Back-to-School 101 − Organizing Your Home for the School Year

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Image of dry erase markers lined up in a row and the phrase, Organizing Your Home for the School Year Looking to keep things organized at home once the school year begins?

Making just a few minor adjustments at home can help things run a bit more smoothly once everyone’s back in school.

Here are a couple of tips to help you get things in order:

Clean up and prep your hallway.

Make sure your hallway is clean, clear and ready to receive a constant stream of activity that comes with back-to-school season.

Begin by storing all summertime ephemera (pool toys, sports equipment, hiking gear, etc.), as well removing other materials you may be temporarily storing in your hallway, such as book or clothing donations.

Bring out items you know either you or your child will need once the school year begins.

This includes items such as lightweight jackets or windbreakers, rain jackets, rain boots and umbrellas.

Put together a backpack checklist.

Do find yourself running around at the last-minute making sure your child has everything they need for school that day?

After your child receives their class schedule, prepare a backpack checklist for every day of the school week, Monday through Friday.

Be sure to include books, school supplies and other items your child will need for class or extracurricular activities, such as musical instruments, project materials and sports equipment.

You can print out a checklist, use a dry erase board, chalkboard or poster board for your list. Mount the checklist on the back of the hallway door, closet, or the above the coat rack.

Create an emergency contact sheet.

It’s important to make sure your family knows who to call in case of an emergency.

Take a few minutes to develop an emergency contact sheet for the household including emergency numbers, email addresses and the like for school teachers and administrators, immediate family members (mom, dad, siblings), non-immediate family members and/or neighbors.

Give a copy to everyone in the household and post a copy of the sheet in a prominent place in the house; the refrigerator works nicely!

Now to you…what part of your home do you regularly clean up or prep for the new school year? Leave a comment below and join in the conversation!

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