If back-to-school is adding up to a clutter explosion
in your home, you'll love our easy-as-ABC lessons for taming the chaos.
Designate a Drop Spot: Backpacks and sports gear can easily
engulf a home; pick a convenient drop spot for off-loading when the kids arrive
home. Make it easy to make it stick: a simple hall bench; set of cubbies or
even wall hooks can do the trick. Offer simple rewards when all items are
stowed away regularly.
Kitchen Command Center: Deputize a bulletin board or white board to track all
family commitments, sports schedules and major tests and projects. When invites
and event notices come in, log the date on the calendar, then toss the paper.
Homework Helper: Corral
pens, pencils, glue sticks and other homework supplies in a portable homework caddy.
Keeping study tools
close at hand will prevent students from wandering off in search of needed
items and individual items from migrating all over the house. Consider color
coding your kids so you can tell which child is leaving supplies scattered
around the house.
A Look Ahead: Model
good organizational habits for your kids by spending the end of the day planning
for the next morning. By taking just 15 minutes to round up school supplies,
paperwork and special items such as snow boots or umbrellas, you can minimize
stress during the morning rush.
Weekly Clean Ups: Keep chaos at bay with weekly clean-ups. Update the
family command center calendar, restore missing items to their rightful place
and restock school supplies that are running low. Revisit your children's
personal planners or calendars and provide feedback on how they managed their
schedules and workloads for the week. Praise successes and offer suggestions
for improvement where necessary.
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Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.