There are many ways to get your home ready for the new school year, and now is the time to get moving!
One of parents biggest struggles are trying and remaining organized. A great tip for back-to-school is to have an up-to-date calendar will help everything else fall into place.
Set up a family bulletin board to keep things organized throughout the week. Oversized dry-erase calendars are the best because they have more room to write and you can reuse them every month!
Your home is about to house an endless supply of books, backpacks, clothing, homework, hand-outs and who knows what else. As the school year starts, go through all your closets and storage areas. Organize what you need, and donate what you don’t.
Set aside a drawer and a section of your fridge for healthy snacks—things like fruits, vegetables, granola, cereal bars and fruit juice. That way, snacks for school and healthy after-school treats are always easy to grab.
Create a system for backpacks
What parent hasn’t been frustrated by kids who immediately dump everything on the floor when they get home from school? Devise a better system for backpacks, like adding cubbies or extra hooks near your front door. That way, coats, shoes and backpacks are always neatly organized in the same area.
Plan kids clothing
You and your kids can plan a week’s worth of clothing ahead of time. Getting it all laid out at the beginning of the week—tip: hanging closet organizers are great for this—will take the drama out of picking an outfit each morning.
Set up a homework station
Create a fun homework “station center” where your kids can get their homework done. Keep it well-stocked with all the supplies they need to work, but without any of the distractions. Another great option is to put together portable homework caddies, so each youngster can take all the supplies they need to work on homework someplace they feel comfortable.
Organize the bathroom routine
It’s a universal fact that when a houseful of kids get ready for school, somebody ends up fighting over the bathroom. Streamline the process by setting up individual cubbies or hangers in the bathroom or a nearby closet. This way everybody can easily find their own personal towels and toiletries.
Keep track of library books
Place two baskets in an easy-to-find location. One is for library books that are still being read, and the other is for books that are ready to be returned. No more lost books and late fees this year!
Ease into the school-year schedule. Getting back into the school routine can be a challenge for everyone in the family. With a little planning, you can make going back to school a little less stress-free. Here’s to a great school year!!