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Here we go! It’s that time of year again. As summer winds down to an end we know that a new school year is right around the corner. If you’re anything like me, when I start to see the back to school commercials I am flooded with mixed emotions. Although I am sad to see the lazy days of summer coming to an end (hanging by the pool, trips to the beach, late night runs for ice cream, and BBQs on gorgeous nights) I am looking forward to getting back into a routine. In this post I will provide you with my 10 best organization tips for a smooth school year and ways to help it stay that way all year long.
Why is Organization So Important?
I thrive on routine! Waking up, working my TO DO list, making dinner, homework and bedtime routines…having an order to the day. This is what keep me productive. LOL. I am a creature of habit. I’m not that good with improvising and I’m definitely not very spontaneous. So I guess you could say that organization is “my jam.” I notice that my boys also seem to do better when they have a routine to follow. It helps them know what is expected of them and what they need to prioritize.
When the school year begins, there is so much going on that without being organized my family would fall apart. From juggling four different schedules to meals and activities, these tips will help you master it all while keeping you sane and allowing extra time to spend with your family.
So How Do You Keep it All Together?
Below are ten organization tips that I have found work great for my family. It helps keep us on track and less stressed. From morning routines to dinner time. These tips will keep your family on track for a successful school year.
The 10 Best Organization Tips For A Smooth School Year
Tip 1: Start Back To School Bedtimes
- Get the kids used to a routine. Kids ages 6-11 typically need 9-11 hours of sleep per night.
- Introduce a curfew for all electronics. The artificial light given off by these screens can throw off your child’s internal clock.
Tip 2: Clean Out Closets
- Donate unwanted clothes and items that no longer fit. This frees up closet space and helps those in need.
- Organize hangers and remove those not being used.
Tip 3: Create A Family Command Center
- Grab a family calendar and put it where everyone can see it (ours is on the refrigerator). This has always been my to go, Amy Knapp’s Big Grid Family Calendar.
- Color code each family member and add all work obligations, school functions, sports games and practices, birthdays, upcoming events, and any other important dates (P.S. Make sure to update when dates change).
This has literally been a game changer for our family when it comes to keeping everyone organized!
Tip 4: Stock Up On Extra School Supplies For Home
- Make a portable caddy to hold pencils, pens, markers, paper, scissors, erasers, etc. so that they are always in reach whenever you need them. If you don’t have time to make something, this is an awesome, affordable caddy.
- Designate a spot in the house for a homework station.
Tip 5: Make A List Of Important Information
- Make sure to include school name and phone number, bus #, bus pickup/drop off times, teacher names and emails, and any other relative information.
- Add this list to your family command center (see tip #3).
Tip 6: Create Boxes To Hold Keepsakes
- Label them for each child with their name, their school’s name and year, and teacher’s name and grade.
- Add any artwork, poems, pictures, projects-basically anything that you can’t part with. These are my favorite boxes. They hold a ton and are easily stackable.
Tip 7: Create A Morning Routine
- Make a list of what works best for you and your child (children). For example: get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush your teeth and hair, and complete any assigned chores.
- Do a practice run a few days before school starts to work out any kinks.
Tip 8: Designate Daily Chore Charts
- Break chores down by AM and PM. Designate which child is responsible and what for. This will help tasks get done without confusion.
- Make it fun by adding in time to relax and play.
Tip 9: Set Out Clothes The Night Before
- Pick out all items (outfit, shoes, socks, undergarments, etc.) the night before so it’s easier for your child (children) to get ready independently.
- Put these items in the same place every night so they have everything they need in the morning.
Tip 10: Pack School and Work Lunches and Snacks the Night Before
- Plan menus for the week and meal prep ahead of time so you have grab and go food and snacks available for easy lunch making.
- Pack most items into the lunchboxes in the evening so you can just grab the cold stuff in the morning and go (P.S. Don’t forget to add classroom snacks).
The Last Thing You Need to Know About Organizing
We aren’t perfect and as much as we plan and organize there will be times when life falls off the rails! In this case, stop, take a breath, and reset. These 10 best organization tips for a smooth school year are suggestions to help your day and life run efficiently. We use them in our home and they’ve helped tremendously.
Please feel free to submit your own organization tip. I’d love to hear from you. Have a wonderful school year!