Back to school means school starts, activities gear up and nightly routines begin again. While it is sad to see Summer end, we welcome getting back to school as a fresh start for our kids and ourselves. Let’s make it an easy, organized, productive year for our families at back to school time.
Easy, organized, productive routines
By far families feel the crunch most in the morning and evening. Mornings feel rushed with getting out the door. Evenings fly by with activities and dinner.
- Create and keep a personal checklist for everyone to follow for morning and evening. Post it where your family each can see it. Parent nagging does not promote getting things done, while a checklist can. The list includes the most basic and most important things to check off. Keep it short and simple. However, it can include things can are easily forgotten like brushhing teeth and combing hair.
- Pattern your day. That is create a pattern, routine or time assigned for important tasks. Homework should have a set start and finish time.
- Make meals easy. Many families have opted for Sunday prep day, a dinner box, or dinner prep (and easy decisions) that arrives like Hello Fresh.
- Make time for gratitude. During dinner or at bedtime are great times to share what we are grateful for, high and low points of the day, and a special acknowledgement for your kids’ and your successes each day. There’s power in ending the day positively.
Easy, organized clothes and school supplies
There’s clothes, school supplies and other supplies required to start the school year. Take stock and assess what you have already. This may require making a huge mess when gathering it all together. It’s worth it since you know what you have and purchase only what you need.
- Think of creating a “uniform” for your kids to wear to school. Like the concept of the capsule wardrobe, use color and your child’s style to pull together a minimum number of outfits. It will clear the closet clutter this way too!
- Purchase your school supplies and 2 back ups for future use. Help your child set up their supplies for homework and for school.
- Keep one bag for each child for each activity. Prep your landing strip by having enough sturdy hooks for each.
- A productive day starts the night before. Set your and your kids’ clothes out the night before. Do as much as you can. Se bags and backpacks in the landing strip and technology charging in a common space. Make these steps part of your evening checklist.
Easy, organize, productive paper routines
On the first day of school, a tidal wave of paper comes in. Be prepared this year to be organize and productive with a command center for your papers. The command center is where action papers are located. The command center can be as simple as a single drawer or inbox or a series of categories customized for your family.
- Your kids and you drop paper here daily. You triage it and then add tasks to your list.
- Once a week, or daily if you need to, spend one hour to get the paper work done. That means pay bills, fill in information, add dates to your calendar and all other administrative tasks.
- When your “to file” is big enough, you can file it easily.
- Your list can grow and grown, however choose 3 Most Important Tasks to complete that day or that week.
The key element to remember is keep it simple sweetie! The easiest, simplest way to get organized is the way to go! Wishing you the best back to school ever!
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