8 Organizing Tips for Back to School

zercher-homes-back-to-schoolIt’s hard to believe it’s time for school again! We know this time of transition can get a bit crazy. Here are eight organizing tips for back to school!

  1. Create a filing system and keep it in a place you will see often. You can use one folder for each child, each month or categories like “Band, Sports, Medical, etc.”
  2. Update all your medical information such as immunizations. Make sure your kids have gotten the physical they may need to participate in sports.
  3. Clean out your closets, and donate any clothes they will not wear in school to a homeless shelter, such as MUST.
  4. Buy school supplies, and throw away old notebooks, donate or sell textbooks, and throw away broken supplies (like that pencil that’s the size of your thumb!)
  5. Plan out lunches and create a lunch-packing station. Keep all your lunch boxes or bags, Ziplocs, containers, napkins, wet wipes, and pre-packaged snacks in one place for easy use). If planning healthy meals overwhelms you, try a service like Scrumpt.
  6. If you have more than one child, set a “bathroom” schedule and post it on the door.
  7. Create a central calendar and assign each child to a color. Some “smart” fridges even have one in the front!
  8. Set up a storage system. Streamline your garage or mudroom to create space for the kids to store their backpacks, jackets, sports/music equipment, and other school gear. If you don’t have a mudroom, dedicate one downstairs closets for your kids’ school things.

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