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Organizing For Back To School
Organizing For Back To School

School will be back in session before we know it. Taking time to create some organizational systems and to do a little prep work can make back-to-school a little less stressful for the kids and for the parents.


Back to School: Organizing Food Prep

If your kids take their lunch to school, you know what a hassle that can be. Mornings are often hectic so with a few small steps you can get ahead of the game.  One great way to do this is to prepare as much as you can on Sunday night. In my house I have one container that holds the non-perishable supplies for the week - five bags of chips, five applesauce cups, napkins, spoons, etc. You can even prep cold food by cutting up veggies for the week or making sandwiches a few at a time and storing them in the fridge. Then in the morning you can easily grab everything and toss it in the lunch box even as you fumble around in the bleary morning daze.

It’s also a helpful idea to have a grab and go selection of snacks ready for the kids when they come home from school like a container in the fridge with grapes, cut-up carrots and yogurt.  You can do this with snacks in the pantry too. Keep a small bin of mom-approved snacks like granola bars and crackers where the kids can reach.  Now the kids can just visit the pantry or the fridge to grab a healthy snack and you don’t have to be there to supervise.


Back to School: Organizing School Supplies

I’ll admit it. I have a weakness for school supplies. I love back-to-school time when I can wander down the aisles full of pens and pencils and crisp, clean new notebooks. As soon as we take this supply trip then the chaos begins and the school supplies tend to end up all over the house.  Markers are in this drawer, the crayons are on the other side of house, and notebook paper shoved in a kitchen cabinet. This is when it is important to have a single place to store all of your supplies. Have a school supply caddy or a designated drawer where you can put a selection of the most frequently used. Then teach your children that when they need a marker, this is where they should look and then that’s where the markers need to go back to when homework is complete.  If your kids are older and study in their rooms, make sure they have some supplies in their rooms as well. 

Finally it helps to have a single storage location for all the extra supplies, because those 10 packs of papers you just bought do not need to live in the homework caddy.


Back to School: Backpacks

Backpacks are helpful for transporting notebooks and art projects back and forth to school but they can easily become speed bumps on the floor at home.  The kids come home, the backpack gets thrown on the floor, then it can’t be found when it’s time to leave in the morning. Work with your kids to put everything back in the backpack at night when they’re done with homework and then have a designated place for the backpack to live while you’re sleeping.  Install a hook in your child’s room or one by the back door where you go out or even simply have a designated spot on the floor by the door - anything that gives the backpack a home so your child can find it easily in the morning as you are rushing out the door.

What is your favorite back-to-school tip that makes your life a little easier.


Andi Willis is a Home and Photo Organizing Expert and the owner of Good Life Organizing based in Perry, GA.  She is a Professional Organizer who loves to help people find creative solutions to organize their homes and simplify their lives. Andi can help you get past the clutter and get on with your life! 


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