Gear up and get organized for the 2019-2020 school year.
Gather school information and organize paperwork.
Create a school-year calendar and schedule school-related appointments
Start back-to-school shopping and plan children's wardrobes
Streamline school lunches
Organize children's rooms and homework areas for success
Plan daily routines
Send the children back to school prepared and eager for new challenges!
Here are some helpful tips to think about during the next couple of weeks.
1. Commit to making 10-15 freezer meals once or twice per month.
This will make your life so much easier by avoiding figuring out last minute meals when kids are tired and hungry.
2. Determine screen time limits on devices before the school year starts.
Free apps like ScreenLimit and Parental Control & Kid Tracker will help regulate your kids’ screen time so you don’t have to. Set the controls to allow certain times and see that your kids are getting their homework complete.
3. Create a Drop-off Point/Command Center for backpacks, books, assignments and other school items.
Entry Way Command/ Drop Zone
•Weekly Schedule list and Large Monthly Calendar
•Framed kids morning and after school routine list
•Filing folders for papers
•Drop boxes for backpacks, lunches, library books, etc.
•Kids saved art work by grade level in totes
•Could add hooks, shelves,corkboard
Corkboard Storage System
• Dry erase board
•Clutter free Storage Systems
Student Work Area Modular System
•Desk-work space with movable
•Supply box for:
Markers, paper, etc
5. Create a homework caddy.
When homework is done, cleanup is a cinch, and no one is ever complaining they can’t find what they need!
6. Choose outfits for the week, then store them in a hanging organizer.
7. Take pictures of your child’s artwork and create a photo book instead of keeping piles of artwork.
8. Best back- to- school free apps to help you stay sane.
Here Comes the Bus for estimating arrival times
MyHomework for keeping tabs on tests and assignments
Dictionary.com for quick vocab reference
Brainscape for flashcards that won’t cause clutter
Overdrive for virtual access to your local library
MyScript for magically converting scribbles into calculations
Photomath to check your child’s math homework
9. Pinterest Tip:
I have realized many of my clients try and use Pinterest to gather organizing ideas.
It can be a good thing and a bad thing.
Not everyone’s space is the same as those cool pictures on Pinterest.
People go out and buy products similar to Pinterest and get home frustrated because they don't work in their space.
Pretty and cute isn’t always functional. I’m all about maximizing space and making it efficient as much as possible.
As a professional organizer this is where my expertise comes into play to make your life easier. I do the work and the thinking and you get to sit back and enjoy the final result. Contact me here.
Kim's Organizing Solutions