Back to School Organization
1. Family Bulletin Board
Set up a family bulletin board to keep things organized throughout the week.
2. Homework Station
Designate a homework station where the kids can sit down and focus to get it all done.
3. After-school Snack Station
Before they come rushing into the door to eat you out of house and home, create a snack station they can pick from to avoid spoiling their dinner appetite.
4. School Cubbies
Use sturdy boxes to make cubbies for the kids. This can be a place where they can have their backpacks, homework supplies and even shoes ready for the next morning.
5. Important Papers
Create a filing cabinet before the year starts of important school papers from throughout the year. You can make one section for important papers that need immediate attention and then another for special papers you want to keep (like art projects).
6. Hair Station
Set up a designated hair station to make finding hair clips and hair ties easier the mornings before school.
7. Lunch Money
Turn blank envelopes into Lunch Money envelopes, where you can clearly write where the money goes when the kids get to school.
8. Weekday Outfits
Get the printables for these weekday tags to separate their clothes for each day.
9. School Supplies Caddy
Set up a caddy filled with extra school supplies, so if they run out at school they can replenish them at home. Have it also double as a homework caddy.
10. Backpack Station
Use your mudroom or hang hooks on the wall near the door where the kids can place their backpacks as soon as they get home.
11. Daily Reminders on the Door
Put magnets or sticky notes on the back of the front door so you don’t forget anything on your way out.
12. Late Night School Projects
Don’t stress the night before a project, by stocking up on project supplies during the back-to-school sales. Keep them stashed away in a special place.
13. School Days Checklist
Print out these checklists to keep everything in order for each day, week, and month the kids are in school.
14. Checking as You Go
Set up a list of homework for the day. Have your child pull out the materials for the first subject and when that is done, she or he puts it away immediately. This keeps things from getting lost or left out of the backpack.
15. Summer Clothes Organization
To make room for all the new clothes, start by putting some of your summer clothes away for the winter.
16. Family Calendars
Make your own whiteboard to function as a family calendar so that everyone knows what is happening during the week.
17. Art Project
Keep a few art projects on display and fill a bin with the other ones. Don’t decide which ones to toss or keep yet, accumulate them all throughout the year and over the summer you can sort back through and decide.
18. DIY Key Holder
Make yourself a key ring and hang it by the door. This will keep you from losing it and racing to find them before school.
19. Borrowed Basket
Have a basket set near the door for stuff the kids have borrowed from other friends, the library, etc.
20. Shoe Organizer for Supplies
Fill a shoe organizer with school supplies that you have at home.