Back to the Basics With Back-to-School Organization
Although most of us are enjoying a relaxing summer break, the new school years stressful year and to avoid that last minute scurry before the first day of school. Even if you do not have children or are not attending school yourself, we can all benefit by using this time to readjust our schedules and routines. is just around the corner. August is the time to get ready for back to school by preparing ourselves with the proper supplies and organizational techniques. Follow these suggestions to create a less should have easy access to one central calendars such as school closings, vacations, appointments or meetings.
This will allow everyone to judge time accordingly for car scheduling and pick ups. Designate each family member a colored marker to write activities to clearly see who has what coming up. In a backpack, keep a daily planner and carry it at all times. Jot down appointments or project deadlines right away before you forget. Do not rely on memory – write it all down. at home. Keep one in your kitchen or den so everyone in your family can see what is on the agenda for the weeks ahead. Record important date
1) Use Calendars – Prepare your calendar for the upcoming school year. Family member
2) Only Buy What You Will Use – Organizing and prioritizing means making space in your room, home or office to store new school work and supplies. Do not go overboard buying new supplies thinking this will help you be more organized. Rather, look at the basic items you use and only buy those. Make a list of the items you need and only purchase those items when shopping. By gathering your pre-existing supplies, you can judge more effectively what extra supplies you will need, and what has worked best for you in the past.
3) Get Rid of the Old to Make Room for the New – Get rid of old books and papers that you no longer use. When you do come across important papers, have a specific place to store them. A filing cabinet would be a great investment, and it keep
4) Keep All School Supplies in One Area – Designate one spot in your home for all your school supplies. Spend 15 minutes each night tidying up this area. This will save time in the morning and avoid the panic of looking for misplaced items. Always have your backpack ready and your homework finished the night before. Keep lunches prepared in the fridge and ready to grab.
5) Donate Old Clothes – Everyone wants to have a few new items of clothing for the first day of school. Before you go shopping, look at the clothes you already own to see how they will work for the fall season. Go through your closet and get rid of outdated clothes and those that do not fit. If you have not worn items in months or years, chances are you do not need them. Getting rid of these articles of clothing will make way for your new fall wardrobe.
6) Do it Now – Start shopping early for back-to-school clothes and supplies. Do not wait until the weekend before school starts. The stores will be crowded which may cause unnecessary stress. Make shopping a leisurely and enjoyable experience with your children or friends.
Back-to-school can mean a fresh start for your organizing routine. Prepare now to ensure you start the new school year on the right track.
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