As summer begins to wane, it is also time to get ready for the start of the school year. While you may have spent the entire summer in a state of clutterdue to the children always being underfoot, when school starts you need to make sure everything is as organized as possible to cut down on the stress of keeping up with school and work schedules.
1. Dry erase boards. These are a must-have for end of summer organizing and the entire school year. You can use the board to remember appointments, assign chores, and keep track of special school activities.
2. Storage bins and containers. Cooler temperatures mean that the kids are spending more time indoors, which means their toys are too. Clean up those messy rooms with storage bins and other containers to keep everything where it belongs. You can choose canvas, metal, or wooden bins to make sure everything matches the décor. Storage containers are also a great way to safely store all those summer clothes to clear out space for all those new school clothes.
3. Create child spaces. Mornings are hectic when school starts, so you need a way to make sure the kids don’t forget anything. Dedicate one area of a counter or table for each child, and use it to stage backpacks, lunches, and other items they will need for the upcoming school day. This is also a great way to help you remember which kid still needs a lunch, who has homework that needs checking, and who needs a signature on a permission slip.
We all hate to see summer go, because it always means much higher stress levels are right around the corner. However, using these tips to get organized will make every morning that much smoother.