Tuesday, August 5, 2014

How to Organize YOur HOme For Back-to-School

With summer coming to a close it is time to start preparing for the school year. Soon you’ll be going to parent-teacher meetings, class concerts, and field trips, so let’s take a step in the right direction and start organizing!

Placing hooks at your front or back door allows your children to have a designated place for their backpacks and coats. It’s a great alternative to throwing them on the floor. This will be a helpful visual reminder to grab them in the morning on your way out the door. Place your children’s names above their hook for a personalized touch. You could even place a corkboard above the hooks for more organization!

Now I don’t know about you, but I would be completely lost without my calendar, there is just something about physically writing something down that allows me to retain the information. Have a calendar in the kitchen or another busy place in your home that your family passes by frequently. Jot down important events like practices, meetings, trips, ect. Assign each person in your family a color and write down their events in that color.

Make a daily or weekly check list for each family member and keep in near the calendar. List things like chores and homework. Once a task is accomplished cross it off. Being able to actually check something off a list gives you an even bigger sense of accomplishment.

Lastly, put together an organized homework station where your kids can sit and get their work done. Gather the essentials such as extra pencils, scissors, rulers, and erasers, place these supplies in a basket that you can keep out or store away during the day. Designate a place for your children to do their homework, away from the TV or other distractions to create the most optimal learning environment.

By implementing these few tips your busy school year will become a breeze!

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