As the summer winds down, back-to-school preparations are on the minds of families across the country. But don’t let yourself get stressed out! Instead, use these foolproof tips and ideas to make this year’s transition back to school better, more painless, and even fun for you and your family.
Organize Your Home’s Entry Space
One of the best places to organize for back-to-school success is right inside your front door! Your entryway is the transition zone from the outside world of school and work into the safe haven of your home, so keeping it well-organized and practical is a must.
Depending on the size of your entryway, you can add some cabinetry, and maybe a bench with open storage underneath. This is a perfect place for shoes, baskets, or bins for storing smaller items. Mount plenty of hooks for coats and backpacks. Organize by labeling hooks and bins for each family member, and make it a point to have everyone get in the habit of placing their things in their assigned spots.
Another option is to install a custom-made storage system with cubbies for each member of your family.
Have Designated Stations
Two must-have areas are designated breakfast/snack and homework stations.
For a breakfast/snack station, designate a drawer, pantry shelf, or cabinet section that’s easy for your kids to reach. Ideally, choose a spot that’s away from your cooking and washing area. Stock it with favorite snacks, cereals, and kid-friendly tableware and utensils. You can also designate a lower fridge drawer to hold drinks, yogurts, cheese sticks, fruit, and so forth.
A kitchen corner or nook can make a great homework station, which also allows a parent to be nearby while preparing dinner. Always have the area stocked with pencils and other homework supplies.
If the dining room table or kitchen counter is your only option, you could designate a simple cart on wheels or a partitioned bin as your essential homework supply station.
Set Up a Family Command Post
Designate a wall space in your home with a calendar and a bulletin board, chalk board, or dry erase board. Pin and mark to-do lists, after school activities, and schedules for each family member.
A chalk or dry erase board is a great tool for jotting notes to other family members. Be sure to place it at a height that everyone in the family can reach (or have a step stool nearby).
The family command post is also a good place to mount a magazine rack for organizing incoming and outgoing mail, permission slips, or other important documents.
Plan Ahead for School Clothes
To help alleviate the frantic morning rush, make it easier on yourself by choosing each kid’s clothing for the whole week on Sunday night! You can have a fun “choose-your-outfit” date each Sunday with your child, selecting the outfits she/he wants to wear each day of the week. You can then arrange the outfits with hanger labels, or use a closet organizer. Hopefully this eliminates someone crying out “I don’t know what to wear!” five minutes before the bus arrives!
Create the Right Bedroom Environment
Children need a calm and tranquil space to unwind, relax, and refocus. Help keep your kid’s bedroom clutter-free by having bins, cubbies and reachable shelves for easy storage in their room. You can also make the space more comfortable by adding a cozy rug and a reading chair. Also try not to have too many electronic distractions in the bedroom, and make sure to cut off all screen time at least an hour before bedtime.
Speaking of bedtime, a good night’s sleep is absolutely essential to your child’s well-being, happiness, and success. Always try to choose bedding that’s soft, free from harmful chemicals, durable, and easy to care for. Right now, Lux Collection Twin and Twin XL sheet sets and Twin duvet covers are 30% off at Jennifer Adams - Back to School Collection!
By creating an environment where your child can sleep well and dream well, you’re also helping to lay the foundation for a brighter future!