This has to be my favorite time of year. Memories of going back to school still make me giddy. Shopping for school supplies and clothes, a fresh start with new teachers, friends, football and let’s not forget the crisper cooler weather we should expect in the next month or so. Hopefully, you had a fun summer and the kids enjoyed not having home work. Now it’s time to get everyone ready for a successful school year. Getting organized now is the key to less stress later. Here are a few tips to help get you started:
1. Have your kids try on their clothes from last year to see what still fits and what needs to be donated.
2. Make a list of what you need to buy with sizes and quantities (ex. 2 pairs of size 5 tennis shoes, 3 pairs of size 7 jeans, etc.). This will save you money and time when you take the kids shopping. Make sure to include any clothes they will need for sports and after-school activities.
1. See of you have anything left over from last year like unused paper, pencils, etc.
2. Make a list of everything you need and make sure you include special classes like art, music, P.E., etc.
1. Have a grocery list and menu planner on or near your refrigerator (MEAD makes a magnetic one you can get at Target)
2. Make a weekly menu of meals so you can shop and cook ahead
3. I recommend cooking several meals at once on a weeknight or weekend and freezing them so you don’t have to think about it each night when you get home. I’m also a huge fan of the Crockpot.
4. Let your kids help you pack their snacks and lunches the night before. The less you have to do in the morning the better.
1. Set up a weekly routine for yourself and your family.
2. Try to keep a set meal time, homework time, bath time, bed time and play time. Even if it doesn’t happen every night, if you try to keep to a schedule, it makes your evenings and your mornings easier.
1. Have a family calendar (monthly or quarterly) displayed somewhere so everyone can see it easily.
2. Color code it for each family member and put everyone’s activities on it each day (try to pick one day per month for the family to sit down and fill out the calendar for the next month). Make sure the bus schedule, school activities, permission deadlines and all after school appointments are on the calendar.
3. If you prefer electronic, use a system that can sync with your spouse or kids and update it regularly.
1. Create a space near the entry of your home for your family calendar, keys, hooks for backpacks, charging station for cell phones and ipads (http://www.greatusefulstuff.com/Faux-Leather-Multi-Charging-Station-a/378.htm), baskets for shoes and a mail center.
2. Every night before bed, make sure all homework is in backpacks and all items in drop zone for the next morning.
3. This alleviates all the running around searching for stuff in the hectic morning hours.
Organizing your kids homework:
Organizing your kids room and toys:
1. Provide a place for everything: a box for school supplies, a shelf for books, a bulletin board for upcoming projects or new artwork, bins or baskets for toys and an under-bed box for old artwork and papers.
2. Each day have them do a 5 minute quick clean to put all toys and other items away.
3. All clothes should be in a hamper (if dirty) or hung in closet/ folded in dresser each day.
4. In the bathroom, they should hang up their wet towels after each shower or bath.
I hope this information helps. If you have any questions, or would like some one-on-one help, please contact Simply Organized at 404-825-2105.