As you prepare to send your children back to school, there are many organizing tools that you can use in your home to make school days less chaotic. In addition to buying school supplies, consider some of these organizing tools.
Back to School Organizing Tools
A Pantry Snack Station
In your pantry, put after school snacks on a low shelf or in a bin or basket. This will allow your children to quickly find an after school snack.
A Fridge Bin for Lunch Items
For refrigerated items, set-up a containers like these Fridge Binz to hold lunch making supplies and refrigerated snacks.
Hooks for Backpacks & Jackets
Give each child a sturdy hook to hold backpacks. Also, supply enough hooks for jackets. Make sure these hooks are placed low enough for young children to reach. Labeling the hooks with your child’s name will also help give ownership to your child.
Shelves or Bins for Shoes & Hats
Create a storage area for other items such as shoes and hats. Hats can hang on hooks or, be placed on shelves, in cubbies or bins. Place a shoe shelf or bin or basket near the most frequently used door to further streamline the before school morning routine.
An Inbox for Each Child
Place a small tray or bin to act as your child’s “inbox,” for the small items they bring to and from school daily such as lunch money. If they bring electronics to and from school, set up a charging station for phones and laptops.
A School Paper Wall Pocket or Folder
Set up a labeled wall pocket or folder for papers about school activities and for school forms to be signed by parents.
An Activity Tracker on the Wall
Use a bulletin board, magnetic board or dry erase board on a wall at home to keep track of activities and events.
Calendars or Planners
Give your child access to a planner, a shared family wall calendar or a shared digital calendar to keep track of times and dates of school holidays, after school activities, family events & more.
A Homework Station
Designate one space as the homework station. Have regularly used school supplies such as pens, pencils, calculators, tape, scissors and rulers nearby. Keep this surface clear so there’s enough space to do homework. This should be located in an area with limited distractions.
By setting up organizing tools like these at home, your child’s before school and after school routines will be less stressful. They will be able to easily find all items they need for going to school and doing homework. With these organzational tools in place, you will also prevent losing important school papers or missing a school event or after-school activity.