August is on its way out. Your kids are either already back in school, or counting down the days. So, what are you supposed to do with all of your free time? While we doubt you need our help with that part, we do have some back-to-school tips to make the transition easier for everyone involved.
Back-to-School Tips for the Home
It’s a fall tradition. Just when you get into the groove of summer, it’s time to bust out those school supplies and start all over. Ease your students into the school year with some of our simple and valuable back-to-school organization ideas.
- Create a central calendar – Having day planners for your children is a great way to keep them organized, but how do you know if they will use it? Have a central calendar in your kitchen, home office or den. Fill it with family events, after-school activities, major due dates and appointments. That way, nothing gets missed.
- Create a homework caddy – Give your kids the perfect place to work every day after school. Promote a positive work environment with a designated studying area. Fill a caddy with pens, pencils, markers, rulers and loose leaf paper.
- Clean out closets – Before you stock up on a whole new wardrobe for your children, make sure you take some time to clean out the old stuff. Have your kids remove clothes they haven’t worn in the past year, and donate them to underprivileged children in the area.
- Memory albums – Get a head start on your scrapbooking for the year. Create a memory album or scrapbook for each child in your family. Include scrapbook pages for pictures, an all about me page, and a calendar to track accomplishments throughout the year.
- Checklists – Create daily checklists that you can hand to each child in the morning. This can include chores, appointment reminders, activities or reminders. This will save you from last-minute drama and early morning headaches.
Back-to-School Tips for Students
It can sometimes be difficult to keep your kids motivated after a summer of fun in the sun. But with the right plan and tools, you can help your kids get a jump-start on the school year.
- Binders – Everything is better with binders. These simple organizers can keep loose leaf papers, homework and study materials all in one place. You can even put notebooks in it to separate materials by class.
- Lunches – This is an important part of a child’s day. Lunch is the only fuel your kid has to get them through the school day. Have pre-made snack packs in the refrigerator for late mornings.
- Day planners – It’s good to get your children in the habit of managing their own schedules. Day planners will help them track homework, appointments, extra-curricular activities and more.
- DIY clothing organizer – Save your child time in the morning, by helping them choose outfits ahead of time. Use the back of a closet door to hang five hangers labeled with each day of the week. Decorate with cardstock and start planning a week of stylish ensembles.
- Locker decorations – Not only will the perfect locker decorations make your child stand out, but they will also help them stay on-task. With locker shelves, whiteboards and pencil holders, your child will stay organized and on-trend.
Start the 2014 school year on the right foot! Use any of our back-to-school tips or ideas to ensure your family stays happy and organized this fall.
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