With the academic year comes endless PTA meetings, dance practices, doctor’s appointments, soccer matches, exams, and so on. To keep up with it all and make sure everyone’s on the same page, consider setting up a schedule board in your mudroom or kitchen. This can either be a whiteboard, a chalkboard, or a bulletin board. If you end up choosing a chalkboard, expect to clean up some chalkdust around the board every now and then. A bulletin board, for instance, can include anything from to-do lists, post-it notes, to scheduled calendars, arts projects, and even photos of an upcoming trip for motivation.
Organization Tips for the Homework Season
As the school days rush by, it’s very easy for clutter to pile up when you and your kids are caught up with your respective paperwork and supplies always in circulation. Some basic Marie Kondo tips of organization would help you declutter everything that’s left lying around; notebooks, crayons, iPads, and everything in between will have their own place in a study area or a home office. While you can handle the initial process of the organization, it’s also important to teach your kids how to stay organized and responsible along the way.
Keeping Papers at Bay
One issue you’ll be dealing a lot with over the course of a school year is the influx of paper stuff. Almost everyday, more will be making their way into your house; from syllabi at the start of the school season, to quizzes and tests later on. One ideal way would be to dedicate a drawer with dividers where you can sort all the papers in categories. Syllabuses go in one place, quizzes go in another, report cards and all other important papers will have their own respective folders. Consider recycling unneeded papers like outdated announcements and that disciplinary notice you dread so much.
Organizing School Supplies
Keeping office supplies near the homework station allows your kids to maintain productivity. Instead of having to leave their desk to fetch something from who knows where, they would have instant access to all the supplies they need — and less excuses for procrastinating. Here again, containers and organization totems are your friend. Whether you have a drawer, open shelf, or a bookshelf to work with, storage trays will allow you to categorize everything gracefully. For pens, pencils, and markers, consider creating a DIY pencil holder which might motivate your kids to actually make use of the organization tools.