Organizing Ideas for Back to School

by Tina ~ August 5th, 2010.

back to schoolThe kids will be going back to school in a few weeks, so today I’m sharing three strategies for keeping your home organized throughout the school year.

Controlling Clothing Clutter

Stop clutter at the door by providing each family member with a roomy “drop” basket to contain items such as backpacks, books, school projects, etc.

If you have a mud room, you can hang pegs about 3 feet high so little ones can hang up coats and backpacks as soon as they step inside.  I recommend using a peg board and 3M removable hooks, which can easily be moved as your children grow.

Preventing Paper Piles

Paper is one of the biggest problems for busy families.  Although it comes through the front door, it always seems to clog up the kitchen.  Designate a container for kids’ art, homework, and school notices to keep clutter contained and to make sure nothing is overlooked.

The Art of Storing Art

Offer kids their own place for any school work and art projects they want to keep as mementos. It could be a file drawer in the family office, a portable plastic file box at the bottom of their closet, or a storage box they have decorated themselves and keep in a special place.

Once full, they must clean it out before starting to fill it again. Go through it with them every couple of months.  You’ll be surprised what papers they’re ready to let go of (sometimes easier than you can!).

Older kids will maintain it themselves as you have taught them the habit of purging and limiting their “stuff.”

Helping your children to cultivate these small habits will make their lives and yours calmer, more productive and stress free.  So stick to it! Little changes bring big rewards over the long run.

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