It’s that time of year! Kids are starting to get back into the groove of school and mom and dad are drowning in a sea of papers that these kiddos bring home everyday! Assignments, important dates, art work, library books, homework…and the list goes on and on and on and well you get the picture. What is it about this stuff that makes it so hard to organize?
Well for starters, any artwork associated to your child is harder to throw away because THEY made it. I know first hand how it feels to get caught tossing a paper that my child has worked on….awful! Our son thinks we should keep everything he brings home! I had to explain to him that we should only keep the most special pieces and now he helps me decide. Other paperwork is tricky because if there is an action that needs to be taken (such as signing) we are afraid that we will forget about it unless it is left on the kitchen counter.
School Reference Binder
This simple 3 ring binder can house all papers pertaining to school and activities that you may have to refer to throughout the year. School calendars, handbooks, class rosters, cafeteria info, extra circular activity info…anything that includes information you may have to look up. If you have more than one child in school you can use tab inserts to divide.
Family Launch Pad
Here are some ideas for places that you can have your family launch pad: hooks, a bench, baskets, an armoire (this is what I had to use in our old house), an extra closet, a spot in the garage, at the bottom of the basement stairs…it doesn’t matter where as long as it works for your family.
Here is a peak at our Family Launch Pad:
|Hooks are a must for kids. Each person in our family has a cubby
above or mittens, hats etc and a space below for shoes. The first thing they
have to do when they get home from school is put their things in their homes.
A homework station is a place for everything that your child needs to do his or her homework. By keeping all homework supplies in one area you will help your child complete his homework quickly and efficiently. And it will be less frustrating for you because you won’t have to waste time searching for what you need. This can be a basket that they carry to a comfortable spot, a desk, a cupboard-whatever works for your family. When we built our organized home I designed a spot in the kitchen. This spot is close to where the kids come in from school and close to me when I cooking dinner! Take a look:
|Utensil organizers are great for drawers like this where we are storing
pens, pencils, paste, highlighter and more.
This little organizer is in the top cupboard of our homework station. I place all papers that need to be signed or read in this spot until I have a chance to take the action needed.
Where do you keep your family launch pad? What tips can you share with other parents about dealing with school papers?
For lots more tips and resources to help you get organized for school check out my book: Organize Now! a week-by-week guide to simplify your space and your life.