Get The Whole Family Organized At Back-To-School Time
(StatePoint) Back-to-school season is the ideal time for families to reestablish routines and get organized — both at home and on the go. But before hitting the stores for supplies, take time to plan ahead with shopping lists that meet both your children’s and your family’s needs.
If you have more than one child, or want to stock up for the year, save on items like glue sticks, notebooks and writing utensils by taking advantage of sales and purchasing value packs, which are easy to find at back-to-school time. For better deals on items like tissues and sanitizing wipes, hold off until you are also buying these products for the home at a warehouse club or with coupons.
Teach kids the importance of starting the day organized. One way to simplify the morning shuffle is by assigning a color to each child for easy identification of binders, backpacks and pencil pouches. Assign colors before shopping to prepare for easier in-aisle decisions. Five Star products (www.meadfivestar.com), for example, are available in a variety of on-trend patterns and basic solid color options to complement and contrast styles. Or use color-coded stickers and labels to maintain consistency.
The school year often brings additional commitments for families. Creating a “mission control” in a central location in the home will improve communication and ease the stress of time management.
Look for calendars with high functionality like meal planners, “look-ahead” features, magnetic backings and repositionable peel-and-stick adhesives. Don’t forget to include a white board or cork board where notes can be left for one another.
Student planners are crucial to help your children stay on top of due dates, keep their own commitments and operate on the same schedule as the rest of the family.
Vow to spend time on a weekly basis reviewing and synching calendars and discussing the week ahead.
With each new school year comes an overwhelming amount of handouts, reminders, permission slips and medical forms. Parents and children all benefit from a paper management system. Use bins, expanding files and binder dividers with “reminder” flags to keep track of priorities. Flag items needing immediate attention — whether it’s homework or paperwork.
If your children have busy schedules, make it easier for them to work on the go. Opt for binders with writing surfaces, internal storage pockets for loose paper and places to stash pens and pencils. And you can do the same. Consider using binders and expanding files in the car to create a place for last-minute notes, papers and storage.
With a little planning and creativity, the whole family can prepare to stay organized throughout the school year.