It’s Back to School and time to get your home and your family organized for a smooth start. Getting your children organized for school helps them feel in control of school life, decreases stress, and allows them more time for extracurricular activities. I have a list of ideas for you to incorporate into your home that will get you off to a great school year.
- Set up a quiet area for your kids to do homework and make sure it is well stocked with school supplies. This first item is important because it provides a place where they can concentrate and stay focused.
- Set up a school paper system. This is a system for keeping paperwork that does not need to be kept in the backpack. Use a desktop file box or an accordion file to hold handouts and graded schoolwork for each class. Create a file for each class and add additional files for sports and after school activities. Have your child clean out their backpack regularly and place loose paper in the appropriate file. This item will keep their backpack clutter free.
- Organize the backpack – set up a system for traveling paperwork using a binder and folders, assign areas for school supplies, and personal items. Set aside time once a week to sort through the backpack.
- Invest in a planner or calendar and teach your child how to use it. Keeping track of assignments, tests, due dates, and extracurricular activities assures your child will stay on top of things. Time management is an important lifelong skill that will be carried over into adulthood.
- Organize the locker. Before each long holiday, ask your child to bring home their locker contents in a bag and then sort and purge items before they go back to school.
- Create a Family Command Center. This is basically a landing pad for school paper that kids bring home. Place a basket or tray in a convenient spot to collect anything your child brings home for you to see, sign, or file. Set up a desktop file box near the paper tray and use it to file paperwork for reference. (Click here to learn about my Paper Piles workshop).
- Create a Backpack Zone. When the kids get home, chaos happens fast! Designate a space to place backpacks, shoes, and jackets.
Pick and choose the organizing tips that fit your needs, incorporate a few tips or all of the above. It’s important to customize a system that will work for your family.
Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.