Back to School time doesn’t have to lead to clutter and chaos

08/01/2017

It seems like we just blinked and now summer is ending. Preparing for kids to go back to school can be hectic and sometimes chaotic – from making sure that you student has all the required supplies to organizing the kids’ new extracurricular schedules. No need to stress, we’ve got some tips to help you stay organized and enable you to spend more time with the family than doing chores.

 

Keep a tidy study area

Physical clutter can lead to mental clutter. Having a clean, organized workspace makes it easier for kids to concentrate. Be sure to wipe down the study surface with a cloth or antibacterial sponge so the surface is fresh for that first study session. Keep school supplies in a box or a clear resealable bag so items are easy to find and use.

 

Implement a laundry system

Try and create a system that works for you. Is it easier to have each child have their own hamper for dirty clothes or do you find it better to have shared family hampers for whites, colors and delicates? Do your little athletes drop their dirty uniforms in a mudroom upon entry, or put in the hamper? Whatever you decide, stick with that system so that the family knows exactly what to do – this saves time and aggravation.

 

Spot clean all week

Rather than saving all the cleaning for an overwhelming Saturday morning, make it a habit to spot clean areas during the week to keep dirt from getting out of hand. On Monday, you can take 20 minutes to make sure the bathrooms are tidy, Tuesdays sweep floors, Wednesdays, do laundry, etc.

 

Make a chore chart

It doesn’t matter the age of your child, there’s a chore for them! Small children can be expected to put away toys while older children can clear the dining table after meals. Older kids and teens can take out the trash or unload and load the dishwasher. Make up a chore chart for everyone in the family and feel free to switch up the chores every month or so in case kids get bored.

 

Select a designated study time – Have a study schedule for the same time each day so that your child gets accustomed to this routine and can mentally prepare for the task at hand. The best time to study isn’t necessarily right after school; kids typically need some time to relax and unwind from the day’s activities. This always gives you time to do the tasks and chores you need to get done.