When everyone heads back to school, it’s the perfect time to get organized. For many families, it can be a real challenge to get everyone on the same page and keep them there for the duration of the academic year. But, it’s more than possible – without stretching yourself too thin or making any major changes.
Make a lunchbox cupboard – Transform a cupboard (that everyone can reach) into a central storage area for lunchboxes and all the accessories kids need to fuel themselves for the day. Usually, that means drink bottles, napkins, and plastic bags or foil. If you have space, you could even create a snack station in the same cabinet. Stock it with granola bars, dried fruit packs, and similar items so it’s easy to grab something healthy.
Create a homework station – Kids are far more likely to get their homework done when they have plenty of room to work. Whether you regularly check to see if your kids have the stationary and supplies they need in their room, or you make a mobile homework station, establish a study area and help your children maintain it.
Stock up on supplies – Without a doubt you will encounter an evening when it’s almost bedtime and a forgotten project is remembered. Plan on it and stock up on colored papers, glue sticks, markers, and anything else age appropriate. When you meet the teachers, you could even ask what projects to expect over the year.
And, especially if you have older kids, set aside some time every week when the whole family can discuss their schedules and activities. Not only will it minimize surprises on projects, but it also alleviates a lot of last-minute carpooling issues.
While you’re at it, why not use that time to set a dinner plan that includes everyone’s ideas. A little less time spent figuring out what to make is always easier than rushing to the grocery store, especially when you’re trying to stay organized.