Back to school is a time of transition-not only for children, but for everyone living inside your home.
To help you cope with the usual first-day-of -school jitters, we've created a short list of tips to help you get back into the swing of things that will keep you organized and stop your home from becoming a disaster come September 1st.
1) Shop For School Supplies- And Keep Them Organized
Ah, the dreaded back to school shop. Rather than scrambling at the last minute, plan your back to school shopping for early or late August. Once you make your purchases, make a point of unpacking them with your child and organizing them according to their category-clothing, shoes, and school supplies.
2) Set up a Homework Station
Sit down with your child and designate a time and place where he can do his homework each day. This can be somewhere quiet like the den, or somewhere closer to parental supervision like the family room or kitchen. You can even set up his own little work area to get him excited about getting back to work!
3) Create or Purchase a Family Calendar
September comes and life gets busy-and no one likes being late or forgetting plans. Consider investing in or creating a Family Calendar. It will help keep extracurriculars and events organized, and when styled correctly even works as functional decor!
4) Designate a Space for Clutter
The best way to prepare for back to school time is to be organized. With school comes a massive amount of paperwork and clutter which can consume your household. Designate a spot in your house for homework, permission slips, and any other school-related papers. This can help eliminate all of that paper clutter and keep your home looking beautiful all year round.
5) Give the Kids Some Responsibility
Taking care of a home and keeping up with maintenance isn't a task that should be completed alone. As your kids grow, start enlisting them to help with maintaining the household. Simple tasks, like raking leaves, shovelling sidewalks, dusting shelves, or vacuuming are easy for kids to get the hang of and can take a surprising amount of pressure off parents.
How does your your family get the house in order for back to school? Let us know in the comments!