It's that time of year again: BACK TO SCHOOL! Rachel & Scarlet started school on Monday & Abram starts 2nd grade next week!
Where did the summer go? I can't believe how much they've grown in just one year.
A new school year means a new chance to get organized.
Here are 5 tips for staying organized throughout the school year.
1. Use a Calendar
Yes, actually use it. It doesn't matter what type of calendar- online, a physical book, or the iCal on your phone. Use it. Find a calendar system that works for your family and stick with it. Share it with your husband via email or have the physical book accessible to him too. That way, you both are on the same page with sports games, projects, and math tests.
2. Label Everything
I've never regretted labeling something, but I've regretted NOT labeling items more times than I can count. Whether you're labeling a container, a notebook, a lunchbox, or an article of clothing, labeling helps. At Shoppe 3130, we have the cutest chalkboard clips & chalkboard stands that help with labeling containers. The best part is that it's not permanent so you can switch labels as needs change. We also sell chalkboard markers to make writing easier and less messy than traditional chalk.
3. Designate Space
"A place for everything and everything in its place!" Designate space for items that need to go to school with your children: lunch boxes, gym bags, permission slips, projects, etc. Each night, act as if a family member was sending your kids to school in the morning and lay everything out. It's so easy to think that you'll remember to throw socks in their gym bag right before heading out the door, but you and I both know that probably won't happen. Taking a few more minutes at night to get organized will cut down the confusion in the morning. So whether it's a cubby, an entryway table, or even just the floor by the stairs- designate space for items you need to send to school in the morning!
4. Plan Out Your Week
On Sunday nights take time, as little as 15 minutes, to look over your calendar and plan out your week. Add any last minutes activities or information. Your calendar will never be "too" detailed so write everything down- what tests the kids have to who is picking them up at carpool/ the bus stop.
5. Do Little Things in Advance
Try to do as many little things in advance as you can. When your son or daughter hands you a permission slip, sign it immediately. Don't wait until the morning of the field trip and you have to sign it with your eyeliner because the pen in your purse stops working. Doing small tasks like individually bagging goldfish for the kids' lunches after you buy a big box, will give you a confidence boost of having "it together" each time you go to pack a lunch. Having one less box to check will not only give you a peace of mind but will make you feel like the super mom that you are!
We hope everyone is off to a great start this semester!
Do you have any tips for staying organized? Let us know in the comments!
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