In the GTA we seem not to have had much of a summer. We had so much rain this year and the temps barely hit 30 degrees a couple of times each month. So when I tell you it’s back to school time you may be as surprised as I am.
Getting the kids off to school after Labour Day just isn’t a matter of waking them up and seeing them off on the first day. You need to be prepared and organized so the kids are ready and prepared as well.
Take these last few weeks to get your children organized and ready for school with these back to school organizing tips.
Train for bed time now
The young ones have been having a blast all summer long with extended bed times, sleeping in and irregular meal times. Now is the time to start getting them back into the habit of bed times and getting up earlier. You don’t want the chaos and added stress of sleeping in on the first day. Slowly start to get them to bed earlier to prepare them for the first day of school.
Set up a central station
Assign an area in the home where everyone knows where he or she can get more supplies for school. Keep a charger there as well for cell phones, tablets and laptops. No more “Hey mom, where is …” Notes can also be posted there for all to see. Make sure they check this area each morning if you are off to work before they leave for school.
Get the homework area ready
Set up a homework area in the home and get it stocked with the usual supplies – pens, paper, chargers – that they are going to need to complete their homework. This area shouldn’t be in their bedroom. There are too many distractions that will take away from completing their assignments. Assign each child a bin or basket for their particular school papers so they know where they can return and retrieve items.
Go thru the clothes
Perhaps the biggest challenge for any parent at this time of year is going through your child’s clothes to determine what still fits and what needs to go. How much taller has your child grown over the summer? I used to love going shopping for back to school clothes with my mom. We would come home and go through all my clothes to determine what could be donated or handed down before the new clothes were put away.
Ensure emergency numbers are handy
Kids are getting phones at a much earlier age now and there are arguments for and against but if your child is old enough and responsible enough to have a phone, make sure you have stored the emergency phone numbers in their phone. These should include your home number, cell number and work numbers as well as an alternate family member. Store them in the favourites so one touch of the screen can get them assistance if required.
There are times when I’m glad I didn’t have to raise girls. Their needs are much different than boys, especially during the “tween” phase. Help them during this time by preparing a kit containing must have items. Lip balm, deodorant, minimal make up, feminine products and maybe even a small amount of cash are some of the items these girls may need throughout the day. Pack it all in a small bag that they can carry in their backpack or purse.
Going back to school can be a chaotic time in the household. Follow these tips to keep chaos at bay. At ClutterBGone we have helped a lot of families get organized for back to school. Contact us here to see how we can assist you.