Organizing Your Kids for School

The lazy days of summer are almost over. It’s time for the school bell to ring announcing the start of another year. How can you make this year a little more successful for your children and a little less stressful for you?

Establish storage areas for school items. Where should the backpacks and lunch boxes be stored at the end of the day, so that they are ready to go in the morning? What door do the kids use to enter and exit the house? Consider putting hooks up on the wall near that door for their coats, hats, backpacks and lunch boxes. Assign each child his or her own space, so belongings don’t get mixed together; and you will be able to see, at a glance, who is not practicing organizing skills.

When buying school supplies, make sure you have duplicate items at home. Gather a calculator, ruler, markers, and whatever supplies are age appropriate for your student, into one location. Help your kids to choose a spot where they will do their homework. Locate the supplies there. Schedule a study or quiet time for the whole family, during which the kids will do their homework, work on a project, or read. Being available to support your children will show them how vested you are in their school life.

Take the time to plan out a morning routine with your children. Do you have a battle with your kids regarding what to wear? Laying out clothes the night before, or possibly on Sunday night for the upcoming week, can help. Make as many decisions as possible in the evening. Avoiding the morning rush will help the whole family start the day off on the right foot.

Spending time with your kids developing organizing solutions can be a fun and rewarding family activity, which will teach them early on the value of good organization.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

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