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Going to back to school can be chaotic and taxing for both parents and students. Keeping your home and your “back to school” routine organized helps minimize stress. Here are a few quick tips to keep your family organized during back to school:
Eliminate Morning Chaos
Revamp your morning routine. Evaluate your morning routine to determine what is working and what is holding you back or causing chaos. Many of the tasks that create chaos and make us rush or late in the morning can be performed the night before. Responsibilities such as picking out clothes, packing lunches, packing backpacks and setting up breakfast can be taken care of at night, making mornings more relaxing.
Create a Communication Center
Create a communication hub where all of the information and scheduling that needs to be communicated takes place. It could be a small side table in the kitchen or office. Set up a color coded calendar that can be used by the entire family calendar to add events, appointments and other obligations. Add a 3 ring binder for taking phone messages. Provide a corkboard to post notices, flyers, permission slips, and other important documents.
Set up a Functional Homework Area
Since homework is a priority, reinforce this by creating a homework space that is appropriate for children to focus on nothing but homework and studying. Make sure that it is a space that allows for minimal interruptions so that children can focus. Furnish the space and keep it well organized. Add a computer, printer, filing cabinet and school supplies. Make sure that the space has plenty of light and that the chair is comfortable and adjusted to the proper height for the desk.
How do you stay organized during back to school? Leave us a comment and let us know!
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Carla received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family and Consumer science with an emphasis in Child Development. She also holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree, specializing in public librarianship and youth services.