Parents: 4 Tips to Stay Organized for Back to School

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This post was originally published on September 2, 2014.

August means back to school! 

As big yellow school buses, packed lunches and homework assignments make their return, your home may feel overwhelmed. Below, we share a few ways to creatively shape rooms and get yourself, your kids and your home organized for the school year.

1. Designate a Place to Grab and Go

You may know it as the early morning scramble (and we’re not talking about eggs for breakfast)As your kids race around the house looking for backpacks, books, pens and pencils, you worry about sending them off to the bus stop in enough time.

Eliminate the cause for chaos. Designate a go-to spot for your kids to keep backpacks, books and more so they always know where to look.

Have your kids store all of the items they will need in the morning here at the end of the night before they go to bed. When their alarms go off in the morning, they will know exactly where to go to find these important items in a flash. 

You may need to declutter your home so that your go-to spot is easy to find. Consider utilizing self storage to better organize your house and make space for school supplies. 

2. Plan Lunches for Meals Made Easy

Save time during the week with a little prep work! Set aside an hour every week to plan meals for your family, including what to pack in your kids’ lunches. In an organized kitchen, meal planning is made even easier. Learn about steps to kitchen organization before the school year starts.

Not only will this help make grocery shopping a snap, it will also ensure you have the items and supplies needed for delicious and healthy meals and snacks.

3. Establish an At-Home Homework Station

Like a home office, consider creating a homework station in a room of your house. Make this place an always ready and go-to location for your kids to work on their assignments.

Keep it stocked with everything they’ll need to keep focused and creative, including:

  • Colored markers
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Paper
  • Reference books
  • Snacks
  • Whiteboard or chalkboard

Related article: How to Store Your Back-To-School Essentials

4. Create a File System for Important Documents

At the beginning of the year, in particular, teachers will send your student home with syllabi, permission slips and more for you to sign. Make copies of these items for safekeeping. Consider investing in a filing cabinet with folders specific to each child and their important school documents. 

Even better, put these file cabinets in a self-storage unit so that they don’t take up extra space in the house. Documents should be stored in a storage unit that is climate-controlled, so that the elements don’t yellow or curl the paper. You can also utilize this space to projects and assignments your kids complete throughout the year that make you most proud. 

Whether you already use some of the tips outlined above or have adopted a system of your own, we’d love to hear what works well for your family! Consider sharing in the comment section below.

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