Top Tips on Getting Organized for Back to School
Clothes, lunches, backpacks, home work; getting your child organized for school can be hectic. All of those things combined can also eat up your evenings during the week, or worse, get you in a frenzy the morning of school. Start this year off right with a plan to keep your house organized, on time, and flustered-free.
1. Lunch. I like to have everything ready for the week. If you peeked in my fridge during the school year, you'd see stacks of sandwiches, small containers holding applesauce, and reusable snack bags filled with pretzels or crackers. Spend just half an hour on Sunday getting lunches ready for the week. If your children are old enough to help, get them involved. They can make sandwiches while you portion out yogurt, applesauce or cracker snacks. That way all you (or your children) have to do in the morning is grab their lunchboxes and fill them with one of each of those things. You can also plan ahead like this with pre-portioned single serving snacks, yogurst and juice boxes; but stop and think about how much extra waste that creates. And I know sometimes you'll want to pack your child a hot lunch that has to be made that morning, but on weeks that you know you'll be extra busy, just prep some sandwiches and sides in advance to save yourself some time and unecessary frustration.
2. Gear. You should have a specific place for your child's backpack at home. Children learn organizational skills at school with cubbies. They each have their own place for their own stuff. Period. If one teacher can get 20+ children to keep track of their stuff, I promise you can achieve the same thing at home. Carve out space in a mud room, entryway closet or laundry room for a coat hook and an extra hook that will be designated for the backpack. And stick to it. If you implement chores in your home, this should be part of those chores - that instead of waltzing in after school and throwing their stuff on the floor, they put their things exactly where they are supposed to go. My children aren't always great at it, so I designate a chore once a week for them to straighten up the entryway, including organizing any messes that accumulated during the week.