Back to School Organizing
In a few short weeks, your kids will be heading back to school, and your home will finally be a lot quieter. Or will it? Without the proper organization having kids in school can cause a lot of chaos around the house. Here are five tips for a smoother and less stressful school year.
Four Ways to Keep Your Life Organized During the School Year
Create a Kids' Calendar. Half of the struggle of keeping up with your children is remembering all of their projects, after-school sports and other activities. Never (well, almost never) again forget important events by using a calendar. Hang the calendar low enough so your kids can see each morning before they head out the door to remind them when they need to take that trumpet or sports uniform to school. A great tip is to use a different colored sticky note or marker for each of your children.
Prepare tomorrow's outfit tonight. End the early morning panic of trying to pick out the perfect clothes by laying out what each child will wear the next day the night before. This keeps the kids from searching for something to put on minutes before the bus pulls up to the corner. Selecting an outfit before bedtime also allows you to do some last-minute laundry if necessary and helps reduce morning arguments. Keeping your kids' book bags, shoes, glasses, lunch money and keys right by the front door can help end desperate last-minute searches.
Build a homework station. Give your kids a dedicated place to do their homework. Whether it is in their rooms for older students or at the kitchen table while you are cooking dinner, always doing homework in the same place helps kids concentrate on what they need to do. Help your child to maintain a homework caddy filled with everything they need to finish their homework successfully. Having a supply of extra cardboard, craft paper, glue, binders and printer paper on hand is a must for all those "forgotten" last-minute school projects.
Maintain a constant sleep schedule. Kids between 5 and 12 years old need around 10 hours of sleep a night. Sometimes getting them to go to bed on time can seem like a Herculean task. Talking to your children about the importance of sleep and establishing a nighttime routine can help. It is important to follow the same routine every night, even during the weekends and vacations. Avoid late night temptations for your kids by keeping all computers, phones, tablets and TV out of the bedroom.
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