Tips for Back-To-School Organization
In just a few weeks, the pitter-patter of little feet running around the house will be running out the door to hop on the school bus. Parents need to get organized as they begin shopping for clothes and school supplies. For moms and dads who want to be original and innovative, here are some tips for what to buy the kids so they don’t just blend in. Personalized items are a big hit for both kids and parents who want style and function.
Staying on top of your “organizational game” will alleviate morning madness. Let’s face it, happy parents make happy kids! Start the year off right – organized and prepared. Now is also a great time to find great deals on websites that feature Back-to-School discounts.
- Be Original — Buy personalized items like this photo spiral journal. Kids can write in their photo journals so parents can have an annual keepsake. And, moms and dads can bring their photo notebooks to work to see their kids’ smiling faces throughout the day.
- Be Organized — Check out these notepads and calendars to make sure that your little guys and girls know the expectations and how to make a to-do list. Organizational skills are one of the most important tools for school success.
According to Cynthia Ewer, Editor of Organized Home, “With the start of school, families face new organization challenges. School bells ring–and so do early-morning alarm clocks. Shorter autumn days bring a hectic round of sports, activities and events, and calendars fill with cryptic notes….”
“Each school year floats on a sea of schedules. School functions. Lunch menus. Scout meetings and music lessons. What do you do when you’re drowning in paper? Nothing calms school year chaos like Calendar Central: a centralized site for all family calendars and schedules. You’ll need a family event calendar to track after-school activities, school programs and volunteer work. Add specialized calendars and schedules, and you have it: a one-stop shop for family time management,” Ewer says.
- Label everything — How many times has your son or daughter come home without hats, mittens, jackets? Make sure to use these easy iron-on labels. This way, there won’t be any cases of mistaken identity when you have to dig through the Lost-and-Found.
- Plan ahead — Pack lunches the night before to avoid the morning rush. Make sure to put a little reminder note in your child’s folder or backpack so teachers know who they are going home with to play after school. These Permission Pads are the best way to keep the whole family on the same page. (They come in 5 different colors and feature check boxes for each child.) If you won’t be home after school, leave these Babysitter Notes so the sitter is on the same page and knows her responsibilities ahead of time.
- Have a Back-Up-Plan — These Reminder Pads will make sure you don’t forget specific details. Hang them on the door and you won’t fail to bring it home, drop it off, pick it up, or forget it ever again! Write your reminder message the night before, hang it on the door knob, and you or your family member will be sure to get the job done.
This year, make Back-to-School shopping a streamlined process. With these tips in mind, your ship should sail smoothly.
Happy School Year!