Time flies when you’re having fun in the sun! As these long summer days come to a close and the start
of school inches it’s way near, you might find yourself resisting the planning, schedules, routines, and
finding your “back to school pace,” again, for your family.
In the last 15 years of organizing for clients, friend and family, I have uncovered these five quick tips to
help you feel empowered to take on the school year ahead and set your children up for organizational
Start fresh: Before you purchase any new school supplies or clothes for the year, set a timer and
spend 30 minutes de-cluttering and reviewing what you might already have in your home! Clean
out your drawers by throwing out any broken supplies and organizing the items you already
have by categories. For your child’s clothes, decide what still fits your child and what does not.
Donate any items that no longer fit! After, make a list of the things you are missing and will need
to purchase for the year ahead. Invite your children into this activity by playing “Beat the Clock”
– you will be shocked how excited they will get to join you in getting organized for the year!
Create a Communication Center: Kids strive on schedules and need to visually see when and
what they will be doing for the week. This helps them take ownership of their schedule and get
excited for what’s ahead! Designate a space in your home that you pass by daily and
download/purchase a family weekly schedule to help plan out your week ahead and keep
chores or daily routines easily seen. To make this a fun family activity, share a meal together on
Sundays and afterwards, update the schedule together over a yummy dessert.
Establish a Drop Zone: Entryways and exits can be a mess with everyone’s backpacks, shoes,
and sports gear. To keep this clutter under control, have a sturdy hook or shelf for each child for
their backpack and coats, and a basket for their shoes. When you create a home for your kid’s
belongings, they can develop a routine of putting their items away where they belong. As an
added bonus, this area can also serve as a launching pad for when you head out in the mornings
for school because everything is in one spot.
Designate a Homework Area: Homework time doesn’t have to be a hassle! Before your child
starts homework this year, designate a quiet, distraction-free area for work and study time in
the same location. Make it easy on yourself by having a drawer or closet nearby ready with
supplies to help get homework started so that when your children get home, you can ask them
to gather necessary supplies.
Set an Evening Routine: Do as much as you can for the next day, the night before. Make
lunches, lay out outfits (this helps if something important needs to be laundered), sign papers
and review homework, de-clutter backpacks and repack. Lastly, review the schedule for the next
day to prepare yourself mentally!
If you dread each school year and feel stressed by it often, then give Sorted Out a call! We can create
calm out of the chaos. Our organizers are trained to see the root of a problem quickly and implement
solutions to make your life easier. Don’t go another year feeling frustrated or overwhelmed, let us help
you get sorted out!