings get left all over the place.
One of the best ways to keep your kids’ work organized for the year is to use a cabinet drawer or designated shelf with a file box to create a filing system.
Use color-coded tabs or folders to match each class. This way your kids will have a place to keep past assignments and organize important reference materials.
One of the best ways to prevent last-minute assignment anxiety is to stock up on the supplies your kids will likely need for projects.
Many parents like to keep poster board, index cards, rubber bands, glue sticks, markers, colored pencils, etc. on hand in specially designated containers so their kids will have them when needed. Buying products in bulk also usually helps reduce costs long-term.
It will be much easier to keep your home organized once all of your kids’ belongings and school supplies have a designated place to go. Modular Closets can help you create storage solutions with custom closets at an affordable cost.
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