Back to School

Whether you’re a teacher, a parent, or a student, you’re gearing up to go back to school. With the need to get organized for the year ahead, this newsletter is dedicated to organizing your home and family.

DAY BINS: Label five bins with the day of the week. Everything that needs to go to school that day (permission slips, etc) is placed in the bin.

LUNCHES: Have them made and in the fridge the night before. Assemble the lunch bag with anything that does not need refrigeration. In the morning, complete it and place it by the door, ready to go.

CLOTHING: Lay out clothes for the next day before you go to bed. You might wish to take it one step further and choose outfits for the entire week, hangers labeled with the days of the week.

HOMEWORK: Teach your children the benefits of doing a task immediately instead of postponing it. Afterwards, have the homework go into their backpack, ready for the next morning.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: With all the sales in late August, plus the wide variety still available, there’s no doubt that this is the best time to shop. Pick up a couple of extras on items you know your family will run out of, but don’t fall into the trap of hoarding school supplies.

SCHEDULES: Now that the family has a more structured schedule, structure tasks like laundry accordingly.

LIBRARY BOOKS: Anything borrowed should have a central location in your home, so you won’t have to search for it the night before it’s due.

ARTWORK: Nothing gives a cluttered appearance to a kitchen more than fire magnets. Instead, display your children’s masterpieces on a bulletin board.

IMPORTANT DATES: Make sure teacher meetings, class trip and all important dates are entered on your calendar as soon as you learn about them.

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