Since back to school rolls around once a year, every year, you’d think it wouldn’t be a surprise. But, just like April 15, Tax Day, some people are never quite ready. The whole family scrambles at the last minute to get kids up and dressed, lunches made, backpacks loaded, and teeth and hair brushed as they fly out the door to meet the school bus. It sets in motion a day of stress for everyone–kids feel unprepared and parents can end up late to work.
Organization can save the day
Waiting until the last minute to deal with back to school is never a good plan. Start at least two weeks before the first day of school and schedule specific times to address school needs with each child, separately or together. Stay focused and get something done every day so all the necessary tasks for getting on track are not overwhelming.
Here are 10 organization tips from Tailored Living® to help make the first day of school a good experience for everyone because, ready or not, it’s here!
- Pick an afternoon, make a list, and shop for all needed school supplies, including a new backpack. Get everything in one trip and load up the backpack so it’s ready to go.
- Pull together all paperwork and information your child will need for the first day of school, such as teacher’s name/s, class schedules, emergency information, permission slips and school rules, and place in a folder in their backpack or notebook. Make a home copy for you.
- Tour the campus if you can, especially if it’s a new school; locate lockers, restrooms, gym and classrooms.
- Discuss and agree upon new time schedules for the school year, including time to get up in the morning, when the bus arrives or time to leave, and bedtimes at night. Get alarm clocks for the real sleepyheads.
- Determine a regular time for homework like right after school or after dinner and before TV. Define a homework space: a desk in their bedroom, table in the family room, kitchen, or home office where they can work undisturbed.
- Review their wardrobes before you go back-to-school clothes shopping and make a list of what they need so you don’t end up with duplicates or forget something important like school uniforms and gym clothes. Growing kids can change sizes over the summer, so try on everything, including shoes and boots.
- Declutter closets and bedrooms of summer excess and institute storage and organization helps to keep their personal space manageable.
- Get them photo-ready with an “end of summer” haircut and mani-pedis for the girls.
- Assemble that first day of school outfit to save time in the morning and so they’ll look and feel their best.
- Make lunches the night before. You’ll have time to go to the store and avoid a crisis if you find you’re out of lunchmeat or peanut butter and jelly. Stock up on all the lunch necessities.
Get your house ready for back to school
Now that all the people are taken care of for a smooth school year launch, how is your house? Would better organization clear away pockets of clutter and chaos that make day-to-day living stress-full? Tailored Living has innovative storage and organization solutions for your whole home, but here are four major areas that directly impact the back-to-school transition.
- Closets that work for you
We especially like the tradition of de-cluttering the closet and installing a custom closet storage system to starting the new school year with a stress-free, organized closet. The basics of a closet storage system include capturing vertical space, designing to suit the wardrobe needs, and making everything accessible for a wardrobe that goes from home to school and play to dress-up.
- A welcoming entryway
An entryway or mudroom can destroy the calm of a home if it consists of discarded jackets, random sports equipment and piled shoes and bags. A custom entryway design will perfectly accommodate your space, with storage options for the whole family to stay organized. Cabinets, shelves, individual cubbies and hooks can handle all the stuff of comings and goings with ease.
- A time-saving, organized pantry
An organized pantry will make getting dinner on the table quicker and easier, and having designated space for lunchtime items allows the kids to make their own lunches, which will be a big help to you. Everything stored together on shelves and in baskets will let you see at a glance what you need to buy as supplies get low.
- Productive work spaces
Homework time will be much more efficient with space designed for getting the work done. This means sufficient work space for books, papers and laptops, handy storage for supplies like paper and pens, ample lighting, and comfortable and quiet surroundings for concentration. Multiple work stations in a home office or family room are one option, as well as custom desks in bedrooms.
Let this be the best school year ever with your whole home organized to help keep everyone on schedule and on time for work and school. Call 866-641-8958 (US) or 866-973-8221 (CAN) to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find a designer near you. We are whole home organization specialists for all areas of your home: closets, pantries, entryways, home offices, Murphy Beds, entertainment centers, laundry rooms, garage storage cabinets and custom garage flooring. If you have storage problems, we have beautiful solutions.