If you’ve been through a school year with a house full of kids, you know that organization can be the difference between success and chaos. Whether it’s establishing a great space and routine for homework or study time, keeping smelly sports equipment corralled yet handy, streamlining the lunch-packing process, or managing the onslaught of papers that come home each week—setting up a few systems for doing the school year right will pay off in preserved sanity. Your sanity, Mom. And can you put too high a price on that? We didn’t think so…
Here’s how to dive in and get your home back-to-school ready! Do you have other areas to declutter? Don’t miss our Home Organization 101 Series!
Plus, our Back to School Printable Collection makes your life easier and the school year better! The collection includes:
- 30 Day Back-to-School Challenge
- Back to School Talk: Conversation Starters
- Discuss it: Making Friends
- Bag Tags
- Lunchbox Notes – Get it here!
1. Create a homework station for your students.
It can be as simple or as elaborate as you see fit, but a designated space where all of the study supplies live can make afternoon homework time a little easier.
2. Create files for paperwork each child brings home.
Remember those great filing systems we talked about in iMOM’s Home Office Organization tips? Make sure you set up some for each child. We recommend at least two for each child: one for parent information related to academics and one for forms and schedules related to extracurriculars. You can also set up files for the work they bring home that you want to keep.
3. Get your kids trained in the “after school flow“.
Teach your gang to go through a series of actions each afternoon to learn personal responsibility, organization, and to be helpful around the house. We love the suggested routine on this chart!
4. Set up a lunch packing station.
Create an area of the fridge and/or pantry dedicated to the supplies and food items needed to pack a healthy lunch. It will help you in packing for smaller kids and will help older kids do it for themselves more easily! It’s just one of several ways to make school mornings easier.
5. Create a holding area for sports equipment in the garage.
Sports equipment can smell like a herd of goats (trust us, it’s bad) when stored in your home or your car. Solution? Keep everything handy in bins or lockers by the back door. It can air out overnight and it’s ready to grab again when you head out in the morning!
6. Stock up on healthy and quick breakfast items.
Make sure your freezer and pantry are chock full of easy, on-the-go breakfast options. We love these make-ahead, freezable egg and sausage muffins!
7. Establish a family calendar for all the afternoon and evening busyness.
Whether you use an old-school paper calendar on the fridge or one of the slick apps designed for families on the go, get everybody’s schedule in one place so that both parents can access it easily.
Do you have a tried and true way to get your household back-to-school ready? Tell us about it.