Make this school year the most successful for your kids. Here are 5 Powerful Tools to get your kids organized for a Back to School Routine that works.
When we think of planning for Back to School, our minds immediately jump to backpacks, lunch menus, and morning routines. However, the real struggle of school sets in a few days later. That’s when we experience the frantic morning rush and the infamous after school hour, filled with homework, signed papers, and a hot and sweaty kid who’s starved.
You can easily create a back to school routine that works well for your family. Here are a few simple tools to keep your kids organized for back to school success:
5 Powerful Tools for a Back to School Routine
1. Designate a Drop Zone
Find a central location or a small space by the door to house shoes, backpacks, and other school essentials. Use crates to corral items by family member, or hooks to hang jackets and totes. Make sure to include emptying lunch boxes and backpacks as part of your everyday after school routine.
2. Create an Inbox Basket
Assign a filing basket as the family inbox and house it as close to the drop zone as possible. That way, kids can easily toss school announcements and papers that need your signature into the box, instead of losing them around the house or burying them beneath a forgotten stack. While kids complete homework, sort through the papers and respond immediately. When homework is completed, everything can be returned to the backpack all at once.
3. Keep a Family Calendar
As you sign papers and sort through announcements, mark school events on the family calendar. Take the time to go over the calendar as a family and display it in a prominent location. Discuss upcoming plans with your child frequently, so that projects are completed before they’re due and everyone is prepared on the day of special events.
4. Set Up a Homework Space
Provide your child a well-lit study space that is quiet and clutter-free. Equip the space with a dictionary, ruler, and other basic supplies to avoid common time wasters, like searching for a sharpened pencil or notebook paper.
5. Beat the Clock
Include 15 minutes of morning prep work in your bedtime routine. It’s amazing how much smoother our mornings run when we spend a few extra minutes the night before choosing lunch items and setting out our clothes and socks.
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Libby's Library says
Your suggestions are right on target…and I know because I’ve used every one of them. We raised 10 kids and if I hadn’t stayed somewhat organized, I can’t even begin to imagine the chaos!
Emma @ P is for Preschooler says
I’m going to have to keep these in mind – my little one starts school in September!
These are some wonderful tips for tackling the school routine 🙂
Those r very good tips! Had to share them so I have them scheduled for fb on Tuesday & I’m pinning it to a couple of boards so I don’t lose track! Thx for sharing yr tips! 🙂
Crystal Green says
These are some great tips worth sharing. I have to agree that taking that 15 minutes at night makes mornings a lot easier. Also that inbox idea is perfect.
Jeanie @ create&babble says
Thanks for sharing great tips! These days are over for me, but I’ll be sharing these with my daughter.
We aren’t going “back” to school – it’s just starting this year for us (eek!) Thanks for the tips – I feel clueless, haha! Being prepared helps!
Such great tips!! They will come in very handy here in September. I’ll have two in school!! Oh no… my baby will be going to school 😐
Pinned! Great tips.
Visiting from IBN. 🙂
Vicky @ Mess For Less says
The family calendar has been a big help for us. Great tips! Pinned and stumbled!
Susen @ Dabbling Momma says
Love number 5 especially! It truly does help the morning run smoother!
Glenna @ My Paper Craze says
These are great tips to get the kiddos off to school. I’m a firm believer in doing as much as you can the night before. Shared on Google+ today. Thanks for sharing with Creative Spark Link Party.
Glenna @ My Paper Craze
Carrie This Home says
I am really taking these tips to heart, Mitzi. My daughter will be starting Kindergarten in a couple weeks and I need all the organization help I can get! Thanks for sharing this at Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop–this will be one of my features at our next party!
Mitzi Smith says
thanks, Carrie! I’m with you, I’m always looking for ways to stay organized so I’m happy to hear you could use these tips 🙂
These are some great tips! Will definitely help us with the coming school year:)
Thanks for linking this up at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party. I hope you can join us again tonight starting @ 9pm est!