Getting organized for the back-to-school season is never going to be easy. You have school supply lists to adhere to, and your kids’ anxiety, love or benevolence about going back to school means they are either helpful or not. So what can you do to make this difficult time every year a smooth and seamless process? You can check out the following 7 back to school organization tips below, and it may just help you to look forward to the end of summer vacation every year.
1 – Download An Organizational App
Smartphone applications like the Cozi and Wunderlist Apps (both are free on iTunes and Google Play), are just a few of the helpful organizing applications that can ease your mental pain and strain this time of year. They come with To-Do lists, Reminders and other settings that help your back to school organization, and unlike you, they never forget what or when to do or be somewhere.
2 – Snap A Pic
Before you go out shopping, remember to take a picture of those pesky school supply lists with your smartphone and you can easily include them with your usual purchases.
3 – Create A Specific Homework Location
When your child handles homework at the same location every time, studies show he is more effective at retaining that knowledge. This also makes organization easy, since he does not have to remember where he left his homework assignment.
4 – Make Freezable Meals Now
You have enough on your plate during this crazy time already. So why not make mealtime a snap? Make bulk quantities of meals and stock your freezer, so lunch and dinner don’t steal unnecessary minutes and hours from you during this time-sensitive season.
5 – Schedule A Classmate Meet And Greet
This one will make life so much easier for everyone. And you may even make the parents of your child’s classmates think that you are the most organized parent of all time. Arrange a meet up with your children’s classmates at a playground, mall, or favorite pizza place. Talk to the other parents about rideshare and carpooling, and other organizational needs.
6 – Clean Out Your Car
When your children attack your vehicle with coats, backpacks, school books and art projects, your car becomes a mess quickly. Give the interior of your vehicle a serious cleaning before the start of the school year. Then do the same every month or so after your kids are back in school.
7 – Help Your Kids Preselect Outfits
Teach your kids about organization by letting them get accustomed to pre-selecting outfits for each day of school. Place them on hangers with labels for the days of the week. Do this on Sunday and the entire week’s “what am I going to wear” problems disappear.