With many of the nation’s schools starting up classes in early to mid-August, a brand new school year is right around the corner. And, for families with kids, the start of a new school year comes with more fervor, goals and dreams than anything that could happen come January 1st.
Starting a new year with new clothes and fresh school supplies naturally has the fresh start element we all look for in our “this year will be different” mantras. To give your students (and you!) the best start possible, consider these handy organization tips.
- Make a central calendar. It doesn’t matter if you use a big piece of paper, a dry erase board or paint a chalkboard wall on an accessible surface. The idea behind the central calendar is function, not form. As soon as notice of that cheerleading meeting, music lesson, conference or bake sale comes across your counter, you can make note and start recycling the paper it came in on.
- Make mornings easier. Breakfast is a lot less hectic if you prep it the day before. Set the table, place cereals and fruit within reach, and put milk or juice in easy to pour containers. Everything is more manageable on a full stomach.
- Give yourself more time. Set your clocks ahead 10 minutes. It’s an old school trick and works more often than it doesn’t, especially in the morning.
- Buy a set of school supplies for the home. Don’t get caught off guard with last minute school projects. Keep a supply of markers, glue sticks, index cards and poster board handy, and always be ready for whatever your little procrastinator can throw at you.
- Start with a clean slate. Now is a great time to sort through the misfits–clothes that no longer fit, toys that have been outgrown and old habits that won’t work with the new year.
How do you get ready for the new school year?