Whether you’re a parent that loves to have your kids home for the summer or a parent that can’t wait for the school year to begin, it’s time to get the kids organized for back to school. Being organized at the start of the year will lead to organization throughout the school year.
Leading up to school starting
I’ll bet there have been little to no restrictions on bed curfew through most of the summer. Start to wean them back on to a schedule a week or two ahead of school opening so they are not dragging their you know what from the very start of school. You know your kids and their interests. Plan on which extracurricular activities they’re going to participate in during the school year and keep in mind that these activities, although beneficial, can impact their grades so make sure your child can balance both school and activities they participate in.
Shopping for school
Back to school shopping can be fun as well as daunting. Try to purchase only what you require to start the year as you will find additional items need to be purchased as the year gets under way. Try to have one binder for each subject or at the least have dividers to separate the subjects in one binder. Remember the one in, one out rule on clothing too. Teens have an opinion and are not afraid to give it so have them come along when shopping. It will go easier when they have some input. Bring your patience and negotiation skills as well as your wallet.
Students need a clean and quiet area to study in – no matter what they will tell you. Set aside an area that is clear of all clutter and is relatively quiet for studying and have the student choose the time of day they want to study. Giving them some input stands a better chance of them following the schedule. Have this area stocked with the “tools of the trade” (pens, paper, etc.) so there are less interruptions during this study time. A planner in this area can also be helpful to keep track of what is due when and which days of the week sports fall on.
Be organized prior to each day
Pack what is required the night before. This may be a challenge for you and your kids, but if you remember when you were a teen every minute of sleep in the morning is needed. Packing the evening before will ensure that they have everything for the day so when they blow out of the house in the morning like a hurricane they will have all they need. Throw a few healthy snacks into their bag, so when hunger sets in there is a lesser chance they will head to the junk food machines.
Teens have been through this before but still need assistance and sometimes a bit of a push to get ready for the new school year. Making sure they are ready and organized will give them a head start and perhaps teach them a bit about being organized. ClutterBGone has assisted many families in getting homes, rooms and home offices organized for the start of the school year. If you require assistance you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-642-5669.