Back-to-School Organizational Tips at Home
- Create a family event calendar to keep track of events.
- Use a whiteboard to be able to reuse the calendar every month.
- Color code entries to help keep activities straight for all family members.
- Place the calendar in a central place so all family members can access, view, and track it.
- Track after-school activities, lunch menos, sports practice and games, field trips and other class events, kids’ playdates and sleepovers, and drop off and pick up times.
- If your kids are young, it helps to make a sleep schedule too.
- The start of school is also the start of cold & flu season, so be prepared by keeping a clean home.
- Deep clean the house.
- Wash all new school clothes.
- Pack hand sanitizer in backpacks.
- Don’t re-use clothes until washed.
- Regularly wipe down “hot spots” like kitchen counters, door handles, and sink faucets.
- Place door mats outside and inside all entry doors to minimize allergens and germs being brought into the home.
- Go through the closet before the start of school to organize and prepare for simpler mornings.
- Donate old clothes.
- Create a storage and labeling system in your closet.
- Use coordinated hangers to create an organized look and systematic approach
- Create sections for specific activities like work, school, sports, etc, and and preplan outfits for the week in each section to make getting ready easier.
- Keep the main entrance of your home as organized as possible to make it easier to find things in the mornings.
- Create separate storage areas for kids and adults.
- Attach a hook for keys.
- Create a cubby to hang backpacks and keep lunch boxes.
- Add another drawer or cubby for wallets, phone chargers, and purses.
- Create a shoe organizer to keep footwear organized for all school activities.
- Organize your kids’ rooms to focus on the areas where they will spend the most school-related time.
In their study and play areas:
- Devise an area for kids to be creative and study.
- Make folders to organize homework for the each day of the week.
- Set up a caddy with extra school supplies
- Create school homework calendars and checklists on your child’s desk
In their bathroom:
- Organize toiletries for kids with marked baskets, especially if your kids share a bathroom.
- Use colorful bins to distinguish belongings of younger children.
- Use high shelving ares for older children and teens to put styling aids and makeup.
- Use a shoe pocket organizer behind the door to store other bathroom essentials.
All of us at Van’s Chem-Dry are wishing you a stress-free school year!