Backpack - back to school

Can you believe school will be back in session in a few weeks?  This means a whole new set of schedules and routines are about to start for those of us who have school age children.  Here’s four basic ideas to get you motivated and thinking about an organized school year.

Evening routines: Do as much as you can for the next day, the night before.  Make lunches, lay out outfits (this helps if something important has to be laundered), sign papers and review homework, de-clutter backpacks and repack, review the schedule for the next day to prepare yourself mentally.

Establish drop zones:  Entryways can be a mess with everyone’s backpacks, shoes, and sports gear.  To keep this clutter under control, have a sturdy hook for each child for their back pack and coats, and a basket for their shoes.  When you create a home for your kid’s belongings, they can develop a routine of putting their items away where they belong.

Supply area: Establish a place at home where you have extra supplies for the kids, like pens, pencils, paper, project boards, etc.  These supplies change depending on the age of the child.  If you have project supplies on hand, you won’t need to rush out to get for any last minute projects.

Time Management: Starting training your children now to learn how to manage their time.  Give them an assignment calendar that they can use to plot out their large projects, or term papers, and plan time each week to work on those projects.  Often these things are left to the last minute and we “cram” the night before to get it done.  However, teaching them now how to do a little at a time will help them in college and later in life.

If you dread each school year and feel stressed often, then give Sorted Out a call.  We can create calm out of the chaos.  Our organizers are trained to see the root of a problem quickly and implement solutions to make your life easier.  Don’t go another year feeling frustrated, let us help you get sorted out!

Special Reminder:  Tax free weekend (Texas) is in August.  This is usually a shopping frenzy for mom’s and kids alike.  If clothes shopping for your kids (or yourself) stresses you out, then take advantage of our shopping services!

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