6 Organization Tips to Keep a Low-Stress Home This School Year
Good Habits Start in the Home
My, my, my, where has the time gone? The summer is nearly over and a majority of school children across the country have headed back to school. We’re sure some parents are breathing a sigh of relief, but before you can revel in finally having a day free of child activities, there were probably the traditional chaotic previous weeks you had to endure just to make it to this blissful day.
From buying clothes and school supplies to packing lunches to getting your child to do their homework, the school year starts hectic and stays that way for most families. But, there are some things you can do to help reduce your stress this year, and it all begins with getting organized.
Here are six tips to help make your home better organized for the school year so everyone in the house can enjoy a happier, more structured, and less stressful school year.
Create a School Calendar
Schools tend to send home monthly calendars, but they never include the most important things, like when that major science project is due. So, you should take matters into your own hands and create your own school calendar, so you can keep track of all the most important dates in your child’s school year.
Of course, the accuracy of your calendar does hinge on the fact that you will need to collect such information from your child, so get them on board early this year. Just maybe, you’ll avoid being up until midnight, gluing trees on a volcano for a project that’s due the next day.
Create a Laundry Schedule
If your child is in sports or she goes to a school that requires uniforms, then making sure you always stay on top of the laundry is an important part of keeping arguments to a minimum. Figure out how many uniforms your child will need for the week and come up with a washing schedule that fits.
You should also go through your child’s closet and remove the clothes that no longer fit her, or that are out of season, to accommodate her new school clothes.
Create a Dedicated Space for Important Papers
Throughout the year, your child will bring home papers the school considers “important.” Report cards, permission slips, documentation for school field trips are all examples of what we’re talking about. To make sure you don’t misplace them or accidentally throw them out, this year, create a dedicated space for them, so you can always find a document if you need it.
This can be a folder that you keep in an often-used filing cabinet or on the bookshelf. As long as you always keep it in the same place, you’ll be fine. You can use this same concept for keeping track of your child’s artwork or other artistic creations they bring home.
Create a Space for Homework
Homework can often be the bane of existence for children and parents alike, but it doesn’t have to be. One thing that can help make things go much smoother is to have a space where your child can do his homework peacefully. Hint – it shouldn’t be his bedroom, and nor should it be the family room.
Depending on your kid’s age, you can also create a homework caddy, which can hold all the things they’ll need to complete their work, like crayons, markers, paper, etc.
Create a Snack Station
When your child gets home from school, you know they’re going to be hungry. Having a snack station in your kitchen will help prevent your kids from rummaging around and making a mess just looking for something unhealthy to eat.
Choose snacks you know your child likes and try to keep them as healthy as possible. If your child has had a good week at school, you can always add a more decadent treat to the station on Friday.
Get on a Routine Starting Now
From the first day of school, you should lay the groundwork for your family’s routine to get them throughout the school year. This can involve your child doing her homework when she gets home from school, having dinner around the same time every evening, the time your child wakes up and gets ready, and more. Stick with it and after a few weeks, your family should get used to the new routine and you’ll find it easier to deal with the school year.