The first bell has rung and the routine has begun. It’s a new school year and we need to get the children organized and off to a good start.
There will be lots of paperwork, school supplies, new clothes, etc., coming into the house and we need a system in place to get and remain organized for the upcoming school year. Let’s start in the most obvious place, the closets.
You’ve taken the children shopping for new school clothes but before adding them to the closet, you should get the closet organized.
- remove everything from the closet.
- you and your child can make a fun day out of trying on all of the clothes from the last school year.
- clothing that fits or can be mixed and matched with the new clothing should go back into the closet.
- if you have the stamina and the time, you can organized liked items together and color code them. This is especially attractive if the hangers match as well.
- clothes that are still useable can either be passed down to a younger sibling or donated.
- non-useable items can be tossed.
- if you use a dresser, this is a great time to organize the sock and underwear drawers.
- move on to the outerwear storage and try on coats. Make sure the ones you are keeping have been laundered and all buttons or zippers are intact and working. This is also a good time to check and repair pockets with holes or tears.
- hats and gloves can be checked and either replaced or laundered as well.
- most children are really rough on shoes and will now wear the same ones for two seasons. So either donate or dispose of the old shoes and replace with the new pairs you purchased for the new school year.
- empty desk drawers.
- toss old papers, pens, pencils, crayons and other non-working supplies.
- wipe out desk drawers and use drawer dividers to organize supplies
- if you bought any of your school supplies in bulk, store the overflow in a different location.
- label folders for the school year to store papers/assignments neatly i.e., Bobby-Art 2015-2016, Bobby-Progress Reports 2015–2016, etc. At year’s end, you can simply go through each folder and only keep the papers you think are special enough to hang on to long-term.
- You can assign each child a color and color code the filing system.
- every family with school-age children needs a command center.
- you have to keep up with everyone’s busy schedules. Dance lessons, dental appointments, softball practice, PTA meetings school plays, carpool schedules, etc., there will be a lot going on throughout the school year and the best way to have the schedule of each family member available for everyone is to maintain an organized family command center.
- The command center can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose, but in order for it to be effective, it must be maintained and updated. Some people add their weekly meal plan, shopping list, store coupons and much more to the command center.
- if you need ideas, you can google family command center to find all sorts of different styles of command stations to help you get started.
Create A Family Schedule:
- once you have your spaces and things organized, it would be smart to organize your time as well.
- the most important time during the school year is homework time. So there is no confusion or room for negotiation, set a specific time for homework. It could be while dinner is being prepared or immediately after dinner. The important thing is to stick to the time the family agrees upon. The key is consistency.
Beginning the year on the right note will help your family adjust to the busy times of a productive school year and if you get everyone involved in the planning and decision-making, chances are they will be more likely to stick to the plans. If you get organized at the beginning of the year it will be easier to maintain throughout the year.
Have a great school year and let’s stay organized.