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Get Organized For The End Of The School Year

end of school organizing

Whether its public or high school, the end of the school year is swiftly approaching. There will be lots of stuff coming home with the kids as the school year ends. Like everything else in your home, these items need to be sorted, organized and purged.

Backpacks

The backpacks will be retired for the summer but before they are check them out for wear and tear. end of school year organizingThey get a lot of use through the year so it may be time to replace them at the beginning of the next school year. Maybe your babies have “grown up” and want a more mature looking backpack next year. In that case maybe the current one can be handed down or donated for continued use. Check the backpacks for any lunch leftovers too. You don’t want to be tracking down a terrible smell later in the summer!

All that paper

The end of the school year may bring a lot of paper into the home. Notebooks, art projects, test papers and a lot of paper and documents that were accumulated and kept in the desk through the year will be coming home. We’re all proud of our children but we can’t keep everything they create. Go through it all, preferably with your child, and sort into what you will keep and what you will discard. I like to keep a memory box for each child and place the keepers in there. Others will create a sort of scrapbook and place them in that. Either way you and your child will have easy access to everything you found important enough to keep.

Keepsakes

Kids will collect many keepsakes through the school year. end of school organizingRibbons for participating, trophies for doing well, special drawings, school yearbooks, heck maybe even a few notes from a secret admirer? What will these mean to you and your child in a year or five or ten? Decide what goes in the memory box and what goes.

Old school supplies

A lot of the notebooks, pens, pencil crayons and other supplies can be kept for next year. Go through them for wear and discard what is not needed or usable any longer.

Go through all of the school items as soon as they come in at the end of the school year. This will reduce the clutter in the home and teach your kids responsibility and organization. Now let’s get ready for summer!!!

Organizing Teens For Back to School

Here we are, well into August already, and I don’t know about you but in Ontario if feels like summer really hasn’t arrived yet! Try to contain your excitement folks but school starts in less than a month.

Now is a good time to start getting your teens organized for when they return to school with schedules, activities, sign-up sheets and more!

school3Here are some clever organizing strategies and ideas for back to school organizing for your young scholars.

Preparing for earlier bedtimes

Let’s start with the obvious. Probably for most of the summer there have been little to no restrictions on bed curfew unless they had a summer job.

Start to wean your kids’ back on to a schedule a week or two ahead of school opening so they are not dragging their feet from the very start of the school year.

Plan extra-curriculars

Plan on which extra -curricular activities they are going to participate in during the school year and keep in mind that these activities, although beneficial, impact on grades so make sure your child can balance both school and the activities they participate in. Do your best not to over-schedule your kids so that they have the greater chance of success in their academic year.

School shopping

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.

And remember the one in, one out rule on clothing too. Don’t forget that teens have opinions (rightly so) and are not afraid to tell you what they think.

bindersHave them come along when shopping so they can have input and learn to make good choices for both clothing and supplies. Try to have one binder for each subject or at the least have dividers to separate the subjects in one binder.

Bring your patience and negotiation skills as well as your wallet.

Study space

All 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 from a few options in terms of the time of day they prefer to study. With giving them some input you stand 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/agenda in this area can also be helpful to keep track of what is due when and which days of the week sports fall on.

Prepare for the first day the night before

Pack what is required the night before. This may be a challenge for most teens but better to do it the night before than running the risk of a chaotic morning looking for what is needed. Remember when you were a teen and needed every minute of sleep in the morning?

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 the necessities with less chance of a meltdown. Throw a few healthy snacks into their bag as well so when hunger sets in there is less 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 to a successful year.

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 contact us here and learn how we can make a smooth transition to the new school year.

How To Organize Your Bag or Knapsack

Looking for a way to organize your bag or knapsack?  The GRID IT! system by Cocoon Innovations is a versatile and functional organizing system. Made of rubberized women elastic, it firmly holds most digital devices and personal items in place.

With endless configurations you can customize to your needs. Plus, there are a variety of sizes and designs to choose from.  Great for laptops, notebooks, IPADS, travel cases, knapsacks and handbags.  Many of them also have zippered pouches on the back to contain even more items. Google it and check it out – you won’t be disappointed.

Knapsack & Bag Organizing

A question I’ve heard from client’s lately is how to get their handbag, satchel or knapsack organized.
The answer is to compartmentalize your stuff which not only helps you to find things easily without digging deep into your bag, but also makes it easier to change bags and move things from one to another. I recently attended the 2011 POC (Professional Organizers in Canada) Conference where I ran across an innovative organizing product called “GRID-IT!” by Cocoon Innovations. It’s an extremely versatile solution for organizing everything from digital devices, personal and household items. It consists of a woven, rubberized retention pad with endless ways to utilize it. Just place your items on the “GRID IT!pad” and drop the pad in your bag.
Grid It! organizer pad
Comes in tons of sizes and variations. Then you just pull out the pad when you need one of your items. Easy. Simple. Functional. I love it!