Clutter is inevitable, especially during the school year when a new batch of graded papers, permission slips and loot from classroom parties arrive on a daily basis.
The following suggestions will help you cut clutter and get organized this back-to-school season:
Establish a daily backpack routine. Make a habit of sorting through your children’s backpacks every day after school. Use a tiered letter sorter or filing system with designated slots for each child’s papers, and an “a.s.a.p.” space for teachers’ notes, permission slips and anything else that requires immediate attention.
For papers and artwork your child can’t part with, consider a storage cart for her room that providesnumbered bins. Think “1” for books, “2” for art projects, and take it from there. Bins are deep enough to hold months’ worth of papers and art, so you and your child can sort and pick favorites at a later time.
Establish a designated homework spot. Carving out a specified homework space for every child can be a challenge. Portable work spaces can be the perfect solution.
Organize your entryway for a speedy exit. Eliminate the last-minute morning backpack search by setting up a spot near the door for backpacks and other things that need to go to school, such as hats and gloves, books, sports equipment and musical instruments. Entryway benches with hidden storage compartments provide a convenient place to sit while pulling on shoes and drawer space for stowing everything from outdoor gear to keys and cell phones.
Choose clothes for the next day. Encourage your child to spend a few minutes each night selecting his or her school clothes for the following day. Make it a rule that the child must stick with these choices–no dawdling in the morning because he or she doesn’t want to wear what was chosen last night.
Plan breakfast the night before. Set the kitchen table in advance and make cereal and bread available to those who are ready first. Streamline breakfast preparation with helpful products that combine a pause-and-serve coffee maker, toaster oven, and even a grill for frying eggs and sausage, into one handy appliance.
Set your alarm clock earlier. Do yourself a favor by rising half an hour before everyone else. Things tend to go much more smoothly in the morning if you’re showered and dressed before waking the kids.
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