These systems will help you and your child(ren) live in a less stressful environment. Less stress allows for a calmer home for your child to succeed in. Good organizing habits start at home and start young.
System #1 Creating a place for incoming paper
This is essential for your sanity! The first weeks of school can be pretty overwhelming especially if you have more than one child in school. The amount of paper coming in needs to be handled in a way that allows you to be more efficient.
We have folders with each child’s name on it, the paperwork goes in the folder which is in a hanging file and then is reviewed by me or my husband. After we’ve reviewed it and signed what was required it goes to the child to be placed in the backpack right then! (more on backpacks in a minute). If it something we need to see but don’t need to give back to the child it stays in the folder. We make sure to put the most recent document in the front. I keep this folder until it is too full or the end of the school year. This is a great system that works for many different organizing types but feel free to experiment. There is no right way or wrong way only the way that works best for you and your family!!!
System #2 Having a designated place for your child to work
This really instills good work habits. Working in front of the television is probably not the best place to do homework. Some children do better with quiet and others need supervision while working so set aside a space based on the individual needs of your child. In this place should be all the supplies your child needs such as crayons, colored pencils, erasers, pencil sharpener, glue sticks, etc. These can be nicely kept in a clear plastic container.
System #3 Prepare the night before.
This system is all about saving time in the morning . It’s a great feeling to start out the day with less stress. Let’s take a look at some great timesaving measures:
Have the backpack packed up and ready to go by the door. This is huge in the timesaving world! This means all paperwork is signed in it and all books are in there and ready to go to school.
Pack lunch the night before or at least set out everything not perishable. The preparation for this the night before is what will save you time and money. Time because it takes a few minutes the morning of and money because you won’t need to buy the school lunch.
Next, have the shoes and coat (if necessary) ready to go by the door as well. These are the items people most commonly use precious time looking for in the morning, causing a tardy to school. We have found it handy to place a hook in the foyer for coats and backpacks. The 3-M hooks can be placed at the height of your child and be moved to grow with them. Be sure to get them properly weighted for backpacks.
Darlene Illig, Creator of Organize You Inside and Out along with President of Illig Enterprises,LLC, supports people in living organized in the areas of home, professional and time management. She is the author of the e-book, Digging Deeper- based on Darlene’s own life, it’s the journey of living disorganized, cluttered and chaotic to what Darlene calls her organizational nirvana. She is available as a Speaker or Workshop Presenter to educate and motivate others to live a balanced life, an organized life. One of her favorite places to talk is to mom’s groups, church groups and other business groups.
Darlene lives in Woodbridge, Va. She is blessed to have an amazing husband along with 4 fantastic children, 2 of whom are grown along with a fantastic business that allows for living a full yet balanced life.
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